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Fall Québecois // German Release and Rolling Stone // Sophie Hunger

Alo Alo,

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything. Been on the road, and then back home enjoying the summer in Montréal….excuses excuses….

The tour out in Western Canada was fabulous. Vancouver and Calgary Folk Festivals were such a treat to play again. Met tonnes of nice folks and fellow artists in the beer tents and got to hang with old friends such as Dan Mangan and Amelia Curran among others.

We have a few shows this month starting with the first show of 23 concerts around Québec for this Fall !!! (ALL SHOWS ARE NOW POSTED TO YOUR LEFT)

We’ll be starting the run this Thursday, August 16th in Chateauguay (Salle Jean Pierre Houde -
Centre culturel Vanier). The next night (Aug 17th) we’ll be doing a duo show, Kristina (cello) and I at the Centre St Ambroise in St Henri, Montréal. On Aug 25th we’ll be doing a show on the roof of Ubisoft with the very talented Pierre Lapointe. Apparently the show is already sold out, so if you want to check out our duo show, come down to the Centre St Ambroise on Aug 17th.

We are also VERY HAPPY to announce the release of June in Siberia in Germany this week on August 17th through Global Records / Rough Trade. Our press agent Sven-Erik Stephan of Beats International has so far done a stellar job with about 15 reviews in local and national magazine and newspapers around Germany. Rolling Stone in Germany called the album “Grandeur, Grosse Geste, Musik furs Theatre”…= Grand, great gesture, music for theatres…we’ll be touring over there in January, 2013. Dates to be announced this Fall.

In June, Montreal received a visit from the very talented Swiss artist named Sophie Hunger. I opened for her at La Cigalle in Paris in June, 2010, and then she came to our show in Zurich last December, 2011. She’s become a friend and continues to inspire with her artistic world. She came to record a few songs at Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal with Howard Bilerman. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be a doozy…make sure you check it out!

We hope to see you soon!

Yours and Yours…

Here’s a photo from Stage 4 during a workshop we had at Vancouver Folk Festival

Stage 4 workshop

 

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Alo alo, ça fait un moment que j’ai écrit quelque chose…bien occupé ces temps-ci :)

La tournée dans l’ouest du Canada était vraiment bien. Les Festivals de Folk à Vancouver et Calgary se sont très bien passés. Nous avons pu rencontrer des nouveaux artistes et voir de bons amis comme Dan Mangan et Amelia Curran parmi beaucoup d’autres.

J’ai vraiment hâte de vous annoncer que ce jeudi, le 16 août à Chateauguay (détails à votre gauche), nous allons commencer le premier de 23 concerts au Québec jusqu’au 7 décembre!!!

Le 17 août, Kristina (violoncelle) et moi allons faire un concert en duo au Centre St Ambroise à Montréal en préparation pour notre show avec Pierre Lapointe sur le toit d’Ubisoft le 25 août. Malheureusement, ce concert-là sur le toit est déjà ‘sold out‘, donc vous pouvez venir nous voir le 17!!

J’ai aussi hâte d’annoncer que notre album June in Siberia va sortir en Allemagne cette semaine le 17 août sous l’étiquette de Global Records/ Rough Trade. Notre agent de presse Sven-Erik Stephan of Beats International a déjà fait un très bon travail. L’album a reçu de bonnes critiques dans une quinzaine de magazines et journaux nationaux et locaux, parmi lesquels Rolling Stone “Grandeur, Grosse Geste, Musik furs Theatre”. Nous allons faire une tournée là-bas en janvier 2013. Je vais annoncer les dates cet automne.

Aussi, en juin, nous avons eu le plaisir de jouer avec Sophie Hunger, une artiste Suisse très talentueuse.  D’après ce que j’ai entendu, l’album va faire du bruit! En plus, nous allons faire quatre concerts avec elle et son groupe en plateau double cet automne au Québec. Regardez à votre gauche pour les détails.

Nous espérons que nous allons vous voir bientôt!

Tadoussac / Allemagne::Germany // Summer Festivals

Hola Hola,

Il pleut, il fait chaud, bienvenue en été à Montréal. Je l’aime bien. Ce weekend on va aller à TADOUSSAC pour le Festival de la Chanson! J’ai vraiment hâte parce que je ne suis jamais allé là-bas et tout le monde me dit que c’est beau en tabarnak!

On joue le vendredi et le samedi dans “L’École” à 19h30 les deux soirs.

PUIS…..June in Siberia va sortir cet été en Allemagne le 17 août avec Global Records/Rough Trade. Ça me donne beaucoup de plaisir d’annoncer cela. On aura une tournée en Europe en septembre et début octobre.

Le festival à Tadoussac démarre un été plein de festivals à l’est et à l’ouest du pays. Regardez à votre gauche pour la liste des concerts.

Le couché de soleil sur St Dominique à Montréal il y a deux jours:

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Photo above = sunset on my street in Montreal two days ago.

This weekend we’ll be heading up to Tadoussac for the Festival de la Chanson. Very excited to be a part of this festival. I understand they only invite one or two anglophone acts a year, so we’re honoured to be one of them. (The other is the great entertainer/musician Socalled!) I’ve never been up there either, but have only heard words of beauty when it is described.

AS WELL….I’m very happy to announce that June in Siberia will be released in Germany this summer on August 17th by Global Records/Rough Trade. Very excited about this! We’ll be touring Europe in September and early October.

This weekend kicks off our summer festival tour, which will take us all the way from Canso, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia. Looking forward to it all. Please have a look to your left for all the dates.

Sprinter?

No, not as in the intransitive verb meaning to run at full speed over a short distance, but as a Brand New Word (Spring+Winter) to describe our befuddling weather here in Southern Quebec. If nothing else, it certainly does describe the act of running around looking for sunglasses and sunblock one day, and scarves and mitts the next. Is anyone else out there experiencing this schizophrenic season? What’s it like in Vancouver? Calgary? Marseille? Neuchâtel? Berlin? And does anyone else find it odd that despite record-breaking temperatures, there hasn’t been one single mention of the words… ahem… Climate Change?

At any rate – It’s been a very busy month for us – and we’ve put quite a few kilometers on the trusty van, and had a blast all around Quebec and our neighbour, Ontario. Some très belles rencontres were made, if you’ll excuse my franglais. Hopefully we’ll be able to visit you all again in the coming months…

Well it’s almost the end of March, and we have TWO MORE SHOWS to offer you all before April showers & flowers us, and before we take a couple of weeks off for good behaviour. So if you haven’t yet seen us this year, a great opportunity to do so (translation: free show) will be this THURSDAY, MARCH 29 @ 19h30 – at the Maison de la culture Villebon, Beloeil, QC.

However there’s just one little catch…. The priority seating goes to residents of Beloeil – all you others have to wait until 10 minutes before the show to be shown to any unoccupied seats that are left. Hope to see you there.

Otherwise, you can catch us in Deschambault, QC, this SATURDAY, MARCH 31 @ 20H30, at the charming Angelus Bistro one of our favourite intimate and cozy venues with a fantastic restaurant that strives to use locally-sourced ingredients, and an impressive selection of beers… Can’t wait!

xox

K

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C’est incroyable que la semaine passée il faisait 25 degres Celsius. Puis hier il faisait -7! C’est un peu n’importe quoi, mais voilà le mois de mars à Montréal. Comme Manu notre soundman nous a dit pendant le weekend à Québec, “Je suis allé regarder un film un jour, c’était l’hiver en allant et l’été en rentrant. Le printemps est passé quand j’étais en train de regarder le film!”

On a DEUX CONCERTS qui restent ce mois avant une petite pause de 4 semaines avant le prochain show. Ce jeudi, on joue à la Maison de la culture Villebon,, Beloeil, Qc. Le show est gratuit et tôt. Ce samedi, on joue à une de notre salles préférées au Québec: L’Angélus, Deschambault. L’accueil est excellent et les repas fournis par le restaurant sont vraiment bons!

Plus tard en avril (le 28 avril) on retourne au Mouton Noir à Val David. Toujours très bien comme soirée!

à bientôt…..

Vinyl Café / St Morrisburg / CBC Canada Live

Hello Hello friends,

 

Off shortly to Morrisburg, ON for two nights at the Upper Canada Theatre with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café. Being trying to get on this show for a few years, so we’re damn excited to do it.

Our Winnipeg release party back in March, 2011 for June in Sibera was re-aired by the CBC Radio 2 on Canada Live this past week. If you missed it, you can check it out here:

 

Canada Live recording

 

On sera à Québec bientôt pour le RIDEAU, le 13 février! Yebo!

 

Check out this house among the 1000 islands on the St Lawrence, not far from where we’re going. I hear it’s for sale….

Touring and Checklists

Hello all,

My favourite part about getting ready for a tour is making a checklist. It’s all conceptual you see – no actual limits of physical space are faced, no tetris games with toothpaste, quarter-inch, cds and undergarments.

However, one always finds oneself suspecting that the suitcase you used last time shrunk, and wondering exactly how many pairs of underwear you really need after all. And sacrificing a sweater and two pairs of socks to take the hiking boots so that the day off in Neuchatel can be spent in the nearby mountains.

We’re off to Switzerland tomorrow to begin a serveral weeks-long tour of Switzerland, Germany and France! Almost all packed up, and almost everything checked off.

Two things are certain:

1. Something will be forgotten
2. We’re going to have one hell of a good time!

For our tour dates, shift your eyes over to the left a couple of centimeters. And if you’re going to be in the area for any of those shows – don’t be a stranger! We’d love to see you.

It’s crazy, because it seems like only days ago we came back from our last tour… Oh wait! It WAS only days ago. Two, in fact.

We had a short and very sweet gander over to the West very recently. Starting in Winnipeg, at a great venue we are beginning to know well – The West End Cultural Centre – it was off to a good start right off. We were lucky to have the lovely Jenny Berkel open the night with her friendly and charming group.

Then it was a long day of travel, a Showcase performance for the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, followed by the best kind of dessert – a satisfying set at the Haven Social Club in Edmonton.

Last, and most definitely not least was our night at the Palomino in Calgary. The opening band – native Calgarians Reuben Bullock – played far too short a set in our opinion. So inventive and captivating!

The folks at the Palomino get a special mention in this post for their generous nature (especially where whiskey is concerned) and their truly zany and amazing staff. We’re already looking forward to our next visit to Calgary!

We’ll leave you with this photo of Tonio and Kristina putting Winnipeg’s vintage shops to the test.

Jet lag – here we come!