I am happy to announce that Raven and I will be performing some special stripped down, mainly acoustic shows in May and that there will also be a new Wilderness Of Manitoba EP entitled The Tin Shop released at the same time. A friend of mine had a studio that was walking distance from my house. So, Raven and I went into the Tin Shop (yes, that’s the name of the studio!) and recorded half a dozen songs. We also recorded two additional songs in my home studio, Delaware House. The Tin Shop is an homage to a cool studio that, unfortunately, no longer exists (but the vibe carries on in the EP).
Here’s where we will be playing:
May 4 – Toronto, The Burdock Music Hall with Jenny Berkel
Ticket link: http://burdockto.com/cart/
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739078829755626/
May 5 – St. Catharines, Niagara Artists Centre with Jenny Berkel
Ticket link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1455316
May 6 – Hamilton, Mills Hardware with Jenny Berkel
Ticket Link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1457253
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May 13 – Harrow, The Legion Hall with Jenny Berkel
May 18 – Guelph, Silence with Eamon McGrath
May 19 – London, The London Music Club with Eamon McGrath
Ticket link: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/17811
May 20 – Ottawa, Zaphod Beeblebrox with Eamon McGrath and Jenny Berkel
The Wilderness of Manitoba track, Nothing’s Ever Said, will be featured in the CW network television series No Tomorrow on Tuesday, December 6th at 9:00 PM EST. The song plays at the end of the episode onto the executive card credits. It’s one of the exclusive acoustic bonus tracks that we recorded for our new album!
We’re playing the Bloor Ossington Festival on September 17th at 3:00 PM. Come out and see us. It’s free!
This coming Wednesday, June 29th, Raven Shields will be performing as part of the Listening Room series @ the Rivoli. The series will feature both established and up-and-coming Canadian songwriters in the songwriters circle format. Joining Raven will be Chris Tait (Chalk Cirlce/solo artist) and Jena Gogo and Jay Mitchell of Blue Sky Miners. You can find more details about the evening here: https://www.facebook.com/events/363365023787086/ Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1232045
Live In Limbo premieres roster mate Alister Johnson’s remix of our track Shift today. Johnson says that, when he first heard the track Shift, the producer/remixer was drawn to the vocal melody and knew that he could expand on the song by re-contextualizing the sound. “I wanted to take it away from the acoustic / live sound and bring it into the analog synth / drum machine world. I feel that it worked out, but apologize to Alex Lifeson that his guitar solo from the original version didn’t make the remix!” It will be available on iTunes and Spotify this Friday, June 10th through our good friends the Confidence Emperors. By sheer coincidence, we are playing a show at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto on Friday so come out and hear some of the new songs that we have recorded for our new album!
Back in December, the Wilderness of Manitoba played a weekly residency at the Dakota Tavern to test drive fifteen new songs that they were planning to record for their fifth album. The successful shows and the positive response from the audiences energized the band going into the studio. With the same line-up that toured with Elliott Brood over a year ago, Will Whitwham (vocals/guitars/keyboards), Raven Shields (vocals, guitar), Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass) and Mike Brushey (drums/percussion) entered Union Sound in January and cut the bedtracks in three days. Since then, they have been recording overdubs in Whitwham’s home studio and mixing with Matthew Fudge at Revolution Recording and Dan Weston at his studio.
To celebrate the completion of the album, the Wilderness of Manitoba will be playing a special show at the Monarch Tavern on Friday, June 10th. Come and see the band play the new songs live, and get a sneak peek of how the album is shaping up. Not all fifteen songs will make the album so this will be a great chance for people to share their favourites with the band. “The live show,” says founding member and main songwriter Whitwham, “is a constantly evolving portrait of the band and its efforts.”
When: Friday, June 10th
Where: the Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street, Toronto M6J 2N8
Doors: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Ticket link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1199399-wilderness-manitoba-toronto/
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We’re excited to start mixing our new album on Wednesday at Revolution Recording in Toronto. For those of you who caught our Dakota shows in December, you will recognize a lot of the songs. We hope to have a single out in the late spring with the album following in mid-August. If you can’t wait that long, you can check out one of our more acoustic songs, Wild Wind, here: https://soundcloud.com/wildernessofmanitoba/wild-wind
Recording violins with Laena Geronimo in Los Angeles tonight!
We were back in studio A at the Union Sound company today with Leon Taheny. We recorded fourteen bedtracks in three days! Everything is sounding good and we can’t wait to share the new tracks with you.
We started recording our new album today at Union Sound in Toronto with Leon Taheny! We got bedtracks done for Taking My Land, Easier and Clovers. Back at it on Tuesday.