Screening Room: Chairmen Of The Boards – “Booty Wiggle”

Toronto’s surf-rock kings Chairmen Of The Boards have released a new track from their debut album Surfin’ The Apocalypse. “Booty Wiggle” is their funkiest track, and essential for any Valentine’s Day playlist.

Here’s what the band has to say about it:
“Mid-winter means Valentine’s Day and Chairmen Of The Boards love to celebrate it. To mark the occasion this year, we are sharing the track ‘Booty Wiggle’ from Surfin’ The Apocalypse, out now on Weewerk Recordings. Please enjoy the video made by Dave Loblaw and imagine the sand between your toes… Then chill the champagne, sip and giggle, and let the Chairmen make your Booty Wiggle.”

Get it and the entire album from the COTB Bandcamp page!

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)

CBC Music First Plays: Art Bergmann & T. Thomason

Two, count ’em two First Plays today!

Art Bergmann – Remember Her Name (May 12, weewerk Recordings) Get it HERE

T. Thomason – sweet baby EP (May 12, Coax Records) Get it HERE

Art Bergmann’s “Mirage (The Apostate)” Premieres At Exclaim!

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I can go on and on about how excited I am to be working with Art Bergmann on his first full-length album in 18 years, The Apostate, out April 8 on (weewerk) Recordings, but I’ll just let the music do the talking for now. There will definitely be more on this to come, so stay tuned!

You can check out the first track, “Mirage (The Apostate) at Exclaim!