As previously reported, Arts & Crafts' recording artists (aka Broken Social Scene side projects), Stars & Apostle of Hustle are playing Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 8th (which I think really is sold out this time) (all tour dates below).

Although hardly known in the U.S.A., Stars was just nominated for a Juno award in Canada. Unfortunately for them, they're competing against the Arcade Fire for "alternative album of the year." The Arcade Fire winning should make it less uncomfortable for fellow Broken Social Scene family member, Leslie Feist, who's also up for the same award. Then again, maybe she will win it. Who knows? Feist is also up for "new artist of the year" and "video of the year." Canadians can watch the Juno awards on April 3rd, 2005.

Stars' obscurity in the U.S. will potentially change after March 8th when their album is released here. It's been out in Canada for a while. Will releasing it in the U.S. make a difference? Now everyone who already downloaded it can replace their Mp3s with a real copy without paying import prices. Maybe they'll get a spot on Conan.

You can listen to the Stars album at arts-crafts.ca/stars, although every time I go there my browser just freezes.

All the dates & more links...

APOSTLE OF HUSTLE TOUR DATES

Tue, February 15, 2005 - Kingston, ON . Grad Club
Fri, February 18, 2005 - Toronto, ON . Drake Hotel, early show
Fri, February 18, 2005 - Toronto, ON . Drake Hotel, late show (sold out)
Sat, February 19, 2005 - Ottawa, ON . Zaphods

STARS & APOSTLE OF HUSTLE - TOUR DATES TOGETHER

Sun, March 6 - Burlington . Metronome
Tue, March 8 - NewYork . Mercury Lounge
Wed, March 9 - Hamilton, ON . Casbah (apostle only)
Thu, March 10 - London, ON . Call The Office
Fri, March 11 - Indianapolis . Birdy's
Sat, March 12 - Chicago . Empty Bottle
Sun, Mar 13 - Madison . Café Monmarte
Mon, Mar 14 - Minneapolis . 400 Bar
Tue, Mar 15 - Columbia . Mojo's
Thu, Mar 17 - SXSW. Austin
Fri, Mar 18 - SXSW. Austin
Sat, Mar 19 - SXSW. Austin
Mon, Mar 21 - Tucson . Plush Room
Tue, Mar 22 - San Diego . Casbah
Thu, Mar 24 - LA at Troubadour (also with Feist)
Fri, Mar 25 - LA at Troubadour (also with Feist)
Sat, Mar 26 - SF at Bimbo's (also with Feist)
Thu, March 31 - Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom (Exclaim tour, also with Feist)
Fri, April 1 - Portland . Doug Fir
Sat, April 2 - Seattle . Neumo's

EXCLAIM MAGAZINE TOUR (STARS/APOSTLE OF HUSTLE/MONTAG)
Thu, April 7 - Edmonton . Dinwoodie hall
Fri, April 8 - Calgary . MacEwan Hall
Sat, Aprii 9 - Saskatoon . Amigo's
Mon, April 11 - Winnipeg . the Pyramid

EXCLAIM MAGAZINE TOUR (STARS/THE ORGAN/MONTAG/WOODEN STARS)
Thu, April 14 - Toronto . Phoenix.
Fri, April 15 - Montreal . Cabaret
Sat, April 16 - Montreal . Cabaret
Mon, April 18 - Ottawa . Barrymores

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