Homegrown Hamilton – May 1, 2015

We’re releasing our new album ‘made us strangers’ at Homegrown Hamilton in Hamilton, ON with special guest Chris Altmann! Friday May 1 Doors 7pm / Music 7:30pm, tickets $6 Facebook Event VENUE: Homegrown Hamilton 27 King William Street Hamilton, ON THE YOUNG NOVELISTS Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this six-piece folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. BlogTO called them “one of the top 5 folk bands to watch in Toronto” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and poignant ballads. Their new album ‘made us strangers’ will be released on April 28th….    read more.

pre-order the new album ‘made us strangers’!

Happy March! Spring is just around the corner and we’re excited to launch the pre-order campaign for our new album “made us strangers” set to be released on April 28, 2015! We spent the bulk of last year writing, recording, and mixing the album. Now it’s finished, and we’re thrilled to announce that Exclaim! is streaming the first single ‘brothers in the garage’. You can listen to it HERE! We’ve been hugely inspired by the support from fans, friends, family, and audiences that have come to shows, shared our music, hosted a house concert, or supported a crazy bunch of…    read more.

road to kansas city

The year has just begun and already we’ve gotten to play some pretty wonderful and very different shows. A full band folk-rock show at Lee’s Palace, a Gordon Lightfoot tribute show at Hugh’s Room (where we got to play for the man himself) and a collaboration with the Hart House Chamber Strings where we played three of our tunes accompanied by a 20-piece string orchestra. All three shows were quite amazing in their own way and the next show we have coming up will be no different! On Saturday February 7th we’re playing a beautiful stage in Morrisburg, Ontario as part…    read more.

a new year, new album, new (sort of) name, and glad tidings abound

It’s been a really good year, and one of the busiest for us on record. We recorded an album (more on that later!), attended a handful of conferences in Canada and the United States, did our first American tour, met a ton of amazing people and started making plans for next year. On a more personal front: Graydon has been writing a new book, Laura has been learning the piano, Alex opened a bakery/cafe (Bloomer’s on Bloor near Ossington, it’s amazing — just go!) with his partner Kelly, Shawn went to school to teach Montessori, John went back to Grad…    read more.

november residency and other things

We’re back from a lovely time in the US; the fall colors were extraordinary and the shows were really lovely. Thank you to everyone who came out, hosted or helped to set a show up, put a roof over our head, or spread the word. We so appreciate all the support! We’re staying local for the next little while, playing a November residency at the The Cameron House, every Monday from 8-10pm. The facebook event is here, any help spreading the word would be appreciated! We’ll also be attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in Kerhonkson, NY. We’ll be…    read more.

autumn: leaves turn colours, we head south

We’re heading south to the land of unsweetened iced tea! It will be our first time touring in the US, and we could not be more jazzed about playing for new folks & old friends, seeing cities we’ve never seen before (hello, Aldie VA!), and celebrating our anniversary on the road like a good touring musician couple should. If you’re in the States or know cool people down south who love folk music and harmonies (and high-fives) please direct them to our SHOWS page. Below is our “American Roadtrip” poster that’ll give you a quick synopsis of the tour. For…    read more.

on stage & in the studio — summertime is here!

We’re heading into the studio, after months of writing and arranging some new songs.  We’re pretty excited about working with Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien from Zeus — they are exceptional musicians in their own right and also producing some kick-ass indie bands, so we will be somewhat out of the limelight this summer as we spend time sweating it out in isolation booths in a studio or two here in Toronto.  We are playing some shows though, including some Toronto shows with dear friends Union Duke and Red Moon Road, so keep reading to find out when we’ll be…    read more.

spring has sprung & we’re on tour

When warm weather whisks wintery wildness away, I obviously get alliterative. The winter did lead to some wonderful house concerts, including one in Elmira (north of Waterloo) that led to this video of me & Laura performing “Jackson” (the Johnny Cash/June Carter version). To all the amazing folks at, and hosts of, the house concerts we played: thank you! Your support is what keeps us going. But also: we’re shaving our wooly coats and heading out into the sunshine to go on tour in April! And we’re very excited to get out and play some shows for our amigos in…    read more.

hinterland who’s who: the canadian musician

For some reason every time winter rolls around I imagine watching an episode of “Hinterland Who’s Who” and hearing about the Canadian Musician — a nocturnal beast that largely spends its time in dank, cave-like areas making all sorts of yowling noises and hibernates in the winter months, storing up songs and recordings for the spring when it will leave its home for an extended period to roam the countryside visiting the pubs, clubs, and homes of the fair and beauteous Canadian Music Lover. Well that’s what is going on right now, folks! Although we have braved the elements a…    read more.

eggnog! sweaters! music!

The holidays are upon us! In between the eggnog and mulled cider, Laura & I went on a tour with our east coast amigo Gabrielle Papillon, and in the midst of it recorded a version of “Silent Night” at Hunters Bay Radio in Huntsville. Listen to or download the song (all proceeds go to a great charity raising money to send girls to school in Tanzania!) and share it by an open fire while playing board games with friends and family. Also, until January 4th, if you buy a CD from The Young Novelists Store you can enter the promo…    read more.


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