Music News Monday: The Good Family, festivals, awards, and more!

The Sadies and The Good Brothers – Canada’s premiere musical family – have announced they are teaming up to release The Good Family Album, out April 30th on Latent Recordings. There is no shortage of buzz, as the album also features two co-writes with Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and was mixed by Michael Timmins from Cowboy Junkies. Whet your whistle with the first released track: “Coal Black Hills”.

It's still cold and blustery throughout most of Canada, leaving many of us holding onto fuzzy memories of sun on the skin, deck chairs instead of desk chairs, and all the happy summer times festival season delivers. It seems festival organizers are also holding onto those warm, sunny thoughts and beaming little rays of hope out this week.

The Toronto Urban Roots Festival has sold out of its early bird festival passes, and with THIS lineup there is no question why. Neko Case, Camera Obscura, Fitz and the Tantrums, Flogging Molly, The Hold Steady, Whitehorse, Matt Mays and so many more incredible artists will be bringing the love to Toronto this June. While early bird passes are sold out, regular sale passes are still available as are single tickets. Don’t miss out – for once Torontonian’s may be right in thinking they are the centre of the universe for a few precious days.
Calgary Folk Fest rolled out more artists this week: M. Ward, Kurt Vile, and Steve Earle join My Brightest Diamond and Alabama Shakes on this year's list of headliners. Basically, if you live in Western Canada, get your butt to Calgary this July 25-28 – cowboys and hippies alike are welcome. If you prefer it louder, smellier and with plenty of sass, Sled Island also added Iceage, Torche and Superchunk to the line up this week, proving once again that Calgary is no small potato when it comes to attracting big and quickly rising talent.
Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo is back, and baby it is shiny. Tickets are on sale for the late July festival and there are plenty of reasons to make the trip to the “festival capital of Canada”. Deep Dark Woods, Del Barber, Alabama Shakes, Good Lovelies, Sarah Harmer, Shout Out Out Out Out, Elliot Brood and more will be making Calgary’s northern sister feel like a young gun again.

The Juno Awards are coming in a couple of short weeks, and even if you cannot get onto the red carpet and into the show itself, there are plenty of events to hit up and get cozy with Canadian musical elite. Personally, I would pay good Canadian Tire dollars to see Jim Cuddy and Classified get whooped by Mike Sillinger and Ed Staniowski in the Juno Cup. Or stop by and check out NMC’s temporary exhibition of JUNO-related artifacts in Regina in between the festivities!

Around the world: Postal Service gets back together, will go on tour and finally fessed up to once having a second LP in the works; The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack is getting bigger buzz than the film itself (seems apropos, don’t you think?); and speaking of swinging legends – The Rolling Stones are setting off on tour. If anyone can make our seniors feel young again, it’s these four. 

– Jenn Prosser

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