The Wooden Sky takes the stage at The Royal in Nelson on Friday

The Wooden Sky returns to Nelson

The Wooden Sky returns to play Nelson's The Royal.

It’s been a busy couple of months for The Wooden Sky.

At the end of February, the Toronto-based, indie-folk quintet released their third album, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. And they’ve been crisscrossing Canada and the U.S. to promote it ever since, with shows three or four nights a week and rest days spent on the road.

When we spoke Tuesday, frontman Gavin Gardiner’s words echoed through the fuzz of a bad cell phone connection. He’s riding in the tour van, but doesn’t know exactly where he is—somewhere between Seattle and San Francisco.

“Looking at the GPS, it says we still have 11 hours of driving,” he says. “That’s all we’re doing today. Driving.”

By next week the band will loop back to Canada and start working their way east on the final leg of their tour. They stop in Nelson on April 13.

It’s a new experience for the band, being on the road so long. After their last album they toured in short spurts over a period of two years, sharing concert bills with Elliott Brood, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Yukon Blonde.

This time they wanted to cover more ground, faster.

“We made a decision as a band to give up two full months of our life and cover all of North America,” Gardiner says. “Then when we’re home, we’re home. We can start recording again.”

He has plans to convert his garage into a home recording studio, to free himself from other studio’s schedules.

“I’m looking forward to just being able to record music anytime inspiration hits,” he says. “I like to have a lot of material, so we can pick and choose the best when it’s time to put together an album.”

When recording Every Child… the band planned a nine-song LP, but wrote 18 songs. In the end, they pared it back to 13 tracks.

“For me, writing music is the best part,” Gardiner says.

As for touring, “It depends on the day … In Saskatoon (on March 30), a big flight broke out in the club—that was scary—but then we played our encore in the back of a pickup truck, and that was a lot of fun. You just never know what to expect.”

The Wooden Sky will be joined by Sunparlour Players and Punch the Clock, March 13 at The Royal. Doors, 8 p.m. Tickets, $15, in advance at Urban Legends.

 

Just Posted

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

1919: Hudson’s Bay Company gets an addition, council votes to exclude ‘undesirable enemy aliens’

Greg Scott brings us five Nelson Daily News stories from a century ago

Call a foul on cancer with the Pink Whistle Campaign

Local basketball referees are raising money for cancer research

Man found dead identified as Andreas Pittinger

Pittinger was known locally for hosting a radio show

VIDEO: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read