Since discovering Toronto’s The Wooden Sky a few months back, I’ve been anxiously awaiting their latest full length release. Today I was fortunate to receive a preview copy of that release entitled If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone, (due to hit the streets on August 25th.) Well worth the wait, this one is a decidedly less boisterous affair than their previous effort and demonstrates a marked growth for the band. Growth best characterized by attention to detail, musicianship and keen lyrical beauty. This is a band clearly honing its craft and absolutely getting it right. The Wooden Sky deftly draws on elements of folk, country and rock with this record and the results are stunningly gorgeous and very original. “Something Hiding For Us in the Night” and “Oslo” shine with a conspicuous organic charm that any band would be proud to call their own. An early front runner for favourite record this year, If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone will mightily impress. Who knows, the Wooden Sky might just be your next favourite band.
Gavin Gardiner, Andrew Wyatt, Simon Walker, Anissa Hart, Peter Krpan, Andrew Kekewich (the Wooden Sky) has set out on a cross-Canada tour this month to lead up to the record’s late August release. Dubbed the “Bedrooms and Backstreets Tour”, the band will be playing cities big and small and some places slightly off the well worn club path. The entourage will roll in to play on Gavin and Wyatt’s Rooftop in Toronto tonight and in London on July 24th. The band will be playing at Patterson’s Backyard.
From the band’s Facebook fan page:
This summer, we're going to be heading across Canada doing a different tour than we're used to doing. We have nearly 30 dates, and the large majority of them will be free of charge and in alternative venues such as house parties, backyards, campfires, in gondolas and even in canoes. We're pretty excited. We'll be playing songs from our new record If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone (which comes out in the fall) as well as a good selection of older songs. Hopefully we'll be stopping by somewhere close enough to you that you'll be able to come out!
Here's The Dates - More Details Coming Soon!
19 Jul Royal City Park Gazebo Guelph, Ontario
21 Jul The Grist Mill Waterloo, Ontario
23 Jul Gavin and Wyatt’s Rooftop Toronto, Ontario
24 Jul Paterson’s Backyard London, Ontario
25 Jul The Ford Plant Brantford, Ontario
26 Jul The Phog Lounge (Outside/Inside) Windsor, Ontario
29 Jul Levi’s Backyard Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Jul 510 Patio Calgary, Alberta
2 Aug Waterfont Gazebo Nanaimo, British Columbia
3 Aug TBA Victoria, British Columbia
4 Aug Peak2Peak Gazebo Whistler, British Columbia
5 Aug John Rogers Park Vancouver, British Columbia
6 Aug Backyard Party! Banff, Alberta
7 Aug In Canoes On Water! Banff, Alberta
8 Aug Edmonton Folk Festival Edmonton, Alberta
9 Aug Edmonton Folk Festival Edmonton, Alberta
10 Aug Carl’s House Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Aug Ragpickers Winnipeg, Manitoba
13 Aug Black Pirate’s Thunder Bay, Ontario
14 Aug Arcadia Coffee House Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
15 Aug Jon`s House Sudbury, Ontario
16 Aug Black Sheep Inn Front Patio Wakefield, Ontario
17 Aug Canteen Ottawa, Ontario
19 Aug Karl’s Backyard Quebec City, Quebec
20 Aug La Chasse Galerie Lavaltrie, Quebec
21 Aug TBA Montreal, Quebec
22 Aug TBA Peterborough, Ontario
23 Aug The Woodlawn Ajax, Ontario
The Wooden Sky make a stop in London on their "Bedrooms and Backstreets" Tour across Canada.
They will be showcasing songs off their new album (released on August 25th) "If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone". The cross-country tour will roll through London on July 24th. The band will be playing at Patterson’s Backyard.
Opening up will be Evening Hymns and London's Handsome Dan and his Gallimaufry. This show is Pay What You Can and will be outside (weather permitting) Bring your own LAWNCHAIR (and refreshments!)
The Wooden Sky (Toronto)
Evening Hymns (Peterborough)
Handsome Dan (London)
Lastly, I have a copy of the band’s limited edition tour only EP courtesy of themusebox and the Wooden Sky to give away to one lucky reader. Leave a comment and or drop me a line sean dot thisispop at gmail dot com and tell me the name of the Wooden Sky’s forthcoming release and you might just win it.