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“…a beautiful, hypnotic track wrapped in a rich, comforting warmth…”CBC

“’The Talking Wind’ sees a band experimenting with orchestral sounds in a novel ways, and to significant artistic effect.”Culture Collide

“’Alone But Not Alone’ is a breezy 60s inspired track that’s more than meets the eye ”NOISEY

Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are excited to share their latest single, “Alone But Not Alone.” The track premiered via Vice’s Noisey and is from their new album, The Waves, The Wake, out August 17, 2018, via Nettwerk. Recorded in the 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church and produced by Chris Stringer (Union Sound), lead singer-songwriter Tony Dekker decided to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar, which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way.WATCH, LISTEN (AND SHARE):

When asked about the new song, Dekker replied, “’Alone But Not Alone’ is a straighter shooter than some of the other tracks on the new album, with a little more of a familiar 12-string jangle, and it’s sort of a bridge back across our fifteen-year, seven-album catalog. We set out to make a breezy, 1960’s AM radio-inspired kind of thing, with a few twists and turns, because it seemed to be what the song was asking for, in the midst of experimenting with sounds for some of the other new songs. As for the lyrics, sometimes it can be easy to find yourself in a crowded place but still feel utterly alone. This song is a reflection on that sense of suffocating connectedness while still feeling disconnected at the same time. In the end, it’s a pretty lonely place, but there’s a resolve to keep an open heart and mind”

The band also announced today a run of U.S shows for August, October, and November that will be capped off with a special hometown performance in Toronto on November 23rd at the Danforth Music Hall.  A full list of current dates can be found below. Check out for the latest routing as European shows will be announced soon.

If you’re interested in covering Great Lake Swimmers, please contact George Chammas at
george@planetarygroup [dot] com


8/21 – Gravenhurst, ON @ Peter’s Players
8/23 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage in
8/24 – Friendship, IN @ Whispering Beard Folk Festival
8/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9/13 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
9/14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
9/15 – Sherwood Park, AB @ Festival Place
9/16 – Calgary, AB @ Festival Hall
9/17 – Nelson, BC @ Spirit Bar
9/20 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom
9/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
9/22 – Penticton, BC @ The Dream Café
9/24 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar
9/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
9/27 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
9/29 – Sudbury, ON @ The Townhouse
10/3 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/4 – New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge
10/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/6 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
10/9 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
10/10 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/11 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
10/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
10/13 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
10/19 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
10/21 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
10/24 – Denver, CO @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
10/26 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
11/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Swedish American Hall
11/2 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/6 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
11/7 – Santa Fe, NM @ Rufina Taproom
11/9 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
11/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub
11/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
11/23 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall



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