Lindy Vopnfjörð

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Lindy Vopnfjörð
Native name Lindy Vopnfjörð
Also known as LINDY
Born (1972-05-26) May 26, 1972 (age 46)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Genres Folk rock, indie pop, indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts The Hekla Singers, Northern Junk, Major Maker
Website www.lindymusic.com

Lindy Vopnfjörð, previously credited as Lindy, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, who has performed both as a solo artist and as a member of several bands.[1] After singing in an Icelandic folk group as a child, he co-founded the folk-rock group Northern Junk with his brother in the early 1990s, developing a following in Victoria, B.C. He later released several solo albums while living in Toronto, and also was a member of the indie rock band Major Maker, whose single "Rollercoaster" charted on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart.[2] His 2013 solo album, Young Waverer, had several singles chart on CBC Radio's Radio 2 Top 20 and R3-30 charts.[3] Currently based in Hamilton, Ontario, as of 2014 he continues to tour and perform live.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lindy Vopnfjörð was born on May 26, 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His grandfather, Axel Vopnfjörð, was a prominent figure in the Icelandic Canadian community, who served as president of the Icelandic Canadian Club.[5] His parents Len and Karen Vopnfjörð[6] were both folk singers, and from a young age both Vopnfjörð and his brother Kris would join them in singing Icelandic songs.[4]

His earliest experiences on stage were performing with his family's Icelandic folk group, the Hekla Singers. The family traveled around Canada playing Icelandic folksongs and dressing in traditional Icelandic costumes.[7] Vopnfjörð began to listen to metal and punk acts such as Judas Priest and the Dead Kennedys as he grew older, and also learned about writing songs from his father, a songwriter.[4]

Music career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Northern Junk
Lindy early in his career

As teenagers Vopnfjörð and his brother moved to Victoria, B.C.,[8] where they learned instruments and formed the folk-rock band Northern Junk.[4] For a time, the band was considered one of the most popular rock bands in Victoria;[9] they were named "Best Band" by Monday Magazine in Victoria, and their song "Russian Winter" was put on regular radio rotation in Canada.[8]

Solo albums

After moving to Toronto in 1997,[1] he began recording solo albums and touring with noted Canadian musicians including Tegan and Sara, Melissa McClelland and Serena Ryder.[1]

For his 1995 debut album, Keeping Me Awake, Vopnfjörð played acoustic guitar and handled vocals, while the album was produced by Vopnfjörð and Rick May. Keeping Me Awake was recorded by John Ellis at Melodeon Studios on Vancouver Island.[10] Among the included studio musicians were Paul Brennan on drums, Rick May on bass, and Sean Ashby on lap steel guitar.[10] The album was released independently, was followed in 1998 by his sophomore album, Lindy. After Lindy, Vopnfjörð continued to tour, and released the album The Humorous Years in 2001.

Suspension of Disbelief (2004)

His 2004 album Suspension of Disbelief received 3/5 stars and a mixed review from Allmusic, who stated "the arrangements are varied and polished, ranging from acoustic folksiness to near-anthemic guitar pop."[11]

Major Maker[edit]

After moving to Toronto, he co-founded the band Major Maker with composer/producer Todor Kobakov.[1] After releasing their first album, All Illusion in 2006, the band had a breakout hit with their song "Rollercoaster", which first attracted attention in a Maynards candy commercial and went on to play on commercial radio and the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] The duo went on to release two EPs, and Vopnfjörð later moved to Hamilton, Ontario.[1]

Young Waverer (2013)[edit]

Young Waverer
Young Waverer Lindy Vopnfjord.png
Studio album by Lindy Vopnfjörð
Released Feb 26, 2013
Recorded Electric Ladyland Studios
Genre Singer-songwriter, folk, alternative
Label Lindy Vopnfjörð
Producer Todor Kobakov
Lindy Vopnfjörð chronology
Suspension of Disbelief
(2004)Suspension of Disbelief2004
Young Waverer
(2013)

His 2013 album Young Waverer was financed using crowdfunding, and released independently.[12] Young Waverer was his first solo album to be credited to his full name rather than just Lindy.[1] The album was produced by Major Maker's Todor Kobakov, with fellow Major Maker musicians Thomas D'Arcy, John Obercein, Steve Krecklo and Ian LeFeuvre playing on the record.[1] The album was mixed by Grammy-nominated John O'Mahony at Electric Ladyland Studios.

The album produced three singles that have been played on CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3. "Below the Canopy" was his first #1 single on CBC Radio 3's The R3-30 charts,[4] while "On My Way Back Home" and "Dark Matter" have broken into the Top 10 on CBC Radio 2's Radio 2 Top 20 Chart.[13]

As of 2014 he continues to tour, and in 2013 he played a headline concert spot at the NXNE Festival in Toronto.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is currently based in Toronto.[1] He married Hamilton musician Sally Panavas in 2007.[6] The two had met while touring in their respective bands in the late 1990s.[6] They have a daughter, Joni, born in early 2013, and now a son, Gus, born in 2015.[4]

Discography[edit]

Solo material[edit]

Studio and live albums by Lindy Vopnfjörð
Year Album title Release details
1995 Keeping Me Awake
  • Released: 1995
  • Format: CD
1998 Lindy
  • Released: Sep 15, 1998
  • Format: CD
2001 The Humorous Years
  • Released: 2001
  • Format: CD, digital
2004 Suspension of Disbelief
2013 Young Waverer
  • Released: Feb 26, 2013
  • Label: Lindy Vopnfjörð
  • Format: CD, digital
2016 Frozen in Time
  • Released: Oct 28, 2016
  • Label: Lindy Vopnfjörð
  • Format: CD, digital
Incomplete list of singles by Lindy Vopnfjörð
Year Title Can. chart peaks Album Certifications
CBC2 R3-30
2013 "Below the Canopy" 1[3] Young Waverer
"On My Way Back Home" 5[3]
"Dark Matter" 5[14]
"The Limit" 1[15] Top 15 singles of 2013 on CBC Radio

With Northern Junk[edit]

  • 1993: Northern Junk by Northern Junk (Melodeon)

With Major Maker[edit]

Albums
  • 2006: All Illusion
  • 2007: People Carrier EP
  • 2008: Funky Lady EP
Singles
  • 2007: "Rollercoaster"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hamilton Music Notes: Lindy Vopnfjörd`s Young Waverer. View Magazine, February 28, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hill, Sylvie (November 9, 2007). "Jingle Sells". Ottawa XPress. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lindy Vopnfjörð". SonicBids. Archived from the original on 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Wigmore, Mark (June 20, 2013). "Lindy's Incredible Journey to the Top of the Charts". CBC Music. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Memorable Manitobans: Axel Vopnfjord (1902-1993)". Manitoba Historical Society, March 23, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Lindy loves Sally... may be a new hit". Hamilton Spectator, October 18, 2007.
  7. ^ "Gimli music fest celebrates 40 years with old friends, new acts". Winnipeg Free Press, August 2, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Kris Vopnfjörð on CBC Music". CBC Music. Archived from the original on 2016-03-01. 
  9. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (September 29, 1995). "Lindy not yet lucky", Times Colonist.
  10. ^ a b Ellis, John (February 20, 2006). "Keeping Me Awake". Melodeon News. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  11. ^ Unterberger, Richie (August 3, 2004). "Suspension of Disbelief Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Help Fund Lindy's New Album". Rocket Hub. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Morey, Pete (July 12, 2013). "Everybody Loves Lindy". CBC Music. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  14. ^ ""Dark Matter" #5 again this week on the Radio 2 Top 20!". Lindy.com. August 2, 2013. Archived from the original on April 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  15. ^ Morey, Pete (December 6, 2013). "The Radio 2 Top 20: Arcade Fire are back with "Afterlife"". CBC Music. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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