Canadian Tour Dates Announced for 2023

We’re delighted to announce that new tour dates have just been added to our 2023 album release for “Uncertain Country” – we’re heading to Western Canada this Fall and kicking things off in Ontario and Quebec in September. The “Shows” link above has all the details!

It’s also just a few more weeks until the start of our Eastern Canada tour, with Laurel Minnes and a mini-version of the Minuscule choir now added as support! It’s been some time since we’ve been to PEI but we’re excited to start it all off in Charlottetown at the Trailside Music Hall on May 23. Fredericton, Halifax, Saint John and Quebec City are also coming up this month – hope to see you there!

Have you heard the new album yet? Find it streaming or pre-order an LP at our new online store.

Photo and poster by Adam CK Vollick.

“Uncertain Country” Is Out Now!

Today is the day!

The new Great Lake Swimmers album, “Uncertain Country” is out now on all streaming platforms & music services.

The first new Great Lake Swimmers music in nearly 5 years, “Uncertain Country” was inspired by a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior in Summer 2019; when the pandemic put recording sessions on hold, the album was developed in between lockdowns in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada.

“Long-time Great Lake Swimmers listeners will find much that they know, from a strong current of nature imagery to Dekker’s wistful & emotive vocal delivery, but also plenty of new territory to discover. Those who are new to the band will find a rich variety of emotional dynamics & musical approaches that still has a coherent core. ‘Uncertain Country’ stands as some of the strongest & most consistent work by one of Canada’s best bands” – Matt Wheeler/Great Dark Wonder (

Track listing:

  1. Uncertain Country
  2. When The Storm Has Passed
  3. I Tried To Reach You
  4. Since January
  5. Swimming Like Flying
  6. On A Ship
  7. Moonlight, Stay Above
  8. Riverine
  9. Quiet Before The Storm
  10. Into It
  11. Promise Of Spring
  12. Think, Think
  13. Respect For All Living Things
  14. Flight Paths
  15. Am I Floating In The Air

Link to stream or order a copy on CD, LP & digital:

Thanks for taking a listen!

New Double Single – “When The Storm Has Passed” and “Moonlight, Stay Above” 

Today’s the day. We’re proud to release two brand new songs as a ‘double single’ from the new Great Lake Swimmers record. The full album will be released on April 28, 2023, but until then, “When The Storm Has Passed” and “Moonlight, Stay Above” are out now on streaming platforms.

Take a listen here.

Live Stream, Dec. 21, 2022

While last weekend was technically our last round of shows for 2022, we’re very pleased to announce a solo Tony set and chat with Tim from Paper Beat Scissors for his ‘Daystreaming’ series. Tune in on Facebook or Youtube on Dec. 21, 2022 at 3pm EST / 8pm UK to listen from the comfort of your own home. Hope you can join us then.

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Great Lake Swimmers in Concert: December 2022

Great Lake Swimmers has a few more shows coming up this December to round out 2022.

Dec. 9th finds us back in the Niagara Region at the Sanctuary Centre for the Arts, with special guests Minuscule.

Dec. 11th we’ll be at the beloved Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario with our good friends Picastro.

Tickets & info are available at

We have lots in the works for the new year so keep an eye on this space for some exciting announcements coming soon!

New Single “The Legend Of Bobby Bird” & Upcoming Tour Dates

To mark the occasion of his autobiography’s publication, we’re proud to release our version of Art Bergmann’s “The Legend Of Bobby Bird” via (weewerk).

Art Bergmann’s recent work proves that he is more essential now than ever, adding a vital new link in the chain of an already incredible life in song. As long-time fans, we continue to be stunned and believe he is currently making some of his best work, and this important song, “The Legend Of Bobby Bird” highlights that.

To echo his words, “people should hear this song and they should just weep…and ask for forgiveness.”

Our version hopes to amplify that sentiment and help tell the story of Bobby Bird, adding to the voices calling for truth and reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations, with a hope to learn and continue the healing process from the atrocities of the residential school system.

When asked what he thought of their cover effort, Art had this to say, “The Great Lake Swimmers have taken my song, “The Legend of Bobby Bird” and created something completely new. Tony Dekker’s beautiful voice is mesmerizing. I am thankful. We are blessed by this version.”

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Upcoming Tour Dates

Oct. 20 – Guelph, ON @ River Run Centre*

Oct. 21 – Peterborough, ON @ Market Hall*

Oct. 22 – North Bay, ON @ Capitol Centre*
* with Jenn Grant

Nov. 16 – St. David’s, NOTL, ON @ Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

Dec. 9 – Ridgeway, ON @ The Sanctuary

Dec. 11 – London, ON @ Aeolian Hall

More information at


October is here, and we have a mini-tour coming up this month in Ontario co-headlining with the wonderfully talented singer and songwriter, Jenn Grant.

Oct. 20, 21 & 22 we’ll be in Guelph, Peterborough and North Bay respectively. Hope to see you there. More info at

Upcoming shows:

Oct. 20, 2022 – Guelph, ON @ River Run Centre w. Jenn Grant

Oct. 21, 2022 – Peterborough, ON  @ Market Hall w. Jenn Grant

Oct. 22, 2022 – North Bay, ON @ Capitol Centre w. Jenn Grant

Nov. 16, 2022 – St. David’s, ON @ Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

Great Lake Swimmers to perform at The Festival Of Small Halls in May 2022

Live dates added on May 13th, 14th, and 20th

Great Lake Swimmers are proud to be part of The Festival Of Small Halls coming up in May 2022. Three shows are scheduled in small halls across Eastern Ontario:

May 13, 2022 – Manotick United Church, Manotick ON

May 14, 2022 – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Prescott ON

May 20, 2022 – Elgin United Church, Elgin ON

More information at

We hope to see you there!


We’re excited to announce a new series of shows for 2022. More announcements and updates coming soon.

April 23, 2022 – Lion’s Head, ON @ Lion’s Head Rotary Hall (Rescheduled from Dec. 18th).

May 13, 2022 – Manotick, ON @ Manotick United Church

May 14, 2022 – Prescott, ON @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

May 20, 2022 – Elgin, ON @ Elgin United Church

June 24, 2022 – Prince Edward County, ON @ The Hayloft Dancehall. Ticket info:

July 31, 2022 – Mulhurst Bay, AB @ Pigeon Lake Music Festival. Ticket info:

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New Show Announcement: Nov. 27, 2021 in Hamilton, ON

Photo by Ranna Asha

Great Lake Swimmers are thrilled to announce their first indoor, full-band show in over a year. On Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 the band will play the Winter Wander festival in the Westdale Village neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario at The Westdale Theatre. Show time is 6:00pm.

Ticket info:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry. Effective October 9, 2021, capacity limits were lifted to allow 100 percent capacity in The Westdale as per provincial government regulations.

Check out our behind-the-scenes video making the song ‘Unmaking The Bed:’

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