Western-Canadian tour dates

Some western-Canadian tour dates to wrap up 2011:

Nov 24: Thunder Bay, ON (The Sovereign Room) w/ the Ukeladies (FB)
Nov 25: Winnipeg, MB (TBA)
Nov 26: Saskatoon, SK (Amigos) w/ Foam Lake
Nov 27: Edmonton, Alberta (Wunderbar) w/ Lou Wreath, Ghost Cousin (FB)
Nov 29: Calgary, AB (Weeds) w/ Black Mold, Faux Fur, Lab Coast
Dec 1: Vancouver, BC (The Media Club) w/ Collapsing Opposites, Oh No! Yoko (FB)
Dec 2: Victoria, BC (Brickyard) w/ TBA
Dec 3: Kelowna, BC (Fernando’s) w/ Little Jungles (FB)

We’ll be announcing at least a couple more soon. Busy busy. Thanks to everyone who came to our launch and all of our recent tour dates on the East Coast!

For funsies, here are some live takeaway-style videos we did recently on tour.

A little vid we shot in Halifax with Southern Souls:

And something we shot in Toronto for Exclaim:

lotsa stuffs

ok, lots of stuff going on, so i’m going to use point form:

  • we were on the cover of the hour in montreal a couple weeks ago, which is super nice.
  • been getting some nice pre-album-release love from some places including album of the week in the montreal mirror. more. love.
  • played 2 incredible pop montreal shows. here and here are some photos from the first one. if anyone took some pictures at the second one (at la tour prisme), get in touch because that room was beautiful. i wanna see ‘em.
  • album comes out in 4 days, and we’re playing an instore at our fave neighbourhood record store Phonopolis in mile end to celebrate at 6 pm (tues. oct 4) (FB event). our drummer works there.
  • look out for a music video by yuula benivolski (that’s a screen shot up there)
  • patchy string of fun canadian tourdates begins wednesday oct 5 with our record launch in toronto at the piston with pink moth. full tour dates here.

very excited about everything! and we’re booking more tourdates for november so stay tuned.



toronto show + some new amethysts tour dates + sexxxy pic


Some patchy Eastern Canadian tour dates for you to mark in your pocket agenda, wall calendar, or personal digital assistant. As you can see, there are a lot of gaps, but they’ll all hopefully be filled soon with more confirmed shows. But I thought it would be good to put these out there as a little preview… (BTW, thanks to everyone who came out to our Ottawa show. It was lots of fun! Pictures here) We’re also hoping to confirm some more westerly dates and will let you know when we do! Note that we are playing THIS THURSDAY AUG 25 in Toronto at the Tranzac.

Aug 25th – TORONTO, ON (Tranzac) (facebook event)
Sept 22nd – MONTREAL, QC (O Patro Vys – Pop Montreal MEGAPHONO Showcase)
Sept 23rd – MONTREAL, QC (Prism Tower – Pop Montreal Loft Party) *
Oct 5th – TORONTO, ON (The Piston) **
Oct 6th – LONDON, ON (APK Live) **
Oct 8th – OTTAWA, ON (Dom Polski SPK – Kelp Fall Classic)
Oct 13th – HAMILTON, ON (Casbah)
Oct 15th – WINDSOR, ON (Phog Lounge)
Oct 20th – FREDERICTON, NB (Capital) ***
Oct 21st – HALIFAX, NS (Company House – Halifax Pop Explosion)

* w/ The Weather Station | ** w/ Pink Moth | *** w/ Library Voices

And here’s one of the new super sexxxy band portraits we recently took with dear friend and incredible artist/photographer Celia Perrin Sidarous for you to print out and tack to your bedroom wall or tape up in your gym locker.

Adam & The Amethysts @ CMW = a nite 2 remember

We’re playing the Pop Montreal CMW showcase at the Drake Hotel in Toronto Friday, March 11. Other acts include our buddies Pat Jordache and Holger from Brazil. Thanks, Pop! More details TBA. We might play some more shows around that time so stay tuned. In the mean time don’t forget our show with Julie Doiron in MTL Feb 5.

Good Tour

photo by Ming Wu

Thanks to everyone who came to our shows with Land of Talk last week. It was a fun little tour and we can’t wait to get back on the road again soon. My throat managed to pull through (more or less) every night with the help of lots of ginger-lemon tea and cough syrup.  Land of Talk were awesome as expected, and it was fun for me to get to play bass and keys with them on a few songs every night.

Here are some more photos from our show in Wakefield, Quebec.

Spring Tour with Land of Talk

We have a little spring tour that’s starting to shape up. So far there are only a few dates confirmed but more should be added eventually. The confirmed dates are with the loverly Land of Talk. They look a little something like this:

April 6: Guelph, Ontario – Ebar w/ Land of Talk
April 8: Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace w/ Land of Talk
April 9: Kingston, Ontario – The Grad Club w/ Land of Talk
April 10: Wakefield, Quebec – Black Sheep Inn w/ Land of Talk

Also, we’re playing in Montreal really soon at Il Motore for the first night of the 3-night Blue Skies Turn Black 10-year anniversary party. Here’s the massive lineup for the night:

Feb 25: Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore (Facebook event)

No Joy
Adam and the Amethysts
Little Scream (with Becky Foon)
Shapes & Sizes
The Besnard lakes

Fun times!

xo a

Some Documents of Recent Performances

torontoisland3Photo by Carly Waito

Hey gang,

Someone recorded Rebecca and I playing “Bumble Bee” at the Toronto Island show last month and posted it on his blog, Mechanical Forest Sound. It sounds like a soundboard recording. A little bit shabby, and Rebecca’s cello is thin and almost inaudible, but it’s an interesting document of this intimate show. Check it out. You can also check out his review of the show.

There’s also a video floating around that someone shot of us playing at Pop Montreal last October. It depicts us gleefully butchering a brand-new song from the new record called “I’m a Medium.” It’s pretty dark but luckily there are a lot of camera flashes. Here it is:

Also, we might be playing a pretty cool show here in Montreal in early December. I’ll let you know once it’s confirmed.

ALL CAPS! Re-Cap: Toronto Island was Rather Magical

Toronto Island

I have to say, I was surprised this weekend with just how enjoyable and whimsical the ALL CAPS! Island Show was. Rebecca and I had a good set. The crowd was receptive and pleasant and there were a number of Thunder Bay ex-pats in the crowd which made it special for me.


The rest of the day was also really great. This was my first time on Toronto Island, and I didn’t realize how lovely the place was. We took a walk on the beach and I found a number of treasures, including bones, feathers, rocks, a bottle cap, shells, and fragments of old dishes.


The most exciting finds were the two shards of old ceramic plates that had been worn over time like smooth beach rocks, but still had their stamps on them. The one with the cross printed on it was from the children’s hospital. Click here to see my excavated loot up close.

The show itself took place inside the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, a 100-year-old natural sciences school that had been rescued from demolition by an urban development organization called Artscape and turned into artist residences and studios (this was a fundraiser for them). As a side note, my friend Yuula Benivolski was doing some rad stuff there up until just recently. Check out her site to see footage of her crazy fire rituals on the beach and other artful endeavors. To get a sense of how beautiful the island is, check out Yuula’s Flickr page.

The atmosphere was very summer-campy, which I loved. There was a big warm fireplace in the big cafeteria-like room in which we performed. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos, so you’ll have to take my word for it. My sister was there and took some, so I’ll try to post them when I get my hands on them.

One highlight was seeing Snowblink perform. I had never heard them before and they were quite enjoyable. We picked up their record “Long Live,” and it’s quite nice.

Near the old school was a lighthouse. Here’s a video I took of noisy art band Ghostlight playing there.

Twas an all-around great event. Ryan, Jonny, and co. who put on this show should be very proud!

xo a

October 17, ALL CAPS! Island Show, Toronto Island

All Caps Toronto Island Poster

Adam & The Amethysts will be playing a very special Toronto show:

Saturday Oct. 17 • Wavelength Presents:
The ALL CAPS! Island Show

Wavelength and Artscape present a fundraiser for Artscape Gibraltar Point. Come and take a look around a 100 year old school that’s been converted by into a live/work space for artists and enjoy the beautiful fall weather on the Island. There will be food, there will be drinks (including alcohol, bring ID) and there will be…

We Take Lovers
Adam and the Amethystswww.myspace.com/theamethysts
Carmen Ellewww.myspace.com/carmenelle
Brian Borcherdt - www.myspace.com/brianborcherdt
Sun Ra Ra Rawww.myspace.com/sunrararaamericanbreastenthusiast
Times Neue Romanwww.myspace.com/timesneueroman
Great Bloomerswww.myspace.com/greatbloomers

Saturday, Oct. 17
at the AGP

Some details: Ferries will be leaving the mainland for Ward’s Island every hour on the half hour. For ferries leaving at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm we will have a shuttle to bus you over to the venue. Alternatively, we recommend bringing a bike, cause there’s nothing more beautiful than biking through the islands when the leave are changing colour. (Please note that if you catch the 3:30pm ferry you will miss the beginning of the show.)The last ferry to back to the mainland leaves Wards at 11:45pm

All proceeds from this show go to the AGP.

I think we’ll be playing pretty early, around 4:00pm. See you there!

Here’s the Facebook event.

xo a