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Fisticuffs (aka singer/songwriter Jordan Kurtz) is currently touring in support of his latest EP, The Wheat Weather (which is available on iTunes), and you can catch him at a home-town date on July 30.

“As a Canadian indie musician, when I’m not donating my own plasma, this is my main means of income — [so] feel free to spread the word,” says Kurtz.

The EP is a stripped-down record, as Kurtz wanted to challenge himself to see what he could do when he wasn’t hiding behind layers of instrumentation — a process which, perhaps ironically, resulted in songs that sound pretty damn big. Still, the somewhat folky sound of The Wheat Weather isn’t a corner that Kurtz wants to paint himself into permanently.

“I’ve settled into this folky sort of niche out of default and necessity lately,” he says, “but it’s not my heart. It’s hard to get other people on the road for extended periods of time, so as a songwriter with an acoustic guitar you get lumped into the ‘folk’ thing, regardless of whether you’re in fact suited for that. [But] my heart is in pop. Not in the shallow top 40 sense, but in the simplistic, catchy and thoughtful sense.”

Fisticuffs’ July 30 gig is an all-ages affair, along with Vancouver acts Said the Whale, We are the City, and Aiden Knight, at the YFC building.

“It’ll be pretty loud,” says Kurtz, “but somewhat intimate. The YFC building maxes out at just over a hundred, so it’s not a huge room — it’ll be smaller and hopefully a little more special than your average Amigos turnout. The fact that people have to go a tiny bit out of their way to be there means that they’ll most likely be there to enjoy music, and not just [to] get plastered.”

All-ages shows are an area where the city has been seriously lacking as of late, with no real venue for them to call home. It’s a crying shame, says Kurtz, as these shows can be bread and butter for artists like himself, while also giving young music lovers something to bite into.

“The fact that we’re sitting at 250,000 people and have no consistent place for people not old enough to legally consume alcohol to gather for live music, is definitely a detriment,” he says. “Besides the fact that it’s a huge market for musicians to tap, it’s really sad that we’re dropping the ball in creating a situation for that culture to foster.” - Planet S

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"Fisticuffs is to the music world, what Martha Stewart was to the stock market; totally on the inside, and, one step ahead of the pack. Lets just hope the law doesn't catch on too quickly. The world needs more power-folk!" - CFCR 90.5 FM


"Beautiful..." - CBC Radio


"Quite stylish." - The Sheaf

"Fisticuffs: One Busy Dude"

Prolific artist and writer Jordan Kurtz turns to musical project

Arts Writer

Back in September of 2009, my romance with CBC Radio was in its initial stages.

Innocent, playful and pure, the four of us (Radio 1, 2, 3 and me) were inseparable. Through CBC Radio, my eyes were opened to the amazing Canadian music scene that I had been unknowingly longing for and I quickly came to realize that Saskatoon was home to a number of this country’s finest musical acts.

Jordan Kurtz, a.k.a. Fisticuffs, is the former drummer of We Were Lovers, the pianist and vocalist of Saskatoon piano pop-quartet Tuxedo Mask and, occasionally, drummer for his brother Scott Kurtz in Boycott Scott.

Recently, I heard Kurtz on CBC Radio twice in the same week: once as a panelist for a book club on The Afternoon Edition, then promoting his newest project The Bridge Citizen, an intriguing e-zine that he and friend Zach Perkins recently created.

The Bridge Citizen is just the most recent of Kurtz’s involvement in media. In addition to his career as a musician, he is a host on CFCR 90.5 FM, was the creative mind behind the independent online radio project The Love Parade and served as music editor for New York’s Patrol Magazine.

One would think that with the successes he has thus far achieved as a drummer, radio host, journalist and writer that Kurtz would be content. But no, Kurtz has recently been devoting much of his time and energy to his solo career, Fisticuffs.

With the creation of Fisticuffs, Kurtz is at last pursuing his longstanding passion as a singer-songwriter.

On April 3, Fisticuffs will wrap up a string of hometown shows that have so far included performances at Caffe Sola, All Citizens in Bruno, Sask., the Prairie Ink Cafe at McNally Robinson and, most recently, at the YFC building with B.C. rising stars Aidan Knight and We Are The City.

The upcoming performance is being held at the Free Flow Dance, located at 224 25th Street West. With Del Barber, Amy Seeley and Zachary Lucky joining Fisticuffs on the bill, it is sure to be yet another stellar show in Saskatoon.

After the performance on April 3, Kurtz will be taking his act on the road to promote his new EP The Wheat Weather.

On April 11 in Winnipeg, Fisticuffs officially kicks off his upcoming The Woods of Canada Tour, which will see him and Vancouver’s Jamison Troy traversing Western Canada. You can catch Fisticuffs when he wraps up the western leg of his Canadian tour back home in Saskatoon in the middle of May.

After a three-week break back in Saskatoon, Kurtz and his guitar will hopefully be back on the road once again, this time with sights set on the east. With such a kick-ass music scene in this fine country, Fisticuffs is bound to join many other amazing acts in some of Canada’s music hotbeds like Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and maybe even a stay in St. John’s. - The Sheaf


Untitled - LP (2012)

Would You - Single (2011)

The Wheat Weather - EP (2010)

Hush/Hush - LP (2009)



Fisticuffs is an award-winning band from Saskatoon, SK, Canada built around the songs of Jordan Kurtz. Self described as "Post-Folk" and "Indie-cisive Bipolar-Pop," his various projects have, over the years, shared the stage with Tokyo Police Club, Elliott Brood, Yukon Blonde, Del Barber, Wide Mouth Mason, Said The Whale, mewithoutYou, Attack In Black, New York Dolls, MxPx, Arkells, The Wooden Sky, and many more.

Fisticuffs started out as a solo project after Kurtz's work playing piano/singing in Tuxedo Mask and drums in We Were Lovers (both from Saskatoon). After a brief stint drumming in Treelines (Vancouver), he started pursuing the project with new enthusiasm and ambitions to see it develop into a full band. 2011 saw this realized as the newly formed lineup toured Eastern Canada, and released the single "Would You," both to an overwhelmingly positive response. This year also saw Kurtz hit the road drumming with Zachary Lucky (Saskatoon), Jordan Klassen (Abbotsford), and begin demoing new songs with his band and producer Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, Julie Doiron, Great Lake Swimmers, Jordan Klassen) for an LP slated for release in 2012.