Happy March! Spring is just around the corner and we’re excited to launch the pre-order campaign for our new album “made us strangers” set to be released on April 28, 2015! We spent the bulk of last year writing, recording, and mixing the album. Now it’s finished, and we’re thrilled to announce that Exclaim! is streaming the first single ‘brothers in the garage’. You can listen to it HERE!

We’ve been hugely inspired by the support from fans, friends, family, and audiences that have come to shows, shared our music, hosted a house concert, or supported a crazy bunch of musicians who are doing what we love to do! Thank you for that, and we hope you’ll choose to help support this album as well. If you pre-order, you’ll get to hear it before the release date, you’ll get access to exclusive videos leading up to the release, and in addition to picking up the album, you can also get some very unique items and experiences that we’ve never been able to offer before. Your contribution goes directly to helping us produce the artwork and packaging for the CDs and vinyl. Watch the video to learn more about our campaign and pre-order the new album HERE.

We’ll be playing all over Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the eastern United States in the coming months in support of the album. Please check our UPCOMING SHOWS to see if we’ll be coming to a town near you.

Thanks so much for listening!

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road to kansas city

February 2, 2015

The year has just begun and already we’ve gotten to play some pretty wonderful and very different shows. A full band folk-rock show at Lee’s Palace, a Gordon Lightfoot tribute show at Hugh’s Room (where we got to play for the man himself) and a collaboration with the Hart House Chamber Strings where we played three of our tunes accompanied by a 20-piece string orchestra. All three shows were quite amazing in their own way and the next show we have coming up will be no different! On Saturday February 7th we’re playing a beautiful stage in Morrisburg, Ontario as part of the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage series! Cornwall, Kingston, Brockville and Ottawa folks, please come on by. Doors 6:30pm/Music 7pm and you can purchase tickets HERE.

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After that, we’re playing a string of shows in the Midwestern US on our way to Kansas City where we’ve been selected to play an Official Showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference! Please check out our UPCOMING SHOWS to see if we’re playing in a town near you. And check out our conference showcase schedule HERE.

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It’s been a really good year, and one of the busiest for us on record. We recorded an album (more on that later!), attended a handful of conferences in Canada and the United States, did our first American tour, met a ton of amazing people and started making plans for next year. On a more personal front: Graydon has been writing a new book, Laura has been learning the piano, Alex opened a bakery/cafe (Bloomer’s on Bloor near Ossington, it’s amazing — just go!) with his partner Kelly, Shawn went to school to teach Montessori, John went back to Grad school to finish his Masters of Philosophy and Mike got a better job and bought a new house. Things change and things stay the same, because through it all we still managed to keep playing a heck of a lot of shows!

You may have noticed that we’ve changed our name. Well shortened it really, from “Graydon James & the Young Novelists” to the more brevity-friendly “The Young Novelists”. There are a few reasons for this, one of which is that we’re playing a lot more duo shows than we have in the past, and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to bill them as Graydon James & the Young Novelist; singular. Laura is also sharing more lead vocal duties and it seems to make more sense to simplify the name. We will miss the ampersand, but the savings in font costs will be astronomical.

This year, more than any other, we’ve had so much support from friends, family, and fans, and we can’t can’t express how much that means to us. Whether you’ve come to a show, hosted a show, hosted a few Novelists on your couches and/or floor, sang along, played along, bought an album, watched a video, or told a friend about us it all adds up and often overwhelms us that so many folks care abut what we’re doing. You could be doing many, many things with your time, and you chose to spend some with us. We truly appreciate that and hope that we can give some small part back to you. Thanks for listening!

UPCOMING SHOWS

We’re super thrilled to be playing our next Toronto show at Lee’s Palace with two wonderful Toronto bands The Most Loyal and Tin Star Orphans. It will be our last full band Toronto show until our album release in May, so we hope to see you there. Doors open at 9pm, music starts at 10pm and we play at 11pm. You can find more details HERE.

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We’re also very exciting to be playing the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage series on Saturday February 7 in Morrisburg, Ontario with opener Nick Sherman. It’s a pretty big deal for us; this years series includes The Great Lake Swimmers, Madison Violet, and Chic Gamine to name a few and we’re very honoured to be a part of it. Doors 6:30pm/Music 7pm and you can purchase tickets HERE.

After that we’re headed to Kansas City where we’ve been selected to play an Official Showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference, where we’ll get to hang out with many of our American friends and a whole lot of hugely talented Canadians as well! Chris Hadfield is the keynote speaker this year, which is some kind of awesome, indeed. Maybe we’ll get to tour space one of these days?

And then we prepare for our album release in May. There will be lots more details to be released in the coming months about this, including how you can pre-order the new album (!!), but for now just keep it on the tip of your brain that we’ll be releasing a new 12-track studio recording titled “made us strangers” in the spring. Hope you and yours are doing fantastically well and that your new year is better and better!

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We’re back from a lovely time in the US; the fall colors were extraordinary and the shows were really lovely. Thank you to everyone who came out, hosted or helped to set a show up, put a roof over our head, or spread the word. We so appreciate all the support!

We’re staying local for the next little while, playing a November residency at the The Cameron House, every Monday from 8-10pm. The facebook event is here, any help spreading the word would be appreciated!

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We’ll also be attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in Kerhonkson, NY. We’ll be showcasing as a duo for presenters, radio DJs, and industry folks, and playing music into the wee hours of the morning with our fellow musicians. It will be our second year attending the conference, and the people we met last year were instrumental in helping us set up our recent US tours. We’re excited to be going back!

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We’re heading south to the land of unsweetened iced tea! It will be our first time touring in the US, and we could not be more jazzed about playing for new folks & old friends, seeing cities we’ve never seen before (hello, Aldie VA!), and celebrating our anniversary on the road like a good touring musician couple should. If you’re in the States or know cool people down south who love folk music and harmonies (and high-fives) please direct them to our SHOWS page. Below is our “American Roadtrip” poster that’ll give you a quick synopsis of the tour. For Ottawa peeps — our last show is a full-band matinee show at The Blacksheep Inn! Get your tickets here, it will be a hell of a fun reunion for us.

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We have spent much of our summertime recording at Ill Eagle Studio with Carlin Nicholson from the band Zeus (!!!) and we are in the final stages of mixing the album now, which is very exciting! The artwork is being done by the amazingly talented Janine Stoll (who is also a fellow musician in a band called The Donefors) and it is already looking and sounding better than we hoped. We have to ask you to be patient though — we won’t be releasing the album until spring 2015. In the mean time we are planning tours for the fall/winter so hopefully we will be playing a show near you sometime soon! As always, if you’re interested in having us play a house concert or private event get in touch and we’ll try to make it happen.

We’re also heading out to numerous folk music conferences this year, and we’re excited to be playing an official Quad showcase at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA)! We’ll also be in Missouri at Folk Alliance Regional Midwest (FARM) for the first time, and Graydon will be a panelist at Folk Music Ontario (FMO) here in Toronto. The season of apple cider is nearly upon us, and we’re happy to be so busy!

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on stage & in the studio — summertime is here!

May 3, 2014

We’re heading into the studio, after months of writing and arranging some new songs.  We’re pretty excited about working with Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien from Zeus — they are exceptional musicians in their own right and also producing some kick-ass indie bands, so we will be somewhat out of the limelight this summer as […]

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spring has sprung & we’re on tour

March 18, 2014

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 […]

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hinterland who’s who: the canadian musician

February 6, 2014

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 […]

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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 […]

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autumn tour of ontario & quebec, with gabrielle papillon!

October 17, 2013

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 […]

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