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Fall for Olenka and the Autumn Lovers 

London Ontario's Olenka Krakus finds the common ground amongst her eclectic musical influences.

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Olenka Krakus says she writes more when she's alone. So on this eastern tour with her Autumn Lovers, new songs might not come as easily as they did the last time she was in town when she wrote a one while walking through the north end. But that's OK, the once literature student has a huge backlog just waiting to be worked on. Some of those songs are leftovers from And Now We Sing, her latest record which showcased not only her love for lyrics, but her eclectic taste. "Anything that I listen to ends up suggesting itself creatively for me, especially if it is in my field of vision for enough time," says Krakus. The Polish-born singer-songwriter says genre aside, she's drawn to melancholic melodies like those of country, folk and traditional eastern European music. "That's probably one of the ways I've managed to find a kinship across what seem like disparate genres." While Krakus isn't certain whether her next album will be as all-embracing, genre-wise, she does know once she's wrapped her autumn tour with her Autumn lovers she'll be giving that backlog of songs some serious TLC.

Thu October 20, The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street, 8pm, $10


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