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Volume Units: May 2014

Springtime is here, which in Canada means we only have 2 inches of ice left on the deck (rather than 12 inches). Time to put out the patio furniture and fire up the BBQ!

We’ll kick off this month’s newsletter with a hearty congrats to Paul Federici, whose song “Strange Disease” made it to the regional top 10 in CBC’s cross-Canada Searchlight competition.

Paul is kicking off his Western Canada tour on May 26 with a first stop in Sudbury, Ontario. (You can follow Paul’s progress on our nifty interactive map!)

Mike Vial is continuing his spring tour in May, which includes a return to the South East Regional Folk Alliance conference in North Carolina. During SERFA, Mike will be playing showcases and giving a workshop about his 52 song project .

Festivals season is here, and Mike Vial will be performing at Ann Arbor Summer Fest’s Top of the Park on June 14! More Michigan festival appearances info here.

Of Gentlemen and Cowards have lots of southern Ontario gigs lining up, including Toronto (Sneaky Dee’s) on June 6 and Burlington (Canada Day Fest) on July 1.

And speaking of touring, OLD KID (aka Darryl Webster) is just back from a 43,000 mile tour visiting 15 cities across 3 continents. He’s writing Pride in Travel, a book celebrating Manchester City F.C. supporter’s clubs around the globe.

(Darryl has new songs in the works too—Canadian folk mixed with Northern Soul and a hint of California sunshine. Can’t wait to share them with you!)

We were thrilled to help ttwwrrss release his self-titled sophomore album this past month. Cut From Steel gave it a great review:

“There is something really human and beautiful about listening to an artist progress and get better and stronger with each release. … The tracks are experimental and industrially focused, blending in smooth hip hop beats in a way that makes them very accessible.”

ttwwrrss also joined Kristin Archer on 93.3 CFMU’s I Heart Hamilton radio show to talk about the new album. We’ll be plugging the album to Canadian college radio this month, so keep your ears open!

We’re also releasing a new redux single by moon:and:6 on May 20. (It’s a track from the new ttwwrrss album, but we’re not telling which one!) Join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to hear it first.

In closing, here’s the video for “Lonely Crowd (2014 redux)” by moon:and:6 feat. Showroom. Cut entirely from found home movie footage from the 1920s, it reconstructs a beautiful, strange, and intimate narrative. Enjoy!

PS Please help us find, release and promote the best new music—join our A&R Panel (and invite your friends, too!)

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