Thorin Loeks is a singer-songwriter from the Yukon Territory, Canada. Over the last five years Thor has bicycled and canoed over 15000 km across North America with a guitar on his back. These have been foundational experiences for his songwriting and musical style which manifested over months of simple, nomadic journeys enriched by the countryside, towns, and many diverse, warmhearted people whom he encountered, connected with, and befriended along the way.
His music style and songs can be described as soulful contemporary indie-folk/rock, influenced and inspired by his thirst for exploring/learning about the world and the potential of the human spirit. Thor uses his voice, overtone singing, guitar, piano, harmonica, kick drum, foot tambourine and when possible a band of contributing musicians, to share meaningful thoughts, reflections, and stories relating from personal to societal experiences.
Thor released his debut album Thirsty Hearts in early May 2016, his sophomore album Shine Through The Dark in late May of 2017, and two singles, Open Sky and Game Plan, in 2018 which will be included on his upcoming third album, "In This Place" which he places to release sometime in the spring of 2020.
In early 2016, he completed an associate of arts degree in global stewardship from Capilano University in North Vancouver and his bachelors degree in communications in February of 2020 while working for an emergency aid society that helps the homeless.
Thor spent his youth in outdoor wilderness related jobs bringing his guitar with him everywhere he went. After a 2nd season of gold prospecting in northern Yukon in the summer of 2011, Thor volunteered and backpacked for 5 months in South America where he had a dream in the Amazon jungle about bicycling across America. Upon returning to Canada the spring of 2012, that is exactly what he did. After hitch hiking down to Portland Oregon, Thor bought a bicycle and peddled solo 6000 km, over the course of 2 summers, across rural northern United States and Canada, with a guitar on his back, playing music and busking as he went.
In the summer of 2014, Thor decided to embark on another soul searching adventure and canoed 3,800 km down the Mississippi River from Northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico filming a videography project about happiness and what is meaningful in life through the perspectives and stories of those he connected with as he paddled. This also very influential and inspiring for his music, as he passed through and busked in some of the most musically iconic towns and cities in the US, including St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.
In the summer and fall of 2015, Thor decided to return to northern Yukon and paddled, with a friend, 650 km down the Wind River to the Arctic Circle, where upon reaching Inuvik, NWT, switched his canoe for a bicycle and then peddled 800 km of dirt road solo on the Dempster Highway to Dawson City, Yukon while filming a videography project about northern communities and their connection to the land, that has yet to be released. It was on this journey that the songs Bare Bones and Crossroads were written.
In the summer/fall of 2017, he bicycled 4300 km from his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon to San Francisco, USA on a grass roots tour for his latest album, Shine Through The Dark.
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