Abigail writes songs that stop you right in your tracks.”

Brooklyn Vegan

Toronto songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Abigail Lapell returns with Anniversary, an evocative collection of original love songs. The album balances upbeat earworms with elegiac ballads, ultimately emerging as an earnest celebration of commitment. Anniversary was recorded at 200-year-old St. Mark’s Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, co-produced with Great Lake Swimmers’ Tony Dekker, who helped shape the project’s spooky, resonant sound while lending his voice to a few spellbinding duets.

Dekker and Lapell assembled a stellar cast of musicians to support Lapell’s powerhouse vocals, piano, harmonica and signature fingerstyle guitar. The core band includes Dan Fortin on bass, Jake Oelrichs on drums, and Tania Gill on piano, harpsichord and organ. Rounding out the ensemble’s sensitive, orchestral country-jazz arrangements are Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet), Rachael Cardiello (viola), Michael Davidson (marimba and vibraphone) and Joe Lapinsky (pedal steel).

Lapell has garnered three Canadian Folk Music Awards (English Songwriter of the Year in 2023 and 2020 and Contemporary Album of the Year in 2017), hit number one on Canadian folk radio and reached a staggering 48 million + streams across digital music platforms. She tours widely across Canada and the U.S., performing at festivals like SXSW, Americanafest, POP Montreal, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, Edmonton Folk Fest and many others. 

Anniversary is out May 10, 2024 on Outside Music. 

“Understated yet seductive." 
— No Depression 

“Lapell's latest is the new generation's heart-rending answer to Tapestry's call." 

“Abigail Lapell may be the best folk artist you haven't yet discovered.” 

“Traces of Natalie Merchant, Sharon Van Etten, Frazey Ford and Sandy Denny."
— Folk Radio UK