news & press releases
Yes it's true. We're recording in fits & starts and are slowly getting going on a new album, some songs will feature the Vancouver musicians who have been a part of the project for the past two years. More details will be released in due time.
O&AL's 2012/2013 releases are available online and in stores. Check out these 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 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 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.
JUNE 2016 ONTARIO shows
Early June has me playing a bit in Ontario.
The Toronto show is on Fri. June 10th at the Monarch Tavern where I'll be opening for the folk-rock grandeur of The Wilderness of Manitoba and the puppy poppiness of HUSH PUP. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10+fees at this link, or you can pay $15 at the door. Doors are at 8pm & I'll be on c. 9pm for a short but sweet 30 minutes.
Check out our shows page for more details on both shows.
Just in time for my and Jeff's relocation to Toronto, the kind folks at BRBR have posted a few videos from our November session with the Vancouver band. Below is footage of our two songs: Papillon and Courtyards. Both feature Dan Toews on electric guitar, Christopher Ellis on bass, Ridley Bishop on clarinet, and Jeffrey Moon on drums and mandolin.
The first video is BRBR's first Vancouver episode and features our rearrangement of my old song Papillon at the 16:22 mark.
The second video is of our performance of Courtyards, featured in BRBR's second Vancouver installment.
FINAL VANCOUVER SHOW
Our final show in Vancouer at the Biltmore Cabaret on Sun. Mar. 20th was a warm and melodious affair, featuring our inimitable Vancouver band and some lovely opening acts (Speller and Pitre). I couldn't have asked for a friendlier and more engaged audience, more gracious and generous opening acts, and a more talented group of friends as my backing band. Sometimes it feels magical and heartfelt, and it certainly did at this show.
BRBR a Vancouver
In the first week of November 2015, we were invited by the folks at BRBR to record some songs during their 7-week-long francophone/-phile music scouting mission across Canada. Videos will be released in the new year, but in the meantime, below are some questions I answered en francais (with apologies to our more fluent francophone fans).
JULY 2015 TOUR
Our wee two-week tour is now over. We traversed 5 provinces and 7 states and covered over 10,000 km in MANY hours of nonstop driving, all in that short span of time.
Thanks to the bandmates who made the trip fun, hilarious & memorable (Jeff, Ridley, Dan & Ellis).
Thanks to all the bands with whom we played (Mauno, Gianna Lauren, Dumb Angel, Ben Figler, Lacey Kastern, Great Chamberlain, Raleigh, Shawn William Clarke, John Pilat, Marshall Burns, Doug Hoyer & Feverfew).
Thanks to everyone at the Home County Music & Art Festival for making our homecoming so warm and comfortable.
And of course thanks to all the people who came out to see us, said hello, and maybe even picked up an album or two. xoxo
O&AL music in NEW INDIE SHORT
Our song "Iron Pump" was recently featured in a new, Canadian, indie short called "Ironied". It's the brainchild of writer/director/producer Tyler Parr, who fortunately saw room for our song in his thoughtful film. It's a personal reflection on two men's lives and the role that homelessness plays in their distinct yet congruent experiences. You can stream the film via Youtube at this link.
O&AL music in London-Based Doc
Our song "East End" was recently featured in a London-Ontario-produced documentary. The doc is called "25%", and it investigates women's under-representation in Canadian politics and leadership and the need to challenge and change this status quo. You can stream the documentary online at this link.
Playlist for Vancouver Is Awesome
The lovely folks at Vancouver Is Awesome asked me to put together a playlist of some local musicians, and I was happy to comply. Here's a link to the playlist, if you're interested in hearing what some current Vancouver-and-area folks are up to: VIA Olenka playlist.
7-inch Redemption CodeS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Connie Converse Cover