Summer folk fest time - 07.22.14


It’s summer folk fest time, people! As you already know, Joel loves touring this great big country of ours, and this summer is no exception.

Besides already rockin’ out at the Sled Island music festival in Calgary, the NXNE show in Toronto, and a benefit concert in Moncton, Joel’s got more great summer shows lined up:

Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, Kempt Shore NS, July 18 & 19
Regina Folk Festival Regina, Regina SK, August 8 & 9
PEI Jazz & Blues Festival, Charlottetown PEI August 22
Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Grafton ON, August 29 & 30
Halifax Urban Folk Festival, Halifax NS August 31
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Fredericton NB, September 13

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Joel Plaskett performing at HUFF in Halifax - 07.16.14


With summer festival now in full swing, organizers behind the fifth annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival have begun to unfurl the info behind this year’s headlining acts, including Joel Plaskett, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, Doug Paisley and more.

This year’s event runs August 24 through September 1 at various venues across downtown Halifax. While the lineup details have yet to be released in full, artists like Paisley and Pirner will make multiple appearances throughout the festival, with other participants revealed so far also including Catherine MacLellan, Dwight Twilley, Steve Poltz, the Northern Pikes’ Brian Potvin, Garland Jeffreys and more.

Though more info is still on the way, you’ll find the confirmed show details over annual here. Tickets for these shows run between $10 and $45, and you can pick them up online here.

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Moncton Cares Benefit - 06.24.14


Moncton is coming together on Friday, June 27 to support the families of the recently fallen RCMP Officers. Casino New Brunswick / Nouveau Brunswick are donating the use of their space and manpower to put on the show, with all artists performing donating their time – so 100% of money raised will help to support the families left behind after this senseless tragedy.

Artists performing for Moncton Cares include Andy Brown, Mike Biggar, Dominque Dupuis, Shaun LeBlanc, J. Hubert Francis & Eagle Feather, Jake Stewart, Kendra Gale, Jared Lutes, Ivan Daigle, Lovestorm, Mel & Tina, Jared Lutes, Terry Hume and a special performance by Joel Plaskett.

Tickets/Donation are $20 – $50, general admission only. Tickets available online and at the Casino NB box office.


Double bill with Joel Plaskett and David Myles in Wolfville May 31 - 05.31.14


For a fourth year, the Deep Roots Music Co-op is collaborating with the Apple Blossom Festival to present a major concert on Apple Blossom Saturday.

This year, on May 31, two of Eastern Canada’s most beloved artists, Joel Plaskett and David Myles, coming together for one memorable double-bill.

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Joel Plaskett signs with Pheromone Recordings - 04.30.14


Halifax’s favourite son and national indie rock icon Joel Plaskett has joined forces with Toronto’s Pheromone Recordings for the followup to his 2012 Scrappy Happiness album. Recording for the new album, Joel’s 8th since launching his solo career post the dissolution of Thrush Hermit, begins shortly at his own New Scotland Yard studio. It is scheduled for release early in 2015.

Joel will also headline Pheromone’s label night at The Horseshoe Tavern on the Saturday of NXNE, June 21.

Pheromone founder Kim Cooke commented, “In 1993 a teenaged Joel handed me a cassette of Thrush Hermit music at the East Coast Music Awards. I had the good fortune to sign him to MapleMusic Recordings ten years later in 2003, and I am over the moon to have him join me at Pheromone now. Joel is a consummate entertainer, be it solo or with his kick-ass Joel Plaskett Emergency, and he is one of Canada’s greatest contemporary songwriters.”

Joel looked up from the Neve Console at his studio, where he is always busy writing, recording and producing, to say this: “I’m really excited to be releasing my next record through Pheromone and to be working with Kim again. He’s been a huge supporter of what I do and he continues to navigate an ever-changing music business with integrity and class.”

Pheromone Recordings is a joint venture with Maplecore Ltd, whose MapleMusic Recordings has released Joel’s albums from Truthfully Truthfully through to Scrappy Happiness.

Joel’s long time manager is Sheri Jones of Jones and Co. in Halifax; his long-time agent is Tom Kemp of The Feldman Agency.


Pheromone Recordings takes over The Horseshoe Tavern during NXNE on Saturday June 21 - 04.30.14


NXNE and Toronto label Pheromone Recordings today announced that five of the label’s artists would come together for a night of disparate musics on the Saturday of NXNE, June 21.

Pheromone founder Kim Cooke has this to say: “I blame Dave Bidini. He’s been on my case to do this for years and this year, Dave, Yvonne Matsell and I made it happen, with the kind co-operation of Jeff Cohen and Craig Laskey at the ‘Shoe.”

The lineup on June 21:

7:30 Steph Cameron
Pheromone’s newest signing whose Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady debut will surface later this year. Think Bleecker & McDougall ’62, finger picking acoustic folk blues married to a marvellous voice and great songs. Unknown, but not for long.

8:30 Mo Kenney
The Halifax-area siren has a shelf full of awards for her self-titled debut album including SOCAN Song of the Year for “Sucker.” Mo has just finished her sophomore recording scheduled for fall release. New songs are surely on tap.

9:30 The Wilderness of Manitoba
The not-from-Manitoba Toronto-based quartet has had a great run with their CBC Radio 2 supported Island of Echoes breakthrough disc which garnered them a 2014 Roots and Traditional Juno nomination.

10:30 Bidiniband
Ex-Rheostatic Dave Bidini and his ridiculously great band – Don Kerr, drums, Paul Linklater, guitar and Doug Friesen, bass, release their third and best album, The Motherland on May 27.

11:30 Joel Plaskett Emergency
A brand new signing to the Pheromone roster we’re overjoyed to have Joel play a full electric set with the Emergency to close the night. Arguably Canada’s greatest contemporary songwriter, Joel blesses us with a very rare club show that is not to be missed.

Ticket can be purchased here: http://nxne.com/tickets. Day of show door price is $25 subject to availability or get in with your NXNE wristband.


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