“Crystal Ball” by Jay Arner

Multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner is taking to the road this summer in support of his new LP, Jay II , out now on Mint Records.The 29-date tour includes festival plays at Sled Island and Sappy Fest as well as performances including Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Edmonton, Regina and Victoria and hometown shows in Vancouver. Check out full tour details below.

Jay Arner’s Jay II is music for outsiders who might not want to be insiders. Sophisticated synth-pop for sensitive types or existential glam-rock for the unsettled. These songs are the soundtrack to fitting in, finding your place in the world of suffering and finally coming to terms with yourself.

“Following my first album I toured extensively for two years, going to a lot of places I’ve never been,” Arner explains. “ I love touring but on another level I viscerally felt how huge and indifferent the world is. I visited the Grand Canyon twice. It’s an amazing monument to deep time. What am I? I’m a human musician.”

In his quest of self discovery, Arner channeled inspirations ranging from the cheeky charm of Sparks to the regal slink of Roxy Music, the soaring hooks of Fleetwood Mac to the propulsive drive of La Dusseldorf. Jay II synthesizes glam, prog and electronic funk into a shimmering 2016 pastiche.

On Jay II, Arner plays most instruments alongside Jes­sica Delisle, his partner in Energy Slime. Tone zoned guitars, sci-fi synths, and muscular drum fills buff up the understated arrangements like a six-pack revealed under a sweater vest. Recorded and mixed in the span of a month, these nine songs sound both airtight and breezy.


6/18 Vancouver, BC @ The Toast Collective
6/23 Edmonton, AB @ The Sewing Machine Factory
6/24 Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth (Mint Records Sled Island Day Party) +
6/25 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino (Sled Island)
7/11 Vancouver, BC @ The Lido *
7/13 Kamloops, BC @ Zach’s Coffees Teas and Gifts *
7/14 Edmonton, AB @ The Almanac ~
7/15 Regina, SK @ TBA *
7/16 Winnipeg, MB @ Handsome Daughter *
7/17 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Apollo *
7/18 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Gore Street Café *
7/20 Toronto, ON @ Piston #
7/21 Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet %
7/22 Guelph, ON @ TBA *
7/23 Montreal, QC @ Poisson Noir %
7/24 Quebec City, QC @ TBA %
7/26 Fredericton, NB @ Shiftwork Studio *
7/27 Saint John, NB @ Callahan’s %
7/28 Halifax, NS @ Gus’ Pub ^
7/29-30 Sackville, NB @ Sappyfest
7/31 Charlottetown, PEI @ Baba’s Lounge *
8/2 Moncton, NB @ Plan B *
8/4 Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien *
8/5 Ottawa, ON @ Pressed Café *
8/6 Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern $
8/7 Sudbury, ON @ Townehouse *
8/10 Saskatoon, SK @ Sound and Silence House *
8/11 Calgary, AB @ Good Luck !
8/12 Vancouver, BC @ TBA *

+ w/ Supermoon, Faith Healer, Heaven For Real, Tough Age, TV Ugly, Fountain
* w/ Supermoon
~ w/ Supermoon, Tee-Tahs
# w/ Supermoon, Bart
% w/ Supermoon, Adrian Teacher & The Subs
^ w/ Supermoon, Adrian Teacher & The Subs, Moon
$ w/ Supermoon, Century Palm
! w/ Supermoon, Pre Nup