Since 2006, The Olympic Symphonium have been creating contemplative, moody music and making audiences croon to their beautiful harmonies, lush soundscapes, and to ponder their poignant lyrics.
On their fourth album, Chance To Fate, the band further establish themselves as a unique voice in Canada's contemporary music landscape. Putting aside themes of love in favour of heavier topics, the band ruminates on life, loss, religion, and self-doubt with this new material.
The album was recorded at the legendary, and possibly haunted, Salty Towers Inn in seaside St.Andrews, New Brunswick over four days with longtime engineer Brad Perry. Produced by ambient/electronic artist/drummer/producer Joshua Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers, David Myles, Megan Bonnell), these sessions mark the first time The Olympic Symphonium have invited outside voices into the creative process. Aside from the unique production, Chance To Fate sees a song (No Saving Grace) written/sung by lap-steel player Dennis Goodwin and another (All In Your Head) co-written by Fredericton poet Christopher Goodwin. The results are striking and sit perfectly alongside the rotating vocals/guitars/bass/piano by core members Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, and Graeme Walker.
Though the band has toured Europe several times, performed at world-renowned events (the Olympic Winter Games, Pop Montreal, and Liverpool Sound City to name a few), and joined forces with an international label, the past couple years have been spent concentrating on their home province of New Brunswick. Specifically, the band has been developing the highly successful Shivering Songs winter festival they curate which recently finishing up its fifth year, attracting 3000 attendees.
The band is managed by, and signed to, the award-winning Nova Scotia based record label Forward Music Group. More recently, Chance To Fate won 'Anglophone Recording of the Year' at the 2014 Music New Brunswick awards and is currently nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at the East Coast Music Awards which will be taking place in St. John’s, NL in April, 2015.
"...contemplative, heartfelt acoustic pop that flourishes upon repeat listening." - Toronto Star
"...a maudlin, reflective pleasure to experience. More please. " - Americana UK
"A thing of homespun beauty." - Line of Best Fit, UK
"..a bit like a hot bath: a bit hard to get into at first, but once you let its warm comforts envelop you, it’s hard to pull yourself out." - Vu Weekly, Edmonton