Album Artwork, NOW magazine, and a couple shows

Hey kids!  How would you like to get a peak at the album artwork for my upcoming album "William"?  Ok, here it is!

Very nice.  As usual, I've kept up my ongoing work relationship with the very talented and wonderful illustrator Jessica Rae Gordon.  She's really great.

In other news, I'm really excited to say I've been nominated for best songwriter in NOW magazine's Best of Toronto!!  I was shocked to see my name with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Justin Rutledge, Bob Wiseman and Donovan Woods, but apparently it's not a mistake!  You can vote for me (or one of these great acts) here at NOW Magazine. 

Shows!  Well I have a tour coming up in September/October, but I'm not going to announce that quite yet.  In the meantime, I have a couple special shows coming up in August.  First one is at St. James Anglican Church in Gravenhurst.  It features me and my good friend Jerry Leger!  It's also going to be taped, but like, to tape! Reel to reel! That's on August 15th, and here's the event page:


Next up is on August 22nd, in Thornbury at Bruce Wine bar!  I'll be playing 2 sets here, one at 7 and another at 9.  I hear nothing but great things about this place, so I'm excited to see it for myself!

That's it for now, more info soon! 



North by North East!

It's that time of year again!  I'll be playing this years NXNE festival.  My 4th year in a row.  I'll be at a new venue for me, Baltic Ave (875 Bloor St W) on Wednesday June 18th at 9pm.  I'll be featuring a full band, and will be playing all songs from my upcoming release! So come on down.

You can buy NXNE tickets and wrist bands here http://nxne.com/tickets/


5 Days left to help fund my new album!

Hey folks, here's just a quick reminder, there's 5 days left to help fund my new album!  As I've mentioned before, making an album right can cost a lot of money.  I plan on going all in on this one.  I have one of Toronto's finest indie producers, James Bunton on the job.  He's worked with countless great acts including Ohbijou, Evening Hymns, Diamond Rings, Forest City Lovers, The Wooden Sky, and many more. 

So far, I've recorded 10 songs, featuring guitar, accordion, horns, pedal steel, bass and drums.  Let me tell you, things sound wonderful.  We plan to have it mixed and mastered by the end of May, and hopefully, not long after that, I can give you a peak at what we've accomplished. 

Why not check out the site?  You can pre order this new album on CD, digital, or vinyl!  You can also look into other perks like a limited print of the album artwork signed by me and artist Jessica Rae Gordon!  Or book your very own house show, either a solo show or with a band!  Hand written lyrics! and others.

That's it for today.  Here's the link http://igg.me/at/ShawnWilliamClarke/x/6645964

Talk soon!


Recordings! + 10 days left to pre-order/donate!

First thing first, my indiegogo fundraiser campaign is down to the last 10 days!  Please check it out, you can pre-order the album on CD, digital or glorious vinyl!  You can also buy yourself a beautiful print by Jessica Rae Gordon, get a solo or band show, hand written lyrics, etc!  It can all be found here:  http://igg.me/at/ShawnWilliamClarke/x/6645964


In other news, we are in the thick of recording right now!  Last weekend, my producer/drummer James Bunton and I drove up to Gravenhurst.  We arrived late at Curries Music, and began our sessions!  First day was spent with acoustic guitars.  The shop had so many to choose from, I ended up using 6 of them(5 from the picture above)!  Including this great 1969 guild N20, once owned by Ontario blues legend Mendelson Joe!


New Album! Details, and how you can help!

This weekend I head into the studio to record my sophomore release, the follow up to 2010's "Like Birds Too Tired to Fly".  I'm pretty excited!  I have acclaimed producer James Bunton (of Ohbijou and Evening Hymns fame) behind the mixing board, and some great musicians coming in to do their thing!  I think this is really going to be something special.

As you may know, albums can cost a lot of money to make, if you want to make it right.  You really get what you pay for.   This record is going to cost roughly 9 grand when all is said and done.  To help this along, I've started an indiegogo fundraiser campaign to help raise about $6,000.  This is basically a pre-order (with a few other exciting perks).  If you'd like to get your hands on the album (digital, CD and VINYL!), or just see some of the other perks I have, please check out this link (and share!)


And if you're curious about some of the music you'll be hearing on this album, check out this video I did with Sara Ciantar!

Not too bad if ya ask me.  Wish me luck in the studio! We have all these instruments to deal with.


Bonnie Prince Billy Cover

About a month ago, the Calgary based music blog Slowcoustic asked me to record a Will Oldham cover for a project they were putting together.  I'm a huge fan of the Bonnie Prince Billy albums, so I naturally said yes.

After some deliberation I settled on this track from "Ease Down the Road".  Special thanks to Alli Sunshine for singing harmonies and Kristian Pederson who recorded/mixed and played Wurlitzer!

Feel free to download and/share! 


New Album information!

Hello there!  It's been a while.  I have some really good news, this April I will be going back into the studio with a bunch of wonderfully talented individuals to record my 2nd full length album!  This will be a follow up to 2010's critically acclaimed "Like Birds Too Tired to Fly" (it was totally critically acclaimed, check out the NOW Magazine review for example.... I wouldn't lie about this!)

Who are these individuals?  Well I'm glad you asked.  First and foremost, I'm very excited to say that I'll be working with the very talented James Bunton.  You may know James as the drummer for Ohbijou, or for his production work with acts such as Evening Hymns, Barzin, Gentleman Reg, The Acorn, Diamond Rings... actually, just check out his website here for his list of projects, it's VERY extensive.  He'll be taking care of the producing, mixing and percussion side of this project.  Yay!