Five Questions With … Geoff Berner

first_imgOn his seventh studio album Canadiana Grotesquica, released this week on Coax Records, Vancouver singer/songwriter Geoff Berner marks Canada 150 in his inimitable style by referencing our cultural heritage in unexpected ways.There are nods to hockey but in the form of a tribute to Vancouver Canucks tough guy Gino Odjick. There’s a song about Terry Fox, but it’s more a reflection of finding strength in the face of personal hardship. There’s some of Berner’s patented social commentary on “Hustle Advisory,” and even a charmingly sweet country song with the self-explanatory title, “Don’t Play Cards For Money With Corby Lund.”Produced by Paul Rigby (Neko Case, Carolyn Mark), Canadiana Grotesquica is something of a departure for Berner, moving away from the genre of klezmer/punk he is sometimes credited with inventing. Instead, Canadiana Grotesquica is a more roots-oriented singer-songwriter affair, with Rigby’s production emphasizing a melancholy twang, while still incorporating Berner’s trademark accordion playing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Along with the new album, Dundurn Press will publish Berner’s second novel, The Fiddler Is a Good Woman, on Oct. 14. It’s the follow-up to the well-received Festival Man, and the second in a planned trilogy. Berner will be hitting the road this fall in support of his latest efforts, with tours of Canada, continental Europe, Scandinavia, and a few dates in the US, kicking off with his appearance at the 10th edition of the Accordion Noir Festival at Vancouver’s Russian Hall on Sept. 9. You can see his full schedule at

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