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.
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.
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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
We are pleased to announce that a fourth show has been added to the sold out run at The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
Tickets for Wednesday December 3rd are on sale to the general public Friday November 7th. Details can be found here!
Thursday December 4th, Friday December 5th and Saturday December 6th are sold out.
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!
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!
Hawksley has just announced that he will be joining Jully Black and 54*40 for a live performance on November 4th 2011 at The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, in support of World Wildlife Fund Canada. Information and tickets can be found here!