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artist The Wooden Sky

Toronto, ON, CANADA
Chelsea Records
Folk, Default

biographical info

Since the release of The Wooden Sky's last LP in 2012, Every Child a Daughter,Every Moon a Sun, the intervening world has grabbed hold of the band, twisting and shaping the production of what will be their fourth album: Let's Be Ready.

Navigating the strife and uncertainty of evolving friendships, lost loves, death and the ever-shifting challenges of the music industry, Gavin Gardiner (vocals/guitar), Andrew Kekewich (drums) and Simon Walker (multi-instrumentalist) found themselves in a new place: holed up in Toronto's west-end—in Gardiner's garage-turned-studio to be exact.

With the help of familiar collaborators Edwin Huizinga (violin) and Andrew Wyatt (bass and vocals), the band spent grueling hours together digging deeper into their sound, looking both for answers to their doubts, and a way to quiet them.

The results, you could say, are loud.

The album was conceived amidst many changes for the band—saying goodbye to both a founding member and their longtime record label. In the process of putting the pieces back together, The Wooden Sky looked to the talent and brawn of friend and producer Chris Stringer. Together they worked and reworked the songs, studio-hopping around Toronto in order to give each track a unique shape and space on the record.

With Let's Be Ready, The Wooden Sky draws on nostalgia to capture the warmth of the tunes that inspired them to make music in the first place. This warmth coupled with a freshness that looks to the future serves up a new sound and new hope for the band. Let's Be Ready acknowledges the pains of the past but with a gentle optimism and acceptance.

Let’s Be Ready also marks the first release from the bands new record label,Chelsea Records. Chelsea grew out of the rubble in which the band found itself in early 2014, but has nonetheless come as a welcome change with exciting new possibilities in tow. In the future, the band hopes Chelsea will be able to provide this for other committed artists as they too grow and develop, providing them with the resources and freedom they need to forge ahead in their careers.

Thanks to a devoted and ever-growing international fan base, (the result of a strong history of touring-success in Canada and abroad), and with a string of awards and nominations under the belt (including a 2012 Juno nod), the band is set to leave any remaining doubts behind. Letting their hair grow long and armed with perhaps their most confident record to date The Wooden Sky is poised to cross the world reaching new heights on the back of it's latest album, Let's Be Ready.


Gavin Gardiner Harmonica, Vocals, Guitar
Simon Walker Piano, Vocals, Guitar
Andrew Kekewich Drums, Hats
Andrew Wyatt Bass, Vocals
Edwin Huizinga Violin
Let's Be Ready
Chelsea Records
September, 2014
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Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun
black box recordings
February, 2012
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City of Light
November, 2011
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If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone
black box recordings
August, 2009
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When Lost at Sea
February, 2007
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upcoming shows

Sep 22 Swift Current The Lyric Theatre
Sep 23 Regina Artesian on 13th
Sep 24 Edmonton The Starlite Room
Sep 25 Banff The Club at The Banff Centre
Sep 26 Nelson The Hume Hotel
Sep 27 Vancouver Biltmore Cabaret
Sep 29 Victoria Club 9ONE9
Oct 01 Calgary The Republik
Oct 02 Saskatoon Amigo's
Oct 03 Saskatoon Amigos
Oct 04 Winnipeg The West End Cultural Centre
Oct 09 Kingston The Isabel at Queen's University
Oct 10 London Call The Office
Oct 11 Dundas The Dundas Valley Montessori School
Oct 16 Guelph Club Vinyl
Oct 17 Toronto Lee's Palace
Oct 18 Toronto Lee's Palace
Oct 21 Moncton Tide and Boar
Oct 22 Fredericton Capital Bar
Oct 23 Halifax Halifax Pop Explosion
Oct 24 Charlottetown Trailside Inn
Oct 25 Quebec City Le Cercle
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