The Shivering Songs festival is extremely pleased to add an impressive slew of artists to its 2018 line-up: Timber Timbre, Reeny Smith, Fiver, Laurie Brown‘s Pondercast taping with Joshua Van Tassel, and Motherhood, as well as Bob Mersereau, Mike Trask, Julie Aubé, Camille DeleanLoic April, and The Montgomery Street Band. Now celebrating its eighth edition, Shivering Songs runs January 18-21 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

These artists join previously announced acts Bahamas, David Myles, Catherine MacLellan, Sandro Perri, Hillsburn, and festival founders The Olympic Symphonium.

Festival organizers are particularly excited about these additions: “We’re thrilled to feature so many diverse voices of this next generation of the Canadian songwriting tradition,” said Shivering Songs co-organizer, Zach Atkinson. “We couldn’t be happier about the schedule we’ve assembled for our community.”

Make a long awaited Fredericton debut in support of venerable fourth album Sincerely, Future Pollution, Timber Timbre uses cues from the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. Commonly referred to as the “Canadian Alicia Keys,” award winning chanteuse Reeny Smith will add gospel stylings to the annual Shivering Songs Bluegrass Brunch. Known for helming beloved acts One Hundred Dollars and The Highest Order, Toronto’s Simone Schmidt brings her solo project Fiver to Fredericton. As their genre remains illusory, local darlings Motherhood have carved out a palpable aesthetic and tremendous following over two full-lengths, an EP, and a split tape. Shivering Songs 2018 will also feature a special taping of Pondercast, an arresting new podcast from Laurie Brown and Joshua Van Tassel. One of Canada’s finest broadcasters, Brown recently wrapped-up a ten year tenure as the host of CBC’s The Signal. Something of a musical chameleon, Van Tassel has created his own critically acclaimed albums and supported such diverse artists as Donovan Woods, Rose Cousins, Doug Paisley, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, and Justin Rutledge. Together, the pair will present a special taping of Pondercast, featuring music from Van Tassel and fellow 2018 headliner Sandro Perri.

A midwinter celebration of songwriting and storytelling, and flagship partner of Fredericton’s FROSTival, Shivering Songs hosts internationally renowned artists in historic and intimate spaces throughout Downtown Fredericton.

Shivering Songs passes and select individual tickets are on sale now at $1 from each ticket or pass sold in 2017-2018 will be donated to the United Way of Central New Brunswick’s annual fundraising campaign.


Beauty in the Tension, the fifth studio album from New Brunswick songwriting quartet The Olympic Symphonium, will be released in February 2018. It is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and inspiration in the form of two pairs of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ pajama pants.

For six days last winter, the band holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the group laid down a batch of songs that were road-tested and ready to be captured in this magical Oddfellows Hall cum studio.

Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia’s south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors) and composer/arranger Drew Jurecka. Sonic inspiration came from Pink Floyd, guitarmonies, and Chicago’s power-ballad ‘Glory of Love’ which the band riffs on in their song of the same name.

“I wanted to channel the feeling I got from this music combined with my surroundings as a jumping-off point for a song,” says band member Kyle Cunjak. “So I started writing lyrics freeform.”  The song eventually morphed into a love song directed at Cunjak’s car, a 1991 Honda Accord.

“When this song was coming to life, I was 5600 kms away from home on a sort of spiritual journey through America trying to run my car into the ground before it rusted out,” says Cunjak. “But that thing got me back home and through the summer before I recycled it and put it to rest. RIP.”

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