Transgressions, the Montreal band’s second album is inspired by the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmade’s Tale. The album was produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson) at Breakglass Studios 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 Greg Halpin on vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion.
Jake Smith wrote Transgressions under tragic circumstances. In late 2010, his mother was murdered in her home. After the funeral, Jake found a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale while going through her belongings. Captivated by the novel’s depiction of the violent oppression and enslavement of women in a conformist society rules by men, Jake wrote the album.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood creates an Orwellian vision of the near future where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Award, and the inaugural Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Transgressions is musical fan fiction, written with heartbreaking sincerity brought on by family tragedy, abounding themes of gender equality, mortality, loss, regret, survival, and the pursuit of peace.
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.
You have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Lakes of Canada’s record launch show happening in Montreal on October 15th and a copy of their record Transgressions , if you simply comment on this article and tell us your name, and your favorite place in Canada and why everyone needs to go there. First one to respond wins the pair/record.
OCT 3 | Sharkey’s Pub | Florenceville, NB
OCT 4 | Plan B | Moncton, NB
OCT 6 | Baba’s Lounge | Charlottetown, PEI
OCT 7 | The Red Herring Pub | Saint Andrew, NB
OCT 8 | Grimross Brewing Pub | Fredericton, NB
OCT 9| Split Crow | Bedford, NS
OCT 10 | Governor’s Pub | Sydney, NS
Album Launch | Montréal, QC
OCT 16 | La Petite Boite Noire | Sherbrooke, QC
OCT 23 | Maison de la culture | Beloeil, QC
OCT 24 | Le Petit Chicago | Gatineau, ON
OCT 30 | Eglise Unie de Granby | Granby, QC
NOV 4 | TBA (TWiMFeST) | Toronto, ON
NOV 6 | Le Cercle (sous-sol) | Québec, QC
NOV 7 | Le Summum | La Baie, QC
NOV 14 | Le Trou du diable | Shawinigan, QC
NOV 15 | Tête d’allumette | St André de Kamouraska, QC
NOV 19 | Bier Mrkt King West | Toronto, ON
NOV 26 | Taps | Niagara Falls, ON
NOV 27 | Paddy Flahertys | Sarnia, ON
Header photo by Scott Cope