Post-Europe - Start of Summer

Hey everyone,

Real happy to be home after a long few weeks playing tour dates and attending/playing festivals in Europe and St John's, NL in May. Had a great time, and figured I'd go through all the craziness that has ensued over the past few months!

EUROPEAN/ST JOHN'S TOUR

Wow, what a time! Got off the plane in London and headed to Wrexham, Wales for FOCUS Wales. It was an amazing and well organized event! Played some great shows with amazing Canadian, Welsh, and other UK artists/bands. It was a blast! GetIntoThis featured me in their "Top Eight Picks for FOCUS Wales 2017". That was really nice! Big thanks again to Creative Saskatchewan for funding support in helping me get to Wrexham for the festival!

Following 3 great showcases I hopped in a car with fellow Regina Pats fan and great songwriter Poor Nameless Boy for a couple of shows in Edinburgh and Leeds. Proud to have represented Regina across the pond with such a great talent in Joel! Played a couple of shows in London before taking off to The Great Escape in Brighton.

I wasn't playing music in Brighton for The Great Escape, but I did have a chance to watch TONS of amazing bands that blew me away and met a lot of great people. It was a great experience, and Brighton is a real nice town! After Brighton I zipped over to Paris to play a show before heading back to Canada where I popped into St John's, NL to play a couple of quick shows.

All in all, a real great experience. Met so many kind people. Looking forward to heading back to Europe once we release our album next year!

WHAT'S UP THIS SUMMER/FALL?

That's a great question! The boys and I are gonna be hard at work getting ready for the album release in the spring. We'll be busy making music videos, live videos, takin' cool photos, and planning for next year. We've got a few shows and future announcements coming up in Western Canada so keep an eye on our "TOUR" tab on the website for regular updates on shows.

Cheers everyone!

Europe! and other updates.

Hey everyone!

Hope all is well! Winter has been long, but good! I skated a lot and curled a bit! Here is a cool picture of me curling, for your enjoyment.

Spring is in the air! :) I dunno about you, but I'm real ready to start planting gardens and riding bikes for a few months. Got an exciting announcement to make!

NICK IS GOING TO EUROPE!

I'm going to Europe! Yahoo!! Super excited to head over the pond for a few weeks to play some shows. Gonna be real great. Get to showcase at FOCUS Wales (which will be AWESOME), play a few shows with local rad dude Poor Nameless Boy in Europe, and meet a bunch of awesome people! I'm also gonna be networking at The Great Escape, so if you're around Brighton during the conference, let's chill!

While I was booking flights, I started to notice that there were real great flights using St. John's, NL as a stopover, and I decided to touch down on The Rock for a few days for the first time since 2014. CANNOT WAIT to play for the fine people of St. John's as well. If you're in the city and want details on the house show, drop me a line and I can give you more details!

ALBUM UPDATE

So, as with anything worth making, it took us a bit longer to finish recording than was expecting! We finally finished tracking in February, and then had some technical difficulties with the file transfer to Michael, our producer. This caused a bit of a delay, but he will be mixing the album THIS MONTH! Can't wait to have final masters to listen to :). Big thanks to Keiran Semple and Jason Plumb over at the AMAZING Studio One as well as the one and only Byron Chambers for helping us finish recording off!

I'm gonna be a jerk though and make everyone wait likely until Spring 2018 to release it. So far away!! Oiy... The plan is to spend the summer working hard to create complementary content for the release for everyone to enjoy. It'll be worth it.. I promise!

Until then, take it easy everyone.. Maybe see you at a show? Gonna be a good few months!

Nick

 

Happy New Years!

Happy holidays everyone! Apologies for the delay in posting an update over the last few months. Lots of stuff has been going on so here's a quick update:

RECENT AND UPCOMING SHOWS

In November, Nick played at a Movember Fundrasier/Awareness event as well as the CJTR 15th Anniversary show with Library Voices, DGS Samurai Champs, Blake Berglund and Belle Plaine, and Megan Nash.

We made the cover of the Prairie Dog!!

We made the cover of the Prairie Dog!!

December was also a fun month for shows, as Nick shared the stage with Bears in Hazenmore, Megan Nash, and Stacy Tinant for the "Bears and Nash Holiday Bash". There was really great attendance at all shows so thanks to all for coming out!

Nick has also been regularly singing the anthem at Regina Pats games. They are REALLY REALLY GOOD THIS YEAR YOU GUYZZ!

Nick has a couple of really fun gigs coming up in January! First off, he'll be making the short drive to Moose Jaw a few times this month starting with the Rogers Hometown Hockey event on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8th. He'll be playing a set at noon both days and sharing the stage with Blake Berglund and Chris Henderson. Had a great time playing the event with Rah Rah and Mise En Scene back in 2015 in Regina (see below)! The second gig will be a rager at Chillers Brew Pub with Bears in Hazenmore on Saturday, January 28th.. Come crush some brews with us!

 

RECORDING

So far, so good with respects to recording! Our new friend and producer Michael Wojewoda was in Regina from November 23-December 4th to cut a record with us at the amazing Studio One. We weren't expecting the album to turn into what it has, and so although completing about 14 days of work in 8 days at the studio, we are only about 85% done the album at the moment.

Hard at work cutting gold hits.

Hard at work cutting gold hits.

After taking a break in December to regroup and reorganize and enjoy the holidays, we're hoping to polish off the remaining parts that need to be finished in the next couple of weeks. Gonna hold off on saying much more than that because the entire experience has been amazing and we want to make sure we're doing a good job of sharing the experience! There will be more posts in the future!

Cheers to all! Hope 2017 is amazing :

Big Announcement! - Recording news

Hello!

Hope everyone has harvested their gardens and pickled their cucumbers and pulled out their sweaters. The sweet crisp scent of autumn is in the air. The Deputies and I are hunkering down to get to work on a very exciting project.

WE ARE RECORDING ANOTHER ALBUM! YAHOOOOO

We have been preparing this album since last year, and we couldn't be more excited to get in the studio this fall/winter and start cranking out the hits.

This time around, we are going to be collaborating with Juno and Polaris winning producer, engineer, and mixer MICHAEL PHILLIP WOJEWODA to help us take our new songs to new sonic heights. Michael has produced and co-produced some of the most amazing Canadian albums over the last few decades including Buffy Sainte-Marie's Polaris winning "Power in the Blood" and Amelia Curran's very excellent Juno nominated "They Promised You Mercy". He has also produced and engineered multiple albums by the Barenaked Ladies including "Gordon" and "Born on a Pirate Ship", which have been major influences on our band's songwriting and have served as very important musical inspirations for us. Michael has a knack for observing and capturing the essence of the artists that he works with, and we are very excited to depart on our next musical journey with him in the pilot seat.

We are also excited to be capturing the sound and recording the album at STUDIO ONE RECORDING in Regina, SK. The studio is located in the beautiful CBC building in Wascana Park, and has been the setting for the recording of Andy Shauf's Polaris winning "The Party" and Colter Wall's critically acclaimed "Imaginary Appalachia" amongst other great recordings. It seems fitting that we would record next-door to the CBC Saskatchewan studios, who have played a HUGE role in supporting and fostering our career to date.

FUNDING FOR THE ALBUM - THANK YOU'S

It would be remiss of me to mention all of these exciting new developments without acknowledging the CRITICAL support of two organizations who have committed funding to this project.

First, CREATIVE SASKATCHEWAN has pledged to help fund this project. They have been unbelievably committed to helping us succeed over the last few years, and their funding has made this project a reality, so from the bottom of our Prairie hearts, we'd like to thank you thank you thank you for the support.

Second, RAWLCO RADIO for the 10K20 award last year. We have already thanked Rawlco in a previous blog post, but I think another 50 "thank yous" are in order for both the funding and for the patience in waiting until we could set this project up over a year after we received funding. This funding was the spark that lit the fire for the entire project. Thank you for your support and your steadfast commitment to Saskatchewan music.

TIMELINES

You guys might have to sit tight for a while after we finish recording. We hope to take our time and spend a lot of effort on carefully planning our album release campaign. This is a very important album for us, and we couldn't be happier to have all of our fans along for the ride.

See you guys in the studio:)
Nick

Summertime and the living's eaaaassssyyy

Hey internet, Nick here again. Hope you've all been enjoying your summer and floating in dingys and playing beer darts and relaxing! Personally, I've been running around getting things ready for a SUPER exciting recording announcement that I'll share with you within a few months :). We've also played a few really great festivals and shows that were a blast to be a part of. I guess I've had a bit of time to squeeze in a game of croquet now and then as well. Before I post some pictures of all the summertime fun, here is another exciting announcement we are really pumped for!

BREAKOUT WEST 2016 SHOWCASE IN REGINA

YEaAaAaHhhh!! So pumped for this. Regina is gonna be ROCKIN' in October. We'll be showcasing twice over the course of the weekend and we couldn't be happier! Stay tuned for more details :)

 

EMPTY ROOM VIDEO

I was fortunate to get to record a few cool live videos at the Creative City Centre with the rad Brent Nielsen of Stillhouse Poets! The first video was posted a few weeks ago, and there's a second on the way. Thanks to SaskMusic, CCC, and Brent for putting such a great series together!

 

PICTURES FROM SUMMER FUN!

Eat your heart out internet! Photos by Chris and Rae Graham, Jody Seidler, and Edward Dawson from Regina Folk Festival, Long Days Night Music Festival in Swift Current, Market Under the Stars in Regina, and Icelandic Festival in Gimli, MB.

That's all for now buds, stay tuned for REALLY cool recording news and more details on BreakOut West!

Cheers, Nick

It's been awhile....

Hey buds. Hope your spring is going well! Sorry for the delay in updates... So much stuff going on.. Yeesh, where to begin!!

Western and Eastern Canadian Tours

Nick had the privilege of hitting the road acoustically with a couple of really great Prairie acts. Colter Wall (Swift Current,SK) and I played some really great shows in Ontario and Quebec. They were a great time and we had some great shows!

A week after the end of that tour, we had a really great EP release show at The Artesian in Regina with our buds in Bears in Hazenmore (Regina, SK). It was a really great evening, and we played some other shows in Manitoba and Alberta with Eagle Lake Owls (Winnipeg, MB), who are one of my favourite up and coming bands in Canada. Those shows were also great, but left Nick pretty dang tired after a whirlwind four months of recording and preparation!

We really, really appreciated the financial help of Creative Saskatchewan in helping make those dates possible. Thanks a million! below are some photos from the shows!

 

Lambswool EP - Available online!

So "Lambswool EP" is officially available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, etc, etc. "Wild Bones" has also been getting some campus, commercial, and CBC airplay, which is great! Thanks to everyone for the support, and make sure you head over to our MUSIC page and buy our songs plz :)

 

Summer Plans and Beyond

We've been fortunate to have been selected to play a few of our favourite festivals. We'll be playing FULL BAND sets at the Long Days Night Music Festival in Swift Current with The Matinee on Sunday, June 26 and we'll be performing at Regina Folk Festival in Regina on August 5-7, 2016. We are SO PUMPED for these shows, and we're gonna be in some great company so come hang out!


We plan to take it easy with shows over the summer, as we prepare to head into the studio to use our Rawlco 10K20 grant to record our next album this autumn. Can't wait to share details about that in the future :)

Thanks so much for the support! It's greatly appreciated :):) Happy summer everyone!!

New Song! Western Canadian Tour Dates! EP Release show!

Happy Valentines weekend! Lots of stuff going on. Nick got to open for Elliott Brood this week, which was awesome! Check out all of the awesome updates below!

NEW SONG AND EP ALBUM ARTWORK

We are pleased to unveil our EP artwork designed by Mason Pitzel above! These will be stamped on brown card stock once we receive them. :)

We also revealed a BRAND NEW SONG last week on Exclaim! that made the "Trending 21" for the website on the day it was released. The track is called "Wild Bones", and you can check it out HERE.

WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR DATES

 

Nick is pumped to be hitting the road acoustically in March with amazing Winnipeg pals in EAGLE LAKE OWLSThese shows are gonna be great, so make sure you make plans to attend if you are in AB/MB and save the dates in your schedule :) 

It's kind of getting hectic to keep track of all of our tour dates, so check out our TOUR page for a comprehensive list :).

EP RELEASE SHOW

Pleased to unveil more details about our EP release show in Regina!! Our good buddies in BEARS IN HAZENMORE are going to be sharing the stage with us for our special day. For more details and to purchase tickets online, check out our EVENT PAGE!

Thanks to everyone for the support! Stay tuned for more details, and thanks as always for the support :)

Nick

EASTERN CANADA TOUR, Upcoming Saskatchewan Shows

Hey everyone, hope you all had a FANTASTIC holiday season.

Anyways, enough about you. Lets talk about US. We are officially DONE RECORDING our EP that will be release in March. It is called "Lambswool EP" and we're excited to share it with the world. In the meantime we are going to have exciting news over the next couple of months. May as well start it off to announce........

EASTERN CANADA TOUR W/ COLTER WALL
 

Wooooo! This is gonna be a great time. Nick will be playing acoustically with a really great local artist named Colter Wall. Keep your eyes peeled on our TOUR PAGE for links to Facebook events. Tell your friends in Ontario and Quebec!!

NICK FAYE & COLTER WALL - EASTERN CANADIAN TOUR 2016

FRI, MARCH 4 - Hamilton, ON - Homegrown Hamilton

SAT, MARCH 5 - Utopia, ON - Utopia Community Hall

TUES, MARCH 8 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo w/ Jesse Speed, Constance

WED, MARCH 9 - Vankleel Hill, ON - Blueberry Hill Bistro

THURS, MARCH 10 - Ottawa, ON - Avant Garde Bar

FRI, MARCH 11 - Toronto, ON - The Painted Lady w/ Skye Wallace

SAT, MARCH 12 - St Catherines, ON - Mahtay Cafe

We're gonna be announcing our CD Release show and Western leg of the tour in a week or two. Can't wait to share everything with rad pals.

SASKATOON/REGINA SHOWS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH

We're extremely fortunate to have been asked to play the following acoustic shows:

Sunday, January 17 - Saskatoon, SK - The Capitol (NESS CREEK AUDITIONS) 1:00PM, FREE
Wednesday, February 10 - Regina, SK - The Exchange w/ Elliot Brood (Regina Folk Fest Concert Series)
Saturday, February 27 - Regina, SK - Ragged Ass Barbers