NEWS
November 25th, 2014

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE FIRST PERFORMANCE OF 2015

Friday February 27 – Oakville ON @ The Oakville Centre
http://oakvillecentre.ca/whats-on/GreatLakeSwimmers.html

In case you missed it, here is our LIVE AT MASSEY HALL concert from this past July, enjoy: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Xm-pl9AzVUI

And have you seen us cover “I’m A Mountain” written by Sarah Harmer for the Polaris Cover Sessions: https://youtube.com/watch?v=GEM0qJOr70c Look for the vinyl edition next Record Store Day.

Speaking of vinyl, we also have a special vinyl bundle offer available on our Maple Music mail order site: http://maplemusic.com/artists/gls/
Cheers!

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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