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April 5th, 2007

Adios Choke, Fare Thee Well…

So it’s official. Choke have decided to end their amazing career. This incredible band has been with us since 1996 and have played countless shows across North America. We have loved working with them, and love them and their music. It is a sad day for us, but only because we love to see them play. Perhaps over the next few days we’ll post some of the great stories ...although they may only be funny to us.

They’ll be doing one big tour of Canada to wind it down. See below for our official press release:

 

After thirteen years of blood, sweat, and forty-hour drives, Smallman Records stalwart, Choke, has announced their final tour.  Beginning May 2 Choke will be hitting the road for an extensive good-bye tour that will take them across Canada from Moncton, NB to Victoria, BC.  Joining them on this tour will be label-mates Ghosts of Modern Man for central and eastern dates and Daggermouth for the west.

 

Critics and fans alike have praised Choke for their incomparable, innovative, and experimental approach to post-hardcore and punk.  Intricately layered, complex and technical, Choke’s sound managed to remain distinct and original throughout their entire discography.

 

Originally forming in 1994, Choke released Lotion in 1995, followed a year later by Give’er.  Choke signed to Smallman in 1997 after sending a cassette that had been lodged under the seat of their car for what must have been months.  Crinkled, covered in mud and barely audible, that cassette was enough to seal the deal and Smallman released Needless to Say in 1998. Foreword followed in 1999, There’s A Story to this Moral in 2002, and Slow Fade OR: How I Learned To Question Infinity in 2005. 

 

Now, thirteen years later, this seminal force in Canadian punk has sadly come to an end.  Choke’s drummer Stefan Levasseur explains,

 

‘After a handful of videos, six full-length albums, and countless tours, stories, and new friends we have decided to officially announce the end of the band.

 

‘The Choke experience has been incredibly fulfilling.  Not only have we managed to skip out on working real jobs and growing up for a decade longer than what is socially acceptable but, in being given the opportunity to live out our dreams, we have experienced and enjoyed life to its fullest.  Through our travels, we have explored the continent on an intimate level and have subsequently met a wealth of people of whom many are now close friends.  We thank those of you who have shared unforgettable moments with us for the friendship and inspiration.

 

‘In the end, it seems that, as is too often the case, life is getting in the way of living.  It would be impossible for us to dedicate the time necessary to write another album we could be more proud of than Slow Fade: or How I Learned to Question Infinity and we feel that touring one last time across Canada and celebrating the last thirteen years with all of you is more befitting the end of this stage of our lives.”

 

Choke’s Final Tour

May 2 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Collective

May 4 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroy’s

May 5 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Glow

May 6 - Barrie, ON @ The Foundation

May 7 - Hamilton, ON @ Underground

May 8 - London, ON @ Call The Office

May 10 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club

May 11 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Hall

May 12 - Halifax, NS @ The Attic

May 13 - Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion

May 14 - Moncton, NB @ The Paramount

May 15 - Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Maquisart

May 16 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s

May 17 - Montreal, QC @ TBA

June 1 - Victoria, BC @ Lucky’s

June 2 - Vancouver, BC @ The Waldorf

June 3 - Whistler, BC @ Garfinkel’s

June 7 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange

June 8 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City

June 9 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite

http://www.choke-online.com

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April 3rd, 2007

Choke Side Project On Tour Now

Clay and Shawn from Choke have started a new side project called Passenger Action. They are presently on tour with Moneen and will be playing dates in western Canada.

April 3 - Banff, AB @ Wild Bills

April 4 - Lethbridge, AB @

April 5 - Regina, SK @ Distrikt

April 7 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Killroys

April 8 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Albert

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April 10th, 2006

Choke Video Done.

The latest video by Choke and Director Craig Wallace (the man responsible for the past two Choke videos) is finished. The video, for an edited version of Slow Fade, will be submitted to MuchMusic later this week. So keep your request fingers at the ready.

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December 1st, 2005

Choke Appearance at PolarFest in Montreal Cancelled

Unfortunately, Choke will not be playing PolarFest this year. Because Choke was not on tour at the time of festival, the promoter had promised to assist them financially to get out to the show. This has not materialized. We apologize to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this.

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November 10th, 2005

Choke Video Extras Needed

Choke will be shooting a video for Slowfade in Toronto on Tuesday December 13th. They want as many people as possible to come out for the shoot and be part of the video. If you’re in the area and are interested, contact the producer of the video - Dan Bekerman - at the following email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Category: Choke

November 8th, 2005

Choke To Play Free Edmonton Show

Choke will be playing the Grand Opening of the new West 49th Store in the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton on Sunday November 27. The show is free, and there will be skate demos along with giveaways through the whole day.

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April 19th, 2005

Greatest Video… Ever.

Choke has posted a brilliant video for just the solo of Miss This Distance. At an estimated budget of $100,000.00, we think it was well spent. Genius. Pure Genius.

http://www.chokeonline.com/images/three%20minute%20solo.mov

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April 13th, 2005

Insane Choke Review from Punkrocks.net

Thanks to Barry Scatton at punkrocks.net for posting such an incredible review of the new Choke album. Hopefully more folks in the USA will try and find out what this band is all about.

http://www.punkrocks.net/display_review.php?id=978

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April 2nd, 2005

Choke Interview with PunkCanada.net

An interview done with Choke the nite of their CD Release, when they were performing an in-store in their hometown of Edmonton AB. Thanks to Brendan for setting this up.

http://www.punkcanada.net/interviews/2005/03/choke.html

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March 14th, 2005

Choke To Do In Store

Choke will be doing an instore performance at Megatunes in Edmonton on the release date of Slow Fade. They’ll be playing 5 songs from the new album, and will stick around to share some cokes. Show starts at 5PM.

http://www.megatunes.com/main2.htm

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February 24th, 2005

Choke On The Cover Of Exclaim

Choke is featured on the cover of the March issue of Exclaim Magazine, Canada’s montly music magazine. Stuart Green chats with Choke about their ten years playing music, and even dips into the deep history of Wicked Fantasy.

http://www.exclaim.ca

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November 17th, 2004

New Choke Tracklisting Posted

The tracklisting for the new Choke album “Slow Fade OR: How I Learned to Question Infinity” has been finalised. The album is in the final mastering stage, and the artwork is nearing completion. An exact release date has not been set but it will be in late February/early March 2005. Watch for extensive Canadian and American touring to coincide with the release.

1. Breathing Won’t Come Easy

2. Until Next Tide

3. Trace Rewind

4. Static Remains

5. Interlude

6. This Forced Hour

7. For Good Reason

8. Miss This Distance

9. Phone Booth

10. Tone Deaf Conversations

11. Momentary Relapse

12. Slow Fade

Category: Choke

October 25th, 2004

Choke At Halifax Pop Explosion

Choke will be playing two shows at this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion in Halifax, NS. On November 6, Choke will play an early allages at the newly re-opened Pavillion, and later in the evening they will be at the Attic for a 19+ show. This could be the only time that you will be able to see them live before the release of their next album, tentatively titled Slow Fade and due out sometime in early 2005.

http://halifaxpopexplosion.com

Category: Choke

September 28th, 2004

Call Out For Choke Pics!

As you may or may not know, Choke are playing their 10 year anniversary show in Edmonton, AB on October 15, 2004. Along with playing songs all the way back to Lotion, they’ll also be doing a ton of other stuff - including a slide show. If anyone has any pictures that they think are worthy of such a momentus occassion, send them to choke at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

http://www.chokeonline.com

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September 22nd, 2004

Choke 10 Year Anniversary Show

That’s right. Can you believe that it’s already been 10 years since these little imps picked up their instruments and learned to play them backwards? To celebrate, they are doing one show in their home town and digging down into the vault of songs that they have written over the last 6 albums. You may even here something from Lotion and you will for sure here something from the new album Slowfade… The show is at the New City Likwid Lounge in Edmonton and tickets go on sale soon. Check the tour page for more info.

http://www.newcitycompound.com

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