Toronto ON — Canadian music legend Art Bergmann will be returning to Ontario this June for shows in support of his highly-anticipated new album, The Apostate, released digitally on April 8 with the physical release set for May 13 through (weewerk) Recordings/Outside Music.
The new dates are June 23 in Toronto [Horseshoe Tavern], June 24 in London [Call The Office], June 25 in Hamilton [The Casbah] and June 26 in Wakefield [Black Sheep Inn]. See Art’s updated schedule below. For the Ontario shows, he will be accompanied by a stellar band comprised of Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo), John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, NQ Arbuckle), and longtime collaborators Chris Wardman and Jason Sniderman.
More About Art Bergmann
The Apostate is Art Bergmann’s first full-length album in 18 years, and for that reason alone should be considered a triumph in the face of his once-debilitating health issues, and a music industry that seemingly no longer held a place for him. That aside, The Apostate is also a triumph simply because it is the best work he has ever done during his four decades as a recording artist, from the seminal Vancouver punk band the Young Canadians, to his four acclaimed solo albums in the 1980s and ‘90s, culminating with the JUNO Award-winningWhat Fresh Hell Is This?
Art Bergmann’s voice has been missing from our national consciousness for far too long, but it is back with a vengeance on The Apostate. Now residing in Airdrie, Alberta, Art worked with Calgary-based producer Lorrie Matheson and a stellar group of multi-instrumentalists to craft sounds suited to the subject matter of each song—the hazy Americana of “Atheist Prayer,” the mesmerizing North African majesty of “Mirage (The Apostate),” the ragged Stones-y groove of “Live It Up,” the epic sweep of the 12-minute “Pioneers,” and the stark intimacy of “The Legend Of Bobby Bird.”
Art Bergmann’s attitude has never changed since he made his first recordings in the late 1970s, even as his sound inevitably evolved. After so long in the wilderness, The Apostate is the album he needed to make, and all of us now need to hear.
1. Atheist Prayer
2. Mirage (The Apostate)
4. The Greatest Story Never Told
5. Live It Up
6. A Town Called Mean
8. The Legend Of Bobby Bird
Art Bergmann Upcoming Shows:
May 20 :: Fox Cabaret :: Vancouver BC [FULL BAND]
May 27 :: The Queen’s :: Nanaimo BC [FULL BAND]
May 28 :: The VEC :: Victoria BC [FULL BAND]
May 29 :: Blue Frog :: White Rock BC [SOLO]
May 30 :: Bozzini’s Upstairs :: Chilliwack BC [SOLO]
June 3 :: Live Lobby Lounge :: Cranbrook BC [SOLO]
NEW DATES w/ FULL BAND
June 23 :: Horseshoe Tavern :: Toronto ON
June 24 :: Call The Office :: London ON
June 25 :: The Casbah :: Hamilton ON
June 26 :: Black Sheep Inn :: Wakefield QC