BEN CAPLAN AND THE CASUAL SMOKERS ON TOUR THROUGHOUT CANADA AND THE US BEGINNING MARCH 8 2017. TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 30.
“For all the fierceness of the Canadian’s appearance, nothing quite prepares for his voice, both spoken and singing. An unmistakable presence.” Independent
“From Satanic hoedowns to swaying country heartbreakers, this evening with the larger-than-life Caplan makes for rollicking fun.” 4/5 –The Guardian
“Caplan’s music is freewheeling stuff… As different as ‘Birds With Broken Wings’ and ‘I Got Me A Woman’ are, they represent just a sample of the stylistic diversity Caplan explores on Birds With Broken Wings.” NPR Music: World Café Next
“...full of rousing choruses, eclectic instrumentation and dramatic and spooky lyricism. The songs are distant cousins to both Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello.” CBC Music
“Expertly toeing the line between lush, orchestral folk and gruff, rough-and-tumble blues, Birds with Broken Wings is an entrancing and dynamic listen” Exclaim!
Ben Caplan is no stranger to the road. He has spent much of this past year on the road supporting his latest record, Birds With Broken Wings, including a run through Europe and the UK which saw him play 43 shows in 53 days. Now, the Halifax based musician is setting his sights on another run through Canada and into the U.S. beginning in Spring of 2017. Full tour dates can be found below with more dates added soon. Tickets are on sale September 30.
Also currently on tour through the film festival circuit is the new documentary, Ben Caplan : The Second Album Story, which details the recording of Birds With Broken Wings. Produced by Fancy Monster Media, the documentary will be released for public at a later date.
The critically acclaimed songwriter was recently nominated in 5 different categories at the Music Nova Scotia Awards, and was also nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for New / Emerging Artist of the Year. The acclaim for Caplan’s live show is no surprise either, he is simply unforgettable. With his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. But looks are deceiving. Once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.
Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Out now on Coalition Music, his record Birds With Broken Wings was produced by Montreal rapper/hip-hop/klezmer artist Josh “Socalled” Dolgin and mixed by Renauld Letang (Feist, Manu Chau), and features some 35 guest musicians and collaborators on 12 tracks recorded over the course of three intense and productive weeks of 10-hour days in the studio.
The ultimate focus of the album remains steadfastly on Caplan’s vocals, songwriting, and storytelling, which have already won him Nova Scotia’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year and the East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year for 2013. He has shared stages with acts ranging from Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors to The Staves and Blondie, and played major festivals around the world including the U.K.’s Glastonbury.
TOUR DATES SPRING 2017
Mar 8 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
Mar 9 - Regina, SK - Artesian on 13th
Mar 10 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
Mar 11 - Edmonton, AB - Capitol Theatre
Mar 12 - Grande Prairie, AB - Grande Prairie Live Theatre
Mar 15 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Mar 16 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall
Mar 17 - Vernon, BC - Vernon And District Performing Arts Centre
Mar 21 - Lethbridge, AB - The Geomattic Attic
Mar 22 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
Mar 25 - Swift Current, SK - Lyric Theatre
Mar 30 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
Apr 1 - London, ON - The Aeolian Hall
Apr 2 - Hamilton, ON - Molson Canadian Studio
Apr 4 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
Apr 6 - Chicoutimi, QC - Festival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay
Apr 7 - Ottawa, ON - Shenkman Arts Centre
Apr 8 - Terrebonne, QC - Salle du Moulinet
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON