POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES POLARIS COVER SESSIONS

The Polaris Music Prize today announced the Polaris Cover Sessions. Recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto, and mastered by João Carvalho Mastering, the cover sessions feature previously nominated Short List artists’ reinterpretations of a fellow Short List artist’s song. These Cover Sessions include Great Lake Swimmers doing I’m A Mountain by Sarah Harmer, Sarah Harmer reimagining Odessa by Caribou, and a new version of The New Pornographers’ Bones Of An Idol by Whitehorse (click here for preview). A video for Harmer’s Caribou cover will be released via Aux.tv and AUX’s YouTube on August 19th. The two subsequent cover sessions will be released August 26th and September 2nd. The cover sessions will be pressed into 7”s and available for sale next year on Record Store Day.

As much as Polaris picks lists and winners, it’s also a community of artists who greatly respect each other’s work. Like our recent Banff Sessions with Shad and Holy Fuck, we hope this kind of mutual love manifests itself on an annual basis,” said Steve Jordan, Polaris Founder and Executive Director.

All of us at Revolution Recording and Joao Carvalho Mastering are big fans of Polaris and everything it represents. We were honoured to make our facilities available for recording, filming and mastering and to be a part of this initiative. Big fun was had by all,” offered Tanya Coghlan, Studio Manager at Revolution Recording.

The Polaris Gala will be hosted by Jay Baruchel on Monday, September 22nd at The Carlu in Toronto. It will be webcast live on Aux.tv and live audio broadcast on SiriusXM’s Iceberg (Sirius ch. 161) and The Verge (XM ch.173). The eligibility period for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. An independent jury of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. An eleven person Grand Jury, chosen from the larger jury, will convene the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. The runners up from the Short List each receive $2,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. www.polarismusicprize.ca / @polarisprize

About Revolution Recording
Revolution Recording is a superb recording studio located in the heart of Toronto, dedicated to the highest possible standards in music recording. Combining the highest standards in acoustic architecture with distinctive design character, Revolution Recording aims to provide a creative environment for artists, writers and producers, celebrating the joy and work of making music. www.revolutionrecording.com

About João Carvalho Mastering
João Carvalho Mastering’s dedicated group of award winning engineers have created an environment where precision, creativity, passion and skill come together to push sonic boundaries to new heights. Their world renowned mastering facility draws on an extensive state of the art set of customized mastering tools and equipment. At JCM, they can help transform your music so it’s at its finest when it is ultimately presented to the listening world. www.joaocarvalhomastering.com

New Whitehorse iTunes Session Available for Pre-Order Now!

Whitehorse goes back to basics on a brand new live, stripped-down session for iTunes Canada that captures the duo’s essential sounds – blistering guitars and vocal harmonies.

Track Listing:

1. Killing Time is Murder
2. No Glamour in the Hammer
3. Wisconsin
4. Devil’s Got a Gun
5. Dear Irony
6. Jane
7. Peterbilt Coalmine
8. Gun St. Girl
9. Cold July

Official release date is August 19, 2014. Buy it now and get “Killing Time is Murder” instantly!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/itunes-session/id902815427

THURSDAY JUNE 19, THE HORSESHOE TAVERN. OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS + AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION + NXNE.

Outlaws & Gunslingers and the Americana Music Association join forces again to present an abundance of Americana + Canadiana talent for NXNE 2014.

From the big-name artists Jim Cuddy, Alejandro Escovedo and Whitehorse to the next generation of songwriters and performers from Six Shooter Records, Cameron House Records and beyond, the lineup showcases the strength, breadth and depth of songwriting in progressive folk and roots worlds.

NQ Arbuckle, hot off the unanimous praise of their long-awaited new record, The Future Happens Anyway, opens the bill. The next timeslot brings together Lindi Ortega, Harlan Pepper and Lee Harvey Osmond, all with strong ties to Nashville.

Jim Cuddy will join Whitehorse for another in-the-round performance, backed by Juno nominees The Devin Cuddy Band.

Alejandro Escovedo, one of the most respected names in the southern rock world, further expands this North American(a) musical map with influences from Texas and Mexican-American culture.

The night wraps with a third in-the-round set, featuring a triple-threat solo songwriter lineup of newcomers and up-and-comers: Joe Nolan, Sam Cash and Whitney Rose.

Outlaws & Gunslingers is the party power duo of Starfish Entertainment and Six Shooter Records.

THE LINEUP:
9pm – NQ ARBUCKLE
10pm – LINDI ORTEGA + HARLAN PEPPER + LEE HARVEY OSMOND
11pm – JIM CUDDY + WHITEHORSE*
12am – ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
1am – JOE NOLAN + SAM CASH + WHITNEY ROSE*

*w/ members of THE DEVIN CUDDY BAND

Outlaws & Gunslingers’ AMA Showcase is Thursday, June 19 @ Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W). TICKET INFO: NXNE Badge, NXNE wristband and walk-up.

 

About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.

About the Americana Festival and Conference
The 15th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place September 17 – 21, 2014. The event brings together fans and music industry executives alike offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery–recharging showcases each evening. The Americana Honors and Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium and, in 2013, was broadcast live on AXS TV and featured on PBS in an edited one hour version called ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013.

KICKSTARTER PRE-SALE UPDATE: THE SHAPE OF A SONG – EXCLUSIVE NEW TUNE FOR BACKERS ONLY!

Our Kickstarter Pre-Sale backers have exclusive access to a new Whitehorse song, step by step. We are posting all of the stems from the studio (drums, bass, keys, vocals, percussion, guitars) over the next few days leading up to the end of the campaign. We’ll share the full album version of a new tune soon!

Join up now to get the goods

GET FIRED UP FOR THE NEW WHITEHORSE ALBUM WITH A KICKSTARTER PRE-SALE AND NEW MUSIC

Whitehorse announces a 30-day Kickstarter Pre-Sale for the new full-length album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, to be released in February 2015. The campaign will include fans in the process of making and releasing the album, with incentives such as listening parties, studio hangs, participation in selecting key tracks, etc.

The Kickstarter pre-sale is now live here

From the debut EP to The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, The Road To Massey Hall and Éphémère sans repère, Whitehorse have pushed themselves to constantly reinvent and evolve their sound. Every album is different. There’s no telling what kind of album Leave No Bridge Unburned will be, but Kickstarter backers will have exclusive first listens and looks as the project develops.

Leave No Bridge Unburned will be produced by Gus Van Go, who is best known for his work with The Stills. The band met Van Go at the 2013 Polaris gala and instantly hit it off. This is the first time Whitehorse will work with a producer.

Whitehorse “Éphémère sans repère” (Lyric Video)

Lose yourself in the stop-motion beauty of a midnight northern flight in this a new lyric video for the title track, made by Martin Tielli, here – http://youtu.be/ga7RfQWkO84

Évadez-vous en regardant -ici- le magnifique vidéo réalisé Martin Tielli, qui utilisant la technique “stop-motion” avec comme trame sonore la pièce -titre, raconte l’histoire d’un magnifique voyage aérien.

Whitehorse annonce la sortie du EP Éphémère sans repère, le 1er avril, sous étiquette Six Shooter Records

Le duo Whitehorse prouve sa polyvalence en lançant un EP dans la langue de Molière, Éphémère sans repère.

Éphémère sans repère offre des versions françaises de quelques-unes des pièces qui figuraient sur les deux premiers opus de Whitehorse, dont le second, The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss, avait été accueilli à sa sortie par un concert d’éloges.

En outre, il contient une toute nouvelle pièce, Le cadeau, ainsi qu’une reprise acoustique renversante du classique Un Canadien errant.?
Les pièces qu’on peut entendre sur Éphémère sans repère ont été traduites par nul autre que le réputé auteur et producteur Pierre Marchand. À en juger par l’enthousiasme délirant du public québécois qui a pu entendre Whitehorse les interpréter sur scène, les traductions de Marchand sont à la hauteur de toutes les espérances, et l’interprétation de Melissa et de Luke, aussi bien sur disque que sur scène, reste telle qu’on l’a connue : vibrante d’authenticité.

Pour vous donner un avant-goût de ce que vous réserve le EP, allez écouter les trois performances toutes récentes du duo, une gracieuseté de BRBR et de TFO, aux adresses suivantes:

Éphémère sans repère: http://youtu.be/VBaoF0T890c
Je suis devenue lionne: http://youtu.be/vENrP5x9kzw
Un Canadien errant: http://youtu.be/S79hS71v0Hg

Ce qu’on trouve sur le EP :

1. Éphémère sans repère (Devil’s Got A Gun)
2. Je suis devenue lionne (Out Like A Lion)
3. Les oiseaux de nuit (Night Owls)
4. Le cadeau (The Gift)
5. Brisée (Broken)
6. Un Canadien errant


WHITEHORSE ANNOUNCES FRENCH EP: ÉPHÉMÈRE SANS REPÈRE
OUT APRIL 1, 2014 ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.

Whitehorse flexes their French-language muscles and displays their versatility with Éphémère sans repère, out April 1, 2014 on Six Shooter Records.

The new EP showcases choice cuts from both their debut album and acclaimed sophomore release, The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss. As well, this French-language EP contains a brand new song, “Le cadeau,” and the duo’s show-stopping acoustic version of the traditional Francophone ballad, “Un Canadien errant.”

The songs on Éphémère sans repère were translated by renowned songwriter and producer Pierre Marchand. Whitehorse has performed “Éphémère sans repère” to wild enthusiasm from Francophone audiences, a response that confirms the artistic excellence of Marchand’s translations and Luke and Melissa’s ability to express themselves authentically on stage and on disc.

See three brand new live performances, looping and everything, courtesy of TFO’s BRBR here:

Éphémère sans repère: http://youtu.be/VBaoF0T890c
Je suis devenue lionne: http://youtu.be/vENrP5x9kzw
Un Canadien errant: http://youtu.be/S79hS71v0Hg

Track Listing:

1. Éphémère sans repère (Devil’s Got A Gun)
2. Je suis devenue lionne (Out Like A Lion)
3. Les oiseaux de nuit (Night Owls)
4. Le cadeau (The Gift)
5. Brisée (Broken)
6. Un Canadien errant

Whitehorse will celebrate the launch of Éphémère sans repère with a limited capacity show at Montreal’s Verre Bouteille on April 9, 2014. Details to follow.

Now Available on CD

Whitehorse - The Road To Massey Hall

ROAD TO MASSEY HALL NOW AVAILABLE IN CD FORM.

IT AIN’T OVER FOR THE BOSS MAN: WHITEHORSE RELEASES NEW SONG ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.

Is there “anything else” you need to hear about Rob Ford? Well, yes, there is.

Whitehorse recorded “Boss Man” in July, 2013 in response to the polarizing and questionable behaviour of Rob Ford in his time as mayor (conflict of interest, bike lanes, racial slurs, etc.), culminating in the Gawker and Toronto Star’s breaking story about the crack video. Who would have guessed, months later, they’d be releasing the song into today’s media maelstrom.

Hear “Boss Man” now

Buy it here.

WHITEHORSE IN QUEBEC

The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss continues to attract oodles of accolades, now in Quebec. The band recently played Pop Montreal to enthusiastic reviews. The Gazette wrote: “The two are always in motion, always communicating, always having a blast as they execute the choreography of their compositions, songs that range from emotive folk through roots and country to ringing rock. What they do is the farthest thing from easy, and yet they make it seem so.”

Whitehorse heads to la belle province this November for shows in Sherbrooke, Lac Megantic and Richmond.

SHERBROOKE, PQ: Bishop’s University – Centennial Theatre, Nov 8 – Tickets
LAC MEGANTIC, PQ: Auditorium de la Polyvalente Montignac, Nov 21
WATERLOO, PQ: Maison de la Culture de Waterloo, Nov 22
RICHMOND, QC: Centre d’Art de Richmond, Nov 23

See the band play live on Quebec’s music variety extravaganza, Belle et Bum – a totally live program that airs every Saturday at 9pm. Hmm, I wonder which member of Whitehorse will be cast as Belle, and which will be Bum? Tune in to find out, and to see Whitehorse make their Belle et Bum debut with the show’s impressive house band. The French version of Devil’s Got A Gun, titled Ephémère Sans Repère, will also be available on iTunes soon!