Weirdo pop-rock Maritimers Mauno are hanging up the gloves after this homestretch of shows which concludes their two-month Canada/US tour. On August 8 they will play the newly renovated Club SAW for the first time; and Ottawa for the last time. Ottawa’s Keturah Johnson (Heavy Medicine Band) and Montreal band Pallice are their special guests.
“Ottawa just really feels kind of warm.”
Formed in Halifax, 2014, the indie band played hundreds of shows internationally and at least a half-dozen memorable gigs in Ottawa-Gatineau. “As an outsider looking in… something about playing in Ottawa just really feels kind of warm,” singer/guitarist Nick Everett told Apartment613 in a 2018 interview.
“Every single time that we come to Ottawa there’s been a community that we’re introduced to that seems to grow by a little bit… all the different groups of people that we’ve met over the years in Ottawa.”
Ottawa-based drummer Jeff Kingsbury (Pony Girl, Gianna Lauren, Scattered Clouds, mal/aimé) joined the touring band for their last 30 or so dates. Mauno picked their new drummer after seeing Kingsbury play a handful of shows in Ottawa and on tour with Ottawa bands.
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Dear Mauno buds, We’ve got all kinds of feelings announcing that these next four shows through Quebec and Ontario will be our last ones. We’re all at a point, ready to move on to the next things, living in different cities and pursuing different interests. The time has come to call it quits. We’re thrilled about our new record and have had our most amazing tour to date. We’ve felt so much love and support from so many people and it really makes all the work and travel we’ve put in these last 5 years worth it. More to come from all of us, only under different names. Hope to see y’all this week! Lots of love, Rock n roll, Mauno Foto: @giannamuses 😊 08.06 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti * 08.08 – Ottawa, ON @ SAW Gallery 08.09 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern^ 08.10 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *^ 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞* Bleu Nuit ^ Bodywash
The band’s post to Instagram promises more to come from Mauno’s songwriters, Eliza Niemi and Nick Everett, guitarist Scott Boudreau and drummer Adam White. “We’re all at a point, ready to move on to the next things, living in different cities and pursuing different interests,” reads the statement.
In the Ottawa scene, fans are clearly well aware of Eliza Niemi’s solo project which sold out Pressed in April (photos by Ming Wu).
Mauno released their third full-length album on August 2, 2019. Hot off the press from Chad Vangaalen’s home studio, Really Well was super eagerly anticipated by Mauno fans—but Ottawa got to hear it first when the band premiered this new music at two local shows: Bon-Fire in August 2018 and Irene’s Pub in November 2018. Only a select few Canadian festivals were treated to the new songs before Mauno hit the road on a massive North American tour in support of Really Well this summer.
Stream the new Mauno record via Bandcamp:
Mauno is playing Club SAW (67 Nicholas St) on Thursday August 8, 2019. Tickets cost $11 online and $15 at the door. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 8:30pm with opening sets by Keturah and Pallice.