NEWS: Jont releases Hello Halifax on May 14...announces tour dates

Press release provided by Pigeon Row

Jont releases his new album, Hello Halifax, on Tuesday, May 14. He has also announced a series of Canadian tour dates in support of the effort (listed below).

Jont is a British singer/songwriter who recently arrived to live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While best known for having his music featured on various US TV shows (including Grey’s Anatomy) and the hit film Wedding Crashers – he has also built a significant global community through the success of his innovative traveling house concert series – Unlit. These concerts and webisodes had became a “viral internet phenomenon” by 2008 (The Guardian, UK), culminating in the sponsorship by UK mobile phone giant, Orange.

Jont had a colorful childhood, growing up outside New York and then in London. As a teen he attended the world-famous Eton College and one day as a 17-year old found himself sitting at a dinner next to Princess Diana with her asking him if he was a boxer or a y-front man. On leaving school he travelled across the US, followed The Grateful Dead and interviewed 23 of the most well-known living American poets, ending up having dinner with Allen Ginsberg in his Lower East Side apartment, chatting about his old mates Kerouac and Burroughs. For a short while he then became a spin bowler for a professional cricket team, Middlesex County Cricket Club, alongside his heroes from childhood who just a few years before he had been asking for autographs. Soon enough, he turned his hand to writing songs and organizing underground music events and his true creative life began.

Jont’s albums have received critical acclaim with 4 stars in Q (“so lovely it makes you want to hug strangers in the street”), 4 stars in UNCUT (“achingly beautiful under-stated melodies”) and the album Supernatural continues simply through word of mouth to sell well around the world. But it is the intense and magical context of meeting his daughter for the first time that has inspired the vibe of Jont’s new and most complete album yet, Hello Halifax. Recorded in both London, Wales and Nova Scotia, with great musicians from both countries.

To create a warm vibe, full of the colours, soul and emotion necessary, Jont mixed at The Maid’s Room in New York – a legendary studio in the Lower East Side where Devendra Banhart mixed his most recent album, and where Rufus Wainright recorded Want 1 & 2. He also pursued an unconventional recording technique, recording all his vocal and guitar takes together live with no click track, and then once the best takes had been chosen, overdubbing all the subsequent orchestrations, including drums

Jont - Hello Halifax

01. Church On Sunday
02. Best Things
03. Lucky Leaf Falls
04. Hurt To Love
05. Teardrops & Pennies
06. Holding A Real Hand
07. Two Days In
08. Failed Again
09. Forcefield
10. The Song That You Love
11. Same Record Again

Upcoming tour dates:

April 30th - Halifax, NS - THE CARLETON
May 14th – Moncton, NB – PLAN B
May 17th – Lunenburg, NS – CONFIDENCE LODGE w/ Jennah Barry
May 18th – Mahone Bay, NS – THE BISCUIT EATER
May 23rd – Montreal, PQ – LA LUMIERE DU MILE END
May 24th – Montreal, PQ – BURRITOVILLE
May 25th – Montreal, PQ – CAFE SHAIKA
 May 30th - Ottawa, ON - THE DAILY GRIND
June 4th – Toronto, ON – FREE TIMES CAFE
June 5th – Hamilton, ON – HOMEGROWN HAMILTON
 June 6th - St. Catherines, ON - MAHTAY CAFE
June 11th – Toronto, ON – THE LOCAL
June 18th – Hamilton, ON – BALTIMORE HOUSE
June 20th – Toronto, ON – TRANZAC (Southern Cross Bar)
June 21st – Kitchener, ON – QUEEN ST. COMMONS
June 22nd – London, ON – LONDON MUSIC CLUB
June 28th – Montreal, PQ – LE CAGIBI
June 30th – Charlottetown, PEI – BABA'S LOUNGE


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