It has been an incredible year for Dine Alone Records. The celebrated Toronto-based indie label picked up a few accolades and achieved some noteworthy milestones over the last few months. Here are some highlights from 2012.
In February, The Civil Wars picked up two Grammy Awards (Folk Album of the Year and Best Country Duo/Group Performance) for their debut album Barton Hollow and were listed at #15 in Entertainment Weekly‘s The 30 Greatest Artists Right Now issue. Following the duo’s performance on the broadcast, the album peaked on the Billboard Top 200 at #10, #1 on the Billboard Independent chart and #16 on the Canadian SoundScan chart. Barton Hallow was included on several “Best Albums of 2011” lists, including NPR Music, Paste, American Songwriter, TIME Magazine, iTunes, The Huffington Post, AP, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. The band recently picked up 2 more Grammy nominations for 2013, including a nod for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their performance on “Safe & Sound” with Taylor Swift.
Yukon Blonde’s debut LP Tiger talk was released internationally in March, and took the band on multiple tours across Europe, North America and Australia. From getting name-dropped on ABC’s How I Met Your Mother to being featured in the Canadian Tourism 35 Million Directors commercial (garnering over half a million views in 2 weeks) and providing the soundtrack to the Toronto Blue Jays, the band has become a growing concern on the world stage. Tiger Talk spent 7 weeks at #1 at college radio in Canada and was long-list nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.
Dine Alone took over both floors of the legendary El Mocambo to hold its very own CMW showcase featuring 13 bands/artists from the label’s extensive catalogue. Various media cited the showcase as a major highlight of the festival in 2012. The label also took over SXSW in Austin, TX with a vengeance later that month, featuring a total of 14 bands performing.
In April 2012, Dine Alone followed its gut instinct and released The Lumineers self-titled album in Canada. The album has since become the first International Gold certified album for Dine Alone, as well as the first International Gold record for the Denver-based trio. The Lumineers’ success worldwide in just the few months since releasing their debut LP is remarkable. Lead single “Ho Hey” hit #1 on Modern Rock radio in Canada, and the song just broke Top 15 in the competitive CHR and HOT AC formats in North America. It was also recently featured in the soundtrack to hit major motion picture Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Within a span of six months, the band has been on the cover of BILLBOARD Magazine and performed on several high profile shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CONAN, and NPR’s All Things Considered. On January 19, 2013 The Lumineers will join the ranks of legendary artists when they perform on Saturday Night Live.
The 2012 JUNOs saw Dallas Green take home his 2nd JUNO for City and Colour in the category Songwriter of the Year. Green, who also won the prestigious award in 2009 for sophomore LP Bring Me Your Love, performed a heart-stirring version of “Grand Optimist”, a highlight of the broadcast. It has been an incredible year since the release of Little Hell which debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart in Canada, garnering a 3rd Platinum Record for City and Colour, and Green’s first international Gold Record in Australia. City and Colour has performed over 138 dates since April 2011 including several sold-out shows in the US, UK and Europe. The follow-up to Little Hell is due out in 2013.
Marilyn Manson joined Dine Alone’s growing roster in Canada with the release of his 8th studio album Born Villain in May (nominated for a 2013 Grammy award in the category for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance) as well as the Slo-Mo-Tion Remix EP in November. Manson has enjoyed astounding success across the globe including four certified Platinum albums in Canada, three certified Platinum and three more certified Gold in the USA, as well as three top ten albums and two number-one (Mechanical Animals and The Golden Age of Grotesque). Manson kicks off a Winter tour in January that sees the band performing 10 dates in Canada.
Dine Alone was proud to announce the signing of two-time Juno Nominee Hannah Georgas in August. Her new record was produced by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and released this October in the US and Canada. The LP has been critically applauded on both sides of the border, with Daytrotter calling her album “brilliant”. After completing a US tour with Australian three-piece Husky, Hannah is currently finishing up a run of Canadian dates with Vancouver’s Mother Mother. Hannah recently announced headlining tour dates in both Canada and the US, for January and February, 2013.
Hamilton rockers MONSTER TRUCK also saw their star rising in 2012. The band supported guitar legend SLASH on his North American tour over the summer, and played various sold-out shows with legends Deep Purple, Clutch and Steel Panther. The Brown EP spawned 2 runaway singles; “Seven Seas Blues” peaked at #7 Rock, #8 Active Rock, #9 Alternative, and “Righteous Smoke” peaked at #5 Active Rock and #6 Rock. “Seven Seas Blues” was also featured on EA NHL 2013. Nominated for “Best New Band” in 2012 Classic Rock Magazine Awards (alongside artists like former Black Crowes’ vocalist’s new band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and The Civil Wars), the band took home a CASBY for Best New Band in 2012. Monster Truck’s highly anticipated debut full-length is expected out some time next year.
With their dedication in becoming a prominent force on the Canadian music scene, Dine Alone has garnered a reputation over the years for hosting some very cool industry events, and putting out fun, unique releases from their diverse Canadian and International roster. 2012 highlights include: Record Store Day, vinyl re-releases from Quicksand, Wool and At The Drive-in, the popular Summer and Holiday Sampler Series, the now-tradition NXNE BBQ at Dine Alone’s HQ in Toronto, and the CASBY BBQ where The Edge 102.1 winners get to hang out with the performing bands before the show. The label once again hosted the MuchMusic Video Awards’ after-party at the Horseshoe, which saw a huge line-up wrapping around the block to get in, and featured performances from The Lumineers and Yukon Blonde.
What a better way for Dine Alone to celebrate the end of an incredible year full of milestones with one of the label’s most beloved bands, Alexisonfire. After selling out the majority of their tour dates within minutes of on-sale, Alexisonfire embarked on a 10th anniversary Farewell tour throughout December 2012. Beginning in London UK on December 2 and ending in Hamilton on December 30, the tour touches down on four continents in 24 days. Hailing from St. Catharines in 2001, Alexisonfire became one of the most successful indie bands in Canada. They released four hugely successful studio albums, Alexisonfire (2002 – Platinum), Watch Out (2004 – Platinum), Crisis (2006 – Platinum), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals (2009 – Gold). Crisis debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan chart (Canada), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals debuted at #2, and charted at #9 on the US Billboard Independent Album chart. The band earned countless awards over their career including New Group of the Year at the 2004 JUNO Awards. The band leaves a legacy that reaches way beyond Canada’s borders, having topped charts, graced major magazine covers, and selling out tours in Canada, US, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
As Dine Alone rings in the New Year, 2013 is already shaping up to be another stellar year with the most recent additions to the roster. The label recently announced new releases from UK’s Platinum-selling songstress Kate Nash, LA punks Fidlar, Seattle four-piece Ivan and Alyosha and Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band all due out next year.