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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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 we spend time sweating it out in isolation booths in a studio or two here in Toronto.  We are playing some shows though, including some Toronto shows with dear friends Union Duke and Red Moon Road, so keep reading to find out when we’ll be playing near you!

the young novelists w/ red moon road at the dakota tavern


Sat Jun 14 – PORT SYDNEY, ON – Private Event (Duo)

Sun Jun 15 – TORONTO, ON – Trinity Bellwoods Park
Luminato Literary Picnic, duo w/ David Newland and Treasa Lavasseur
Picnic runs from 12pm to 3:45pm, we’ll be playing a couple of tunes around 3:15pm

Wed June 18 – HAMILTON, ON – Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne St)
w/ Ian Foster, music 8pm, Facebook Event

Thu June 19 – GUELPH, ON – A.N.A.F. Club 344 (32 Gordon St)
duo show w/ Ian Foster, music 8pm

Sat Jun 28 – TORONTO, ON – Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St W)
Opening for Union Duke‘s cd release party w/ J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers
Doors 9pm/Music 9:30pm, Facebook Event

Thu Jul 17 – TORONTO, ON – Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave)
w/ Red Moon Road, Doors 9pm/Music 10pm

Fri Jul 18 – GUELPH, ON – St. George’s Square (SW corner of Quebec St and Wyndham St N))
Noon Hour Concert Series, noon-1pm, free!

Thu Aug 14 – TORONTO, ON – Little Trinity Anglican Church (King St E & Trinity St)
Little Trinity Music in the Park, Music 7-9pm, free!


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!


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

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


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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watch “For the Record” video & download the single

September 11, 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 ( 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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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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