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.
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!