For Immediate Release:April 10, 2015
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(Saskatoon, SK) - The couple that sings together, stays together. At least that's what Saskatoon musicians Jen Lane and John Antoniuk have set out to prove. Both are singer-songwriters with careers of their own but they combined forces last year, releasing the critically acclaimed duets album, 'Jen + John'. Since 2013, Jen and John have been frequenting the infamous Toronto venue The Cameron House doing a May/November residency and they're doing it again next month, along with a string of tour dates in the Ontario and Quebec area starting on May 5th. See below for full tour details.
Think of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, or Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, and you get a good idea of where these two Saskatoon singer-songwriters are coming from. They complement one another beautifully as they perform each other's music. John Antoniuk comes from the indie/roots side of life and Jen Lane has a bit more country/folk in her repertoire. Together, they create straight ahead rhythms and harmonies that complete the musical package. They have performed many times on a National stage showcasing at Breakout West, Canadian Music Week, North by Northeast and Prairie Scene, and achieved International recognition at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, MO, SXSW in Austin, Texas, and through SaskMusic’s Export Showcase in Los Angeles, CA.
John Antoniuk and Jen Lane have always kept their projects separate. John has recorded albums as Smokekiller and the recent more rootsy, eponymous, Always With You, and Jen has taken 3 out of her 4 releases to nominations for Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. More recently, Jen Lane finished recording a new album with producer John Ellis (Jeremy Fisher, Be Good Tanyas, Leeroy Stagger) with plans to release the record in Spring 2016. 'Jen & John' was independently released in August 2014 and was a co-production effort by the duo. The album features 3 new songs written by John, 2 new songs written by Jen, and a couple covers for a special treat including 'Oh My Sweet Carolina' by Ryan Adams which was the first song the musical couple sang together when they met and began jamming. Click here to stream the album 'Jen & John'.
Look for Jen Lane and John Antoniuk on tour in Ontario and Quebec this May! The tour kicks-off in Toronto on May 5th at The Cameron House beginning a month-long residency for Jen and John. For the most up-to-date tour listings, please visit: www.jenlane.com or www.smokekiller.com
Jen Lane and John Antoniuk Ontario + Quebec Tour Dates May 5 - Toronto, ON @ Cameron House - front room, 8pm-10pm May 10 - Toronto, ON @ Opera Bob's w/ Ole Fashion May 12 - Toronto, ON @ Cameron House - front room, 8pm-10pm May 13 - Oakville, ON @ Moonshine Cafe - Songbirds Showcase May 16 - Toronto, ON @ PH8 (Fate) House Concert May 17 - Toronto, ON @ Opera Bob's, w/ Ole Fashion May 19 - Toronto, ON @ Cameron House - front room, 8pm-10pm May 21 - Peterborough, ON @ The Spill May 22 - Ottawa, ON @ Raw Sugar w/ Jasper Bridge May 23 - Montreal, QC @ Grumpy's May 25 - Montreal, QC @ Grumpy's - Chick Pickin' Mondays May 26 - Toronto, ON @ Cameron House - front room, 8pm-10pm
“An intimate collection of originals and covers, the duo’s first true collaboration shows off their easy rapport, rich vocal harmonies, and strong songwriting. It leaves the impression that Lane and Antoniuk have written some of the best songs of their careers, and are having a lot of fun playing them.”- Verb Magazine
The only flaw here is that the album is just 7 songs long and clocks in around a half an hour. There's a lot more territory to explore here and I hope these two collaborate more in the future. - Earshot