RICH AUCOIN ANNOUNCES DEATH TOUR

DEATH TOUR BEGINS OCTOBER 10

WATCH AND SHARE THE DEATH TOUR PREVIEW VIDEO

RELEASE, OUT NOW VIA HAVEN SOUNDS

PURCHASE / STREAM RELEASE HERE

“A bold talent, his grasp of sonics is interlinked with a desire to express something, to challenge both himself and those around him.” - Clash Magazine

"’The Middle’ is an extremely earnest, charming-as-hell reflection on the self at the midpoint of life and death." - Noisey

"This is an anthemic collection of head nodding and foot tapping electro-pop" - PopMatters 

"Easily one of the most mesmerizing tracks we've heard so far this year." - CBC Music (2018)

“Aucoin, a characteristically ambitious artist” - Paste Mag 

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Photo Credit : Pete Macdonald

Rich Aucoin has been bringing his joyous celebration of life show around the world for the past decade. With this new album and tour, Rich has focused on death more than his previous efforts We're All Dying To Live and Ephemeral in which themes of life and death were also addressed. His third album Release, originally called Death, acts as the conclusion in his first trilogy of albums. For these shows once and only, Rich and crew will perform the album in its entirety to the film Dark Side of The Moon / Wizard of Oz sync style. If you've been enjoying Release this summer and Rich's shows over the years, come out and get covered in parachutes and projections, confetti, and celebrations before his upcoming death in 2020. The Death Tour begins October 10, full tour dates can be found below. To get a glimpse of what to expect at the show, watch the Death Tour preview video captured by Southern Souls.

WATCH AND SHARE THE DEATH TOUR PREVIEW VIDEO

Release sees Aucoin grapple with the concept of mortality by using Alice in Wonderland (1951) as a metaphor for the journey. Again, the album can be played as alternate soundtrack along to the film. Produced by Aucoin and drummer Joel Waddell, his music has seen acclaim across the board with previous releases (We’re All Dying To Live and Ephemeral) long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize (2012/2015). As part of a list of Rich Aucoin’s accomplishments, the music video for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.” won the Prism Prize (2013), which he’s also been shortlisted for this year. Nominated for ten East Coast Music Awards including Album, Song, and Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, with more than 2 million streams, Aucoin has built a reputation for his energetic live shows performing his music written in sync to old movies in the same manner as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Using projections to these films, he has brought his interactive performance to stages at Osheaga, The Great Escape, Les Eurockéennes, Les Vielles Charrues, Berlin Music Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Art Basel Miami, Luminato Art Festival, Iceland Airwaves, SXSW, Pop Montreal and more. 

WATCH AND SHARE “THE CHANGE” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “THE OTHER” HERE 

Born, raised and currently based in Halifax, Canada, Rich Aucoin has been fully immersed in music ever since he can remember, learning how to play almost any instrument he could get his hands on while also teaching himself production and home-recording. A philanthropist at heart, Aucoin has raised money for several charities with his music. He has cycled coast to coast twice for both Childhood Cancer Canada and The Canadian Mental Health Association/Mental Health America; cycling to each show. He has also crossed Canada for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation running a series of half-marathons. 

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“Release” Painting by Petra Glynt


RICH AUCOIN TOUR DATES
Aug 9 - Hubbards, NS - Shore Club
Sep 9 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz*
Sep 10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop*
Sep 11 - Arcata, CA - Hum Brews*
Sep 18 - Edmonton, AB - Rec Room*
Sep 20 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club*
Sep 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall*
Sep 22 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis*
Sep 24 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater*
Sep 25 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater*
Sep 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar*
Sep 30 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Oct 1 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*

* with TWRP

DEATH TOUR
Oct 10 - Guelph, ON - e-Bar
Oct 11 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall
Oct 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Oct 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
Oct 18 - Chicago, IL - HVAC Pub
Oct 31 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 2 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
Nov 8 - St John’s, NF - The Rock House
Nob 21 - Quebec, QC - La Source de la Martinière
Nov 22 - Montreal, QC - O Patro Vys
Nov 23 - Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
Nov 28 - Winnipeg, MB - Good Will
Nov 30 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth

MORE TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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RICH AUCOIN SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “THE CHANGE”

WATCH AND SHARE “THE CHANGE” HERE

RELEASE, OUT NOW VIA HAVEN SOUNDS

PURCHASE / STREAM RELEASE HERE

“A bold talent, his grasp of sonics is interlinked with a desire to express something, to challenge both himself and those around him.” - Clash Magazine

"’The Middle’ is an extremely earnest, charming-as-hell reflection on the self at the midpoint of life and death." - Noisey

"This is an anthemic collection of head nodding and foot tapping electro-pop" - PopMatters

"Easily one of the most mesmerizing tracks we've heard so far this year." - CBC Music (2018)

“Aucoin, a characteristically ambitious artist” - Paste Mag

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Photo Credit : Scott Munn // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

“The Change is in you. If you let go. To it all…” says director Hanlon McGregor of Rich Aucoin’s new video for “The Change”. Directed by McGregor and Mihaly Szabados, McGregor continues, describing the video : “Michael Finn aka Hanlon aka Papa looks back at his younger self through the mirror. Sees the moments when he knew something wasn’t quite right. The moments before he had language or understanding for that difference he saw in the mirror. Glimpses of the time before he was free to dance and to swim without limits or fear ...the dream of so many trans people. His daughter Irene plays his younger self struggling to be seen. A Phoenix appears to help clear the way, to remind him that on the other side of the flame, on the outside of the cocoon, the pain ends and the wings emerge.”  

Of the song itself, Aucoin says “it is about embracing change and letting go of the fear of it to take that chance. It’s also about the inevitability of that change so you can either fear it and resist or you can float down the river learning to swim amongst the current which you cannot control. He further notes that “musically, this features my first jamming partner and I playing the two drumkits together, Paul Keddy (Verbal Warnin). Another church organ played by composer Peter Togni. I played 6 different pianos on the track including 3 grand pianos. Ellen Gibling plays classical harp. There’s a horn section and the first choir of the record featuring another powerful group of artists: Babette Hayward (Vogue Dots), Rose Cousins, Melanie Stone (Heavy Blinkers), Stewart Legere, Virgil Muir (Museum Pieces), Margot Durling and Jeff Torbert.”

WATCH AND SHARE “THE CHANGE” HERE

Release sees Aucoin grapple with the concept of mortality by using Alice in Wonderland (1951) as a metaphor for the journey. Again, the album can be played as alternate soundtrack along to the film. Produced by Aucoin and drummer Joel Waddell, his music has seen acclaim across the board with previous releases (We’re All Dying To Live and Ephemeral) long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize (2012/2015). As part of a list of Rich Aucoin’s accomplishments, the music video for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.” won the Prism Prize (2013), which he’s also been shortlisted for this year. Nominated for ten East Coast Music Awards including Album, Song, and Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, with more than 2 million streams, Aucoin has built a reputation for his energetic live shows performing his music written in sync to old movies in the same manner as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Using projections to these films, he has brought his interactive performance to stages at Osheaga, The Great Escape, Les Eurockéennes, Les Vielles Charrues, Berlin Music Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Art Basel Miami, Luminato Art Festival, Iceland Airwaves, SXSW, Pop Montreal and more.

WATCH AND SHARE “THE OTHER” HERE

Born, raised and currently based in Halifax, Canada, Rich Aucoin has been fully immersed in music ever since he can remember, learning how to play almost any instrument he could get his hands on while also teaching himself production and home-recording. A philanthropist at heart, Aucoin has raised money for several charities with his music. He has cycled coast to coast twice for both Childhood Cancer Canada and The Canadian Mental Health Association/Mental Health America; cycling to each show. He has also crossed Canada for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation running a series of half-marathons.

RICH AUCOIN TOUR DATES
June 28 - Nashville, TN - Keogh Fest | East Room
Aug 9 - Hubbards, NS - Shore Club
Sep 9 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz*
Sep 10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop*
Sep 11 - Arcata, CA - Hum Brews*
Sep 18 - Edmonton, AB - Rec Room*
Sep 20 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club*
Sep 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall*
Sep 22 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis*
Sep 24 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater*
Sep 25 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater*
Sep 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar*
Sep 30 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Oct 1 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*

* with TWRP

MORE TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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RICH AUCOIN SHARES DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI VIDEO FOR “THE OTHER”

NEW LP, RELEASE, DUE OUT MAY 17 VIA HAVEN SOUNDS

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PERFORMANCES IN TORONTO, THE GREAT ESCAPE & FOCUS WALES

“A bold talent, his grasp of sonics is interlinked with a desire to express something, to challenge both himself and those around him.” - Clash Magazine

"’The Middle’ is an extremely earnest, charming-as-hell reflection on the self at the midpoint of life and death." - Noisey

"This is an anthemic collection of head nodding and foot tapping electro-pop" - PopMatters

"Easily one of the most mesmerizing tracks we've heard so far this year." - CBC Music (2018)

“Aucoin, a characteristically ambitious artist” - Paste Mag

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Photo Credit : Scott Munn // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

Today, Rich Aucoin is sharing “The Other”, the second single lifted from his anticipated third full-length album Release, slated to drop on May 17 via Haven Sounds.

“The Other” music video isn’t just a presentation of stunning imagery but so very strong with a message. While the artist himself explains the concept below, from an outsider's perspective the music video is a call to unity for mankind because even though we are no longer segregated in the terms most would understand, we are still very much so in our minds and by class. The artist has chosen to make a statement that will resonate with anyone who has ever looked at the world, the way we treat each other, the way we draw lines between ourselves and others and wondered why it is like this and what do we need to do to change it?

When explaining the video, Aucoin said, “‘The Other’ video takes place on an alien planet where a tyrant rules a dystopian society divided into quadrants based on the various colours of the aliens' masks. There is a strict no physical inter-coloured contact rule on this planet such that even the soldiers on this planet only touch others with long metal sticks. The Blue and Red heroes / heroines of the story live in their segregation watching their own versions of the news until they join forces in a rainbow revolution against the tyrant and the ruling class. Inspired by George Lucas' THX, Ridley Scott / Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner, and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, the video reveals the album cover image of the upcoming release with my printed skull.”

WATCH AND SHARE “THE OTHER” HERE

Produced by Aucoin and drummer Joel Waddell, his music has seen acclaim across the board with previous releases (We’re All Dying To Live and Ephemeral) long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize (2012/2015). “The Other” really showcases Aucoin’s undeniable talent for producing a layered track, rich with warm piano keys, punchy live drums, running hi-hats, cheeky guitar riffs and he even snuck in some brass and strings. All these organic instrumentals brought together by a blanket of electronica that sounds so natural you almost forget you're not dancing to a full live band. Aucoin’s voice acts as your partner on the floor, spinning, twirling and dipping you underneath the nightclub lights and takes the song to a level that will definitely gain its spot on your 2019 playlist.

As part of a list of Rich Aucoin’s accomplishments, the music video for “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.” won the Prism Prize (2013), which he’s also been shortlisted for this year. Nominated for ten East Coast Music Awards including Album, Song, and Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, with more than 2 million streams, Aucoin has built a reputation for his energetic live shows performing his music written in sync to old movies in the same manner as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Using projections to these films, he has brought his interactive performance to stages at Osheaga, The Great Escape, Les Eurockéennes, Les Vielles Charrues, Berlin Music Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Art Basel Miami, Luminato Art Festival, Iceland Airwaves, SXSW, Pop Montreal and more.

Release sees Aucoin grapple with the concept of mortality by using Alice in Wonderland (1951) as a metaphor for the journey. Again, the album can be played as alternate soundtrack along to the film.

Born, raised and currently based in Halifax, Canada, Rich Aucoin has been fully immersed in music ever since he can remember, learning how to play almost any instrument he could get his hands on while also teaching himself production and home-recording. A philanthropist at heart, Aucoin has raised money for several charities with his music. He has cycled coast to coast twice for both Childhood Cancer Canada and The Canadian Mental Health Association/Mental Health America; cycling to each show. He has also crossed Canada for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation running a series of half-marathons.

LIVE PERFORMANCES
May 9-11 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape
May 17-19 - Wales, UK - Focus Festival
May 22 - Toronto, ON - The Drake (TICKETS)

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RELEASE TRACKLIST
1. The Base
2. The Dream
3. The Middle
4. The Other
5. The Change
6. The Self
7. The Past
8. The Fear
9. The Mind
10. The Time
11. Release

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