10/26 Great Lake Swimmers

Show Info:

Friday, October 26th
Duck Club Presents
Great Lake Swimmers with Joshua Hyslop
$12 adv / $15 doors
7pm doors / 8pm show

Tickets available at The Record Exchange or online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lake-swimmers-tickets-47195143946

Artist Bio:


2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums,
multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singersongwriter
Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their
native Canada and beyond. The CBC has called them “a national treasure” while
their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once
familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve
It’s this contrast and evolution that brings them to their latest release, The Waves, The
Wake – a metaphor for the future ahead, and the past trailing behind. Abandoning
the acoustic guitar, this new collection of songs sees the group branching out to
include new sounds such as harp, lute, pipe organ, woodwinds, congas and
marimbas, alongside the more familiar flecks and chimes of the banjo, piano, and 12-
string electric guitar. The stunning acoustics of the historic, 145 year old Bishop
Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario lend the atmospheric touch to the
album, under the guidance of co-producer Chris Stringer (Union Sound). This record
is about the songs, first and foremost, and was made with many of Toronto’s most
talented players, including arrangements by Drew Jurecka and electric guitar
appearances both atmospheric and spirited by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath). Long
time collaborators Erik Arnesen (banjo, guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Josh Van
Tassel (percussion) also contribute their considerable musicianship.
“The Talking Wind” opens the album solely with woodwinds and vocals, setting the
tone with its scaled back, minimalist approach. Similarly sparse arrangements on
“Falling Apart” pair a meditative, layered piano with an appearance by renowned
harpist Mary Lattimore alongside Dekker’s haunting, plaintive vocals. Bridging the
album to the group’s past work, the lonely jangle of “Alone But Not Alone” is a
study in song-craft; “Side Effects” matches lyrical substance to musical motifs with
its expressive vibraphone, tempo variations, and vocal effects.
But perhaps the album’s centerpiece is the entirely a cappella “Visions Of A
Different World” with its ghostly, longing vocals nakedly bearing its message.
Great Lake Swimmers have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, have been
shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and won a Canadian Indie Award for
Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group. They have shared the stage as support for such
musical luminaries as Robert Plant, Feist, and Calexico, and have appeared as
headliners for many of Canada’s major Folk Music festivals. Their relentless touring
schedule and countless live shows have helped them develop devoted fan bases
across Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and many points beyond. Mojo dubbed them
“Ambient Zen Americana” and Exclaim has described them as a “cherished blend of
folk and orchestral indie pop.”



“Great music. One of the warmest, soothing and rich sounds I’ve heard in a long time. Josh has created a beautiful, intimate soundscape backed with superb production – A pleasure to listen to!!” – Alex Wharton – Mastering Engineer (Animal Collective)

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