We’re so pleased to announce that JOYFULTALK has joined the incredible roster of artists at Constellation Records, who will release the band’s sophomore album later this year.

The brainchild of instrument builder and jazz-fried alchemist Jay Crocker, JOYFULTALK offer up new concepts on regionalism and conjure micro-climate trance music. Admittedly influenced by the craggy treelines and flowing rivers of Lunenburg county, Crocker and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Dicey’s gnarled jamscapes render natural spaces in a hazy parallel universe.

Constellation is a Canadian independent record label based in Montreal, founded in 1997, and home to artists like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, Esmerine, and many more. Their roster is unique in both its composition and spirit, with artists hailing from the Anglo, Francophone, and immigrant communities alike, and defining a kind of adventurous music.

– Read Pitchfork’s Feature on Constellation –

See JOYFULTALK on tour:

May 25 – Toronto, ON: Double Double Land w/ Toshimaru Nakamura & Martin Taxt // tickets
May 26 – London, ON: The Grickle Grass Festival // tickets
May 27 – Montreal, QC: L’Escogriffe // tickets
July 3 – Amsterdam, NL: Sugarfactory w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 4 – Hamburg, DE: Molotow w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 6/7 – Kutná Hora, CZ: Creepy Teepee
July 11 – Newcastle, UK: Cluny
July 14 – Brighton, UK: The Haunt w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 16 – Birmingham, UK: Hare And Hounds w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 17 – Bristol, UK: The Fleece w/ Preoccupations // tickets


The Olympic Symphonium have shared the video of their performance of “Choral Voices” from the Shivering Songs festival, which premiered earlier this week via Spill Magazine.

“That room was built for choral music and all though we aren’t a choir, we sure felt like it in such a grand, hollow space,” says member Graeme Walker.

Watch the video for ‘Choral Voices’ live at the Shivering Songs festival –

On the track, Walker says there’s “an effort to make sense of being made to feel like there is an air of failure or underachieving, when really there isn’t. Exploring the idea of getting caught in the trap of how we measure success, the speed of the world today, how we miss opportunities to connect, and how the results can be damaging. The importance of effort and communication, and not taking people and relationships for granted. All of these are themes explored with an undercurrent of optimism and hope.”

The band has also announced expanded tour dates in Quebec later this month alongside a Halifax album release show, a performance at Fredericton’s Flourish Festival, and in Ottawa audiophile record store The Record Centre.

April 19 – Fredericton, NB: Flourish Festival @ Gallery on Queen // tickets
April 20 – Halifax, NS: Bus Stop Theatre // tickets
April 26 – Saint-Casimir, QC: House Show (email for details)
April 27 – Chelsea, QC: Mill Road Community Space // tickets
April 28 – Ottawa, ON: The Record Centre (1pm)
April 28 – Frelighsburg, QC: Beat & Betterave
April 29 – Montreal, QC: Casa Del Popolo // tickets