Thank you Gord

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Everything changed for me from the moment I first heard The Tragically Hip in 1988. Words cannot express my gratitude to Gord Downie for providing some of the greatest rock and roll experiences of my life, for being so gracious and supportive each time we interacted from our first encounter in 1989, and for giving me a deeper understanding of what it means to be Canadian.

To honour his memory, please continue to support truth & reconciliation, cancer research, and independent voices in all forms of Canadian music and literature.

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Congrats to 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees!

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The 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees were announced today, and I’m so thrilled to see several friends on the list. Winners will be announced at the Nov. 18-19 ceremony at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa.

Nominees:

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Abigail Lapell
Contemporary Album of the Year
Contemporary Singer of the Year

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Zachary Lucky
Solo Artist of the Year

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Ken Yates
New/Emerging Artist of the Year
English Songwriter of the Year

Geoff Berner’s Canadiana Grotesquica available now!

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I’m very happy to be working with Geoff Berner, one of my favourite singer-songwriters, and of whom Billy Bragg has said, “cherish him, for there really is no one like him.” Geoff’s new album Canadiana Grotesquica is available now on Coax Records, and his autumn tour schedule kicks off soon.

Produced by Paul Rigby (Neko Case, Carolyn Mark), Canadiana Grotesquica is something of a departure for Berner. His previous five albums have been forays into the genre of klezmer/punk, which many credit him for originating. The new record is instead more of a country-tinged singer-songwriter affair, in the style of his first full-length We Shall Not Flag Or Fail, We Shall Go On To The End.

Songs like “The Ghost of Terry Fox” and “Rule of the Road” come with a melancholy twang, due in part to Rigby’s additional contributions on guitar and pedal steel. “Hustle Advisory” features Frazey Ford on guest vocals, while violin parts throughout the album are supplied by Diona Davies, formerly of Po Girl.

Furthermore, a video for the song “Gino Odjick,” a tribute to the former Vancouver Canucks fan favourite, has racked up over 6,000 YouTube views to date.

Canadiana Grotesquica is being released in conjunction with Berner’s second novel, The Fiddler Is a Good Woman, to be published Oct. 14 by Dundurn Press. Berner will be touring the world following the album’s official launch at the 10th annual Accordion Noir Festival at Vancouver’s Russian Hall.

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: https://soundcloud.com/user-735924804-981519664/sets/thesis-09-kinbrae-tony-dekker

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS TOUR DATES
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. http://www.quantumtangle.com/tour-dates