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Groundwork in Acadie // A Note on National Acadian Day

It seems kind of fitting that today I find myself in the province where, 133 years ago, a delegation of our ancestors at the very first National Convention of the Acadians declared August 15 National Acadian Day. Even more fitting perhaps is the fact that I am passing through New Brunswick after having just attended the 2014 World Acadian Congress – a two and a half week event where Acadians from around the world reunite to discuss, celebrate, learn about, and reconnect with all things Acadian.

I traveled to Edmundston to deliver a presentation on the role of religion in contemporary Acadian identity in Nova Scotia, the subject of a Masters thesis I am currently (taking way too long to finish) writing. At the heart of my thesis is a simple question, one I’ve been asking myself for some time. It’s actually a question that we here at the Embassy have been asking ourselves since we launched this label four years ago: what does it mean to be Acadian?

The simple answer is it means lots of things in lots of different ways to lots of different people.

The problem is that we don’t all see it that way.

There are those who would believe that having ancestral ties to those deported from the Maritimes in 1755 is what makes you Acadian. Some who would suggest that sharing a certain set of values is the element that binds us. Others who would insist that in order to be Acadian you have to speak French. There are many who would agree that being Acadian entails a combination of all of those things and some variety thereof, and many others still who are simply content knowing that rappie pie is the best food you could ever eat.

The beauty of what it means to be Acadian is that it can be all of those things.

In certain circles you will hear Acadie referred to as a “societal project.” Acadian Embassy has always had the goal of contributing to that project in our own unique way and adding our voice to the conversation.

Over the past few years, we’ve been fortunate to share some of our ideas with musicians, academics, friends, and fans. But from day one, Josh and I have talked about the idea of using music as a tool to express these ideas too.

Enter Kuato.

The Great Upheaval – the band’s debut full-length album – is a post-rock, psychedelic doom opus that draws on themes of the brutal 18th Century expulsion to create brooding sonic narratives. I won’t speak too much to the album’s concept (you can read all about that in this excellent feature by Noisey), save to say this probably isn’t the first thing you think of when someone says “Acadian.”

And that’s sort of the point. It cuts against the grain, it challenges assumptions, it prompts discussion – the kind of things we’ve been trying to spur behind the scenes with the Embassy since 2010.

Also you guys, it’s a really amazing album. Just ask NOW Magazine.

Bonne fête nationale et joyeux 15 août!

- Trev

*For today only, buy a copy of Kuato’s The Great Upheaval on vinyl for $17.55.

KUATO Release “The Great Upheaval” and Tour Eastern Canada With Zaum

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Today marks the official release of Kuato’s debut album The Great Upheaval and we are so happy to finally be able to share it with you. It’s been almost 14 months since the band entered the Confidence Lodge with a bunch of gear, some hamburger meat, a bunch of booze and a batch of songs to lay down over 5 days. Darryl kept the fire going at night and Penguin made sure everyone’s sleeves were nice and slobbery and somehow they managed to not mess up a whole lot and get everything recorded on time.

You can now stream the whole album on the group’s Bandcamp Page (or ours as well) and purchase an LP, CD or digital copy.

It’s also streamable on all of those fancy services like Rdio, Deezer or Spotify. Maybe if they get real famous someone will even make a torrent of it.The band will also be returning to the Confidence Lodge on July 26th to perform  a very special release show with the always incredible Instruments. You can get tickets at our store HERE.

Following that, Kuato will also be touring Eastern Canada with the amazing Zaum from Moncton.
Tour dates are as follows:July 26 – Riverport, NS @ The Old Confidence Lodge^
August 04 – Kingston, ON @ Artel*
August 05 – Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge*
August 06 – Kitchener, ON @ The Outpost*
August 07 – Toronto, ON @ The Boat*
August 08 – Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
August 09 –  Montreal, QC @ Drones*
August 15 – Moncton, NB @ Esquire Tavern*
August 22 – Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse Tavern*
August 23 – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital*

^ = with INSTRUMENTS
* = with Zaum

KUATO Launch Pre-Orders for Debut LP “The Great Upheaval” – Announce Release Date

KUATO_Great Upheaval coverKUATO are getting ready to release their much anticipated debut The Great Upheaval on June 24th, and if you pre-order now you’ll not only save money, but you’ll get an instant download of the album as well as have a chance to win 2 tickets to an album release show of your choice. For every 10 pre-orders sold the band will give away a pair of tickets so place your order now!

You can pre-order The Great Upheaval in LP, CD or Digital format in our STORE or at www.kuatoband.com

Featuring seven tracks of sprawling instrumental, psychedelic post-rock doom, the album’s artwork, title and song titles draw thematic inspiration from expulsion of the Acadians in 1755, and was recorded by Diego Medina at The Old Confidence Lodge. Since releasing three EPs from 2010 – 2012 the band has received praise from critics in Russia, Spain, Japan, France, Australia, USA and their native country of Canada, performing at festivals like NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Nova Scotia Music Week and Messtival.

Kuato will also be touring in support of The Great Upheaval in late summer 2015. Dates will be announced shortly, so keep an eye on their Facebook.

 

 

Embassy Update – May 2014

We’re gearing up for a big summer here at Acadian Embassy headquarters. We’ve got a few new releases, some festival dates, and an Eastern Canadian tour coming your way. Check it out.

KUATO is getting ready to unleash their debut full-length, The Great Upheaval, in June. The album will be released on 12″ vinyl  and will feature album artwork designed by Stephen MacDonald.  Pre-orders will be available soon! Following the release of the album, the post-rock quintet will embark on a tour of Eastern Canada in its support. All tour dates will be announced shortly.

AA WALLACE will be heading to Toronto, ON in June to perform at North By North East. He’ll also be bringing his spacey nu-disco to Evolve in Antigonish, NS in July and will have a new single on the interwebs this summer. AA recently released a video for “Lipstick & Stethoscopes,” a track from his album (disambiguation). Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet. Another track from (disambiguation), “Temporal Suspension,” was also recently covered by dream pop duo Vogue Dots on their new EP, Toska. Check that out here.

RAIN OVER ST. AMBROSE is finishing up their latest full-length album which was recorded at the Old Confidence Lodge in December, produced by Wintersleep’s Tim D’Eon and mixed by legendary engineer Tony Doogan in Scotland. The band will be performing at the New Glasgow Jubilee on August 2 with the Sam Roberts Band and will also be playing the Hantsport Homecoming Concert on July 26.

QUIET PARADE is hard at work in the Embassy’s basement writing material for their upcoming full-length album. The band will once again team up with award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell for the album and are slated to begin recording at the end of August. Later this summer, the band will perform an intimate, exclusive show where they’ll unveil a slew of new songs. In the meantime, you can catch Quiet Parade in Halifax, NS at Grand Parade on Saturday, May 10 at 11am where they’ll be playing a free show as part of I Love Local HFX’s Open City.

But that’s not all! We’ve got a couple exciting releases coming your way in the next few months as well. We don’t want to spill the beans just yet, but can tell you one will be a new 12″ vinyl release from a band we’ve loved forever, and the other will be a digital EP from a long-time friend. Keep your eyes (and your ears) open for news on both releases in the next few weeks.

AA Wallace to Perform at Roland AIRA Showcase at ECMW

AIRAWe are pleased to announce that AA Wallace will be performing a special set on Thursday, April 3rd at the Roland AIRA Showcase at East Coast Music Week in Charlottetown.

Wallace will be showcasing with Roland’s brand new line of AIRA machines, performing tracks from his critically acclaimed album (disambiguation) as well as material written specifically to show off the capabilities of the AIRA line.

The show is at 10:30pm in the Roland Member’s Lounge at the PEI Convention Centre (18 Queen St, Charlottetown). See you there!

Acadian Embassy Wins Big In The Coast’s Best Of Music Poll

EMBASSY-COAST-BESTOFMUSIC-WebAcadian Embassy artists pulled in some big wins in The Coast‘s Best  of Music 2014 Reader’s Poll today. Here are the Embassy-related  results:

AA WALLACE
Best Electronic Artist
Runner Up: Best Vinyl for (disambiguation)

QUIET PARADE
Best Band To Enjoy Quietly
4th Year Running

KUATO
Best Band to Be Blown Away By
Runner Up: Best Experimental Band
2nd Runner Up: Best Band to Turn Up Loud

ACADIAN EMBASSY
2nd Runner Up: Best Record Label

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING ACADIAN EMBASSY ARTIST TOUR DATES

AA WALLACE
March 29 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Club – SHAKE Festival Electro w. Scientists of Sound, Wet Paint, Pineo, KDZ & Whaleskin | $12 adv. $15 door

RAIN OVER ST. AMBROSE
March 28 – Saint John, NB @ Pepper’s Pub w. The Waking Night & Hand-Drawn
March 29 – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital w. The Waking Night & Kill Chicago
April 11 – Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse w. Glory Glory & Best Fiends
April 18 – Yarmouth, NS @ Rodd Grand Convention Centre w. Lead Mule & The 742s

QUIET PARADE
April 25 – Sydney, NS @ Governor’s Pub w. Pioneer Video

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