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Stream Sarah Harmer’s Haunted, Wintry New Single “St. Peter’s Bay”

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Sarah Harmer. (Photo: Vanessa Heins)

Sarah Harmer has released a haunted, wintry new single titled “St. Peter’s Bay”, from her upcoming album, Are You Gone (out February 21 via Arts & Crafts. Listen here

A cinematic love-letter to wilderness and the depth of human feeling – with a surprising backstory – Sarah said: “I wrote St. Peter’s Bay on the plane to Prince Edward Island for a Hockey Day In Canada theatre show, but the hockey part is only a prompt. The song is about the end of a relationship, set against the frozen shoreline of Lake Ontario. I thought what better way to start the record than with black and white pioneer era sound, and a tale of love burning down to its final ember.”

“St. Peter’s Bay” follows first track “New Low”, a rollicking, empowering electric guitar-laced call-for-uprising, inspired by the increase in community action that Sarah saw in the wake of the 2017 shooting at a Quebec mosque, the Women’s March, and Climate Rallies. Written directly after a setback in her community’s fight for fossil fuel divestment, “New Low”, together with “St. Peter’s Bay”, reflects the distinct sounds and alternately political and personal messages that form the sonic and thematic breadth of the new album.

Motivated by the beauty of life, the urgency of the climate crisis, and the question of loss, Are You Gone is a meditation on the idea of presence, and a bookend to the questions posed on You Were Here. That album made many year-end critics’ lists (TIME called it the best debut album of the year), and earned Sarah performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Ellen, a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and nine JUNO Award nominations and two wins to date.

This February, to celebrate the release of Are You Gone, Sarah will be playing her first tour in a decade, and all dates are below.

Feb 26 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall
Feb 27 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
Feb 29 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
Mar 1 – Boston, MA – City Winery
Mar 24 – Peterborough, ON – Market Hall
Mar 25 – Peterborough, ON – Market Hall
Mar 27 – Huntsville, ON – Algonquin Theatre
Mar 28 – Belleville, ON – The Empire Theatre
Apr 1 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Apr 3 – London, ON – London Musical Hall
Apr 4 – Guelph, ON – War Memorial Hall
Apr 14 – Meaford, ON – Meaford Hall
Apr 15 – Orillia, ON – Orillia Opera House
Apr 17 – Parry Sound, ON – Stockey Centre
Apr 18 – Sudbury, ON – College Boreal
Apr 19 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Machine Shop
Apr 21 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
Apr 22 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
Apr 24 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Apr 25 – Calgary, AB – Bella Concert Hall
Apr 26 – Nelson, BC – Hume Hotel
Apr 28 – Courteney, BC – Sid Williams Theatre
Apr 29 – Campbell River, BC – Tidemark Theatre
Apr 30 – Victoria, BC – The Capitol Ballroom
May 2 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre
May 4 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
May 5 – Portland, OR – The Old Church
May 16 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark

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