news & press releases


O&AL's 2012/2013 releases are available online and in stores.  Check out the band's latest 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.


UPcoming Vancouver show -
Fri. Feb. 6

Our next show in Vancouver will be a benefit show for the Secwepemc Women Warrior Society who have been actively protesting the Kinder-Morgan pipeline expansion project.  The show will be taking place on Feb. 6th at the Biltmore Cabaret.  Proceeds from the show will to to this organization in support of their continued efforts to help raise awareness around the company's controversial plans.  We're participating in this show with a number of other musicians, poets, speakers, and DJs, in an effort to support those in the Vancouver community who are willing to stand up to KM's efforts to impose their will and suppress public dissent.  If you can afford part with $5-10 to help out, please come down!  You might learn something about KM, its pipeline proposal, and the resistance to it that you didn't know before.  Check out the Facebook event page or our shows page for more info.



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.

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Our November shows have come & gone, but their memories will live on forever (or at least until the internet succumbs to its final, inevitable crash).  The Vandocument show on Nov. 8th at the Remington Gallery was a hit!  Great mix of artists.  Great turnout.  The Vandoc team has posted some photos from the night on their Facebook page.  As for our Nov. 14th show, it was a boisterous affair, and was well captured by Vivascene in their recent review.

Jensen Gifford Pic from 14nov2014 show


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.



My farewell show in London on March 14th, 2014 was a perfect way to close off that chapter of my life.  I loved how backstage was brimming with Autumn Lovers of yore, whose laughter and storytelling and catching up made the night feel more like a camp reunion than anything.  The audience was warm and supportive, so much so that they were called upon at times to prompt the odd forgotten lyric or chord progression.  The opener Baby Eagle offered the perfect balance of humour and insight.  And the venue was welcoming and staffed by an admirable group of crew & volunteers.  I couldn't have asked for a sweeter end to my official tenure in London.  Thank you.



I had the loveliest time on my recent solo winter tour.  Despite the frigid temperatures and the absolute necessity of long underwear, I spent many a warm evening in the company of some great tourmates, friends, and audiences.  Thanks to everyone who put me up for a night or two and with whom I broke bread.  Thank you kindly to all the people who came out to listen to my songs.  Thanks to all the organizers who made the shows possible.  And thank you to all the great musicians with whom I shared the stage this time around, especially Construction & Destruction, Baby Eagle, and Jos. Fortin (and Ehren!), with whom I travelled and sang and laughed over a few special, wintry days.

olenka solo winter tour poster 2014



Our friend Ben Srokosz (from the Spur of the Moment video blog and Culture Factory team) was kind enough to record and edit another video, this time of "Only Arms" from our recent show in Chatham.


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, is putting 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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