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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
Mon
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.

Nov
12
Sun
Rett Wills – Sunday Church Blues
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm

 

Rett Wills with  Mike ‘Ace’ Acerra, are hosting a monthly Sunday afternoon blues series, featuring great guest musicians from across Ontario.

“We want to change-up the guests, sound and tunes, so each date is fresh and different.” Rett says. “That way when people come out a second and third time, they see and hear something new. Our first two shows had the audience up and dancing.”

This month’s Sunday Church Blues features Ed Quinn (Ed’s Garage) along with Tim Campbell and Steve Coupland.

This is a ‘pass the hat’ event to support the musicians (suggested donation $10)

 

Nov
15
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
17
Fri
Ken Yates
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

Since first planting roots within the Canadian music scene in 2011, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest singer/songwriters. He has just been nominated for  “Songwriter of the year” and “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2017  Canadian Folk Music Awards.  His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on Yates’ new album, Huntsville.

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Produced by Jim Bryson (Weakerthans, Kathleen Edwards), Yates’ second full-length effort is a major stylistic step forward, with its 11 tracks capturing his artistic evolution amid extensive touring over the past three years. “Keep Your Head Down,” with its subtle, driving groove, opens the album like a train pulling out at dawn, with vast, open vistas lying ahead. Those come into focus on other key tracks such as “Once More To The Lake,” “Roll Me On Home” and “The Best Part Of Leaving.” Yet, everywhere on the album, echoes of the Canadian songwriting tradition, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn to Ron Sexsmith, are apparent, proving that with Huntsville, Ken Yates is ready to join that exalted company. A native of London, Ontario (a few hours’ drive south of the actual Huntsville), Yates studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. His first release, The Backseat EP, came out in 2011, followed by his full-length debut, twenty-three in 2013. One track on that album caught the ear of fellow Berklee alum John Mayer, who commented in a lengthy blog post, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.’ This song moved me when I first heard it, and it still does today.”

 

Nov
24
Fri
The Rebel of Hungerford
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

The year 1837 was not a happy time in Upper Canada. The young colony was going through some serious growing pains that eventually erupted into open Rebellion. History seems to have made little of this affair. But if you look a little more closely you will find that political dissatisfaction was widespread and particularly violent in our own area. Pierre Lesage was one of those early settlers who were caught in the middle of the turmoil. Arrested for treason, he is eventually acquitted with the help of a young lawyer by the name of John A. MacDonald. Pierre recounts his experiences and, in doing so, helps us to consider the legal foundation of a colony and the role of those who saw themselves as ordained to rule, and those who find that rule contrary to their principles of justice.

Pierre’s great-great-great grandson, Mark Lesage, decided to make a dramatic retelling of the circumstances surrounding these events and the times in which they occurred. Be forewarned, this is not an objective historical narration. Pierre will recount his experiences complete with all the sectarian and political prejudices of the age. So, if you’re ready to “get your Rebel on!”, join us at the Old Church Theatre for this new, very Canadian play.


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Nov
25
Sat
Cris Cuddy
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm

Cris Cuddy is a singer and songwriter who started out in the folkie era, recording two LP’s as Jeremy Dormouse with some talented friends including David “Fiddlin’ Zeke” Mazurek, before becoming leader of popular Canadian indie rootsrock-reggae band Max Mouse and the Gorillas, whose ranks have included such brilliant musicians as Dennis Delorme (Prairie Oyster), Roly Platt (Ronnie Hawkins), Hugh MacMillan (Spirit of the West) and Tony Quarrington (Joe Hall and the Continental Drift).


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Cris has recorded many solo CD’s and his song “Gone Again” is featured on the Grammy nominated CD by Claire Lynch “North by South”. His songs have also been recorded by several other artists including Canada’s perennial Juno Award Winners Prairie Oyster and International Bluegrass Music Award (IBMA) winning bluegrass artists Jim Hurst and the Spinney Bros.
Cuddy’s mentor, songwriting great Mickey Newbury (writer of “American Trilogy” by Elvis) chose his tale of Old Blue Eyes “What if Frankie Doesn’t
Like It” for inclusion as a segue on his masterful “Long Road Home”.  His songs often mirror various regions of his cross-country travels, for example “Paramount Cafe” remembering a much-loved Lethbridge eatery, “Keep the Change” describing the late night joints frequented by travellers of all stripes, “Way out West” reprising his love of the Big Sky country, “The Night the Lights Went Out” in memory of legendary St. John’s singer Ron Hynes, “Song Upon a Winter Day” for the great Willie P. Bennett, “Na-Na-Nanaimo” about being on the skids on those streets and, outside his Canadian roots, a song of longing for “Dear Elvis”, “What if Frankie Doesn’t Like It”, and “Natalie Wood 1963” in praise of the star-crossed beauty as well as many others.
His solo recordings have featured such great musicians as guitarist Albert Lee, Gene Taylor (Fabulous Thunderbirds) on piano and Kevin Breit (Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones), multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (Jack White, Tom Russell), Andrew Hardin (Tom Russell), Memphis George Bradfute (Paul Burch, Phil Lee, Webb Wilder, Jason Ringenburg) and members of Mary Margaret O’Hara and Big Sugar.
Check out Cris talking about and playing Long and Lonesome Old Freight Train, a song that has been recorded by Prairie Oyster, Catfish Willie and IBMA guitar star Jim Hurst:

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Dec
2
Sat
Good Night Irenes
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm

 

Kingston folk group The Goodnight Irenes perform at the Old Church Theatre Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 advance $15 at the door.

 


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The Goodnight Irenes (Al Duquette, Jon McLurg, and Chris Morris) are a folk trio from Kingston, Ontario. Three singers, two guitars, one fiddle, and over 500 songs at their disposal: Traditional and original folk, classic country, bluegrass, blues, fiddlin’ tunes … no rules, no limits, no setlists!

 

Dec
6
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Dec
8
Fri
Rob Lutes
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for
years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with
depth, humour and a unique musical style.

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Just announced:  Rob Lutes, 2017 Maple Blues Awards Nominee ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR and SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR.

Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, Walk in the Dark is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada’s finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on There’s No Way to Tell You That Tonight) and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental Spence).
Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal’s Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes’s soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem Rocky Mountain Time, the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. “This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much,” Lutes says. “With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that.”

Dec
10
Sun
Jimmy Bowskill
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Jimmy Bowskill is a multi-instrumentalist whose professional career stared at age 11 when discovered by Jeff Healey.  Immediately his first recording session was set up which let to Jimmy being the youngest Juno nominee ever.


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He spent the next decade plus touring North America and Europe, released 6 critically acclaimed albums and shared billings with Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top and dozens more while selling out theatres and halls as a headliner.

Jimmy currently plays lead guitar for The Sheepdogs (the only Canadian group to make the cover of Rolling Stone) and he plays Pedal Steel, Mandolin and Violin for Blue Rodeo, two of Canada’s biggest bands. He is a sought after studio musician as it generally only takes him one take to get his part down (also playing horns, keys, drums and doing string arrangements) and on top of this he has perfect pitch. His latest project was playing on and co-producing the latest Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeos solo album.

Accompanying Jimmy is Ian McKeown, Bowskill’s right hand man. Ian has been playing music with Jim for 5 years, involved in several of his projects, playing  drums  in Jim’s Rock Band, Bass in Jim’s Blues Band and Steel Guitar in Jim’s Bluegrass Band. Ian lives in Toronto and is another sought after multi-instrumentalist.

This will be an incredible evening of original songs, Roots and Blues Classics and some fine pickin’. By the way, all this talent and experience and they are only 25 years old!

Dec
14
Thu
‘Tis the Season
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

‘Tis the season to enjoy the gift of fantastic live music and to give back to the fine musicians who perform it for us.  We are having a “Donations-to-the-Artists” night of seasonal, traditional, folk, original and over all, a top notch variety of music.

Featuring:Saskia Tomkins, Lotus Wight and Luke Mercier.

 

Saskia Tomkins, from the UK, moved to Ontario in 2007 with her family, bringing with them a wealth of musical talent and experience. Saskia’s musical abilities on bowed strings are wide ranging, from classical to celtic, to gypsy-jazz, to songwriter accompaniment. After seeing Stefan Grappelli perform 3 times, she completed a BA in Jazz and popular music.
She has played with countless artists in many genres, including Uriah Heep’s 30th anniversary concert, improvising with dancers at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and learning cello for Michael Bogdanov and the English Shakespeare Company. She has recorded on over 60 albums for other artists and several with her own groups. Saskia is also the All Britain Champion for Irish Fiddle.

Saskia will be playing Violin, Viola and Nyckelharpa for this concert.

 

 

In the decades which book-ended the turn of our century, Lotus Wight embraced the music over which he had obsessed since his childhood. He traveled and dwelled in the cradles of their conception and birth. The Carolinas, the Mississippi Valley, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New England fed him the sounds of tradition and helped to form his musical life.

Lotus is a songster, poet, fiddler and bluesman. Lotus currently holds the banjo chair for renowned international retro-nauts, Sheesham, Lotus and Son His thought-provoking show includes stories, jaw-harps and his controversial contrabass harmoniphoneum. Lotus has produced recordings for children’s television, animation projects, and JUNO award winner Jenny Whiteley.

 

 

 

Luke Mercier is master violin maker / restorer and an accomplished musician / composer residing in Spring Brook On.  His musical interests range from classical piano to Traditional Folk Roots and Country-Blues music where you may catch him playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin or singing with his guitar.

Dec
17
Sun
Soulful Jazzy Family Christmas
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a Soulful Jazzy Family Christmas Concert with Spencer and Oscar Evans. Special Guest Vocalist Savannah Shea,and extra special guest Jack Evans! Spencer plays Piano,Clarinet,Accordion,and Sings. Oscar plays Acoustic Bass,and Trumpet.


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They will play Seasonal favourites from Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, George Winston, Vince Guaraldi, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Traditional Carols and Classics. Savannah is a tremendous young singer who sings Soul and Jazz tunes from Eartha Kitt, and Diana Krall, to modern repertoire. Spencer’s Dad and Oscar’s Grandfather Jack will be on hand to lead a sing a long which he is famous for!

Spencer Evans has performed and recorded with many artists including Pat Temple, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, John Prine, Jill Barber, Good Lovelies, Dan Aykroyd, Maria Muldaur, Tragically Hip, Meaghan Smith and has toured throughout Canada,U.S. and Europe. He grew up in Quinte and regularly performs around the Kingston area which has been home for many years.

Dec
20
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
3
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
14
Sun
Dramatic Play Reading Series
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm
Dramatic Play Reading Series @ Old Church Theatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Details TBA

Jan
17
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
20
Sat
Durham County Poets
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm

Durham County Poets are from the Chateauguay valley located in Quebec, Canada. Their influences are varied, from blues to folk, from jazz to gospel, with elements of the Band, James Taylor, Jimmy Reed, even some Leon Redbone. Each member brings a different musical background to the band that marries into a sound that has been labeled as soulful folk.


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“This group plays bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer sits in his wheelchair and just kills every vocal. The recording on “River” has mostly an ambient sound with very little reverb. It gives the listener a sense of sitting in a living room somewhere, listening to the band crank out one great tune after another.”  Acoustic Live in New York City, album review

 

“The Poets lay down a sweet acoustic groove that’s subtle, yet captivating.  Utilizing strong players on double bass, acoustic guitar, stellar electric guitar, percussion utilizing primarily brushes, they gently work around Kevin Harvey’s soulful lead vocals.  I think every song I heard from them had at least one intriguing key change, further tenderizing the overall sound.  Both acoustic and electric guitars often played together, uttering an almost piano sound with their blend.  Watch for them next time they’re around.”  —Steve Tennant Medium

“Enjoy the groove and good humor of The Durham County Poets.”  John Platt, WFUV, radio (Fordham University Public Media)

“Il ne fait aucun doute qu’on a affaire à un collectif de musiciens chevronnés et talentueux: une des belles découvertes de l’année!”   Pierre Lamontagnele, Le net blues, 2014

“Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues. ”  Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Can.

Jan
27
Sat
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

Grier Coppins and The Urban Highlanders are coming back to church!

Bagpipes, whistles, 6-string violin, soprano sax, piccolo, clarinet, acoustic guitar, mandolin, an array of drums and percussion… all join the fray in an inspired musical dust up. Based in Toronto, the URBAN HIGHLANDERS  draw on a broad collection of influences to create original instrumentals, homemade and traditional tunes,  story-based songs and tales.

 


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In 2015 Grier Coppins began a monthly residence at the Cameron House, one of Toronto’s most storied musical venues. Starting as a duo playing mostly original songs, then as a trio adding tunes and instrumentals, the monthly performance spontaneously grew into a five-piece roots, cross-border organic musical adventure.
Thus, URBAN HIGHLANDERS were born.

The Band

Grier Coppins:

Grier  began his musical career on the street in Toronto playing bagpipes at the corner Yonge & Bloor in the mid 1970’s. He was an original member of critically acclaimed Canadian bagpipe/funksters

 

Rare Air in the 1980’s. In 1993 he founded Taxi Chain, a rhythm & blues infused cocktail of song & tune. Coppins has played almost every major folk fest in Canada & the USA.  He released a solo record, ‘The Prince that Nobody Knows’  in 2014 rated one of 2014’s top 10 by Penguin Egg’s Andy Donnelley, and has most recently recorded bagpipes with Al Tuck on his ‘Stranger at the Wake’ CD and on the Paul Gross film, ‘Hyena Road’.

Jim Bish:
Jim has is a versatile and wind-driven musical force that has played with such diverse acts as  Screaming’ Jay Hawkins, the Somalian Opera, Toronto Calypso combo Shak Shak, and Taxi Chain.

Ayron Mortley: 
Ayron is a tower of a man and musician that has performed extensively with Taxi Chain, the Mahones and his own band, The O’Deadlys, with his wife Lindsey. He is a graduate of the Humber College Music Program and also teaches guitar.

Chris Bartos:
Chris Bartos is a master class jazz guitarist and violinist and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played extensively with and/or produced recordings for Kaia Kater, Sarah Harmer, The Ennis Sisters, Jonathon Bird, the Barr Brothers, and Quique Escamilla. He has released one solo recording ‘Fort William’ to critical acclaim.

Larry Graves:
Larry has studied drumming extensively in Ghana, Africa and teaches drums. He is a composer and the musical leader a few local acts:  DRUMHAND, Surefire Sweat and Orkestra Gatigo. He was an original member of Juno nominated world beat orchestra Mr. Something Something.

Feb
3
Sat
Bill Durst
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm

Bill Durst is an award winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.


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Born in Wingham and growing up in London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul, British Blues, Hendrix and BBKing. Durst entered the national/international stage with his classic rock band Thundermug who had a number one hit in 1972. Thundermug recorded 5 albums, (3 albums in the 1970s, two CDs in the 1990s), releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill’s first two solo albums came in the eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.

 

 Awards & Nominations

  • Awarded – Best Canadian Blues Rock Album (Artist) 2014, Blues Underground Network
  • Awarded – Top 10 Blues Rock Albums (International) 2014, Blues Underground Network
  • Fan Voted – “Hard And Heavy” CD voted #2, Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2014, Blind Lemon Blues
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2014
  • Nominated – Electric Act of the Year, Maple Blue Awards 2014
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2013
  • Fan Voted – “Bill Durst Live” CD voted #5, Top 20 Canadian Blues CDs, Blind Lemon Blues 2013
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2013
  • Awarded – Best Canadian Live Blues CD “Bill Durst Live” 2013, Blues Underground Network
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2012
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2012
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2011s CDs 2011 Blind Lemon Blues
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2010
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2010
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2009
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2009
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2008
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2008
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2007
  • Inducted – Jack Richardson Hall of Fame, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
Feb
7
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
17
Sat
Dylan Ireland
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

Propelled by raw lyricism and earthy production, Dylan Ireland’s debut solo album Every Other Night is a powerful statement from an artist ready to carve out new folk-rock terrain.
The Peterborough, Ontario-based singer/songwriter has already made his mark on the Canadian music scene through his former band Express And Company. Their 2013 album, Ontario, contained the single “Carry Me Along,” which received heavy airplay on CBC Radio 2 and 3, and helped land showcases at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival—he earned the Emerging Artist Award at both—as well as South By Southwest.

With Every Other Night, Ireland has entered a new phase, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. Co-produced by Ireland and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Matthew Barber), Every Other Night’s stellar cast of contributors includes guitarists Jim Bryson and Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards), drummer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) and bassist Anna Ruddick (Daniel Romano, Bry Webb, Randy Bachman).

 

Feb
21
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mar
3
Sat
Kim Doolittle
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm

Details and tickets TBA

Kim Doolittle has shared the stage with many famous and infamous people from Jeff Healey to Serena Ryder and Rita MacNeil, and worn many musical hats, finally making herself at home with a sound married in roots blues, folk and a hint of alternative country. When you ask her what kind of music she plays, she simply says, “Kim Doolittle Music”, thus leading to the formation of Doo-A-Little Music a decade ago.

“As well as being a personable, engaging performer, she is a musician songwriter and storyteller”

Mar
7
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm