Great Lake Swimmers have a number of concert dates coming up in September. Dunedin Literary Festival, in Dunedin, Ontario on September 9th will feature music inspired by the work of Canadian novelist Nino Ricci as well as a reading from Nino’s recent work and a Q & A with the band and author about their respective writing processes. For more details and ticket information visit:

The band will also be playing several dates for the Festival of Small Halls in the Ottawa area, specifically;
Sept 14 – Elgin, ON @ Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall
Sept 15 – Almonte, ON @ Almonte Old Town Hall
Sept 17 – Tamworth, ON @ Tamworth Legion
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We’re also over the moon to be headlining the Sandbanks Music Festival on September 16th in Prince Edward County along the shores of Lake Ontario, with Lowest of the Low, the Inbreds, By Divine Right and many others. This one is going to be special! Advance ticket and camping information here:

We’re also happy to announce that we’ve begun work on a new full length album, with tracks recently recorded at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario. The decommissioned church is now being managed by our friends at the Aeolian Hall and hosts London’s El Sistema music program. There are plans to develop its use as a performance space and we were thrilled to be able to catch some of its unbelievable natural acoustics and general good feel. The Swimmers will be performing at a charity gala to raise funds for this endeavor on November 11th at the Aeolian Hall. Advance tickets and more details here:

Tony is currently part of the Canada C3 Expedition which is navigating Canada’s three coast lines and exploring themes of diversity, reconciliation, environment and youth with stops in communities along the way, and in light of Canada’s 150th birthday. Canada is much older than 150 years! He is a musician in residence on Leg 7, which sails from Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuaq in Canada’s arctic, Nunavut Territory. Follow the trip on the Great Lake Swimmers’ Twitter and Instagram, or at the Canada C3 Facebook page and website:

The Thesis Project brings together musicians from somewhat disparate worlds and Tony was thrilled to be asked to collaborate with the duo Kinbrae from Scotland. There are four new tracks that they worked on together and which will be released as a limited edition 10″ vinyl record. Subscriptions are also available for this amazing, ongoing series. Released on 10″ vinyl only and limited to an edition of 300. Each album comes with an original cover by Gregory Euclide with a handmade sleeve and jacket. Order information here: and you can check out song samples hear:

Great Lake Swimmers Headline Free Concert in Brooklyn, NY to Celebrate Canada Day

Great Lake Swimmers are headlining a FREE concert event in Brooklyn, New York to celebrate Canada Day.

July 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Well with Kasador and Common Deer

To reserve your tickets please visit this link:

Set times are:
Common Deer – 6:30 pm
Kasador – 7:30 pm
Great Lake Swimmers – 8:30 pm

Tony Dekker Collaborates With Kinbrae For Thesis 09 Release

Very proud and honoured to be part of the Thesis project series with new music in collaboration with ambient/drone/found sounds/orchestral/modern classical duo Kinbrae. It will be a limited 10″ vinyl record release, with hand made original artwork by renowned artist Gregory Euclide. Subscriptions are available at until mid-July.  It was a sonic adventure developing these tracks and a truly unique perspective on songwriting; I hope you get a chance to check them out. – td.


Great Lake Swimmers are proud to announce that they will be headlining the Sandbanks Music Festival in Picton, Ontario which takes place on Saturday, September 16th.

The festival also features The Inbreds, By Divine Right, Safia Nolin, Vallens, Solids and The Lonely Parade.
Advance tickets and more details available at:


Great Lake Swimmers are excited to be performing April 28th at the CONCERT AT THE CAVE at The Cave & Basin National Historic Site in Banff Alberta to help celebrate Canada’s 150th.

The birthplace of Canada’s national parks, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, has a rich history and connection to nature that continues to be shared in unique ways today, like Concert at the Cave. This quaint,
intimate venue has presented arena sell-out artists such as Steven Page, frontman of the Barenaked Ladies, and Cape Breton fiddler and international performer, Natalie MacMaster. Concert at the Cave is in proud collaboration with Parks Canada.

This concert is a FREE, family-friendly event! Space is limited so get your free tickets to guarantee your spot.

Great Lake Swimmers • Friday, April 28 • 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
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Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers are thrilled to announce new tour dates on the heels of a very busy 2016 and their latest EP, Swimming Away. After successful tours in Europe and Western Canada last year as a trio, the band will be taking their ‘Floating Through The Forest’ show to the East Coast of Canada and the Midwestern US this spring. The band will be revisiting the quiet side of their fourteen-year, seven-album catalogue, and have shows planned in Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The U.S. leg will begin on April 12th in Pittsburgh and will take the band through Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois before wrapping up in Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 23rd. A full list of North American dates can be found below.

Their latest full-length record, A Forest Of Arms, was released via Nettwerk in 2015 and they also released an EP, Swimming Away, in March of 2016, which included two covers, a Tom Waits classic, “Innocent When You Dream” and the aching PJ Harvey song “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love.” It also featured two new songs, the starkly beautiful “Condition White,” which was commissioned for the series Torn From The Pages and is based on the novel Sleep by Nino Ricci, and finally the hypnotic title track “Swimming Away,” which is an unreleased outtake from A Forest Of Arms.

Great Lake Swimmers (Trio) North American Spring Tour 2017:
March 22 – Montreal PQ @ La Sala Rossa
March 23 – Quebec City PQ @ L’Anti
March 24 – Fredericton NB @ The Capital
March 25 – Saint John NB @ Peppers Pub
March 26 – Parkindale NB @ Parkindale Hall
March 27  – Miramichi NB @ Home Concert
March 28 – Charlottetown PE @ Baba’s
March 30 – Riverport NS @ The Old Confidence Lodge
March 31 – Margaretsville NS @ Evergreen Theatre
April 1     – Halifax NS @ The Seahorse

*Support for Canadian dates – Megan Bonnell


April 12 – Pittsburgh PA @ Club Cafe
April 13 – Cleveland OH @ Beachland Tavern
April 14 – Ann Arbor MI @ The Ark
April 15 – Boyne City MI @ Freshwater Arts Gallery
April 17 – Grand Rapids MI @ Founders Brewing
April 18 – Marquette MI @ Ore Dock Brewing Co
April 19 – Hancock MI @ The Orpheum Theatre
April 21 – Milwaukee WI @ Colectivo Coffee – Prospect Café
April 22 – Chicago IL @ Hideout
April 23 – Fort Wayne IN @ The Brass Rail

*U.S. dates will feature local support

Great Lake Swimmers Announce Ontario Concert Dates in December

Great Lake Swimmers have added Ontario dates to their tour schedule this December, teaming up with Elliott Brood for two nights at the Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario.

December   1 – London ON @ Aeolian Performing Arts Centre with Elliott Brood
December   2 – London ON @ Aeolian Performing Arts Centre with Elliott Brood
December   9 – Milton ON @ Milton Centre for the Arts
December 10 – Stratford ON @ Masonic Hall
December 15 – Ottawa ON @ NAC Studio with Elliott Brood
December 16 – Ottawa ON @ NAC Studio with Elliott Brood
December 17 – Ridgeway ON @ The Sanctuary – Centre for the Arts


Great Lake Swimmers are also thrilled to be performing at CANADA’S WALK OF FAME FESTIVAL at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on September 25th to celebrate the 2016 inductees.

In addition, after a successful set of dates overseas, they will be embarking on a cross-Canada tour this fall where the band will be performing as an acoustic trio, revisiting the quiet side of their thirteen-year, seven-album catalogue.

Great Lake Swimmers FLOATING THROUGH THE FOREST 2016 Tour:

Oct 24 – Sudbury ON @ The Townehouse
Oct 26 – Thunder Bay ON @ Crocks
Oct 27 – Winnipeg MB @ Park Theatre
Oct 28 – Regina SK @ The Artful Dodger
Oct 29 – Swift Current SK @ Lyric Theatre
Oct 30 – Red Deer AB @ Bo’s Bar & Grill
Nov 1 – Canmore AB @ Communitea
Nov 2 – Calgary AB @ Festival Hall (Early Show)
Nov 2 – Calgary AB @ Festival Hall (Late Show)
Nov 4 – Nelson BC @ Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
Nov 5 – Revelstoke BC @ Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
Nov 7 – Lethbridge AB @ Southminster United Church
Nov 8 – Saskatoon SK @ The Bassment
Nov 11 – Sault Ste. Marie ON @ Loplop Lounge & Gallery
Nov 12 – Kagawong ON @ Main Street Café Kagawong

Supporting the tour will be singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell.


Great Lake Swimmers to perform at CANADA’S WALK OF FAME FESTIVAL in Toronto

Great Lake Swimmers are thrilled to be performing at CANADA’S WALK OF FAME FESTIVAL at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on September 25th to celebrate the 2016 inductees.

Come see the Swimmers in concert along with a whole host of other FREE entertainment, for more details please visit: