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!
We’re excited to tell you that CBC Music and CBC Radio 2’s Canada
Live will be recording our concert at Trinity-St. Paul’s on Friday,
October 26th in Toronto for later broadcast. So, if you live in the
Toronto area, you can come to the show and be a part of what we
think is going to be a really special evening. Kite Hill and Thomas will
be our special guests. Thomas is Thomas Gill whom some of you may
have seen playing guitar with Lake Forest, Will’s solo project. For
those of you who don’t live in Toronto, we will let you know when we
have details of the broadcast. So, literally, stay tuned! You can buy
tickets from Ticket Break, Soundscapes and Rotate This. The link
for Ticket Break is http://www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/5489
Exclaim magazine wrote that “the vintage-looking video is
appropriately pastoral as it shows the band performing beside a lake
while some of their friends dance in the light of the setting sun”. This
tribute to the Canadian summer cottage life can be seen here:
New album in stores and online, and the Wilderness of Manitoba tickets for the Trinity St.-Paul’s Toronto show on sale
We’re very excited to tell you that our new album, Island of Echoes, is
now in stores and available online in Canada. Although every band
says it, we really do feel that this is our best album yet and it comes
with beautiful artwork by Sean Lewis. For our fans outside of
Canada, be patient. We are looking for the right like-minded partners
to give the album a proper release. We also want to thank all our fans
who have bought our music and who voted for our song on CBC Radio
2. You can hear Echoes on CBC Radio 2 and Morning Sun on CBC
Radio 3! The video for Morning Sun directed by our friend Zuzana
Hudackova will be online soon. We’ll let you know when and where.
There are lots of good things happening right now and one of them is
that we are going to be playing Trinity-St. Paul’s in Toronto on October
26th. It’s this incredible old Church on Bloor Street West. Tickets have
gone on sale and are available online at TicketBreak and at
Soundscapes and Rotate This. The direct link is