Toronto singer/songwriter Jerry Leger shares a new single in advance of upcoming album and NB dates.
Toronto musician Jerry Leger kicks off his east coast tour in Fredericton with a show at The Tipsy Muse Café on October 17, followed by dates in Kingston and Moncton. Leger’s upcoming tour in support of his forthcoming album Time Out For Tomorrow includes seven east coast dates in all with additional shows in Nova Scotia and PEI.
Last week Leger shared Canvas of Gold, the new single off his upcoming album.
Time Out For Tomorrow, Leger’s third collaboration with producer Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, continues his run of consistently high output and displays the finely honed artistic vision that has been evident since 2005 when, at age 19, he released the first of nine studio albums. It’s added up to a body of work that was recently celebrated with the European-only compilation Too Broke To Die, aimed at Leger’s growing fan base in Britain and the EU.
The combination of Timmins’ capture-the-moment production aesthetic and the Rolling Thunder-esque chemistry of Leger’s longtime band The Situation (plus a few special guests) now appears unbeatable. And although Time Out For Tomorrow may not be as expansive as Leger’s previous Timmins-produced effort, the acclaimed 2017 double album Nonsense And Heartache, its more concentrated dose of everything Leger does best is just as potent.
Canvas Of Gold, opens with the line, “Everything was almost decided when we were young, you’ll stay poor like your family before and I’ll keep hustling.” It’s a reference to Toronto’s well-known gentrification projects in recent years that have put tremendous pressure on the city’s artistic communities. Leger explains, “Close to where I live there’s a condo development starting at $400,000 called ‘The Poet.’ I don’t know too many poets who can afford that. I’m living in a time that is harder and harder to do what I at this point involuntarily do. What I have to do.”
Indeed, Leger’s commitment to his art has consistently drawn praise from other songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith and Doug Paisley, and outlets such as Rolling Stone, PopMatters and the Toronto Star. He’s also shared stages with The Sadies, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Dawes, and others, along with making his debut at Holland’s Take Root Festival in 2018 alongside Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, and Alejandro Escovedo.
Canada may be known more these days for punching above its weight in the global pop music field, but its long and storied tradition of singer/songwriters refuses to die. Jerry Leger is carrying that torch, and if there’s any further proof needed that he’s at the vanguard, just listen to Time Out For Tomorrow.
Upcoming New Brunswick Performances:
October 17 | The Tipsy Muse Cafe | Fredericton
October 18 | The Cottage | Kingston
October 23 | Galerie Murmur | Moncton