"Go West, Young Man, Go West", an expression coined in the 1800s, could easily be rephrased and applied to Juno Award Winner Justin Rutledge to read, "Go East, Young Man, Go East", as that, quite literally, is what Justin Rutledge has done. His new album, aptly titled EAST, signifies not only his personal transition in moving away from the only city he's ever lived, but also, recording in the east, his first time making an album outside of Toronto.
Rutledge's other albums include No Never Alone(2004), The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006), Man Descending (2008), The Early Widows (2010) and Daredevil, his homage to The Tragically Hip (2014). He has twice been nominated for a Juno Award, and twice been long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. Valleyheart, Rutledge's first release on Outside Music, earned the Juno Award for Roots Album of the year in 2014.
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Megan Bonnell released her sophomore album, ‘Magnolia’, in April 2016 via Cadence Music. The record, which was produced by Chris Stringer (The Wooden Sky, Timber Timbre) and Joshua Van Tassel (David Myles, Gypsophilia), holds within it a very specific time in her life and features 11 new songs, including the new single, ‘Anna’.
Megan has toured Spain with John Grant, opened for Passenger at BIME Live festival (Bilbao, Spain) and performed at Barcelona Jazz Festival and The End festival (London, UK). She also did a full North American tour supporting Justin Nozuka, and has played at noteworthy summer festivals across North America such as Field Trip Music Festival, CBC Music Festival and Gateway Festival. In 2016, she joined Jordan Klassen on a spring tour, and most recently supported Great Lake Swimmers on their cross-Canada fall tour.