BILL AND JOEL PLASKETT SHARE NEW TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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NEW ALBUM, SOLIDARITY, OUT FEBRUARY 17 VIA PHEROMONE RECORDINGS

FATHER AND SON TO PERFORM AT MASSEY HALL APRIL 8
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THE SOLIDARITY TOUR BEGINS MARCH 15 WITH SPECIAL GUEST MAYHEMINGWAYS

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Many Canadian music fans know Joel Plaskett from his multiple JUNO Awards, nominations on the Polaris Music Prize Short List, and sold out clubs and concert halls from one side of the country to the other. But, in 2017 he'll be sharing the spotlight with his earliest musical influence – his father Bill Plaskett.

In support of their upcoming collaborative record, Solidarity, the father and son pair are ready to take their new sound on the road for a string of tour dates beginning March 15 with special guests, Mayhemingways. This week, the duo have announced a stop at Toronto’s storied Massey Hall on April 8 as part of the fourth season of the concert and concert-film series Live At Massey Hall. Tickets are on sale today.

As a primer for the performance, Bill and Joel are sharing a new track from Solidarity, “The Next Blue Sky,” a song about greener pastures. “Go west, they say,” says Joel. “That's been the story out east for years. Chasing some work, a safe haven, or the next blue sky. Or maybe just to get out from the shadows cast by the glassy trade centre they dropped on Argyle Street. The march of progress is no parade.”

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Set for release on February 17 via Pheromone Recordings, Solidarity is a powerful collection of original and traditional songs, reflecting the duo's individual journeys and personal politics. From the introspective opening track “Dragonfly,” a song about a paranormal experience that Joel had, to “On Down The River,” Bill's closing track about leaving his home in England, the album is grounded in folk music but informed by rock and roll history.

The 11 songs on Solidarity are varied and personal, yet expressive of interconnecting themes. Folk-based political songs like “We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years” and “Jim Jones” sit side by side with contemplative love songs “No Sight Compares” and “New California,” a touch of rockabilly country blues “Help Me Somebody Depression Blues,” and more fully arranged folk rock songs of contemporary social commentary “Blank Cheque.”

Solidarity is a surprising and unique album, full of strong guitar playing and thoughtful, accessible songs. An excellent addition to the Plaskett catalogue and hopefully the first of many for the Plasketts.

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SOLIDARITY TRACK LIST
01 Dragonfly
02 The Next Blue Sky
03 We Have Fed You All For 1000 Years
04 Blank Cheque
05 Help Me Somebody Depression Blues
06 Up In The Air
07 Jim Jones
08 The New California
09 No Sight Compares
10 Solidarity
11 On Down The River

THE SOLIDARITY TOUR
Mar 15 - Truro, NS - Marigold Cultural Centre
Mar 17 - Montreal, QC - L'Astral
Mar 18 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
Mar 22 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
Mar 23 - Regina, SK - WA WA Shire Centre
Mar 24 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
Mar 29 - Kelowna, BC - Mary Irwin Theatre
Mar 30 - Nanaimo, BC - The Queens
Mar 31 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Apr 1 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Apr 5 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight
Apr 6 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight
Apr 7 - Hamilton, ON - The Studio at Hamilton Place
Apr 8 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Apr 12 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
Apr 13 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
Apr 14 - Stratford, ON - Avondale United Church
Apr 20 - Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Apr 22 - Port Hawkesbury, NS - Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
May 4 - Paris, ON - Dominion Telegraph
May 5 - Bayfield, ON - Old Town Hall
 

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TIMBER TIMBRE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

SINCERELY, FUTURE POLLUTION SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 7 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “SEWER BLUES” HERE VIA NPR

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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES BEGIN APRIL 28 (ON SALE JANUARY 19, 10 AM) 

“a dark take on the state of America with throbbing synths and swampy guitars” NPR

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Timber Timbre’s music has always traced a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On its fourth record – Sincerely, Future Pollution – Timber Timbre coats the stark, sensual sound of 2014’s Polaris Music Prize Short-Listed and JUNO Award-nominated album Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time.

The first single, “Sewer Blues”, is an ironclad groove marked by plodding, heavy rhythm, cavernous delay, and a backdrop of starry synthesizers.Taylor Kirk’s nearly spoken words seem to emit from the underbelly of urban decay, carried on the ominous air of these troubled days. Today,NPR premieres the video for “Sewer Blues”.  

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “SEWER BLUES” HERE VIA NPR

Kirk had this to say about the setting of “Sewer Blues” and the album’s recording:

“2016 was a very difficult time to observe. I hate to admit that normally I express more sensitivity than concern politically, but I think the tone and result on the record is utter chaos and confusion. When we were recording, the premonition was that the events we saw unfolding were an elaborate hoax. But the mockery made of our power system spawned a lot of dark, dystopic thoughts and ideas. And then it all happened, while everyone was on Instagram. The sewers overflowed.”

Set for release on April 7 via Arts & Crafts, Sincerely, Future Pollution stands out in Timber Timbre’s catalogue of imagistic records, with Kirk and band-mates Mathieu Charbonneau and Simon Trottier taking a unique approach to Timber Timbre’s usual process of sonic invention. Kirk wrote the songs in late 2015 / early 2016, then arranged the music over a “very focused” Montreal winter working closely with the veteran Timber Timbre members. Kirk explains how Charbonneau and Trottier came to play more integral roles in the realization of Sincerely, Future Pollution, articulating the songs’ urgency with an unexpected palette:

“My solitary sketching was left more rudimentary than in the past. The prior records, I’d decided what they were going to sound like. I’d imagined the arrangements when the songs were sketched. Down to anomalous sounds. There was a vision that was manageable somehow. This album was much less focused that way, but far more complex. It was complicated and challenging to the end, every detail seeming somehow counterintuitive.”

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For the recording, the trio – armed with ‘secret weapon’ Olivier Fairfield on drums – travelled to La Frette chateau outside Paris, where they looked to the studio’s array of archetypal synthesizers for the flesh of the songs. Be it the freedom of recording abroad, or the revelation of these unexplored instruments, Timber Timbre found a release from artistic constriction and created its most daring work yet.

Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre’s document of this generation’s degeneration and disarray. With Kirk as narrator, a party to the play, we get caught in the folly of the echo chamber, awed by the contrast of this gothic modern age.

 

TOUR DATES (ON SALE JANUARY 19, 10 AM)

Apr 6 - Rennes, FR - Mythos Festival
Apr 8 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
Apr 9 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
Apr 11 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Apr 13 - Malmo, SW - Babel
Apr 14 - Copenhagen, DK - Bremen Teater
Apr 15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefarlich
Apr 18 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Apr 19 - Paris, FR - La Cigale
Apr 28 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
Apr 29 – Minneapolis MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
Apr 30 – Winnipeg MB – West End Cultural Centre (on sale January 20)
May 02 – Edmonton AB – Starlite Room
May 03 – Calgary AB – Commonwealth
May 05 – Vancouver BC – Vogue Theatre
May 06 – Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern
May 07 – Portland OR – Wonder Ballroom
May 09 – San Francisco CA – Great American Music Hall
May 10 – Santa Ana CA – Constellation Room
May 11 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex
May 12 – San Diego CA – Soda Bar

 

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SINCERELY, FUTURE POLLUTION TRACKLIST
1. Velvet Gloves & Spit
2. Grifting
3. Skin Tone
4. Moment
5. Sewer Blues
6. Western Questions
7. Sincerely, Future Pollution
8. Bleu Nuit
9. Floating Cathedral

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BEGONIA ANNOUNCES LADY IN MIND

JUNO AWARD WINNING VOCALIST ALEXA DIRKS, AKA BEGONIA, SET TO RELEASE LADY IN MIND ON FEBRUARY 10

CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN FEBRUARY 3

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“the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy” - NPR

“‘Juniper’ somehow manages to feed elements of Miseducation-era Lauren Hill through a Dirty Projectors' filter to produce a laid back soul-pop gem.” - Line Of Best Fit

“With her showstopping voice, Dirks blends acoustics and synths for her own
brand of gospel.” - CBC Music

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Even though Begonia, aka Alexa Dirks, didn’t officially release a collection of music last year, 2016 was still a big year for the Winnipeg-based musician. Known for her voice in the JUNO Award winning, harmony-driven group Chic Gamine, Dirks was recently featured on CBC’s National Canada 150 New Year’s Eve broadcast, performing live with The Bros. Landreth. Also, NPR listed her as one of the Ten Canadian Artists You Need To Know, CBC Music called Begonia one of the Best New Bands of 2016, Line Of Best Fit included her in their 50 Best Deep Cuts of 2016 list, and “Juniper” reached #1 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20.

Due out February 10, the collection of songs that forms Begonia’s Lady In Mind lets the extremes of Dirks’ past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover, incorporating themes which are confident in and of themselves, and yet sometimes caught in the middle. Dirks finds herself in a similar situation to the Begonia plant itself, in one instance - rough around the edges, and in another - petite and elegant. In between the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, trying to find a balance. The result is Dirks’ timbre which recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet, it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy.

Today, Begonia shares “I Don’t Wanna (Love U)”, a song about “not fully understanding how to let go of someone while also understanding that you can't and shouldn't have them in your life anymore,” says Dirks. “A few years ago Matt Schellenberg sent me this sample idea he had been working on and we sat down and wrote the lyrics together. I was going through a messy breakup at the time and liked the idea of having more aggressive and emotional lyrics against such an upbeat production backdrop. It's basically the best I could do at writing a ‘diss-track’. I'm not very good at confrontation, or ‘diss-tracks’.”

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Joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), title track “Lady In Mind” is guided along by 90s synth waves over top of a warm rhythm section, questioning what it means to be woman. Raised on a healthy dose of religion, the rhapsodic church organs and gospel clap alongs of Dirks’ formative years are blended with staccatic, static beats on “Juniper”. “Out Of My Head” returns to a celestial swell to support a blue-collar rebel yell. A song of love and loss, the indecisive ballad “Hot Dog Stand” questions whether or not it’s fine to be alone.

“Mostly, these songs are about love in different forms,” says Dirks. “Some of them stem from a pretty important and bad breakup, but they're not all about my relationships with men. They are about my relationship to myself as a woman and the others around me while I try to understand the joy, anger, and restlessness that fits into my life. It's like a second puberty, my body is changing, my mind is changing, and I know I'm not the only one who can relate to this journey. I want people to listen to this music and feel empowered. I especially want women who feel a little awkward and lost in their day to day life to feel like they are not alone.”

Having spent much of the last ten years on tour, the tracks on Lady In Mind were penned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg. The layering of acoustic instruments with modern synths, and the duality found in both her songwriting and the name Begonia are very much informed by the way in which Dirks finds herself in everyday life - a young, bold woman who, sometimes to her own chagrin, prefers a grandmother’s aesthetic of fake flowers and doilies. Compounded by Dirks’ musical upbringing of 90s R&B, 70s folk, and Fiona Apple each taking up equal space in her discman, this leaves her trying to bridge the gap between old and new, between fire and ice. Entangled in the middle of it all, we find Begonia, the place and sound where Dirks is most comfortable, and yet still questioning how it is she ended up there.

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TOUR DATES
Jan 19 - Regina, SK - Winterruption
Jan 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
Feb 6 -  London, ON - London Music Hall
Feb 7 -  Peterborough, ON - Red Dog
Feb 8 -  Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
Feb 9 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
Feb 10 -  Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
Feb 11 -  Stittsville, ON - (SOLD OUT)
Feb 12 - Guelph, ON - Hillside Inside
Mar 3 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre (SOLD OUT)

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LADY IN MIND TRACKLIST
01 Juniper
02 Out Of My Head
03 Lady In Mind
04 Hot Dog Stand
05 I Don't Wanna (Love U)

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