• Hawksley Summer

    A note from Hawksley.

    i felt an initial unease with allowing myself to fully receive the warmth and gentleness of a perfect summer sunday. as if i were staying on guard for the surprise return of snow and cold.  summer, when successful, is a capitulation.  a handing over of the cautious and tentative self, with it’s habitually stiffened tip toeing. the body like an artist rendering.  tired and hunched in charcoal.  never bright.  never lifted.  but here i find myself in the tender caress of warm, fresh wind and evenings that take their time in turning.  blue skies that linger into night skies to play host to what we’re told are a million distant suns.  all this as the last bits of frozen ache leak away from the achilles tendons and out through the heals like an old fridge left to defrost.  the deciduous limbs undulate and milkweeds gush.  there’s latent and unseen growth of wild roses in the ditches even.  there’s a new beauty lurking wherever you choose to set your gaze.  and we begin to let go.  even as we are now more sure footed, we are too, more imbued with a willingness to dream and to let our bodies and limbs and toes be revealed in a myriad of justifiable nakednesses.  at the lake, life has made it’s rally too.  and in the wood, the glow of fireflies at dusk.  and the fox nonchalantly crosses the road with it’s tail in the air.  to speak of this all being temporary is to waste time on a deeply understood truth.  we know all of this is to be drunk in.  sipped and gulped.  savoured and sucked.  a life made easy as a reward for winter’s suffering.  this season’s charity will be siphoned like marrow from the bone. every last bead and drop.  we’ll need this memory when we’re suffering the whip and lashing of winter again.  this is our healing.  this is when we breathe slow and deep again.  this is when we submerge ourselves in ocean, lake and river and awaken that little genetic thread of the ancients.  this is nature’s benevolence come with prayers of a most bountiful and robust rhythm.  elemental and true.  this is a truly worshipful moment.  to give thanks for the sometimes forgot, but newly restored “connection”.  the light.  the water.  the soil.  the seed.  the bud.  the fruit.  the olfactory eroticism of a jostled tomato plant.  i wish you all a patiently savoured, relentlessly lovely summer.

    Hawksley will be venturing out a few times this summer and fall with Mr. Lonely.
    Close to home, Huntsville Ontario July 21st (tickets available here)
    Far from home, NWT Pride in Yellowknife (with full band) August 6th (http://www.nwtpride.com/) and Alianait Concert Series in Iqaluit October 22nd (http://www.alianait.ca/)
    And we will have more details about this excitement, www.almostafullmoon.com – but it’s too warm out today to be talking about the first snow of the year

    Some words.

    a note from Hawksley.

    i’ve just recently returned from wellington, NZ after a week’s worth of ‘the god that comes’ shows at the very wonderful, new zealand festival.  i hadn’t performed the play in just over a year, and was nervous of many things.  would i remember all the words? would i remember the light blocking? but most of all, what would be the fuel to motivate a passionate performance?  the play was written as a place to creatively park my fear and anger for all the mighty “kings” of this world who seek to destabilize human goodness through morbidly rehearsed messages of division and hate.  over the last year, i’ve been seeking to change the way i respond to these reliably placed, emotional detonators. so the dress rehearsal day finally came, and i was feeling pretty nervous.  dress rehearsal days are always fraught with a density of (sometimes) unnecessary self doubt.  and it was on this dress rehearsal day we were invited to a p?whiri , a m?ori traditional welcome of song and words (meant to release the sacred), and a receiving line where hosts greet guests with a gentle, mutual touch of the nose, and inhalation to share closeness and breath.  as the team arrived at the venue for the welcome, i was still mired in thoughts of energy for the show.  if not hate and anger, what would i use to breathe some sort of gravity into this performance?  we were prepped on protocols and were greeted with a ‘haka’ type dance.  an extraordinarily moving and noble dance meant to welcome and give some artful, healthy alarm to the guests arriving.  within minutes of the p?whiri , the room full of people were fighting back tears.  the love and warmth combined with our fragile and frayed emotions from a long ways traveled had me weeping.  it was clear, i hadn’t come to new zealand to try and muster up aggression or loathing.  i had come to breathe in the love that was being so generously and freely given to me and the rest of the guests.  all of a sudden, not only had my heart been redirected to it’s true purpose, but the entire ‘the god that comes’ team felt the enormous responsibility we now had to the festival for the stunning welcome and beautiful reminder of why we were there.  we were there to share joy and pleasure.  to share breath and warmth.  to share our honesty and goodness.  our week of shows went splendidly, and for all my worrying, words and songs were remembered and muscle memory came back to fill in any blanks the mind may have been nurturing.  my time in wellington will be remembered as an emotional one.  i wrote a lot.  not songs.  but correspondence and ideas for embracing love and acceptance in other parts of my life.  i write to you today, from my little house in burk’s falls sick with a common cold.  the fire burns as a winter storm seeks to have us forget that renewal and the green of life wait just around the corner.  happy easter and happy spring.  h.


    Live this spring:
    Saturday April 9th in Meaford Ontario – Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre (tickets on sale here)*
    Thursday April 21st in Bayfield Ontario – The Ashwood Inn (tickets on sale here)*
    Friday April 22nd in Peterborough Ontario – Showplace Performance Centre (tickets on sale here)*
    Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th in TorontoHarbourfront Centre Theatre – a collaboration with the Art of Time Ensemble, a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn (tickets on sale here)

    * indicates duo performance

    Art of Time Ensemble (May 13-14, 2016)

    Hawksley is very excited to announce his performance with Art of Time Ensemble in Toronto, a tribute to Bruce Cockburn at Harbourfront Theatre for two nights, May 13 and 14, 2016.

    Information about the performance and tickets can be found here!

    Art of Time Ensemble May 13-14 (2016)

    Art of Time Ensemble
    May 13-14 (2016)

    A force to be reckoned with in Canada’s music landscape, Hawksley Workman blurs the lines between rock music, cabaret and theatre.  Workman will collaborate with Art of Time to create a Songbook program (our tenth) like none we’ve done before.

    The multi-instrumentalist and singer will dive into the discography of a musician who inspired Workman on his rise to the top of the Canadian pop music scene; Bruce Cockburn.

    About Art of Time Ensemble:

    Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way you experience music. Fusing high art and popular culture in concerts that juxtapose the best of each genre, Art of Time entertains as it enlightens, revealing the universal qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.

    “Classical that doesn’t suck” – CBC Music

    That God That Comes…. to New Zealand!

    We are very excited to report that The God That Comes will be at the New Zealand Festival this year!  The show will be in Wellington from March 15 to 20 (2016) at Hannah Playhouse.

    Information on the festival and tickets can be found here!

    TGTC NZ

    A note from Hawksley on the Winter Bird Tour.

    tomorrow, i’m about to do something i haven’t done, in what feels like, quite a while…  pack up for a proper Canadian tour.  yesterday things around the house were tidied up, gardens tilled over (and a new one started), rain barrels turned upside down, squash picked and summer chairs packed to the back of the garage.  thanksgiving day couldn’t have been more benevolent in warmth, sun and the last glimpses of rich colour.  which gets me thinking about thanks.  when i think about packing up the band, a gathering of friends, some of who have been with me on the road since i started in the late 90s.  i’m thankful for their wit, compassion and brilliance.  and when i think about 16 years on the road, i think about the eyes and ears that have been in those audiences over the years, and thanks is just the beginning.  i’m grateful for the years of keen interest and passion for my music.  for the gentle hearts singing every word along with me.  for the patience while i splash around, genre-bending and exploring.  for taking the words to heart and for, just generally, giving me and my music, a place to belong.  i am indeed, forever thankful.  i look forward to crossing this gloriously wild country during these last hints of autumn, while we wait, together,  for the inevitable arrival of winter.  so, let’s make some soup…  and i’ll see you soon!  h.

    Warm Toes, Warm Hearts. Tour Sock Drive.

    Winter Bird Tour Sock Drive

    Hawksley Workman’s Winter Bird Tour kicked off in St. John’s this weekend and wraps nearly two months from now in Whitby, with stops in cities big and small across Canada. The Winter Bird Tour is the official Old Cheetah album release jaunt, and Hawksley will present new material with a backing band that his fans know well, including the one and only Mr. Lonely.

    SOCK DRIVE

    Throughout the Winter Bird Tour, Hawksley is seeking to collect donations of new warm socks for the winter. Socks are typically one of the most needed items on shelters’ lists. Fans are encouraged to bring socks to the show, drop them off at the merch table, and contribute to this simple and worthy humanitarian effort. The socks will be delivered to shelters and community organizations across Canada.

     

    Teenage Cats – Official Video Released!

    The official video for Teenage Cats has just been released!

    An Antler and Power production, directed and edited by Steve Bays.

    They’re absolutely everywhere…

    Old Cheetah (Six Shooter) is available on CD, Vinyl and Digital download here!

    Winter Bird Tour!!

    Hawksley Workman’s “Winter Bird Tour” has been announced!

    Hawksley is taking his band on the road for the Winter Bird Tour. The tour is named for the song on Old Cheetah, an ode to freezing and thawing, one of the great Canadian metaphors for love and life. Instinct is everything.

    See the tour dates and Official Winter Bird lyric video below!

    Winter Bird Tour

    October 1st – St. John’s, NL @ The Rock House (Tickets)
    October 3rd – Corner Brook, NL @ The Palace (Tickets)
    October 4th – Woody Point, NL @ St. Patrick’s Church (Tickets)
    October 15th – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre* (Tickets)
    October 16th – Regina, SK @ Darke Hall (Tickets)*
    October 17th – Swift Current, SK @ Lyric Theatre (Tickets)*
    October 20th – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre (Tickets)*
    October 21st – Red Deer, AB @ International Beer Haus & Stage (Tickets)*
    October 22nd – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom (Tickets)*
    October 23rd – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre (Tickets)*
    October 24th – Lethbridge, AB @ Yates Memorial Centre (Tickets)*
    October 25th – Canmore, AB @ Communitea Cafe (Tickets)*
    October 28th – Kelowna, BC @ The Habitat (Tickets)*
    October 29th – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom (Tickets)*
    October 30th – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden (Tickets)*
    October 31st – Mayne Island, BC @ Agricultural Hall – SOLD OUT
    November 2nd – Nelson, BC @ Spiritbar (Hume Hotel) (Tickets)*
    November 3rd – Medicine Hat, AB @ Esplanade (Tickets)*
    November 4th – Lloydminster, AB @ Vic Juba Community Theatre (Tickets)*
    November 13th – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre (Tickets)*
    November 14th – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre (Tickets)*
    November 20th – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s (Tickets)**
    November 21st – Creemore, ON @ Avening Community Hall (Tickets)**
    November 26th – Hamilton, ON @ Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place (Tickets)~
    November 27th – London, ON @ The Aeolian Hall (Tickets)~
    November 28th – Whitby, ON @ Live Act Theatre (Tickets)~

    *with special guest, Fiona Bevan
    **with special guest, Kevin Breit
    ~with special guest, Donovan Woods

    Buy Old Cheetah on vinyl, CD, and digital download here.

    Summer 2015 / Tour announcement coming!

    Summer festivals come and gone. Big touring announcement in two weeks!!!!!!!
     

    HW at Ottawa Blues Fest 2015

     

    HW at Vancouver Folk Fest 2015

    HW at Vancouver Folk Fest 2015

    HW at Calgary Folk Fest 2015

    HW at Calgary Folk Fest 2015

     

    (photos courtesy of Brad Kilpatrick)

    Teenage Cats.

    Live performance caught on video in a hotel lobby. Berlin.

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