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!!!
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:
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.
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.
We start off with a classic Toque. We have been recording all winter so we have seen plain, warm toques in an array of colours.
Here, Dave is sporting a plain toque, but with a twist! Look how carelessly it is perched atop his head, as if he just threw it on without any thought for how it looks. This level of nonchalance takes years of practice.
Next up is Will sporting a baseball hat, but backwards because he’s super serious and focused. This style also serves the technical function of keeping your long hippie hair out of your ears so you can hear the monitors.
Here you can see Dan stepping up the baseball hat game with a super fly wooly hat. Dan totally picked this very stylish hat out himself.
Sometimes the realities of winter clash with our good taste. In these circumstances we bring out the big guns. Kitchener set a record this year with a temperature of -34C. On nights like that, there’s nothing better than having a dead animal on your head. Thanks for your sacrifice little bunny wabbit.
In his own words “Let’s not be afraid to get twangy with this one.” Nothing helps get in a twangy mood like a good hillbilly hat. This one will come in handy when Will gives up his career as an engineer to be a dirty bum.
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Dan is getting into the twangy spirit with his own farmer hat. He can pull it off cause he’s from Elmira.
Here we are on one of our many Shawarma breaks during a long night of working. It’s important to have a good baseball cap and maybe a pair of sunglasses to hide from the paparazzi. They’re not following us yet, but it’s good to be prepared.
Even I got in on the baseball cap game, mainly to keep my hair our of my face while were working..
Here you see Dan sporting his “Heritage” trucker hat. We have a lot in common with truckers, because we really want them to listen to our music in their trucks. We also have a strong connection with our heritage, you know, cause we have grandparents and stuff.
And the grand prize for biggest, baddest hat goes to the man himself, Dan Howler. This one only comes out when the banjos and mandolins are around for an all out ho-down!
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.