Onsale Times

Six Shooter Records and Massey Hall presents

Featuring Erin Costelo, Ensign Broderick, Sarah Slean and Accidence, a short film by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson.

Ensign Broderick's THE KEY OF X series brings classical, contemporary and experimental artists together to celebrate piano-based composition and performance. The inaugural Key of X took place at Winnipeg New Music Festival in January 2018 with Ensign Broderick and Jónas Sen (Björk).

With six albums out in just over a year, Ensign Broderick's story and experience of launching his solo career at age 59, has little precedent. Each album conveys a fully realized and distinct dimension of the artist and persona, yet a complete picture of the inner life and creative ambition of the artist is only just starting to take form. "You're getting a different Ensign Broderick with each project," says the artist. "The progression from the childlike perspective of Ranger to the totally superficial, fully realized glam of Feast of Panthers, to the very personal depth-plumbing of BloodCrush/BloodMyth is a maturation and a devolution. These are all puzzle pieces."

Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time JUNO nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide – but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 25-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with 11 of the country’s professional orchestras. As a recent composer-in-residence at the Canadian Film Centre, she has now added film scoring to her arsenal. Classically trained from the age of 5, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers - this unique hybrid of pop and 'new classical' has become the hallmark of her career.

Erin Costelo is an artist who mines the truth. With a voice unlike any other in Canada, she has the ability to transport you back in time, to when voices were iconic and songs were well-crafted gifts. She has opened for legends Mavis Staples and Dr. John and performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. In addition to her work as a songwriter and singer, Erin is an award-winning producer, arranger and recent Canadian label owner. Her work with Käia Kater saw her first JUNO nomination as a producer and she has written arrangements for The Nova Scotia Symphony, Blue Engine String Quartet and artists like Amelia Curran, Stephen Fearing, Reemy Smith and contemporary classical music ensemble Upstream. On her fifth, self-produced album Sweet Marie, Erin signed to reputable Nashville-based label, Compass Records, and released a poignant collection of songs for our time; in one moment a desperate whisper and in the next, a defiant scream.