Hawksley will be taking The God That Comes to Edmonton in the new year! The show will be running from January 15 to 25 2014 at the Citadel Theatre, tickets can be found here, details below!
Hawksley will be performing The God That Comes at the Cultch in Vancouver November 13 to 24 2013. Details can be found here and below!
We are pleased to announce that Hawksley and Mr. Lonely are going to be performing an acoustic Christmas show at the United Church in Burk’s Falls ON on Saturday December 7th, 2013! Details below!
Hawksley and Mr. Lonely are excited to be playing Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria BC on September 14th! Also announced, MOUNTIES (Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, Ryan Dahle of Limblifter) will be playing on September 13th! Details on the festival and full lineup can be found at www.rifflandia.com – stay tuned for schedule information!
UPDATED: The God That Comes won for Outstanding Production of a Musical & Outstanding Sound Design or Composition. Congratulations!
The 2013 Betty Michelle Award Nominations have just been announced in Calgary, and The God That Comes has been nominated for four awards!
Outstanding Sound Design or Composition
Outstanding Performance by and Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Outstanding New Play
Outstanding Production of a Musical
The God That Comes was also nominated by the Calgary Theatre Critics for the 2013 Critters Award in the category of Best Touring Production.
Congratulations to 2b Theatre Company, Christian Barry, Mr. Lonely, Louisa Adamson, Leigh Ann Vardy, Jesse Ash, and Hawksley!
We are pleased to announce that The God That Comes will be performed at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa. The show will be running June 8 to 11, 2013 at the National Arts Centre Studio. Show and ticket information can be found here!
Hawksley will be taking The God That Comes to Halifax, 5 performances at The Marquee Ballroom, running Wednesday April 17 to Sunday April 21, 2013. Information about the show can be found here! Ticket information here!
Isadora Records has just announced a new record by Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman. SONGS FROM THE GOD THAT COMES is a studio recording that re-imagines the music from the live theatrical show of the same name, and will be released on Tuesday March 19, 2013 at www.hawksleyworkman.com and digitally on iTunes. Records will also be available at live shows, including Calgary (at Alberta Theatre Projects, March 19-April 7) and Halifax (2b theatre company, Marquee Ballroom, April 17-21).
Hawksley speaks about the new record, and its roots:
the god that comes was a long time in the making. christian barry of 2b theatre company in halifax initially approached me about a collaboration almost 10 years ago. as these things go sometimes, the right timing and the right idea weren’t to find each other until the summer of 2011. christian brought the idea for the play to me, realizing that the story had a lot of prescient ideas, and seemed to resonate with a lot of social and political themes we both had been thinking about. we began marinating in various versions of the bacchae (a greek play by euripides). the play and music were written during sessions in toronto, burk’s falls, calgary and banff over the span of a year. the writing sessions were really more “jams” than what one might think of proper sit down ‘writing’. reading, thinking, conversation and digression were all as much a part of the process as sitting at the piano, or with pen in hand. the show itself is a one man cabaret, but i felt the songs were so ripe to live in a more cinematic setting, fulfilling a creative wish i’d had for a while about creating an audio movie. the reimagining of the music from the god that comes is an out and out ‘production’ comprised of many instrumental layers… mostly recorded to magnetic tape. the record was purposely built to have constant movement and an undulating of textures. sometimes the musical elements can be changing, shifting and almost imperceptibly in the course of one piece of music.
Christian Barry on the impulse behind the project:
The whole idea of Bacchanalia as an important part of a healthy human existence is something that has always made sense to me. We all need to let a little release, a little abandon, a little recklessness into our lives every now and then. And for me wine and music are a big, big part of that. There was a very natural marriage between Hawksley and this concept from the beginning. There’s always been a lot of theatricality in what Hawksley does, and he’s a real heart & loins kind of a performer. I’ve always felt his shows are Bacchanalian in their own right. So it wasn’t that big of a leap. We got in a room, started writing some songs, and this record is the result.
Hawksley’s theatre production, The God That Comes, will be premiering this month in Calgary at the Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival. Shows will run from March 19 to April 7. Details on the playRites festival can be found here! Show times and ticket information here!
ABOUT THE GOD THAT COMES
The God That Comes is an original one-man-band cabaret / rock & roll hybrid show featuring Juno-winner Hawksley Workman. This concept album for the stage tells the story of the Greco-Roman god of wine Bacchus (or Dionysus) and uses Euripides’ The Bacchae as a primary source. In a world ruled by greed and an oppressive king obsessed with rules and order, the lesser classes have taken to the countryside in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fuelled by wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy. Women, slaves, outlaws, and foreigners have all gone to the mountain to worship the god of wine, and to commune with their animal needs to dance, to lose control, to get drunk, and have sex. The king rails against the protesters, leading to a bloody conclusion. This solo performance fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the intimacy of theatrical storytelling.
“Oozing mischievous charisma, [Workman] fused the raw and unpredictable feel of live rock music with the thematic daring of dramatic theatre…Pretty close to perfection.” - The Victoria Times-Colonist
“Slashing Sardonic wit…The next big thing” - Toronto Star
The God that Comes is a tonic for a society that has lost its sense of balance, and for a people that have lost touch with their animal instincts. It is an invitation to raise a glass together, hear a story, and get lost in the music for a few hours.
Created by Hawksley Workman & Christian Barry
Conceived and directed by Christian Barry
Live music and performance by Hawksley Workman
Hawksley will be performing three work-in-progress showings of ‘The God That Comes’ at Performance Works on Granville Island, part of the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver.
Wednesday January 16th (8:00pm) SOLD OUT
Thursday January 17th (8:00pm) SOLD OUT
Friday January 18th (8:00pm) SOLD OUT
Details about this show and the PuSH Festival can be found here!