Shivering Songs announces 2016 festival passes including back to back December concerts featuring Ben Caplan & Great Lake Swimmers.

Shivering Songs announces 2016 festival passes including back to back December concerts featuring Ben Caplan & Great Lake Swimmers.

With it’s sixth edition in the works Shivering Songs 2016 initial lineup is set for an announcement early November 2015.

‘We had an amazing festival last January and presented some favourites of ours throughout the year like Bahamas & Wintersleep. In 2016 we are working to bring you some of our old favourites and great new music we’ve discovered over the year. We have formed new partnerships which will further enhance the festival experience.’ says Zachary Atkinson, member of the organizing team.

While the 2016 lineup has been kept at bay, the organizers are extremely happy to announce two back to back album release shows featuring Ben Caplan (December 11) and Great Lake Swimmers (December 12) in Fredericton at The Wilmot United Church.

Passes to Shivering Songs 2016 are available this Friday September 25. With the purchase of your festival pass get the chance to see these two amazing performances back to back for only $25.(limited to 50 passes).
Get’em here as of FRI SEPT 25!


Ben Caplan is a road warrior, an international presence and a one-of-a-kind. With Birds With Broken Wings his klezmer-fired, charismatic music has moved leaps and bounds, exploding out in surprising new directions. Produced by Montreal mad-genius hip hop and klezmer mastermind Socalled, the album features over 30 different musicians and a raft of unconventional instruments. The eleven songs that make up Birds with Broken Wings range from angry and edgy to dramatic and inspirational, to some of the most beautiful and unconventional work Caplan or anyone else has ever made.

Caplan was already a fan of Montreal producer and rapper Josh “Socalled” Dolgin, known for his unique blend of hip-hop and klezmer. Even though they both lived in Eastern Canada, Caplan had to travel to Eastern Europe to see him.  “I met Socalled at a festival in Poland,” he explains.  “I found out he was playing the next day, and I had been trying to answer the question of who was going to produce my album for months at that point.  The way that he unpretentiously glided between different styles, from bebop jazz to Cuban to musicals to klezmer really captured my attention.  There was this extensive musical genius, but an a really unassuming way. And after seeing his set, I knew I had to work with this guy.”

We got crazy with instrumentation and arrangements and bringing in guest musicians, 35 different players on the record,” say Caplan, still spinning from the process.  It’s perhaps the most eclectic group of musicians ever found in one set of credits, including the great James Brown and P-Funk trombonist Fred Wesley, who arranged one cut. “We got the principal harpist from the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal to come throw down some harp,” adds Caplan.  “The darbouka player, it’s a little North African drum, was this guy Mohamed Raky, from Morocco.  He’s a super-talented musician, has been playing since he was a kid.  The cimbalom player, Nicolae, he used to be the conductor of the Moldavian Symphony Orchestra, and he was a professional concert cimbalomist.  I guess there aren’t a lot of concert cimbalom gigs in Montreal so he’s a bit of a hidden gem. I feel privileged to have worked with him. ”


Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will hit the road for twelve dates in eastern Canada in support of their latest album, A Forest Of Arms. The tour will start on December 3 in OttawaON and wrap up December 19 in RidgewayON. A full list of dates can be found below.

The group also released the official video for the single, “I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues,” via Exclaim! last month.


A Forest Of Arms was released via Nettwerk on April 21, 2015 and debuted at#62 in the Canadian Top 200 and #11 on the Alternative Album Top 100 Chart.Great Lake Swimmers consists of Tony Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik ArnesenMiranda Muholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel.`