• CBC Music and CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live to record the Wilderness of Manitoba

    Date: 2012.10.15 | Category: Uncategorized

    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

  • the Wilderness of Manitoba video for Morning Sun premieres on Exclaim magazine website

    Date: 2012.09.27 | Category: Uncategorized

    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

    Date: 2012.09.21 | Category: Uncategorized

    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


  • Morning Sun debuts at #28 on CBC Radio 3 and new Wilderness of Manitoba Canadian dates are announced

    Date: 2012.08.31 | Category: Uncategorized

    The Wilderness of Manitoba song, Morning Sun, debuted on the CBC

    Radio 3 charts at #28 this week. The band also announced a series of

    dates in support of their new album, Island of Echoes, starting in

    Sarnia on October 5th. Shows follow in Bayfield, Guelph, London,

    Ottawa, Kingston, Kemptville, Toronto, Hamilton, Thunder Bay and

    Winnipeg with more dates to follow. See the Tour page for more


  • the Wilderness of Manitoba end UK leg of tour on a high note

    Date: 2012.08.02 | Category: Uncategorized

    The Wilderness of Manitoba completed the UK leg of their tour on a

    high note tonight with a sold out show in Cambridge. Indie choral

    choir, Dowsing For Sound, recently covered the Wilderness of

    Manitoba song November at one of their concerts. Thirty members of

    the choir attended the Cambridge show and rose from their seats to

    accompany the band on an emotional version of the song. All the

    shows on the tour have been well attended and well received. At the

    WOMAD festival, they performed in front of thousands of people.

    Coinciding with the live dates, a special EP, Delaware House, named

    after the house in Toronto where they record and where one of the

    band still lives, was released for the band’s UK and Dutch fans. The

    Line of Best Fit described it as sounding “rather like Jeferson Airplane

    playing an orchestral version of 4 Way Street; a mix of beautiful vocal

    harmonies, pensive guitar and stunningly produced string swells”.

    Folk Radio EP wrote that the EP “foreshadows the new album, Island

    of Echoes, with its lush vocal arrangements and use of electric guitars”.

    The video for the song Forest City Love from the Delaware House EP

    was featured on the front page of the New Music Express website and

    and the EP itself was featured  on the front page of MySpace UK.

    Despite having had their rental van stolen in London on the first day

    of the tour, returning to the UK has been a positive experience for the


  • New Album: ‘Island Of Echoes’ / UK & Netherlands Summer Tour 2012

    Date: 2012.07.09 | Category: Uncategorized

    We are very happy and excited to announce that our new album ‘Island Of Echoes’ will be released in the fall on September 18th across Canada via Pheromone Recordings! Future releases abroad still TBD ;)

    You can read more about that below. In the meantime, we are coming to the UK and Netherlands to play Peter Gabriel’s festival WOMAD amongst other exciting venues & festivals. We really can’t wait to share our new songs & sound with you all!

    See you very soon indeed … xo


    The WOM

    Thematically, a lot of the new Wilderness of Manitoba album, Island of Echoes, is about the past year or so and all of the songs come from that timeframe. There wasn’t a lot of downtime for the Toronto-based band as most of 2011 was spent on tour, primarily in the United States and England. Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Will Whitwham reflects, “For me personally, a lot of my songwriting was done on the road because it had to be. So, whenever I was home, I’d have a week or two to record demos and then be back at the drawing board again in a van or hotel room.” The constant touring, the ever-changing geography, playing larger venues and working the new songs into the live sets, all had a profound influence on both the band and the new album. Whitwham and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Stefan Banjevic started playing electric guitars; the sound became more expansive to fill the halls they were playing. “This also carried over into writing the new songs as we had fuller band arrangements in mind”, adds Whitwham.

    The downside of life on the road was the departure of vocalist Melissa Dalton. However, when it came to recording the new album, as Whitwham points out, “It forced us to find the right person for the various songs we were recording and we ended up asking some of the best singers we knew (who all happened to be female) to collaborate. The results were even better than we expected.” One of those singers was vocalist/violinist Amanda Balsys of Kingston band ‘The Gertrudes.’ From its inception, The Wilderness of Manitoba has been known for its three and four part harmonies. Along with Whitwham, Banjevic and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Scott Bouwmeester, Balsys ensures the continuity of that signature vocal blend and contributes to the instrumental mix with her effects laden violin. Rounding out the band is drummer/percussionist Sean Lancaric who brings his sense of rhythm and personality to the intricate arrangements.

    The band’s previous two releases, Hymns of Love & Spirits and When You Left The Fire, were recorded mainly in the basement recording studio of the house on Delaware Avenue where most of the band members lived. Gradually, over the course of the year, everyone except Whitwham moved out and found apartments. When it came time to record Island of Echoes, the decision was made to record the basic tracks and mix at Revolution Recording; a throwback to the original great Toronto studios of the sixties and seventies. Intent on capturing the band’s evolving live sound, Whitwham says they got the best of both worlds, “We have never made a studio album until now and I think you can especially hear it in the percussion as well as the overall mixes. We still had the necessary time and space to alter and experiment with overdubs at the house for a month, but the backbone of the tracks has a much fuller studio presence than any of our earlier recordings.”

    Expanding on the changes reflected in the new album, Whitwham explains, “We don’t want any of the albums to be similar, but, at the same time, we aim to create a mood or cohesiveness in everything we do. It felt as though we’d already made folk records and it was time to experiment with what that means. There are elements of folk happening throughout the album, but it is in no way a folk record although it is definitely a Wilderness of Manitoba record. The seventies was just a reference point that happens to include some of our favourite influences such as Fleetwood Mac. We were looking to bring in the kind of instrumentation you hear from that era that is heavy with electric guitars, Hammond organ, synthesizers and a prominent backbeat with lots of harmonies happening vocal-wise on top.” In addition to the male vocals of Whitwham, Bouwmeester and Banjevic, the presence of Balsys along with Elise Legrow and Felicity Williams brought the high end/female vocals to another level and contributed to the more dynamic music direction being pursued by the band on its new album, Island of Echoes.

    Track Listing
    1. Balloon Lamp
    2. Morning Sun
    3. Echoes
    4. The First Snowfall
    5. The Aral Sea/Southern Winds
    6. Chasing Horses
    7. White Woods
    8. Golden Thyme
    9. A Year In Its Passing
    10. Glory Days
    11. The Island Of The Day Before
    12. The Escape
    13. Northern Drives

  • the Wilderness of Manitoba to play inaugural New Traditions Festival on Toronto Island this Saturday, June 30th

    Date: 2012.06.24 | Category: Uncategorized

    The Wilderness of Manitoba will be performing at the first annual New Traditions Festival on Toronto Island this coming Saturday, June 30th. The festival takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Artscape Gibraltar Point, and is presented by the Whippersnapper Gallery and Fedora Upside-Down. The band will be appearing on the main stage at 7:30 PM. Tickets are almost sold out. If you don’t want to miss this event, you can buy tickets in Toronto at Soundscapes, Rotate This, Pretty Freedom, Sunrise Records (336 Yonge St) and La Palette or online at  https://www.ticketpicket.com/newtraditions

  • the Wilderness of Manitoba plays Amsterdam in August

    Date: 2012.06.07 | Category: Uncategorized

    We’re happy to announce that, as part of the Wilderness of Manitoba’s UK and Dutch summer tour, the band will be playing the legendary Paradiso club in Amsterdam on August 3rd. The former church building was converted to a “youth entertainment centre” in 1968 and, since then, has hosted a variety of artists including the Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, U2, the Cocteau Twins, David Bowie and Arcade Fire among many others.

  • the Wilderness of Manitoba plays hometown show this Friday night

    Date: 2012.05.28 | Category: Uncategorized

    This Friday, June 1, the Wilderness of Manitoba plays its first official Toronto date of the summer. They will be performing at the Steam Whistle and the band will be onstage at 10:30 PM. This show will mark the live debut of singer/violinist Amanda Balsys who will also be accompanying Will, Scott, Stefan and Sean on their upcoming UK and Netherlands tour. She is one of the female singers who sang on the band’s new album. For fans in the Toronto area who come to the show, you can expect to hear a lot of the new songs. The bill is rounded out by Amos The Transparent from Ottawa and Cai.ro from Toronto and it’s all for a good cause as 100% of the door will be going towards the Artists Health Center Foundation.

  • the Wilderness of Manitoba returns to the UK and plays the Netherlands for the first time

    Date: 2012.04.23 | Category: Uncategorized

    WOMAD announced on Friday that the Wilderness of Manitoba will be joining such artists as the Sensational Shape Shifters featuring Robert Plant, Ane Brun and Jimmy Cliff at this year’s festival in beautiful Charlton Park in Wiltshire. In addition to its performance at WOMAD on July 27th, the band will be making its Netherlands debut at the In Vervoering Festival in Utrecht on August 5th. In between, they will be playing UK shows in London, Brighton, Brixton, Cambridge, Birmingham, Colchester and Cheltenham. This will be the Wilderness of Manitoba’s 4th trip to the UK in the past 2 years.

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