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Customer Reviews

Blown Away

This is songwriting at its finest. Touching, melodic, introspective. This album is amazingly consistent and every song is truly a gem. Almost as if I have been waiting a life time to hear something like this.

Tender, Magestic Elegance

One of the most beautiful albums to be released in years. Tony Dekker and company have generated music of unparalleled elegance - from Dekker's pitch-perfect vocals, to Erik Arnesen's phenomenally complementary banjo strumming and Colin Huebert's perfectly placed percussive accents, from Owen Pallett's soaring violin and Bob Egan's awesome pedal-steel flourishes, to Serena Ryder's and Sarah Harmer's wonderful harmony vocals. Dekker's lyrics are equally affecting - heart-rending without being saccharine, they are perfectly set in the serene musical landscape that the Great Lake Swimmers have expertly painted. As layered and beautiful as a Tom Thompson oil painting, it is a fitting testimony to the land referenced in the album title. This is an album that will be cherished for years to come.

Great Songwriting, Great Album

I heard a cut from the new album on CBC Radio last weekend and went to iTunes to purchase the album yesterday. This is the real deal. A beautiful blend of lyrical songwriting, plaintive vocals and a band that has really come together over the years. "Your Rocky Spine" may be the best song written about Canada since Joni Mitchell. There are hints of Blue Rodeo here and there as well as the McGarrigles and Cowboy Junkies, but this is definitely an original, not a derivative, album. I can't wait to see them live at the Church of the Redeemer on April 12th. See you there.


Formed: 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, Great Lake Swimmers are an indie folk group led by songwriter/vocalist Tony Dekker. The group first appeared in 2003 with a haunting self-titled debut that was recorded in a grain silo and released by Weewerk Records, a small label based in the band's native Toronto. Misra Records picked up the record and released it stateside in April 2005. Recording sessions for Great Lake Swimmers' second album began that same year,...
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