It’s been a busy summer for Justin Rutledge, aside from appearing at various folk festivals across the country, he recorded his new album, Valleyheart, at Toronto’s Woodshed Studios and began composing music for the production of the play The Arsonists which will run in November and December as part of the prestigious Can-Stage 2012 season.

 Prior to resuming his stage career, which began with him appearing in a production of Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero, Rutledge will head out on the road for a handful of dates behind the re-release of his critically acclaimed debut, No Never Alone.

 No Never Alone was remastered by Phil Demetro and will be released on vinyl for the first time. The LP will come with a download card that will give the listener previously unreleased tracks that were recorded for an intended album entitled In The Fall, that never came to be. One of these 4 tracks is “Don’t Be So Mean Jellybean” (click here to download) which has become a staple at Justin’s live shows. No Never Alone was originally released in 2005. It was only after earning high praise from NMEUncut and Comes With A Smile, and being released on Neil Halstead’s (Mojave 3, Ride) Shady Lane Records in the UK, did Canada take notice of the burgeoning singer/songwriter. In support of the release, Justin will embark on a brief tour of Ontario and one stop at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec.

 After completing the tour, Justin will immerse himself in The Arsonists, Swiss playwright Max Frisch’s famous post-World War II political farce about our all-too-human ability to ignore acts of despicable evil. This will be the Canadian debut of this play and will be directed by Morris Panych. Justin composed the score and compiled a crack band to perform the songs in the show.

The new album, Valleyheart, produced by Justin, was recently completed and will see a release in early 2013, followed by extensive touring.

No Never Alone Tour Dates

 Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – London: London Music Club

Saturday, September 22, 2012 – Hamilton: The Casbah

Sunday, September 23, 2012 – Waterloo: The Starlight

Thursday, September 27, 2012 – Toronto: Dakota Tavern

Friday, September 28, 2012 – Toronto: Dakota Tavern

Saturday, September 29, 2012 – Wakefield: The Black Sheep Inn

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Guelph: Dublin St. United Church  with Matthew Barber


 www.outside-music.com   www.justinrutledge.com



Aidan Knight Signs To Outside Music, Announces October 23rd Release Of New Album “Small Reveal”
Victoria, BC songwriter to support upcoming sophomore release with Canadian tour dates in October, offers up the song “A Mirror” for download today. Full tour dates listed below.
Album Cover & Media Materials: http://www.killbeatmusic.com/aidanknight/

Two years can go by in the blink of an eye, or can stretch into a prolonged series of cross-country tours, weddings, funerals, rehearsals, odd jobs and getting your drivers license. Just ask Aidan Knight, the 25 year old songwriter and namesake of the Victoria-based band who unveil their second album “Small Reveal” on October 23rd

The roots of “Small Reveal” began in early 2012, in a similar rustic surrounding to that of their critically acclaimed debut album “Versicolour”: A cabin without running water on in rural British Columbia. Armed with hundreds of pounds of recording equipment; Olivier Clements, Julia Wakal, David Barry, Colin Nealis and Knight (via many wheelbarrows) set up in a gorgeous forest location with a cast iron stove and nearby swimming hole. After a week tucked away from society, armed with 15 brand new song ideas, they loaded the mountain of preamps and compressors back onto the ferry, returned home to Victoria, and spent the next 5 months quietly reworking the music.

Finally, in May of 2012, the band, joined up with producer and engineer Jonathan Anderson who was at the helm of “Versicolour”. Using the natural reverberant sounds of hanging guitars in an empty music store and the echoing distance of hallways in family homes, Knight and his collaborators created the swirling cinematics of “Small Reveal “ in a whirlwind 10 days in 10 different recording spaces. The camaraderie and the contributions of the band were integral to the process, Aidan explains; “Everything from horn arrangements to drum fills, they’re things that I could never make up on my own. They’re impossible; Only happening because of those 5 people in that certain space. I think the most powerful ideas are the ones that we never could have expected. As someone who’s worked primarily on his own up until this point, I’m so glad that my best friends are the ones I can share and learn from now”.

“Small Reveal” presents the themes of inward thought and creativity, escapism, longing for success, and belonging. The result is an exciting yet dreamy, lushly-arranged record that swells and ebbs around the captivating focal point of Aidan’s voice. “The first time I was able to listen to the songs roughly put together…discovering what we had all made together. We had created something personal but omniscient, something ragged but polished, something that was reflective of what it means to spend a year crafting something that isn’t revealed until the weeks. Unhurried. This is an album of music about creating music, the escapism in it and the uncomfortably honesty that hopefully shows itself.”

“Small Reveal” Track List:

1.Dream Team

2.A Mirror

3.Singer Songwriter

4.Figure l (Emersion)

5.You Will See The Good In Everyone


7.Figure ll (Library Card)

8.Creatures Great & Small

9.Figure lll (Protection)

10.Margaret Downe

Aidan Knight “Small Reveal” Tour Dates

Oct 18 Kelowna, BC @ The Habitat

Oct 19 Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theatre

Oct 20 Calgary, AB @ National Music Centre

Oct 21 Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice

Oct 23 Regina, SK @ Artful Dodger

Oct 24 Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre

Oct 25 Saskatoon, SK @ Christ Church Anglican

Oct 26 Canmore, AB @ Communitea Café

Oct-27 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre

Nov 01 Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall

The Outside Music Label was founded in 2001 with the release of The Sadies album Tremedous Efforts. The label’s current roster consist of Aidan Knight, The Besnard Lakes, Black Mountain, Jill Barber, Justin Rutledge, Little Scream, Matthew Barber, One Hundred Dollars, Rose Cousins, The Sadies, Sloan, and Sunparlour Players.www.outside-music.com

To Download: Press play on the mp3 player, then click the “Download” button

The Sadies to Support Neil Young & Crazy Horse

The Sadies set to tour Canada in support of Neil Young & Crazy Horse.


Toronto — Juno Award Winners, The Sadies are pleased to announce that they will be touring Canada in November as support to Neil Young & Crazy Horse (full list of dates below).  The Sadies will be returning to the studio with producer Gary Louris in the fall to begin recording the follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize short-listed Darker Circles

In 2010, the band saw their collaboration with Neil Young on a cover of “This Wheel’s On Fire” released on the A Canadian Celebration of the Band album.  The Sadies recently received rave reviews for their collaboration with Andre Williams, Night & Day.

Consisting of brothers Dallas and Travis Good, drummer Mike Belitsky and upright bassist Sean Dean, The Sadies’ reputation as “musician’s musicians” and “a real working band” has been earned in roadhouses and bucket-of-blood bars as well as theaters and festivals all over the world where, for the last 14 years, they have astonished audiences with their earthy arsenal of traditional roots music, country, spaghetti western excursions, surf, garage rock, psychedelia, and the slippery beast known as alt rock, all with uncanny precision and passion.




 Neil Young & Crazy Horse November Tour Dates

November 11thVancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena with Los Lobos & The Sadies   
November 13thCalgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome with Los Lobos & The Sadies

November 14thSaskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 16thWinnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre with Los Lobos & The Sadies    
November 19thToronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 23rdMontreal, QC @ Bell Centre with Patti Smith and Her Band & The Sadies

November 24thOttawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place with Patti Smith and Her Band & The Sadies


If you click over to the TOURS section, you will see a whole slew of new tour dates posted. Our lovely Rose Cousins (Polaris Prize Long Listed!) is in Ireland and England this month.

Jill Barber is playing all over the country this summer and is kicking off the tour with a free show in Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 28th.

Little Scream is playing several dates with Beirut, as well as playing Wolfe Island Music Festival and Calgary Folk Festival.

The Sadies are in the US this month. Did you catch their set with Andre Williams during NxNE? This doesn’t quite capture the shininess of the purple satin, the sweaty anticipation of the crowd, and feeling that the Horseshoe might actually burst at the seams – but you get the general idea.