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Great Lake Swimmers Announce New Fall Tour Dates

The Great Lake Swimmers are currently enjoying buzz-band status this summer as they tour their native Canada’s festival circuit. Having been chosen for the Short List of the esteemed 2009 Polaris Music Prize, the band joins a list of previous nominees that includes Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and Feist, among others.

The group will continue it’s hot streak throughout the US this fall, starting with a string of choice Radio festival events in August and continuing with headline dates through October (full dates below).

A new milestone was reached last week when YouTube featured the Swimmers on their front page. Choosing a live song the band released this summer from their “Legion Sessions” series, the video has quickly shot to over 100,000 views. Check out the stunning track "Stealing Tomorrow”.

Great Lake Swimmers Make 2009 Polaris Music Prize 'Short List'

It is with great pride that we announce the Great Lake Swimmers have made the “Short List” of nominees for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize. The band joins an esteemed group of musicians in this year’s nominees and past, as they are nominated for their fourth album LOST CHANNELS. Past nominees include Arcade Fire, Metric, Feist and Broken Social Scene.

The nomination is the latest acknowledgment in the ever-growing acclaim for LOST CHANNELS. “It's a thrill to be nominated, and recognized for all the work we've put into this over the last year. It's also great to be in such amazing company on the short list. We're very excited to be a part of it,” said lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker.

Click HERE for more info on Polaris


Great Lake Swimmers Interview With NBC Anchor Brian Williams


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The Great Lake Swimmers front man Tony Dekker recently stopped by 30 Rock in NYC for a very special sit down with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams to tape an interview for his much buzzed about video blog BriTunes.

The two sat down in the music editing room for Saturday Night Live, where they had a chance to chat about musical influences and the new album Lost Channels.

MSNBC is hosting the full album stream and Legion Session videos including the debut of the latest session track "Stealing Tomorrow".

Check out even more HERE



Great Lake Swimmers Live Session EP On iTunes Now

During a recent visit to the iTunes Live studios, the Great Lake Swimmers cut a seven-song set, exposing new colors for "Your Rocky Spine" and "I Am Part Of A Large Family" and adding a live heartbeat to the new songs "Pulling On A Line," "She Comes To Me In Dreams," and "Concrete Heart." Full track listing below:

Tony Dekker on Vimby 'Backyard Sessions'



Our man Tony Dekker of the Great Lake Swimmers stopped by the Vimby Studio when last in Los Angeles.  While taking in some poolside fun in the sun, Mr. Dekker treated us to a beatuiful take on soon to be classic track 'Pulling On A Line,' from their lastest album Lost Channels. Enjoy! 


Great Lake Swimmers And Howling Bells Get Love From NBC's Brian Williams

NBC News anchor Brian Williams has been know for years as a trusted voice in the world of nightly news events, but only recently has he started to make a name for himself in a very different field.. indie rock.  As recently chronicled in an interview with Rolling Stone, the 37 year old anchor has started his own weekly online blog, aptly titled 'BriTunes.'

And in two recent episodes of one of the hottest new blog shows to hit the cyber world, the newsman shows that he has excellent taste, shouting out both Great Lake Swimmers and Howling Bells in succedding episodes.

Catch Brian giving Great Lake Swimmers a nod on the set of the Jimmy Fallon show on BriTunes second episode 'Brian's Songs.'

Watch Brian on the back lot of the Jay Leno set where he shouts out the Howling Bells in his latest episode 'Listening closley in L.A.'

Great Lake Swimmers Jump Back on the Heatseekers Chart; Announce Summer Festival Dates

The Great Lake Swimmers continue to reach fantastic new heights, proving to be one of the early sleeper hits of the year and a must hear from critics nationwide.

This week, the band’s latest release, Lost Channels, stormed back on to the Billboard Heatseekers Chart to land at #9, more than a month after it’s release on March 31st. The sales success comes on the back of an extremely impressive showing on Amazon, reaching #1 MP3 sales position for over 3 days straight. In Canada, the band has held steady in the Top 200 since release day 5 weeks ago.

The band are currently playing to sold out audiences across Europe and the UK. This summer will include main stage appearances at Folk Festivals across Canada with a full US routing in the works for August / September.

Upcoming GLS dates as follows:

June 18 Peterborough, ON
June 19 Ottawa, ON
June 20 Montreal, PQ
July 7-12 Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 18-19 Vancouver Folk Festival
July 25-26 Hillside Folk Festival (Guelph, On)
Aug 8-9 Edmonton Folk Festival


Great Lake Swimmers Debut "The Legion Sessions"

During the month of February 2009, while the city of Toronto was busy battling against the wind, snow and all around miserable conditions that keep residents firmly indoors as often as possible, the Great Lake Swimmers decided to hunker down in one of their country's most esteemed locations, a Royal Canadian Legion Pub.

Soon dubbed "The Legion Sessions", GLS chose the hallowed local in-which to capture live, many of the new songs from their freshly minted new album Lost Channels.

The group enlisted the help of gifted young director Scott Cudmore to create a raw and intimate window into the subtle power of the group's sound. On board capturing the music resonating within these cozy surroundings was none other than Graham Walsh from the experimental electronic group Holy F**k.


Great Lake Swimmers' Lost Channels #10 on Heatseeker Chart in US, #48 in Top 200 Chart in Canada

Great Lake Swimmers continue to reach new heights as their latest album Lost Channels, debuts at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in America and #48 on Canada’s Top 200 Album Chart.

The album is also drawing impressive numbers on iTunes, currently sitting at #1 in Canada #5 in America on the Singers/Songwriter charts.


Press Contact: Rich Adams | radams@nettwerk.com

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