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Biography All Music Guide

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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
10.05.15 Bogen F Zurich, ZH Switzerland
10.06.15 Noumatrouff Mulhouse, France
10.07.15 La Peniche Lille, France
11.16.15 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH US
11.17.15 The Brass Rail Fort Wayne, IN US
11.18.15 Subterranean Chicago, IL US
11.19.15 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI US
12.03.15 Bronson Centre Ottawa, ON Canada
12.18.15 Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place Hamilton, ON Canada

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  • 10.03.15 Tonight: Great Lake Swimmers in Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea! Ticket info: http://t.co/dGHgKzDfog
  • 10.02.15 Everyone in their Nudies. Thanks @nudiejeans #göteborg http://t.co/XDy0j7QGVu
  • 10.02.15 Tonight: Great Lake Swimmers in Berlin w. a special performance @ Antje Oklesund. Doors at 8:00pm / 20h. Hope to see you there!
  • 10.01.15 RT @InterWien: Concert picks (1/9): Great Lake Swimmers 3 OCT 2015 (quick!) at Chelsea http://t.co/yRz53Yfzfw @GreatLakeSwim #wien #vienna …
  • 09.30.15 Thank you @pustervik @woodywestgbg @nudiejeans & all at the show 2nite, we had a great time. ❤️ GLS http://t.co/Jttd4mEQMZ
  • 09.30.15 Tonight: Great Lake Swimmers in Gothenburg, Sweden @pustervik @woodywestgbg WSG - doors at 19.00h! http://t.co/fAeqpyqqy8
  • 09.29.15 RT @ARewordingLife: @GreatLakeSwim - RT or donate $5 for world alzheimer's month, pls: http://t.co/sEuyFPZuJ9 #FiveDollarWord #ENDALZ http…
  • 09.29.15 Arrived in Oslo, Norway to this little guy waiting backstage. https://t.co/qoN9aVGF8C
  • 09.28.15 Tonight: Great Lake Swimmers in Stockholm, Sweden @NalenStockholm. No support, show starts 8pm!
  • 09.27.15 Nice to be back in Lund, Sweden @MejerietiLund tonight. Doors @ 8pm / 20h. Hope to see you here! http://t.co/NST5Myazla
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  • 09.25.15 RT @PtboFolkFest: @GreatLakeSwim are coming to @Ptbo_Canada thurs dec. 17th Gordon Best Theatre ! Tix's on sale Tuesday $25! @PtboExaminer …