Here are couple news bits, if you’re unaware, of solo music coming from the FCL camp. If you’ve supported us in the past, you may like what we’re all doing separately. Your support is always very much appreciated xo
Mika Posen - violinist extrodonaire – has just released a new EP of her own songs under the name The Meek. They’re beautiful, perfectly sparse at times and lush at others. I’m so proud of her, this is an exciting time! Her bandmate is the lovely Eric Woolston, who you may have also seen behind the FCL drum kit on a couple tours. Out of this Spark is putting it out and you can find music and details here: Out of This Spark
Kat Burns - voice behind FCL – has just released a new digital and cassette album of pop songs assembled together with her friend (and past FCL’er) James Bunton. You can listen and buy here: iTunes or Bandcamp
James Bunton - FCL alum and past drummer – has his hand in all sorts of pots. I really recommend you check out his website and see what he is currently working on. Lots of music, projects etc: Rows and Rows of Lights
I am both excited and nervous to announce that after our show in Toronto on April 19, I am putting the Forest City Lovers name on an indefinite hiatus. This is not the end of my music making – far from it – but it is the beginning of a new chapter. All of us are doing different things (school! work! music!) and living in different cities and it feels right to start something new. I wanted to announce this like a big warm group hug that you’d do at the end of grade eight, when everyone is both nervous and excited to start high school and wonders what the future holds. This is not an ending, merely a new beginning. I’ll be releasing all my future music under the name KASHKA.
This band has been a really fun ride. I speak on behalf of all of us involved here at Forest City Lovers when I say that without you -yes you!- the last five years would have been wildly different. From the very beginning of this project I have been constantly astounded by the outpouring of support and encouragement from fans and the media. Playing songs that I wrote in my gross first apartment in Toronto turned into playing in the most beautiful places, in front of many amazing people and accompanied by such dear friends and talented musicians. We have all become a family, a brethren, and I will always hold that close.
If you bought our records or merch, came to a show or even just emailed us to tell us you liked the lyrics – thank you. I am ever grateful that people like you exist. You made it possible for me to get behind something I’m passionate about and give it a go. If there is something that everyone should attempt, it’s try and make a go of your passion. It will be hard, discouraging at times, but if you love what you do you’ll die a happy person (eternally fulfilled even if you wind up broke).
This year will be bringing lots of new and totally awesome projects. In the spring my pal James Bunton (Ohbijou) and I will be releasing a fun pop record that we collaborated on; and a full length record of brand new songs I’ve written in the last year will be coming out in the late autumn. A lot of touring will likely ensue and I hope to meet you again in your city! As for the boys, look out for an Americana rock release from House League and you can of course see Mika and Claire performing in Timber Timbre and the Cry Break, respectively.
Once again, thank you thank you thank you. I hope that you can join our new journeys, and share in our enthusiasm. I look forward to playing new music for new ears (and old ears? That just sounds strange) in the coming year. Twenty twelve! Holy macinaw!
22 FEBRUARY @ LONDON MUSIC CLUB, LONDON- ALL AGES -
7.30pm – doors
8.00pm – Bryce Jardine, London local who is releasing his new cd very soon!
8.45pm – Sam Allen, hometown favourite.
10.00pm – Forest City Lovers, who are very very excited to be back in London.
$10 in advance at the venue or [click] / $12 at the door.
23 FEBRUARY @ VAN GOGH’S EAR, GUELPH
8.30pm – doors
9.45pm – The Cry Break - a heartbreakingly beautiful new band of Guelph alumni
10.30pm – Forest City Lovers, who are also very excited to come to Guelph!
$10 in advance at the venue / $12 at the door.
25 FEBRUARY @ THE TRANZAC, TORONTO
Out of this Spark (our label) 5th Anniversary
Lots of music in every room of the building, all night!
Featuring Forest City Lovers, Snowblink, The Meek, Jenny Omnichord, Richard Laviolette
$15 advance/door, available at Soundscapes, Rotate This
Capacity for all the shows is limited so buy your tickets in advance if you can! We wanna see you! xoxoxo
Beautiful pin-hole camera photo, exposed over 365 days. – Michael Chrisman.
I hope your year has gotten off to a great start. Holy moly, it’s 2012! Mine certainly is starting well as I am leaving the (barely) wintry skies of Toronto and getting on an airplane to fly a few hours away. I’m taking a lovely vacation on the west coast to get some much needed sunshine and warm air. Sorry, no shows out here this time, this is pure vacay! And much needed. But when I get back, we will have a few shows to announce in Southern Ontario and some other upcoming fun things. So stay tuned!
Before we took of on tour I stopped by the Exclaim office in Toronto and played some songs. Here is an a guitar version of Keep the Kids Inside and a “more sultry and smooth” (their words) version of Tell Me, Cancer. You can also download the mp3s of these by visiting the original site [click and click].