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.


June 15 Shows Galore!

Dust of your DeLorean, or figure out how to clone yourself because you won’t want to miss any of these shows.

First up, we have Jill Barber at IlluminAqua in Welland, ON. You could win a special prize package when you buy your tickets now! The package includes a meet and greet with Jill before the show, special reserved seating for you and three friends, and dinner out for you and your friends. Go to Jill’s Official Website for instructions on how to enter.

At 10pm Justin Rutledge is playing at The Drake Hotel Underground. This is a NXNE show so get your wristbands here.

After Justin’s set, hop on your bike (you know you’re not getting a cab) at head over to The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern to catch Andre Williams and The Sadies at midnight. If you haven’t seen The Sadies live, well, just go and thank me later. This is also a NXNE show. While you’re at The Shoe, get a copy of Night & Day, their latest release with the incomparable Andre Williams.

Outside Music Welcomes Justin Rutledge!

Toronto, ON –Awardwinning Toronto based singer -songwriter Justin Rutledge has signed on with Outside Music for release of his next album as well as worldwide management.Justin’s first show as part of the Outside Music family will be as part of North By Northeast on Friday June 15 at 10PM at the Drake Hotel. 
In September, Outside Music will release a remastered edition of Justin’s acclaimed debut album No Never Alone. The album will appear on vinyl for the first time and the deluxe digital edition will contain outtakes and demos from the original recording session. Justin’s next album was recently tracked at the Woodshed Studios in Toronto and will be released in early 2013. This fall, Justin will appear in the theatrical production of The Arsonists at Toronto’s CanStage. Directed by Morris Panych. Justin not only appears in the play, but composed the original music. Justin is no stranger to theatre, having appeared in the stage adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel Divisadero and starring in the SumnmerWorks production of Euyrdice.
Between his debut, No Never Alone (2005), his sophomore release, The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) his third album, Man Descending (2008), and The Early Widows (2010). Rutledge has earned a Juno nomination, a Galaxy Rising Star award, countless year-end critics’ picks, the title of Toronto’s Best Local Songwriter (NOW Magazine), a spot on both the 2008 and 2010 Polaris Prize Long List and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. Justin has shared the stage with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Dolly Parton, Martha Wainwright and Great Lake Swimmers.


Matthew’s latest work Songs For The Haunted Hillbilly comes out Tuesday, June 5th on CD and 12″ vinyl LP across Canada and digitally WORLDWIDE through iTunes. It is being released through Matthew’s a priori records label and distributed by Outside Music.

The album features all the Barber-penned numbers from the darkly comedic musical play Haunted Hillbilly (based on the book by Derek McCormack) on record for the first time, sung by the songwriter and backed by multi-instrumentalists Joe Grass and Julian Brown. In addition to the core musicians, there are some notable guest vocalists including Julie Fader, Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge and Oh Susanna. The result is a rollicking trip through the back alleys of Nashville circa 1950 complete with cautionary tales about booze, religion (lost and found), love, lust, betrayal, fame and fashion.