April 1, 2015 Respond
Here are the links to all the stuff we’ve been talking about.
You can see video of us preforming on Q HERE.
You can hear all the songs and the interview HERE.
Here is a link to the video that the amazing Mylene Simard made for Lamplight from the new record.
And finally – new dates have been added! I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll do solo shows in Quebec supporting Patrick Watson and in Toronto supporting Great Lake Swimmers.
March 23, 2015 Respond
There is so much to do right now getting ready for the shows this week, but I wanted to tell you quickly about two things:
There is a video for ‘Lamplight’ from the new record that is being premiered over at Now Magazine. This video was made by Mylene Simard, who is an amazing Montreal artist. I’m so glad we finally got a chance to collaborate on something. Enjoy.
Also, Southern Souls has posted some really sweet words about the new record. That very site is a massive archive of amazing performances, and once you’re there, I recommend you click around a bit and discover some good new music.
March 7, 2015 Respond
Well the record is out and there has been a really heartwarming response to it so far. Particularly, this Globe & Mail article by Sean Michaels and the response to it have left me reeling.
I am also home from an amazing European tour which brought me to numerous places, new and familiar. I was honoured to share the stage with my new Dutch comrades The Fire Harvest, whose kindness, generosity and musicianship were at the top of the scale.
For now, I’ll rest a bit, but just a little bit. There is much much much more action to come.
January 14, 2015 Respond
November 25, 2014 Respond
Album plans are well under way. In fact, Stereogum has premiered one of the songs from The Forgettable Truth, along with some very kind words. Listen and read HERE.
Some of the new material was just debuted this past weekend at the Passovah showcase at M for Montreal. It was a pleasure to finally render some of these new tunes live with a full band, closely replicating the album arrangements. Stay tuned for more of that in March, after the album’s release FEB 17.
Thanks for reading.
October 22, 2014 Respond
I just got home from a whole bunch of dates (off and on) since September with the incredible Thus Owls. Thanks so much to everyone who came to a show, and to all the promoters and hosts. Biggest thanks of all to the gang in Thus Owls, who treated me like family and rocked the house every night. It’s been a pleasure.
Tomorrow, I’ll head to Halifax Pop Explosion to play two shows and fraternize with pals from all over. I’m thrilled to be sharing a show with Jennah Barry and then a church show with my label-mates Gypsophilia. Info on the dates is here.
As an added bonus, I’ll join my homey (and label-mate) Gianna Lauren on guitar for her show on Saturday.
That’s it for now. I won’t wait so long before I update you next time.
September 9, 2014 Respond
Finally finally finally, I can share with you the video that we made for Scorekeeper, from my Tambourine Death Bed album [buy it here, if you are so inclined]. Huge thanks go out to Scott Da Ros and AJ Korkidakis who conceived it and were largely responsible for making it happen. So many great people contributed to it, and I’m very grateful. Enjoy!
I write you now from Halifax, where I am on tour with the amazing Thus Owls. We have had a really great time, finding the perfect balance between work and play – all the while surrounding ourselves with wonderful and generous folks. That same bill will have more shows coming up soon in Ontario and Quebec, so stay tuned.
August 12, 2014
I am fresh back from SappyFest where I played a truly unforgettable show with my awesome Sentimental Gentleman band. I had such a great time on stage. We were joined on vocals for a couple of songs by Misha Bower (wonderful writer, and member of Eons and Bruce Peninsula) and then we did a couple more with Julie Doiron singing along. Here’s a review of the show.
Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars
This brings me to my next point: I have been getting ready to hit the road with Julie and my long-lost band the Wooden Stars to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the record we made together. An interesting fun-fact is that we never really toured this release. The recording was the result of a couple years of pretty extensive touring – we played so well together that we felt we should make a document. However, circumstances conspired against us and we never really properly delivered the album to the world in a live format. Even as we won a Juno award (which was utterly unthinkable to us) and the world seemed to perk up to what we were doing, the moment slipped away. Now, for the first time ever, we are going to perform the record as well as some other JD songs from the era. I hope you can make it if we are near you. Here are the dates.
August 20, Arboretum Festival, Ottawa w/ Evening Hymns and Bosveld
August 21, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto w/ Evening Hymns and Jose Contreras
August 22, La Sala Rossa , Montreal w/ Maica Mia
August 23, Peterborough Folk Fest , Peterborough w/ Evening Hymns
MF and Devon Sproule live in Montreal
On Aug 29 at The Plant, I’ll be playing with one of my great pals, of whom I am one of the biggest fans. Devon’s records have meant a lot to me, and our friendship has only made them more special. We’ve joined each other on stage more than a few times now. We’ll each be doing our own sets, but I think it’s safe to assume there’ll be lots of collaboration too… see you there?
Here is Devon singing on my Singer Songer record:
July 17, 2014 Respond
Just a quick note to share with you a fun cover I did two summers ago here in Montreal.
Myself, Peter X and Loel Campbell got together at Matt Lederman’s one sweltering night during the peak of the student protests and knocked out one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs. Matt recorded the whole thing and mixed it much later. Thought I’d share it with you all. Enjoy!
July 9, 2014 Respond
A little bit of news for you all.
There are a few shows coming up for the summer, and more to be added throughout the fall and beyond, but you already knew that.
In other news, I have posted a new version of the Mind Parade podcast. Thus Owls chatted with me about their new record and their process of making the music they do. Check it out!
Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars shows:
Also, aside from the MF shows, there is something else quite special brewing. It turns out that this year is the 15th anniversary of the album we made as Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars. It’s a great album, and we never toured it as such – most of the mass of touring that we did was done before this record was made. Anyhow, we are doing a small string of shows in August, and we’ll be very happy to see you if you can make it to any of them.
See you soon. Also check out the MF shows.