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Polaris Music Prize Nominee’s Great Lake Swimmers Prepare For US Fall Tour Radio Festival Dates Kick Tour Off In August

Polaris Music Prize Nominee’s Great Lake Swimmers Prepare For US Fall Tour Radio Festival Dates Kick Tour Off In August

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 Edmonton Journal proclaimed, “Great Lake Swimmers are fast becoming a bold new voice in Canadian folk music… Dekker is already seen as a powerful songsmith, one that belongs up there among some of Canada’s classic voices like Cohen and Lightfoot.”

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).

From being interviewed by NBC’s Brian Williams to performing at Bob Boilen’s Tiny Desk on NPR, the accolades continue to roll in for Great Lake Swimmers and their latest album Lost Channels. “The bands songs alternately rise and fall, prickle and soften, offering a comforting yet stirring refuge from the daily grind.” – The Washington Post.

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”.

Tour dates:

Aug. 23 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley

Aug. 26 Louisville, KY WFPK Waterfront Wednesday at Harbor Lawn

Aug. 28 Pittsburgh, PA WYEP Final Friday at Schenley Plaza

Aug. 29 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark

Sept. 24 S Burlington, VT Higher Ground

Sept. 25 Cambridge, MA The Middle East Cafe

Sept. 27 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

Sept. 28 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

Sept. 29 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

Oct. 1 Washington, DC The Black Cat

Oct. 2 Carrboro, NC The Artscenter

Oct. 3 Charlottesville, VA The Southern

Oct. 5 Knoxville, TN The Square Room

Oct. 7 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre

Oct. 9 Norman, OK Union Court at University of Oklahoma

Oct. 12 Los Angeles, CA The El Rey Theater

Oct. 14 San Fransisco, CA The Great American Music Hall

Oct. 16 Seattle, WA The Crocodile Cafe

Oct. 17 Portland, OR Doug Fir

Oct. 20 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room

Oct. 21 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

Oct. 23 Madison, WI Memorial Union at University of Wisconsin

Oct. 24 Urbana, IL Illini Union Courtyard Cafe

Oct. 25 Minneapolis, MN The Cedar Cultural Center
Oct. 28 Chicago, IL TBA

Oct. 30 Grand Rapids, MI Ladies Literary Club for Calvin College

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