Jimmy from the block, former porn stars, videogame addiction, identity confusion, suburban delusion, yard sales, box-stores, blind love, lost love, drunk dreaming, the ruling elite, right, wrong, wrong rights and right wrongs.
Al Grantham has some stories to tell.
Growing up in the small town of Paris, Ontario, Al Grantham spent his formative high-school years holed up in his bedroom, dissecting Beatles songs and dog-earing books. As he entered his twenties, Grantham began bouncing around southern Ontario, trying to find his niche as a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist. 2010 saw the release of his highly idiosyncratic one-man-band debut “When I Way A Boy…“. The formation of his band Low Hanging Lights with fellow "Paris-ite" Ian Boos soon followed, and the trio (featuring drummer Aaron Bennett) bombarded Toronto venues with their thrashy, poetic punk-folk stylings, before disbanding in 2015. As Low Hanging Lights drew to a close, Al descended into the Townhouse recording studio with friend and collaborator Kaleb Hikele, to begin work on a second full-length solo record. The eponymous "Al Grantham" was released in January, 2015. A follow-up album - three years in the making - will be released sometime in 2018. The first single from the still-untitled record "The Old Music Hall (To Be A Ghost)" was released in September of last year.
After a two-year hiatus from live performance, Grantham played a comeback show at The Cavern Bar with The Sun Harmonic and Richard Garvey on April 21st, 2018. He is set to play the Springsong music festival in Stouffville on May 26th.
Grantham’s lyric-heavy songs reveal the mind of an experienced wallflower, a gifted storyteller, and the end-result of alienated youth from small town Ontario. He currently resides in Toronto's beaches neighbourhood.