Oak Lake is Tannis’ first solo album. Named after her hometown on the Canadian Prairies, the album is a tip of the hat to her early musical roots. Eight original tunes and two covers complete this sweet roots/rock production.
Oak Lake was selected for a 2002 Porcupine Award for ‘Steve’s Favourite Album of 2001’. The citation reads: “This independent release by veteran performer Tannis Slimmon (Bird Sisters, Benji) was long overdue. However, if Tannis had done this before now, it would have probably suffered being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As it is, the world is ready for Oak Lake now. She has assembled an impressive cast of players who she loves, and they love her, and it all shows on this incredibly enjoyable album. The songs are good, solid pop songs, delivered with beautiful production. How can you tell when an album is really good? Because when it finishes you think, that can’t be it! Is it over already. Better put it on again. And that probably says more for this project than anything else I can add. It’s just really good stuff that you can’t get enough of.”
released December 7, 2001
Oak Lake Team:
Tannis chose to work with a team of musical experts, co-producing the album with partner Lewis Melville, Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Nick Craine (Black Cabbage), and John Charlton (Benji), and mixing the album with Scott Merritt and Chris Marks.
The album features guest performances by many musical friends. The players, in order of appearance, are Lewis Melville, John Charlton (Benji), Nik Tjelios, Sue Smith (Bird Sisters), Ralph Dame, Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies), Dave Clark (Woodchoppers Association, Rheostatics), Dale Morningstar (Dinner is Ruined), Dr. Pee (Dinner is Ruined), Murray Ritchie (The Hoofbeats), Tristan O’Malley (The Neutron Stars, Black Cabbage), Sam Cino, Jack Walker, Rebecca Campbell, Vicki Fraser, Alfons Fear (Woodchoppers Association), Harry Manx, Nathan Lawr, Nick Craine (Black Cabbage), Andy Maize (Skydiggers), Kate Richmond (Black Cabbage), Gwen Swick (Quartette), Vandana Sharma (House of Velvet), Jeremy Shute (House of Velvet) and Hughes Massicotte.
The tune “There’s A Lift” is enhanced by “The Lift Me Higher Choir” of 26 singers from Guelph’s ultra-musical community (Haidee Ogden, Jacqui Tracy, Jim Slansky, Doug Norris, Amy Corner, Beth Cosentino, Alicia Miecznikowski, Eleanor Kure, Kate Richmond, Tracy Woodford, Kate Vsetula, Mike Kosir, Chantal von Maydell, Nick Craine, Sue Richards, Fiona Eden, Mike Sharp, Emma Smith, Lynn Broughton, Pam Harrision, Sylvia Wilton, Tannis Maynard-Langedijk, Morvern McNie, Brenan Pangborn, Heather McIvor, Craig Black, and Lewis Melville).
The Pit Crew:
Recorded by Lewis Melville except for Track 1 recorded by John Charlton and Tannis.
Produced by Tannis with Josh Finlayson (track 2, 7), Nick Craine (8, 9), John Charlton (1), and Lewis Melville (3, 4, 5, 6).
Mixed by Chris Marks (2, 4, 7, 8, 9), Scott Merritt (1, 5), and Lewis Melville (3, 6, 10), with assistance from Josh, Nick, John and Tannis.
Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Umbrella Sound, Toronto.
Artwork: Maria Pezzano, Tracy Harrison, Carolyn Riddell, Angel Calnek, Lewis Melville.
Photography: Cover photo by Susan Smith; Other photographs by John Charlton, Trevor Slimmon, Lewis Melville, Tannis, Greg Floyd and Bill Hale.
Graphic artwork/wizardry: Brian Smith of Hydesmith Communications, and Lewis Melville.
Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has been recording and touring nationally and
internationally for over three decades. Her warm, beautiful voice can be heard on more than 100 albums, including classic records from the Rheostatics and Barenaked Ladies. Honoured with the 2008 Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her 2nd album...more