Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Bird Calls (via ACT) has been recognized as Album of The Year by DownBeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll! Bird Calls is a true tribute record to Charlie Parker, comprised of original compositions from Mahanthappa. Check out the video about the inspirations and motivations behind this album!
Summer is HERE!
There are TONS of festivals, cool events taking place all across this beautiful countries of ours…here are a select few that you might want to check out this week as well as new releases!
David Byrne is bringing color guard to Toronto via Luminato this year. CONTEMPORARY COLOR is a performance event, where the result of a year-long musical collaboration between 10 color guard teams and 10 composers. There are two events in Toronto on June 22nd, and the 23rd at the Air Canada Centre. Kelis (Ninja Tune), How to Dress Well (Domino), Devonte Hynes (Domino) and others are collaborating with 10 color guard teams for choreographed routines.
There’s something for everyone in Calgary, AB for the Sled Island Music Festival. Performers include: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation Records), Guantanamo Baywatch (Suicide Squeeze), Juan Wauters (Captured Tracks), King Tuff (Sub Pop), Lydia Ainsworth (Arbutus Records), Monomyth (Mint Records), Nap Eyes (You’ve Changed Records), and SOOO much more!
In Stores on June 23 :
BLACK MOUNTAIN – Black Mountain (1oth Anniversary Edition) (Jagjaguwar)
EVAN CAMINITI – Meridian (Thrill Jockey)
CAYUCAS – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon (Secretly Canadian)
SONG FOR OLD PEOPLE – Old-Time Round Dance Songs Of Oklahoma (Canyon Records)
The Polaris Music Prize are celebrating their 10th year of acknowledging the best in Canadian music. They’ve just announced their top 40, long list nominees. The prize recognizes the top Canadian albums from the year, starting with a long list, then a shorter list of 10 is decided, and then a panel of 11 grand jury members will discuss and ultimately decide on one winner. The prize this year has been increased to $50, 000.
Outside Music is happy to be distributing the following diverse list of nominees on the longlist below! Congratulations and good luck!
The 2015 Juno Awards were handed out this past weekend in Hamilton. The Junos recognized and celebrated some of the past year’s Canadian bands and musicians in a wide variety of genres. A huge shout out goes out to all the nominees!
We’re also very delighted to send out a big congratulations to a couple of artists Outside distributes that picked up a Juno this weekend.
Steve Hill won Blues Album of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2 (No Label Records).
Quique Escamilla took home World Music Album of the Year for 500 Years of Night (Luluworld Records).
Roberta Hansen and Mike Latschislaw who worked created Steve Bell’s Pilgrimage (Signpost Music) packaging won Recording Package of the Year!
The 2015 Juno nominees were announced this morning. The awards and performances will be held in Hamilton, ON this year at the FirstOntario Centre on Sunday March 15, 2015.
A special congratulation goes out to Jenn Grant on the Outside Music Label, who is a double nominee for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for “Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)” and “Trailer Park” from her album Compostela.
Some of the other nominees include Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks) for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Digging Roots – For The Light (Sugar Bush) and Leela Gilday – Heart of the People (Diva Sound) were both recognized in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category, Toronto MC / Producer Tre Mission was nominated for Rap Recording of the Year for Stigmata (Ninja Tune). Other Outside Music distributed artists nominated are listed below. For full list of the nominees, visit the Juno Awards website.
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Stigmata Tre Mission (Ninja Tune)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Compostela Jenn Grant (Outside)
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”
ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Compostela Jenn Grant (Outside)
ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen (Flemish Eye)
ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
For The Light Digging Roots (Sugar Bush)
Heart of the People Leela Gilday (Diva Sound)
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (File Under: Music)
Work and Love Elliott Brood (Paper Bag)
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill (Independent)
WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Singing in Tongues Eccodek (Black Swan/Big Mind)
500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla (Lulaworld)
RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors)
FREE WILL Bry Webb (Idée Fixe)
PILGRIMAGE Steve Bell (Signpost)
The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala was held last night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, where awards were handed out to Canada’s best blues artists!
The big winner was Montreal’s Steve Hill who took home Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2., and Guitar Player of the Year.
As well, the inaugural Colbalt Prize presented by the Toronto Blues Society and Paul Reddick was handed out to “the winning composition that creatively utilizes blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape…and successfully refresh and enrich blues as an art form”. Digging Roots was awarded the Colbalt Prize for their song “Hwy 17″, from their album For The Light.
Bandleader and soul visionary Matthew E. White has unveiled ‘Rock & Roll Is Cold’, the first full single from Fresh Blood, his new album for Domino, out March 10, 2015.
“Rock & Roll is Cold is about how we continue to take, the most vibrant, soulful, deep music and make it a caricature of itself. We look into it, force it to turn in on itself, force it to turn back on itself, and we lose the source, we lose the mystery, the magic, and we seem to be unaware that any of that is even happening.” – Matthew E. White
Best Historical AlbumThere’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971 (Deluxe Edition) Hunter Lea, Patrick McCarthy & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists) Label: Light In The Attic Records
Best Bluegrass Album
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Label: Compass Records
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Label: Compass Records
Best Blues Album
Common Ground – Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Label: Yep Roc Records
Best Folk Album
The Nocturne Diaries
Label: Red House Records
Best Album Notes
I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists) Label: Light In The Attic Records
Best Roots Gospel Album
Label: Compass Records
Best Rock Performance
“Do I Wanna Know?”
Track from: AM
Label: Domino Recording Co.
Best Comedy Album
We Are Miracles
Label: Sub Pop
The Canadian Folk Music Awards were given out on November 30. 2014 in Ottawa, ON. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards. The event aims to celebrate those involved in the Canadian Folk community, with performances and workshops and of course, the awards!
Outside Music would like to send a congratulations to all who were nominated and involved, but a special congratulations goes out to: Jayme Stone- The Other Side of The Air for winning Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year and Quique Escamilla – 500 Years of Night for World Solo Artist of The Year.
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Petite Noir, the South African producer, multi-instrumentalist, and genre-defying performer, is set to release a brand 5-track EP entitled The King Of Anxiety on January 20th, 2015.
Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Collaborations with friends such as Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six. He is currently at work on his debut full-length album, due for release in 2015.
The lead track, “Chess“, features lyrics depicting the instant-messaging of a couple whose relationship is on the rocks. The accompanying video was directed by Cieron Magat and was inspired by the works of Ghanian photographer, Philip Kwame Apagya.
01. Come Inside
04. Til We Ghosts
05. The Fall