Great Lake Swimmers Announce Intimate Ontario Shows In September

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Continuing their recent, highly successful Floating Through The Forest Tour performing as a trio, acclaimed Toronto-based folk-rockers Great Lake Swimmers have announced a string of dates this September in Ontario that promise unique live music experiences (see detailed schedule below).

The schedule kicks off on Sept. 9 when Great Lake Swimmers perform alongside Canadian novelist Nino Ricci at the Words In The Woods Festival in Dunedin, Ontario. The group will play songs from their catalogue directly inspired by Ricci’s writing, and both artists will participate in a Q&A following the reading/concert.

From there, Great Lake Swimmers will join the Festival of Small Halls series with three shows in the Ottawa area from Sept. 14-17, with Sept. 16 finding them headlining the Sandbanks Music Festival in Prince Edward County, alongside Lowest Of The Low, Inbreds, By Divine Right and others.

The band has also confirmed that work has begun on their seventh studio album slated for a 2018 release, the follow-up to 2015’s A Forest Of Arms. In keeping with Great Lake Swimmers tradition, they have sought out an unusual recording location, this time the decommissioned Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London ON. The space is also currently home to London’s El Sistema Aeolian non-profit youth music program, and Great Lake Swimmers will perform a charity concert at London’s Aeolian Hall on Nov. 11 to raise funds for this worthy cause.

On top of that, Great Lake Swimmers singer/songwriter Tony Dekker is part of The Thesis Project, which brings together musicians from disparate worlds to collaborate on limited edition singles. Dekker was paired with Scottish duo Kinbrae, and their four-song release is now available on 10″ vinyl in a handmade jacket bearing original artwork by Gregory Euclide.

Listen to Thesis 09 – Kinbrae and Tony Dekker here:

Sat. Sept. 9 :: Dunedin ON :: Words In The Wood Festival
Thurs. Sept. 14 :: Elgin ON :: Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall
Fri. Sept. 15 :: Almonte ON :: Almonte Old Town Hall
Sat. Sept. 16 :: Sandbanks Provincial Park :: Sandbanks Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 17 :: Tamworth ON :: Tamworth Legion
Sat. Nov. 11 :: London ON :: Aeolian Hall (El Sistema Benefit)

Quantum Tangle’s Shelter as we go… Out Now!

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Happy release day to Quantum Tangle’s Shelter as we go…, available through COAX Records. Get it HERE!

The full-length debut follows up their Tiny Hands EP, which earned at 2017 JUNO Award for Indigenous Album of the Year. Catch the duo on tour across Canada this summer and fall.

Jon Stancer’s For The Birds now available!


Happy release day to Toronto singer/songwriter Jon Stancer whose debut solo album, For The Birds, is now officially available through iTunes, CD Baby and Bandcamp. Produced by Jono Grant (John Southworth), the album is a collection of lush hook-laden pop-rock, connected by lyrical themes that touch on reclusiveness and resurgence, regret, revision and rejuvenation.

The results on For The Birds contain all the basic ingredients for great rock and roll: energetic drums, buoyant bass lines, bright acoustic and shiny electric guitars, piano and organ, with horns, strings and a range of percussion adding sonic nuances.

Christina Martin announces contest for June 16 Toronto show

I’m very excited to be partnering with Christina Martin again to launch her new single, “Lungs Are Burning,” available June 6. Take a listen:

She will be playing a full band show on Friday, June 16 in Toronto at the Burdock Music Hall. If you buy advance tickets now, you can enter to win a $200 Burdock gift certificate!