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It’s been over 5 years since The Olympic Symphonium performed proper shows in Newfoundland, then as part of the Lawnya Vawnya festival, and we’re very pleased to announce their return in late July.

The quartet will perform three shows on the East Coast of the island – in Mount Pearl as part of a free outdoor concert series, at a house show in Conception Bay South, and at the legendary Ship Pub in downtown St. John’s.

July 20 – Mount Pearl, NL: Mount Pearl City Days // FREE
July 21 – Conception Bay South, NL: Topsail Tunes // tickets
July 22 – St. John’s, NL: The Ship

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There is a clichéd way to say anything worth saying, so Michael Feuerstack simply looks for the scenic route and tries to enjoy the journey at the same time. On his latest full-length album, Natural Weather, the songwriter wanted to make something gentle and complex: a recording that celebrates music as a refuge from binary thinking – a means to seek wisdom in the grey areas.

Listen // Watch videos for ‘Love Is All Around‘ + ‘Nobody Knows‘ –

Recorded at home, Natural Weather offers a deceptively rich palette. Most of the instrumentation is provided by Feuerstack, with Jeremy Gara on drums and violin cameos by Sarah Neufeld. The background singers also figure prominently: Camille Delean shadows Feuerstack in harmony, while Michelle Tompkins and Mike O’Brien glimmer in response.

This collection balances Feuerstack’s signature dark humour and empathic inquisitiveness as the songs relax into deep ambiguity around heavy themes: love, death, memory, age, mental illness, intimacy, and ambition.