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Great Lake Swimmers

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  • Formed: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.greatlakeswimmers.com
  • Recent Activity: 05.26.16 RT @klaszus: Forgot how good the @GreatLakeSwim album "Ongiara" is. Holds up well almost a decade later.
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, Great Lake Swimmers are an indie folk group led by songwriter/vocalist Tony Dekker. The group first appeared in 2003 with a haunting, self-titled debut that was recorded in a grain silo and released by Weewerk Records, a small label based in the band's native Toronto. Misra Records picked up the record and released it stateside in April 2005. Recording sessions for Great Lake Swimmers' second album began that same year, with the band taking up residence in an old church in rural southern Ontario. The finished product, Bodies and Minds, was released toward the end of 2006, featuring another blend of homespun folk and lush, intimate Americana.

Although already popular in Canada, the band began building a wider audience in 2007 by signing to a new label, Nettwerk, and releasing 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 they still managed to take some time off to record a fourth album. Traveling between multiple locations in the Thousand Islands region and elsewhere in northern New York state, the group hit a creative high peak with Lost Channels, which was released in 2009. The Legion Sessions, an EP featuring live versions of several Lost Channels tunes, also appeared that year. In 2012 Great Lake Swimmers released New Wild Everywhere, their first album to be recorded in a traditional studio.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
07.23.16 Harbourfront Centre Toronto, ON Canada
08.19.16 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Salmon Arm, BC Canada
08.20.16 Salmon Arm Fairgrounds Salmon Arm, BC Canada
08.20.16 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Salmon Arm, BC Canada
08.21.16 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Salmon Arm, BC Canada
12.15.16 National Arts Centre Ottawa, ON Canada
12.16.16 National Arts Centre Ottawa, ON Canada

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  • 05.26.16 RT @klaszus: Forgot how good the @GreatLakeSwim album "Ongiara" is. Holds up well almost a decade later.
  • 05.22.16 Got the new @winterpills LP in the mail after tour & it's been in heavy rotation since. Killer record. #lovesongs https://t.co/BL6fiIVbCR
  • 05.20.16 RT @CanadasNAC: #NACPresents is excited for a new season of #CDN #music @DonovanWoods@FortunateOnesNL @GreatLakeSwim & @ElliottBROOD + more…
  • 05.19.16 We're thrilled to announce a free show in Toronto @HarbourfrontTO on Sat July 23. Details at https://t.co/7bsMhPTm2D https://t.co/VDkUeNkh4D
  • 05.17.16 RIP to one of our favourite songwriters, Guy Clark. A brilliant story teller & true master of his craft. https://t.co/TzGoohRIyV
  • 05.17.16 RT @LakeshoreCHS: https://t.co/7Ir57xf0ig Performance of the Great Exhale @GreatLakeSwim Absolutely stunning. LCHS Performing Arts Centre s…
  • 05.16.16 RT @LakeshoreCHS: https://t.co/KzG6HmYCsK outstanding follow up to our Concert Series. @GreatLakeSwim @niagaracatholic #musicliveshere
  • 05.16.16 RT @cogecotv_source: @balsommike headed out to @LakeshoreCHS this past friday to visit with tony from @GreatLakeSwim https://t.co/guCT1wqL…
  • 05.15.16 RT @ArtBergmann: Have you heard @ArtBergmann's 'The Legend Of Bobby Bird’? It will tear your heart in half and make you think hard. https:/…
  • 05.14.16 Thanks all who came out for an awesome Niagara night @LakeshoreCHS last night! We had a blast. https://t.co/Wf2FusI2Ni
  • 05.13.16 Revisited the grain silo today with @enpointecreativ & @jlupish where I began recording the… https://t.co/xth7FRg3Bp
  • 05.11.16 RT @LakeshoreCHS: https://t.co/EmE1pa83Sn Check out the article on LCHS grad Tony Dekker and our concert this friday! @niagaracatholic @Gre…