Celebrating 25 Years with Great Lake Swimmer Vicki Keith & Getting Their Blues On In Kitchener!

Great Lake Swimmers have added a couple more shows to their summer schedule, including a benefit concert for the YMCA of Kingston recognizing the 25th anniversary of Vicki Keith’s major swims on each of Canada’s five Great Lakes in 1988, as well as a concert in Kitchener with Elliott Brood:

June 15 – Kingston, ON @ The Island Queen for ‘Vicki Keith’s Great Lake Swim 25th Anniversary Celebration’

August 11 – Kitchener, ON @ Kitchener Blues Festival

— Check out the SHOWS tab for more details.

JUNOS in REGINA & Announcing Shows in Port Dover and Niagara On The Lake!

We had an awesome time in Regina and we’d like to congratulate our friends
Elliott Brood on their first JUNO win.

GLS - Red Carpet Junos 2013 (800x530) (640x424) Great Lake Swimmers on the Red Carpet – Photo: Arthur Ward / Carillon

We are also happy to announce a few more special shows we are playing this August in Ontario along with a number of truly talented bands.

August 17 – Port Dover, ON @ Silver Lake Roots Music Festival
with The Sadies, Tia McGraff, Duane Rutter & NorFolk

August 31 – Niagara On The Lake, ON @ Jackson – Triggs Amphitheatre
with Elliott Brood www.jacksontriggswinery.com/Events/Amphitheatre

Great Lake Swimmers @ The JUNOS

Receiving a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group for their latest album NEW WILD EVERYWHERE, Great Lake Swimmers have added a few more performances in Regina.

April 19 – Outlaws & Gunslingers @ The Exchange
April 20 – The Neighbors Dog Session – check link for free tickets www.picatic.com/rahrah
April 20 – JunoFest @ Artesian on 13th, with The Barr Brothers, Andy Shauf & Rueben and the Dark

Outlaws & Gunslingers Poster (518x800)

Great Lake Swimmers Announce Summer Shows

April 20 – Regina, SK @ JunoFest – Artesian on 13th

June 6 & 7 – Bayfield, ON @ Old Town Hall
June 14 – Brockville, ON @ TALL SHIPS 1812 Festival
June 22 – Ottawa, ON @ Dragon Boat Festival
July 19 & 20 – London, ON @ Home County Festival
August 3, 4, 5 – Canmore, AB @ Canmore Folk Festival

Check the show page for advance ticket links and more details.


Ten years ago today the debut, self-titled Great Lake Swimmers album was released into the world via the (weewerk) record label and art salon. Though the recording began in the summer of 2001, the album finally found a home through (weewerk), the tiny Toronto indie label that could, in March of 2003.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a whole decade of touring, making new friends, and continuing the musical conversation. Thanks to everyone who has helped us out along the way & especially to Phil Klygo for holding down the fort in his role as manager.

Here’s to another ten!


New Videos!

The Great Exhale:

To capture the tone of the song for a video, the group worked with director Christopher Mills, who shot exteriors in different parts of Toronto and captured the band in front of a green screen so he could juxtapose them with illustrations and treatments that evoked the feeling behind the song.

“I found the song to be really haunting and beautiful, so the original concept for the video was based on a very loose idea of exploring empty, dissonant places, and to more of a visual essay that put ‘the music on the wind that passes through,’” Mills says. “The plan was to fill these spaces with these drawings, and ‘ghostly light and effects’ in ways that complimented the music.” He accomplished this with some help from French illustrator and producer Gaëlle Legrand and director-videographer Colin Medley, who found the graffiti-strewn walls that dance about in the video.

The Great Exhale - music video

Ballad of A Fisherman’s Wife:

“In August, Canada’s Juno nominated band “Great Lake Swimmers” visited McLellan Group’s ‘Eastern Office’ in the 1000 Islands. With a couple of great shooters, perfect weather, underwater cameras and the River’s funkiest barge, we created their official video for “Ballad of a Fisherman’s Wife” from their “New Wild Everywhere” album.”
– Doug McLellan

Ballad of A Fisherman's Wife - music video

Great Lake Swimmers Announced To Perform At HILLSIDE INSIDE!


As part of the INSIDE THE MUSIC series sponsored by Napoleon Home Comfort, Tony Dekker of heralded folk band Great Lake Swimmers will be making a few special solo appearances this February.

Thu Feb 21 – Barrie ON @ Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
Fri Feb 22 – Collingwood ON @ Gayety Theatre

Advance tickets on sale now, check the SHOWS tab for more details.