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Vancouver Klezmer-Punk Geoff Berner brings new album to Toronto

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Vancouver’s Klezmer-Punk singer/songwriter/accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner is playing on Jan. 23 in Toronto as part of a full Canadian tour supporting the release of his latest album.

Out now in Canada on Rae Spoon’s Coax Records, and internationally by Oriente Musik of Berlin, We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians is the Berner’s first album of original material in four years. It follows in line with the artist’s involvement in the Klezmer Bund movement – radical Jewish artists that reject orthodox and ultra-Zionist conservative notions of Jewish identity, and seeks to connect with the deep roots of left-wing Jewish thought in a way that’s entertaining and accessible for everybody. Berner claims that WAGTBTBM is “meant to be powerful cheering-up medicine that you don’t have to turn your brain off for.”

“We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians” is a reference to the old German folk tale about elderly farm animals threatened with death, who run away from their masters in the hope of achieving freedom and becoming Town Musicians. It’s an absurd tale of irrational hope and optimism in the face of horror, and that’s where the story connects with the songs on the album. “I would describe the record as a compendium of strategies against despair,” says Berner.


01 Swing A Chicken 3 Times Over Your Head
02 Dance And Celebrate
03 When DD Gets Her Donkey Everything Will Be Alright
04 Condos
05 Es Brent
06 Ikh Krakh Tomid Arayn In Der Zelber Mashin
07 Thank You, No Thank You
08 When Chanukah Comes To Town
09 I Don’t Feel So Mad At God When I See You In Your Summer Dress
10 We Are On Our Way To Bremen
11 Slouching Towards Bremen


January 21/16 – Montreal, QC – Vitrola
January 22/16 – Wakefield, QC – The Black Sheep
January 23/16 – Toronto, ON – The TRANZAC

January 24/16 – Peterborough, ON – The Garnet
February 05/16 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
February 06/16 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
February 07/16 – Calgary, AB – The Ironwood  
February 19/16 – Vancouver, BC – Lanalou’s
February 20/16 – Vancouver, BC – Lanalou’s


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