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Jun
23
Fri
Bobby Dove
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm

 

Bobby Dove has the incomparable Bobby Watson opening  on Friday night for a great double bill!

Bobby Dove is winning the hearts of music lovers across genres and generations with her sincere songwriting and powerful, unvarnished voice. Born in Montreal, Bobby planted her country roots picking acoustic guitar and mandolin at the legendary Wheel Club, where she found a musical mentor in the resident lap steel player Bobby Hill – a musician, singer-songwriter, historian and pioneer of Canadian country radio in the 1950’s.

 

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Bobby Watson is a Peterborough native, born and raised in East City, if you didn’t know him by sight, at least around Peterborough, you knew him by sound. He has played with the Hangmen, the Outcrowd, Coyote and Ensemble and Ronnie Hawkins. He was offered a spot in Rough Trade. (He turned that one down since he wasn’t into the punk scene). He had even given it a shot in California. Bobby Watson is now an International Blues player, Singer/Song writer.

 

More of our feature artist, Bobby Dove:

Bobby released Dovetales in 2013, a seven song EP heralded by CBC’s Brendan Kelly as “a stunner, repping the debut of an important new voice on our roots scene.” She has since shared stages with artists such as Justin Townes Earle, JD McPhereson, and Mary Gauthier.

Released online and on CD in October 2016, Bobby Dove’s debut full-length album, Thunderchild is a collection of honky tonk two-steppers, rocked-up vision quests and smoldering ballads. The album was produced in Peterborough, Ontario at the studio of James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot), with a stellar lineup of Canadian musicians including Anna Ruddick, Sam Weber, Bob Cohen, Laura Bates and Burke Carroll.

Bobby Dove is a gifted artist, and a brilliant new light on the songwriting scene. Her songs speak to my heart. Her work is a link in the chain that binds the future to the past. A time traveler, Bobby’s songs meld genres with the touch of a master. I am a fan.” Mary Gauthier

A strong debut from a talented newcomer.” Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs Magazine

She invokes a young female Hank Williams with an old soul and a much better future. Thunderchild, her debut CD, is a gem!” Richard Flohil

 

Jun
28
Wed
Quinn Bachand’s Brishen
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

Quinn Bachand’s Brishen – CD Release Concert

“Thrilling virtuosity, while displaying great freshness and originality” – Mojo Magazine

“He has the depth and maturity to match his unending virtuosity and aptitude on the guitar.” – John Jorgenson

“I have yet to meet anyone that is more creative, musically expressive and technically skilled as Quinn Bachand, and his unique abilities make him one of a kind.” – Ashley MacIsaac

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The evolution of a young musician is something beautiful to behold. Every blue moon, when this rate of growth seems exponential, the experience is nothing if not exciting. Victoria, BC’s own Quinn Bachand has evolved at such a rate – a natural musician, invested of both body and soul in his quest for musical perfection in many facets. From age 11, he was demonstrating his abilities on the acoustic guitar around the world, playing traditional music with Daniel Lapp, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. By age 17, Quinn was playing over a dozen instruments, recording and producing albums with his sister Qristina, garnering the siblings a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition including two Irish Music Awards.

Ever the bold musical voyageur, Quinn has invested his love of swing jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and same-named debut CD, Brishen (Romany for “bringer of the storm”). Aptly titled, the gale force success of this debut tells the tale – resulting in noteworthy recognition for Quinn, including five Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, the Saga Djangofest Award, a Western Canada Music Award nomination, an “Emerging Artist” spot with the RBC Canada’s Walk of Fame, 5 nomination at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, not to mention a full ride, 4 year Slaight Family scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Brishen’s forward trajectory continues with the 2017 release of Blue Verdun, further showcasing Quinn’s instrumental prowess and inventive compositions across an 8-track exposé that channels the genius of Charlie Christian & Benny Goodman while blurring the lines between traditional jazz, latter day pop and western swing. With a tight grasp on the music that embraces the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen introduces a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving you with a sense of jubilance and nostalgia. Quinn steers Brishen on an inventive quest which, through its technical virtuosity, brings together a spellbinding range of musical history to reinvent the categories of swing jazz, pop and country that celebrates the music of the ‘30s, up to and including the ‘60s. Acclaimed American jazz and bluegrass musician, Matt Glaser, claims Blue Verdun offers a glimpse into a “psychedelic, kaleidoscopic musical world that you’ve never heard before”, unearthing “various epochs of pop music, film music, gypsy jazz, western swing”, while demonstrating Quinn’s “instrumental virtuosity on guitar and violin, storytelling, songs, amazing arrangements, and a dance band sensibility that almost sounds like it came from another planet”.

With youth like this, the future is indeed in good hands.

Jun
30
Fri
Morgan Davis
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm

For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

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Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.

While living in Rochdale College, Toronto’s mecca for the subculture of the late 1960’s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.

Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox’s first band, eventually forming his own trio. Over the years he has had the priviledge of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, shared the stage with James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason, Gene Taylor and many other great blues artist over the years.

Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. Morgan’s recording “Blues Medicine”, on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release “Painkiller” won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada’s top music prize…the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band.His most recent recording, “Drive My Blues Away on Electro-Fi records is his first solo disc. His previous recording “At Home In Nova Scotia”, pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

Morgan’s passion for the Blues has never wavered…and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.

 

Jul
5
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
6
Thu
Local Showcase
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm

We hope you will join us for the first night of our “Local Showcase” where we will highlight a select number of fantastic local performers.

On July 6 we will welcome Casey Garlick , Andrew Gardiner and Kyle Mitchell and David Bush, also with special appearance by Lilly Dales.

 

 

 

 

Jul
7
Fri
Jadea Kelly
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm

Jadea has invited the talented Masha to open the concert for her at the Old Church.

 

Originally from in Minsk, Belarus, Masha is a well-traveled performer, touring through Rome, London and several other European cities in recent years. At only 20-years-old Masha has settled for time being in Prince Edward County, Ontario and performs at different wineries and pubs throughout the summer.

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Jadea_Kelly

2016 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARD WINNER
“CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR”

However dark the muse, Jadea Kelly’s music guides the listener on a prolific journey towards light and surrender. Swelling with vocal hooks and ambient guitar delays, her most recent release, Love & Lust is an honest and compelling catalogue of infidelity, desire, betrayal, forgiveness and human frailty. Receiving the 2016 ‘Contemporary Singer of the Year’ by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Jadea continues to spend her time living and writing between Toronto and Nashville. Her body of work has earned a number of impressive worldwide reviews and radio play, with tours across North America & Europe. She has performed at a number of Canadian festivals and high profile venues including the Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Elora Ontario’s Riverfest with Blue Rodeo, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Massey Hall Presents concert series in Toronto. Jadea Kelly’s ‘Lone Wolf’ has been featured on TV shows such as “Bitten” aired on the SyFy Network in the U.S. Most recently, ‘Beauty’ from “Love and Lust”, was featured as the accompanying song to a powerful final day opening montage on CBC Television, a tribute to Canadian hero Terry Fox for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

 

Raised in Whitby,ON, Jadea is known most prominently for her vocal work with JUNO Award-winning Canadian folk artist Catherine MacLellan, as well as JUNO Award-winning Canadian metal band Protest the Hero. She has toured across Canada countless times performing at a number of Canadian festivals, such as the Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Elora Riverfest with Blue Rodeo, Peterborough Folk Festival, Shelter Valley, Stewart Park Folk Festival and Wild Mountain Music Festival. She has toured throughout the United States supporting Canadian duo Whitehorse as well as across Canada with Royal Wood & Catherine MacLellan.

Jul
9
Sun
Craft Beer & Cider Tasting
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Let your friends know, and come to church July 9th, 1pm-5pm!
$20 at the gate – includes your glass and four tickets.

Join us at the Old Church Theatre July 9th for a unique celebration of craft beer, cider, and local artisans. We’ll feature beer tasting and food pairings with craft brewers from around the area.

You can ask the Brew Masters about your favourite beverage from Wildcard, ChurchKey, Barley Days, Railway City, Prince Eddy’s, Beaus, William Street, Manantler and Cider from Empire and Clafeld

There will be great BBQ food on site with Ramblin’ Pit BBQ Catering to whet your appetites with the great beer to wet your whistles!

We’ll also feature live music, artisits, magic and more during this, our second craft beer and food event.

The ‘Old Church’ is a 140 year old renovated Methodist Church saved from demolition by Trenton’s own favourite son, Roy Bonisteel. Enjoy a singular architectural experience with our 17 foot vaulted ceilings and unmatched acoustic ‘vibe’ where we feature musical entertainment every week.

We open at 1:00 and close a 5:00 so mark your calendars for this one of a kind event at a one of a kind venue!

 

 

Jul
15
Sat
Northern Voodoo Acoustic
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm

Northern Voodoo was originally conceived as an acoustic trio.  In 2008 Rett Wills and Mike ‘Ace’ Acerra  created a band suitable to play small venues such as The Old Church Theatre.

The trio evolved and with the addition of new drummer / percussionist Nick James, became an electric contemporary blues trio.

They have come full circle, back to their roots, to play fingerpicking tunes on acoustic guitar, upright and acoustic bass and percussion with brushes, bringing a jazzy low volume approach to their blues.  NV mix original tunes from their first two cd’s with JJ Cale and Tom Waits songs.

Northern Voodoo will showcase that sound at The Old Church Theatre Saturday July 15th at 7:30pm…a ‘pass the hat event’.

Jul
16
Sun
Harmonica Workshop with Al Lerman
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Considered among the top harmonica players in the country, we are fortunate to have Al Lerman coming to the Old Church for a summer,  Sunday afternoon workshop.  An experienced played and instructor, he tailors his workshops to the ability of the students and you’ll find Al offers a lot of  insight that can be applied to any instrument.

Al Lerman taught a blues harmonica course in Toronto for 18 years and also taught at the Hornby Island (BC) Blues School.

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A basic outline of what you’ll learn is:

-how to play single notes
-how to “bend notes”
-which keys to use
-playing in more than one key on any given harmonica
-what is the basic blues progession…..and much more!

You will need to bring any 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of “C”. Brand names would be Hohner Marine Bands, Special 20, Blues Harp, Big River, Lee Oskar harmonicas, Suzuki Manji etc.

Jul
19
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
22
Sat
Sharpen the Acts – One Act Play Festival
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS
PART I: A FINE EDGE
One evening, three original one act plays
Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue.

 

 SOLD OUT

Tickets for Sunday’s Matinee HERE

 

 

The Plays:

HOME
By Ryan Aldred
Directed by Astrid Young
Two brothers collide and collude on how to best care for their aging father. But does the old man have other arrangements in mind?

Featuring:   Scott Roodvoets, Richard Turtle and Brian Weston

 

THE EXCEPTION
By Ken Murray
Directed by Matthew Sheahan
A man recalling his childhood faces the consequences of his father’s choices that ripple through his life as he struggles with a question: Can love justify criminal actions?

Featuring:  Peter Wood and Jamison Picard

 

TEA WITH ROGER
By Peter Paylor
Directed by Scott Roodvoets
Joan and Mavis are best friends. They can confide in each other about anything. And Joan has some scandalous news about Roger.

Featuring:  Kathryn Dalmer, Judie Preece, Shawn Dales and Mike Kirby

 

Friday, July 21, 7:30 PM, Saturday, July 22, 7:30 PM and Sunday, July 23, 2 PM
$15 at oldchurch.ca, $20 at the door

Jul
28
Fri
Beer Yoga
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This unique new craze comes to Quinte at the Old Church Theatre!

A one hour yoga class a little different than your standard. Stretch and relax whilst sipping on delicious beer throughout. Your beer bottle will become part of your moves.  (Underaged yogis will be provided a non-alcholic beverage) This class welcomes all ages of practitioners and all levels, including never-before yoga-ers!  Come have some fun! Bring along a mat, towel, or blanket, and wear comfy clothes you can move in. Space is limited so book soon!

 

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Ticket price includes one bottled beer (or non-alcoholic beverage). The bar will be open afterwards to purchase more beer.

 About the Teacher

Born and raised in Stirling, Ontario, Britt is a Certified Yoga Teacher and the  founder of Nomad Yoga. Her classes combine challenging yourself, relaxing with your breath, and having fun! She is a sucker for hot coffee, cold beer, new foods, bare feet, belly laughs and chubby animals.

 

Jul
29
Sat
Strung Out To Dry
Jul 29 @ 7:30 pm

Strung-Out-To-Dry  Back by popular demand!

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Strung Out To Dry is a roots trio from Kingston. Pete Jozsa (mandolin, vocals), Chris Morris (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Chris Petersen (bass, vocals) are all seasoned musicians who formed musical bond over their love for the Grateful Dead and traditional folk and bluegrass music. A typical Strung Out To Dry concert features instrumentals, original and traditional folk music, Gypsy jazz, bluegrass, popular and obscure covers, Chicago blues, jazz standards, fresh jams, terrible jokes, and plenty of solos!

 

Aug
2
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Aug
5
Sat
Love & Addiction the songs and stories of “Cousin” Gibbard Suede
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm

Love & Addiction – the songs and stories of “Cousin” Gibbard Suede

An eventful evening of live musical theatre you will never forget!

 

You can expect:

  • Outlandish Stories
  • Terrible advice on love
  • Beautifully Crafted Songs
  • The violin magic of Al Duquette (fiddler  extraordinaire)
  • Audience Participation

 

“Cousin” Gibbard Suede, forever the consummate live performer. Once he stands up to the microphone and bares his heart and soul, you are sure to be magically drawn into his complicated world of love and loss, heartbreak and hope, addiction and redemption.

You might even feel a sense of compassion for the frailties of a life less than perfect.

And just who is “Cousin” Gibbard Suede?

https://youtu.be/CM3THPH3j6Y

Video courtesy Val Teodori and the Side Door Coffee House

 

Roger Dorey –  www.rogerdorey.wordpress.com

Aug
9
Wed
Sultans of String
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm

 The Songwriting, The Sounds, The Magic

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Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and perfoSultans of Stringrmed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington….and now, the Old Church Theatre!

Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind 2x JUNO nominees and multiple award winning Sultans of String take you on a musical journey around the world!   McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When McKhool (who has also performed with Cook, Pavlo, Club Django) first heard guitarist Laliberté’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and guitar.

Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating sound-scapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people. Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal (for Chris), plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, David Bromberg, and Livingston Taylor.

Sultans of String

“Simply awesome!”- Mariposa Folk Festival

“What a great show and a full house on a Thursday is a first! Hope to have them back! – Sandhill Stage, Florida

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show.” – Lincoln Center, NY

“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“ – Midwest Record, Chicago

 

Aug
10
Thu
Local Showcase
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for our second night of our “Local Showcase” where we will highlight a select number of fantastic local performers.

On August 10th  we’re going “Country” with Rob Donaldson, Adam Gibson, Deb O’Connor , Roy Bordon Jr.  and host David Bush.

 

Rob Donaldson is a country singer/songwriter from Stirling.  Stripped down and turned up, he delivers a solid performance just him and his guitar as a solo artist.

 

 

 

 

Adam Gibson is a veteran performer of country music and old rock throughout southeastern Ontario. After finishing second in the 2001 Kingston Fall Fair Country Singing Showdown, he played many times on the Trent Valley Country Jamboree and the Lions Jamboree stages. Adam is a student of country music, and his shows draw on a wide variety of inspirations. Inside his voice you will hear the 70s Outlaw country movement mixed with the neotraditional sounds of artists like Alan Jackson and George Strait. Combined with the occasional original number and a variety of crowd favourites, Adam is right at home at the Old Church Theatre’s Roy Bonisteel Studio.

 

Roy Bordon Jr. was born and raised in Nova Scotia by Nashville recording artist father Roy and mother Nancy B. of Southbound. His childhood was filled with the sounds of Nashville, so it’s no surprise that Roy plays guitar and sings like he does. The very thing that makes Roy stand out from the rest is his unique voice that gives his songs originality naturally and effortlessly. Roy’s voice is powerful and has been told on many occasions it’s the kind of voice you could listen to all night. Melodic, tight and tasteful guitar playing gives the Roy Borden Jr. Band it’s full round sound as a Country Band from Trenton, Ontario.

 

Deb O’Connor

“I was born and raised just outside of Stirling. I spent 20 years in Toronto and moved back home to the Quinte area a few years ago to live a quieter life with my husband and daughter. I grew up singing and playing guitar around the campfire, writing my first song at the age of 16. I have recently rekindled my love for music and have started playing a few local gigs”.

 

 

 

 

And your host, Dave Bush.

If Forest Gump played guitar this is what he might be like.  Songs include Sweet Jesus I Wanna Go to Jail, 4 Kids for Sale or Rent and The Old Town Hussie.

Aug
11
Fri
The Kitchen Family
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm

Phone to book your reservation:  613-848-1411

Aug
12
Sat
This is Rosewood – Tales from the Tavern
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm

“This Is Rosewood – Tales From the Tavern”, a ninety-minute one-man comedy written by Belleville playwright Peter Paylor. The play is a slice of small-town life as revealed in a series of stories told by tavern owner Stanley Olmstead, portrayed with a master’s touch by veteran stage actor, Rick Zimmerman.

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“Rosewood,” says Zimmerman, “is every small town – the one you grew up in or passed through or know someone from. It’s the town where the main street is called Main St. and the barber and the mayor are on a first name basis unless, of course, the barber and the mayor are one and the same.”

The show includes original instrumental music composed for the show by local favourite Joe Callahan. “We wanted to bring in another dimension,” says Paylor, “a soundtrack to the stories and we wanted to keep the small-town vibe and the local connection. Joe took the script and we couldn’t be happier with what he has created for us.”

For more information contact riverandmaintheatre@gmail.com

Aug
13
Sun
This is Rosewood – Tales from the Tavern
Aug 13 @ 2:00 pm

“This Is Rosewood – Tales From the Tavern”, a ninety-minute one-man comedy written by Belleville playwright Peter Paylor. The play is a slice of small-town life as revealed in a series of stories told by tavern owner Stanley Olmstead, portrayed with a master’s touch by veteran stage actor, Rick Zimmerman.

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“Rosewood,” says Zimmerman, “is every small town – the one you grew up in or passed through or know someone from. It’s the town where the main street is called Main St. and the barber and the mayor are on a first name basis unless, of course, the barber and the mayor are one and the same.”

The show includes original instrumental music composed for the show by local favourite Joe Callahan. “We wanted to bring in another dimension,” says Paylor, “a soundtrack to the stories and we wanted to keep the small-town vibe and the local connection. Joe took the script and we couldn’t be happier with what he has created for us.”

 

Aug
16
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Aug
18
Fri
Mimi O’Bonsawin
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm

MIMI: NEW MUSIC FROM AN OLD SOUL    

Mimi has been performing music since the young age of 7 years old when she performed the national anthem at the parliament of Canada for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. From there, she began establishing her own events as well as participating in local telethons and talent shows.

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Inspired by her roots as an indigenous and French-Canadian woman, she began writing at the age of 14 and performing in more areas around Ontario, Canada. By the time she turned 17 she started crafting her debut album with a Canadian music producer which was officially launched in 2014. She received airplay on radio, sold out CD release concerts and over the last few years she has been establishing her roots as a songwriter and performing at festivals such as MIDEM (in Cannes, France), Beaches Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival. On top of her quick success, she also received award nominations from NOMFA.

 

Mimi has been crafting her new album, ‘Connected’ over the past two years and she has teamed up with established musicians and renowned producer Thomas McKay. She plans on continuing her Rhythm and Rhyme Songwriting workshops where she teaches students ages 8 to 18 how to delve into the creation of music in brilliant ways. She aims to make a name for herself on the international scale by crafting tours in countries like India, Australia and the UK. Be sure to keep up with Mimi on her near-future endeavours.

Aug
19
Sat
BBQ Steak Dinner
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm

Reservations required.  Please book by August 18th.

 

Dinner will be prepared by Matt of The Ramblin’ Pit BBQ Catering.

Come out for 7pm, see the BBQ underway and get a drink at the bar.

Steaks will be served for 7:30.

For your added pleasure, and most certainly that extra bit of elegance, there will be live ambiance music by Charlene Marcus and Julian Nelson.

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Aug
26
Sat
The Young Novelists
Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm

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The Young Novelists

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Johnny & June meets Shovels & Rope – Toronto based Americana husband and wife duo The Young Novelists are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album made us strangers, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition.

Career Highlights

  • Finalists at the 2016 NewSong Music Competition
  • Winners of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Nominated for two 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards: New/Emerging Artist of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year
  • Winners of the 2015 Grassy Hill CT Folk Songwriting Competition
  • Winners of the 2015 Colleen Peterson Songwriting award for their song “couldn’t be any worse”
  • Toured Canada, the US and Europe (the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria)
  • Winners of the 2010 Galaxie Rising-Star Award (at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival)
  • The album ‘made us strangers’ ranked #11 on the 2015 Folk-Roots (Canada) Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) chart
  • Peaked at #2 on the Folk/Roots/Blues chart (Earshot) and #18 overall for 2015
  • Spent 17 weeks total on the Earshot charts

Biography

Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock outfit The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form.

Made us strangers, their upcoming sophomore effort, showcases a significant sonic progression for the band. Ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies, their pure take on folk-tinged rock translates equally well from the stereo or stage.

What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.

Since dropping their debut EP, a small town eulogy, in 2011, they’ve made impressive strides up the industry incline. Their catalog also includes a live collection and their 2012 debut LP, in the year you were born, which cemented their status as an act to watch. Now, with made us strangers, The Young Novelists are set to make their most impactful musical statement to date.

“We were looking to inject a bit of excitement and edginess into it this time around,” James says, “but also wanted the recordings to be more organic and true.” For that, The Young Novelists enlisted the aid of producer Carlin Nicholson (Jason Collett, The Golden Dogs), also a member of Toronto rock outfit Zeus. Together, with a minimalist approach to recording – no pitch correction, no click tracks, and some cuts captured entirely live off the floor – they added some grit to The Young Novelists’ sonic grace.

Cuts like “brothers in the garage” showcase the fruit of that union – rooted in folk with the band’s captivating and catchy vocal phrasing but boosted by slightly overdriven guitar and a triumphantly authentic chorus. Similarly, “come back to me” is an upbeat earworm that showcases their breadth of influence. Conversely, more sombre offerings like “always make the mistake” – this one anchored by Spink’s vocals – are delicate but alluring.

“This record hinges on interpersonal relationships,” James explains of made us strangers’ underlying lyrical theme, which includes both traditional and non-traditional ones – from brothers in a band to a torrid love triangle to a new father missing the sound of his son’s voice when they’re apart.

As a published author with one novel – The Mall of Small Frustrations – to his name and two others in the works, James’ words carry a weight and depth that demand repeat listens. The hope, he says, is having a listener connect with the sentiment he explores, if not the specific subjects. “As personal as the songs are,” he offers, “I hope they’re connecting to other people in a way that goes beyond the situations I was writing about.”

That connection is perhaps most intense from the stage. From major festivals like Mariposa and CMW to iconic theatres like the Neptune in Halifax to trendsetting hotbeds like Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing and has earned them slots alongside the likes of Cuff the Duke and The Strumbellas.

The band will have many more opportunities to take to the road in the coming months. “It’s going to be a busy year,” James says, but not with the slightest hint of unease; instead, it’s a shred of excitement that belies his modest demeanor.

Honesty and transparency. They’re at the very core of made us strangers, from the lyrics to the music to the way it was recorded, and that’s sure to foster closer connections between The Young Novelists and their current and future followers.

Press Quotes

“Like the Decemberists but rockier and less quirky, like Americana but quirkier and rockier, a talented Toronto outfit.”
~ rock nyc

“beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana”
~ herohill

“unerringly classy country-rock”
~ Toronto Life

“folk-rock at its best”
~ Asheville Citizen-Times

Named one of the “Top 5 Folk Bands to Watch In Toronto”
~ BlogTO

“unpretentious brilliance”
– Exclaim! Magazine

Aug
31
Thu
Lloyd Spiegel
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm

On tour from Australia!

With 9 albums, a swag of accolades to his name and 26 years writing, performing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel is an artist at the forefront and cutting edge of Australian Blues. It’s that unique experience combined with a relentless touring schedule and stage presence well beyond his years that has seen him become a driving force in Australian Blues and one of most respected guitarists in the country, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the 50 top Australian guitarists of all time.

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Since age 13, Spiegel has toured the globe with frequent visits to Europe, New Zealand and the United States where he has performed at major festivals and iconic Juke Joints as well as supporting the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour. He has sat with the founding fathers of modern blues from Brownie McGhee to Luther Allison and more recently, found great success in Japan, performing sold out concerts at Tokyo Disneyland.

Since 2004, Lloyd has been the world-wide demonstrator and premier endorsee for Cole Clark Guitars. Now a world famous Australian brand, Cole Clark design and build their instruments with Lloyd’s hard hitting style in mind and as a result he has been invited to perform at countless major guitar events and has been honoured with 2 signature model guitars, currently available in stores world-wide.

Growing up in the music business, naturally Lloyd is passionate about promoting the blues scene and mentoring the next generation. He has taken countless young artists under his wing who have since become multi-award winning performers in their own right and he has been an advocate for blues in Australia, chosen as the ambassador to the Australian Blues Music festival from 2005-2008 as well as ambassador to ‘youth in blues’.Spiegel’s unique history, command of his instrument and powerful stage persona puts him at the cutting edge of Australian Blues, re-inventing the style for the masses and opening new doors for Australian blues artists while maintaining a close relationship with the foundations and traditions of the blues.

In 2015 Spiegel released “Double Live Set” which peaked at #7 on the Australian independent charts, #14 on the ARIA Jazz/Blues chart and debuted at #1 on the Australian Blues/Roots chart. The album won 4 Australian Blues Music Awards.
His new release “This Time Tomorrow” contains 10 new tracks inspired by Spiegel’s recent tours through the USA, Europe and Central America.

ACCOLADES2016 Australian Blues Awards – Album of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Song of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Artist of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Producer of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Solo/duo of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Song of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Album of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Male artist of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Producer of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Solo/duo of the year

2005 Australian Blues Award – Male artist of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Aaward – Solo/duo of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Award – Male artist of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Award – Song of the year

Sep
6
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sep
8
Fri
Jenny Whiteley with Sheesham & Lotus
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm

Jenny will be joined By Sheesham Crowe, Lotus Wight, Kristine Schmitt and Joey Wright to play songs from her Juno nominated album and her past favorites.

 

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Music critics have compared Jenny Whiteley’s striking vocals and songwriting to Emmy Lou Harris and Lucinda Williams, raving that she “swings effortlessly from black-hearted back-porch Americana to Laurel Canyon country” (No Depression).

Jenny got an early start playing music with her father and uncle, Chris and Ken Whiteley, who formed the popular Original Sloth Band in the heyday of Toronto folk. Throughout Jenny’s childhood, she and her brother Dan were along for the ride at countless concerts and festivals, and before long they were singing and playing washtub and washboard alongside their dad and uncle in The Junior Jug Band.

Fast forward to a brief brush with academia to study anthropology at Concordia in Montreal, Jenny returned to Toronto where she taught herself to play guitar in her early 20’s and pursue her songwriting career in earnest. After several years performing and recording with her bluegrass band Heartbreak Hill, Jenny recorded and co-produced her first solo effort, a self-titled album, in 2000. The album won the Juno Award for Roots Traditional Album of the year. Jenny’s follow-up record Hopetown was her first with producer and friend Steve Dawson. Remarkably, this record won the Juno for Roots Album in 2003, making Jenny one of only a few artists to win Juno Awards for their first and second records. Her next two albums Dear (2006) and Forgive or Forget (2009) also earned glowing reviews from critics in North America and Europe.

Whiteley has co-written songs with Colin Linden, Fred Eaglesmith, and her musician husband Joey Wright, among others, and has collaborated with many other renowned Canadian artists, recording vocals on Sarah Harmer’s hit song “Basement Apartment,” Melwood Cutlery’s Campfire and Prairie Oyster’s re-release of “Man In The Moon.”

In addition to her two Juno wins, she has been nominated four times as a solo artist and with The Junior Jug Band and Heartbreak Hill. She has a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for her song “Baby, I” as performed by Amy Millan, a gold record for her family band’s recording and has toured all over the U.S., Europe and Canada, performing at nearly every major music festival including Edmonton Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Mariposa, Stan Rogers Fest, Stardust Picnic, and many more.

Jenny and Joey reside in their country home in eastern Ontario, with their two daughters. She dedicates her new record The Original Jenny Whiteley to her father, Chris.

 

Sheesham & Lotus

Sep
9
Sat
Jerry Leger
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm

There’s always been something special about Jerry Leger’s songs that few can match. It bears repeating, and is hardly an understatement, that he manages to channel the youthful vigor of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and Rick Danko, sometimes all within the same song.

 

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But at heart, Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted early support from fellow singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith, and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. Employing his distinctive live-off-the-floor recording approach on the new 2-record set, Nonsense And Heartache.

Sep
16
Sat
Pat Temple & Spencer Evans
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm


Pat Temple
pulls from the very best of Western Swing, Jump Blues and Rockabilly to fuel his fresh and uplifting songs. Pat’s music is at once personal, familiar and infectious. His voice is compelling and his melodies are lasting. Pat’s extensive body of work spans three decades and is infused with roots blues, folk and early jazz. His releases for Pat_TempleBMG of ‘Stone Boat’ and ‘Connecting Lines’ plus his releases of ‘One Tree Island’, ‘Cold Cuts’, ‘One Song At A Time’ and his most recent release ‘Day For Day’ for the Wingwalker label give us cult favourites “Salamander Bones” and the CMT video released “Playin’ Havoc With My Heart.”
Pat Temple is a favoured performer at many Canadian blues, folk and jazz music festivals and his concerts at The National Art Gallery and the Ontario Place Forum are part of our cultural heritage. The Hi Lo at Massey Hall release for Wingwalker is one such inspiring Pat Temple concert. Pat Temple continues to be surrounded and accompanied by stellar Canadian musicians Terry Wilkins, Spencer Evans, Frank Barth and more recently Alan Black, Kyler Tapscott and Rob Foreman. The live shows shows are uplifting and toe tappin. You’ll either be dancing on the floor or in your seat.
“Temple’s gently persuasive vocals are easy on the ear, and his songwriting chops are solid”- Kerry Doole, New
Canadian Music

“Much like Leon Redbone, at its best, Day For Day evokes
another time and place, a sepia toned nostalgia.” – Devin Shael Fox, JAZZ.FM91

 

For over fifteen years entertainer Spencer Evans has been performing on the piano, clarinet and accordion. He has played from Bermuda to Bosnia, New Orleans to the North Pole, has recorded and toured with Sarah Harmer and Pat Temple, and has performed with Jeff Healey, Dan Aykroyd, Willie P. Bennett, Jack Mahieu and Toronto’s Swing Gang, among countless others.

Spencer has also appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, MUCHmusic and CMT. A resident of Kingston for several years, he keeps busy playing with numerous local bands such as Bloom, Pico de Gallo, Ghetto Xpress, The River Cats and various jazzy combos.

In recent years, Spencer has been adding his talented piano accompaniment to screenings of movies from the 1920’s Silent Film era.

Sep
17
Sun
Customer Appreciation Pig Roast
Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Let us say thank you for all your support!

Come for 5pm, bring your guitar, licensed indoors and out. The BBQ should be ready by 6:30.

 

 

Sep
20
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sep
21
Thu
Local Showcase 3!
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

It’s Blues Night this month with local players,  Shawn Dory, The Whystle Dogs,

and Joe Callaghan with Peter Snell along with host Dave Bush.

Sep
22
Fri
Three Layers of JAZZ
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm

 

Howard Baer hosts an evening of JAZZ viewed from three different angles and featuring three stellar JAZZ players:

 

. Ballads & Jazz Standards with San MURATA, violin
. Bebop & Original Jazz Compositions with Steve HOLT, piano
. Latin Jazz with Harry ELLIS, drums and percussion
. And Howard BAER on Bass

All four players will set out together on this journey weaving through three very different approaches to the JAZZ idiom.

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Howard Baer

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

 

San Murata

One of a handful of people playing this unique instrument, San Murata has become one of the most in-demand and appreciated musicians on the Toronto jazz scene.  San’s approach to jazz violin is one that emphasizes pure melody and romantic lyricism.  His charming music evokes the atmosphere of a Paris salon or a Manhattan tea room.

San has played with most of Toronto’s top jazz musicians, including Norm Amadio, Jake Langley, Bernie Senesky, Neil Swainson, Mark Kieswetter, Tony Quarrington, Danny McErlain, and the late Bob George, to name a few.  The National Jazz Awards has nominated San as “Best Violinist of the Year” four times.  San has appeared at the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival every year since 1994, at the All Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope, the Picton Jazz Festival, and has also performed four tours of Japan.  He lives in an historic small town east of Toronto just outside of Trent Hills.

 

Steve Holt

Steve Holt is one of Canada’s most important Jazz pianists and has worked with the likes of Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, James Moody, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak. He began his professional career at the age of 17, playing the clubs in and around his hometown, Montreal. In 1981 Steve graduated McGill University Faculty of Music, receiving that institution’s first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance. During this period he travelled regularly to New York to study piano with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron. In 1983, Steve’s debut recording, The Lion’s Eyes, won critical acclaim around the world, and in Canada was one of the five final JUNO nominations of that year. In October 1987 he moved to Toronto where he recorded two more important jazz CDs for the Sackville label, and in 2002 recorded his first CD as a vocalist/pianist/keyboardist. Steve now resides in Trent Hills.

 

Harry Ellis

Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker.  He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm  Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few. Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.

 

 

Sep
24
Sun
Barry Lovegrove
Sep 24 @ 2:30 pm

 

Barry will be performing and telling some stories about his short but interesting time playing professionally in the UK in the early sixties. He will also tell how he obtained his 1962 Gibson J45.

 

“I was fortunate to be around if you can say that in the early sixties playing the guitar with local bands. At the age of sixteen I had the opportunity to play in a professional band called” The Nite Sounds Combo”.  Then went onto play with Jet Harris and his original band after he left Cliff Richard and the Shadow called “The Jet Blacks” While playing with Jet & The Jet Blacks I had the opportunity in touring with some very well-known Artist and some are still going strong today

It was interesting time back then in British Music scene things were really starting to happen. I played proficiently for about two and a half years and will be talking about some of my experiences showing some old photos and memorabilia and even singing a few songs with my Old Gibson J45.

 Find out more about me on my website: www.barrylovegrove.ca”

Sep
30
Sat
The Marigolds
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm

SOLD OUT

Charismatic! Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick and Caitlin Hanford, three of Canada’s top singer/songwriters, have combined their talents to form the Marigolds. Accompanied by drummer Randall Coryell, the Marigolds are part bluesy, part jazzy, and part traditional country and bluegrass, specializing in angelic harmonies and gutsy playing. Delivering with skill and grace, the Marigolds are a roots-music supergroup in full bloom.

 

“Each one of these women has loads of charisma, talent, versatility… a very powerful performance, indeed.” – Don Osburn/Artistic Director, Deep Roots Festival, Nova Scotia

In 2010 the Marigolds were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Instrumentally the lineup features Suzie Vinnick on lead guitar, Caitlin Hanford on rhythm guitar, Gwen Swick on electric bass, and Randall Coryell on drums.
The Marigolds have performed at concerts  and major festivals  across Canada, including MariposaHome CountyBlue SkiesFolk Harbour in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Northern LightsFolk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival.
The Marigolds pack a diverse repertoire with a winning delivery. Each Marigold brings a unique gift to the musical table and, as a group, they run with it. They have fun on stage, and it shows. The past several years have witnessed the joy audiences have found in the Marigolds music and, thus, their rise in the Canadian roots music arena.
The Marigolds have a genuine affection for the timeless and classic genres of traditional country and bluegrass, Appalachian ballads and the blues. They celebrate this rich history on their second Juno-nominated CD, That’s the State I’m In. The fourteen original songs are an inspired journey through lost love, found love, redemption and optimism.
“Such beauty and pure brilliance doesn’t come along often… five out of five stars.”

– Maverick Magazine, UK roots magazine

All members of the Marigolds also enjoy solo careers. As well, Suzie performs with Rick Fines and Betty and the Bobs, and Gwen and Caitlin perform with Quartette alongside Sylvia Tyson and Cindy Church.

Oct
4
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Oct
6
Fri
Kellie Loder
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm

Kellie Loder is a Juno Nominated singer / songwriter from Newfoundland & Labrador, and very much a part of the vibrant artistic community she grew up in. Loder has a voice, which the NL Telegram describes as “so
powerful, yet serene and soulful”. Loder is quickly becoming recognized as one of the province’s most prolific songwriters bringing honest, dynamic feeling and lyrically driven content to each song. Her melodies never fail to get stuck in the heads of her audience, and are accompanied always by a powerful performance.


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On February 3rd, 2017, Loder released to radio “Boxes”, a teaser & prerelease to her upcoming album “Monster”, set for release in December 2017. Loder’s 3rd full length album is in the final stages of completion, and she and her team are currently setting up a fall songwriting trip to Toronto. This trip will include a mini tour of ON and pockets of QC in order to help build on her current fan base. Strategic Toronto showcase are being set up for the industry professionals in order to help us find the right home with the right team. This is all a huge part of making sure the right decisions and timing sync perfectly with the album launch. Loder has opened for successful artists like Amelia Curran, Alan and Northern Ireland’s songwriting sensation Paul Brady. Others played with are Ria Mae, The East Pointers, Matt Mays, Repartee, Fortunate Ones, Sherman Downey, and more. Loder has showcased at the ECMA’s, MusicNL Week, and CMW. She was named regional winner, and a top ten finalist in the 2015 National CBC Searchlight Competition. In 2015 and 2016, Loder was selected from the
many applicants for the Bell Media Songwriting Challenge. This opportunity introduced her to the idea of co-writing and also to the collaboration with award-winning songwriter / producer Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse) who produced & mixed a few trax on her upcoming album. The Bell Media Songwriting Challenge also introduced Loder to Sandy Pandya, and that ultimately led to Loder signing a
worldwide publishing deal with Pandyamonium Music Publishing.

 

Watch Music NL Award Nominated Music Video of The Year “Boxes”

DISCOGRAPHY

Pre-Album Single: “Boxes” (+ Music Video) –
February 3rd, 2017
Album Release: December 8, 2017
Single: “Telescope” – October 6, 2017
2012 “On This Drive” – Second Cup / “Songs of
Summer” Compilation
2010 – “My Prayer” and “Until My Breath Runs Dry”
– YC Compilation
2010 “Imperfections & Directions” – Juno
Nominated Sophomore Release
2009 “The Way”: Debut Release
2009 “Until My Breath Runs Dry“ – KAOS Radio
Compilation

Awards & Accomplishments

2017 Co-Publishing deal: Pandyamonium Music Publishing
2017 Ocean Quest – “Out On The Ocean” – Synch
Licensing (Tourism Advertisement)
2016 Bell Media Songwriting Challenge Winner
2016 Semi-Finalist – “What If I Believed” / International
Songwriting Competition
2016 Guest Speaker / St. John’s Allied Youth Conference
2015 – Creator & Curator, Local Songwriter’s Series
2015 Bell Media Songwriting Challenge Winner
2015 CBC Searchlight Competition – Regional
Winner/National Top 10
2014 National Distribution: “Imperfections & Directions”
/David C Cooke
2013 “Raise You Higher” charted #2 in Christian Radio
2013 CWIMA Showcase Winner – Nashville, TN
2012 Juno Nomination: Album of the Year/Christian/Gospel
2011 Nomination – Christian/Gospel Album of the Year –
Music NL
2009 Nomination – Female Artist of the Year – Music NL
2009 Nomination – Christian/Gospel Album of the Year –
Music NL
2009 Talent Search

Oct
11
Wed
Wine Wit and Wisdom
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm

Xi Beta Zeta is holding a LADIES NIGHT called Wine, Wit & Wisdom on Wednesday 11th of  October  at the Old Church Theatre. The cost is only $5.00 at the door.   Come along and bring a friend. Please RSVP so we can count you in!

The Wine is for enjoyment, Wit is for humour and the Wisdom is for the answers, combined they make for a great evening…It is a Quiz Night with 8 rounds of Questions and 2 rounds of Picture Quiz. The winning team’s members will each get a prize.

Doors and bar opens at 6PM, games starts at 6:30.

 

Oct
14
Sat
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm

 SOLD OUT

It’s probably a good thing Carlos wasn’t there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Neil Young and Bob Dylan can probably roll with it when he says they are very mediocre harmonica players. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols.

Carlos has been awarded Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.

To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”, they could just as well be called “The Jazz Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.

 

 

For more information about Carlos: http://www.carlosdeljunco.com

 

photo - Milton Young

photo – Milton Young

2010 JUNO NOMINATION for STEADY MOVIN’ cd

1997 – 2013 Harmonica Player of the Year – EIGHT time WINNER

2005 “Best Blues” Award – NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON

1998 JUNO NOMINATION for BIG BOY cd

1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award: Jazz Report Magazine

1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship – Trossingen, Germany Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

QUOTES:

“…a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso..
Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail

“One listen to the man who bent his first notes on the harmonica at the age of fourteen and it’s obvious he’s in a class with such greats as Toots Theilemans, Paul Butterfield, and Howard Levy…
Peter North – The Edmonton Journal

“FOUR (out of 4) STARS – Latest Cd Review: MONGREL MASH
It’s not likely that you’ll ever hear the harmonica played so well and in so many different ways than at the hands of Cuban-born Torontonian Carlos del Junco. But what makes his album an especial treat is the sheer let’s-do-it positive energy that radiates from the eclectic collection of nine tracks. Mongrel Mash refers to the crazy mix of styles, ranging from deep, heavy-duty blues-rock (“Mojo”) to Herb Alpert’s slightly cheesy “Slick,” and jivin’ “Lil’ Laptop” to sweet, rootsy ballad “The Field,” which arrives via languid dobro set-up. Del Junco may be the headliner, but the songs and arrangements shine the light on an excellent band of equals who all get some time in the sonic spotlight. There is something here to put a smile on anyone’s face — and it only gets better with each listen. My favourite: Del Junco’s own “My Favourite Uncle,” a gently hip-swinging sweep down Louisiana way.
John Terauds – TORONTO STAR

Oct
18
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Oct
19
Thu
Sharpen the Acts – One Act Play Festival
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS
PART II
Each performance, three original one act plays.
Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue.  Our MC for the evening is Peter Snell.

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THE UNDOING OF BILLY SLIM   written by Conrad Beaubien, directed by Lisa Morris,  starring Sydnee Wilson and Darren Moore

 

 ” The King is Dead” … The King of door to door that is.  A mentor to Alfie and something different to kin, Francine.  How much do they have in common?  Only time will tell.  

 

LAST REFUGE    written by Matthew Sheahan, directed by Mihal Zada, starring Heather Barker, Leah Snyder and Trevor MacPherson 

Two survivors of a ghastly epidemic take refuge in an abandoned church. Except it’s not so abandoned. And what’s inside might be worse than what’s out there.

 

MAYBE FLOWERS  written by Peter Paylor, directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Matthew Sheahan and Victoria Farrell

Constance and Arthur couldn’t be more different. She’s got enough money to buy whatever she wants; he’s a burglar down on his luck. But when what Constance wants isn’t for sale and hires Arthur to steal it for her…well…maybe they aren’t so different after all.

Performances:

Thursday, October 19th, 7:30 PM, Friday, October 20th, 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 22nd, 2 PM
$15 advance, $20 at the door

 

Oct
20
Fri
Sharpen the Acts – One Act Play Festival
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS
PART II
Each performance, three original one act plays.
Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue.  Our MC for the evening is Peter Snell.

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THE UNDOING OF BILLY SLIM   written by Conrad Beaubien, directed by Lisa Morris,  starring Sydnee Wilson and Darren Moore

 

 ” The King is Dead” … The King of door to door that is.  A mentor to Alfie and something different to kin, Francine.  How much do they have in common?  Only time will tell.  

 

LAST REFUGE    written by Matthew Sheahan, directed by Mihal Zada, starring Heather Barker, Leah Snyder and Trevor MacPherson 

Two survivors of a ghastly epidemic take refuge in an abandoned church. Except it’s not so abandoned. And what’s inside might be worse than what’s out there.

 

MAYBE FLOWERS  written by Peter Paylor, directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Matthew Sheahan and Victoria Farrell

Constance and Arthur couldn’t be more different. She’s got enough money to buy whatever she wants; he’s a burglar down on his luck. But when what Constance wants isn’t for sale and hires Arthur to steal it for her…well…maybe they aren’t so different after all.

Performances:

Thursday, October 19th, 7:30 PM, Friday, October 20th, 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 22nd, 2 PM
$15 advance, $20 at the door

 

Oct
21
Sat
Hit That Jive Jack
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm

​We just heard the news that Dan Fewings, the lead comic in Three Martinis  is ill and cannot go on with the show.  However, Rob Phillips and Howard Baer will bring a whole new show on Saturday night!

HIT THAT JIVE JACK

. featuring The Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio

. playing the best of Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Nat King Cole & Mose Allison

. with Rob Phillips PIANO/VOCAL, Curtis Cronkwright DRUMS & Howard Baer onBass

Sneak preview…The trio will also perform several Rob Phillips originals from his recently recorded and soon to be released CD!

If you can come, we’ll see you then and thanks for going with the flow!

If you were only in it for the laughs, we understand and you can request a refund.

Thanks for your understanding and we all wish Dan a speedy recovery.

Lesley & Brian

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Howard Baer

upright bass

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction.

 

Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

 

Rob Phillips

piano

Rob Phillips has been performing on the piano in the Peterborough area for the past 30 years.  At age six, he began classical piano studies and soon, with the encouragement of his piano teacher, fell in love with boogie woogie piano.  In high school, he started up his first pop/rock/soul groups and also began jazz piano studies with the great Brian Browne.  After studies at Trent University, Phillips was awarded a scholarship to the University of Alabama to study jazz and classical piano.

 

After formal studies, Phillips began teaching, performing, and recording with many local musicians.  A six year stint as one of the musical directors for The Second City theatre company as well as being musical director for many local groups has Phillips performing with a variety of well-known musicians.  Over the years he has performed with The Rick Fines Trio, the Chelsey Bennett Band, Beau Dixon, Ada Lee, Bridget Foley, Ronnie Hawkins, The Lemon Sisters, The Weber Brothers, and The Three Martinis comedy improv group.

 

Curtis Cronkwright

drums

Curtis Cronkwright is a working drummer and teacher living in Lakefield Ontario.  Known as an all around player, he currently plays with many acts in the Peterborough area in various styles ranging from jazz, funk and R&B, to reggae.  Curtis has been the drum instructor at Lakefield College School since 2011.

Oct
22
Sun
Sharpen the Acts – One Act Play Festival
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS
PART II
Each performance, three original one act plays.
Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue. Our MC for the evening is Peter Snell.

 

 


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THE UNDOING OF BILLY SLIM  written by Conrad Beaubien, directed by Lisa Morris,  starring Sydnee Wilson and Darren Moore

” The King is Dead” … The King of door to door that is.  A mentor to Alfie and something different to kin, Francine.  How much do they have in common?  Only time will tell.

 

LAST REFUGE    written by Matthew Sheahan, directed by Mihal Zada, starring Heather Barker, Leah Snyder and Trevor MacPherson

Two survivors of a ghastly epidemic take refuge in an abandoned church. Except it’s not so abandoned. And what’s inside might be worse than what’s out there.

 

MAYBE FLOWERS  written by Peter Paylor, directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Matthew Sheahan and Victoria Farrell

Constance and Arthur couldn’t be more different. She’s got enough money to buy whatever she wants; he’s a burglar down on his luck. But when what Constance wants isn’t for sale and hires Arthur to steal it for her…well…maybe they aren’t so different after all.

Performances:

Thursday, October 19th, 7:30 PM, Friday, October 20th, 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 22nd, 2 PM
$15 advance, $20 at the door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
23
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Roxanne de Bastion
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm

Roxanne de Bastion reminds us that great lyrics do have a place in pop music. With a nod to 1960’s psychedelia, Roxanne delivers thoughtful social and personal commentary soaked in piano & cello arrangements.

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Born in Berlin to a musical, bilingual family, she started composing and performing at the age of 15. Soon after, Roxanne moved to London, equipped with her guitar, her songs and a one-way ticket.  Glastonbury’s legendary acoustic stage, a showcase at Folk Alliance in the USA, opening for Hayes Carll, Martha Wainwright, Ricky Ross and Thea Gilmore as well as touring in her own right across Europe only account for a handful of events that filled by Roxanne’s diary over the past twelve months.

Her debut album and follow-up EP garnered support from BBC6, Xfm, The Sunday Times, R2 Magazine to name a few. In Germany, Roxanne has even made the prime time news together with Taylor Swift in a feature on the future of music as well as receiving national press in FAZ and Intro Magazine.  Roxanne de Bastion is no stranger to the independent music scene supporters across Europe.

In addition to her own music, Roxanne is an advocate of artist rights and represents independent artists on the board of the FAC.

One of the most perfect voices Ive ever heard – Tom Whalley, BBC6

Standout numberastonishingly assured – The Sunday Times

If you ever get a chance to see her live definitely do! – BBC Introducing

Oct
26
Thu
Instant Rivalry
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

The County’s own Instant Rivalry !

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Nov
1
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
4
Sat
Al Lerman
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm

Al Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and leader of the two-time Juno Award winning band Fathead RETURNS to the Old Church!

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Outside of his 2X Juno Award winning band Fathead, AL LERMAN has built a solid career touring as an solo blues/roots artist, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and rack harmonica. Considered among the top harmonica players in the country, his prowess on the instrument has earned him several Maple Blues nominations. His saxophone and harmonica has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. A full-time musician for over forty years with a stunning catalogue of original material, Lerman casts a magical spell on his audience employing ace musicianship, laid-back humour and plenty of heartfelt soul.
“Lerman’s compositions are, for the most part, quietly unassuming mini-masterpieces. He is an absolute master… every note tempered by experience yet delivered with undiminished energy and enthusiasm, and Lerman has clearly taken the time to get things right – despite being his solo debut, this is the work of a mature and thoughtful artist. Lerman has a winner here – highly recommended!”
-John Taylor, Blinded By Sound

“Lerman, a super harp player, singer and guitarist has assembled a cool all acoustic set he should be proud of.”
-B-Man’s Blues Report, USA

“With no-one to lean on up there, he takes right over, and puts on the kind of show you want as a blues fan, a great voice and fine playing.”
-CBC Radio

“For those looking for great acoustic blues, Al Lerman is a must!”
-Rootstime (Belgium)

“An album in which one of Canada’s best harp players, singer/songwriters sits down and offers up a stunning twelve song performance. One of my favourites so far for this year.”
-John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

“One of Canada’s finest examples of how good blues harp should be played… and a solid reminder of his skills as a songwriter. You’ll find many highlights here as Al stuts his stuff. Lerman is a hard-working musician who proves himself worthy of his rightful piece of the pie.
-Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada

Nov
8
Wed
John Wort Hannam
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm

It’s a long, hard road – figuratively and literally – from a teaching job on a southern Alberta First Nation’s reserve to a Juno-nominated roots music career with performances at The Kennedy Centre, The Smithsonian, and Trafalgar Square, but he wouldn’t trade the journey for the world.


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Born in Jersey, Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught Grade Nine on reserve for five years.  He decided he wanted to pursue a career in music after hearing Loudon Wainwright III in 1997.

Now a prize-winning songwriter and performer touring internationally, John Wort Hannam is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common folk through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast country of ours.

John is accompanied by Scott Duncan on this tour and we’re happy they have included the Old Church Theatre as one of their stops

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With a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this born storyteller shares the personal and the profound.  Thriving on live performance, John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience.

 

Since quitting his teaching job in 2002, John has released six albums, performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and written official song for the 2011 Alberta Winter Games.

He won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award in 2007.  He’s been nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards – winning in 2010 for Contemporary Album of the Year.  He also earned a 2010 Juno nod for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year – Solo, and he has three times won the Grand Prize in the Calgary Folk Festival Song Competition.

Nov
11
Sat
Songs That Won the War
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Lenni Stewart, Michael Monis, Harry Ellis and Howard Baer return to the Old Church Theatre as we recognize our quilt’s 100th year, made in 1917 for the WW1 effort.   The evening will included an array of the unforgettable ‘Songs That Won the War’ from both World Wars.

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Canadian songstress Lenni Stewart delivers the ‘swing’ every time to the enduring tunes of the American Songbook, Broadway Jazz & Torch.

With class, sass, charm, sophistication and a dose of The Comedienne, Lenni is a stage persona that is compelling to the senses and a tickle to the funny bone.

Critics describe her as “…an amazing talent” having “…a distinctive vocal magic.  Her voice is beautiful, sensual and vibrant.” An evening with Lenni Stewart  is CLASSY, SASSY, SOPHISTICATED …and unforgettable!

 

Comfortable in any musical style, and active in the Toronto music scene for well over thirty years, Michael Monis has toured extensively and worked both in studio and on stage with countless jazz greats from Moe Koffman to Jane Bunnett.  Son of legendary guitar master Hank Monis, Michael currently resides with his family in Millbrook, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker.  He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm  Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few. Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.

 

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.