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BETTER HUMAN

NEw ALBUM Available now!

 

ABOUT BEN

“Ben Kunder’s Better Human is beautiful all over the place.”
9/10
— Exclaim!
“Better Human is a destination that satisfies both the soul and the spirit.”
8/10
— AmericanaUK

Expertly navigating that rarefied space between elegiac folk and accessible pop, Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Kunder has emerged as one of the most electrifying musicians on the indie scene and a sought-after live performer. Kunder’s dazzling sophomore album “Better Human”, released in 2018, is poised to dominate this next year. His third full length album is already in motion with studio days logged and plans to release new recordings in 2019.

Real life anchors most of “Better Human”, the record exploring compelling themes like the birth of a child, the struggle for life balance, the workday reality propping up our outward façade, largely illuminating the human struggle to navigate through the world while sharing darkness in order to see the light.

Produced alongside Aaron Goldstein at Baldwin Street Sound, guests include Oh Susanna, Jim Guthrie, Paper Bird/Bahamas singer Carleigh Aikins, Sarah MacDougall, Ladies of the Canyon’s Maia Davies and Anna Ruddick, Arkells drummer Tim Oxford, keyboardist Anthony Carone, violinist Drew Jurecka, and Wintersleep drummer Loel Campbell, among others. Propelled variously by strings, pedal steel, keyboards, percussion, guitar, bass, and those spectacular before-mentioned voices  renders small moments in precise detail, making his songs both accessible and, occasionally, downright palpable.

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SHOWS

 'BETTER HUMAN' ALBUM RELEASE TOUR

AUG 30   Montreal QC // Rocket Science Room
SEP 1       Fredericton NB // Grimross Brewing Co.
SEP 2      Moncton NB // Plan B
SEP 5      Halifax NS // Carleton
SEP 7      Iona Heights Cape Breton // Iona Heights Inn
SEP 8      Charlottetown PEI // Back Alley Music Record Shop  
SEP 9      Mt. Stewart PEI // Trailside Inn & Cafe
SEP 11      Canning NS // Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
SEP 13     Kingston ON // Musiikki Cafe
SEP 15     Collingwood ON // Crow Bar
SEP 18     Barrie ON // The Songwriter Series
SEP 20    Toronto ON // 18 Waits
OCT 5      Red Deer AB // The Krossing
OCT 7       Sundre AB // Chez Petervine House Concerts
OCT 8       Edmonton AB // The Aviary
OCT 11       Kelowna BC // Snedden House Concert Series
OCT 12      Vancouver BC // The Heatley
OCT 13      Duncan BC // Providence Farm Chapel
OCT 14      Victoria BC // Copper Owl
OCT 15      Port Alberni BC // Char's Landing

OCT 21      Sheffield UK // Cafe #9
OCT 22     Birmingham UK // Kitchen Garden Cafe
OCT 23 Edinburgh UK // Scottish Arts Club

OCT 24     Glasgow UK // Doublet Bar
OCT 25     London UK  // Green Note
OCT 26     Norwich UK // Shoe Factory Social Club
OCT 28     Sligo IRL // Sligo Live Festival
NOV 1        Dublin IRL // The Sound House
NOV 2       Ballydehob IRL // Levis Corner House
NOV 3       Cork IRL // Crane Lane Theatre
NOV 4        Ballybofey IRL // Balor Arts Centre
NOV 6        Kiel DE // Prinz Willy
NOV 10       Berlin DE // Studio Gezett

JAN 8.15,22,29 Toronto ON // The Cameron House

FEB 13-17 Montreal QC // Folk Alliance International

MUSIC

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Better Human

Better Human (2018, independent) was produced alongside Aaron Goldstein at Baldwin Street Sound. Guests include Oh Susanna, Jim Guthrie, Paper Bird/Bahamas singer Carleigh Aikins, Sarah McDougall, Ladies of the Canyon’s Maia Davies and Anna Ruddick, Arkells drummer Tim Oxford and keyboardist Anthony Carone, violinist Drew Jurecka, and Wintersleep drummer Loel Campbell, among others.

Better Human has received accolades from press and radio in Canada, the UK and Europe; including a 9/10 review on Exclaim!, an interview and live session on Ireland’s most listened to radio show, “Today with Sean O’Rourke,” on RTE1, a live performance on CBC’s q with Tom Power, and much more. Better Human has charted in the Top 30 for 16 weeks at 7 college radio stations Canada-wide and the single ‘Hard Line’ had its premiere on ‘The House of Strombo’. where George Stromboulopoulos rated the song #2 on his Magnificent 7.

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Golden

Golden (2015, independent) co-produced by Kunder and John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle, Kathleen Edwards, Strumbellas) at the latter’s Lincoln County Social Club studio. Nine original songs with Kunder on vocals, guitar and piano alongside marquee guests Brian Murphy (Alvvays) on guitar/piano/Wurlitzer, Rich Knox (Dustin Bentall, Danko Jones) on drums/vocals, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon, Randy Bachman) on bass/vocals and Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel. John Connolly, Kirty and Ladies of the Canyon’s Maia Davies and Jasmine Bleile also contribute vocals.

Golden charted on college radio Canada-wide and received airplay from many respected international radio programs in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, along with airplay and interviews at BBC1 and BBC2 in the UK and at RTE in Ireland. Single ‘Half Moon’ was the #2 song of CBC Music: Sonica’s Top 50 Songs of 2015.

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Contact

 

MANAGEMENT
Comino Music

Allan Wells / allan@cominoproductions.com
Sarah Erickson / sarah@cominoproductions.com

PUBLICITY (CANADA)
"What's the Story?" Publicity

Beth Cavanagh / beth@whatsthestory.ca

PUBLICITY (UK & EUROPE)
Geraint Jones / gpromo@btinternet.com