GREG MACPHERSON’S FIGURE WALKING SHARES NEW VIDEO

WATCH AND SHARE “SUBMARINE” HERE

OUT TODAY VIA DISINTEGRATION RECORDS, THE BIG OTHER, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM FIGURE WALKING, THE NEW BAND FROM POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE NOMINATED SONGWRITER GREG MACPHERSON

SPRING TOUR DATES BEGIN APRIL 28. MORE DATES TBA

“a debut that commands attention from a duo of long-time collaborators: ten songs built around Rob Gardiner's uncompromising percussion and Greg MacPherson's powerful and sometimes dissonant six-string” - Exclaim! 9/10

“...dub-oriented grooves and flashes of serrated post-punk guitar stutters, there’s an exchange of wiry and rhythmic, which works to console the tension of political and social commentary, deliberately setting the tone for you to get up and move.” - BeatRoute


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Today, Figure Walking celebrate the release of their debut album with the new video for “Submarine” and the addition of Western Canadian tour dates to their current spring and summer tour route. Full tour dates can be found below.

Directed by Winnipeg actor and photographer Kristian Jordan and Figure Walking drummer and Film Master’s candidate Rob Gardiner the video for “Submarine” captures “the treacherous aftermath of winter, the beauty of Spring - the ugliest season - and the murky tension of painfully average people living as well as we can under circumstances outside of our control,” says Greg MacPherson. “So many mothers, sisters, and daughters suffer violence and oppression from the men closest to them. ‘Submarine’ relates that suffocating reality to the waters and winters of Winnipeg.”

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Figure Walking is the two-piece of Polaris Music Prize nominated songwriter Greg MacPherson and drummer Rob Gardiner. Based in Winnipeg, infamous as Canada's coldest, most racist city, they have taken social criticism and justice to heart with The Big Other.

Out today via Disintegration Records, The Big Other accomplishes the rare feat of presenting big ideas on a foundation of dance beats, electric guitar, and storytelling. The jagged, arthouse post-punk of “Submarine” and “Spring Thaw” demand movement. “Blue World”, with its gauzy swells of aquatic guitar, thumping bass lines, and vivid soundscapes, is a hopeful anthem to reconciliation and possibility. “Singapore”, puts the average hot-blooded North American on a plain dropping into the Pacific, where lust and the no longer exotic combine in the celebrity image of Janet Jackson and a renewed 30 something romance.

If there’s a mission statement drilled into The Big Other, it comes at the surprise ending of “Funeral”, a swirling barrage of cheerleading gang vocals that command, “let’s just try to celebrate, dance until this all makes sense.”

In MacPherson and Gardiner’s own words, “Figure Walking is our attempt as artists to focus on who we are in the present and to take ownership of what we’re bringing into the world, with an eye on a better future.”

MacPherson is a G7 Welcoming Committee Records alumni whose music was never strictly ideological or easily categorized. His past two solo albums, Mr. Invitation and Fireball, have both been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.

FIGURE WALKING TOUR DATES
Apr 28 - Guelph @ Van Gogh's Ear
Apr 29 - Kingston @ the Mansion House
Apr 30 - Toronto @ Trazac (5pm show)
May 2 - Hamilton @ Casbah (early show)
May 4 - Quebec City @ Alejandro's
May 5 - Trois-Rivieres @ Microbrasserie Le Temps d'une Pinte
May 6 - Montreal @Bistro de Paris
May 7 - Windsor @ Phog Lounge
May 18 - Kortrijk, BE @ TBA
May 26 - Copenhagen, DK @ Sorte Rene
May 27 - Braunshweig, DE @ Nexus
May 29 - Halle, DE @ Breite Straße Community Space
May 30 - Leipzig, DE @ Horns Erben
May 31 - Hamburg, DE @ Helter Skelter Bar
June 1 - Solingen, DE @ Waldmeister
June 2 - Kassel, DE @ Krug
June 4 - Kortrijk, BE @ TBA
Jun 21-25 - Calgary, AB @ Sled Island
Jun 30 - Saint John, NB @ Festival
Jul 1 - Saint John, NB @ Festival
Jul 26 - Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
Jul 27 - Edmonton, AB @ Buckingham
Jul 29 - Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
Aug 10 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will
*MORE DATES TBA*

 

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THE BIG OTHER TRACK LISTING
SIDE A
1. Sounds
2. Submarine
3. The Country
4. Summer Haze
5. Blue World

SIDE B
1. Victorious
2. Singapore
3.  Spring Thaw
4.  Funeral
5.  Call Me Up

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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA STREAMS NEW EP AHEAD OF RELEASE

STREAM THE TIN SHOP EP HERE VIA CBC MUSIC

THE TIN SHOP EP, A COLLECTION OF TRACKS FROM SONGWRITER WILL WHITWHAM, DUE OUT MAY 5 VIA PHEROMONE RECORDINGS

SPRING TOUR DATES WITH JENNY BERKEL AND EAMON MCGRATH BEGIN MAY 4

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Today, The Wilderness Of Manitoba is sharing The Tin Shop EP ahead of its release date, courtesy of CBC Music. Due out May 5 via Pheromone Recordings, the recording strips back the layers of anthemic folk rock the band is known for to reveal the heart of Will Whitwham’s songwriting. Whitwham together with vocalist/guitarist Raven Shields will support the release with a string of tour dates throughout Spring with Jenny Berkel and Eamon McGrath. Full tour dates can be found below.

STREAM THE TIN SHOP EP HERE VIA CBC MUSIC

Since its inception The Wilderness Of Manitoba has continued to grow and evolve with every new release. Throughout it all founding member Will Whitwham has left his imprint on each and every sound the band has produced - from the chamber folk debut, Hymns of Love and Spirits, to the cinematic indie pop of Between Colours.

Now the sole songwriter of the outfit, Whitwham has written and produced The Tin Shop EP which represents yet another chapter in the ever evolving story of The Wilderness Of Manitoba. Four of the record’s tracks were recorded at a now closed down Toronto studio called The Tin Shop, an intimate space just down the street from Whitwham’s house. The EP’s title pays homage to a place and time which reflects the vibe of the tracks captured there. Whitwham was joined by Shields to record the half dozen songs that comprise The Tin Shop EP, one of which, “Nothing’s Ever Said,” was already featured in the US television series No Tomorrow.

Later this year, The Wilderness Of Manitoba will prepare to release their fifth studio album. The release features a full band and will be sure to further cement Whitwham as one of Canada’s most diverse and compelling songwriters.

TOUR DATES
May 4 – Toronto, ON - The Burdock Music Hall ^ Tickets / Facebook
May 5 – St. Catharines, ON - Niagara Artists Centre ^ Tickets
May 6 – Hamilton, ON  - Mills Hardware ^ Tickets
May 13 – Harrow, The Legion Hall ^
May 18 – Guelph, ON - Silence % Tickets / Facebook
May 19 – London,ON - The London Music Club % Tickets
May 20 – Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox ^ & % Tickets / Facebook

^ with Jenny Berkel
% with Eamon McGrath

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THE TIN SHOP EP
01 Nothing’s Ever Said
02 Brigden Fair
03 Across The Dark
04 The Silence Of Sound
05 Wild Wind
06 November (The Tin Shop Version)

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JERRY LEGER SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “THE BIG SMOKE BLUES”

WATCH AND SHARE “THE BIG SMOKE BLUES” HERE

DOUBLE-ALBUM, NONSENSE AND HEARTACHE, OUT NOW VIA LATENT RECORDINGS

CANADIAN TOUR DATES CONTINUE APR 28

“...it's clear that Nonsense and Heartache is a no-nonsense affair through
and through.” - Exclaim!

“...the striking duality of the album features the textures of a bold, bluesy electric sound in Nonsense simmered by the raw, subdued acoustics of Heartache.” - Spill Magazine

“This album speaks to a lifetime of experience pondering the depths of Townes Van Zandt lyrics and listening to lost Dylan tapes. Whether racing down a desert highway on a shimmering afternoon or drinking whiskey under an old Budweiser neon, Nonsense and Heartache will be your perfect companion.” - Hard Rock RPM

“The only problem with these albums is trying to decide which to play first.” - Bob Mersereau

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Today, celebrated songwriter Jerry Leger is sharing the new video for “The Big Smoke Blues” from the ‘Nonsense’ side of his latest double-album, Nonsense And Heartache. For the video Leger says they “wanted to capture the lead character discovering a more obscure artist and a social circle he relates to, stemming from a record playing in the local shop. We filmed the record store scenes in one of my favourite spots, Discovery Records, which I think is a fitting title.”

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Leger recently celebrated the release of Nonsense And Heartache as part of the Latent Lounge, a series of shows at The Monarch Tavern that celebrated the 35th anniversary of Latent Recordings with performances by Skydiggers, Cowboy Junkies, Lee Harvey Osmond, HarpAcash & The Morals, Ivy Mairi, and Thompson Wilson. This week Leger will continue on tour across Canada to support the album. Full tour dates can be found below.

Out now via Latent Recordings, Nonsense And Heartache is equal parts primal rock and roll, and raw, confessional balladry. The separation between the two is evident by the album’s title, and it is in fact two distinct collections of songs presented on two slabs of vinyl. In many ways, Jerry Leger’s artistic path has been leading up to this ambitious display of both sides of his musical personality, fueled by countless nights playing in clubs and bars with a loyal band equally committed to keeping rock and roll’s original flame burning.

Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on Nonsense And Heartache, producer Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) focused on capturing the chemistry between Leger and his core musicians: multi-instrumentalist James McKie, bassist Dan Mock, and drummer Kyle Sullivan, along with guest vocalist Angie Hilts. The ragged-but-right results perfectly complement Leger’s tales of characters on the fringe, attempting to unravel life’s mysteries.

Leger describes the album himself by saying, “Mike Timmins came up with the idea of doing a double album, but it’s really two different records – Nonsense and Heartache – packaged into one. He had the idea to record one album as electric, bluesy, dirty rock and roll, with James and I on electric guitars, Dan on electric bass and Kyle bashing away. The other album was intended to be more of a singer/songwriter record with me on acoustic guitar or piano, James on fiddle or lap steel, Dan on upright and Kyle using brushes and percussion. So, it’s not an ego trip for either of us. It just felt like it made more sense to put them together, plus the fact that neither is overly long, just about 35 minutes each.”

WATCH AND SHARE “TROUBLED MORN” LYRIC VIDEO HERE

JERRY LEGER ON TOUR
04/28 Kemptville, ON - South Branch Bistro *
04/29 Brockville, ON - Spitfire Café *
05/02 Moncton, NB - Plan b *
05/03 Antigonish, NS - The Townhouse *
05/04 Charlottetown, PEI -Back Alley Music (3pm In Store)
05/04 Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Inn *
05/05 Halifax, NS - Taz Records (3pm In Store)
05/05 Halifax, NS - The Carleton ^ (opening for Odds and Steven Page)
05/06 Saint John, NB - Backstreet Music (3pm In Store)
05/06 Kingston, NB - House Show *
05/13 Gravenhurst, ON - Sawdust City Brewery ^
06/02 Vankleek Hill, ON - The Windsor Tavern
06/03 Ottawa, ON - Irene's
06/07 Winnipeg, MB - Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club ^
06/08 Portage La Prairie, MB - Cafe On Prince ^
06/09 Dauphin, MB - Bruce's Firehouse House Show ^
06/10 Saskatoon, SK - The Underground^
06/11 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood ^
06/12 Edmonton, AB - The Needle (early show) ^
06/13 Prince George, BC - House Show ^
06/14 Horsefly, BC - House Show ^
06/15 Kelowna, BC - Fernando's ^
06/17 Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall & Lounge ^
07/21 Thornbury, ON - Bruce Wine Bar
07/22 Collingwood, ON - Crow Bar And Variety
08/09 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern
09/08 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
09/09 Trenton, ON - Old Church Theatre

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