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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
09.05.15 Whistler Resort Whistler, BC Canada
09.11.15 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen London, London UK
09.12.15 The Louisiana Bristol, Avn UK
09.14.15 Manchester The Deaf Institute Manchester, Lan 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
09.23.15 Vera Groningen, GR Netherlands
09.26.15 VEGA - Musikkens Hus Copenhagen, 147 Denmark

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  • 08.23.15 RT @betsmithmusic: Fabulous show by @GreatLakeSwim (mers) tonight in #Gravenhurst. @CBCMusic @tompowercbc @miramulholland (thank you!!!) ht…
  • 08.21.15 Looking forward to our 3rd annual Gravenhurst ON summer show, tonight @PetersPlayers! #skokiesays http://t.co/JEjlF1kuXE
  • 08.18.15 Thank you @StratfordMusic @TrentSevernBand @StratfordON & Knox Church for sharing a great night of music with us. We had a wonderful time!
  • 08.17.15 RT @StratfordMusic: Tonight 6 pm at Knox Church! @GreatLakeSwim @TrentSevernBand @StratfordMusic Tix at the door. Doors open at 6 pm. http:…
  • 08.14.15 RT @TheJUNOAwards: WATCH: the music video for "I Must Have Someone Else's Blues" by past JUNO noms @GreatLakeSwim! http://t.co/ZntrWCZ5up
  • 08.13.15 Hear the latest project by @BretHiggins - Atlas Revolt. CD release & performance at the Burdock in Toronto tonight! https://t.co/oP86mV8ef2
  • 08.12.15 RT @exclaimdotca: View the intricate and ornately designed visuals for @GreatLakeSwim's "I Must Have Someone Else's Blues": http://t.co/Fs7…
  • 08.11.15 RT @OOR: Nieuws: bekijk de video van nieuwe Great Lake Swimmers-single I Must Have Someone Else's Blues http://t.co/gyabFpI5Y5 http://t.co/…
  • 08.11.15 RT @FRUK: A wonderfully inventive Video Premiere from @GreatLakeSwim - I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues. European Tour Sept '15 http://t.co…
  • 08.10.15 Pretty sweet setup here @HarbourfrontTO - join us tonight for a full set of music, for free! 8:30 start @EpicIsON http://t.co/t2dloeLnij