Music News Monday: Gord Downie and The Sadies release album, Oscar nods for Canadian music, and more

Gord Downie and The Sadies have finally announced the release of their much-anticipated self-titled debut record Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun.
The Arts & Crafts release has been in the works since 2010 according to Exclaim! magazine.

Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun album trailer.

For those who can’t wait for the April 15 release date you are welcome to pre-order the album from their official website: Purchase incudes a free download of their first single Craters.


A number of Canadians were honoured with nominations in music score and sound editing at last night’s Academy Awards.

Toronto’s Andy Koyama received a nomination for Best Sound Mixing for A Lone Survivor.

Mississauga’s Owen Pallett ran a close race in Best Original Score for his co-composed score for Her. Arcade Fire’s William Butler also shared the nomination.

Steven Price took home the statue for Gravity instead. 

Arcade Fire – “Song on the Beach”

The results have nearly mirrored the success of last year as Toronto’s Michael Danna won Best Original Score for Life of Pi and was nominated for Best Original Song, “Pi’s Lullaby”


Vancouver rocker and two-time JUNO Award winner Dan Mangan has started Madic Records, and will be releasing Astral Swans debut LP this year. Michael Swann is best known for his project Extra Happy Ghost!!!.

According to the press release, “You Carry a Sickness/Park Street” will be released on a two-song 7-inch vinyl on March 25.

Astral Swans – “You Carry a Sickness” 

Mangan says he’d  “had this longstanding pipe dream of having a boutique label” before stating he “took about one listen through Astral Swans' rough mixes to light a proverbial fire.”

Follow Dan Mangan on twitter @danmanganmusic and Madic Records @madicrecord for updates about future projects.

Astral Swans will be on tour this month with Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast.

03/20 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
03/22 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
03/23 Kelowna, BC – Streaming Café
03/24 Canmore, AB – Communitea
03/25 Calgary, AB – Festival Hall
03/26 Edmonton, AB – The ARTery
03/27 Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis

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