Ben Caplan

Touring Singer-Songwriter

Bachelor of Arts, History, 2010

My writing has been deeply and irrepealably influenced by reading all those books...

“When I was in FYP I thought I wanted to be a philosophy guy with a music hobby, and now I’m a music guy with a philosophy hobby,” folk singer Ben Caplan observes.

Since the 2011 release of In the Time of Great Remembering, Ben’s time for pondering eternal questions has been short, having played more than 1000 shows since the album’s debut. Ontario born Caplan has found favour in the East, winning numerous awards such as Nova Scotia’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year and the East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year for 2013. He’s shared stages with acts ranging from Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors to The Staves and Blondie.

Ben first arrived in Halifax as a Foundation Year Program (FYP) student in 2005, and credits much of his musical development to the King’s community. From EMSP to the ECMAs, Caplan says his five years at King’s allowed him to work closely with musicians on campus while developing his arrangement and songwriting abilities.

“My writing has been deeply and irrepealably influenced by reading all those books, and by having to write all the time,” he says “I’m really grateful for my education at King’s for that reason.”

* Read an earlier article about Ben in the summer 2012 edition of “Tidings”.

Profile photo: Courtney Lee Yip, courtesy Audio Blood.

Posted: Apr. 2016

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