Skydiggers To Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2013 With Four Sets Of Seasonal Releases, National
Tour Dates And A Series Of Special Events.
All of our Dreaming – Skydiggers Live, 1988, 2000 and 2012 set to come out on March 5.
Triple disc package to consist of two live albums and a live DVD captured a dozen years apart and
spanning a career of performances that has had as many musical memories as miles.
1. Spadina Hotel (1988)
2. There & Back (2000) Reissue
3. Skydiggers Live at The Glenn Gould Theatre DVD – October 13, 2012
Chemistry, passion, energy and evolution are a few words that come to mind when Andy Maize
and Josh Finlayson talk about twenty-five years together in Skydiggers. When the band released
their eighth studio album, Northern Shore, in April of last year, it stood out as the band’s most
adventurous and varied collection of songs yet. When they dug into the vaults to expand Northern
Shore into a deluxe edition, another three discs of outtakes, alternate versions, and unreleased
To celebrate their silver anniversary, a series of four separate releases will be delivered each
season in 2013. It kicks off with All of our Dreaming: Skydiggers Live, 1988, 2000 & 2012 which
consists of three separate discs of the band captured live, twelve years apart, beginning with
1998’s Spadina Hotel, followed by 2000’s There & Back and rounded out with a DVD of 2012’s
stunning performance, Skydiggers Live at The Glenn Gould Theatre.
“It all started in the beverage room of the Spadina Hotel. That is essentially when the band came
together.” says Josh. “Andy and I performed there as a duo as part of Andrew Cash’s Monday night
series called Acoustic Meltdown. When Andrew released his debut album and could no longer host
the night, we took it over. We put an ad in Now Magazine answered by Ron Macey, and together
with Wayne Stokes and Andrew’s brother Peter Cash, who was quietly writing some amazing
songs, Skydiggers were born.”
“We cut our teeth there” adds Andy. “It forced us to come up with new songs every week and it
prepared us for what was to come. What you hear on Spadina Hotel is a young band finding its
voice and recorded from the audience with a single microphone. We have always been conscious
of documenting where we were at as a band, which is why we still have so much unheard material.
So a dozen years after those Monday nights at The Spadina Hotel, and after many miles on the
band odometer, we revisited the idea of a live album. We recorded a number of sets at The
Sidetrack Cafe in Edmonton for There & Back, but it wasn’t until we recorded our annual Christmas
concerts at The Horseshoe Tavern that we felt we captured the energy that had kept us going for
“For a band that has spent a quarter of a century together on the road and in the studio, Skydiggers
are not only riding all of those years of momentum but continuing to evolve as well. According to
Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson one of the keys is chemistry.
“ “You can spend your life searching for chemistry” Andy muses. “For any relationship to remain vital
and continue to grow you need chemistry. We were lucky to have found that early on with each
other. We were also fortunate to play four very big shows before our first record even came out”
remembers Andy. “We opened for 54-40, The Tragically Hip, Cowboy Junkies and Blue Rodeo
early on and I think we learned a thing or two about chemistry from those experiences. After all,
those four bands are also still together.”
Josh agrees and also points out that in order to stay creative and pertinent you need to constantly
challenge yourself. “Change and evolution are imperative. To bring a visible energy to the stage
every night, you need to remain passionate by pushing yourself as songwriters and performers.
You need to be constantly evolving yet trying to remain timeless at the same time. That is what is
so exciting about the DVD of the Glenn Gould show last fall. It all came together.”
Indeed. The October 13 performance at Glenn Gould Theatre is the sound of an iconic band
looking back and looking forward at the same time and a pinnacle so far to an illustrious career that
in many ways feels like it is just getting started. Skydiggers are continuing to map new musical
territory and as they plan for their series of 2013 releases the band will be announcing some
projects they have been thinking about for years.
“Now is the time” states Andy. “We have a number of projects brewing that we have talked about
putting out for years and now we are going to bring some of those ideas to fruition. We want to
harness this creative momentum and renewed energy that has been pushing us forward. We can’t
ignore it. We need to jump on board. Now is the time.”
Watch for national tour dates to be announced soon as well as more music and information on
Skydiggers’ 25th Anniversary releases and events.