In 1996, an understated clearing of the throat not only kicked off the debut album from Toronto’s Hayden, but announced the arrival of a unique and lasting voice that has continued to resonate in music circles across the globe. With subtlety, simplicity, depth and a haunting quality that is no less affecting 20 years later, to many, Everything I Long For is a classic record. Fittingly, last September, Music Canada awarded the landmark album Certified Gold status in Canada, commemorating sales of more than 50,000 copies.
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, Hayden has announced that Everything I Long For was re-issued as a limited edition remastered vinyl, made available for fans on his own Hardwood Records on April 1, 2016. In addition he embarked on a solo tour in Ontario, performing much of the album – including material rarely or never previously performed live – as well as songs from throughout his extensive and acclaimed recording career. Bringing the tour to Brooklyn, Hayden will perform off of Everything I Long For in the United States for the first time.
Hayden’s artistic force is rare and magical.
It’s incredible how well these songs of his stand up, and how affecting things like “Skates” and the super dark and shocking “When This Is Over” remain.
It was a celebratory kind of night — a tribute to a record and an era and a relationship between an artist and his fans that deserved it. None of this should be taken for granted.