When warm weather whisks wintery wildness away, I obviously get alliterative. The winter did lead to some wonderful house concerts, including one in Elmira (north of Waterloo) that led to this video of me & Laura performing “Jackson” (the Johnny Cash/June Carter version). To all the amazing folks at, and hosts of, the house concerts we played: thank you! Your support is what keeps us going.

But also: we’re shaving our wooly coats and heading out into the sunshine to go on tour in April! And we’re very excited to get out and play some shows for our amigos in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. Please spread the word if you know anyone in the towns we’re visiting; tour dates below!

UPCOMING SHOWS

Sat Mar 29 – TORONTO, ON – Ka Chi Korean Restaurant (414 Dundas St W)
Lights Out for Earth Day, Duo Show, Music 8:30-9:30pm, facebook event

Tue Apr 1 – TORONTO, ON – The Cameron House (408 Queen St W)
w/ Rachael Cardiello & the Warm Electric Winter Band and David Newberry
Duo Show, Doors 9pm/9:30pm, facebook event

Fri Apr 4 – BARRIE, ON – Clarkson Pub (130 Dunlop St E)
Music 10pm, facebook event

Sat Apr 5 – MONTREAL, QC – L’Esco (4467 Rue Saint-Denis)
w/ Erik Lind & the Orchard and The Bombadils
Doors 9pm/Music 9:30pm, facebook event

Mon Apr 7 – PICTON, NS – Carvers Coffeehouse (41 Coleraine St)
Music 7-10pm, facebook event

Tue Apr 8 – HALIFAX, NS – The Carleton (1685 Argyle St)
w/ Rachel Sunter
Music 8pm, facebook event

Wed Apr 9 – MONCTON, NB – Plan B (212 St George)
Music 9pm, facebook event

Thu Apr 10 – BREADALBANE, PEI – The Dunk (3864 Dixon Rd)
Music 8pm, facebook event

Fri Apr 11 – FREDERICTON, NB – Roxstone Cafe (289 Regent St)
Music 7:30pm, facebook event

Sat Apr 12 – Private Event – To book the young novelists for a private event please contact booking@theyoungnovelists.com

Sun Apr 13 – WAKEFIELD, QC – Blacksheep Inn (753 Ch Riverside)
Early 4:20pm show, buy tickets here
facebook event

Fri Apr 25 – ST. CATHARINES, ON – Merchant Ale House (98 St Paul St)
In the Soil Arts Festival

Sat Apr 26 – KITCHENER, ON – Imbibe (10 King St W)
Duo show, music 9pm, facebook event

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For some reason every time winter rolls around I imagine watching an episode of “Hinterland Who’s Who” and hearing about the Canadian Musician — a nocturnal beast that largely spends its time in dank, cave-like areas making all sorts of yowling noises and hibernates in the winter months, storing up songs and recordings for the spring when it will leave its home for an extended period to roam the countryside visiting the pubs, clubs, and homes of the fair and beauteous Canadian Music Lover. Well that’s what is going on right now, folks! Although we have braved the elements a few times to play some very welcome house concerts and one hootenanny — and I’d like to take a moment to thank very deeply the folks that have opened their homes and hootenannies to us! The sing-alongs, the dancing, the extreme all-weather driving, it all adds up to a magical experience and we truly appreciate it.

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The coming months will see us doing a lot more recording, heading to Kansas (!!!) for a folk music conference, and then hitting the highways and byways to travel east and visit friends in the Maritimes when the snow is receding and spring is beckoning. Please help spread the word, we’d love to see friendly faces, old and new, at our upcoming shows! And thanks for listening.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Feb 19-23 – KANSAS CITY, MO, USA – Folk Alliance International Conference 2014
Official Showcase: Sat Feb 22, 6:45pm in Washington Park Place 1
See full conference showcase schedule HERE

Fri Mar 14 – TORONTO, ON – Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas St W)
Carole King Tribute Concert
w/ Kim Beggs, Jory Nash, Treasa Lavasseur, Melanee Brulée and more
Dinner 6pm, Music 8:30pm. Reserve a table by calling (416) 531-6604

Sat Mar 22 – TORONTO, ON – The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave)
Saturday Songwriters Circus w/ Amy Campbell & the Road Less Traveled
Matinee Duo Show, 3-5pm

Fri Apr 4 – BARRIE, ON – Clarkson Pub (130 Dunlop St E)
Music 10pm

Sat Apr 5 – MONTREAL, QC – L’Esco (4467 Rue Saint-Denis)
w/ Erik Lind & the Orchard and The Bombadils
Doors 9pm/Music 9:30pm

Mon Apr 7 – HALIFAX, NS – The Carleton (1685 Argyle St)
Music 8pm

Wed Apr 9 – MONCTON, NB – Plan B (212 St George)
Music 9pm

Thu Apr 10 – BREADALBANE, PEI – The Dunk (3864 Dixon Rd)
Music 8pm

Fri Apr 11 – FREDERICTON, NB – Roxstone Cafe (289 Regent St)
Music 8pm, suggested $10 donation

Sat Apr 12 – Private Event – To book the young novelists for a private event please contact booking@theyoungnovelists.com

Sun Apr 13 – WAKEFIELD, QC – Blacksheep Inn (753 Ch Riverside)
Early 4:20pm show, buy tickets here

Fri Apr 25 – ST. CATHARINES, ON – Merchant Ale House (98 St Paul St)
In the Soil Arts Festival, music 10pm

Sat Apr 26 – KITCHENER, ON – Imbibe (10 King St W)
Duo show, music 9pm

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eggnog! sweaters! music!

December 18, 2013

The holidays are upon us! In between the eggnog and mulled cider, Laura & I went on a tour with our east coast amigo Gabrielle Papillon, and in the midst of it recorded a version of “Silent Night” at Hunters Bay Radio in Huntsville. Listen to or download the song (all proceeds go to a great charity raising money to send girls to school in Tanzania!) and share it by an open fire while playing board games with friends and family.

Also, until January 4th, if you buy a CD from The Young Novelists Store you can enter the promo code “xmasyear” (for “in the year you were born”) or “xmasdublin” (for “live at dublin st. church”) and receive 25% off your CD orders! Note: this discount only works for physical copies, not digital downloads. They fit poorly in stockings, but are otherwise a really handy size!

Exciting news! We’ve been selected as official showcase artists for the upcoming Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO in February! We’ll be playing alongside some other amazingly talented artists like Del Barber, Ariana Gillis, Dave Gunning, Jadea Kelly and Samantha Martin and be performing for US and International artistic directors, presenters and music lovers. It’s an amazing opportunity for us and we’re honoured to have been selected. Other than that (and a few other dates below), we’ll be laying low for much of the winter, letting the snow build up until we can engineer some really great tunnels and have ourselves a mini-fortress. We will also be starting intense pre-production on our next recording, to be released in 2014!

Happy Holidays everyone, and thanks for listening!

UPCOMING SHOWS

Sat Jan 4 – BARRIE, ON - House Concert
contact info@theyoungnovelists.com for tickets

Sat Jan 25 - ELMIRA, ON - House Concert (private show)

Sat Feb 1 - GUELPH, ON – A.N.A.F. Club 344 (32 Gordon St)
Farmer’s Hootenany with Ptarmigan and Emily and the Mainlanders
more details tba

KANSAS CITY, MO, USA – Feb 19-23 – Folk Alliance International Conference 2014
Official Showcase, more details tba

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We’ve been lying low a bit for September and October, enjoying the autumnal goodness, apple cider, and occasional leaf-kicking adventure. Now it’s time to hit the road again and play some more music for wonderful folks, this time we’ll be doing a mix of duo and full band shows with a fellow folkie and great friend of ours: Gabrielle Papillon! We are very excited to be touring with Gabrielle in November, she’s a phenomenal singer-songwriter: multi-talented and award-winning to boot. So take a look at our tour schedule (handily posted below!) and if you can’t come to a show then it would be amazing if you could spread the word. Thanks for listening.

UPCOMING SHOWS

(For more details check our show page)

Sat Nov 2 – PORT HOPE – Capitol Theatre Port Hope (20 Queen St)
Graydon and Laura will be performing as part of Green Wood’s fundraising concert, Till Things Are Brighter: The Songs of Johnny Cash
doors 7pm/music 8pm

(all of the following shows w/ Gabrielle Papillon)
Thu Nov 14 – TORONTODakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave)
early show! doors 6pm/music 7-9pm

Fri Nov 15 – WATERLOOMaxwells Music House (220 King St N)
w/ Jesse Maranger
music 8:30pm

Sat Nov 16 – HAMILTONArtword Art Bar (15 Colbourne St)
doors 9pm/music 9:30pm

Sun Nov 17 – GUELPHHouse Concert (226 Paisley St)
w/ The Luke Warm and the Cold Soup
music 7pm, contact info@theyoungnovelists.com for tickets and more details

Mon Nov 18 – OWEN SOUNDFrog Ponds Cafe (209 8th St E)
duo show, music 6:30-8pm

Tue Nov 19 – GRAVENHURSTCurrie’s Music (230 Muskoka Road South, Unit 9)
duo show, doors 7:30pm/music 8pm

Wed Nov 20 – BRACEBRIDGEThe Griffin Gastropub (9 Chancery Ln)
duo show, Music 6-9pm

Thu Nov 21 – NORTH BAYRaven & Republic (246 1st Ave W)
duo show, 9pm

Fri Nov 22 – OTTAWAIrene’s Pub (885 Bank St)
w/ The Musettes
music 9:30pm

Sat Nov 23 – QUEBEC CITY – House Concert
duo show, doors 8pm/music 8:45pm, contact info@theyoungnovelists.com for tickets and more details

Mon Nov 25 – KINGSTONThe Mansion (506 Princess St)
duo show, music 9pm

Tue Nov 26 – PETERBOROUGHThe Spill (414 George St N)
w/ Andrea Gauster
duo show, music 8pm

Wed Nov 27 – MONTREALPetit Campus (57 Prince Arthur E)
w/ Ainsley McNeaney
duo show, music 9pm

Thu Nov 28 – SHERBROOKELa Petite Boîte Noire (53 Wellington S)
duo show, musique a 21h00

Fri Nov 29 – KEMPTVILLEThe Branch (15 Clothier St E)
duo show, music at 9pm

Sat Nov 30 – BARRIEClarkson Pub (130 Dunlop St. E)
music 10pm

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Video recorded at Campbell House in downtown Toronto on April 14th, 2013 by Adrian Vieni. Sound engineered by Laura Titchner & Shawn Jurek. Mixed/Mastered by Shawn Jurek (www.shawnjurekmastering.com).

Downloadable single available below! (…and at The Young Novelists Store!) Stream & download, share with friends, and enjoy on your mobile device. Additional recording on audio download version done at Typewriter Studio (www.typewriterstudio.com).

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back from tour & in love with autumn

September 7, 2013

Touring is amazing, but we are glad to be home and ready to have a love affair with autumn. We enjoyed some old-fashioned east coast hospitality on our tour, and we’d like to say a big thank you to all the folks who shared a floor, a meal, a stage, or a sing-along with us […]

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“Hear Your Voice” video & download the single!

August 20, 2013

Video recorded at Campbell House in downtown Toronto on April 14th, 2013 by Adrian Vieni. Sound engineered by Laura Titchner & Shawn Jurek. Mixed/Mastered by Shawn Jurek (www.shawnjurekmastering.com). Downloadable single available below! (…and at The Young Novelists Store!) Stream & download, share with friends, and enjoy on your mobile device. Additional recording on audio download […]

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summertime on the east coast

August 5, 2013

Nothing says summer like getting in a van with limited AC with several sweaty humans and making some goddamned music!  If some crimes get solved along the way, all the better.  But this band actually began with a 2009 tour to the east coast in late August, and I’ll be swobbered in the klootch-sac if […]

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festival season arrives

June 6, 2013

I’ve been thinking about festivals recently, and not just because spring and summer are the de rigueur seasons for the majority of the delicious, sweaty, sun-soaked, and wonderful outdoor musical celebrations that bring folks from all ages and all callings to the trampled grass dance floor near the stage to shake their ya-yas. There are […]

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west coast minstrels

May 28, 2013

We are currently riding the rails, just outside of Jasper, and enjoying one hell of a good time! We’ve been playing on the train as part of VIA Rail’s On-board Entertainment program and it is a highly unique experience, to say the least. For one thing, crossing Canada by rail is fantastic and you really […]

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