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Hayden at the Rio Theatre (photos)

Hayden at the Media Club, Vancouver, March 22 2013. Kirk Chantraine photos.

Hayden at the Media Club, Vancouver, March 22 2013. Kirk Chantraine photos.

Photos – Hayden at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, March 23 2013

– photos by Kirk Chantraine

Hayden Desser on tour for his new album Us Alone, at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver. Lou Canon opened the show.

The Toronto-based Hayden releases his first album, Everything I Long For, in 1995. Us Alone is his first since 2009’s The Place Where We Lived and has racked up positive reviews. The Globe and Mail called it ….sublime and sonically rich. One of Hayden’s finest records.” The Chicago Sun Times said the record is “A triumph of soft-spoken, plains-born hope and doom.”

Lou Canon Hayden Vancouver show

Lou Canon opening for Hayden at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, March 23 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

For Us Alone, Hayden has so far released one video, “Rainy Saturday.” He has several shows left on the tour, including these dates:

March 26 Edmonton, AB at The Royal Alberta Museum
March 27 Calgary, AB at Festival Hall
March 28 Saskatoon, SK at The Bassment
March 30 Winnipeg, MB at West End Cultural Centre
March 31 Minneapolis, MN at Triple Rock Social Club
April 3 Chicago, IL at Schubas

Lou Canon, his support act on this tour, is something of a Hayden protege. She is a former elementary school teacher and Hayden’s sister-in-law. Hayden produced her 2011 self-titled debut album and released it on his label, Hardwood Records. She also sings on Us Alone.

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Kirk Chantraine

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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