• “The increased presence of electrified instruments and percussion give the Leslieville Sessions a welcome weight that, until now, was only present in their live shows. For all the changes that The Wilderness Of Manitoba continue to undergo, probably the most important one is that they continue to get better.” Chromewaves

    “A Year In Its Passing, a track from the Leslieville Sessions, is an example of the kind of stylistic changes the Wilderness of Manitoba has made and experimented with since its previous albums: the prominence of duo lead vocals and a slightly classic rock edge to its sound. Kind of like Blue Oyster Cult, but folksier.” Paste Magazine

    In its four year existence, Toronto-based the Wilderness of Manitoba has released three albums, two EPs and toured the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Canadaand the US. One critic described them as blending the sounds of “indie champions like the Civil Wars and Band of Horses with the early 70’s magic of Neil Young’s Harvest era”. The highlights range from theirUK live debut at the End of the Road Festival where they received a standing ovation to playing the Philadelphia Folk Festival and meeting Levon Helm to performing the WOMAD festival in theUK with artists like Robert Plant. This year, they were nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards; one for the Pushing the Boundaries Award and one for Vocal Group of the Year.

    The Wilderness of Manitoba is one of those bands that is constantly evolving. As it starts a new chapter in its creative life, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Will Whitwham explains, “Every band is a collective whose body of work is defined by those involved at certain points in time. I’ve often written songs intended for specific people and their strengths.” With vocalist/violinist Amanda Balsys and bassist Wes McClintock now fully integrated into the Toronto-based band, there is more of an emphasis on Whitwham and Balsys’ duo lead vocals and the more dynamic rhythm section. Balsys also brings another songwriting voice and a wide range of influences. Drummer Sean Lancaric says, “This band always has and always will rely on inspiration to produce anything. New voices start new conversations.”

    Discography:

    • The Hymns of Love and Spirits – 2009
    • When You Left The Fire – 2010
    • DelawareHouse (EP) – 2012
    • Island of Echoes – 2012
    • The Leslieville Sessions (EP) – 2013

    CONTACTS

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    Graham Stairs
    Popguru Sound & Vision Ltd.
    1859 Leslie Street, P.O. Box 3609, Toronto, Ontario M3B 0A3 Canada

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