Great Lake Swimmers: Uncertain Country Tour @ The BVP

  • 2024 Bancroft Village Playhouse

    5 Hastings Street South
    Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0
Ticket Price (CAD) $37.50 This event is now over

Tweed & Company is SO EXCITED to welcome one of Canada's biggest and best bands to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Saturday, May 25th at 7pm!

Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, Great Lake Swimmers are a critically acclaimed indie-folk group led by songwriter/vocalist Tony Dekker with a revolving backing band. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the group emerged with a succession of heavily atmospheric albums recorded in old silos and rural country churches. The music has developed that pastoral warmth over subsequent albums through a continued vision to record and perform in acoustically unique and historical locales. They are renowned for their homespun folk and lush, intimate Americana in their live shows.

Great Lake Swimmers celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2023 with “Uncertain Country,” an album where doubts are followed by discovery, demos end up as finished tracks, and themes of new beginnings, rear-view reflections, and ruminations on the fluidity of time form the basis of the eleven new songs.

It follows a prolonged period of collective anxiety. Recorded in different locales—and with a variety of musicians—a theme of questioning runs throughout. Even before the world turned upside down, Dekker felt mired in uncertainty: from the climate crisis to the ever-changing political landscape. The “uncertain country” chosen as the album’s theme is not a specific place. Rather, it’s a territory we, as humans, inhabit in the 21st century — a world that, more often than not, is confusing, unfamiliar and unsettling.

“Moonlight, Stay Above” epitomizes what Great Lake Swimmers represents. A 10-voice strong women’s choir lifts the lonely-sounding and wistful song up. As with that addition, the band on each album is fluid and always evolving.

Great Lake Swimmers were shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and nominated twice for Canada’s Juno Awards, with the CBC calling them “a national treasure.”

Select reviews for “Uncertain Country” (2023):

“A stunning variety of tones and textures... nothing less than both cerebral and sublime.”– American Songwriter, 4/5

“Dekker’s preoccupation with the Canadian state of mind flourishes in his lyrics. Few songwriters are able to convey the country’s harsh beauty as well. ... Canadian folk tradition personified in the 21st century.” – Exclaim!

“It floats from country to folk to indie rock and back again, painting a sharp-toothed but achingly beautiful portrait of both the natural world and the human condition.” – New Noise Magazine, Best Of 2023

“An ‘elsewhere’ where uncertainties and anxieties are often the most willing to make waves...Americana which strives to deal with traumas through padded atmospheres.” – Rolling Stone France

“This collection of songs examines the passage of time masterfully... 'Uncertain Country' stands as some of the strongest & most consistent work by one of Canada’s best bands.” – Great Dark Wonder

“A minimalist, atmospheric compendium of songs with a sonic environment the listener can easily get lost in.” – The Vue

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Tickets are $37.50 + HST
Playing Saturday, May 25th, doors open at 6:30, show at 7pm. 

*If you require wheelchair or fully accessible seating please call the box office at 613-478-6060.

Venue Details

2024 Bancroft Village Playhouse

5 Hastings Street South
Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0 2024 Bancroft Village Playhouse
Tweed & Company Theatre

TWEED & COMPANY Theatre is a registered charity, and is a creator and producer of Original Canadian Musical Theatre, as well as quality professional grassroots regional theatre. The company has been active since the fall of 2009, and has produced several large scale original Canadian musicals, as well as countless other Canadian productions. Tweed & Company is based in Hastings County, and owns and operates The Marble Arts Centre, as well as operating the Bancroft Village Playhouse, and the Tweed & Company Outdoor Stage.

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