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(L to R) Composed of Matt Simpson (Trumpet, Harmonica), Benny Fulton (Vocals, Drums), Max Fulton (Vocals, Guitar), Sam Beber (Guitar), The Tales were rising up the ranks as one of the hottest up-and -coming Canadian music acts until the pandemic hit | Photo supplied

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The pandemic sent performing artists home, but that didn’t keep The Tales from virtually coming to fans’ homes. The band has digitally engaged, interacted, sang and played, marking time until they can play live again.

The Queen’s University-formed group is comprised of brothers Max and Benny Fulton, Sam Beber (the three Jewish members), as well as Matt Simpson.

Since the pandemic hit, they’ve been focusing their efforts on spreading their sound through social media, given the abrupt end to touring plans that would have taken them across Ontario campuses.

Recorded in 2019, their four-song EP, Of Our Youth, is heavily influenced by Tragically Hip, and is still streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. Their music is complimented by harmonica, keys, trumpets, and soaring harmonies. The band had wanted to get back in the studio for a follow up collection of songs, but of course, COVID-19 got in the way.

Earlier in the year, The Tales had just experienced big first successes with a sold-out show at Toronto’s famed Horseshoe Tavern, having built a dedicated following in both “the Six,” and, in Kingston, where the university is located.

Now, though, the Tales are home staying safe, while keeping connected to their supporters via various online efforts. 

The band released a new single, Georgian Bay, on Facebook and Instagram on Canada Day. The single is a love song to the emotional and spiritual retreat of cottage country. 

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“The timeline for getting the new music out there has definitely changed,” said Max Fulton in a recent Zoom interview. “We’re taking our time with it, and working together online.”

Clearly, until the new album drops, the band has plenty of work to do.

“When everything shut down, everyone knew social media was going to be important,” said Sam. “We took that to heart, and have been good about keeping the momentum up. Mash-ups, covers, social media video posts that help us connect with our fans… It’s hard not being out playing, but the contact with the people who follow us, and the feedback we get from them helps a lot.”

The songwriting process has changed too. Instead of getting together to riff on ideas, they make vocal files, and send them to each other to add onto. It’s keeping them busy and optimistic.

The Tales performing in Kingston (L to R): Sam Beber (Guitar), Max Fulton (Vocals, Guitar), and rotating member Ben Dinsdale (Bass) | Photo supplied

“There is nothing like the energy we get from the audience. There is no greater feeling, I have to say. The idea of playing live might be off the table, but that’s just for now,” said Max. “In time, there might be a place for an outdoor show with social distancing, but until then we just have to focus on staying relevant and keep making music.”

The Tales also believe this time is good for creativity and, in particular, for writing music.

“People are creating a space for reflection and with that comes ups and downs,” Sam said. “It can’t all be beautiful and uplifting. Our songs are becoming about the balance of the happy and the sad, and that’s something our community can relate to, because they are going through it too.”

The Tales performing their new song Georgian Bay on Facebook Live on Canada Day 2020

Even if you’ve never heard The Tales play, you may recognize Benny Fulton’s name from long ago. The Tales’ drummer appeared on the cover of the Canadian Jewish News as a four-year old, in the early 2000s.

“I had leukemia and I needed a bone marrow donor,” Benny said to close the interview. “My aunt got in touch with the media and word got out.”

Now a healthy political science student, Benny and his band mates are using the media – social media – to spread the word, hoping to soon bring the world more tales about The Tales.

Kate Baggott is a mother, author, research consultant.

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