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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
07.24.15 Hillside Festival Guelph, ON Canada
07.25.15 Hillside Festival Guelph, ON Canada
07.26.15 Hillside Festival Guelph, ON Canada
08.17.15 Knox Presbyterian Church Stratford, ON Canada
09.11.15 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen London, London UK
09.12.15 Louisiana Bristol Bristol, Avn UK
09.15.15 The Button Factory Dublin, D Ireland
09.16.15 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, Yorkshire UK
09.17.15 Broadcast Glasgow, Glg UK
09.22.15 Doornroosje Nijmegen, GE Netherlands

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  • 07.01.15 RT @hmvcanada: Celebrate #CanadaDay w exlusv interviews frm your FAVE Canadian artists! 1st up @GreatLakeSwim http://t.co/5d4mJQjLl0 http:/…
  • 06.30.15 RT @CollectorsKDHX: Ep. #7 feat. Toronto's @GreatLakeSwim is live at http://t.co/DoPqgGsEvl. 3 new songs from "A Forest of Arms" & conversa…
  • 06.29.15 RT @suburbanroads: Show Review: @GreatLakeSwim at @TheHighWatt in Nashville, TN 6/20/15 - http://t.co/63VQHV2kEC
  • 06.29.15 RT @WYEP: #ICYMI Here's our Live & Direct session with @greatlakeswim. http://t.co/Y3Q37AA8ID
  • 06.27.15 RT @suburbanroads: Check out our photos of @GreatLakeSwim from their show at Nashville's @TheHighWatt last weekend! http://t.co/BM8jhtoFkO
  • 06.26.15 Great Lake Swimmers are in NYC tonight @boweryballroom with special guests @vandaveer - hope to see you here! Doors 8pm #lastshowofthetour!
  • 06.26.15 Tune in to @soundcheck now to hear Great Lake Swimmers interview and performance http://t.co/synASJWPCS
  • 06.26.15 RT @CBCMusic: .@GreatLakeSwim is No.57 in the #CBCMusic100 w/ @kdlang defending. Check out 60-41 here: http://t.co/W4NqEIY1nG http://t.co/Q…
  • 06.25.15 Thanks @WYEP Pittsburgh & @cindycast for the session today! Hope to see folks @ClubCafeLive tonight w. @emilycr2 7pm! http://t.co/kPk2nNj7xc
  • 06.25.15 RT @ClubCafeLive: TONIGHT! @GreatLakeSwim with Emily Rodgers (@emilycr2)! $15, Doors 7pm, Tix: http://t.co/zPt8eO8D9S http://t.co/9RelS7IY9O