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    Almost a Full Moon Tour 2017

    We are excited to announce that Hawksley Workman will be taking Almost a Full Moon back on the road this December, performing shows in Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon and Ottawa.

    Hawksley’s classic Christmas album, Almost a Full Moon was released 16 years ago, and is a musical celebration of Christmas, community, family and singing.  It has become a holiday season staple for many, original songs to be sung on the first snow of the year, while making soup, or when 3 generations find themselves doing dishes, all at once.

    Tickets are on sale now!

    December 8th, Calgary at Theatre Junction Grand (tickets)
    December 9th, Regina at The Exchange (tickets)
    December 10th, Saskatoon at Emmanuel Anglican Church (tickets)
    December 13th, Ottawa at First Baptist Church (tickets)

    other shows coming up in Ontario…

    November 7th, Kitchener at Kitchener Public Library (free ticketed event)
    November 8th, Stratford at The Revival House (tickets)
    November 9th, Belleville at Centennial Secondary School (free event)
    November 10th, Arnprior at The John St. Pub (tickets)

     Almost a Full Moon Tour Poster2017

    newchoir Presents: UrocK, featuring Hawksley Workman

    Hawksley is excited to announce that he will be joining newchoir, Toronto’s first rock choir, at Koerner Hall on Saturday June 3rd.  More than 100 voices harmonizing some well loved Hawksley Workman songs, as well as hits from the United Kingdom, accompanied by a rock band and a strings section.

    Tickets for this very special event are on sale now.

    Click here for more information about newchoir.

    The Writes of Spring Tour (updated)

    Tickets have now gone on sale for The Writes of Spring tour, with musical friends Tim Baker (of Hey Rosetta!), Amelia Curran, Donovan Woods and Hawksley Workman.

    April 25, 2017 – London, ON @ Aeolian Hall (sold out)

    April 26, 2017 – Picton, ON @ The Regent Theatre (tickets)

    April 27, 2017 – Peterborough, ON @ Market Hall (tickets)

    April 28, 2017 – Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre (tickets)

    April 29, 2017 – Creemore, ON @ Avening Hall (sold out)

    April 30, 2017 – Ridgeway, ON @ The Sanctuary (tickets)

    May 1, 2017 – Creemore, ON @ Avening Hall (sold out)

    May 2, 2017 – Bayfield, ON @ Old Town Hall (sold out)

    May 3, 2017 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Public Library (tickets)

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    Tim Baker is the writer and frontman of acclaimed Newfoundland group, Hey Rosetta!. The Juno nominated singer is best known for his intimate, poetic lyrics and powerful live vocal delivery, garnering Hey Rosetta! multiple awards along with their numerous sold-out Canadian tours.

    Amelia Curran is a Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Her knife-sharp lyrics possess an unrivaled eloquence garnering her acclaim as Canada’s master contemporary songstress.  Amelia’s latest album Watershed will be released in April 2017 by Six Shooter Records.

    Donovan Woods was raised in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, to the sounds of country music, with a healthy dose of folk and pop, a combination that instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a memorable melody, the importance of everyday language and the impact of a well-crafted song. His acclaimed fourth album Hard Settle, Ain’t Trouble received a 2016 Polaris Music Prize nomination, landed him on the CBC Music “Best 25 Canadian Albums of the Year” list and won him the Canadian Folk Music Awards “Songwriter of the Year.”

    Hawksley Workman is singer and songwriter. Performer, producer, poet, and playwright. Multi-instrumentalist and an ambitious, ever-busy global ambassador of Canadian culture and creativity. A staple of the Canadian arts scene for over 17 years, Workman boasts a catalogue of 16 solo releases. The accolades amassed include JUNO nods and wins and widespread critical acclaim. He has most recently published a children’s book for Penguin Random House, based on the lyrics of his beloved Christmas song “Almost a Full Moon”.

    Australia 2017!

    We are excited to announce that Hawksley will be heading to Australia in 2017 for some shows!  Follow links for show and ticket information.

    Thursday March 30th @ Northcote Social Club in Northcote, VIC (tickets)

    Friday March 31st @ Brass Monkey in Cronulla, NSW (tickets)

    Saturday April 1st @ Leadbelly in Newtown, NSW (tickets)

    Almost a Full Moon: Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing

    Hawksley Workman has announced that a limited edition vinyl pressing of his classic Christmas LP Almost a Full Moon will be available in Canada for Record Store Day Black Friday, November 25, 2016 and online at Maple Music.

    The vinyl includes a special 11×11” Lyrics And Chords Songbook of the original album tracks, as well as a free download card for the LP which includes two bonus tracks: “Watching the Fires” and “Silent Night”.

    Copies of the vinyl will also be available for purchase on the Christmas Tour (dates below).

    Almost a Full Moon Track list

    1. Claire Fontaine
    2. Learn How To Knit
    3. First Snow Of The year
    4. Merry Christmas (I Love You)
    5. Common Cold
    6. 3 Generations
    7. A House Or Maybe A Boat
    8. Almost A Full Moon
    9. Watching The Fires (CD And Digital Only)
    10. Silent Night (CD and Digital Only)

    Almost a Full Moon Tour

    12.05 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre SOLD OUT
    12.07 – Vancouver, BC @ St. James Hall SOLD OUT
    12.08 – Edmonton, AB @ Citadel Club Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.09 – Edmonton, AB @ Citadel Club Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.10 – Edmonton, AB @ Citadel Club Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.13 – Fredericton, NB @ Wilmot United Church (Tickets)
    12.14 – Halifax, NS @ St. Matthew’s Church SOLD OUT
    12.16 – Hamilton, ON @ Library In The Round Series (Tickets)
    12.17 – Huntsville, ON @ Trinity United Church SOLD OUT

    Almost a Full Moon: Book Launch in Toronto

    “Let’s make some soup ’cause the weather is turning cold.”

    Almost a Full Moon Launch TORONTO

    Join singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman and music educators Rainbow Songs for the launch of Hawksley’s first book for children. Almost A Full Moon adapts one of Hawksley’s songs into a heartwarming tale of a warm welcome on a cold night, with evocative illustrations by Jensine Eckwall.

    Brunch will be available for purchase starting at 11. Rainbow Songs will lead a singalong at 12:30, and Hawksley will play at 1:30. This will be followed by a book signing.

    Co-presented by Pages Unbound and Another Story Bookshop. (PWYC proceeds go to Pages Unbound, a charitable non-profit Canadian organization. Pages Unbound’s mission is to explore how Canadian and international literary voices are developing and evolving and by bringing audiences and authors together in entertaining and illuminating ways.)

     

    Almost a Full Moon Tour – tickets on sale now, and a note from HW.

    Note from HW

    15 years ago i hired a piano for my apartment in paris.  i was fasting and I needed a distraction.  the piano came up 2 flights of stairs and was awkwardly rolled into an open corner.  desperate not to catch lusty whiffs of baguette, wine and cheese, i stayed in and wrote.  this was in the strange and heady time of late september 2001 and in those days life and reality pulsed uneasily with an almost druggy undulation.  i was raw and wanting to connect to things that were real and comforting.  i thought of my grandma.  she was still alive then, and i wanted her to understand the influence she had on me while i still had a chance.  her joy.  her fascination with life and her love of christmas.  i had 8 days till the band was landing at CDG airport to begin another european tour, which were never ending back in those days.  i wrote all day, every day.  after 5 days i had an album’s worth of music celebrating my grandma, christmas, food, family, fire and singing.  it’s still one of my favourites.  i’m blessed that some of those songs have gone on to find an energy of their own, and have found listening ears and willing voices to sing, three generations, first snow of the year, almost a full moon and the libidinous claire fontaine, among others.  these songs, like diary entries take me back to a time and place, but they also reflect a glow into the future. a willingness to define and redefine the simple loves and pleasures it sought to celebrate some 15 years earlier…  i still get teary eyed singing “3 generations”.  i still feel the petulant grind in my gut when sing “merry christmas (i love you)” and the yearning and subtle humour in reciting the list of ingredients for a winter soup in “almost a full moon”.  this december, my faithful musical brother mr. lonely and i set out to play and sing and enjoy and share this music again.  to celebrate community and connection.  to give voice to the benign bits of joy that straggle behind the big glowing events.  the days will be getting shorter, and in turn the nights longer.  let us gather with nostrils full of fresh pine, browning onions and burning fires.  i look forward to singing with you, joining voices to brighten back winter’s hunkering gloom.  see you in december.

    h.

     

    TOUR DATES / On Sale Now:

    12.05 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre SOLD OUT
    12.07 – Vancouver, BC @ St. James Hall (tickets)
    12.08 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.09 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.10 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre SOLD OUT
    12.13 – Fredericton, NB @ Wilmot United Church (tickets)
    12.14 – Halifax, NS @ St. Matthew’s Church SOLD OUT
    12.16 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Public Library In The Round Series (tickets)
    12.17 – Huntsville, ON @ Trinity United Church SOLD OUT

     

     

    ALMOST A FULL MOON: Tour Announcement, vinyl release, children’s book!

    Christmas Tour

    We are very excited to announce Hawksley’s Almost a Full Moon Tour on the 15th anniversary of the release of his Christmas LP “Almost a Full Moon”.  Tour dates are below, tickets go on sale this Friday August 19th.

    VINYL RELEASE:

    In celebration of this anniversary, we will also be releasing a limited edition vinyl pressing of Almost a Full Moon, which will include a special Lyrics and Chords “Songbook” of the original album tracks, as well as a free download card for the album, including the two bonus tracks “Watching The Firesand “Silent Night”.

    TOUR DATES / On Sale Now:

    12.05 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre (tickets)
    12.07 – Vancouver, BC @ St. James Hall (tickets)
    12.08 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre (tickets)*
    12.09 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre (tickets)*
    12.10 – Edmonton, AB @ The Club at the Citadel Theatre (tickets)*
    12.13 – Fredericton, NB @ Wilmot United Church (tickets)
    12.14 – Halifax, NS @ St. Matthew’s Church (tickets)
    12.16 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Public Library In The Round Series (tickets)
    12.17 – Huntsville, ON @ Trinity United Church (tickets)

    BOOK RELEASE:

    Hawksley is also officially announcing the release of a very special illustrated children’s book titled, Almost a Full Moon. Based on the lyrics of a song from the album of the same name, Almost a Full Moon is a warm-hearted tale of family, community, food and home and is illustrated by Jensine Eckwall, who helps bring beauty and a hint of magic to Workman’s evocative lyrics. The book will be published September 6, 2016 by Tundra Books (a division of Random House Canada). Pre-order is available here here.

     

    *Edmonton: Beyond The Stage series passes available now, individual show tickets available Sept. 15, 2016.

    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

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