Part carpenter, part actor; Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder has spent years honing his craft to become a full time musician. On May 26, 2015, Ben will venture closer to making this a reality with the release of his DEBUT solo LP, Golden, featuring the guitar driven track Half Moon. With a voice that truly fills your heart and keeps you warm, Ben writes songs that everyone can relate to. His powerful voice is a driving force in his music, guiding his songs by creating impressive and tactful melodies and dynamics. Ben will celebrate the album release on May 27th at The Dakota Tavern and will announce more dates soon!
Have a listen to it here.
No stranger to the Toronto music community, Ben has been writing and producing his music independently for over 7 years. Through a chance meeting with John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle), the pair hunkered down at John’s Lincoln County Social Club studio to co-produce Golden. The album features 9 stunning original songs by Ben, including the first single and title track, Golden. Ben (guitar, vox, and piano) is joined by a group of Toronto’sfinest musicians for the studio recording, featuring Brian Murphy (Alvvays) on guitar/piano/Wurlitzer, Rich Knox (Dustin Bentall) on drums/vox, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon) on bass/vox, and Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies) on pedal steel. Also John Connolly lends his voice, along with Kirty, Maia Davies (Ladies of the Canyon) and Jasmine Bleile (Ladies of the Canyon) for select tracks. The album can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp, with the new single Half Moon available now!
Ben has lived all across this beautiful country, from his solar powered cabin on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he spent his days chopping wood and chasing deer from the garden, to Charlottetown, PEI, working at the Confederation Centre for the Arts. Now, Ben is back to where he started his journey in his hometown of Toronto.
Get ready for Ben Kunder’s spirited debut solo release!
April 14 – Toronto, ON @ The Rivoli (w/ Greg Ball)
April 23 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Centre for the Arts (Bare Bones and Up Front Series)
May 7 – Toronto, ON @ The Cadillac Lounge (CMW Showcase)
May 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Dakota Tavern (OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE) – TICKETS
*more dates to be announced soon