June 27, 2018, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Wednesday
Program Fee: $25
Program Fee Member: $21.25
“Matthew Swann is one of the most creative, honest voices in Canada right now.” // MONTREAL GAZZETTE
Astral Swans is the project of the award-winning Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Swann. Swann rose to national prominence in 2014, when Juno award-winner Dan Mangan signed him to his newly-minted label Madic Records. Mangan and Swann go way back to 2008, when their two acts played a bunch of showcase gigs together. Mangan remained enough of a fan to make Astral Swans Madic’s first signing.
Swann's debut LP All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson was released to critical acclaim. Swann accompanied Mangan, and Toronto songwriter Hayden, on a 20-show North American tour. The remaining months would see Astral Swans circling back and forth across Canada, Europe, and the States, playing festivals and sharing the stage with such notable performers as Feist, Colin Stetson, Angel Olsen, Julie Doiron, Art Bergman, and more.
In 2017, Swann re-entered the studio with new material, working with producer Scott Munro of the band Preoccupations, recording engineer Paul Chirka (Calgary Philharmonic), and Dan Mangan. The result is STRANGE PRISON - an experimental folk record combining pristine production with Swann’s abstract narratives of lonerism, human frailty, and dread, all told with darkly comedic empathy and helpless concern.
“An artist of immeasurable depth, incredible smarts, remarkable bravery and infinite charm, creativity and insight.” // CALGARY HERALD
“A resounding success.” // EXCLAIM!
Opening Act: Amelie Patterson
Banff born and raised, Amelie Patterson is a singer-songwriter whose star has been steadily rising. She grew up listening to classics like Janis Joplin, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, and their influence is clear in her bluesy vocals, folk-rock guitar, and candid, pared-down lyrics. Her debut album was released to critical acclaim, earning her the 2017 "Alternative Recording of the Year" YYC Music Award.