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Great Lake Swimmers

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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
03.31.16 Gander Arts & Culture Centre Gander, NL Canada
08.19.16 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival 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

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  • 01.28.16 RT @ThatLakeErie: I think I just saw the @GreatLakeSwim!
  • 01.24.16 Thanks to New Orleans songwriter Paul Sanchez for the guest spot @ChickieWahWah this weekend https://t.co/61Zg5zNj3o
  • 01.23.16 RT @e_culturelle: Top 10 des artistes écoutés par la rédaction en cet hiver morose https://t.co/FukY0DHUFl https://t.co/gh5t7Ays4e
  • 01.20.16 RT @LakeshoreCHS: In case you haven't heard....@GreatLakeSwim is coming to Lakeshore Catholic in May. Check it out! https://t.co/BFkCiXNMaF…
  • 01.20.16 RT @niagaracatholic: Breaking news! @LakeshoreCHS hosting @GreatLakeSwim May 13! #AllAreWelcome #ticketsonsalenow https://t.co/J7Mnfbwymr
  • 01.12.16 Turn and face the strange. Spinning the legendary David Bowie tonight. https://t.co/phU6qDcOo2
  • 01.08.16 Pleased to announce shows with Arts & Culture Centres and @ElliottBROOD in Newfoundland and Labrador this spring https://t.co/tUi6o01ev3
  • 01.08.16 RT @ElliottBROOD: We're partnering up with our friends @GreatLakeSwim to tour NFLD in April! Tour dates and ticket info here! https://t.co…
  • 01.07.16 Thanks @OttawaCitizen & @lynnsaxberg for a Top 10 mention of our 2015 tour kick-off shows @blacksheep_inn! https://t.co/3SdDyvWd1H
  • 01.01.16 Happy New Year to our families & friends. Lots in store for 2016! #LectricLeopard #Nola https://t.co/tC2yR7yVyi
  • 12.28.15 ICYMI stream our new holiday song, 'They Don't Make Them Like That Anymore' feat. @juliedoiron here: https://t.co/sVRi7lVIIX @bestfitmusic