Our good friend Marc Martel who played guitar for our track Not Alone is finally receiving some much deserved attention. Marc entered the Queen Extravaganza, a contest set up by Queen to find musicians who could create a touring Queen tribute band. Marc’s voice has always had a Freddie Mercury thing to it and now he gets to show it off. He’s been on too many news outlets to mention as well as having the opportunity to make an appearance on Ellen and as of right now his video, which has gone viral, has well over 4.5 million views! Check it out below. Since Marc was having fun with this and I’ve always been a big Queen fan I thought I might as well throw in an audition too! Here’s my contribution.
The Salvation Army has declared May as Dignity Month. “Dignity Speaks” is a national event that will be held at The Salvation Army Toronto Harbour Light on Sunday, May 15th. The evening is intended to entertain, educate and inspire people about the importance of respecting the rights of the addicted, the homeless and those who have met with hard times.
Hosted by the voice of the Toronto Raptors, Herbie Kuhn, guests will include the Juno award-winning group Downhere; Hark the Herons; Chief Secretary, Colonel Floyd Tidd and much more.
Tune into the live webcast on May 15 starting at 9 p.m. EST at www.SalvationArmy.ca/dignity
With your support, our vision of dignity for all can be realized.
Thanks to all of you we officially reached our goal! Not only that but because of the great response we have been able to order twice as much as we planned!! The artwork has been sent to the manufacturer and hopefully we’ll have the product in our hands by mid April! We are so grateful to all of you for pitching in. Looks like the physical album is certainly not dead!
Now with an album printed, and some posters, the next logical step is the live show. We’ll start playing out this April so if you are in the Ontario area or want a road trip keep your eyes on our web site and Facebook page to see where we’ll be. We hope to see you at one of them! Thanks again!!
Glenn & Kalyn
Exciting news! ‘New Start to Start‘, our first official music video has been released! The video was filmed at various locations in both Toronto & Cambridge, Ontario (Canada) on very cold days in early February 2011. Do you recgonize any of the outdoor locations? Special thanks to Jesse Blight (Cinematographer), Liana Yates (Photographer), Mark Sturge (Photographer), Ana Rajcan and Kyleen Watson (Hair & Makeup). Glenn’s parents as well (Glen & Joan) for letting us use their home as one of our shoot locations!
Almost exactly one year ago we recorded and released our first album, Under Skies, using our musician/barista savings to fund the project. We have some very talented friends who we had the privilege of working with throughout the project which made for an album that sounds much better than we would have imagined.
Once finished we did an online only release of Under Skies through iTunes and Amazon and other various online outlets. The industry tells us that this is how everyone is buying their music, but it seems that many of our fans like to buck the trends and we are right there with you! We also still prefer the tangible CD to the intangible ones and zeros.
How do we know you like to buck the trends? Well, one of the most common questions we receive is “Where can I buy an actual CD?” If we can pull off this project on Kickstarter and you pitch in with $15 or more your question is answered. You will have the CD shipped right from our door to yours!
If you wish to help out in a bigger way, there are all sorts of reward options available! Even your own private home concert!
Access our Kickstarter project via the new widget on our website’s sidebar! Thank-you for your support!
Nice! We made honorable mention for Best Albums of 2010 along with Josh Ritter, Jars Of Clay, and Johnny Cash!
Hark the Herons
Under Skies (independent)
Released May 2010
Style: Inventive alternative folk; compare to Sufjan Stevens, Welcome Wagon, Feist
Top tracks: “Bend, Break,” “Layers of Unknown,” “You’re Pretty but You’re Hollow”
After more than a decade of helping his band, downhere, make critically acclaimed albums in the CCM market, bass player Glenn Lavender and longtime friend Kalyn Allan, both of Cambridge, Ontario, teamed up for a side project—and it’s a good one. What started out as a whim—they tried to write a song for a made-for-TV movie, but were beaten out by Michael Buble—turned into a year of songwriting and now an album that would be fit nicely on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. Creative melodies, thoughtful lyrics celebrating love both human and divine, and Allan’s mesmerizing vocals add up to what one can only hope is the first of many CDs from Hark the Herons.
Day one of filming was a success!! So much fun and lots of freezing…thank goodness for Starbucks coffee and warm lobbies We can’t wait for day two next week!
Day one of filming for our video of ‘New Start to Start’ begins on Tuesday!!! Way too exciting …
Welcome to our newly designed website. We are sooooo excited that you have stopped by to check us out! We are ‘Hark the Herons’ from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. If you’ve never heard of us before, check out our music in the TuneCore player on this site, or look us up on iTunes! Why don’t you start following us on our various social network sites? To our existing fans, we just want to say thank-you for your encouragement and support!! We are on an exciting journey. There are a number of great things coming down the pipe for Hark the Herons in 2011, and we want you to hear it first right here. Bookmark us and visit often! Leave us a comment below too, we’d love to hear from you!
Lots of love,
Kalyn & Glenn