Forest City Lovers thank you for your love!
Dearest friends, loves, fans and family,
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!