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hayden biographical timeline

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.

1993 – With lead vocal contributions by schoolmates Lorraine Ursomarzo and Noah Mintz (hHead), Hayden’s song “Take” is a finalist in Toronto radio station CFNY 102.1FM New Music Search competition.

1994 – Hayden releases a collection of 4-track recordings on cassette titled In September, and begins performing solo across Canada.

1995 – Hayden releases Everything I Long For, his debut CD, which compiles selections from In September as well as new studio recordings. Hayden and Noah Mintz host a weekly residency at Toronto’s The Rivoli called Hardwood Wednesday’s that feature many popular Toronto alt-rock musicians performing acoustically. Hayden tours extensively in Ontario and embarks on two coast to coast tours of Canada.

1996 – Hayden signs U.S. recording contract with Outpost Records (Geffen/Universal) and Everything I Long For releases worldwide. Tours throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan culminate in a performance at Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, California.

Hayden records the song “Trees Lounge” as part of the soundtrack to a feature film of the same name directed by Steve Buscemi.

Hayden releases the EP Moving Careful.

1998 – Hayden releases The Closer I Get.

1999 – Hayden is nominated for 2 JUNO Awards – including Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album for The Closer I Get.

2001 – Hayden releases Skyscraper National Park.

2002 – Hayden releases Live at Convocation Hall.

2004 – Hayden releases Elk-Lake Serenade in Canada.

2008 – Hayden releases In Field & Town in Canada and the U.S.

2009 – Hayden releases The Place Where We Lived in Canada.

2013 – Hayden releases Us Alone, his first release on the Arts & Crafts label.

Hayden is long-listed for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize for Us Alone.

2014 – Hayden is nominated for a JUNO Award in the category of Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Us Alone.

Hayden and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl launch the annual Dream Serenade concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall to benefit children with developmental and / or physical disabilities and their teachers, parents and caregivers.

2015 – Hayden releases Hey Love.

Music Canada awarded Everything I Long For Certified Gold status in Canada, commemorating sales of more than 50,000 copies.

2016 – On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, Hayden has announced that Everything I Long For will be re-issued as a limited edition remastered vinyl, made available for fans on his own Hardwood Records on April 1, 2016.


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