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Jenn Grant is making a new record

“It’s really fucking awesome. There’s llamas here, animals everywhere, and weird old carnival equipment,” reports Jenn Grant from a van bound for pizza in Schomberg, Ontario (“it’s on the way to Barrie”), where she’s just completed the first of 10 days of recording her new full-length album. She’s set up camp on Puck’s Farm, a family attraction half an hour north of Toronto that features pony rides, a petting zoo, picnics and hayrides—and a recording studio, obviously. She’s got a few of her Night Painters with her—Kinley Dowling, Sean MacGillivray and David Christensen, who co-produced Grant’s CBC-recorded debut, Orchestra for the Moon, plus drummer Gary Craig of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings—and it’s a decidedly different atmosphere than the corner of South Park and Sackville Streets. “Kinley and I just went to find the bathroom and it was really dark,” says Grant, “and when we turned the light on there were cats everywhere.”

At the helm this round is Jonathan Goldsmith, a Gemini-winning composer who has created scores for Away from Her, Trudeau and Rare Birds as well as produced albums by Martin Tielli and Bruce Cockburn. “I love him, he’s a fucking genius,” says Grant. “We recorded two songs today. We’re not having rehearsals—we’re getting together and playing one song for awhile, rehearsing while we’re learning it, and then pressing record and capturing magical moments that way.”

Grant has 17 songs ready for the album (“We’ll see what happens; Jonathan likes all of them”) including a pair from her debut EP, “Hawaii Song” and “The Last Waltz.” “I rewrote a lot of it,” she says of the latter. “It’s more current with the times, the times of me, and the time signature has changed—it’s actually a waltz now.” Other surefire appearances will be made by recent live staples “Heart of Sticks” and “Fireflies.”

The plan is to finish recording by August 20 (Grant’s birthday), mix in Toronto in September, and release it on Six Shooter Records in February. “Why these things take so long I’m not sure, but I guess it’s a good time,” says Grant as MacGillivray yells “Woah!” in the background. “There’s lightning! Anyway, maybe I can put it out on Valentine’s Day.”

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