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Acclaimed Canadian Artist Hawksley Workman To Release 'Lover/Fighter Deluxe 20th Anniversary'

By Stevie Connor.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary Hawksley Workman’s gold-certified, fourth studio album Lover/Fighter (September 2003), the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will release Lover/Fighter Deluxe 20th Anniversary on October 6. The re-issue will be available digitally and on a special cobalt blue, translucent 180-gram vinyl. The digital version will include five bonus tracks not on the original album track list – an acoustic version of “Smoke Baby” and four re-recorded songs that were completed earlier this year including “We Will Still Need A Song (2023 Version)” out today as an instant grat track with the pre-order.

“The 20th anniversary of Lover/Fighter is a special one to me,” said Workman. “In the past I’ve had a tenancy to focus on the pressure I felt at the time for the record do well, and not the great memories I have of writing, recording, and promoting it all over the world. Going back to re-record some of the songs allowed me into the headspace of my younger self without that pressure. It was a pure joy to listen to the original songs and reimagine them through the lens of where I am now. I’m glad that Lover/Fighter exists in the world and that the songs mean something to people.”

Announced earlier this summer, Workman and his band are getting together to perform a handful of “Lover/Fighter” shows in Ontario, Norway, and the UK this fall, with more cross-Canada dates to be added, where they will play the album top to bottom. Lover/Fighter was Workman’s fourth studio album and first release with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. It achieved Gold-status in Canada, was toured extensively around the world, had a #1 hit song in France with “We Will Still Need A Song” and opened up countless opportunities for Workman.


October 26 – Huntsville, Ontario – Algonquin Theatre

October 28 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Arts Centre

November 3 – London, Ontario – Aeolian Hall

November 4 – Kingston, Ontario – The Blu Martini

November 5 – Peterborough, Ontario – The Historic Market Hall

November 9 – Toronto, Ontario – The Danforth Music Hall

November 21 – Bergen, Norway – Lille Ole Bull

November 22 Oslo, Norway – Krøsset

November 23 London, UK – The Lexington

November 24 Stockport, UK – The Strines Nightingale

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Hawksley Workman’s certified Gold Record, Lover/Fighter. In celebration of the record that had a #1 hit song in France and was toured all over the world, Hawksley and his band will be performing some select shows in Ontario this fall.

Workman is a JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since his ground-breaking self-produced indie debut For Him and The Girls (1999) through to chart-topping singles of 2020, Hawksley has careened between major label international smash hits to Canadiana-soaked indie releases. Boasting a catalogue of 17 solo records, Hawksley’s genre defying style strings together folk, chart pop and irrepressible cabaret. His show-stopping vocals on songs about weather, love, heartbreak and tales of end-times have garnered him a league of devoted fans. Performing over a thousand shows worldwide, Hawksley has headlined prestigious venues like Massey Hall and The Olympia in Paris. For a uniquely Canadian artist Hawksley has built loyal fan bases in the UK, France, Norway and Australia launching many successful tours, demystifying and delighting fans while drawing on an enviable catalogue of mischievous favourites, glammy stompers and heartfelt hymns to small town Canada.



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