NEWS: Ben Caplan Announces Toronto Residency, East Coast Tour, and Appearances at South by Southwest Festival and Canadian Music Week


There is no dead time rest for Ben Caplan and his raging soulful stage show. Toronto fans will have the chance to see him perform 4 times in February as he takes up residency in Kensington Market at the Supermarket every Wednesday night. Later in February, he will stop in to southern Ontario venues before heading back home to the east coast while playing shows along the way. March 9th will mark a big homecoming celebration at the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax. March 11th Ben will do a Ted Talk as part of TedxHalifax before jumping on a plane to South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

Before taking off to Europe for a 3 month-long tour, Caplan will return to Canadian soil to woo audiences at Canadian Music Week and the East Coast Music Awards. This is just the beginning of a very jammed 2012 for this up and coming musician. And to think, he only left his Halifax home for his very first tour at the beginning of 2011. In one year he released his debut album to great critical acclaim, toured internationally, and received offers to perform at major music festivals.

At the tail end of 2011, Caplan performed "Seed of Love" for ToroMagazine's GarageBand video sessions. The result is an engaging and compelling performance showcasing Caplan's honest and inspiring songwriting in a natural light. Watch the live video here: http://bit.ly/zM4Gpz

Caplan's stage show is almost reminiscent of a burly and bearded Freddy Mercury; a raging, strong, and exploratory songwriter, it's the blues in his soul, and the heart in your chest pounding as one that makes him an unmissable act.

NOW Toronto recently reviewed, "Ben Caplan is an East Coast singer/songwriter with a storyteller's pen, a flair for the dramatic and a talented Gypsy-influenced team called the Casual Smokers. His theatrical lyrics, barroom arrangements and bushy, unkempt beard practically beg for descriptors like "gruff," "raw" and "bourbon-soaked." The Western Gazette wrote, "Flawlessly mixing banjo, clarinets, violins, beards and vocals into a smoother shot of Canadian Whiskey than ever before, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers premier album In the Time of the Great Remembering is a shot of refreshing material."

WATCH Ben Caplan perform "Seed of Love" for ToroMagazine:
http://bit.ly/zM4Gpz

TOUR DATES

Jan. 29 @ Van Gogh's Ear, GUELPH (w/ Ladies of the Canyon & Heartbroken)
Jan. 31 @ The Casbah Lounge, HAMILTON
Feb. 1 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Feb. 8 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Feb. 15 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Feb. 16 @ The Spill, PETERBOROUGH (w/ Amos the Transparent)
Feb. 18 @ Ritual, OTTAWA (w/ Amos the Transparent)
Feb.22 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Feb. 23 @ Maxwell'sl, WATERLOO (w/ Amos the Transparent)
Feb. 27 @ Casa Del Popolo, MONTREAL (w/ Amos the Transparent)
Mar. 1 @ Plan B, MONCTON (w/ Robyn Dell'Unto, The Balconies)
Mar. 2 @ Red Herring, SAINT ANDREW (w/ Robyn Dell'Unto)
Mar. 3 @ Red Herring, SAINT ANDREW (w/ Robyn Dell'Unto)
Mar. 9 @ Seahorse Tavern, HALIFAX
Mar. 11 @ Ted Talk, HALIFAX

*more dates and details for SXSW and CMW performances to be announced here.

LINKS
www.bencaplan.ca
www.facebook.com/Thecasualsmokers
www.twitter.com/bencaplanmusic

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