Patrick Watson | 28/09/15

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Acclaimed Canadian musician Patrick Watson is debuting a new live video shot entirely with GoPro cameras. The clip was filmed at St-Jean Baptiste Church in Montreal, one of five special orchestra concerts during Watson’s touring cycle for Adventures In Your Own Backyard in 2013, just before he went back into the studio to record his latest album Love Songs For Robots (out now on Domino). Directed by Tyler Johnson at GoPro, the video showcases Watson’s spectacular live show with a 56-piece orchestra, 48-piece choir and his regular 4-piece touring band (nearly 100 people on stage), performing the song “Man Under the Sea” taken from Watson’s 2006 album Close to Paradise

Watson is currently touring worldwide in support of Love Songs For Robots, with the album’s title track released 27th November. UK and European headline dates have been announced throughout November, including a London headline date at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday November 11th. See below for details with UK and European live dates in bold.


September 26                                            Cincinnati, OH                         Mid Point Music Festival

September 28                                               Chicago, IL                                                Lincoln Hall

September 29                                          Minneapolis, MN                                       Varsity Theatre

September 30                                            Winnipeg, MB                                          Garrick Centre

October 2                                                  Edmonton, AB                                    The Starlite Room

October 3                                                    Calgary, AB                                   MacEwan Ballroom
October 5                                                  Vancouver, BC                              Commodore Ballroom

October 6                                                   Errington, AB                    Errington War Memorial Hall

October 8                                                    Seattle, WA                                             The Crocodile

October 9                                                   Portland, OR                                                     Doug Fir

October 11                                             San Francisco, CA                                    The Independent

October 13                                              Los Angeles, CA                                 Teragram Ballroom

November 10                                              Oxford, UK                                Oxford O2 Academy
November 11                                             London, UK                           Islington Assembly Hall
November 12                                         Manchester, UK                                                   Gorilla
November 14                                            Cologne, DE                                               Essigfabrik
November 15                                           Hamburg, DE                                                        Mojo

November 16                                              Berlin, DE                                               Heimathafen
November 19                                          Eindhoven, NL                                                 Effenaar
November 20                                               Gent, BE                                          Vooruit Theatre

November 22                                               Lyon, FR                                       Epicerie Moderne

November 23                                          Strasbourg, FR                                              La Laiterie
November 25                                         Amsterdam, NL                                                 Paradiso

November 26                                               Paris, FR                                           Casino de Paris
November 28                                             Lisbon, PT                                             Mexe Festival

December 11                                        New York City, NY                                          Irving Plaza

December 12                                           Philadelphia, PA                                   Underground Arts
December 15-16                                         Montreal, QC                                                  Metropolis


Love Songs For Robots continues to receive widespread critical praise: The new music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains, “I wanted to make a science fiction R n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own admission, “a bad year” that more personal themes begin to creep in. “I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.”

Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his full band of almost a decade, which includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass). The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson and his band have performed to over 100,000 people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as with full orchestras in Amsterdam and Montreal. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson himself has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for “The Walking Dead” and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film “Everything Will Be Fine”, where he performed the songs “Cynical World” (an original for the film) and “Lighthouse.”