2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. The CBC has called them “a national treasure” while their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper.
It’s this contrast and evolution that brings them to their latest release, The Waves, The Wake – a metaphor for the future ahead, and the past trailing behind.
Royal City Church | 50 Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph
Non-reserved Seating | 7:15 pm doors | 8 pm start
Accessible entrance at back of Church
Adv Tickets: $20 UG Students | $24 General (plus service charge)
9 pm – Great Lake Swimmers
8 pm – Sister Ray
Great Lake Swimmers have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and won a Canadian Indie Award for Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group. They have shared the stage as support for such musical luminaries as Robert Plant, Feist, and Calexico, and have appeared as headliners for many of Canada’s major Folk Music festivals. Their relentless touring schedule and countless live shows have helped them develop devoted fan bases across Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and many points beyond. Mojo dubbed them “Ambient Zen Americana” and Exclaim has described them as a “cherished blend of folk and orchestral indie pop.”
She is heading from here to anywhere. The car smells like gas station coffee left to burn, and runs fast enough down the highway it’s like she was never there. From Edmonton Alberta, Sister Ray was born on the road; a brain child. With roots planted in the realm of traditional folk and bluegrass, ears began to wander into the worlds of post rock and dream pop.
Tickets available on-line at Eventbrite.ca
Cash sales at the CSA Office (UC Rm 274) and The Bookshelf (41 Quebec St.).
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