NEWS
August 7th, 2014

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS TO CO-HEADLINE WITH DANIEL LANOIS AUGUST 10TH AT SHAW AMPHITHEATRE IN BANFF

Great Lake Swimmers have been asked to join Daniel Lanois for a concert
at The Banff Centre’s Shaw Amphitheatre on August 10th.

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August 10 – Banff AB @ Shaw Amphitheatre – The Banff Centre
Gates 4 p.m. Music 5 p.m.
For more details and ticket information: http://tinyurl.com/k85686l

August 6th, 2014

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE ST. LAWRENCE ACOUSTIC STAGE SHOW SEPTEMBER 20TH IN MORRISBURG, ON & TONY DEKKER RELEASES COVERS ALBUM FOR ZUNIOR’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY.

Heading into the fall Great Lake Swimmers will play the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage in Morrisburg, Ontario on September 20th. For more details please visit:
http://st-lawrencestage.com

Tony Dekker also recorded a covers album to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Zunior. Officially released on August 5th, Tony covers songs by Cadence Weapon, The Burning Hell, Rae Spoon, Matt Mays and many others. A benefit for Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, folks can purchase a digital copy of the album at http://zunior.com/products/10-years-of-zunior-a-tony-dekker-cover-collection

Zunior’s anniversary will also be celebrated with the inaugural Sandbanks New Waves Festival on September 13th at Sandbanks Provincial Park. More festival details at: http://sandbanksnewwaves.com

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*****************A reminder about Great Lake Swimmers August Dates:

August 23 – Peterborough ON @ Peterborough Folk Festival
http://peterboroughfolkfest.com/

July 6th, 2014

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS TO PLAY NATAL DAY FESTIVAL IN DARTMOUTH, NS.

Great Lake Swimmers are happy to announce they will be playing the Natal Day Festival in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Aug 2 – Dartmouth NS @ Alderney Landing ‘Natal Day Festival’
http://natalday.org/

With Rich Aucoin, Ashelin, and Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case.

June 9th, 2014

Great Lake Swimmers Announce More Festival Dates & Debut Video For TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP

Great Lake Swimmers have added two more festival dates to their summer schedule with plays this August in Orillia and Peterborough.**

Exclaim! also debut the second video from Tony Dekker’s solo album PRAYER OF THE WOODS for track “Talking In Your Sleep”, shot by Swimmers’ member Erik Arnesen.

View video: http://tinyurl.com/kdsdzqs/

Upcoming Shows:

July 8 – Toronto ON @ Massey Hall w/ The Rural Alberta Advantage
July 12 – Gravenhurst ON @ Peter’s Players
July 18, 19 – Vancouver BC @ Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 22 – Kelowna BC @ Habitat
July 23 – Nelson BC @ Spirit Bar at the Hume Hotel
July 25, 26, 27 – Calgary AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
August 3 – Pelee Island ON @ The Island Unplugged
**August 23 – Peterborough ON @ Peterborough Folk Festival http://peterboroughfolkfest.com/

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Photo by Marina Manushenko

May 22nd, 2014

Great Lake Swimmers to play MASSEY HALL!

Just announced! Great Lake Swimmers to headline MASSEY HALL in Toronto on July 8th, with The Rural Alberta Advantage!
http://masseyhall.com/eventdetail/GLSRAA/

In August the band will head to Pelee Island for the first time to take part in the
Island Unplugged festival.

Upcoming Shows:

July 8 – Toronto ON @ Massey Hall w/ The Rural Alberta Advantage

July 12 – Gravenhurst ON @ Peter’s Players
July 18, 19 – Vancouver BC @ Vancouver Folk Music Festival http://thefestival.bc.ca/
July 22 – Kelowna BC @ Habitat
July 23 – Nelson BC @ Spirit Bar at the Hume Hotel
July 25, 26, 27 – Calgary AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival http://calgaryfolkfest.com/

August 3 – Pelee Island ON @ The Island Unplugged www.theislandunplugged.org/

May 1st, 2014

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER SHOW DATES!

While Great Lake Swimmers will be busy this Spring working on their follow up to 2012’s release NEW WILD EVERYWHERE, they are gearing up to play Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Calgary Folk Festival, along with a few select shows in Canada this summer.

Here are their confirmed show dates so far:

July 12 – Gravenhurst ON @ Peter’s Players
July 18, 19 – Vancouver BC @ Vancouver Folk Music Festival http://thefestival.bc.ca/
July 22 – Kelowna BC @ Habitat
July 23 – Nelson BC @ Spirit Bar at the Hume Hotel
July 25, 26, 27 – Calgary AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival http://calgaryfolkfest.com/

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December 21st, 2013

TONY DEKKER TO PERFORM AT ‘FAB 5 CABARET’ AS PART OF HILLSIDE INSIDE

Friday, February 7 – Guelph, ON @ River Run Center ‘Fab 5 Cabaret’
Doors at 7:00pm, Tickets: $25.00 – ALL AGES
http://hillsidefestival.ca/

Hillside Inside kicks off with a warm embrace of the four other festivals in Guelph and area that comprise the “Fab 5”: the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and the Festival of Moving Media. Performances by Tony Dekker (of Great Lake Swimmers), the stunning Portal Dance Projects’ troupe, as well as a film from the Festival of Moving Media, with a live soundtrack being created on stage by GUH.

A little like a Valentine’s Day chocolate box, the cabaret will allow the audience to sample the flavour of each festival, offering a sensual indulgence and opportunity to expand one’s artistic experiences. With thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a major funder of this project, to the Downtown Guelph Business Association and to Guelph Tourism.”

November 12th, 2013

TONY DEKKER ANNOUNCES TORONTO SOLO SHOWS IN JANUARY

Friday, January 24th, 2014 at HELICONIAN HALL (Located at 35 Hazelton Avenue)
http://heliconianclub.org/

Two very intimate solo performances by Tony Dekker (of Great Lake Swimmers) with special appearances by musical friends, in this historic Gothic board-and-batten hall in the heart of Yorkville, built in 1875 in what was then rural Toronto. The performances will start promptly at 7:30 and 10:00 pm. The events are fully seated, with seating on a first-come first-served basis.

Tickets on sale Friday, November 15th at 10:00 AM

Early show, Doors at 7:00 PM – http://tinyurl.com/o9r9bnt

Late show, Doors at 9:30 PM – http://tinyurl.com/mk68txf

or Call 1-888-222-6608 to charge by phone, Tickets (incl. HST) $20.00 (plus service charges)

Both shows are All Ages / General Admission

September 12th, 2013

TONY DEKKER OF GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR FOR ‘PRAYER OF THE WOODS’ RELEASE & DEBUTS VIDEO

Great Lake Swimmers front man Tony Dekker will be returning to Europe this November to celebrate the release of his solo album ‘Prayer Of The Woods’.TD POTW 4 (600x800) (480x640) (480x640)

The record will be released in Europe by Nettwerk on November 18th, and Exclaim just debut the video for the title track, you can view it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rusNnf7H6d8

The song is a soft, meditative folk ballad about the forest, and the clip appropriately finds the singer strumming his guitar while surrounded by trees. It was filmed north of Toronto at the Glen Haffy Conservation Area; the Bruce Trail runs through this area, and at this point, there’s a hand-carved sign inscribed with the anonymous poem “Prayer of the Woods.” The poem, which is of Portuguese origin and has spread to North America, provides the lyrical underpinning for this song. The video was directed by Great Lake Swimmers’ Erik Arnesen

Dekker will be joined on tour by Dead Oceans label artist Califone who also have a new release out.

Confirmed tour dates so far:
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November 9 – Prague (CZ) @ Pilot Club *
November 10 – Berlin (D) @ Urban Spree Galerie *
November 12 – Gothenburg (S) @ Pustervik *
November 13 – Stockholm (S) @ Debaser *
November 14 – Stavanger (N) @ Folken *
November 16 – Ottersum (NL) @ Roepaen *
November 18 – Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny*
November 19 – Manchester (UK) @ Roadhouse *
November 20 – Leeds (UK) @ Belgrave Music Hall *
November 21 – Dublin (EIR) @ Whelan’s *
November 22 – Coventry (UK) @ The Tin at The Coal Vaults *
November 25 – London (UK) @ Lexington *
November 26 – Bristol (UK) @ St. Bonaventures *
November 27 – Aachen (D) @ Musicbunker *
November 28 – Diksmuide (B) @ 4AD
November 30 – Utrecht (NL) @ Le Mini Who? – Noon time show
November 30 – Brussels (B) @ Klein Mercelis Theater – “Autumn Falls Festival”
December 1 – Schorndorf (D) @ Club Manufaktur *
December 2 – St Gallen (CH) @ Palace *
December 3 – Zurich (CH) @ Exil Club *

* with Califone

August 15th, 2013

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS’ TONY DEKKER TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM THIS FALL

Great Lake Swimmers lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker will release a solo album called PRAYER OF THE WOODS on October 8, 2013 on Nettwerk. The album, which Dekker refers to as a “musical interlude” between Great Lake Swimmers albums, is reminiscent of early GLS recordings in its quiet and intimate approach, and presents a stark portrait of a Canadian troubadour. Dekker has also announced a run of Canadian tour dates in conjunction with his solo effort, listed below.

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PRAYER OF THE WOODS was chronicled in two parts during June 2013 at the historic
St. Brendan’s Church
in Rockport, Ontario. It was recorded and mixed by Justin Nace, with additional overdubs and tracking at the House Of Miracles in July. All of the instruments and vocals were played and sung by Tony Dekker, including guitars, accordion, mandolin, piano, pump organ, Hammond B3, mellotron, harmonica, autoharp, and percussion. It was mastered at the new House Of Miracles by Andy Magoffin, now located in Cambridge, Ontario.

Upon listening to PRAYER OF THE WOODS, listeners will find songs of geographical reference (“Somewhere Near Thunder Bay”), contemplations of mortality (“Final Song”), finding spirituality in the natural world (“Prayer Of The Woods”), and ongoing existential crisis (“Hearing Voices”). There are also new interpretations of a couple of classics: “Land Of The Glass Pinecones” and “Carefree Highway.” The title track is based on an anonymous poem of Portuguese origin that has become known in forest reserves throughout North America.

As the principle songwriter for Great Lake Swimmers, Tony Dekker was nominated for two Juno Awards, has won two Canadian Independent Music Awards for the albums Lost Channels (2009) and Self-titled (2003), was short-listed for the Polaris Prize (Lost Channels) and long-listed for New Wild Everywhere. Great Lake Swimmers was hand picked to open concerts by Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy and Feist among others, and has been called “a national treasure” by the CBC. Notable television and film soundtracks include the series Weeds and American Idol (“Your Rocky Spine”), as well as original soundtracks composed for the 2008 documentary Song Sung Blue and the e-Book One In A Thousand.

Great Lake Swimmers are preparing to release a new studio album in 2014.

PRAYER OF THE WOODS Track Listing:

1. On My Way Back
2. Somewhere Near Thunder Bay
3. Final Song
4. Empty Arms
5. Prayer Of The Woods
6. Hearing Voices
7. Under A Magician’s Sky
8. Land Of The Glass Pinecones
9. Talking In Your Sleep
10. Carefree Highway

Tony Dekker Tour Dates:

Thu, September 26 – North Bay ON @ Voyager Inn
Fri, September 27 – Sault Ste. Marie ON @ Cafe Nutura
Sat, September 28 – Thunder Bay ON @ Finlandia Hall
Sun, September 29 – Winnipeg MB @ Folk Exchange
Tues, October 1 – Bruno SK @ The Bruno Arts Bank
Wed, October 2 – Regina SK @ The Artful Dodger Café
Fri, October 4 – Canmore AB @ Communitea Café
Mon, October 7 – Kelowna BC @ Streaming Café
Tues, October 8 – Vancouver BC @ Chapel Arts
Wed, October 9 – Vancouver BC @ Chapel Arts
Sat, October 12 – Slocan BC @ Little Slocan Lodge
Sun, October 13 – Kimberley BC @ Driftwood Concert House
Wed, October 16 – Saskatoon SK @ The Bassment
Mon, October 21 – Sharbot Lake ON @ Sharbot Lake Country Inn
Tues, October 22 – Wakefield QC @ Black Sheep Inn
Thu, October 24 – Montreal QC @ Le Cagibi
Sat, October 26 – Halifax NS @ St. Matthew’s United Church – HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION
Sun, October 27 – Miramichi NB @ The Miramichi’s Home Concert