Winnipeg’s Yes We Mystic are taking their off-kilter alt-rock on the road with an eastern Canadian tour this fall. The run of dates will take the band through Ontario and to Halifax, and will include a month-long residency at Toronto’s Rivoli. Full details can be found below, and have a look at the band’s brand new video for Ceilings – an electrifying track from their 2016 release, Forgiver – before Yes We Mystic comes to town.
“The video explores the impact of modern solitude and the struggle of the exhausting search for personal purpose,” comments directors, Fabian Velasco and Milos Mitrovic.
“This is the culmination of everything we’ve made and released for Forgiver,” adds Yes We Mystic frontman, Adam Fuhr. “This is it; the last piece of that puzzle—our favourite piece—before we move forward and share what it is we’re doing next. It was a wild ride—the world famous ‘Gabe The Dog’ was set to star in this video but passed away just a few weeks before the shoot; Guy Maddin declined to appear himself but instead lent us one of the frozen horse heads from My Winnipeg; and the gun Keegan’s character sports was last used on screen by Renee Zellweger. Six years in, I think it’s our favourite thing we’ve ever released.”
Before kicking off their fall tour, the band will play a special hometown show at The Park Theatre – Yes We Mystic and the Earthly Paradise – where the group has some surprises in store for the audience.
“We’re describing The Earthly Paradise as an ambitious one-night-only project that will attempt to blur the line between live music, performance art, and surreal narrative fiction,” says Fuhr. “It is a show-within-a-show, and it is quite likely to have never been attempted quite like this. It will only be performed once.”
Praised as “the purest orchestral pop”, and charged with a “fearless creative energy”, Yes We Mystic has in recent years become a steadily growing force on the Canadian indie scene. Touring tirelessly across Canada since the 2013 release of their “complexly orchestrated masterpiece” (Willow Grier, Beatroute) debut EP Floods and Fires, they have performed at NXNE, M for Montreal, Breakout West, Big Fun, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, SXSW and Orange Blossom Special. Their latest offering, Forgiver, acts as the group’s sonic ‘Rosetta Stone’, laying out everything that they have picked up since their formation in 2011, as well as the innovative approach to songwriting that they have held with them since the beginning. Full of lush, atmospheric guitar tones, delicately woven melodies, explosive drums, and aching lyrics, the album is a howling wind coming from a place of irrefutable honesty.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
September 21 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
October 10 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
October 11 – Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
October 12 – Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
October 17 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
October 21 – Halifax, NS – The Carlton
October 24 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
October 25 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
October 31 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
November 3 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Loplops Gallery