posted on January 11, 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

We rolled over into a new year a few weeks ago, and had a nice Christmas break with all the family home for a few days. We ate a LOT of food, played lots of games, and had lots of discussion and debate. So a normal Christmas at the Stairs house! Its been a big year, in both the studio and the home life. One of our daughters got married in May, and we are very pleased to welcome Caleb into the family.

We have had a really full year, and want to thank all our supporters, patrons, and artists for making it a good time, and certainly a year to remember. We wouldn’t be where we are today without your support and faith in us, and we want to sincerely thank you.

2017 was very busy, with Dean recording, producing, and releasing seven albums for six of our recording artists who then went on to tour several of these albums. We were just as busy upstairs with house concerts, with talent coming from all over Canada and the world. A few highlights are Hillsburn (NS), Lion Bear Fox (BC),Red Moon Road (MB), and Daniel Champagne from Australia (who we are delighted to announce is coming back on February 11 as part of his Canadian winter tour), and many, many more. It is such a treat to have this incredible talent come and play in our living room, and to be surrounded by you, our friends.

We quickly switched gears from the Christmas break, and jumped right back into the studio, full force, with all sorts of new projects on the horizon.

Adam Baxter kicked off our year in the studio by laying down final tracks for two songs for his new album which is scheduled for release the end of June. It sounds really great so far, so we are excited for you to hear it!

We are really pleased to announce that we are partnering with Clare Follett to produce a single for Cassidy Rich in February. They have been co- writing and brainstorming and we have no doubt that this is going to be a great song full of some serious star power.

Christian is writing for his third project, and hopes to be in the studio this year with new material. We’re looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

Earle and Coffin are also making serious waves locally and internationally. They just spent a few days in the studio laying down scratch tracks for their new record, and will take off in just a few days to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. They were nominated for a Maple Blues Award in the New Artist or Group of the Year category in Toronto, and will be playing in Kansas City for Folk Alliance International, as well as heading to Trinidad and Tobago for the Club One New Releases fusion experience!

It’s going to be another busy year, and we’re really looking forward to it. There are new and exciting ideas being tossed around the studio, and we have a new intern in the office, Bonny.

Thanks again for being part of our world. We love what we do.


Links to our new releases from 2017:

Earle and Coffin- Wood Wire Blood and Bone

Adam Baxter- Different but Polite

Rachel Troke- Blossom

Haley Taylor- Here We Go

Earle and Coffin-A Day in July

Christian Howse- We Were

Cassidy Rich- Lucky Stars

Citadel House was nominated for two ECMA industry awards:
Company of the Year & Venue of the Year.

Earle and Coffin:

ECMA- Blues Recording of the Year Nominee

MusicNL- Group of the Year Nominee

MusicNL- Factor Album of the Year Nominee

MusicNL- Classic Hits COAST 101.1 FM Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year: WIN

21st Annual Maple Blues Award- New Artist of the Year Nominee

2017 Maritimes to Memphis International Blues Challenge- WIN

Selected for the Club One New Releases Fusion filming  in Trinidad March 2018

Adam Baxter:

MusicNL- Folk/Roots Artist of the Year Nominee

MusicNL- Music Educator of the Year Nominee

MusicNL- The Nickel Music Video of the Year Nominee-Adam Baxter – “Poor Cold Hungry Happy” Dir: John Pike

Christian Howse:

MusicNL- Folk/Roots Artist of the Year Nominee

It was a really lovely ending to the year to find that Earle and Coffin’s- Wood Wire Blood and Bone and Adam Baxter’s- Different but Polite, were listed in The Newfoundland Herald’s top albums of 2017.

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