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Timber Timbre
Timber Timbre performing in 2009.jpgTimber Timbre performing live in 2009
Background information
OriginToronto and Montréal, Canada
GenresFreak folk, psychedelic folk, folk, blues, Southern gothic
Years active2005 (2005)–present
LabelsArts & Crafts, Out of This Spark, Full Time Hobby
Associated actsLast Ex
MembersTaylor Kirk
Simon Trottier
Mathieu Charbonneau
Olivier Fairfield
Past membersMika Posen

Timber Timbre is a Canadian music group, featuring Taylor Kirk, Simon Trottier, Mathieu Charbonneau and Olivier Fairfield. The moniker refers to an early series of recordings made in a timber-framed cabin set in the wooded outskirts of Bobcaygeon, Ontario.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Sound
  • 3 Members
    • 3.1 Current
    • 3.2 Former
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Albums
    • 4.2 Compilation albums
    • 4.3 Other credits
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Timber Timbre released two albums independently before releasing their self-titled album on Out of This Spark in January 2009. They were subsequently signed to Arts & Crafts, who re-released the album on June 30 in Canada and July 28 internationally.[1] The album was named as a longlist nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize on June 15, 2009,[2] and was deemed album of the year by Eye Weekly.[3]

The band's song "Magic Arrow" was featured in the television show Breaking Bad, in the episode "Caballo Sin Nombre", as well as in the TV series The Good Wife, in the episode "Bitcoin for Dummies". "Black Water" features on the soundtrack for the 2012 comedy, For a Good Time, Call...[4] Their song "Demon Host" was featured in the end credits to the 2013 film The Last Exorcism Part II, and in the movie The Gambler (2014).

The band's fourth album, Creep On Creepin' On, was released in April 2011. It was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, losing to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. In 2012, the band supported British folk singer Laura Marling on her UK tour and Canadian singer Feist on her tour of America.

The band's fifth record, Hot Dreams, was released April 1, 2014. It was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize,[5] but lost to Tanya Tagaq's Animism.[6]

Timber Timbre's sixth album, Sincerely, Future Pollution, was released on April 7, 2017, on City Slang Records. The album's first single, "Sewer Blues", was released in January 2017.[7]The second single, "Velvet Gloves & Spit", was released on February 15, 2017.[8]


Timber Timbre's[9] sound has been described as "an aesthetic rooted in swampy, ragged blues" and "beautifully restrained blues from an alternate universe", which creates an atmosphere that is cinematic and spooky.[10]


  • Taylor Kirk - vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar, baritone guitar, drums, keyboards
  • Simon Trottier - electric guitar, bass guitar, baritone guitar, lap steel guitar
  • Mathieu Charbonneau - keyboards
  • Mark Wheaton - drums


  • Mika Posen - violin
  • Olivier Fairfield - drums, keyboards

Compilation albums

  • Friends in Bellwoods II (2009): "Water"

Other credits

Kirk and Trottier have also produced albums for other artists, including the full-length debut album by Tasseomancy.[13]


  1. ^ [1] Archived May 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "CBC Radio3 Announces Polaris Prize Longlist". CBC Radio 3, June 15, 2009
  3. ^ [2] Archived November 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [3] Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Polaris Music Prize 2014: Tanya Tagaq wins $30K prize". CBC News, September 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Robin Hilton, "Timber Timbre's 'Sewer Blues' Is A Grim Take On America's Future," NPR, January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "The effortlessly all-consuming Timber Timbre share video for single 'Velvet Gloves & Spit' | Far Out Magazine". faroutmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  9. ^ Khanna, Vish. "Timber Timbre's Time Travel", Exclaim!, February 2009.
  10. ^ "Record Reviews: Timber Timbre, S/T" FFWD Weekly, July 9, 2009.
  11. ^ "Timber Timbre discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 15, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Ghost Bees Change Name to Tasseomancy, Release Timber Timbre-produced Single". Exclaim!, September 27, 2010.

External links

  • Official website

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