Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman has announced additional Canadian and European tour dates in support of his latest album Median Age Wasteland. Canadian audiences will get a special treat; Workman will be touring as Hawksley Workman and The Wolves with his longtime bandmates Derrick Brady (bass), Todd Lumley (piano) and Brad Fitzpatrick (drums).
Says Workman about the significance and history of “The Wolves”, “‘The Wolves’ was the name I gave the band back in the late 90s, and save for the drummer, the piano and the bass players have never changed. I’m entering into more than twenty years playing with both Derrick and Todd, known widely and affectionately by fans everywhere as ‘Mr. Lonely’. Then there is Brad who hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland. and has been playing drums with me for 12 years.
There have been many road miles shared with these people, and they’ve seen me at my best and worst. Todd and Derrick were along for the heady ride during the big “famous in France” days at Universal records, where we played the Olympia a few times and toured Roman coliseums in the south of France with David Bowie. Nowadays, there’s a great deal of lightness and fun on stage.
These people are some of the best in the business, and our onstage goals have changed somewhat over the years. There’s a real emphasis on being playful and wild on stage now… a real celebration of the opportunity to make each night feel new.”
The Canadian leg kicks off in Hamilton on November 2 and includes stops in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Newfoundland. See the full routing below.
Watch Hawksley’s latest video for the heartfelt song “Italy” featuring Amy Milan from Stars. The video was created and conceptualized by acclaimed director and producer Steve Bays (Workman’s partner-in-crime in Mounties) and actor Siobhan Williams (Heartland, Adventures in Public School, Welcome to Marwen) who also stars in the video. Watch and share HERE.
It has been a busy year for Workman, who took his melodies across the country this spring meanwhile composing the soundtrack for an iconic new production at the Stratford Festival that runs until November 3. The Neverending Story is based on the novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S. Craig, and directed by Jillian Keiley. About the production, The Globe and Mail raves, “For those who grew up with the movie on VHS (and now may have their own kids to bring to the theatre), Keiley has shamelessly tapped into that eighties nostalgia by commissioning a fun electro-pop soundtrack (complete with theme song) from Hawksley Workman that draws on the sounds of that era’s video games.”
Stream the theme song “May Your Story Never End” HERE.
Hawksley’s latest album Median Age Wasteland showcases his hooky yet innovative melodic approach, authentic songwriting, and good old-fashioned, and unedited musicianship. The modern-day troubadour wrote and recorded his latest LP following a recent move from Northern Ontario to Montreal, produced by The Dears frontman and creative genius, Murray Lightburn.
There’s no lipstick, literal or figurative – just the purity of loving, loathing, and living. With Median Age Wasteland he’s leading listeners through the figurative looking glass for as clear an image of his true self as we’ve ever been allowed. “I’ve always had this constant hunger to innovate, reevaluate what I do, and keep remaking it to confuse myself and maybe confuse my audience,” Workman admits. “This time, I’m just committing to writing focused and honest songs, which feels like the most interesting thing I can do right now.”