On October 25, the legendary Massey Hall will host the 1st Annual Dream Serenade, a concert presented and curated by Toronto songwriter, Hayden Desser and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl, in support of services for children with developmental disabilities. The inaugural event will feature intimate performances from Feist, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National, Sarah Harmer, Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies, Jason Collett, Grey Lands (Wayne Petti), Lou Canon, and Hayden himself.
Money raised through ticket sales and donations to this year’s event will benefit Toronto's Beverley Street School, as well as a family relief fund for caregivers. This exceptional school uses a team-based approach to support the educational needs of students who have a developmental and/or physical disability. Proceeds will be used to support furthering specialized technologies and equipment that are needed at the school on a daily basis. Funds will also be directed towards the building of a customized green playground for the children and their families.
Dream Serenade has been in the works for over five years, since the birth of Hayden and Christie's first child, who was born with a rare chromosome deletion causing developmental disabilities. "She's the most beautiful and inspiring person and yet our experience as parents has been among the most complex and challenging journeys we've ever known," admits Hayden. "We recognize that our experience as parents of a child with a developmental disability is not unlike the other families at Beverley. In those overwhelming and clouded first years, the comfort and support that can be provided to families from specialized services becomes paramount. Dream Serenade will aid both the children and their caregivers."
Ticket will be on sale Wednesday, September 17 at 10am.
For tickets please call 416 872 4255, buy online masseyhall.com,
Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON).
Record Store Day release of The Closer I Get
April 14, 2014
The first-ever vinyl edition of Hayden's 1998 album The Closer I Get will be available on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19). This hand-numbered two-record set comes on 180 gram vinyl and includes a digital download card, plus an original sticker from 1998 (they made too many!).
Available exclusively at: Soundscapes, Toronto Sonic Boom, both Toronto locations Rotate This, Toronto Blackbyrd Music, Edmonton Taz Records, Halifax.
Pemberton Music Festival
April 10, 2014
Hayden will be joining the lineup for the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia. The fesitval runs from July 18-20. See pembertonmusicfestival.com.
An Evening With Hayden Tour
April 4, 2014
I'm going to take a bit of a break from recording and do some solo touring in June. It's been a long time since I've played without a band, and I'm excited to try out some new songs.
I hope to see you.
June 11 Wakefield, QC Blacksheep Inn June 12 Orillia, ON Brownstone Cafe June 13 Peterborough, ON Gordon Best June 14 Burnstown, ON Neat Cafe June 17 London, ON Aeolian June 19 Ridgeway, ON The Sanctuary June 20 Guelph, ON Dublin St United June 21 Bayfield, ON Old Town Hall
Links to purchase tickets are posted on the TOUR page.
Live Danforth videos to be posted each week this month
February 4, 2014
On November 30, 2013, Hayden and his band played The Danforth Musical Hall in Toronto. Each Monday for the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a new video featuring a performance from that show. The clips were filmed by Mitch Fillion (www.southernsouls.ca) and the sound was recorded and mixed by Matthew Jacob Lederman (www.mjlaudio.com).
California dates add to upcoming North American / Ontario tour
October 23, 2013
Hayden will wrap up his upcoming tour with three dates in California with dates in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. The tour kicks off in Buffalo, NY on November 9 and runs through to December 9, with a final stop in San Francisco. Here's a complete list of upcoming dates:
Nov 9 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room [ tickets ] Nov 10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern [ tickets ] Nov 11 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks [ tickets at the door ] Nov 12 Washington, DC DC9 [ tickets ] Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA The Boot & Saddle [ tickets ] Nov 14 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands [ tickets ] Nov 15 Boston, MA Middle East Upstairs [ tickets ] Nov 22 Burnstown, ON Neat Cafe [ tickets ] Nov 23 Collingwood, ON Gayety Theatre [ tickets ] Nov 26 Hamilton, ON Casbah [ tickets ] Nov 27 Waterloo, ON Starlight [ tickets ] Nov 28 Peterborough, ON Market Hall [ tickets ] Nov 30 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall [ tickets ] NEWLY ADDED //Dec 7 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe [ tickets ] NEWLY ADDED //Dec 8 San Diego, CA Soda Bar [ tickets ] NEWLY ADDED //Dec 9 San Francisco, CA Cafe du Nord [ tickets ]
More shows added to upcoming North American / Ontario tour
September 24, 2013
A couple more shows have been added to Hayden's up coming tour. Here's a complete list of upcoming dates:
Nov 9 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room [ tickets ] Nov 10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern [ tickets ] NEWLY ADDED //Nov 11 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks [ tickets at the door ] Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA The Boot & Saddle [ tickets ] Nov 14 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands [ tickets ] NEWLY ADDED // Nov 15 Boston, MA Middle East Upstairs [ tickets ] Nov 22 Burnstown, ON Neat Cafe [ tickets ] Nov 23 Collingwood, ON Gayety Theatre [ tickets ] Nov 26 Hamilton, ON Casbah [ tickets ] Nov 27 Waterloo, ON Starlight [ tickets ] Nov 28 Peterborough, ON Market Hall [ tickets ] Nov 30 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall [ tickets ]
New official music video for Blurry Nights
September 09, 2013
Watch the new video for "Blurry Nights" below. It was done with the help of a lot of great friends and features the wonderful Lou Canon on vocal.
November North American / Ontario tour dates
September 09, 2013
Jay, Taylor and I are hitting the road again in November. We'll be joined by the incredible Doug Paisley in The East Coast U.S. His record "Constant Companion" is one of my favourites.
New Arts & Crafts signing Reuben & The Dark, who I met at The Regina Folk Festival, will be supporting on some Ontario dates.
The wonderful Taylor Knox Band will be our support at a great old theatre in Collingwood, ON called The Gayety.
Nov 9 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room [ tickets ] Nov 10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern [ tickets ] Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA The Boot & Saddle [ tickets ] Nov 14 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands [ tickets ] Nov 22 Burnstown, ON Neat Cafe [ tickets ] Nov 23 Collingwood, ON Gayety Theatre [ tickets ] Nov 26 Hamilton, ON Casbah [ tickets ] Nov 27 Waterloo, ON Starlight [ tickets ] Nov 28 Peterborough, ON Market Hall [ tickets ] Nov 30 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall [ tickets ]
New Hardwood Records web store
September 09, 2013
Today is the grand opening of our official web-store. This is the place to find all Hayden shirts, Cd's and vinyl. Check it out, we've added new-old stock T-shirts from 2004 - 2008's Elk Lake Serenade and In Field & Town tours, plus the new 180 clear vinyl re-pressing of Skyscraper National Park. And, while they last, a handful of the original 10" vinyl pressing of Moving Careful!
Hayden to open for The National at free NXNE show in Toronto
June 10, 2013
Hayden will be joining The National this Friday, June 14 for a free outdoor show at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto as part of this year's NXNE Festival. Hayden performs at 7:30pm. More info at here.
Read up on Hayden's earlier interview with The National's lead singer, Matt Beringer, for the Grid TO:
Summer festival dates announced
April 24, 2013
Not too long ago, we mentioned through the mailing list that summer festival dates would be announced soon. We're happy to share those dates today. Come see Hayden at festivals in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Calgary, Guelph, as well as previously announced appearances at festivals in Regina and Toronto.
Complete details are available on the TOUR page. Oh, and we have a new video to share too!
East Coast tour announcement
April 17, 2013
We decided to book some dates in the East Coast of this glorious country of ours. And, Lou Canon will be joining us.
Please come out to see us- it's far, and we like when there are people in the room...
June 1 Halifax, NS at The Marquee June 2 Fredericton, NB at Wilmot Church June 3 Moncton, NB at Tide & Boar Upstairs June 5 St John's, NL at The Rock House
Tickets for all four shows are on sale this Friday at 10am.
UPDATE: We've added links to purchase tickets to the TOUR page.
Watch the video for "Rainy Saturday"
February 12, 2013
Thank you to the wonderful audiences that have come out for our first shows. We've been having a great time playing for you all.
'Rainy Saturday' has a video now which you can watch below.
Us Alone is out today on Arts & Crafts
February 5, 2013
Hayden’s seventh full length album, Us Alone, is officially released today in North America on
Arts & Crafts. Early reviews of the album have called it “a stunning, understated collection of songs”
(NOW Magazine, 4 stars) and said “Us Alone is the type of record music fans need. A gentle reminder
that as we age and live changes, music can still be everything” (Herohill).
You can purchase your own copy of the album in digital, vinyl or CD format on Arts & Crafts' Gallery website along with additional merchandise and tickets for Hayden’s upcoming tour.
The album is also available on iTunes, where you’ll find Hayden’s earlier releases on sale. If you’re in the US, you can purchase the new album here.
Starting today, Rdio has Us Alone available for streaming in its entirety here.
And finally, Hayden and his new band hit the road this Wednesday in Kingston, Ontario, and then
continue throughout most of February and March. Please check the TOUR section often. New shows will
be added as they’re confirmed.
Ticket information for this full line up of dates can be found in the TOUR section.
February 6 Kingston, ON at The Grad Club*
February 7 Guelph, ON at Cooperators Hall* (Sold Out)
February 8 Dundas, ON at The Dundas Valley Montessori School*
February 9 Creemore, ON at Avening Community Centre* (Sold Out)
February 13 New York City, NY at Mercury Lounge*
February 20 Toronto, ON at The Dakota Tavern (Sold Out)
February 21 Toronto, ON at The Cameron House (Sold Out)
February 22 Toronto, ON at Rivoli* (Sold Out)
March 7 Wakefield, QC at Blacksheep Inn* (Sold Out)
March 8 Montreal, QC at La Sala Rossa*
March 13-15 Austin, TX at SXSW
March 17 Denver, CO at Hi Dive*
March 20 Seattle, WA at Tractor Tavern*
March 21 Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge*
March 23 Vancouver, BC at The Rio Theatre*
March 24 Nelson, BC at The Royal on Baker*
March 26 Edmonton, AB at The Royal Alberta Museum*
March 27 Calgary, AB at Festival Hall*
March 28 Saskatoon, SK at The Bassment*
March 30 Winnipeg, MB at West End Cultural Centre*
March 31 Minneapolis, MN at Triple Rock Social Club*
April 3 Chicago, IL at Schubas*
June 8 Toronto, ON at Field Trip Music and Arts Festival, Arts & Crafts 10th Anniversary Celebration