The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival – Northern Beauties

This August long weekend (August 4-6),  Gravenhurst, ON is the place to be., as the inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival will be taking place. In an effort to showcase some of the great talent taking part in the festival, we are doing a series of interviews throughout the next few months. So far, we have chatted with The Julian Taylor BandBet Smith & The Currie BrothersJessica MitchellTim Moxam and Abigail Lapell. For our next installment of The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival, we’re happy to speak to Calgary based folk band Northern Beauties.

First off, care to introduce yourself to the Canadian Beats readers?

We are Northern Beauties and we love to love people who love to love music. True Story

Sawdust City Music Festival is in its inaugural year, how does it feel to be a part of this event?

We have been looking forward to this festival all summer, the line up is full of amazing artists and this is our Ontario debut… so we are excited to bring some Alberta love to Muskoka and take in the cottage life!

You are one of many extremely talented artists on the lineup for Sawdust City Music Festival, who are you most excited to check out at the festival? 

Well we are big Blue Rodeo fans so Jim Cuddy is on that list, maybe Miranda Mulholland gets on stage with him again? We saw them in Calgary at Juno Fest and it was far out. I’m also really looking forward to see Julian Taylor, Justin Rutledge, C&C Surf Factory and Zachary Lucky….

Are you performing at any other festivals this summer that you’d like to tell us about?

For all of you Edmonton folks we are at the Interstellar Rodeo July 23rd before we head out to Sawdust City which will finish off our season. We are using this summer to finish the writing for the next album before we hit the studio in September, so only a couple of dates were added this year.

Describe your live show using only 5 words.

Harmonies, Harmonies, Harmonies, Hearts & Guitars

If you were asked to give an up and coming Canadian artist some advice, what would that advice be?

Sounds cliche but let yourself find your voice. It can take awhile to strip away the ego and the fear of failure before you truly find what you are good at and what you love to do every night. It doesn’t matter if there’s 10 people or 10,000 people, it doesn’t matter if they love you or are throwing tomatoes, you have to be the first person to love what’s happening on stage… that is what we call art.

Who are your favourite Canadian artists/ bands?

That’s a long list, I’m sure I will miss a bunch. Maybe stick to the biggest influences like Blue Rodeo, Skydiggers, The Hip, Joel Plaskett or the beautiful artists we have been blown away by like Amelia Curran or Joey Landreth, Elliott Brood!, The Sadies… I could go on

What’s up next for you?

Lots of new music coming out of the Northern Beauties camp. I just finished a solo ep (Todd Stewart) with some Vancouver friends and producer Shawn Cole which is set for a fall release. But before that release The Northern Beauties are hitting the studio in September with Shawn Cole once again and album #2 will be out for a Spring 2018 release. Plus a few of us took up small gardens this summer so we are hoping for a couple of good batches of tomatoes to match our Muskoka sun burns.

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