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.
* indicates duo performance
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)~
Summer festivals come and gone. Big touring announcement in two weeks!!!!!!!
(photos courtesy of Brad Kilpatrick)
Live performance caught on video in a hotel lobby. Berlin.