Juno-winning duo Whitehorse returning to Sudbury on November 3rd
Northern Lights Festival Boréal announced their Fall Concert Series lineup in mid-September which included the addition of folk-rock duo Whitehorse. NLFB presented Whitehorse as part of their 2017 summer festival and their dynamic performance cemented them as festival favourites immediately. They released their newest project, Northern South Vol. 2, in January to much anticipation and are touring across Ontario this fall with one gig taking them as far as Iqualuit, Nunavut. With a blend of styles and an infectious live show, it is no wonder that Whitehorse has made an impression on Canadians across the country and are poised to take their music even further in 2020.
Since forming in 2010, Whitehorse has received plenty of acknowledgement and acclaim within the Canadian music scene, with numerous awards and nominations over the years. In 2012 they won the award for Adult Alternative Recording of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards for their second album The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss. In 2013 the same album was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious artistic awards. Building on the momentum from these achievements, Whitehorse went on to win the 2016 Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year for their album Leave No Bridge Unburned and have continued to be nominated for multiple awards ever since.
Whitehorse has been described as ethereal folk, space cowboy twang, psychedelic spaghetti western, intergalactic blues grooves, pop noir and more. Since their debut in 2011, Whitehorse has evolved from magnetic folk duo to full-blown rock band. In truth, Whitehorse is never fully either one or the other, but an ever-evolving creative partnership that challenges both artists to explore new instrumental and lyrical terrain with each project. Together, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s searing Americana noir sensibility is distinguished by guitar wizardry (and instantly recognizable tone) and magnetic harmonies.
Now, the JUNO Award winning duo returns to the early days of electric blues with The Northern South Vol. 2, the second instalment of a project that melds the grooves and melodies of the original selections with the band’s steamy, swampy, squalling approach. The Northern South Vol. 2, coming January 2019 on Six Shooter Records, deals 1950s blues bops, hellfire gospels and sexed-up cuts from Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and more. The first single, “Who’s Been Talkin’” channels the cross-continent blues super sessions with spiny Wurlitzer, serpentine White Falcon, and, above all, a deep reverence for Howlin’ Wolf and his long-time guitar player Hubert Sumlin.
Whitehorse will be performing at The Grand in downtown Sudbury on Sunday, November 3rd. Doors will open at 6pm and the show will get started around 7pm. Advance tickets are $30 and prices go up to $35 at the door. For tickets and other information, please visit www.nlfb.ca/tickets.