12.11.2014

Reviews! Southern Souls video! And where to get "William"

Hey there guys!  It's been a few weeks since my last entry.   My album release party went swimmingly!  I believe we were over capacity.  Full house.  Graydon and Laura of the Young Novelists opened and were fantastic as usual.  We also managed to raise $300 for the Regent Park School of Music!  I'd call that a success.

More recently, this has been a fantastic week.  First, on Sunday, my Southern Souls video was debuted!  Me and my friend (and former Wilderness of Manitoba vocalist) Melissa Dalton sang "Ten Years Ago" in a really cool yurt!  The restaurant in which the yurt resides is called Ceili Cottage, on Queen Street East.  Check it out below!




This week also saw a couple really wonderful reviews.  First was from a really nice blog called Gray Owl Point.  You can read the whole thing here :

http://grayowlpoint.com/2014/12/09/review-william-shawn-william-clarke/

Then today I was absolutely shocked to see a review in NOW Magazine!  You can read that in print, or on their website here

https://nowtoronto.com/music/album-reviews/shawn-william-clarke/

So all in all the critics have been very good to me. 

Finally, It's probably a good idea to tell you where you can grab a copy of this critically acclaimed album!  If you're a bricks and mortar kind of person, check out these places

Toronto
Soundscapes (572 College St)
Sonic Boom (215 Spadina Ave)
Likely General (389 Roncesvalles Ave)
June Records (662 College St)

London
Grooves Records (353 Clarence St)

Moncton NB
Spin It Records (467A Main St)

And since we live in a digital world, how about checking out these places:

Bandcamp (Digital, CD and Vinyl orders)
iTunes

OK, that's it!  I'm playing at the Dakota Tavern tomorrow night with my good friend Jerry Leger!  I'll be on early, 7pm sharp, so come on out.  Until next time!

11.06.2014

Now Best of TO, and (finally) an album release party!

Hey folks!  I was absolutely delighted to get the word last night that I'd placed as runner up in NOW magazine's best of Toronto readers poll for Best Songwriter!  I received notice the night before it debuted from the Lonely Vagabond (because he always knows what's happening in Toronto before anyone else does!)
Thank you so much everyone who voted for me!  I truly had no idea I'd even be nominated for this thing, so to come in second ahead of such great songwriters as Ron Sexsmith, Justin Rutledge and Donovan Woods, is really... well, I'm speechless!  Thanks thanks thanks!!



So where can you see me perform, Toronto?  Well, I've finally booked an official album release party!  It will be on Saturday November 29th at a lovely space called Array Studio!  This is a ticketed event and they can be purchased right here:

  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shawn-william-clarkes-william-release-party-tickets-14146842587

I'll have a full band with some familiar faces, plus I'm happy to announce that my good friends Graydon James and Laura Spink from Graydon James and the Young Novelists, will be opening!  They sound like this:


 
So block off that date!   Byeeeeeee. 

Shawn.

10.01.2014

East Coast, and a warning about my digital music!

Hey folks!  I'm currently writing from a cabin on Prince Edward Island.  I'm at "The Dunk"!  A famous place in musician circles, a place for house concerts, pie, and relaxation.  As you can probably tell, my East Coast tour is going swimmingly.  I picked the perfect tour companion in Sarah Beatty, who you must check out if you haven't yet.  What a voice!  You may recognize that voice from a couple songs on my new album, the most impressive being "Some Nerve".

Before I get into the tour a little, let me take a moment to talk about digital music, and no, this isn't a tirade about illegal downloading.  As most musicians do, I released the album digitally (as well as on CD and vinyl!), since there are so many places to send the digital files to, I decided to make my life easier and pay a company to deal with it.  They sent the files out to all the obvious places (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc...) and some smaller places as well.  But unfortunately they sent the wrong music.  Yes, the info is all correct, you get 10 songs correctly labeled with the right information, cover art, etc... but the music is that of a punk rock band.  I don't know how this sort of thing could happen, it seems like they had one job, but I can't change the past. On their end, they fixed the mistake and sent out the right music, but now I have to wait for each site to change it on their end, which, if you've ever dealt with iTunes before, could take a while. 

So please, if you are interested in purchasing my new album "William" digitally, do so at my bandcamp site linked here.  Do it for 2 reasons; 1. it's the right music!  and 2. I get all the money (as apposed to say, iTunes, who take $3 from every purchase.  Oh I guess there's a 3rd reason, you can order the album on CD and vinyl at my bandcamp page.  One stop shopping! 

OK BACK TO THE TOUR!  (sorry if this seems rushed, but the road keeps beckoning... I'll try to hold it off...)

So far we've played a great shows.  Not a clunker in the bunch!  Peterborough was a beautiful start, and opener Nick Procyshyn was wonderful discovery.  I also had the opportunity to sing for my supper at the local Shawarma joint!  That was a first.  Next we found ourselves in Ottawa at Raw Sugar, and what a lovely venue.  We had a full house too.  Opener Claude Munson, was another great find, soaring impassioned vocals and some beautiful melodies.

We spent a day in Montreal, Sarah played a set at Grumpys Pub, which is now one of my favourite bars in the world.  Seriously, I think I watched 4 couples fall in love at that place. We followed our day in Montreal (with the prerequisite stops for bagels, and smoked meat sammies), with a very long 12 hour drive to PEI.  Because sometimes that's how tours are planned.... poorly. 

Today we're heading into CBC to record an interview/performance with Karen Mair on Mainstreet PEI!  That should be up between 4pm and 6pm today, and you can listen here.  Then we're off to Gahan House to play some beautiful folk music (and drink many beers from the PEI Brewing Company!)

We still have Halifax, Kentville, Pictou, Moncton, Fredericton, Edmundston and Belleville to go, so keep checking in! 

OK, I'm off to eat some lobster rolls and record my first ever CBC interview!  Talk soon!

9.19.2014

Video for "I Blame The Loyalist Ghost"! + Tour dates!

Hey there!  A month back, I got together with director Jesse Yules to work on a music video.  I was a big fan of the work he'd done for bands like Bruce Peninsula, Kathryn Calder, Of Montreal etc, and I was so happy to finally work with him! 

Here's the fruits of our labour!  "I Blame the Loyalist Ghost" is track 4 on my new album "William", and that'll be released Tues Sept 23th!  You can pre-order online here at my bandcamp page, and iTunes.

Enjoy, and please share! 


Here are my upcoming tour dates with Sarah Beatty!

09/26 Peterborough, ON - Gallery in the Attic - with special guest Nick Procyshyn!
09/27 Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar with special guest Claude Munson

09/28 Kemptville, ON - The Branch

10/01 Charlottetown, PEI - Gahan Pub

10/02 Halifax, NS - Company House - with special Guest Corey Isenor!
10/03 Kentville, NS - Union St. Cafe
10/05 Pictou, NS - Carvers Coffeehouse

10/06 Fredericton - House Show
10/07 Moncton, NB - Plan B

10/08 Edmundston, NB - Le Deck
10/10 Montreal, QB - Grumpy's
- with special guest Matthew Lazenby!
10/11 Belleville, ON - Capers





9.03.2014

Exclaim! Magazine debuts the first track from William! + Tour Dates!

Hey there, sorry it's been so long, I've been holding out for this to happen.  The great national music magazine, Exclaim, has posted the first track from my new album AND my east coast tour dates!!  How cool is that?!

Anyways, check it all out here by clicking the exclaim logo:



http://exclaim.ca/News/shawn_william_clarke_returns_with_william



7.22.2014

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1421777201433113/

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! 

Shawn.





6.06.2014

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/