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

GLS Lakeshore

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

More info: www.masseyhall.com/eventdetail/TornPagesNinoRicci

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER TOUR DATES FOR EASTERN CANADA

Great Lake Swimmers will hit the road for thirteen dates in eastern Canada in support of their latest album, A Forest Of Arms. The tour will start on December 3 in Ottawa, ON and wrap up December 19 in Ridgeway, ON. A full list of dates can be found below. For more details and advance ticket links please visit the SHOWS page.

Eastern Canadian Tour Dates:

Dec 3 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
Dec 4 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre
Dec 5 – Quebec City, QC @ Anti
Dec 6 – Ayer’s Cliff, QC @ Stanstead House Concert
Dec 8 – Miramichi, NB @ The Miramichi’s Home Concert
Dec 10 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning Ideas Ltd.
Dec 11 – Saint John, NB @ Peppers Patio Pub
Dec 12 – Fredericton, NB @ Wilmot United Church
Dec 13 – Halifax, NS @ The Carlton Music Bar & Grill – SOLD OUT –
Dec 14 – Halifax, NS @ The Carlton Music Bar & Grill
Dec 15 – Halifax, NS @ The Carlton Music Bar & Grill
Dec 17 – Peterborough, ON @ Gordon Best Theatre
Dec 18 – Hamilton, ON @ Molson Canadian Studio
Dec 19 – Ridgeway, ON @ The Sanctuary

“A Forest of Arms is arguably one of the most dynamic and focused Great Lake Swimmers records to date.” – CBC Music

“… nothing will prepare you for the buoyant, Big Star-like wickedness of ‘I Must Have Someone Else’s Blue.’ Now that’s a tune.” – Toronto Star

“…Great Lake Swimmers have evolved into one of the country’s finest roots bands…” – Post City

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE MORE UNITED STATES TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER

Great Lake Swimmers will return to the U.S. in November for six dates in the Midwest in support of their latest record, A Forest Of Arms. The tour will start on November 16th in Columbus, OH and wrap up on the 21st in Traverse City, MI. Full list of dates can be found below.

Great Lake Swimmers U.S. Tour Dates:

Nov 16 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café Club
Nov 17 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
Nov 18 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Nov 19 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Nov 20 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College: Ladies Literary Club
Nov 21 – Traverse City, MI @ Dennos Museum Center / Milliken Auditorium

Please visit the SHOWS page for more details and advance ticket links.

NEW VIDEO FOR “I MUST HAVE SOMEONE ELSE’S BLUES” OUT NOW

The group also released the official video for the single, “I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues”, via Big Takeover last month.

Watch (& Share) the video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrGVkbdRcPE

Critical Praise For A FOREST OF ARMS:

“The soundscapes created by Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are nothing if not panoramic… So lush is their sound at times, it’s easy to forget that the primary lead instruments are acoustic… A solid album with a number of beguiling songs and a lot of spirit…” – PopMatters

“Toronto quintet’s latest offering is packed with echoing vocals, soaring strings, and plenty of resounding acoustic guitar, double bass, and banjo.” – Consequence Of Sound

“They create a place where folk-rock meets country and bluegrass, and converge into a soothing, atmospheric lushness.” – Blurt

“’Don’t Leave Me Hanging’ is gorgeous—simple and direct.” – Pitchfork

“A Forest of Arms seamlessly creates sonic textures that inspire nature walks and drives across empty highways…” – Flood Magazine

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ADD SHOWS IN BRISTOL & ISTANBUL, ANNOUNCE MEG BAIRD AS SUPPORT FOR UPCOMING EUROPEAN TOUR

Great Lake Swimmers have added shows in Bristol and Istanbul to their upcoming fall tour of Europe as well as have confirmed Meg Baird as support for a number of September dates.

Here is their complete fall European tour:

Sep 10 – Brighton (UK) @ The Hope & Ruin *
Sep 11 – London (UK) @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen *
Sep 12 – Bristol (UK) @ The Lousiana *
Sep 13 – Winchester (UK) @ Railway
Sep 14 – Manchester (UK) @ The Deaf Institute *
Sep 15 – Dublin (EIR) @ Button Factory *
Sep 16 – Leeds (UK) @ The Brudenell Social Club *
Sep 17 – Glasgow (UK) @ Broadcast *
Sep 19 – Leffinge (B) @ Leffingeleuren *
Sep 20 – Tilburg (NL) @ Incubate Theaters *
Sep 21 – Münster (D) @ Museum
Sep 22 – Nijmegen (NL) @ Doornroosje
Sep 23 – Groningen (NL) @ Vera
Sep 24 – Hamburg (D) @ Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 26 – Copenhagen (DK) @ Vega
Sep 27 – Lund (S) @ Mejeriet
Sep 28 – Stockholm (S) @ Nalen
Sep 29 – Oslo (N) @ John Dee
Sep 30 – Gothenburg (S) @ Pustervik
Oct 02 – Berlin (D) – Antje Øklesund
Oct 03 – Vienna (A) @ Chelsea
Oct 04 – Munich (D) @ Schreinerei
Oct 05 – Zurich (CH) @ Bogen F
Oct 06 – Mulhouse (F) @ Noumatrouff
Oct 07 – Lille (F) @ La Péniche
Oct 08 – Paris (F) @ Pop Up du Label
Oct 10 – Istanbul (TR) @ Salon

* with Meg Baird

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS PERFORM AUGUST 10TH AT ONTARIO’S CELEBRATION ZONE

Great Lake Swimmers will be performing in Toronto on August 10th at Ontario’s Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Centre during the Pan Am Games.

OCZ will showcase the Best of Ontario from July 10 to August 16 with lots to do and see for FREE, including nightly concerts, live entertainment, culinary showcases, kids programming and an amazing 400 foot zipline. Visit www.ontariotravel.net for full program details.

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE FALL EUROPEAN TOUR

Great Lake Swimmers will be returning to Europe in support of their newest release, A FOREST OF ARMS.
 

Details available at www.greatlakeswimmers.com/shows.

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

Sep 10 – Brighton (UK) @ The Hope & Ruin
Sep 11 – London (UK) @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Sep 13 – Winchester (UK) @ Railway
Sep 14 – Manchester (UK) @ The Deaf Institute
Sep 15 – Dublin (EIR) @ Button Factory
Sep 16 – Leeds (UK) @ The Brudenell Social Club
Sep 17 – Glasgow (UK) @ Broadcast
Sep 19 – Leffinge (B) @ Leffingeleuren
Sep 20 – Tilburg (NL) @ Incubate Theaters
Sep 21 – Münster (D) @ Museum
Sep 22 – Nijmegen (NL) @ Doornroosje
Sep 23 – Groningen (NL) @ Vera
Sep 24 – Hamburg (D) @ Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 26 – Copenhagen (DK) @ Vega
Sep 27 – Lund (S) @ Mejeriet
Sep 28 – Stockholm (S) @ Nalen
Sep 29 – Oslo (N) @ John Dee
Sep 30 – Gothenburg (S) @ Pustervik
Oct 02 – Berlin (D) – tbc
Oct 03 – Vienna (A) @ Chelsea
Oct 04 – Munich (D) @ Schreinerei
Oct 05 – Zurich (CH) @ Bogen F
Oct 06 – Mulhouse (F) @ Noumatrouff
Oct 07 – Lille (F) @ La Péniche
Oct 08 – Paris (F) @ Pop Up du Label
 

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