May 7th, 2017
Ron Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio.
On his thirteenth solo album, The Last Rider, Sexsmith, along with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. For fans, that fact alone should heighten the listening experience in terms of getting to hear Sexsmith’s complete musical vision for the first time. However, it’s not much of a surprise that, as an artist whose music never fails to draw out raw emotions, Sexsmith the producer has made The Last Rider perhaps the most intimate and welcoming album in his catalogue.
“I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British Invasion artists I’ve always admired,” he says. “At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.”
Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith’s songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.
Special offer! A digital download of Ron Sexsmith’s forthcoming album, The Last Rider, is included with every ticket you order for this show. You will receive an email within one week of purchase with instructions on how to receive your download following your ticket purchase.
- Location: The Exchange
- Doors open at 7:00 PM
- Show starts at 7:30 PM
- Advance tickets - 31
- Tickets at the door - 36
October 6th, 2017
The New Pornographers
For The New Pornographers to be more than the sum of its parts would be little short of a miracle, given how impressive the parts are. Primary songwriter A.C. Newman cut his teeth making sublime power-pop with Superconductor and Zumpano in the 1990s; art-rock poster-band Destroyer’s Dan Bejar provides an arch counterpoint to Newman’s soaring melodies; singer-keyboardist Katherine Calder fronted the band Immaculate Machine; bassist John Collins moonlights with The Evaporators and Destroyer; guitarist Todd Fancey has lent his talents to both alternative-rock giants Limblifter and TV show The Office; keyboardist Blaine Thurier is a cartoonist and filmmaker; and alt-country chanteuse Neko Case belts out harmonies and lead vocals (and that’s just a brief resume of the studio version of the band. There's no telling who will show up for the live shows).
Nonetheless, miracles do happen, and the music of The New Pornographers somehow manages to exceed all expectations, a body of work that stands with the best glam- and New Wave-influenced rock of the past half-century. Since the release of their debut album in 2000, The Pornos have garnered Juno awards and critical accolades, hit singles and spots on Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums” lists. Improbably catchy and surprisingly deep, the songs are at once cerebral and heartfelt, melodic and rocking, and the overall mood is one of celebration even while acknowledging the myriad sorrows of the world. But most importantly, their songs have wormed their way into our ears and taken up firm residence in our hearts and on our turntables.
Born Ruffians will open the night.
Just a friendly note, tickets are moving FAST for this one so it'd be best to jump on it.
- Location: The Exchange
- Doors open at 7:30 PM
- Show starts at 8:00 PM
- Advance tickets - 36
- Tickets at the door - 42