Weird Canada, a Canadian music blog dedicated to under-the-radar musicians and artists, caught-up with blogTO last week about their upcoming project, Wyrd Distro, set to debut February 15.
Wyrd Distro will be a helpful resource for those ‘under-the-radar’ musicians from urban and non-urban settings to help connect “limited run physical releases (vinyl, CD, cassette, whatever) with fans and record stores around the world.”
What began last year with a $50,000 grant will allow Wyrd Distro the potential to give artists much-needed exposure, while satiating the needs of the indie-music seekers of the world.
Wyrd Distro is set to release as part of Toronto’s 14th annual Wavelength Music Festival, February 13-16. All-access passes are $49.
Arcade Fire – Reflektor album cover art.
This year’s JUNO nominees were announced last week, with Arcade Fire taking the top spot for total nominations with six including Album of the Year for Reflektor. The band has collected six JUNO Awards since 2006, their first being Songwriter of the Year for “Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)”, “Wake Up”, and “Rebellion (Lies)”.
JunoTV Q&A with rap artist Shad, nominated for rap recording of the year.
The JUNO’s will be held in Winnipeg, March 24-30, and its perfect timing, as hometown hero’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive is this year’s Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee.
The full list of nominees is available here.
Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy album cover art.
Sam Roberts Band is also set to release their official Olympic song titled “Broken Teeth” on February 15 as part of CBC’s official Sochi Olympic coverage. The song is part of a series of Olympic themed singles in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment Canada, CBC, and Universal Music Canada.
Other Canadian artists with Olympic themed singles include Fefe Dobson, Down With Webster, Andrée-Anne Leclerc, and Roch Voisine.
The new Sam Roberts Band album Lo-Fantasy isn’t in-stores until February 11 but fans can stream all 11 tracks here. A departure from his earlier folk-rock roots, Lo-Fantasy picks up a more danceable beat, complete with dreamy cover art.