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.
This Wednesday, we are playing the final night of our December residency at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto. It’s been a blast trying out the new songs and getting your feedback! We are going to take that energy into the studio in January when we start recording our new album. The line-up this week will be familiar to those of you who have been to one of the other nights at the Dakota. In addition to the Wilderness of Manitoba’s set, Will will be performing with Lake Forest, his solo project, and Raven will be performing a set of her songs. So, to finish the year, a CanCon triple bill!
Our good friends over at Pheromone Recordings have released our version of Little Drummer Boy in time for the holidays. Check it out on iTunes: http://bit.ly/twomlittledrummerboy and stream it on Spotify!
We have great fans. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our residency at the Dakota last night. We played nine brand new songs and you listened, applauded and whooped! We don’t take that lightly. Week three continues next Wednesday, December 16th and the fun begins all over again. Our special guest is Eamon McGrath. Our first set starts at 7:00 PM!
And, no, that’s not pyro in the photo!
Thanks for your continued support and thanks for listening! We were excited (and nervous) to play you our new songs tonight. What did you think?! Let us know through your social media. Our Twitter handle is @wildofmanitoba
Next week, our special guest is Brian Borcherdt of Dusted. We will be playing some more new songs (some different from the ones we played tonight) and some old favourites. Oh, and remember….our first set starts at 7:00 PM!
The Wilderness Of Manitoba kicks off its December residency at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto this Wednesday (December 2nd) with special guest Jose Contreras of By Divine Right. The band will be debuting a lot of new songs over the course of the month in anticipation of recording their fifth album. They start at Union Sound with Leon Taheny in January and then finish off at Will Whitwham’s own Delaware House studio. The format for the shows will see the Wilderness of Manitoba performing first at 7:00 PM, the guest set at 7:45 and then the Wilderness of Manitoba again at 8:40. So, don’t arrive late and risk missing anything!
The Wilderness of Manitoba will be playing a residency at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto on December 2, 9, 16 and 23 with friends and special guests. The lineup for this run of dates will be the same as the one that toured with Elliott Brood earlier in the year, featuring Will Whitwham, Raven Shields, Tavo Diez De Bonilla, and Mike Brushey. Joining them for guest sets will be Eamon McGrath, Jose Contreras (By Divine Right), Brian Borcherdt (Dusted), with Raven Shields and Whitwham’s solo project, Lake Forest, also performing their own sets.
The band will be using these shows to workshop new songs for its fifth album set to be recorded in January at Union Sound with Leon Taheny (Dilly Dally/Owen Pallett) and at Whitwham’s own Delaware House studio where earlier Wilderness Of Manitoba albums Hymns Of Love & Spirits and When You Left The Fire were recorded.
Whitwham has proven himself to be a prolific songwriter, evidenced by the four LPs and three EPs that the Wilderness of Manitoba have released since its inception in 2009 as well as recordings made with Lake Forest and other side projects.
While having a recognizable sound, the Wilderness of Manitoba has never made the same album twice. Their music has evolved from its early chamber folk beginnings, complete with four part vocal harmonies, to a more layered indie rock sound with the emphasis on dynamic male and female vocals. Whitwham says, “We’ve worked really hard over the past six years to earn the freedom to do what we want creatively. While our last album was ‘Between Colours,’ the next album aims to commit to one. We’ve always been a band that has thrived on change and originality. The residency at the Dakota will give us a chance to paint in public so to speak.”
The best way to find out what direction their new album will take is to jam into the rustic Dakota Tavern in Toronto during their residency December 2, 9, 16, and 23, to check out the new songs in person. For a sneak peek, listen to the stripped down version of upcoming album track “Nothing’s Ever Said”. More details on the forthcoming LP will be revealed shortly.
LISTEN TO “NOTHING’S EVER SAID” HERE: https://soundcloud.com/popguru-sound/nothings-ever-said
THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA DAKOTA RESIDENCY
When: December 2/9/16/23, 2015
Where: The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $10 at the door
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/796219583857878/
The Wilderness of Manitoba officially kicks off the summer on Tuesday at Le Petit Impérial in Quebec as part of Le Festival d’été de Québec. The band shares the stage with Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer and the Guy Belanger Trio. The next night, also as part of Le Festival d’été de Québec, they are in the Parc de la Francophonie (Loto-Québec stage) with the Franklin Electric and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Then, the band flies to the other side of the country to play two days at the Vancouver Folk Festival. They perform two workshops on Saturday and a concert and a workshop on Sunday. This will be their first time back to Vancouver since the show with Elliott Brood at the Commodore Ballroom. So, if you are in either Quebec or Vancouver this coming week, check out the Wilderness of Manitoba and say hello after the show!
We dropped by for a quick session with Band On A Couch before our headlining performance at the In The Soil Arts Festival in St. Catherines. The unplugged session features our single Leave Someone from the Between Colours album and new song Easier. Check us out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm8AqyQf9Gk
The Wilderness of Manitoba will be playing two shows in May, one at the Royal Canadian Legion in Harrow and the second at the Waterford Old Town Hall in Waterford. The Legion show is being presented by superfan/promoter Dennis Swarts and advance tickets can be purchased by calling him at 1-519-738-4261. Tickets for the Waterford show can be bought in advance by calling 1-519-443-0113 or going to www.ticketscene.ca/oth/
We’re looking forward to playing both shows and some warmer weather!