This Week! June 29 – July 5th, 2015!

Canada Day falls smack dab in the middle of the week, just like a Maple Leaf on the Canadian flag. Here are some of the news and events for this week:

Canada Day (JUL 1) Events:

Delhi 2 Dublin (Popguru Records):  Victoria, BC Canada Day Celebrations

Teresa Doyle  PEI – Charlottetown Canada Day Celebrations

Mariposa Music Festival: Orillia, ON – JUL 3-5th

Doug Paisley (No Quarter) , Rick Fines, Ruth Moody (Red House Records), Teresa Doyle and more set to perform!

In Stores on June 30:

JAILL – Brain Cream (Burger Records)
IAN KELLY – All Those Lines Tour Live (Sunset Hill Music)
KARIN KROG – Don’t Just Sing – An Anthology 1963-1999 (Light In The Attic)
LA PRIEST – Inji (Domino)

Fridays are the New Tuesdays

Tuesday June 30th will be the last Tuesday new release day. Starting Friday July 10th and moving forward, all new releases will come out on Fridays in this industry wide change. 

This Week June 22 – 28!

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!


Contemporary Color
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.

Sled Island Music Festival (June 24th-28th)

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)

Polaris Music 2015 – Long List Nominees

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 Acorn – Vieux Loup (Paper Bag Records)
Lydia Ainsworth – Right From Real (Arbutus)
Braids – Deep In The Iris (Flemish Eye)
Jennifer Castle – Pink City (Idee Fixe)
Metz- II (Sub Pop)
Tre Mission – Stigmata (Ninja Tune / Big Dada)
Siskiyou – Nervous (Constellation)
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation)
VA – Native North America Vol. 1 – Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 (Light In The Attic)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)
The Weather Station – Loyalty (Outside Music)
White Lung – Deep Fantasy (Domino)

2015 Juno Awards

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!

2015 Juno Nominees

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 RootsFor The Light (Sugar Bush) and Leela GildayHeart 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.


Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)


Stigmata Tre Mission (Ninja Tune)


Compostela  Jenn Grant (Outside)

“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”


Compostela Jenn Grant (Outside)


Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen (Flemish Eye)


For The Light Digging Roots (Sugar Bush)

Heart of the People Leela Gilday (Diva Sound)


South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (File Under: Music)

Work and Love Elliott Brood (Paper Bag)


Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill (Independent)


Singing in Tongues Eccodek (Black Swan/Big Mind)

500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla (Lulaworld)


Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors)

FREE WILL Bry Webb (Idée Fixe)

PILGRIMAGE Steve Bell (Signpost)

Blues, Blues, Blues!

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.

We’d like to congratulate both Steve Hill and Digging Roots on their success, and recognition! Steve Hill’s record Solo Recordings Vol. 2  and Digging Roots’ For the Light are available now in stores!


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


2015 Grammy Awards Nominees

The Grammy Awards nominees for 2015 have been announced. This will be the 57th year the Grammy Awards will be handed out to some of the biggest stars in music.
We were excited by some familiar names amongst the nominees this year, with Outside Music distributed artists being recognized in diverse range of categories. Outside Music would like to congratulate those nominated. The awards ceremony will be held on February 8th, 2015.

Best Historical Album

There’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

Noam Pikelny

Label: Compass Records

Cold Spell

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

Eliza Gilkyson

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

Mike Farris

Mike Farris

Label: Compass Records

Best Rock Performance

“Do I Wanna Know?”

Arctic Monkeys

Track from: AM

Label: Domino Recording Co.

Best Comedy Album

We Are Miracles

Sarah Silverman

Label: Sub Pop

Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014

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 Escamilla500 Years of Night for World Solo Artist of The Year.

For more information visit: