Justin Rutledge is heading back out on the road after a long absence from touring. Justin will be touring Ontario in support of his new album EAST, in stores on September 23rd. EAST was recorded just outside of Halifax in Lake Echo, with producer Daniel Ledwell (Oh Pep, Jenn Grant).
The lead single “Great Ascension” was released a couple of weeks back and now you can watch the brand new video here.
About the song: “It became something broader, something about the search for meaning through art and spirituality,” says Rutledge. “The idea that there’s this ultimate lifelong search in each of our lives whether that be for something tangible or intangible, religious or secular or extraterrestrial, whatever floated your boat. We each have our own ascensions we’re waiting for.”
The video was Directed by Colin Harrington, aka a Pocket History of Mars, with footage collected over a road trip throughout the Southern United States as well as around Justin’s home in eastern Ontario.
About the video: “I wanted to visually capture the concepts (in the song) of the human need to believe in “the Other” and the desire for individual spiritual ascension, and how these motivations express themselves is our architecture and art across North America.” shares Harrington.
EAST is the follow up to Justin’s 2014 Tragically Hip tribute album Daredevil. His last album of original material was Valleyheart, which won the 2014 Juno Award for Solo Roots Recording. A lifelong Torontonian, Justin now lives in Prince Edward County.
WATCH “The Great Ascension” HERE
LISTEN TO “The Great Ascension” HERE
Thursday October 13 Kingston, ON The Mansion**
Friday October 14 Picton, ON The Hayloft Dancehall**
Saturday October 15 Peterborough, ON The Red Dog Tavern**
Sunday October 16 Oshawa, ON Moustache Club**
Thursday October 20 Hamilton, ON Mills Hardware**
Friday October 21 St. Catharines, ON NAC Rooftop**
Saturday October 22 Toronto, ON The Great Hall**
Wednesday October 26, Waterloo, ON Starlight##
Thursday October 27 London, ON Aeolian Hall##
Friday October 28 Windsor, ON Phog Lounge##
Saturday October 29 Sarnia, ON Paddy Flaherty’s##
**with special guest Joshua Hyslop
##with special guest Jonathan Roy