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Album: This Far From Home

Laviolette’s self-released album “This Far From Home” is a musical journey exploring the concept of life away from home. Recorded at Innovative Guitar Ideas in Sudbury Ontario, this stripped down collection of acoustic music features eight original songs and is the fruit of Laviolette’s 4 years of songwriting and performances for audiences across Ontario.

“Dance Like Old Souls”, the albums lead-off track places the listener in Temagami Ontario’s old-growth pine forests, a place where Laviolette spent a summer working as a canoe guide. This song features Tiffany Pollock on cello, an original member of St John’s Newfoundland’s indie rock band Hey Rosetta, and is a metaphoric narration told by Laviolette from his perch in the boughs of these giant pines as they dance with the wind.

The album’s title track “This Far From Home” is a recount of a train trip that Laviolette took in the spring of ’09 from Toronto to Edmonton. Using his signature steady finger-picking guitar playing and vivid songwriting abilities, Laviolette invites you onboard a cross-country train ride filled with Canadian landscape, a traveler’s sense of purpose and a windy good-bye; “They say that it’s a long road, and I intend to walk it alone. Besides there’s no turning back this far from home”.

In the album’s third track, “Place for Two”, Laviolette guides the listener through a three verse dissection of the timeless destructive relationship. With delicate harmonica accompaniment and deceptively honest lyrics like “I write a song for words I cannot say”, the listener is able to follow the bittersweet rise and fall of a man’s realization of the need to say goodbye.

By listening to the songs on This Far From Home, one can see that Laviolette has chosen to explore a variety of contexts for his stories but never wanders too far from this album’s concept; living far from home. This Far From Home is a collection of authentic songwriting that will allow you to relive the paths travelled by this wandering old soul.

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Hailing from Central Ontario, songwriter Andrew Laviolette has been described as “one of Sudbury Ontario’s best kept secrets”. With 4 years of live performances under his belt, a full-length album and just under 30 original songs, this young musician continues to maintain his musical vision of sharing his stories with audiences everywhere he chooses to roam.

With a guitar playing style that has been shaped by his years of dynamic songwriting, Laviolette has created a distinguished sound that envelopes his audience from the moment his first dissonant chord comes through. Weaving ambient strumming patterns with tight finger-picking, this songwriter uses his instrument as a means to paint a musical landscape.

Laviolette’s clear desire to share his experiences with the listener allows him to use the stage as an opportunity to bend the audience’s awareness of where they are. During performances, listeners become his travelling companion and are transported to somewhere once wandered by this songwriter. His songs tell of the places he’s been, and the people he’s met along the way, and it is through this unique travelling experience that audiences have been able to feel the intimate nature of an Andrew Laviolette performance.