In the wake of a robbery last February that left them broke, instrumentless, and homeless (OK, not homeless) Library Voices are gearing up for a summer tour.

The jaunt will see them sharing the stage with Hawksley Workman, Black Francis, Pattern Is Movement, and Dog Day, along with taking up a temporary residence at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Other stops include Hillside Festival, Ottawa Blues Fest, and an Icelandic Festival in rural Manitoba.

The band recently posted the single ‘Drinking Games’ from their forthcoming album on Myspace ( and their travels, trials, and tribulations will be documented in a tour blog for EXCLAIM! Magazine (

Library Voices have also issued the following statement:

“Dear thieves,
It’s with an air of bashfulness that we have to admit we were just a bunch of small town kids naive to the cruel realities of big city living. On our last tour you managed to rob us of $10,000 worth of our beloved gear, making off with everything from guitars and saxophones to drums and amplifiers, but this time around we aren’t going to make it so easy on you. Not only will be hauling ALL of our gear inside EVERY night, we will also be touring with a pack of angst ridden coyotes. The coyotes have agreed to sleep in the trailer at night and keep a watchful eye over our van. They also breath fire, spit venom, and can shoot swarms of bees from their paws. Just sayin’.
Best, Library Voices”

See all 10 members, sharing instruments and crazy fun good times here:

July 8th – Regina, SK – The Exchange (w/ Black Francis of The Pixies *solo acoustic show)
July 11th – Calgary, AB – Flames Central (w/ Hawksley Workman)
July 17th – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest (Subway Stage @ 7pm)
July 18th – Montreal, QC – Zoobizarre (w/Pattern Is Movement)
July 21st – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
July 22nd – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
July 23rd – Windsor, ON – Blind Dog
July 24th – Peterborough, ON – Montreal House
July 25th and 26th – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
July 28th – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
July 29th – London, ON – Call The Office
July 31st – Thunder Bay, ON – The Apollo
Aug 1st – Gimli, MB – Icelandic Festival

Library Voices is a ten piece pop ensemble from Regina, Saskatchewan. Blending tremolo soaked guitars with analog synths, vintage organs, circuit bent electronics, accordion, saxophone, and glockenspiel, their songs play out like an AM radio jingle; mixing the best of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and today.

Since forming in spring of 2008, the group has operated at a feverish pace. They’ve been featured in the New Yorker and heralded by SPIN as an “undiscovered band you need to hear now”. They have shared the stage with Stars, K-os, Chad Vangaalen, Plants & Animals, and Blitzen Trapper. They have performed at Sled Island, Regina Folk Festival, WCMA, CMW, and Ness Creek. They’ve received generous airplay on the CBC and BBC, reaching #3 on the Radio 3 charts and breaking the top 30 on Canadian campus radio. They also won a Radio 3 Bucky award, were voted the best band in Regina by Prairie Dog readers, have been mugged twice, and had their van robbed once.

Library Voices debut EP. Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts, offers a clear and concise introduction to the collective. The groups song writing objectives are evident, bridging sophisticated pop hooks and melodies with complex harmonies and anthemic sing along choruses. Lyrically the album strays from bubblegum, addressing late night escapades, panic attacks, and the construct of home. The record is also laced with pop culture references, including nods to Tom Waits and Evan Dando, as well as contemporary literature notables Paulo Coehlo, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Nick Flynn, and the late Kurt Vonnegut. Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts was produced by Library Voices and Orion Paradis at SoulSoundStudios in Regina. The studio was constructed in a century old structure that once served as a Jewish funeral home. The control both had served as the room where bodies were prepared. An inscription still rests above the entrance that translates to “house of truth and loving kindness.”

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