Sweat flies and floorboards tremble – Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. The songs are irresistible; the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. Now, they’re ready to share their latest collection of songs with their third full-length album, Golden Days. Set for release on August 5th, the album perfectly showcases the band’s signature soulful indie rock sound mixed with bluegrass and country, along with their soaring harmonies with three, four, and even five voices. Have a listen to the lead single, Got You On My Mind. 

Union Duke recorded Golden Days live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. Then they brought in Grammy award-winning mix engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timber) to bring the mixes to life. The album will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned, and of laughter between friends, tenderness between lovers. One minute you’re following banjo music rambling down a country lane, the next, you feel the pulse and pound of the amplifiers.

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all.


    1.  Heavy Wind

    2. Baby Don’t Break

    3. Got You On My Mind

    4. Bird On The Wing

    5. Right For Me

    6. Golden Days (I’ve Been Down)

    7. Torn In Two

    8. CoffeeWhiskey

    9. My Only Figther

    10. A Brief Romance

    11. Reminder Song

    12. Fare You Well

    13. Chasing Headlights


July 8-10 – Sudbury, ON – Northern Lights Festival
July 13 – Riverview, NB – Caseley Concerts In The Park Series
July 14 – Fredericton, NB – Lansdowne House Concerts
July 15 & 16 – Long Creek, NB – The Neely G Festival of Music
July 17 – Chester, NS – Chester Playhouse
July 18 – Alma, NS – Alma United Church
July 20 – Iona Cape Breton, NS – Iona Heights Inn Folk & Frolic
July 21 – Ingonish Beach, NS – Coastal Waters Restaurant and Pub
July 23 – Margaretsville, NS – Evergreen Theatre
July 24 – Yarmouth, NS – Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre
July 26 – Mount Stewart, PE – Trailside Café
July 27 – Antigonish, NS – Music on Main
July 29 – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep Inn
July 31 – Munroe’s Mills, ON – Munroe’s Mills Barn Dance
August 10 – Stouffville, ON – Lebovic Centre for the Arts Patio Concert
August 13 & 14 – Kingsville, ON – Kingsville Folk Festival
August 27 – Powassan, ON – Windsong Music Festival
September 1 – Parry Sound, ON – Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
September 23 – Kingston, ON – The Octave Theatre, Livewire Music Series
October 13 – Athabasca, AB – Nancy Appleby Theatre
October 14 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
November 30 – Kenora, ON – Lake of the Woods Concert Group
December 2 – Sioux Lookout, ON – Sioux Hudson Concert Series
December 3 – Dryden, ON – Dryden Entertainment Series

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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