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Kings taking Queens on the road

- July 17th, 2012

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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have lined up some dates with their Queens.

The roots-rock trio of Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson will be joined by an assortment of female guest vocalists on their fittingly titled Kings and Queens Tour, which makes its way to more than a dozen spots in Ontario and points west later this year.

The tour — which begins Nov. 7 in Orillia and winds it way to Vancouver before circling back to London on Dec. 1 — is based on the band’s 2011 album of the same name, which paired them with vocalists such as Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Serena Ryder, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Helm, Janiva Magness, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Sara Watkins, Exene Cervenka, Patti Scialfa and Holly Cole. Some of those women, along with “other close friends,” will appear with BARK throughout the tour, according to a press release.

Tickets for many of the shows go on sale Friday July 20 at Ticketmaster and will set you back between $25 and $60 before fees and taxes, depending on the city, venue and seating. See below for a full list of dates and locations. Hamilton roots outfit Harlan Pepper — which includes Wilson’s son Thompson on bass — will be the opening band.

In September, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will release a deluxe edition of Kings and Queens, with two bonus tracks featuring Patty Loveless.

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings Canadian tour dates:
Nov. 7 | Orillia | Opera House
Nov. 8 | Port Dover | Lighthouse Theatre
Nov. 9 | Ottawa | National Arts Centre
Nov. 17 | Regina | Casino Regina
Nov. 18 | Winnipeg | Burton Cummings Theatre
Nov. 19 | Swift Current | Lyric Theatre
Nov. 20 | Saskatoon | Broadway Theatre
Nov. 21 | Edmonton | Winspear Centre
Nov. 23 | Calgary | Jack Singer Hall
Nov. 24 | Kamloops | Convention Centre
Nov. 27 | Vancouver | Vogue Theatre
Nov. 29 | Peterborough | Market Hall
Dec. 1 | London | Aeolian Hall

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And the Polaris Prize nominees are …

- July 17th, 2012

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And then there were 10.

The Polaris Music Prize unveiled its short list of nominees for 2012 on Tuesday, and it includes everyone from rap superstar Drake and indie queen Feist to garage-rockers Japandroids and previous winners F—ed Up (pictured). Other artists vying include rapper Cadence Weapon, singer-songwriters Cold Specks and Kathleen Edwards, electronic artist Grimes, avant-garde collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and indie-rock duo Handsome Furs, who broke up in May.

The Polaris Prize claims to reward the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit, without regard to commercial considerations. But as always, the bulk of the nominees consist of hipster-friendly artists from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, reflecting the 100-plus member jury’s regional imbalance and stylistic preferences.

This year’s winner will be determined by a grand jury on Sept. 24 at a gala in Toronto. They’ll get a cheque for $30,000. Other artists on the short list get $2,000. Here’s the full list of nominees:

Cadence Weapon | Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks | I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake | Take Care
Kathleen Edwards | Voyageur
Feist | Metals
F—ed Up | David Comes to Life
Grimes | Visions
Handsome Furs | Sound Kapital
Japandroids | Celebration Rock
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan | YT​/​/​ST

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