VIDEO: The Dan Howler Band live at Victoria Park Pavillion in Kitchener

We had the privilege of performing at our friend/producer William Muir’s wedding this fall.  Will was the man behind the scenes for a whole year during the recording of our 2015 album Mayfair Hotel producing, engineering, mixing, mastering, and just generally kicking ass and taking names.

To see all the awesome work Will has done over the years, check out his website at willmuir.com.

Here’s a video with a few clips from Will’s special day.  Video was shot on October 1st at the Victoria Park Pavillion in Kitchener, Ontario.

 

Mayfair Hotel CD Release Weekend at KW Boathouse

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us for our CD release party at KW Boathouse this weekend!  We would have been happy to have one sold out night but TWO???  What an awesome response to our debut recording!

Thanks also to the staff at KW Boathouse, and to our friends who helped to promote, sell tickets, work the door, and decorate for this epic party.

If you have any photos of videos of either show we would love to see them.  The easiest way to send them is through our facebook page at www.facebook.com/danhowlermusic.

Here’s a little taste for those who missed both nights.

Dan Howler performs at London’s Canada Day Celebration, July 1, 6:00pm

We’re super excited to have been invited to perform at this year’s Canada Day celebration at Harris Park in London, Ontario.  All of us in Dan Howler have deep roots in London and we’ll be celebrating with friends on July 1st.

The day begins at 3:00pm but we won’t be performing until 6:00pm, and fireworks are at 10:00pm.  Come early, bring a lawn chair and all your friends for a night of great Canadian music!  And it’s all FREE!!!

Click for details about the event.

Dan Howler featured in “Borrowed Tunes” 8th Anniversary show: the music of Neil Young

Hey everybody,

Dan Howler is going to be featured solo and acoustic in the 8th Anniversary of Borrowed Tunes, a concert celebrating the music of Neil Young and featuring some of the finest singer-songwriters from the area.  The show is running two nights, May 1st and 2nd at Hugh’s Room in downtown Toronto.  Links below for more details and ticket info:

Click for tickets to the show Friday May 1st

Click for tickets to the show Saturday May 2nd

Here’s a little preview of what you’re going to hear at the show.  It’ll be a night of great music from one of the most influential Canadian songwriters of all time so if you’re in Toronto don’t miss it.

The hats of the Dan Howler record: a photo essay

As weeks passed at the Sound Distillery, we noticed a huge diversity in both our musical inspiration and our headgear.  What if the two are entwined?  What if the music we make is, in part, a product of the hats we wear while making it?  After all, they say the clothes make the man.

And with that in mind, we bring you The hats of the Dan Howler record: a photo essay.

 

Ryan Cassidy blows the big one

Oh boy, things are really starting to take shape.  If Dan, Duncan and I are the cake, guys like Ryan Cassidy are the icing.

It was a joy to have Ryan out to the Sound Distillery this week.  Ryan has been listening, writing, and waiting for the moment to strike with the soulful fury of his big horns, and he did not disappoint.  Ryan will be playing baritone, tenor, and alto sax, and really putting the sex in sex drugs and rock ‘n roll.  We’re all looking forward to hearing the mixes with Ryan’s sassy, swampy sounds all over them.

Ryan doesn’t really get to let loose tracking parts in our little pop ditties, so if you want to hear him blow the roof off, check out his show at the Jazz Room in uptown Waterloo on May 1st, 2015.  He’ll be joined by a cast of hot local jazz players doing a mix of originals and standards.  Tears will be shed, toes will be tapped, babies will be made.

Here’s a taste:

Maestro Matt Sotnik

We first met Matt Sotnik through his band Ill Evans, where we heard him playing funk, jazz, hip hop, R&B and everything soulful.  Politely sitting behind the keyboard like the maestro that he is, when we needed somebody who knew their way around a keyboard, we called Matt right away.

After hammering all the funk and jazz out of his nimble fingers, he had the pain and anguish in his soul to jam out some awesome blues, rock, and country parts on piano, organ, and a lot of weird keyboards, I mean really weird.  You’ll be hearing lots of Matt on the new tracks as they appear.

Matt joined the band to play our first show at Maxwell’s Concerts and Events in Waterloo in January, 2015 (watch a clip),  and will be playing keyboard, piano, and organ on our upcoming CD release shows, details and dates coming soon.

Here are some pictures from Matt’s session.

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