March 4, 2018

Old ape arms turns 43… with a back drop of sky that’s both bright and gloom… just like me. It’s been a little while since I’ve felt the energy of purpose… but I’ve found it again. Work and clarity are back in blossom. 2 records written, and the music feels special and true. When you’re a kid, work’s a dirty word… now it’s a blessing. Montreal has been a most welcome, spirit enlivening move. I’ve caught a wind there, and have met the warmest and loveliest talented kooks, who, in turn have opened their hearts to me. The complications of old versions of happiness slowly being replaced by deceptively new, simple ones. A swim. A bike ride. A clever verse/chorus change. A run. Nephews. Cats. My love. It’s now, mostly always enough. Here’s to marching forth on this March 4th… with the pride and excitement of a couple pockets full of great, new songs, a new city to fall in love with spring over, some already planned visits to far flung places, wireless headphone walks to the studio and the sharpest images of gratitude for all the folks who’ve continued to listen and support me through these last, nearly 20 years… your dedication seems all the more rarified and wild given the times… Many thanks. and with a bit of a wizend heart and eyes worn by what time allows you to see, I’m more thankful for everything you’re supposed to be more thankful for, but sometimes just forget. I plan to try and remember more. Wishing you peaceful hearts and quiet illuminated minds… h.

November… 2017

there was snow up the mountain the other day.  elevation and wind.  it’s funny what the trees beckon for, but they do.  some leaves, still green holding on.  holding out.  others, graciously yellow and brown.  grateful for the rest, they lay glopped in prickly frost.  the biting torment blowing north south, i rounded east on saint-viateur to find a forgiving calm.  always being reminded of our smallness.  always being reminded of its bigness.  it’s a constant remembering and forgetting and remembering.  lost in my own thoughts of importance and then rattled into remembering.  i felt my heart pounding.  the cold is something the kid remembers.  wonderous.  the dreams that snow allow.  the fantasy of the nearly eternal sleep.  yes you rest.  and heal.  but you also secretly plot.  to come out the other end better.  more ready to love.  more ready to heed.  to recognize when to gently relax into the fury.  the cold packs a misery so perfect as to be uncaring of the skin to which it clings.  the mind is charitable.  having politely allowed me to forget what this darkness really means to bring.  but i’m beginning to feel ready.  i’m also going to try some sneaky defiance.  i’m going to hunker in studios and make music this winter.  so when the buds starts to sprout, i’ll have some greening peas to share.  i’m feeling excited.  i like this city’s undulations.  i’m a newbie.  and i’m being warned of a less than friendly winter ahead.  and cities have a way of testing your love.  or at least your affections.  am i the willing suitor or is it?  i guess that’s what makes it interesting.  double steeples and a mountain for climbing.  and all the age a building can stand to bare.  new songs.  new thoughts.  new reasons to celebrate.  new reminders to love and care.  to maybe even extend a little warmth to my own inner voices that i so often allow to speak to my softness with such unkindness.  as these days grow short let’s let our love grow long.  blessings from saint-urbain.  a southbound throughway…  that quiets by midnight and rages again at 6.  to the airplanes landing mostly east to west and to the street artists continuing the conversation in bold colour and lines.  thank you and see you out there.  i look forward to the sharing of our voices and hearts.  h.

newchoir Presents: UrocK, featuring Hawksley Workman

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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.

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: 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

 

 

That God That Comes…. to New Zealand!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!