2nd Annual Dream Serenade review and donation link
October 21, 2015
The Second Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert has come and gone. It was a spectacular celebration of the community of children with developmental and / or physical disabilities and their teachers, parents and caregivers.
If you joined us, thanks again for your support. If you missed it, please consider it next year and read NOW's perfect score review of the show here: https://nowtoronto.com/music/concert-reviews/dream-serenade/
2nd Annual Dream Serenade - Third Artist Announcement
September 23, 2015
We're pleased to announce today that this year's Dream Serenade concert has the exciting additions of performances by Bahamas, Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle and Choir! Choir! Choir!. They join the previously announced line up of Hayden, Joel Plaskett, The Weather Station and TUNS (Chris Murphy, Mike O'Neill and Matt Murphy).
2nd Annual Dream Serenade - Second Artist Announcement
September 13, 2015
You already know that Hayden and Joel Plaskett will be performing at this year’s annual Dream Serenade. This week, we add to the line up a new project from a group of Canadian Indie Scene powerhouses alongside one of the brightest and buzziest up and comers in the Scene this year: TUNS and The Weather Station.
The Weather Station is Tamara Linderman, whose intimate, elegant, understated yet intense folk music has won over critics and crowds: Hearing her 2015 album Loyalty, a collaboration with Bahamas, Pitchfork called her voice “unmistakable” and Rolling Stone used the words “rare beauty” to describe the music. TUNS is something of an East-Coast supergroup; the trio is comprised of members of three of Halifax’s most important rock and roll sons: Mike O’Neill (The Inbreds), Matt Murphy (Super Friendz) and Chris Murphy.
Dream Serenade is an annual concert organized by Toronto musician Hayden and his wife, Christie Greyerbiehl, that brings together a curated mix of musicians for unique performances to benefit special-needs children and their families. This year’s event at Massey Hall is on October 17, 2015. Line-up announcements roll out over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, check out Exclaim! Magazine’s 10/10 review of last year’s event, which raised over $100,000 for Beverley Street School and the creation of a Family Relief Fund, and this video from last year, when a few of the Dream Serenade gang – Sarah Harmer, The Barenaked Ladies, Lou Canon and Hayden – visited the Beverley Street School.
2nd Annual Dream Serenade announced for October 17
September 3, 2015
Dream Serenade will return to Massey Hall this year on October 17, 2015 for its second year supporting services for children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Last year's inaugural event featured performances from Feist, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent, Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Grey Lands (Wayne Petti), Lou Canon, and Hayden himself.
This year's event will continue in the tradition of unique collaborations and performances presented by Hayden and his wife Christie. Today, we announce the first wave of performers with Hayden and Joel Plaskett.
"Last year's Dream Serenade was such a remarkable event. It brought together the parents, families & caregivers of children with physical and / or developmental disabilities, their teachers and school staff and the broader community in celebration and awareness. With voices and sounds, we shook the walls of the legendary Massey Hall. No one left the building unmoved by the talent on stage, the images on screen, the generosity, and the spirit of the occasion.
Last year we raised over $100,000 with proceeds currently working towards the completion of a new green playground at Beverley St School with plans approved and groundbreaking this Spring! A respite fund for caregivers has also been established with applications available this September.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2nd annual Dream Serenade. This year's money raised will continue to benefit Toronto's Beverley Street School and the Family Relief Fund for caregivers, as well as an additional special needs school within the Toronto District School Board to be determined through an online video application process.
We hope you'll join us this Saturday, October 17th. Please stay posted as we announce more incredible artists who will be performing." -H & C
Tickets are on sale now through the Massey Hall website at www.masseyhall.com or at the Massey Box Office by phone at 416-872-4255.
Hayden's full band will hit the Canadian West Coast this September for a string of dates. Full details can be found on the tour page and a sneak peek of what to expect can be found on the Live at Massey Hall concert film just posted of Hayden's performance last February. You can watch the video above.
Sept 18 Victoria, BC Rifflandia Sept 19 Vancouver, BC Imperial Sept 20 Nelson, BC Hume Hotel - Spirit Bar Sept 22 Canmore, BC Communitea Cafe Sept 23 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room Sept 24 Calgary, AB Commonwealth Stage Sept 25 Saskatoon, SK The Capitol Music Club Sept 26 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
May 14 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (early show) May 15 Brooklyn, NY Three Brewers/Tiny Montgomery (ticket available at the door only) May 17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lounge June 7 Toronto, ON Field Trip June 11 Chicago, IL Metro with Bahamas June 15 Milwaukee, WI Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. with full band June 16 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark with Bahamas June 17 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom with Bahamas June 18 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live with Bahamas June 19 New York, NY Irving Plaza with Bahamas July 17-19 Field, ON River & Sky Festival July 24-26 Bengough, SK Gateway Festival August 7-8 Wolfe Island, ON Wolfe Island Music Festival
May 8 Chicago, IL Schubas (early show) May 10 Washington, DC Blackcat Backstage May 14 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (early show) May 15 Brooklyn, NY Three Brewers/Tiny Montgomery (ticket available at the door only) May 17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lounge
Hayden's Diner Series
March 17, 2015
Update (Mar 25): Thank you to everyone that came out to Caplansky's on March 24. Unfortunately, a case of the flu has caused the remainder of the diner shows to be postponed. The Lady Marmalade show will now be April 1 and the Aunties & Uncles show will now be April 2. All guest list names will be honored for the same shows. Thank you for your understanding.
Let's ask for the cheque, and leave this place before we're wrecked
Let's spill our drinks onto this map, and where the ice melts we will unpack
Hayden invites you to celebrate the release of his eighth LP, Hey Love, as he takes over some beloved greasy spoons in the city with a series of diner shows throughout the week of release. Each night will feature a unique set list of songs from Hayden's catalogue, old and new, as ordered up by the audience from the "menu" at each show.
Limited guest list spots to join us for these evenings will be accessible to fans through contesting on social media pages for Hayden and Arts & Crafts, as well as giveaways through select media partners, local record shops and the diners themselves. Links to those pages can be found below.
March 24 9pm at Caplansky's, 356 College St. (Full band)
March 25 7pm at Lady Marmalade, 898 Queen St. East (Hayden solo)
March 26 7pm at Aunties & Uncles, 74 Lippincott St. (Hayden solo)
New official music video for "Nowhere We Cannot Go"
February 18, 2015
February 11, 2015
To help celebrate love's big day, Hayden shares another song from the upcoming release, Hey Love, due out March 24. The title track is the perfect tonic from overpriced chocolates and flowers that will just die in a few days. Ask others to be your valentine by sharing the song and get a link to download it in return.
Listen and share 'Hey Love' here to receive an instant MP3 download.
Hayden announces Hey Love
January 28, 2015
Storied Toronto songwriter to release eighth full length record on March 24 via Arts & Crafts. Pre-order Hey Love to unlock a personal advance stream of the album today. Listen to album single "Nowhere We Cannot Go" now. Canadian tour dates with Dan Mangan + Blacksmith begin February 19.
On Hey Love, perennial Toronto musician and songwriter Hayden writes the most intimate passage yet in his decades-deep story. The follow-up to 2013’s Us Alone, his sonically warm and emotive debut record on Arts & Crafts, is a heartrending love letter of hope and disarray. Hey Love addresses the widest spectrum of love as its muse, the album’s thirteen songs among Hayden Desser’s most affective, tactile, rousing yet restrained work to date.
Listen to "Nowhere We Cannot Go" here!
Pre-order Hey Love to unlock a personal advance stream of the album here!
Hey Love Track List:
Hearts Just Beat
No Happy Birthday
Nothing Easy Feels This Good
Time Ain't Slowing Down For Us
Orange Curtain Light
Come Back To Life
Nowhere We Cannot Go
If More Things Go Wrong
Just Come Out Tonight
Canadian tour dates with Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
October 20, 2014
Hayden will join labelmates Dan Mangan + Blacksmith for a tour across Canada next year. Presale tickets will be onsale tomorrow at noon through the Arts & Crafts Gallery website at http://www.galleryac.com/
February 18 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohen Theatre ^ February 19 Fredericton, NB The Fredericton Playhouse ^ February 20 Quebec City, QC Imperial # February 21 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre ^ February 24 Kingston, ON Grand Theatre ^ February 26 London, ON London Music Hall ^ February 27 Ottawa, ON Theatre at NAC ^ February 28 Toronto, ON Massey Hall # March 1 Guelph, ON River Run Centre ^ March 5 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick ^ March 6 Saskatoon, SK O’Brians Event Centre ^ March 7 Regina, SK Darke Hall ^ March 9 Banff, AB Eric Harvie Theatre ^ March 10 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall ^ March 11 Edmonton, AB Francis Winspear Centre for Music ^ March 13 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre ^ March 14 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre ^
^ - w/ Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Astral Swans
# - w/ Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
Billy Talent and Barenaked Ladies added to Dream Serenade
October 19, 2014
Billy Talent and Barenaked Ladies have been added to the impressive lineup of artists performing intimate sets at Dream Serenade in support of the Beverly Street School at Massey Hall on October 25th.
Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National Billy Talent Barenaked Ladies Sarah Harmer Hayden Jason Collett Grey Lands (Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke) Lou Canon
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