news & press releases
O&AL's 2012/2013 releases are available online and in stores. Check out the band's newest releases on the music page, where you can stream the seven-song EP, Hard Times, and the three-song 7inch, It's Alright. You can also purchase digital copies of all the songs for $1 each via the band's bandcamp page. The new songs were recorded with Simon Larochette at his studio, The Sugar Shack and were mixed and mastered by Dan Weston. Below is the cover art for both new releases.
The paintings featured throughout the EP are the work of Trevor Kyle Carter. Please look through his website for some more examples of his artwork.
The photographs on the front and back covers of the 7inch are the handiwork of Cory Downing. Visit his website for some more examples of his work.
CBC's Vinyl CafE & Q
O&AL were featured on a broadcast of The Vinyl Cafe in which Stuart McLean et al. explored the ups and downs of the winter season. The song "Northern Lights" - from the 2008 self-titled, full-length album - was played alongside a number of stories and songs depicting the varied ways in which we come to terms with the season and its mood.
O&AL performed as Q's live music guests on Friday, March 11th, 2011 with guest-host Jann Arden.
Olenka Krakus penned the song “Maggie Howie” which she performed with Autumn Lover Sara Froese as their contribution to Henry Svec's compilation Folk Songs of Canada Now. The song was recorded in London by Andrew James and features ambient background sounds courtesy of London traffic, Sara's cat, and Mr. Svec himself. Folk Songs of Canada Now offers up a collection of modern field recordings, showcasing the sometimes silly, often poignant, stories of a seemingly modern yet timeless era, and featuring a number of Canada's finest artists. It can be downloaded for free here.
Check out this stellar review of the album.
Olenka & Lightfoot
Olenka has contributed a cover of "Rainy Day People" to a compilation of Gordon Lightfoot songs put together by the fine folks at Herohill. You can download your FREE copy of the compilation at this link.
O&AL won the 2012 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Traditional Folk/Roots category in April 2012. Olenka Krakus won the 2011 Jack Richardson Music Award for Contemporary Singer/Songwriter in April 2011. O&AL won the 2010 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Traditional Folk/Roots category in April 2010.
Olenka's CBC Radio 3 Podcast
Olenka features a number of London bands/artists in her CBC3 podcast. Take a listen here.
Polaris Prize 2011 Jury Picks
A number of Polaris jury members included And Now We Sing as one of their top five picks for the 2011 prize. Mark Rheaume of CBC Music Resources explains: "My 'under the radar' choice from my list is Olenka Krakus, a highly original, quirky songwriter who crafts great tunes." Read more...
And Ryan McNutt from Halifax explains that although the album didn't make it into the official long list, And Now We Sing was still "a real sentimental favourite. There [were] a lot of great folk/country albums in the field this year, but for my money none were as varied, or as powerful, as that one." Read more...
NXNE 2013 TipSheet
NXNE has compiled its list of the Top 60 Canadian artists from the 2013 festival, and we made it into the top 15 for the Indie/Alt Folk category! Read through the full list here.
IDOW Fest in Jan 2014
I'm heading back to Halifax in January for a solo show at the lovely In The Dead Of Winter Festival. The last time I had the pleasure to take part in the festival was a few years back, and despite the accurately forecast frigidity, I was met with much warmth and hospitality, which I'm looking forward to experiencing again. For details about the festival visit the festival website. For details about my showcase, check out our shows page.
GOODBYE TO AN OLD FRIEND
Ken Palmer was my friend. He was a member of the old guard of the London Ontario music scene and a founding member of the Dixie Flyers, a bluegrass band from London that had a long and successful career in the music industry from the 1970s onwards. Ken was also an ambassador of Canadian music, in his role as the Artistic Director for the Home County Folk Festival from 1990-2005, and because of his genuine passion for the scene which he continued to enthusiastically support and participate in. He was also a colourfully opinionated advisor in all matters, to put it mildly, and I loved him for it. He would visit me regularly at my record store job, inquiring into whatever issues I might be facing and taking great pleasure in pontificating at length and dispensing whatever pearls of wisdom and anecdotes he found relevant. I will miss our spirited exchanges and the warm and fragile heart at the core of so defiant, unapologetic, and inspiring a man.
If you'd like to learn more about Ken, here's a link to Mr. James Reaney's article on my old friend.
CHATHAM SHOW VIDEO
7-inch Redemption Code Issues
Thanks to a few incredible fans, we were made aware of an error with our Digital Download system for It's Alright -- our latest 7-inch. If you had an issue, our system should now be fully operational. To redeem your digital copy of the record, find your download code and enter it here. If you notice any further problems, don't hesitate to contact Jeremy at email@example.com.
SUMMER TOUR 2013
We're back home safely in London Ontario, and everyone is resting and recovering from a couple weeks of touring in ON, QC & NB. Thanks to all the musicians with whom we had the pleasure to play, to new and old friends with whom we got a chance to spend some time, and thanks to everyone who came out to our shows. We had a really fun and memorable tour, and we're already looking forward to the next time.
During our single, very jampacked day of NXNE, we had the fortune of playing in Trinity Bellwoods Park for the Great Heart Festival put on the Young Lions Music Club. The folks at Humble Empire / Live in Bellwoods were kind enough to shoot some videos during the festival. Here's the video for one of our newest songs, "Runaways". For the other videos, check out our gallery page.
During our 2012 autumn tour, we had a chance to record with some audio/video engineering students at McGill for their Audiolens video series. Here is the final edit of "Don't Make Sense".
London "Hard Times" Release Show FOOTAGE
Our album release show was a great success and we'd like to thank Firehorse (local brainchild of Daniel Mancini) and Jenny Berkel, both of whom were gracious enough to share the stage with us. The performance was captured on video by Ben Srokosz for his Spur of the Moment video blog. Ben recorded and edited the footage (with the help of Jonathan Abrosimoff on second camera and Bob Hulme on sound), and here is the result: the final cut of "Hard Times" and "Winterlude"!
There's a skateboard out there named after the band! It's the handiwork of LMM and was inspired by our music and Trevor Carter's artwork (Trevor is responsible for the bird images that adorn the skateboard; they were originally a part of a tour poster that we had made up for our 2011 Summer Tour). Wow! What a treat!
October 2012 tour
Our October tour was full of beautiful sights, some great meals, and as always loads of friendly faces. The following videos for "It's Alright" and "Grey Morning" were shot with Sebastien Ouellet and his team, Antoine Bordeleau (editing) and Simon Paradis (sound), while in Quebec City on Thanksgiving. These are three very talented, funny, and passionate guys, and we're indebted to them for their efforts.
Connie Converse Cover