Prolific Canadian singer/songwriter Craig Cardiff will self-release his 11th album, Goodnight (Go Home), on Oct. 9.
In an effort to minimize his environmental impact, Cardiff has been using hybrid cars for travel between tour dates. For the new album, he came up with a unique way to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfills from unwanted CDs. Fans can bring a USB key to select shows and buy an electronic version of the album for $10, which is slightly less than the physical disc. It includes all the songs from the CD plus some bonus live tracks.
"The stats are that 30 billion CDs and DVDs are manufactured every year, while millions of unwanted discs end up in landfill sites every month," says Cardiff. "This gives fans an option on how they want to consume their music."
Cardiff's latest album was recorded at Toronto's Canterbury Studios and produced by Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Andy Stochansky), with production assistance and musicianship from Paul Mathew (The Hidden Cameras). Mike Olsen (K-OS, Arcade Fire), Joel Stouffer (Dragonette, Jason Collett), Lisa MacIsaac (Mad Violet), Kieran Adams (Sarah Harmer) and Rose Cousins were among the musical contributors.
"Smallest Wingless" was inspired by his friend's involvement with the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation, which offers infant bereavement photography to families suffering from the imminent loss of a child. Cardiff's take on it tells the story of two parents welcoming a newborn into the world, only to be told that the child will only survive for a few hours.
Though not religious, spiritual themes run throughout Goodnight (Go Home).
"There is beauty in faith-based stories and ideas that has been co-opted by the political right, by people who prey on insecurity in others," says Cardiff. "The album pokes at them to not poison it for everyone."
The LP also includes a cover of Harry Nilsson and Shel Silverstein's "When People Go."
You can catch Cardiff live at these Canadian dates:
Oct. 11 Kingston, ON @ Alfie's Pub
Oct. 12 Toronto, ON @ Hugh's Room
Oct. 13 St. Catharines, ON @ Isaac's Pub (Brock University)
Oct. 14 Guelph, ON @ Albion Hotel
Oct. 18 Waterloo, ON @ Bombshelter (University Of Waterloo)
Oct. 19 Peterborough, ON @ Showplace Performance Centre
Oct. 21 Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge
Oct. 23 Hamilton, ON @ Quarters
Oct. 24 Windsor, ON @ The Thirsty Scholar (University Of Windsor)
Oct. 25 London, ON @ Fanshawe Hall (Fanshawe College)
Oct. 26 Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Loplop Gallery Lounge
Oct. 27-28 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Study (Lakehead University)
Oct. 30 Brandon, MB @ Brandon University Student Union
Nov. 1 Edmonton, AB @ Myer Horowitz Theatre (University Of Alberta)
Nov. 2 Calgary, AB @ The Empty Space (University Of Calgary)
Nov. 4 Fernie, BC @ Royal Hotel
Nov. 6 Penticton, BC @ The Dream Cafe
Nov. 7 Vancouver, BC @ Railway Club
Nov. 8-9 Vancouver, BC @ University Of British Columbia
Nov. 22 Wolfville, NS @ Mackeen Room (Acadia University)
Nov. 23 Lunenburg, NS @ The Pearl Theatre
Nov. 25 Halifax, NS @ Ginger's Pub
Nov. 28 London, ON @ London Music Club
Dec. 1 St. Jean Sur Richelieu, QC @ Metric Bar
Dec. 6 Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
Dec. 8 Montreal, QC @ Club Sod
aHere are the songs on Goodnight (Go Home):
"Maybe You Should Drive"
"You're The One"
"When People Go"
"Whole Show Down"
"Dance Me Outside"
"(Hog Town) Dearest, When You Called"
"God Said No"
"You Had Time"