I'm so excited to share that my album GETAWAY has been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards, for Contemporary Album of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year. Huge shout outs to the amazing team that worked on this project, and congratulations to all the nominees. See you April 3-4 at the awards gala in Charlottetown, PEI!!
Happy September!! I'm back from a summer of festivals across Canada, and heading to Nashville this week for AMERICANAFEST. Super excited to visit Music City for the first time!
I play Saturday night with the dreamiest of bands -- Colin Linden on guitar, Gary Craig on drums, Dominic Davis on bass and Rachael Davis singing harmonies -- September 14th, 10-10:45pm at City Winery Lounge.
Then the following weekend I'm at FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA, performing as one of three finalists for the prestigious FreshGrass No Depression Singer Songwriter Award. (Read all about it here.)
See some of you on the road! For everyone else, here's a new live video of my song "Shape of a Mountain", shot last spring in the mountains of Ymir, BC:
Happy Spring everybody!! I just got back from album launch tours across Western Canada and Ontario, and heading back out for shows in New York and the Northeastern U.S. starting this weekend. Then coast to coast (and back, and forth) for a Spring and Summer packed with festivals and tour dates.
I'm really excited to be supporting Katie Toupin (formerly of Houndmouth) on a handful of dates in Toronto, Boston, Chicago and Indianapolis this month, then touring across Eastern Canada in June with Winnipeg's Raine Hamilton.
Check www.abigaillapell.com/shows for a long (long) list of shows and up-to-date updates -- please spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested! And I can't wait to see some of you out on the road!
In the meantime, here's a new live video of "Halfway to Mexico" -- another road ballad from my new album, GETAWAY -- filmed at our Toronto album launch in February and featuring my dream team of Kelly Lefaive, Dan Fortin, Christine Bougie and Jake Oelrichs. Filmed at the Burdock by Thom Varey / audio by Fedge. Check it out and let me know what you think!
In other news, Getaway has been getting played across Canada on CBC and college/community radio, and recently hit #1 on the folk/roots/blues Earshot chart.
The album also has over TWO MILLION streams (!!) on Spotify as of today.
More exciting news(es) to come soon, so stay tuned and keep in touch. Thanks for reading and, as always, if you'd like me to play a show in your town, come visit your radio show, or talk about some kind of thing, please drop me a line -- I'd love to hear from you!
I made a music video! Featuring the amazing Dana Sipos, with cameos from producer Chris Stringer and assistant engineer Darren McGill. This is the third and final single from my upcoming new album GETAWAY out February 1st on Coax Records. Thanks to The Bluegrass Situation for debuting the video (and, technically, my directorial debut!) along with some stray thoughts of mine, which can be found HERE. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Besides that, if you're in Toronto, click HERE to purchase tickets for our launch show February 27th at the Burdock, and HERE is a Facebook invite if you want to help spread the word. It's going to be a really special performance with a great backing band (Jake Oelrichs, Dan Fortin, Kelly Lefaive, Joelle Westman and surprise special guests) with an opening set by the pop-folk genius of Bird City from Guelph, ON) -- space is limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment!!
If you're in Canada or the Northeastern U.S., I'm coming your way for some solo shows this winter and spring -- check HERE for local listings and stay tuned for more Eastern Canada dates in June, and west coast festivals/shows in July/August.
(Want me to come play in your town in 2019? I'd love to hear from you.)
Thanks so much to all of you who have supported this project so far. I can't wait to see some of you out on the road!
I'm super excited to announce my new album GETAWAY is out February 1st on Coax Records. You can hear the first single “Gonna Be Leaving” now — click the image above or the player below — and pre-order the new record in CD, limited edition vinyl, or digital formats. Stay tuned for coast-to-coast tour dates and festivals across Canada in the 2019.
If you're in Toronto, join us at the Burdock on February 27th 9pm for a full band album launch show featuring many of the fine faces on the recording. For other towns and times check here. More dates TBA!!
The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Chris Stringer at Union Sound in Toronto and mastered by Fedge. It is full of exciting guests including (in alphabetical order) Christine Bougie (lap steel), Lisa Bozikovic (piano, vocals), Rachael Cardiello (viola), Joe Ernewein (pedal steel), Dan Fortin (upright and electric bass), Rebecca Hennessey (trumpet), Aline Homzy (violin), Peggy Lee (cello), Jake Oelrichs (drums), Tom Richards (trombone) and Dana Sipos (sweet harmonies).
Thanks for listening and keep in touch!! xo
Super excited to hit the road in my new (super old) camper van for some awesome folk festivals this summer. Visit shows page for up-to-date local listings and more tour dates across Canada.
Spring update! This Spring I'm playing shows across Canada and recording a new music album. Stay tuned for summer festival announcements, see here for up-to-date local listings and feel free to drop me a line with any questions or ideas for shows in your town. Till then lots of love (LOL) from cloudy Winnipeg, MB.
I was incredibly honoured to receive Contemporary Album of the Year for Hide Nor Hair at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards last weekend. Thank you to the CFMAs and to all the people who worked on this record -- namely, Chris Stringer, Benjamin Hermann, Rachael Cardiello, Joe Ernewein, Jessica Moore, Mike Eckert and Jeff Fedge Elliott. Congratulations to all the amazing CFMA nominees and winners!
Happy September! I'm preparing to hit the road for three weeks of fall tour dates across Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium -- co-billed with the lovely and talented Shawn William Clarke.
We're excited to partner with local community venues like Jukuz (Erlangen, DE), Joe's Garage (Amsterdam, NL), Weltempfanger (Koln, DE) and many house concerts across the region. If you or anyone you know is in the area please check out the dates -- here is a FB event.
And if you're in Toronto this weekend, we're playing the Cameron House September 23rd, 6pm with Melanie Brulee, Scarlett Jane, Shawn William Clarke and Darcy Windover. Come out and say "gute Reise"! (That's "bon voyage in" German.) (Side note: I have been learning German. it is SUPER hard! But fun!!)
In other news, my album Hide Nor Hair was just nominated for two 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards -- for Contemporary Album of the Year and Contemporary Singer of the year! Congratulations to all the amazing and talented nominees!
I was also nominated for two Toronto Independent Music Awards, in the Folk/Roots and Best Video categories. Here is the video in question, Night Bird and Morning Bird -- a beautiful small movie created by Montreal's Panadream Theatre.
Till next time take care and keep in touch.
Hey Friends, I hope your summer is super summery so far. I'm just back from a 4-week tour out west, and I'm excited to share a new live video c/o Montreal's Here On Out sessions -- shot on a beautiful, windy, audio-shredding day in Montreal's Jardin due crepuscule/twilight sculpture garden, one of my favourite local haunts...
Tonight I'm playing a few blocks away at another old haunt, Le Cagibi, where I spent so much of my Montreal-dwelling twenties. I'm joined by the breathtaking banjo-and-guitar-wielding Corey Gulkin (and trio), plus sweet songs from local songwriter Sweet Roger. Besides that, there are some really nice shows coming up over the next couple of months around Ontario -- click here for local listings and drop me a line with any questions.
Finally, I am heading to Germany and the Netherlands this fall with lovely Toronto songwriter Shawn William Clarke -- we still have a few dates available, so if you have ideas for venues/house concerts/etc worth checking out I'd love to hear from you! Take care and keep in touch. xx A
Click here to see NEW VIDEO on CBC Searchilight
Featuring Laura Spink, Rachael Cardiello and Joe Ernewein
January 20 - HIDE NOR HAIR Album Launch - January 20, 2017 at the Burdock in Toronto.
Thank you to everyone who came out to and played and/or helped set up shows in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It's been great to be back on the road for the past month. And on the train, where I performed on board, from Toronto to Halifax and back. I also drove out to Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MO, which was a unique experience filled with amazing music.
My new album HIDE NOR HAIR is out now on COAX Records in CD / VINYL / DIGITAL formats. Some shows coming up in and near Toronto including Canadian Music Week in April. Stay tuned for more spring/fall tour dates.
Take care everybody.
P.S, Some lovely reviews of the new album from Exclaim, Folk Radio U.K., Hamilton Spectator and more. I'm also psyched to be among NOW Toronto's "musicians to watch" in 2017. Visit EPK for recent press.
Greetings and happy winter solstice holidays. In these dark times, I bring you a new noir video dreamscape, in vivid greyscale, with thrilling live puppets and animation. I want to thank all the collaborators who put so much thought and work into this project:
Directed by Ian Frigon and Christopher Godziuk. Puppetry by Christopher Godziuk. Filming and Editing by Ian Frigon. Building assistant and 2nd puppeteer for flying sequences #2&9: Céline Cardineau. Tree design and 2nd puppeteer for flying sequences #1,3&4 - Leigh Kotsilidis. 2nd puppeteer for spinning wheel sequence - Glen Williamson. Cloak costumes - Jessica Rae Alley. Little girl - Emerald Skye Lukidis.
Made in Montreal, 2016.
Music by Abigail Lapell, featuring Benjamin Hermann, Rachael Cardiello and Joe Ernewein. Produced by Chris Stringer.
My new album HIDE NOR HAIR comes out JANUARY 20, 2017 in CD, VINYL and DIGITAL on COAX RECORDS/OUTSIDE.
PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM NOW
Have a safe and happy new year everybody.
Dana Sipos Abigail Lapell
11/09 The Range - Ithaca, NY w/ Austin McRae
11/10-13 NERFA - Stamford, CT
11/15 The Anchor - Kinston, NY
11/16 Pauly’s Hotel - Albany, NY w/Siobahn Hotaling
11/17 118 Elliot - Brattleboro, VT
11/18 The Barn - Pawlet, VT
11/19 Skinny Pancake - Hanover, NH w/ The DuPont Brothers
11/20 Lakehouse - Ashfield, MA w/ Robert Carlton
11/22 The Burren - Somerville, MA
11/23 PA’s Lounge - Somerville, MA w/ The Wonderful Thunderbolts
11/25 Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV
11/26 The Orchard Market - Towson, MD w/Simone Baron
11/27 Bossa Bistro - Washington, DC
11/29 Radio Bean - Burlington
11/30 Rota Gallery - Plattsburgh, NY w/Christina Nori & SUPER SERIOUS
12/01 Bad Lunch - Montreal, QC
12/02 Cagibi - Montreal, QC w/Common Holly & Fruiting Bodies
12/03 Bar Robo - Ottawa, ON w/ Moonfruits
12/04 Brooke Valley - Perth, ON
12/07 Monarch Tavern - Toronto, ON w/ Benjamin Hermann
* this is a rare early version of the poster in which I included the wrong year...
Very excited to announce that I am this year's recipient of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council! You can read all about it here!
The winning song, Jordan, is on my new album -- Hide Nor Hair -- out January 20th through Coax Records/Outside. Toronto launch January 19th, 2017 at the Burdock Music Hall -- save the date, and more dates TBA soon!
The album was produced and engineered by Chris Stringer at Toronto’s Union Sound, and features Benjamin Hermann (drums, vocals), Rachael Cardiello (viola, vocals), Joe Ernewein (bass), Jessica Moore (vocals) and Mike Eckert (pedal steel). Mastered by Fedge.
Jordan video by Matthew Maaskant:
Here’s a brand new video recorded last month at Hugh’s Room. It was my first time playing at the legendary toronto venue, and a beautiful night. The song is called Full Moon.
In other news, summer is officially here, and I have several lovely summery solo shows coming up in Toronto, Barrie, Orillia, Elora, Georgetown and Huntsville. I’m also making plans to finally release my sophomore album, which is going to be called Hide Nor Hair. It’s a fitting title for a record that has been long-rumoured but little seen. Stay tuned for more news! xx
Brand new video by Mitch Fillion from Southern Souls!
We filmed it at Friends House, a stately Georgian mansion that’s home to Toronto’s Society of Friends (Quakers) and many other non-profit community groups. Thanks to Ben and everyone there for having us, and stay tuned for Video PART II.
I have a few shows coming up in the next couple of months around Toronto, Western Ontario, Michigan and Montreal. If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there.
Tonight is my monthly night at the Tranzac, Early Birds, featuring Shawn William Clarke. Shawn’s songs cast a gentle but powerful spell, setting vivid stories and simple, catchy melodies against intricate finger-style guitar.
Check out this poster I made using my cool new design skills, which mostly involve yelling at my computer.
Early Birds is normally the first Saturday of every month at the Tranzac. Next month ONLY, we switch to 10pm Thursday March 3rd, with rad guest star Ada Dahli. Stay tuned for more poster magic.
Read on for more February stuff…
And in other holiday news, here are two traditional songs captured in rehearsal with stunning vocalist Laura Spink. Seasons greetings from both of us. xx
To wit: this Saturday, December 5th, it’s my last show of the Old Year alsongside country-folk wunderkind Zachary Lucky at this month’s Early Birds.
Early Birds is the first Saturday of every month at the Tranzac, 7:30-9:30pm sharp. Early songs. 292 Brunswick Avenue. PWYC. Great times 100% guaranteed or your money back!
Speaking of great times, I have some exciting news regarding my new album, to be released in the year 2016–which is only a few short weeks away.
Produced and recorded by Chris Stringer at Union Sound in Toronto, the album features local collaborations like Ben Hermann, Joe Ernewein, Rachael Cardiello, Michael Eckert and Jessica Moore. Stay tuned for more info about how to pre-order a copy! Using the space-age technologies of tomorrow!!!
In the meantime, here is a new video from Benjamin Hermann’s beautiful Toronto album launch last month. It features gorgeous pianist and vocalist Lara Dodds-Eden, whom I hope to commandeer for many more performances in the future. Thanks John Victor for the videography.
That is all my news for now, but as always please keep in touch and don’t be a stranger and stay warm and dry and try to be good to each other… and to yourselves.
P.S. If you need stocking stuffers I have several hand-crafted locally-printed CD Albums available right here: store.abigaillapell.dreamhosters.com/
It’s summer! I’m leaving right now to go paddle down the Grand River with five other lovely musicians for the 5th annual Fish Quill Canoe Tour. See below or visit http://fishquill.weebly.com/ for more details. Here’s a shot from our launch yesterday at Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park, photo by Alix Aylen.
See you on the river!
Fish Quill Canoe Tour is an annual event that takes place on the Grand River in southwestern Ontario.
Each year a group of contemporary Canadian musicians and poets canoes from town to town giving readings in cafés, arts centres, and at historic landmarks along the way.
Mosquitoes in our ears. Sunburns on our knees. And a song in our hearts. Fish Quill Canoe Tour is heading down the river—to you.
THANKS TO OUR MAIN SPONSORS:
Ontario Arts Council
Grand River Conservation Authority