Folk singer/ songwriter and Juno Nominee Craig Cardiff is on tour in New Brunswick this week performing at various public and private venues throughout the province, as well as facilitating songwriting workshops for high school and university students.
Public Performance Dates
Thursday March 3rd 8 pm – Sanctuary Theatre, 228 Germain Street, Saint John
Friday March 4th 8 pm – Fox n Hound Pub, 720 Coverdale Road, Riverview
Saturday March 5th 8 pm – Syrian Refugee Fundraiser at Vogue Theatre, 50 Cunard Street, Miramichi
For two and a half years, Craig Cardiff passed around a Book of Truths during his shows and asking his fans to share something truthful in it — a story, a confession, a hope, a secret. The book gave fans a chance to write down something they might be too afraid to say out loud, and it gave Cardiff an opportunity to connect with the people who came to his shows.
Those entries aren’t always easy to read. The stories can be heartbreaking, and they can leave Cardiff wanting to do something, to find the person who wrote in his book and tell them to hold on for tomorrow, that things will be OK.
Cardiff’s album, Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) Part 1 & 2, turned into a response to those stories. This double album, released November 19, 2013, offers 21 tracks that are connected by an underlying sense that there are better days to come.
“I didn’t realize it at first, but this collection of songs is just really to help people be OK and to let them know to just wait until tomorrow, stay here and push on through,” says Cardiff. “Every song has that kernel of hope and joy, even if it’s not apparent at first.”
“[Craig is] a songwriter who needs to be heard.” Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot
The Arnprior, Ontario-based folk singer worked with producers Ben Leggett (Faraway Neighbours, Ben Hermann) and Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet) to record an album that is quite different than anything Cardiff has released before. Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) is one-part boisterous group sing-along, one-part gentle lullaby.
This is the same team that produced Floods and Fires, the album that earned Cardiff a nomination for a 2012 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination as 2012 Contemporary Singer of the Year. This time, Leggett and Wahl told Cardiff they wouldn’t let him make an album like the ones he’s made before.
Cardiff, Leggett and Wahl recorded Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) primarily in Cardiff’s home studio in Arnprior — which he and Leggett built together during the recording of Floods and Fires — the Chalet Studio in Claremont, and the Schoolhouse studio built by Hawksley Workman outside Huntsville.
With a voice described as “warm, scratched, sad and sleepy,” Cardiff sings songs that expose the human condition, putting a magnifying glass to the clumsier and less proud moments. He can turn any setting into an intimate affair, infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism.
“In some ways, it’s too much of a good thing, but Cardiff can’t be faulted for going the extra mile for his audience. It’s what’s gotten him to this point, and is sure to carry him further with this effort that puts him solidly in the upper echelon of Canadian folk artists.” Jason Schneider, Exclaim
Cardiff makes it a point to keep the relationship with his fans personal, inviting and accepting any opportunity to make his audience as much a part of the performance as he is.
Armed with an extensive catalogue of songs, his Book of Truths, sharp wit and soft voice, Cardiff is considered a pioneer in alternate venue touring, often appearing in churches, camps, prisons, basements, festivals, kitchens and even taking to the streets, bringing his fans with him. Over the years, he has played with and opened for artists such as Glen Phillips, Lucy Kaplansky, Dan Bern, Natalia Zukerman, Andy Stochansky, Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Downie (Tragically Hip), Hawksley Workman, Sarah Slean, Skydiggers, 54-40 and more.
When not performing, Cardiff often offers workshops at schools, camps, festivals and churches throughout North America. He is passionate about encouraging others to be more open and to try new things even if it means making mistakes, and in June 2011, he gave an address called Fear is the Cheapest Room in the House during the inaugural TEDxUWO at the University of Western Ontario.
“Listening to Cardiff’s gentle, expressive voice, you can imagine that Paul Simon is whispering in one ear and Van Morrison in the other.” Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
Craig Cardiff will be performing live at the Sanctuary Theatre in Saint John, NB on Thursday March 3rd, 2016. Doors open at 7 pm. Show Time at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Click here to purchase Advance Tickets.
Craig will be visiting Moncton on Friday March 4th to perform at The Fox n Hound in Riverview! Show starts at 10 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. Click here to purchase Advance Tickets.
On Saturday March 5th Craig will perform a fundraiser show to help welcome a Syrian family settling in Miramichi! Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Advance tickets are on sale at Mill Cove Coffee, around the square in downtown Newcastle, and Kingston’s Petro across from the Vogue Theatre in downtown Chatham. Advance tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here.