Great Lake Swimmers Announce U.S. Tour; New Song Out Now

June 25, 2018 BY Nettwerk

Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are excited to share their latest single, “Alone But Not Alone.” The track premiered via Vice’s Noisey yesterday and is from their new album, The Waves, The Wake, out August 17, 2018 via Nettwerk. Recorded in the 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church and produced by Chris Stringer (Union Sound), lead singer-songwriter Tony Dekker decided to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar, which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way.


When asked about the new song, Dekker replied, “’Alone But Not Alone’ is a straighter shooter than some of the other tracks on the new album, with a little more of a familiar 12-string jangle, and it’s sort of a bridge back across our fifteen-year, seven-album catalogue. We set out to make a breezy, 1960’s AM radio inspired kind of thing, with a few twists and turns, because it seemed to be what the song was asking for, in the midst of experimenting with sounds for some of the other new songs. As for the lyrics, sometimes it can be easy to find yourself in a crowded place but still feel utterly alone. This song is a reflection on that sense of suffocating connectedness while still feeling disconnected at the same time. In the end it’s a pretty lonely place, but there’s a resolve to keep an open heart and mind

In addition to the already announced Canadian dates, Great Lake Swimmers will be playing special advance shows in Los Angeles and New York this July. The first two will be in LA on July 15th (KCRW DJ Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Series at The Federal in North Hollywood) and 16th (School Night at Bardot in Hollywood), followed by an NYC show on July 31st at The Standard Hotel East Village presented by Annie O. as part of their Standard Sounds Series. The band also announced today a run of U.S shows for August, October and November that will be capped off with a special hometown performance in Toronto on November 23rd at the Danford Music Hall.  A full list of current dates can be found below. Check out for the latest routing as European shows will be announced soon.

The new record is preceded by a six track EP titled Side Effects that was released on April 13th and features new songs “The Talking Wind”, “Falling Apart” and “Side Effects,” as well as fan favourites “Your Rocky Spine”, “Quiet Your Mind” and “I Became Awake”. 2018 the marks the 15th anniversary the JUNO nominated, Polaris Prize shortlisted group.

The Waves, The Wake Track Listing:

The Talking Wind
In a Certain Light
Alone but Not Alone
Falling Apart
Side Effects
The Real Work
Root Systems
Unmaking the Bed
Visions of a Different World
Holding Nothing Back
Mouth of Flames
The Open Sea


Great Lake Swimmers Tour Dates:

7/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Federal (Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Showcase)

7/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot (School Night Showcase)

7/31 – New York, NY @ The Standard Hotel (Annie O. Presents Standard Sounds Showcase)

8/21 – Gravenhurst, ON @ Peter’s Players

8/23 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage in

8/24 – Friendship, IN @ Whispering Beard Folk Festival

8/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

9/13 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange

9/14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre

9/15 – Sherwood Park, AB @ Festival Place

9/16 – Calgary, AB @ Festival Hall

9/17 – Nelson, BC @ Spirit Bar

9/20 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom

9/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial

9/22 – Penticton, BC @ The Dream Café

9/24 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar

9/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre

9/27 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks

9/29 – Sudbury, ON @ The Townhouse

10/3 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

10/4 – New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge

10/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

10/6 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

10/9 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

10/10 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

10/11 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House

10/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café

10/13 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works

10/19 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark

10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

10/21 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

10/24 – Denver, CO @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

10/26 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic

10/27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

10/28 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

11/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Swedish American Hall

11/2 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium

11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

11/6 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

11/7 – Santa Fe, NM @ Rufina Taproom

11/9 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads

11/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub

11/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi

11/23 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall