We released our EP, the Leslieville Sessions, in the U.S. yesterday. Happy release day! You can buy it from one of these fine online retailers:
The other exciting news is that the EP was the 19th most added record this week on the U.S. college radio charts! Thanks to all the stations that added the EP.
The Wilderness of Manitoba is excited to return to New York this month to play two shows. The band will be performing at the Mercury Lounge on April 23rd at 7:00 PM and the Manderley Bar in the McKittrick Hotel, the home of the play Sleep No More, on April 24th at 10:15 PM. The band is currently touring the east coast of Canada, so they will be road tight. If you caught last month’s shows at SXSW or in Manhattan, then you know what to expect!
The Wilderness of Manitoba will be playing a special intimate show at Campbell House in Toronto on Sunday, April 28th as part of the historic house’s Listening Party series. The band will be performing unplugged in the second floor ballroom, which holds a maximum of sixty people. You can buy tickets by calling Campbell House at 416-597-0227, ext 2. Tickets are $20.
The Wilderness of Manitoba played three great shows at this year’s SXSW (or so our manager tells us!). Thanks to Ben at CD Baby plus all the folks at CIMA, OMDC, SOCAN and FACTOR. Not to mention all the hard working sound people and crews. The band is looking forward to playing the Mercury Lounge in New York again. If you’re in the city, come check us out. There’s a cool NYC band called Wooly and the Mammoth opening. They’re on at 7:00 PM and we’re on at 8:00!
The Wilderness of Manitoba leaves behind the winter doldrums with a burst of spring activity. The band has a new video, a new EP and new tour dates. The video for “Echoes” will be coming soon.
The band’s new EP, the Leslieville Sessions, came out of a conversation that took place on a particularly long drive while on tour. Talk turned to how bands used to record live-off-the floor with no overdubs. That no safety net approach brought an immediacy to recordings. “We spent one day, from noon to 1:00 AM, recording these songs,” says vocalist/violinist Amanda Balsys. “We really wanted to put out something that reflected the feel of the live band with its new members.” They went into Revolution studios in the Leslieville area of Toronto and recorded five songs including three songs written by Will Whitwham, Yellow Yard by Balsys and a John Martyn song called Head and Heart. The EP is scheduled for an April 9th release in the U.S.
Vocalist/guitarist Whitwham, Balsys, bassist Wes McClintock and drummer Sean Lancaric head out this week for more Canadian tour dates, several shows at SXSW, a CMW appearance as part of the Popguru 15th anniversary party and the beginning of a monthly residency in New York.
The Wilderness of Manitoba invites you to meet our new bass player, Wes McClintock, at one of our upcoming shows in Owen Sound, Toronto, Austin or New York!
The Wilderness of Manitoba is excited to be playing the opening night
celebration at this year’s Folk Alliance in Toronto on Wednesday,
February 2oth. The band will also heading down to Austin for SXSW
again in March. So, if you are going to be in either city, come check
The band would like to thank all the fans who came out to our shows
in western Canada. The weather conditions were sometimes
challenging, but we had a great time! We would also like to thank
CKUA for making our album, Island of Echoes, number 1. See you
We’re big fans of Mitch Fillion’s video work and his site
www.southernsouls.ca. We have posted a new one for the song Echoes.
It was shot in the “urban barn” behind the house in Toronto where
we onced all lived and where Will still does. It’s also where our studio
is and where we still record a lot of our stuff. You can check out the
Right now, we’re out on the Prairies! Come out to one of our shows in
Regina, Grand Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary or Canmore and say hi (!).
We’re really excited to be playing to our Toronto fans, friends and
family tonight at the historic Trinity St-Paul’s church on Bloor Street
West. One of our favourite artists, Jeff Buckley, performed there! We’ll
be playing songs from our new album, Island of Echoes, as well as old
favourites. In addition, we’ve prepared a special arrangement of a
song written by a well known Canadian songwriter. Can you guess
which one?! For those of you who don’t live in Toronto, CBC Radio 2
will be recording the concert for later broadcast. So, stay tuned!