NEWS: JON MCKIEL Announces Tonka War Cloud Tour Including Dates With Chad VanGaalen

Youth Club & Saved By Vinyl artist from Halifax to hit the road in support of his just released new LP Tonka War Cloud. Tour dates are below.

On the edge of a golden river there is a small house filled with dark songs. Jon Mckiel makes music that rides that elusive line between feathery folk and a total sludgefest.

Hailing from Halifax Nova Scotia, his previous record The Nature of Things (Wednesday Records), garnered glowing reviews from across North America. Following the album’s release, McKiel toured Canada regularly playing many festivals, bars, churches, halls and sometimes trains, even making a stop to record a session at the infamous “Sun Records” in Memphis, Tennessee.

With the release of his new album, Tonka War Cloud (Youth Club Records, Saved by Vinyl), Mckiel continues to build upon a solid catalogue creating what The National Post calls, “surprising beauty powering through heavy sludge.”

Tonka War Cloud was recorded in The Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport, Nova Scotia. Built in 1929, the building was used as an Odd Fellows Hall until it was recently converted into a studio and venue.

The project was initially a collection of songs, some of which now reside on an ep titled Confidence Lodge released in February 2011, a preview to the forthcoming 10 song Lp.

The recording approach often saw Mckiel playing multiple instruments (guitar, bass, synth, considerably large chains, and percussion) over his own voice, building songs in layers late into the coldest nights of winter. This proved challenging since the massive building did not yet have the luxury of heat.

The result treads somewhere between hushed minimalism and crashing dissonance, where the creaks of bones and stair treads find space between layers of fuzzy guitars, lush strings and warm vocal harmonies.

Tonka War Cloud was released on October 4, 2011.


Oct 22 - Halifax, NS @ Company House – Halifax Pop Explosion, Saved By Vinyl/Herohill BBQ - Afternoon
Oct 22 – Halifax, NS @ Tribeca – Halifax Pop Explosion - 8 PM
Nov 02 – Lethbridge, AB @ Art Space
Nov 03 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City w / Clinton St. John
Nov 04 - Edmonton, AB @ Meyer Horowitz Theatre w/ Chad VanGaalen
Nov 05 - Calgary, AB @ Central United Church w/ Chad VanGaalen
Nov 10 - Broad Cove, NS @ Community Hall w/ Jay Crocker / Paper Beats Scissors
Nov 24 – Moncton, NB @ Plan B
Nov 25 – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital
Nov 26 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder and Lightning
Dec 02 - St John's, NL @ The Ship w/ Hollerado
Dec 03 - St John’s, NL @ The Shop w/ Hollerado


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