Today is the day, Valleyheart is in stores in Canada and available online for the rest of the world. The iTunes Deluxe version contains 3 covers including The Tragically Hip Nautical Disaster.
My new label Outside Music has put together a digital compilation in support of HEROS, a charity in which I have a strong connection to. I contributed a recording of “Don’t Be So Mean Jellybean” to the cause and it also has songs from The Sadies, Sloan, Jill Barber, Sunparlour Players and many more. It’s $10 with all proceeds going to HEROS, you can download it here:
Justin Rutledge Embarks On Tour Behind Deluxe Re-issue of No Never Alone, Completes New Album And Is Set To Compose And Perform In Can-stage Production Of The Arsonists
It’s been a busy summer for Justin Rutledge, aside from appearing at various folk festivals across the country, he recorded his new album at Toronto’s Woodshed Studios and began composing music for the production of the play The Arsonsists which will run in November and December as part of the prestigous Can-Stage 2012 season. Prior to resuming his stage career, which began with him appearing in a production of Michael Ondaatje‘s Divisadero, Rutledge will head out on the road for a handful of dates behind the re-release of his critically acclaimed debut No Never Alone.
No Never Alone was remastered by Phil Demetro and will be released on vinyl for the first time. The LP will come with a download card that will give the listener 4 previously unreleased tracks that were recorded for an intended album entitled In The Fall, that never came to be. One of these 4 tracks is “Don’t Be So Mean Jellybean” (click song to stream) which has become a staple at Justin’s live shows. No Never Alone was originally released in 2005. It was only after earning high praise from NME, Uncut and Comes With A Smile, and being released on Neil Halstead’s (Mojave 3, Ride) Shady Lane in the UK, did Canada take notice of the burgeoning singer/songwriter. In support of the release, Justin will embark on a brief tour of Ontario and one stop at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec.
After compelting the tour, Justin will immerse himself in The Arsonists, Swiss playwright Max Frisch‘s famous post-World War II political farce about our all-too-human ability to ignore acts of despicable evil. This will be the Canadian debut of this play and will be directed by Morris Panych. Justin composed the score and compiled a crack band to perform the songs in the show.
The new album entitled Valleyheart, produced by Justin, was recently completed and will see a release in early 2013, followed by extensive touring.
No Never Alone Tour Dates
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – London: London Music Club
Saturday, September 22, 2012 – Hamilton: Casbah
Sunday, September 23, 2012 – Waterloo: The Starlight
Thursday, September 27, 2012 – Toronto: Dakota
Friday, September 28, 2012 – Toronto: Dakota
Saturday, September 29, 2012 – Wakefield: The Blacksheep
Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Guelph: Dublin United Church w/ Matthew Barber
Justin Rutledge stars in theatrical adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel Dividadero at the Theatre Passe Muraille
Due to a successfull run in February 2011 we are remounting Divisadero: a performance
Text by Michael Ondaatje
Directed by Daniel Brooks
Set & Costume Design by John Thompson
Lighting Design by Andrea Lundy
Music & Sound Design by Alexander MacSween
Projection Design by Jeremy Mimnagh
Stage Managed by Robert Harding
Assistant Stage Managed by Elizabeth McDermott
Assistant Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski & Coleen MacPherson
Featuring: Liane Balaban, Maggie Huculak, Tom McCamus,
Amy Rutherford, Justin Rutledge
Songs written and performed by Justin Rutledge
Michael has adapted his award winning novel Divisadero – a violent and passionate story exploring themes of memory, identity, love and the grip of the past on the present. An examination of the intimate relationship between the speaker and the listener, and of language’s ability to weave a magical spell.
For our remount, Michael, Daniel and the cast have been exploring new ideas, playing with design elements, rewriting and rearranging… even adding new songs.
February 8th – 26th 2012
THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE
16 Ryerson Avenue
Click Here to Buy Tickets or call 416 504 7529
Produced in association with The Film Farm
Justin Rutledge currently stars in the Canadian performance debut of Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a modern retelling of the ancient myth of Orpheus – from the dead bride’s point of view.
Directed by Kristina Nicoll and featuring Caitlin B Driscoll as Eurydice, Justin Rutledge as Orpheus, Hardee T. Lineham as The Father, Jesse Aaron Dwyre as Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of The Underworld, Moira Dunphy as Big Stone, Elley-Ray Hennessy as Loud Stone, Elliott Loran as Little Stone.
Lighting design by Dora nominee Kevin Hutson and sound design by Verne Good. Stage Management by Laura Cournoyea and Pip Bradford Design Consultant Arndt Von Holtzendorff. Production Godfather: Derrick Chua. Associate producer: Alexandra Lalonde. Executive Producer: Kristina Nicoll.
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
16 Ryerson Avenue
(one block Northeast
of Bathurst & Queen)
Thursday, August 4th at 5:30pm
Saturday, August 6th at 8:00pm
Monday, August 8th at 5:30pm
Wednesday, August 10th at 8:00pm
Friday, August 12th at 10:30pm
Saturday, August 13th at 12:30pm
Tickets are $15
available at 416.504.7529 or
Justin talks about the art of writing lyrics, working with Michael Ondaatje and surviving cat attacks in the UofT Magazine
Comprised of acclaimed UK singer Carina Round, Juno nominated Canadian artist Justin Rutledge, L.A. producer/musician Dan Burns and Zac Rae (Pedestrian), Early Winters are a thriving musical partnership without geographical boundaries or limitations. Since they were scattered around the world in 4 different countries, the band wrote the EP and their forthcoming album using video chat and Skype, but the beauty and intimacy of the recordings will make you feel like they’re performing only for you. They are finally poised to share their far-flung emotions and transcontinental harmonies with the release of their self-titled debut 7″, five-song digital EP tomorrow & several national dates including a residency at Los Angeles’ famed Hotel Café this month. For more information about Early Winters click here
A short documentary about the song ‘Mrs. Montgomery’ from Justin Rutledge’s latest album, The Early Widows. Directed and photographed by Scott Cudmore.