News Update: Grant Lawrence, David Myles, The Olympic Symphonium (Forward Music)

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Shivering Songs Festival
Grant Lawrence and David Myles added to the lineup of artists

We're very excited to announce some great new additions to the Shivering Songs festival:

David Myles, a Fredericton hometown hero, is currently touring on his 4th album Turn Time Off, which was produced by Joel Plaskett and recently picked up two Nova Scotia Music Awards. David will be hosting the Saturday afternoon songwriters circle at Wilmot Church, entertaining folks with hisperfectly-timed comedic delivery and breaking hearts with his beautiful songs.
(photo by Mat Dunlap)
Grant Lawrence, author/broadcaster/musician, will also join the Saturday afternoon songwriters circle as a storyteller. Adventures in Solitude, his first novel, was just recently released and is a collection of amazingly-digestible Western Canadian history lessons tied with hilarious anecdotes. Grant will be captivating the audience with stories of the sunshine coast and will bring an interesting twist to the format of the song-circle.

For years, the gregarious and encyclopedic Lawrence has hosted the top-rated CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence, a weekly showcase of Canadian independent music. Grant also hosts Grant Lawrence Live, a live and interactive daily program on CBC Radio 3′s popular web radio station, also airing on Sirius 86. Grant can be heard throughout the week on various CBC Radio One programs such as DNTO, Spark,All Points West, On The Coast and has been a frequent past contributor to Q and Sounds Like Canada. Grant also hosts many major music events, such as the Polaris Music Prize Gala, the Western Canadian Music Awards and various festivals around North America, and conducts music industry seminars and keynote addresses on music and media related topics.

“By turns hilarious, terrifying, profound and strange, Adventures in Solitude is the great lost Canadian adventure story; Swiss Family Robinson as if rendered by Ken Kesey in his youth, a kind of Lord of the Flies through a fog of BC chronic.” - Dave Bidini, author of On A Cold Road, and Tropic of Hockey.

The addition of David Myles and Grant Lawrence to the festival will complete the lineup for 2011 and bring booking to a close. The Shivering Songs festival will run January 29-30 in Fredericton, NB at Wilmot United Church, the Capital Bar and Snooty Fox:

Songwriters Circle: Saturday, 3pm-5pm @ Wilmot United Church = David Myles + Snailhouse + Grant Lawrence + Tim Walker + Gianna Lauren

The Olympic Symphonium CD Release: Saturday, 8pm-10pm @ Wilmot United Church = The Olympic Symphonium + Catherine MacLellan + Isaac & Blewett

(not so) Late-night Show: Saturday, 10:30pm-2am @ The Capital Bar = Belle Comedians + Jon McKiel + Olenka Krakus

Bluegrass Brunch: Sunday, 11am-2pm @ Snooty Fox = Alan Jeffries' Bluegrass Brunch

Day-passes for the Saturday shows will be limited to 100 and come with a copy of the new Olympic Symphonium CD The City Won't Have Time To Fight as well as a 10% food discount at the Snooty Fox. They are $35 and are available with individually-priced show tickets at Backstreet Records, Picaroon's Brewtique, Read's Newsstand and online through;

More info at;

Southern Souls - The Olympic Symphonium - Part 2/3
Oh Mitch Fillion, you make us look/sound really good. Thank you for being so awesome. For anyone who doesn't know him, Mitch is a videographer from Hamilton, Ontario and runs the popular Southern Souls website where he has an amazing collection of videos from (mostly) Canadian musicians. Mitch, someday your website is going to be an archivists' wet dream.

Mitch made his very first visit to New Brunswick last December and shot a video for every song on the new Olympic Symphonium album. We're releasing them in 3 parts and it is our pleasure to present you with part two. Part three will come out in February along with an announcement of European tour dates.

Watch Part 2 in good quality here:;

or on Youtube here:;

Watch Part 1 in good quality here:;

or on Youtube here:;

The Olympic Symphonium announce album pre-orders, USA tour dates and radio play

Pre-orders for physical copies of the new Olympic Symphonium album The City Won't Have Time To Fight are now available. All LP pre-orders will come with a limited edition poster, as well as a download code. The album will be available digitally on January 25th, 2011.

Pre-order here:;

It is our pleasure to announce some dates in the USA as well as detailed ticket info for East Coast CD Release shows:

January 21 - Sackville, NB: Stereophonic Festival: Vogue Theatre tickets at the door

January 22 - Moncton, NB: Cafe Aberdeen
tickets available by calling 506.866.6611

January 27 - Halifax, NS: In the Dead of Winter Festival: St George's Church
online tickets:;

January 28 - Saint John, NB: Park Ave United Church
tickets at Backstreet Records

January 29 - Fredericton, NB: Shivering Songs Festival: Wimot United Church
online tickets:;

February 05 - Wakefield, PQ: In the Dead of Winter Festival: Blacksheep Inn
online tickets:;

February 06 - Montreal, PQ: Casa Del Popolo
tickets available by calling 514.524.9225

March 17 - Boston, MA: Club Passim
ticketing info:;

March 18 - Keene, NH: Starving Artist
tickets at the door

March 20 - Montpellier, VT: Langdon St Cafe
tickets at the door

March 20 - Morrisville, VT: Bee's Knees
tickets at the door

May 14 - The Hague, NL: Walk the Line Festival;

Last but not least, The Olympic Symphonium can now be heard on all sort of radio. If you like the band and want to help out or hear their music, please request it! The more the music is played the better a chance the band will come to play a show in your city/town/village. In fact, if you BCC us on an e-mail request to one of the stations below, we'll send you something extra special.

Here's how:

- Request on CBC Radio3:;

- Request on CBC Radio2:;

- Call/Email your local CBC1 station

- Request "Settle Down" on Satellite radio:;;;

- Request on your local Campus Radio station, complete list here:;

- Request on Internet radio here:;

- Request on USA stations:;;;;

Thank you, we love you for your support and especially for reading all the way down to the bottom here.

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