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hey folks.
i’ve been quiet on here lately but outside of this box i’ve been kickin’ up dust, gettin’ dirt under the fingernails, starin’ at the stars, and trying to turn the little things into the big picture.
i just wanted to poke my head up outta the weeds over here and say hi again and let ya know that i’m finishing up a new LP and EP right now and i’ve started writing for the next record too. i was just keepin’ things secret. i’m gonna try and release a little snippet of something real soon cause i’m excited about it. we’ve got a few shows planned for the summer. need to ease back into things. and we’re easing back in in the sweetest way possible with appearances at Dawson City Music Festival, Arboretum Arts Festival and Peterborough Folk Festival. we’re pretty thrilled to have been invited to play these shows and we’re bringin’ our A-game. then we’re gonna get ready to launch this new sucker out into the wilderness. not sure exactly when that’s gonna be but stay tuned here for more info. i’ll be sure to pass it along as it comes to me.
above is a photo i took in joshua tree in february. that place is the best.
thanks for hanging in there.
x
jb
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hey folks.

i’ve been quiet on here lately but outside of this box i’ve been kickin’ up dust, gettin’ dirt under the fingernails, starin’ at the stars, and trying to turn the little things into the big picture.

i just wanted to poke my head up outta the weeds over here and say hi again and let ya know that i’m finishing up a new LP and EP right now and i’ve started writing for the next record too. i was just keepin’ things secret. i’m gonna try and release a little snippet of something real soon cause i’m excited about it. we’ve got a few shows planned for the summer. need to ease back into things. and we’re easing back in in the sweetest way possible with appearances at Dawson City Music Festival, Arboretum Arts Festival and Peterborough Folk Festival. we’re pretty thrilled to have been invited to play these shows and we’re bringin’ our A-game. then we’re gonna get ready to launch this new sucker out into the wilderness. not sure exactly when that’s gonna be but stay tuned here for more info. i’ll be sure to pass it along as it comes to me.

above is a photo i took in joshua tree in february. that place is the best.

thanks for hanging in there.

x

jb

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November tour dates with Andy Shauf: 11/14 - Toronto, ON - The Drake  11/15 - Peterborough, ON - Gordon Best Theatre 11/16 - Oshawa, ON - The Moustache Club 11/17 - Guelph, ON - E Bar 11/19 - St. Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall 11/20 - Kingston, ON - 356 Albert St. 11/21 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn 11/22-23 - Montreal, QC - M For Montreal 
November tour dates with Basia Bulat:
11/29 – Calgary, AB – Festival Hall11/30 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre12/4 – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub12/5 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Nightclub

 Snow tires. Coffee. Toques.
Tickets now available.
Toronto: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2013/11/14/evening-hymns-w-andy-shauf/
Peterborough: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/9181/
Oshawa: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/9357/
St. Catherines: https://www.facebook.com/events/503619289732546/
Wakefield: http://kelprecords.com/store/tickets/evening-hymns-andy-shauf-black-sheep-inn/
Calgary: http://www.festivalhallcalgary.com/events/view/88#.UmpzvCShu3A
Edmonton: http://yeglive.ca/events/basia-bulat/nov-30-2013/avenuetheatre
Victoria: http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=3730134
Vancouver: http://northerntickets.com/events/basia-bulat/

November tour dates with Andy Shauf:

11/14 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
11/15 - Peterborough, ON - Gordon Best Theatre
11/16 - Oshawa, ON - The Moustache Club
11/17 - Guelph, ON - E Bar
11/19 - St. Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall
11/20 - Kingston, ON - 356 Albert St.
11/21 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
11/22-23 - Montreal, QC - M For Montreal

November tour dates with Basia Bulat:

11/29 – Calgary, AB – Festival Hall
11/30 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
12/4 – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
12/5 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Nightclub

Snow tires. Coffee. Toques.


Tickets now available.

Toronto: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2013/11/14/evening-hymns-w-andy-shauf/

Peterborough: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/9181/

Oshawa: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/9357/

St. Catherines: https://www.facebook.com/events/503619289732546/

Wakefield: http://kelprecords.com/store/tickets/evening-hymns-andy-shauf-black-sheep-inn/

Calgary: http://www.festivalhallcalgary.com/events/view/88#.UmpzvCShu3A

Edmonton: http://yeglive.ca/events/basia-bulat/nov-30-2013/avenuetheatre

Victoria: http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3730134

Vancouver: http://northerntickets.com/events/basia-bulat/

Summer Tour Dates thus far&#8230;.
July 25 - CANMORE, AB - Communitea Café
July 26-28 - CALGARY, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival
July 30 - NELSON, BC - The Special
August 1 - VANCOUVER, BC - Railway Club
August 2 - VICTORIA, BC - Copper Owl
August 6 - MISSION, BC - House Show
August 7 - KELOWNA, BC - Streaming Café
August 10-11 - EDMONTON, AB - Edmonton Folk Music Festival
August 23 - YORK, UK - House Show
August 24 - NEWCASTLE, UK - Cluny2
August 29 - MANCHESTER, UK - The Castle Hotel
August 30 - NORTH DORSET, UK - End of the Road Festival
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Summer Tour Dates thus far….


July 25 - CANMORE, AB - Communitea Café

July 26-28 - CALGARY, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival

July 30 - NELSON, BC - The Special

August 1 - VANCOUVER, BC - Railway Club

August 2 - VICTORIA, BC - Copper Owl

August 6 - MISSION, BC - House Show

August 7 - KELOWNA, BC - Streaming Café

August 10-11 - EDMONTON, AB - Edmonton Folk Music Festival

August 23 - YORK, UK - House Show

August 24 - NEWCASTLE, UK - Cluny2

August 29 - MANCHESTER, UK - The Castle Hotel

August 30 - NORTH DORSET, UK - End of the Road Festival

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Evening Hymns to play End Of The Road and release Spectral Dusk in the UK

Things are shaping up for 2013.

Just announced: Evening Hymns to play End Of The Road Festival with Sigur Ros, David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian, Damien Jurado and more!

Read the news here and check out this beautiful festival here.


And we are super-psyched to be releasing our record with the wonderful folks at Tin Angel Records in the UK. Spectral Dusk will see release in April! We are thrilled!!!

Check the links for more info:

http://www.tinangelrecords.co.uk/home.html
http://tinangelrecords.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tinangelrecords
https://twitter.com/Tinangelrecords

P.S. We have even more news to come. We’re coming out on tour. Watch out. Let’s get excited everyone.

Peace,

Evening Hymns

Evening Hymns (Photo: Julien Mignot)

 

thinking about my Dad…

4 years ago on this day my father passed on. I was with him when he left. I lived temporarily in my parent’s basement so I could spend as much time with him as possible. He pulled a small, shallow breath, and then there was calm. Then, surprisingly, he pulled another one, like little bellows rising and falling, barely, and then there was nothing, and then nothing…

Like on most anniversaries I end up analyzing the things around me. On this day I always think about the space that has existed between when he went and where I am now. I think about the places I’ve been, and the people I’ve met, the things I would love to sit down and share with him now, over a beer, in the shop. It can be a pretty sad reflection sometimes but this year it’s different.

I’ve got to spend the last 6 months traveling the world and playing all these songs about my Dad, and along the way meet some incredible people who’ve shared their stories about people they’ve lost with me. It certainly hasn’t been easy to lay those things out each night and re-visit many of those sad stories, or to go back to those dark places, but for me it’s been this amazing experience to try and bring our relationship to life again. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him and I think that’s a good thing.

I wanted to write this to say thank you to everyone who has supported this journey with me in the last 4 years. I’ve had an amazing network of friends and family that has held me up throughout the process, and continues to. For anyone who has helped book a show, came as an audience member, wrote to us, purchased our music, spread the word, played in the band, or given us their time. Thank you! I sincerely mean that.

I mostly wanted to write this note to say go hug your parents…

jb

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Archibald and Trixie
I&#8217;m currently restoring an old canoe that came from dear friends of mine on Mazinaw Lake, where I spent a good deal of my childhood. I&#8217;m not sure of the age of it, but we speculate it&#8217;s from the 40&#8217;s. I have peeled the canvas off and have removed the gunwhales. It was filled with leaves, pinecones, and sand. So much sand caught between the cedar planks and the old canvas. The boat smells like the lake and I know this because I lived in that lake for many years. My childhood was spent swimming and jumping off the cliffs and spending the better part of a day just floating around in Mazinaw&#8217;s waters. Some of this sand is maybe from the 1940&#8217;s or 50&#8217;s, some of it probably fell in there on its maiden voyage down the lake, maybe down to Bon Echo rock, the boat pulled up on the beach and flipped over in the sand. Maybe some of it found its way in there on the adventure my friend and his buddy took down to the dam when they were kids, close to the nude sunbathers he told me they saw. I can imagine at some point my father has been in it, being a neighbour to this boat. Surely he fished from it or sat in it at sunrise on the lake, where he too spent a great chunk of his life. He probably used it to explore the lake with his friend, following the shoreline looking for frogs, and then falling asleep in the late-afternoon light, across its ribbed bottom with a life jacket as his pillow.
I have a photo of this boat, presumably taken from another canoe. It&#8217;s a picture of my friend&#8217;s dad, Archibald, with his dog Trixie, paddling down the lake, his body language loose and relaxed. I think I know the point on the lake where the photo is from but it&#8217;s hard to tell because so much has changed since the photo was taken. Some of the sand on my workshop floor maybe fell off his paddle or was caught in the paws of the dog while jumping from the shoreline to the boat, and laid to rest in between the ribs and the planks of the canoe. I can get a sense of the weather there. The smell in the air. How that breeze feels coming across the lake.
The old screws I removed, slotted ones, driven by hand by some person who is probably long since passed. The craftmanship of the fitted wood pieces so precise, and installed by hand, with archaic yet perfectly functioning tools. The pencil marks on both sides of the body, an X marking where the shape of the boat starts to work itself to its tips. The bend from the middle to the bow. Its curvature precisely mapped out and marked with pencil. The quality of craftmanship. This thing was built to be rebuilt. Made so that every so many years you could take it apart and replace the canvas, patch the wooden planks that have been damaged, and make it new again, like I&#8217;m doing now. The majority of things are not manufactured that way anymore, they&#8217;re built to serve us for a couple years, and then discarded when the next model comes along. That idea is now designed into so many things that we buy. This canoe was built to last, and was fixable with simple tools if needed. I think much about this as I work.
I&#8217;ve removed multiple layers of paint. Layers of hunter green and carmine red, each one faded to different tones from the summer sun. Every few years I can imagine the boat being flipped upside down, placed upon sawhorses by the lake, and covered with a thick coating of whatever paint was leftover from painting the cottage&#8217;s window trims and the boathouse doors. Maybe an old radio buzzing in the background, a coat hanger as its antenna.
There&#8217;s a great deal of work left to do. Replacing the gunwhales and the keel. I hope to have these cut by a local sawyer who lives south of here. The seats both need to be rewoven. We will do that ourselves. The thwart needs to be cleaned up and re-installed but seems to be in decent condition. The outside, once I repair a few planks that have been damaged, will be re-canvassed and then filled, and then painted, hopefully to its original colour, if I can decode the nearly illegible serial number stamped on its stem.
I&#8217;m trying to be present throughout the whole process. Trying to enjoy the small parts of this canoe that tell large stories. It&#8217;s much more to me than the turning of a brass screw, although at the same time it&#8217;s not really. Maybe that&#8217;s the most important part.
I hope to have this boat for the rest of my life.

Archibald and Trixie

I’m currently restoring an old canoe that came from dear friends of mine on Mazinaw Lake, where I spent a good deal of my childhood. I’m not sure of the age of it, but we speculate it’s from the 40’s. I have peeled the canvas off and have removed the gunwhales. It was filled with leaves, pinecones, and sand. So much sand caught between the cedar planks and the old canvas. The boat smells like the lake and I know this because I lived in that lake for many years. My childhood was spent swimming and jumping off the cliffs and spending the better part of a day just floating around in Mazinaw’s waters. Some of this sand is maybe from the 1940’s or 50’s, some of it probably fell in there on its maiden voyage down the lake, maybe down to Bon Echo rock, the boat pulled up on the beach and flipped over in the sand. Maybe some of it found its way in there on the adventure my friend and his buddy took down to the dam when they were kids, close to the nude sunbathers he told me they saw. I can imagine at some point my father has been in it, being a neighbour to this boat. Surely he fished from it or sat in it at sunrise on the lake, where he too spent a great chunk of his life. He probably used it to explore the lake with his friend, following the shoreline looking for frogs, and then falling asleep in the late-afternoon light, across its ribbed bottom with a life jacket as his pillow.

I have a photo of this boat, presumably taken from another canoe. It’s a picture of my friend’s dad, Archibald, with his dog Trixie, paddling down the lake, his body language loose and relaxed. I think I know the point on the lake where the photo is from but it’s hard to tell because so much has changed since the photo was taken. Some of the sand on my workshop floor maybe fell off his paddle or was caught in the paws of the dog while jumping from the shoreline to the boat, and laid to rest in between the ribs and the planks of the canoe. I can get a sense of the weather there. The smell in the air. How that breeze feels coming across the lake.

The old screws I removed, slotted ones, driven by hand by some person who is probably long since passed. The craftmanship of the fitted wood pieces so precise, and installed by hand, with archaic yet perfectly functioning tools. The pencil marks on both sides of the body, an X marking where the shape of the boat starts to work itself to its tips. The bend from the middle to the bow. Its curvature precisely mapped out and marked with pencil. The quality of craftmanship. This thing was built to be rebuilt. Made so that every so many years you could take it apart and replace the canvas, patch the wooden planks that have been damaged, and make it new again, like I’m doing now. The majority of things are not manufactured that way anymore, they’re built to serve us for a couple years, and then discarded when the next model comes along. That idea is now designed into so many things that we buy. This canoe was built to last, and was fixable with simple tools if needed. I think much about this as I work.

I’ve removed multiple layers of paint. Layers of hunter green and carmine red, each one faded to different tones from the summer sun. Every few years I can imagine the boat being flipped upside down, placed upon sawhorses by the lake, and covered with a thick coating of whatever paint was leftover from painting the cottage’s window trims and the boathouse doors. Maybe an old radio buzzing in the background, a coat hanger as its antenna.

There’s a great deal of work left to do. Replacing the gunwhales and the keel. I hope to have these cut by a local sawyer who lives south of here. The seats both need to be rewoven. We will do that ourselves. The thwart needs to be cleaned up and re-installed but seems to be in decent condition. The outside, once I repair a few planks that have been damaged, will be re-canvassed and then filled, and then painted, hopefully to its original colour, if I can decode the nearly illegible serial number stamped on its stem.

I’m trying to be present throughout the whole process. Trying to enjoy the small parts of this canoe that tell large stories. It’s much more to me than the turning of a brass screw, although at the same time it’s not really. Maybe that’s the most important part.

I hope to have this boat for the rest of my life.

Here&#8217;s some of the merch we&#8217;re bringing to the Toronto show. Lots of different versions of our albums. #stockingstuffers
Spectral Dusk-Limited Edition hand-painted double-LP on Shuffling Feet Records.
Spectral Dusk-German release LP on Strangeways Records
Spectral Dusk-CD on Shuffling Feet Records
Spectral Dusk-CD on Strangeways Records
Spectral Dusk-French Release, handsewn CD on Kutu Folk Records
Spirit Guides-French Release, handsewn CD on Kutu Folk Records
Spirit Guides-re-issue CD on Out Of This Spark Records

See ya Thursday!

Here’s some of the merch we’re bringing to the Toronto show. Lots of different versions of our albums. #stockingstuffers

Spectral Dusk-Limited Edition hand-painted double-LP on Shuffling Feet Records.

Spectral Dusk-German release LP on Strangeways Records

Spectral Dusk-CD on Shuffling Feet Records

Spectral Dusk-CD on Strangeways Records

Spectral Dusk-French Release, handsewn CD on Kutu Folk Records

Spirit Guides-French Release, handsewn CD on Kutu Folk Records

Spirit Guides-re-issue CD on Out Of This Spark Records

See ya Thursday!

Evening Hymns upcoming tour dates:

11/15 - Ottawa ON - Maverick’s w/ Rah Rah
11/17 - Kingston ON - Grad Club w/ Nick Ferrio
11/20 - Halifax NS - The Bus Stop Theatre
11/21 - Sackville NB - Struts w/ Jon McKiel
11/22 - Charlottetown PEI - Baba’s Lounge
11/23 - Fredericton NB - Cedar Tree Cafe
11/24 - Montreal QC - Le Cagibi
11/27 - St Catharines ON - The Mansion House

11/28 - Hamilton ON - The Casbah w/ Neil Haverty
11/29 - Peterborough ON - Gordon Best Theatre
11/30 - Windsor ON - Phog Lounge
12/01 - London ON - Craven Cottage
12/06 - Guelph ON - Ebar
12/07 - Oshawa ON - Robert McLaughlin Gallery
12/20 - Toronto - The Music Gallery w/ Neil Haverty