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“An epic rich in detail and passion, Lakes of Canada have a Canadian classic on their hands with Transgressions. 9/10″ – Exclaim!

“The songs stand on their own and some, like the final title track, deserve a permanent place in the Canadian songbook.” – CBC Music

“It’s a relatively trim 40 minutes of music, but covers a lot of ground, musically and emotionally.” – The Globe and Mail

“The music is energetically grandiose, with choral and orchestral folk-rock evoking the classical origins of the concept album in oratorios and orchestral tone poems.” – The National Post

“It’s almost as if there’s a common, explicable, perceivable bond between dystopian literature and music made about a dreary fucked-up future. Maybe there is. Or maybe Lakes of Canada stumbled upon something big here.” -The Huffington Post

Founded in 2011 in Montreal, Lakes of Canada is a five piece progressive rock group with gospel and soul vocal harmonies featuring: Jake Smith on lead vocals, guitar, and percussion; Sarah Morasse on vocals, keyboard, and organ; Conor O’Neil on drums, vocals, and synth; Tim Dobby on guitar, and percussion; and Caroline Cameron on vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion.

Lakes of Canada was voted #2 Best Local Folk Act and #10 Best Local Act in CULT Montreal’s “Best of Montreal 2014” reader’s poll. They have performed across Canada and been featured at Festivals including: POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Festival Folk sur la Canal, M for Montreal, NXNE, and in 2012 won Best Band of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. They are currently nominated for best Traditional/Roots album at the 2016 GAMIQ awards.

Lakes of Canada released their second album Transgressions, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, on October 16, 2015, followed by a tour throughout Eastern Canada. Transgressions was produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, Young Galaxy) at Breakglass Studio in Montreal. They are currently workshopping their third studio album to be recorded this spring.

Their debut album Toll the Bell was released in 2012.


released October 16, 2015

Thank yous:

Kathleen Smith, Margaret Atwood, Quinn Brander, Jade Salter, Masha Smushkevitch, John O’Neil, Su Baker, Bruce and Delight Dobby, John Halpin, Margaret Forrest, Bill Bergman, Katherine Bergman, Joanne Kortendick, Lydia Grey, Mary Beth MacDonald, Simon Berman, Sarah Morasse, Brian C. McMillan, Mary Stuart-Williams, Liam O’Neil, Sean “Keysus” Hardy, Andrew C Maruzzella, Ellen Metter, Scott Cope, Glenn and Catherine Dobby, Sarah Frank, Melissa Tuplin, Vic Pare, Olive Bergman, Christine Dobby, Chris Barillaro, Alana Watson, Marche Soupson, Douglas Farenick and Folly & the Hunter.

The Band:

Jake Smith - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Percussion
Conor O’Neil - Backing Vocals, Drums, Synth
Tim Dobby - Lead Guitars, Mandolin, Percussion
Gwen Bergman - Lead/Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Flute
Greg Halpin - Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Percussion

Extra Basses on “The Sons of Gilead”: Scott Cope, Chris Fox, Victor Chrisholm, Nick Vallee
Extra Chorus singers on “Transgressions”: Olga Goreas, Laurie Torres, Erin Halpin, Nick Vallee, Chris Fox, Scott Cope

Lyrics by Jake Smith
Vocal Arrangements by Conor O’Neil
Album Concept by Jake Smith

Produced by Jace Lasek
Engineered by Jace Lasek
Mixed by Jace Lasek
Mastered by Ryan Morey
Album art by Daniel Aronson

Recorded at Breakglass Studios in Montreal, QC, Canada
Mastered at Ryebread Mastering in Montreal, QC, Canada

Inspired by and loosely based on “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

Eden - 2:51
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

The Fall - 3:33
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil, Tim Dobby)

Interlude 1 - 1:29
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

The Handmaid’s Tale 1 - 3:14
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

Prologue - 2:40
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

Interlude 2 - 0:33
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

The Sons of Gilead - 3:52
(Jake Smith, Tim Dobby)

Jezebel’s Cry - 3:03
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

Interlude 3 - 0:54
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

The Handmaid’s Tale 2 - 3:25
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil, Gwen Bergman)

Speaker for the Damned - 2:52
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil)

Transgressions - 4:48
(Jake Smith, Conor O’Neil, Greg Halpin)



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