news & press releases


Yes it's true.  We're recording in fits & starts and are slowly getting going on a new album, featuring the Vancouver musicians who have been a part of the project in the past year.  More details will be released in due time.



O&AL's 2012/2013 releases are available online and in stores.  Check out these releases on the music page,  where you can stream the seven-song EP, Hard Times, and the three-song 7inch, It's Alright.  You can also purchase digital copies of all the songs for $1 each via the band's bandcamp page.  The songs were recorded with Simon Larochette at his studio, The Sugar Shack and were mixed and mastered by Dan Weston.  Below is the cover art for both releases.

The paintings featured throughout the EP are the work of Trevor Kyle Carter.  Please look through his website for some more examples of his artwork.

It's Alright Album Cover

The photographs on the front and back covers of the 7inch are the handiwork of Cory Downing.  Visit his website for some more examples of his work.


CBC's Vinyl CafE & Q

O&AL were featured on a broadcast of The Vinyl Cafe in which Stuart McLean et al. explored the ups and downs of the winter season.  The song "Northern Lights" - from the 2008 self-titled, full-length album - was played alongside a number of stories and songs depicting the varied ways in which we come to terms with the season and its mood.

O&AL performed as Q's live music guests on Friday, March 11th, 2011 with guest-host Jann Arden.


Maggie Howie

Olenka Krakus penned the song “Maggie Howie” which she performed with Autumn Lover Sara Froese as their contribution to Henry Svec's compilation Folk Songs of Canada Now. The song was recorded in London by Andrew James and features ambient background sounds courtesy of London traffic, Sara's cat, and Mr. Svec himself. Folk Songs of Canada Now offers up a collection of modern field recordings, showcasing the sometimes silly, often poignant, stories of a seemingly modern yet timeless era, and featuring a number of Canada's finest artists.  It can be downloaded for free here.

Check out this stellar review of the album.

Olenka & Lightfoot

Olenka has contributed a cover of "Rainy Day People" to a compilation of Gordon Lightfoot songs put together by the fine folks at Herohill. You can download your FREE copy of the compilation at this link.



O&AL won the 2012 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Traditional Folk/Roots category in April 2012. Olenka Krakus won the 2011 Jack Richardson Music Award for Contemporary Singer/Songwriter in April 2011.  O&AL won the 2010 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Traditional Folk/Roots category in April 2010.


Olenka's CBC Radio 3 Podcast

Olenka features a number of London bands/artists in her CBC3 podcast. Take a listen here.



Our wee two-week tour is now over.  We traversed 5 provinces and 7 states and covered over 10,000 km in MANY hours of nonstop driving, all in that short span of time.

Thanks to the bandmates who made the trip fun, hilarious & memorable (Jeff, Ridley, Dan & Ellis).

Thanks to all the bands with whom we played (Mauno, Gianna Lauren, Dumb Angel, Ben Figler, Lacey Kastern, Great Chamberlain, RaleighShawn William Clarke, John Pilat, Marshall Burns, Doug Hoyer & Feverfew).

Thanks to all the folks who put on shows for us (Purple Room, The Apollo, Cafe Natura, The Ashwood, The Burdock, Paddy Flaherty's, O'Hanlon's, The Slice, among many other house-show peeps).

Thanks to everyone at the Home County Music & Art Festival for making our homecoming so warm and comfortable.

And of course thanks to all the people who came out to see us, said hello, and maybe even picked up an album or two.  xoxo

olenka summer tour 2015



Our song "Iron Pump" was recently featured in a new, Canadian, indie short called "Ironied".  It's the brainchild of writer/director/producer Tyler Parr, who fortunately saw room for our song in his thoughtful film.  It's a personal reflection on two men's lives and the role that homelessness plays in their distinct yet congruent experiences.  You can stream the film via Youtube at this link.

Ironied Film Poster


O&AL music in London-Based Doc

Our song "East End" was recently featured in a London-Ontario-produced documentary.  The doc is called "25%", and it investigates women's under-representation in Canadian politics and leadership and the need to challenge and change this status quo.  You can stream the documentary online at this link.

25%doc image


Playlist for Vancouver Is Awesome

The lovely folks at Vancouver Is Awesome asked me to put together a playlist of some local musicians, and I was happy to comply.  Here's a link to the playlist, if you're interested in hearing what some current Vancouver-and-area folks are up to: VIA Olenka playlist.


7-inch Redemption CodeS

Thanks to a few incredible fans, we were made aware of an error with our Digital Download system for It's Alright -- our latest 7-inch.  If you had an issue, our system should now be fully operational.  To redeem your digital copy of the record, find your download code and enter it here.  If you notice any further problems, don't hesitate to contact Jeremy at



There's a skateboard out there named after the band!  It's the handiwork of LMM and was inspired by our music and Trevor Carter's artwork (Trevor is responsible for the bird images that adorn the skateboard; they were originally a part of a tour poster that we had made up for our 2011 Summer Tour).  Wow!  What a treat!

LMM Olenka skateboard


Connie Converse Cover

Some time in the winter of 2012, I recorded a cover of a Connie Converse song. A media studies grad student in New York, by the name of Andrea Kannes, has put together a documentary on the little-known folk musician, and has posted the song on her website.  Check out the recording at this link.


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