Great Lake Swimmers Announce U.S. Tour Dates And Release New Music Video

Great Lake Swimmers have announced U.S. tour dates in support of the April 3 release date of New Wild Everywhere, their fifth studio album and follow up to 2009’s Juno and Polaris-nominated album Lost Channels. The tour kicks off Tuesday, May 1 in Chicago at Lincoln Hall; pre-sale packages are currently available on the band’s website (www.greatlakeswimmers.com), with the general on-sale beginning Friday, January 27. Support act Cold Specks will join the band on the North American leg of the tour. The band has also confirmed that they will be appearing in Austin, TX during SXSW, with show details to follow. See below for a full list of tour dates, including previously announced Canadian and European dates.

In other news, this week PasteMagazine.com premiered a new music video (here) for lead single “Easy Come Easy Go,” which was digitally released on January 17. The video was directed by Scott Cudmore (Rural Alberta Advantage, Timber Timbre), shot in one take and showcases the band performing in a studio in their hometown of Toronto as the set gets deconstructed around them. Watch the video above and keep reading for more information and full list of tour dates.

Produced by long-time Great Lake Swimmers collaborator Andy Magoffin in Toronto’s Revolution Recording Studio, New Wild Everywhere captures all of the excitement and intuitive musicianship of a group at the peak of their creative powers, with 12 new tracks that reveal a depth and maturity only previously hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. Featuring the touring band from Lost Channels (long-time collaborator Erik Arnesen on banjo and guitar, along with new addition Miranda Mulholland contributing backing vocals and violin, Bret Higgins on upright bass, and Lost Channels drummer Greg Millson), the album thematically picks up where the previous album left off, exploring transcendence in the natural world to describe the universal themes of love, mortality and escape.

Dekker has spent the last decade entrancing listeners with his unforgettable voice and compelling songwriting. Great Lake Swimmers have long been a word-of-mouth favorite in their home country of Canada for whom critical mass was inevitable. They’ve been regarded as a national treasure by the CBC, with Lost Channels (2009) topping the charts at CBC Radio 3 and on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. In the U.S., Lost Channels debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was a favorite among influential bloggers and NPR staff. The band has received public endorsements by the likes of Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and cyclist Lance Armstrong. The latter two have both raved about the band on their personal websites; the former have handpicked the band to open shows and whole tours. Josh Groban has been known to open his show with a Great Lake Swimmers cover, and the band has shared the stage with such varied artists as Calexico, Sarah Harmer, Bela Fleck & The Sparrow Quartet, Hayden, Goldfrapp, and Bill Callahan of Smog.

Great Lake Swimmers Tour Dates (U.S. Dates are in BOLD):
Wed, Mar 14 – Sat, Mar 17 Austin, TX @ SXSW (showcase information tba)
*Thur, April 5 Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
Thur, April 12 London, UK @ Cargo
Fri, April 13 Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
Sat, April 14 Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Insitute
Sun, April 15 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Mon, April 16 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tues, April 17 Diksmuide, BE @ 4AD
Wed, April 18 Ottersum, NL @ Roepaen
Thur, April 19 Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri, April 20 Berlin, DE @ HBC
Sat, April 21 Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbar
Mon, April 23 Basel, CH @ Sud
Wed, April 25 Brest, FR @ Le Vauban
Thur, April 26 Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
Fri, April 27 Turnhout, BE @ Warande
With Cold Specks:
Tue, May 1 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Wed, May 2 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Thur, May 3 Minneapolis, MI @ Cedar Cultural Center

Fri, May 4 Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
Sun, May 6 Edmonton, AB @ McDougall United Church
Mon, May 7 Calgary, AB @ Central United Church
Fri, May 11 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
Sat, May 12 Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
Sun, May 13 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
Mon, May 14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Wed, May 16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri, May 18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Sat, May 19 Phoenix, AZ @ The Compound Grill
Sun, May 20 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Tue, May 22 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
Wed, May 23 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
Thur, May 24 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Fri, May 25 Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
Sat, May 26 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sun, May 27 Washington, DC @ The Rock ‘N Roll Hotel
Mon, May 28 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Wed, May 30 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
Thur, May 31 Boston, MA @ The Middle East

Sat, June 2 Toronto, ON @ The Music Hall (formerly Danforth Music Hall)

*Cold Specks will not appear on this date.

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