1. "There’s a link perhaps to the work of beat authors Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, who created fictional worlds out of real-life people and their low-rent heroism, and whose writings have offered a template to successive generations of nonconformists."
    - The Georgia Straight
  2. "Brimming with wit, heart and stomp.."
    - The Vancouver Sun
  3. "No matter how heavily he leans on Old World traditions, Berner’s music always sounds invigoratingly fresh, rooted as it is in the universal desire for freedom from oppression."
    - FYI Music News
  4. "Each [song] exemplifies a different method of keeping your head up in heavy times, be it a thought process, a point of view, or an idea of what to keep close, all scored primarily by accordion, violin, drums and Berner’s cheerfully cutting wit."
    - Vue Weekly
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BIO 

For the past 15 years or so, Jewish-Canadian accordion player/singer-songwriter/novelist Geoff Berner has travelled the world. He’s played in bars, cafes, festivals, and the occasional stadium. He’s performed in 17 countries, on national radio in 7 of them.

All over Canada, Europe, and America, Berner has garnered a sizable, passionate following of odd, bookish people who like to drink. He packs venues in places like Berlin, London, Oslo, Zurich, Seattle, Toronto, Edmonton and his home city of Vancouver.

October 14 2017, Dundurn Press publishes Geoff Berner’s 2nd novel, The Fiddler Is A Good Woman. It will come with a free download of his new album, Canadiana Grotesquica. The album is also available, starting September 9, on LP and CD, through COAX Records in North America, and 9pm Records in Europe.

Clever and literate, Berner’s songs can make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window--often all at the same time. His writing can be overtly political, overtly left wing, leaning towards anarchy, but free of easy slogans or cliches. His peers consider him a “songwriter’s songwriter” and many artists have taken the time to learn and play his songs, including Corb Lund, the Be Good Tanyas, RotFront and Rae Spoon.

It’s rare for a musician to be as good at writing prose as making music. Berner can credibly make that claim. Maclean’s, Canada’s national magazine, praised his first novel, Festival Man, for its “hilarity and razor-sharp, Mordecai Richler-esque satire.”

The Fiddler Is A Good Woman might be even better. Sean Michaels, Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors, says it’s “a heartfelt, imaginary oral history about the beauty and power of music and art. Sharp with wit and alive with wonder, full of noise and fun. The only criticism I can offer is that it left me wanting another one."

As a musician, Berner is mainly known as a practitioner of the “klezmer-punk” style, which combines the traditional folk music of Eastern European Jews with punk’s aggressive energy and disdain for slick perfection. The new album Canadiana Grotesquica is a brief departure. Berner describes it as a “country-tinged singer-songwriter affair." It was produced by Paul Rigby, a brilliant arranger and guitarist, nominated for a Grammy for his work with Neko Case.

The Fiddler Is a Good Woman is set mostly in the knockabout world of travelling independent Canadian “roots” musicians, and that world is also the source material for the music of Canadiana Grotesquica.

With a new album, new book and upcoming tours of Canada, continental Europe, the Pacific northwest of the U.S., and Scandinavia, Berner is officially on a roll.

 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS​​
 
2017: "Canadiana Grotesquica" hits the #1 spot on Canada's Folk/Roots/Blues Radio Charts. Vancouver’s Georgia Straight Magazine picks Berner’s 2011 release Victory Party in its “Top 50 Vancouver-Made Albums of the past 50 Years”.
 
2015: The German Critics’ Circle chooses Berner’s 2015 album We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians for its list of year’s best.
 
2014: Gave introductory speech for pal Tanya Tagaq at the Polaris Prize Gala. Tagaq won for Animism.
 
2013: 1st novel, Festival Man, published by Dundurn Press, of Toronto. Receives many rave reviews including those in Quill and Quire, Maclean’s Magazine and Exclaim! Magazine.
 
2013: Flies to Norway to play support for Kaizers Orchestra, Norway’s biggest band, at their Last Dance final stadium shows.
 
2011: Album Victory Party wins Canadian Folk Music Award.
 
2001-2009: Builds an international following while being invited to play support on tour for numerous well-known artists, including: Billy Bragg, Hawksley Workman, Corb Lund, Kaizers Orchestra, the Be Good Tanyas, and others.
2006: Winner, CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award.
 
2001: Be Good Tanyas record “Light Enough To Travel” on their album Blue Horse. Blue Horse goes on to sell 150,000 copies. 

RECENT PRESS

12/9/2017: EARSHOT: "Canadiana Grotesquica" hits #1 on the National Folk/Roots/Blues Chart
http://earshot-online.com/charts/index.cfm?intChartTypeID=107

10/9/2017: CBC NEWS: "Berner releases new album and has novel coming"
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/geoff-berner-new-album-and-novel-1.4282863
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/geoff-berner-new-album-and-novel-1.4282863
8/9/2017: EXCLAIM: "Canadiana Grotesquica" Album Review (8/10)
http://exclaim.ca/music/article/geoff_berner-canadiana_grotesquica

6/9/2017: THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT: Geoff Berner chronicles an ephemeral subculture
https://www.straight.com/music/960476/geoff-berner-chronicles-ephemeral-subculture

5/9/2017: FYI MUSIC NEWS: Five Questions With… Geoff Berner
http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2017/09/05/five-questions-%E2%80%A6-geoff-berner

9/8/2017: CANADIAN BEATS: Geoff Berner releases video for “Gino Odjick”

18/8/2017: GRAY OWL POINT: Audible/Visual Hoots: Pierre Kwenders, Ellen Froese, Geoff Berner & more

15/8/2017: SPORTSNET.CA: Heartfelt ‘Gino Odjick’ song pays tribute to a Canucks hero

15/8/2017: DAILY HIVE: Canadian musician releases Gino Odjick tribute song

14/08/2017: EXCLAIM: Geoff Berner "Gino Odjick" Video Exclusive

12/8/2017: WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Sizzling stories: Fall fiction features highly anticipated new work from a wide range of authors

2/8/2017: BOOK ESCAPADE BLOG: The Fiddler is a Good Woman by Geoff Berner : A Review

10/7/2017: 49TH SHELF: Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2017 Fiction Preview

22/6/2017: EDMONTON JOURNAL: North Country Fair: A whole different species of outdoor festival beauty

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