‘Complexity in Simplicity’ cross-Canada tour dates
With the new CD out this week, I’ve got a lot of things on the go, including prepping for the next national tour. It’s going to be awesome, I’m hitting up both coasts, playing with some friends and some new faces, but the best part is that I’ll be playing a lot of brand new material you haven’t heard before and I can’t wait for you to hear it!
Go to the Music page, and you can hear the first single ‘One By One’.
Jean-Paul De Roover to release new album with cross-Canada tour
“The mad scientist of the Thunder Bay music scene” [Exclaim! magazine] has been hard at work since his last full-length album was released in 2009. After touring North America incessantly, with music videos featured on MuchMusic, showcases at international music festivals, two EP’s and several award nominations later, De Roover is ready to unveil his newest album.
Written over the past four years, Complexity in Simplicity was produced by Juno-nominated Ben Leggett of Corbeil, ON and De Roover himself.
“Having a producer come in was a big step for me,” De Roover admits, “I’ve self-produced everything before this, but the collaborative production process between Ben and I resulted in some of my strongest writing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
The new album was recorded in Thunder Bay, ON at Dining Room Studios, and takes a minimalist approach, musically and visually. Although the recordings still hearken back to his earlier work in terms of complexity, the structures of the various songs emphasize his newfound appreciation of simple yet well-constructed pop songs. To back up De Roover’s signature post-pop sound, the record features live drums and bass in addition to his guitar, vocals and added keys and synths. The album’s 10 songs were funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council and his fans through a crowd-funding campaign.
Complexity in Simplicity will be launched at a special CD release event in Thunder Bay at The Foundry on March 23rd, and will feature De Roover and his brand new backing band with Dennis Dumphy on drums and Chris Dorota on bass guitar. The spring tour will still see De Roover touring solo, but adding to his existing live looping arsenal by incorporating elements from the new album through samples as he crosses the country for the rest of March and April. Performing at venues varying from rock clubs to house concerts, De Roover’s new material is sure to impress, whatever the setting. His most recent EP, the a cappella ‘Pitch Pipes’ (2011) was well received and received several nominations at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in 2012.
Born in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, De Roover was raised overseas in Africa, Asia and South America before returning to Canada in 2001. Since starting his career as a solo artist in 2007 he has had opportunities to perform at big festivals like Canadian Music Week, NXNE, and dozens more, as well as share stages with artists like the Beach Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Beardyman and many, many more.
03/23 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry – CD Release event w/Nathan Woods
03/24 – Brandon, MB – Park Community Centre
03/26 – Edmonton, AB – The Artery
03/27 – Red Deer, AB – Slumland
03/29 – Duncan, BC – Duncan Garage
03/30 – Nanaimo, BC – Corner Bistro
03/31 – Port Alberni, BC – Char’s Landing
04/01 – Vancouver, BC – Falconetti’s
04/03 – Calgary, AB – Vern’s
04/04 – Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic Lounge
04/06 – Winnipeg, MB – Le Garage
04/09 – Marathon, ON – House Concert
04/10 – Parry Sound, ON – Kudos Kuisine
04/11 – Hamilton, ON – Homegrown Hamilton
04/12 – London, ON – APK Live
04/13 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
04/15 – Toronto, ON – Rancho Relaxo
04/16 – Sorel, QC – Acoustic Loft
04/17 – St Andrews, NB – Red Herring
04/18 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
04/19 – Alma, NB – An Octopus’ Garden
04/20 – Sackville, NB – Bridge Street Cafe
04/21 – Windsor, NS – TAN Coffee (matinee)
04/21 – Halifax, NS – The Carleton
04/22 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
04/23 – Quebec, QC – Bar Orsainville
04/24 – Montreal, QC – Bar L’Escogriffe
04/25 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s
04/26 – North Bay, ON – Voyager Inn
04/27 – Sudbury, ON – Fromagerie Elgin