Tara Azzopardi - Bass/Vocals
Terra Lightfoot - Guitar/Vocals
Julie Faught - Guitar/Vocals
Kaili Glennon - Vocals
Dani Nash- Snare/Vocals/Spoons
Mika Posen - Violin/Fiddle


There is a sound. A real old one. It comes in off the Prairies, wanders in from Cape Breton and it pings off the giant nickel in Sault St. Marie. This sound has memories of Anne Murray's all-junkie band of the 1970s. The junkie bass player still owes the sound 20 bucks it will never get back. Twenty bucks was a lot of money back then. The sound grumbles about Toronto but settles there anyway. The sound finds its ass dragging pretty close to the ground in the city. It walks into some bars: the Cameron; the Shoe; some basement on College St. prone to flooding. The sound finds that it's welcome in Toronto. WTF? the sounds asks. Really? The sound is an ancient memory of all things not big city or fancy: it's gingham and gasoline; it's the sound of drunk daddies laughing on Friday night and weeping mommas on Sunday; it's a natural resource, like something hauled in a net or burned out of a smokestack. The sound is The Pining. It's about everything lost and found.

Brian Joseph Davis, joylandmagazine.com


THE PINING - Call it Quits

from the students in the Arts and Social Change Program at Oasis Alternative S.S.

*new video*

This spring, students in the Arts and Social Change Program at Oasis Alternative S.S took on an unusual art project. They were assigned the task of creating an official music video for local alt-country roots rockers, The Pining, using only a sheet, scrap paper, scissors and an old fashioned overhead projector.

Students at Oasis Arts and Social Change Program are some of the most marginalized in the TDSB. The program uses the arts to re-engage students who have faced homelessness, poverty, racism, homophobia, mental and physical health problems and many other obstacles. Oasis students work with local artists like The Pining to create real and meaningful projects that have a life outside of the school (check out the Oasis Arts and Social Change Program to see our Nuit Blanche and Night of Dread contributions). Working on an art project that is presented outside of the classroom and promotes local musicians ensures that students are not only completing their credits, they are making a valuable contribution to the Toronto art and music scene. They are experiencing success as artists beyond the classroom.

Inspired by unrequited crushes and Road Runner cartoons, the 2 min video for "Call it Quits" is a result of hours of hard work, collaboration, problem solving and a few paper cuts. Students from Oasis Arts and Social Change Program hope you enjoy their video.


Q&A: The Pining
No boys allowed at this all girl country party

by Sarah Greene | NOW Magazine | Jan. 5, 2012

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The Pining are part of the changing face of country music

by Jason Schneider | NightLife, The Record.com | Oct. 20, 2011

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The Pining have an Anti-Hit!

by John Sakomoto | The Anti-Hit List, The Star | July 16, 2011

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Pining For Real Country Music in Toronto

by Tim Perlich | The Perlich Post | June 24, 2011

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Goin' to the Country

by Phil Villeneuve | FAB! Magazine | July 7, 2011

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upcoming shows
April 10, 2013 | Little Lunch Time Office Concert Series

at the Toronto Fringe


The Pining
self-titled debut | Blocks Recording Club

Release date: June 24, 2011

Building Blocks Singles Club Volume 1
Various Artists | Blocks Recording Club

Released March 25, 2010 on 12" vinyl then in May 2010 on MP3 for free


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record label: Blocks Recording Club