ARRIVING MARCH 23, 2018  | watch the teaser video 

These ten moving songs explore our frontiers, both personal and geographic. We follow street photographer Vivian Maier, landscape painter Tom Thomson and others "fixing for adventure", as they roam from the mighty Fraser River to outer space to roads so familiar we could drive them in our sleep. And the music that takes us on these journeys is unvarnished but warm and rich in love, wisdom and hope. —Tim Falconer, author of Bad Singer

Jane Gowan - vocals, guitar, piano, fender rhodes, trumpet
Mary Harmer - bass, vocals
Gord Tough - guitar
Jon Wood - lap steel
Don Kerr - drums, vocals
Tim Vesely - guitar, piano, percussion, vocals

Recorded by Don Kerr at Rooster Studios

Additional recording by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely

Produced by Tim Vesely



The Real Shade (formerly “Shade”) is a group of seasoned Canadian musicians, fronted by songwriter Jane Gowan. It was formed in 2007, after Gowan moved from Vancouver to Toronto and teamed up with Mary Harmer (bass). The band plays "casual vintage indie pop", and is known for its no-nonsense style, sweet harmonies, and well-crafted catchy songs. 

The Real Shade has released two albums to date: Highway (2010) and One Last Show of Hearts (2011). 

Their third album (Horizon Diaries) is due out on March 23, 2018. It is produced by Tim Vesely (Rheostatics, Violet Archers), and features Jane Gowan on lead vocals, piano, fender rhodes, guitar and trumpet, Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer) on guitar, Jon Wood (Cam Penner, Flophouse Jr.) on lap steel, Mary Harmer (Weeping Tile, Color Teenies) on bass, and Don Kerr (Ron SexsmithCommunism) on drums.

 Left to Right: Don Kerr, Mary Harmer, Gord Tough, Jane Gowan. Photo by  David Bastedo

Left to Right: Don Kerr, Mary Harmer, Gord Tough, Jane Gowan. Photo by David Bastedo


An introduction to Horizon Diaries, featuring the song "Lost". 





...there should be a home for bands that can so consistently craft smart, crisp pop songs and as long as Shade keeps writing records like One Last Show of Hearts, herohill will proudly yell from the rooftops hoping people to listen. 
– Bryan Acker, Herohill*


Through these seven songs, I get everything I could want—melodies which are good enough on their own but are made so much better by the harmonies—songs perfectly fitted to Gowan's perfect/imperfect voice.
– Frank Gutch Jr., Rock and Reprise


...a lovely warm tone and a bit of a vintage feel.
– Tiana Feng, Ride the Tempo


...unexpected hues and intricate instrumental weaves...a smart and witty playfulness
– Jim Di Gioia, Quick Before it Melts


…créative et accrocheuse…très bonnes chansons qui méritent une écoute attentive.
– 500 khz




This one’s a no-brainer – listen to Highway. 
– Canadian Musician Showcase


...Not one note on this compact 10-song, 36-minute record feels forced and that is very, very rare these days.
– Bryan Acker, Herohill *


Highway... is a gem. There is something very refreshing and unpretentious about the album and Gowan’s songwriting, as simple as it is, is outstanding in that simplicity. 
– Frank Gutch Jr., Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say


...a surprisingly strong, original effort...professional as hell.
–Todd Sikorski, Skope Magazine


Gowan's lyrics are genuine and real. The music is both polished and raw, as well-produced indie music ought to be.
–Chris Menezes, Suite




Catching Some Rays with Jane Gowan
Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine, April, 2011


Nine Questions with Jane Gowan
Interview with Trevor Rogers, Nine Questions for Musicians (2011)

*The music blog Herohill closed for business in 2013, but we thank Bryan Acker and the team for all the years spent supporting Canadian music and bands.

To contact us, please email "band @ the real shade dot com"

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