GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE CONCERTS AT THE BUTCHART GARDENS AND PETER’S PLAYERS THIS SUMMER

Great Lake Swimmers will be performing at the beautiful Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay on July 28th as well as returning to play Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst August 12th.

July 28 – Brentwood Bay BC @ The Butchart Gardens
http://www.butchartgardens.com/activities/entertainment

August 12 – Gravenhurst ON @ Peter’s Players
http://www.petersplayers.com/event_post/great-lake-swimmers-2/

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE TORONTO SUMMER CONCERT AND TWO NIGHTS IN OTTAWA THIS DECEMBER 

Great Lake Swimmers are excited to be playing a FREE concert at the Shield to Shore Festival at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on July 23rd with Gordie MacKeeman  and his Rhythm Boys. In December Great Lake Swimmers will be playing a two night NAC Presents / CNA Présente event in Ottawa at the NAC Studio with friends Elliott Brood. Advance tickets for these two concerts will be going on sale this Friday at 10AM.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
July 23 – Toronto ON @ Harbourfront Centre – Shield to Shore Festival
July 29,30 – Comox BC @ Filberg Festival
August 19,20,21 – Salmon Arm BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival
August 27 – Dundas ON @ Harvest Picnic
December 15 – Ottawa ON @ NAC Studio with Elliott Brood http://nac-cna.ca/en/event/14266
December 16 – Ottawa ON @ NAC Studio with Elliott Brood http://nac-cna.ca/en/event/14265

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS PLAY HARVEST PICNIC IN DUNDAS, ONTARIO – AUGUST 27th

Great Lake Swimmers are happy to announce they will be performing at this year’s Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario, along with a long list of awesome artists including;  Cowboy Junkies, Rheostatics, Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Jim Cuddy Band, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, Jann Arden, and more.

Saturday August 27, 2016   –   Gates at 11AM · Show at 12PM

Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Highway #5 West in Dundas, Ontario

TIER 1 EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW    –     UNTIL SUNDAY MARCH 13th

Tickets available online at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1120547
or by calling 1-888-732-1682
Also Available at Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke Street South, and Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson Street in Hamilton.

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE NEW EP – SWIMMING AWAY – OUT MARCH 25 & IN-STORE AT FRED’S RECORDS IN ST. JOHN’S ON MARCH 30

Great Lake Swimmers will release their new EP, Swimming Away, on March 25, 2016 via Nettwerk. The four song digital EP includes two covers, a Tom Waits classic, “Innocent When You Dream” and the aching PJ Harvey song “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love.” It also features two new songs, the starkly beautiful “Condition White,” which was commissioned for the series Torn From The Pages and is based on the novel Sleep by Nino Ricci, and finally the hypnotic title track “Swimming Away,” which is an unreleased outtake from latest album A Forest Of Arms.

Tony Dekker had this to say about the new ep: “Swimming Away” is an outtake we were working on for A Forest Of Arms. I think it stands alone as a departure from the sound of that record, and we wanted to showcase it here in the context of an EP. It has a fleeting, ephemeral feel, and digs in sort of hard on the harmonica and layered vocals. To complement it and to make a little suite of songs, I’ve added a track written for the Torn From The Pages author series in Toronto (conceived and hosted by Dave Bidini) called “Condition White,” based on author Nino Ricci’s intense new novel, “Sleep.” It was recorded in New Orleans. “Innocent When You Dream” is a cover of a Tom Waits classic that has been in our live set for many years, and this is our attempt to interpret this beautiful song. Lastly, “The Desperate Kingdom of Love” is one of my favorites from PJ Harvey. It stabs me in the heart, and feels appropriate here in this little collection of songs.”

LISTEN & SHARE NEW SINGLE “SWIMMING AWAY” BELOW: http://bit.ly/1RADF6h

Swimming Away EP cover

In the coming weeks, Great Lake Swimmers will hit the road for several dates in Newfoundland and Labrador, in collaboration with Arts & Culture Centres and co-headlining with Elliott Brood. As well, the band has announced an in-store at Fred’s Records in St. John’s on March 30. A full list of dates can be found below.

Stay tuned for more information on Great Lake Swimmers in the coming weeks.

Great Lake Swimmers Newfoundland & Labrador Tour Dates:
* co-headlining w/ Elliott Brood

March 30 – St. John’s, NL @ Fred’s Records (IN-STORE)
March 31 – Gander, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 1 – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 2 – Stephenville, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 3 – Corner Brook, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 5 – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 6 – Labrador City, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
April 7 – St. John’s, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre *
May 13 – Port Colborne, ON @ Lakeshore Catholic High School
August 19 – Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival
August 20 – Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival
August 21 – Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival

Great Lake Swimmers Tour Europe and the UK, April & May 2016

Great Lake Swimmers return to Europe in April and May this year on the strength of their most recent album, A Forest Of Arms, and in support of a new EP (TBA).

This incarnation of the touring band will feature three core members: singer and songwriter Tony Dekker, banjo and guitarist Erik Arnesen, and upright bassist Bret Higgins. They will be playing music from across the catalogue with a focus on quieter songs for this intimate tour. Requests can be made at www.greatlakeswimmers.com or through DM on our Facebook page.

The opening act will be harpist Mary Lattimore (Thrill Jockey).

The band is also hoping to fill a few off-days with smaller shows and house concerts.
These dates are:

April 22, 2016 (near Geneva)

April 25, 2016 (near Valencia, ES)

April 29, 2016 (near Poitiers, France)

If anyone can host the band with a house concert or venue near the above areas, please contact:phil@weewerk.com. Thanks!gls_3piece_press_1

Confirmed tour dates:

April 16, 2016: Berlin (D) @ Kantine am Berghain
April 17, 2016: Dresden (D) @ Beatpol
April 18, 2016: Jena (D) @ Glashaus im Paradies
April 19, 2016: Köln (D) @ King Georg
April 20, 2016: Freiburg,(D) @ Swamp Freiburg
April 21, 2016: Schaffhausen (CH) @ Tap Tab
April 23, 2016: Barcelona (ES) @ Pop Bar
April 24, 2016: Madrid (ES) @ Taboo
April 26, 2016: Nîmes (F) @ Paloma
April 27, 2016: Bordeaux (F) @ Heures Heureuses (Darwin)
April 28, 2016: Paris (F) @ Petit Bain
May 1, 2016: Lille (F) @ L’Aeronef
May 3, 2016: London (UK) @ The Forge
May 4, 2016: Gent (B) @ Minard
May 5, 2016: Antwerpen (B) @ Roma
May 6, 2016: Maastricht (NL) @ Muziekgieterij
May 7, 2016: Amsterdam (NL) @ Sugarfactory

With support Mary Lattimore.

TONY DEKKER RETURNS TO LAKESHORE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

On May 13, 2016, I’ll be returning to my alma mater, Lakeshore Catholic High School, with my band Great Lake Swimmers to play a concert for students and the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. Proceeds from the night will go towards Lakeshore’s charity initiative with their sister school in Portsmouth, Dominica. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with friends and checking out the new Performing Arts Centre that has just been built. All are welcome to attend, and tickets are available by calling 905-835-2451 or emailing nancy.bodis@ncdsb.com. We hope to see you there! – Tony Dekker

May 13 – Port Colborne, ON @ Lakeshore Catholic High School

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS TOUR NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR, PERFORMING AT SALMON ARM ROOTS & BLUES FESTIVAL

Great Lake Swimmers are teaming up with Arts & Culture Centres and friends Elliott Brood to tour Newfoundland and Labrador this spring. The Swimmers are also confirmed to perform at the 24th edition of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival in British Columbia this August.

Tour Dates:

March 31 – Gander, NL @ Arts and Culture Centre http://tinyurl.com/jn54t9c

April 1 – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL @ Arts and Culture Centre

April 2 – Stephenville, NL @ Arts and Culture Centre

April 3 – Corner Brook, NL @ Arts and Culture Centre

April 5 – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL @ Lawrence O’Brien Arts Center

April 6 – Labrador City, NL @ Arts and Culture Centre

April 7 – St. John’s, NL @ Arts and Culture Centre

August 19-20-21 – Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
http://www.rootsandblues.ca/category/2016-performers/

(Swimmers live photo by Bob Ciolfi)

Great Lake Swimmers Cover Sarah Harmer for Polaris Cover Sessions

Great Lake Swimmers contributed a cover song for the Polaris Music Prize special 10″ cover session series and have a very limited number to offer fans via mail order.

POLARIS COVER SESSIONS
NO.01 – Yellow Vinyl 10”
This limited edition release features three cover recordings:
A Side:
WHITEHORSE – “Bones Of An Idol” written by NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
B Side:
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS – “I’m A Mountain” written by SARAH HARMER
SARAH HARMER – “Odessa” by written CARIBOU
– Check the link for order details from our friends at Maple Music:
http://www.maplemusic.com/product.asp?dept_id=1641&pf_id=1640-26&lang=EN
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TONY DEKKER PERFORMS AT ‘TORN FROM THE PAGES’ AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE THEATRE NOVEMBER 12TH

Massey Hall presents at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre – Torn from the Pages: Nino Ricci 
Born from the imagination of Rheostatic and host Dave Bidini, Torn From the Pages is an evening where the worlds of books and music collide; a frisson of prose and melody based on the work of a single artist. This innovative event will take place once again this autumn, featuring Governor General Literary Award winner, Nino Ricci.
Nobu Adilman, Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Oh Susanna, Corin Raymond, Lucas Silveira and Michael Winter will debut newly-commissioned songs, stories, poems and more evoked and inspired by Ricci’s novel, Sleep.
  • Thursday November 12th, Time: 8:00pm  Tickets  $19.50 – $29.50 All Ages
Available online or at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office  (60 Simcoe St, Toronto), 416-872-4255
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