After a three year hiatus, The Wilderness of Manitoba will be returning in 2020 with a new line-up and a new album entitled Farewell To Cathedral.
Founding member and singer/multi-instrumentalist Will Whitwham will be joined by Cayley Thomas on vocals and guitar, Tavo Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) on bass and vocals, and Adam Balsam (ex-The Most Serene Republic) on drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards. The group prefers to characterize itself as an evolving entity. “When a band isn’t changing, it’s not growing,” says Whitwham. From the band’s inception, it has redefined itself with every new release; from Hymns of Love and Spirits through When You Left The Fire, Island of Echoes, Between Colours, Across The Dark and various EPs. The evolution of their sound has run the gamut from four part harmonies and its initial chamber folk sound to duo lead vocals and an expanded sonic palette ranging from cinematic indie pop to anthemic folk rock.
In its eleven year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, The Head And The Heart and Lord Huron among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Summing things up, Whitwham says, “There is no lacking in the quantity of ideas in terms of our music and the group’s future.”