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Sunday, March 20 • 12:30am - 1:30am
Great Lake Swimmers

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Great Lake Swimmers sing pastoral songs about seeking spirituality in the natural world; quiet tales of our accelerated culture and the creative process; songs about heartbreak and loss which are tempered with a sense of hope and perserverance. This is set in a familiar, folk-country framework, with melodies and lyrics which remain in your mind long after the final chord is played. Song writer Tony Dekker continues to capture an ever growing audience with his poetic, deeply meaningful lyrics and musical blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals. Great Lake Swimmers first appeared in 2003 with a haunting, self-titled debut that was recorded in a grain silo and released by (weewerk), a small label based in the band's native Toronto. Recording sessions for Great Lake Swimmers' second album saw the band take up residence in an old church in rural southern Ontario. The finished product, Bodies and Minds, was released by (weewerk) in the spring of 2005 and it featured another blend of homespun folk and lush, intimate Americana. Great Lake Swimmers had US based label, Misra Records license both records and release them simultaneously stateside later that same year. Great Lake Swimmers began to build a wider audience in 2007 by signing to Nettwerk and releasing their third full length, the well-received Ongiara. The album's first track, "Your Rocky Spine," topped the Canadian indie charts and appeared on the soundtrack to Showtime's Weeds. Such increased attention kept Great Lake Swimmers on tour for the better part of two years, but the band still managed to take some time off to record a fourth album. Traveling between multiple locations in the Thousand Islands and northern New York, the group hit a creative high peak with Lost Channels, which was released worldwide by Nettwerk in 2009. The Legion Sessions, an EP featuring live versions of several Lost Channels tunes, also appeared that year. Great Lake Swimmers has toured extensively across Canada, United States, Europe, and this past January debut in China.
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Great Lake Swimmers

New Wild Everywhere is the follow-up to Great Lake Swimmers’ critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted and Juno nominated 2009 album Lost Channels. Their fifth album in just under a decade, this new collection of 12 tracks reveals a depth and maturity previously only... Read More →


Sunday March 20, 2011 12:30am - 1:30am
Central Presbyterian Church 200 E 8th St

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