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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. 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).


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Standout tracks like “Hard Enough” and “It Goes Bad” rumble with the force of Kings Of Leon and recent Springsteen, providing the foundation for Ireland’s gripping vocals. Elsewhere, the rough and ready twang of “Time And Again” and “Downtown Habit” reimagines classic Americana, much like Ryan Adams did upon leaving his band Whiskeytown. Then there are the atmospheric ballads “Behind The Scenes” and “Silver Screen,” painted with broad strokes of haunting pedal steel, which reveal the depth of Ireland’s songwriting.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based Ireland 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.

Overall, Every Other Night marks a new phase in Ireland’s musical evolution, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. As Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor told him, why have a band when you’ve got a rock star name?

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Feb
21
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb
22
Thu
2ish
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Saskia Tomkins and Brandon Besharah  began playing as ‘2ish’ because they wanted to explore the passion, intensity and excitement that playing together brought and to share it with others.  Saskia and Brandon bring the listener closer to all aspects of their show with playful banter and improvisation. Their music has found a home in both Folk and Jazz roots idioms. 2ish has released 2 Cd’s: “Really” and “Whoteva”


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Introduced in 2007 by Saskia’s husband Steafan Hannigan, he2ish publicity photo told them they should work together because they “would create magic.”  After one gig,
they knew they were well matched in talent and ability, and the music seemed to connect on a much deeper, spiritual level.  They began
bringing their own compositions to the table and exploring them together, finding creative common ground; then writing together, a very personal
experience which neither  had successfully done with another musician before.

“A lot of work (and pleasure) goes into rehearsing the pieces. When on stage, we have the freedom to push limits as far as we are able, sharing the deep connection and fun that we have with our audience,” says Saskia.
Both Saskia and Brandon are professional musicians. Saskia trained in classical violin and celtic fiddle, graduated with a Jazz degree, and has balanced the books by teaching privately. She has played and recorded for many songwriters, rock bands and dance companies, and frequently works in theatre. She also leads the viola section in an
orchestra. Brandon spent many years playing saxophone in jazz big bands and quartets. He worked on cruise ships and had carved a name for himself in the 1990s as a solo guitarist, which was cut off by a car accident after
which he had to relearn how to walk and play. Brandon is also a graphic designer and cartoonist – he designs all of 2ish’s posters and CDs. 2ish is being recognized for their vibrant live performances.

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Mar
3
Sat
Kim Doolittle ~ A Different Kind Of Blue
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm

“January, 2018 marked 45 years as a Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller. Music is my life. I love to sing, write, play and tell stories about a life I had perfectly planned. Those plans went more curly than straight, teaching me that too many plans are laughable while those curves inform my Muse.

 


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Kim Doolittle

My 9th studio album feels like my first. “Into The Blue”, produced and largely co-written by Ken Whiteley is the sum of a 43 year artistic journey. It comes straight from the heart and the songs reflect a deep desire to move forward in my musical life authentically, with an eye on looking back at where it all began.

 

 

“Into The Blue” dropped April 8, 2017, charting on Stingray Music, The Blues Radio Network, CBC, Toronto Blues Society Charts, Blues and Routes Radio, and Folk Routes to name a few. The music is heavily influenced by Blues, Roots, Gospel, Folk and the varied tapestry woven at family Kitchen Parties courtesy of my native Nova Scotian childhood.

 

I am humbled to have been mentored by Ken Whiteley, my music could not have been placed in better hands. The songs are reflective and meant to create hope and optimism through strength, perseverance, trust and spirit. We cannot get enough of that in the world.

Gratefully, I will be out and about playing some tunes and spinning some yarns for those of you who might like to come to the shows. I anticipate putting a few miles on the RV in 2018, guitar in hand, so keep your eye on my site for dates near you and drop in and say hello.

I look forward to making your acquaintance and may all your blues be the musical kind”.

~ Kim Doolittle

 

Mar
7
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mar
9
Fri
Shane Cook, Joey Wright & Joseph Phillips
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

On March 9th, help us welcome the return to the Old Church award winning musicians Shane Cook, Joey Wright and Joe Phillips.  You’ll never heard strings like this!  Order now and don’t miss out.


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Shane Cook

A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today,” Cook has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. He also excels at styles ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian and Bluegrass. After a concert at The Opera House in Boston, the Boston Herald proclaimed “Shane Cook’s Celtic fiddling was enough to break hearts.”

In 2006, Shane retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and is the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age.

Shane’s most recent recognition came in 2012 when he received a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award as well as a Young Tradition Bearer Award, granted by the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival for his dedication and contribution to traditional and roots music in Canada.

In concert, Shane captivates audiences with his danceable playing that is as adventurous as it is technically thrilling. His expressive and virtually flawless performances place him in high demand among a variety of ensembles and collaborations that have seen him tour extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan.

 

Joey Wright

Joey Wright is a Juno-nominated songwriter, composer and performer from Toronto. Joey is well known for his lyrical and inspired guitar and mandolin playing. He is also highly regarded for his compositions and songwriting.
Joey was one of the leading lights in the explosive bluegrass, old time and traditional country scene in Toronto in the late 90’s. Joey joined Jenny Whiteley’s band in 1999, and their first two albums (Jenny Whiteley & Hopetown) both won Juno awards for Best Roots Traditional Album. In 2005 Joey joined Sarah Harmer’s band to record the album I’m A Mountain which earned him a gold record. In 2007 Joey collaborated with Jesse Zubot, Steve Dawson, Dan Whiteley and Joe Phillips to create his own album, Jalopy. Jalopy received a Juno nomination for Best Instrumental Album. Joey’s record Hatch was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and features his songwriting, production and arrangements. “…subtly sweet melodies and the stellar instrumental work of Wright and his accomplices… a dreamy, psychedelic folk vibe permeates.” Exclaim Magazine.

 

Joe Phillips

Born in Toronto, Joe Phillips has carved out a career as one of Canada’s most versatile double bassists. Currently playing with Art of Time Ensemble, The London Symphonia, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project and Payadora Tango Ensemble, he has also played and recorded both bass and guitar with Pierre Schryer, Shane Cook, Nuala Kennedy, Sarah Slean, David Braid, Andrew Downing, Miranda Mulholland, Jill Barber, Ruth Moody and the Wailin’ Jennys.
An accomplished classical musician, Joe has been the principal bassist of Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto and the Thunder Bay Symphony, and has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company and many other ensembles. Joe has had the opportunity to play with some of the best chamber musicians in Canada and the world through his work with the Sweetwater Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and has toured with Canadian chamber music supergroup, Octagon.

Mar
10
Sat
Campbell Wills Duo
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm

For those people who love great guitar playing and a relaxed evening of casual entertainment, Saturday March 10th at 7pm, is not to be missed.


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Like two good-old-boy-pickers, sittin’ on your front porch playing favorite tunes, they’ve enjoyed jamming for more than 25 years. Anything can, and probably will, happen.

Tim Campbell and Rett Wills both started playing at 12 years old, and can’t put the guitars down.

Come out and enjoy  a rare evening of fun entertainment.

Mar
11
Sun
Northern Voodoo – Sunday Church Blues
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm

 

old church theatreRett Wills,  Mike ‘Ace’ Acerra and Ed Quinn are Northern VooDoo. Join them and their special guests at our Sunday afternoon blues series.

“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 shows had the audience up and dancing.”

Feb 11th’s Sunday Church Blues features  Tim Campbell, Mark Smith and Steve Coupland.

 

March 11th’s featured guests TBA.

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

 

Mar
17
Sat
Seventh Town ~ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Day with Seventh Town, Irish Stew and green beer!


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seventh-town

Seventh Town is an acoustic celtic/folk group based in Prince Edward County, featuring Martin Smit on guitar and vocals, Trisha Elliott on vocals and tin and low whistles, Meghan Balogh on fiddle and vocals.

 

Seventh Town was established in 2008 and since then has performed at a wide variety of events, including concerts, historic events, Irish ceili dances, wineries, festivals and private functions throughout eastern Ontario.

Seventh Town draws its musical inspiration from traditional and contemporary folk songs, reels, and jigs from Irish, Scottish, and Canadian traditions.

“The harmony is flawless, the blend is beautiful, and they are absolutely together all the time.”

– Joyce Q., Florida, USA

“These musicians are the real deal — Canadian traditional music at its finest!”

– Suzanne Pasternak, Artistic Director, Kerosene Lamp Concert Series

Mar
21
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mar
24
Sat
Improvmonauts
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm

Watch the funny, talented people of the Belleville area make stuff up on the spot!
Come see the show for comedy that’s OUT OF THIS WORLD!

 

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Apr
4
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr
7
Sat
Harpdog Brown
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player.  He is a three-time Maple Blues Award Winner (2014, 2015 and 2016), Fraser Valley Music Award Winner, three-time Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee, Juno Nominee and the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016 he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. The album features a duet with Charlie Musselwhite and was produced by the Beale Street Blues Bopper himself, Little Victor with guest appearances from Kid Andersen, Big John Atkinson and more.


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HARPDOG BROWN HAS BEEN CALLED A BLUES EVANGELIST:

And Blues Evangelist is a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it i

s” he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A

 

nd I do heal people if they pay attention to the good messages in the

 

songs I choose.” He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40’s and early 50’s. Harpdog says “Blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that’s ok.”

Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life – “a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I think I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said ‘this is where you belong, son’. So the blues became my circus and there’s no better way to travel than with a classic blues band!”

His recent album release Travelin’ With The Blues has hit numerous roots and blues charts including Living Blues and holding steady in the top five Classic Blues Albums on Roots Music Report for North America. This follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).

 

Apr
8
Sun
Séan McCann
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm

Séan McCann bought his first guitar in 1989 which he affectionately calls “Old Brown”. Old Brown has been around. He was there for the first song Séan ever wrote. He was there as Séan founded the acclaimed and multi-million selling band that would change his life. He was there to hold Séan up many a night as he struggled with alcoholism, and he has been there to help guide Séan out of the darkness with music as his medicine.


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Sean McCann

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John Lennon once sang “You can live a lie until you die. One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.” After exiting the internationally renowned folk group Great Big Sea and publicly admitting a secret past in which he used alcohol to mask the pain of sexual abuse by a priest ; Séan stopped lying to himself and found his truth and his own voice. With the release of his 5th solo album, “There’s a Place”, he continues his journey as a singer, songwriter, and now a sought after speaker and mental health advocate with Old Brown by his side and a simple message: “You are not alone.”

His 2014 album “Help Your Self” was a battle cry; a line in the sand which announced that he was ready to change and it resonated with people in a way Séan never could have expected. It helped him understand that he wasn’t alone and that telling his story could help others as much as it helped him. 2015’s “You Know I Love You” was inspired by the love he found in sharing that story and an attempt to find a new and real connection in a world that had turned inward to its smart phones. Now comes “There’s a Place” which was produced by Jeremy Fisher, features the beautiful voice of Nova Scotia singer/songwriter Meaghan Smith, and is a collection of songs from a man who is trying to keep his head up when we are tempted to keep them buried in our screens; it’s the story of a man no longer crippled by a lie and who has changed his narrative by not letting his history define him and never forgetting……that he is not alone. – Matt Wells

Apr
13
Fri
Michael Schatte
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm

It is no exaggeration to say that Michael Schatte (pronounced SHAW-tee) has emerged as one of the most compelling guitarists and singer/songwriters on the North American roots music scene. Since early 2015, when he was a top-eight finalist at the Memphis International Blues Challenge and performed at Tennessee’s historic Orpheum Theatre, Schatte has appeared on some of the continent’s best festival and theatre stage’s

michael Schattewinning new fans and a reputation for world-class musicianship by way of more than 200 concerts in Canada and the United States. Though Schatte loves the blues (and evidently does it well), it’s just one ingredient in what he calls Eclectic Electric Roots Music, a brew of original rock, blues, celtic, bluegrass, country and rockabilly he’s been writing, recording, and performing throughout his career.


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This unique blend of genres is delivered with stunning impact on his latest studio album, Turn Back the Vikings. Recorded in his home base of Toronto and mixed in Austin, Texas by Simon Tassano (the live and studio engineer of choice for folk-rock legend Richard Thompson, whose Sam Jones is the sole cover song on Vikings), the new album is Michael’s finest work to date, prompting Britain’s Blues Matters! magazine to call him “one of the best undiscovered songwriters of our times.” Intelligent lyrics, hook-filled arrangements, and Schatte’s rich singing voice certainly have a way of capturing attention, but it’s his work on a certain six-string plank of wood that ties it all together musically.

Lee, Mark Knopfler and of course the aforementioned Richard Thompson as major influences on both his electric and acoustic fingerstyle playing. Reviewing a recent concert at Aeolian Hall in London, The Beat Magazine described Schatte as “one of Canada’s best-kept secrets and certainly one of its most skilled rock performers,” citing his “masterful manipulation of the guitar” and a vocal style “as polished as his picking.”

 

Apr
15
Sun
Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kingston musicians Tracie Morgan, Spencer Evans , Adam Hodge , Brian Flynn , Christina Tracy, Stu Pike, and special guest Roger James reprise last year’s highly successful performance of the words and music of Canadian singer/ songwriter / poet Leonard Cohen.

Hope you will be able to join us for this wonderful  tribute to the great Canadian icon Leonard Cohen.

 

We will present a matinee performance at 2PM and an evening performance at 7:30PM.


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Apr
18
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr
21
Sat
Taylor Angus
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm

Judging by the early success of the new EP’s saucy, guitar-goosed focus track, ‘You’re Gonna Wish I Stayed,’ it looks like Taylor Angus’ desire to “shoot for the moon and land among the stars” is very much on track.


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​Recorded over a few intense days in winter 2017 at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios with bassist Oscar Ansetti guesting, Sympathy For You is a snapshot of Angus and Brown’s total convergence as a duo after performing solo: she at Ottawa Bluesfest and recording a demo with legendary producer Thom Panunzio at Interscope Studios in Los Angeles, and he winning multiple guitar and songwriting awards across Ontario.

​The duo’s easy harmony is palpable in songs like ‘Cry Me A River’ which finds Angus’ voice draped like a shawl across Brown’s supple acoustic guitar, and in the earwormy and sprightly ‘Your Choice’ which, along with plaintive ballad ‘Lay Down,’ features Brown sharing lead vocals for the first time.

​Though they tend to write songs separately, Angus and Brown confirm their status as a couple impacts their music. “There is a chemistry people pick up on,” Brown says. “We love each other and we love the songs and, without getting too cheesy, that’s prevalent whenever we perform. People just seem to get into a good mood… whether we’re playing a pub or a concert hall.”

 

​That Sympathy For You comes with 3D glasses to better enhance its cover image is further proof the couple follows their instinct no matter what. “It is an undertaking to include the glasses in the CD,” Angus laughs. “But we thought it would be cool.”

 

Sometimes, cool is enough… especially when you boast the inimitable sound and style of Taylor Angus.

Apr
22
Sun
Pat Temple
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Apr
26
Thu
Red Dirt Skinners
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

Sublime, genre-defying musicianship.  The Red Dirt Skinners are the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards.

Drawing on influences as diverse as Acker Bilk and ACDC, this unique duo are breaking all the rules and creating a whole new sound. Without fail, audiences are on their feet at the end of a Red Dirt Skinners show, and all are saying the same thing…”that’sred dirt refreshingly different”.


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Here’s what people are saying about their album called BEHIND THE WHEEL :

“Divine Harmonies, the Red Dirt Skinners just keep getting better and better. I love them to bits. Quality music”. Dave Raven, the Raven and Blues Show

“Now five albums to the good, Sussex husband and wife combo Rob and Sarah Skinner have reached a career zenith with Behind The Wheel. Its nine songs exude confidence in writing, performance and production” David Innes, Blues And More Again

“This album is delightful. I’ll be listening to this for some time to come”. Andy Snipper. Music News.

“Behind The Wheel is a beautiful, mature piece of work by two class musicians. Make sure you put it on the top of your shopping list.” The Blues Man in the Hat. Blues in Britain Magazine.

“A glittering ride of originality full of integrity, inspiration and individuality.” 10/10 Bluesdoodles.

“Simply get this CD ASAP and listen to the accomplished musicianship and cool vocal harmonies and try not to force it into any other category than “excellent”” Ian McKenzie, Blues In The South

“Is there a genre called Damn Fine Music? If so, that’s where you’ll find this.” Paul Stewart, Pablo and the Blues show, My Rock Radio

“Fantastic! The harmonies stick out a country mile in a very good way. Thanks for sharing with me and my audience”. Paul Smith The Blues Show. Harbour Radio

“I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and I love the diversity” Allan Watkiss, UK Country Radio

“I have it on continuous play in my car at the moment. I simply love the whole album. Every song is so well crafted. The recording is superb. Every song has depth and meaning. It truly stands head and shoulders above anything around at the moment.” Nigel Thorne, Blue Horizons, Radio Vera Ireland.

“I love the album. That saxophone melts my spine!” John Brown Lionheart FM

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Apr
28
Sat
Suzie Vinnick
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was aFinalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.


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A little history…in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances – opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy inNew York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.

May
2
Wed
Open Mic
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
May
5
Sat
Lynne Hanson
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Lynne Hanson is know for her hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Lynne’s deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude, and she’s drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in. Lynne has toured the US, Europe and the UK, showcased in Austin, TX and Memphis, TN, toured in support of Grammy nominated artist Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and opened for Grammy-award winning guitar legend Albert Lee. She received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009 and won the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award in 2010.

 


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“Somewhere in the heartlands, in a town called ‘Americana USA,’ nestles a particular variety of singer-songwriter. Someone who views a melodic sensibility through the bottom of a whiskey glass. Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson could run for mayor of that town.” – Trevor Raggatt – R2 Magazine – 5 stars

“(Lynne Hanson) seems headed for that revered territory inhabited by seasoned songwriters such as Nancy Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Gauthier or Lucinda Williams.” – Barry Hammond – Penguin Eggs

May
12
Sat
Citizen Jane
May 12 @ 7:30 pm

Citizen Jane is a Canadian folk-pop duo that evocatively weaves powerful vocal harmonies with innovative string textures to create an emotionally charged soundscape. Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with allaudiences.


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Their debut album, In the Storm (Oct 2017), is a reflection on the value of human connection, touching on themes of war (internal & literal), displacement/isolation, self-doubt.. and an urge to
embrace differences, unite, and act with love to make the world a little brighter. From sweet, hopeful viola & guitar melodies, to darker mandolin & cello musings, each song takes on a new character in their sonic journey. “exquisitely performed… an accomplished chamber folk-pop album of grace and elegance”

–  Folk Radio UK

Though primarily a song-driven project, CJ is delving into the fiddle world with a couple of
instrumental tunes as well. Brought to life by mixing engineers Adrian Dolan
(The Bills, The Wailin’ Jennys) and Jon Kaspy (Emily Rockarts).
The duo consists of married couple Reenie Perkovic (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lea Kirstein
(viola, fiddle, cello, vocals), who met while studying classical music on the west coast of
Canada. The ladies have since made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene, as well as doing
multiple cross-Canada tours.
Reenie grew up in the Toronto area, after her family escaped the civil war in her birthplace,
Sarajevo, Bosnia. She then moved out west to study percussion and composition at UVic,
where she wrote contemporary classical works that were read by the Victoria Symphony, and
ECM+. While studying, she continued to play guitar and lead pop bands, booking small tours
and playing festivals. Reenie was a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, and has
released 3 solo albums. She has opened for Juno-nominated Alysha Brilla, and Annabelle
Chvostek (Wailin’ Jennys).
Lea is an acclaimed violist and fiddler, who grew up in Victoria, BC, where she studied viola and
music education at UVic. Classical musician by day and fiddler by night, Lea discovered new
ways of melding the two styles into one. Her passion for these genres took her across Canada
& the U.S. with the Folk Arts Quartet. She has recorded with Juno-nominated artists Oliver
Schroer and Teresa Doyle.
The duo is passionate about building community & education, and frequently offers workshops
at schools, camps, and festivals.

May
16
Wed
Open Mic
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
May
17
Thu
Georgian Bay
May 17 @ 7:30 pm

Laureates of Canadian francophonie and semi-finalists at the 2016 Festival international de la chanson de Granby, bilingual folk duo Georgian Bay entices audiences with scintillating harmonies and dreamlike melodies. Nominated for a 2016 Polaris Music Prize, their sophomore album, Patience, is inspired by the mysterious beauty of natural spaces. Spinning tales of modern Canadiana, the voices of Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman intertwine with the soul of the violin and the heartbeat of the guitar to create an enchanting musical voyage to the shores of Spirit Lake, Georgian Bay.

Georgian Bay’s unique mystic-folk sound has been heard throughout Canada since the release of their first album, Horizons, in 2014. Performance highlights from 2016 include an Ontario-Québec CD release tour, the Home County Music and Art Festival, and the Mariposa Folk Festival.


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Tickets are $20 if you are able, but Joëlle and Kelly want to make sure no one misses out and are offering a Pay-What-You-Can option.  Please book  in advance online or by calling the Old Church  at 613-848-1411.

 

May
25
Fri
Over the Moon
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Canadian roots/swing duo Over The Moon’s Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are awarding multi-instrumentalists/vocalists that met, fell in love, got married and discovered their voices blend so well together that people often tear up upon hearing them sing.


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Living on a ranch in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, it’s inevitable there will be a strong sense of place- and the rhythms of the land when you start to make music. When the couple released their debut album, the resonances were there for all to hear. reflecting the pulse of life, lived in a territory that is both dirt-hard rugged and beautiful.

Their music is a wild ride from 40’s sounding western swing and Appalachian old-time, to cowboy blues. Simple and sweet, all of their material has a common thread that speaks of the Canadian west and on their UK release, reviews were glowing. American Roots UK saying it was “Exceptional” and Country Music People adding “There’s so much to enjoy here.” The editor of Maverick Magazine told readers “You will love this” Elmore Magazine, New York “We knew we were on to something special”

Jun
2
Sat
2ish
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm

Saskia Tomkins and Brandon Besharah  began playing as ‘2ish’ because they wanted to explore the passion, intensity and excitement that playing together brought and to share it with others.  Saskia and Brandon bring the listener closer to all aspects of their show with playful banter and improvisation. Their music has found a home in both Folk and Jazz roots idioms. 2ish has released 2 Cd’s: “Really” and “Whoteva”


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Introduced in 2007 by Saskia’s husband Steafan Hannigan, he2ish publicity photo told them they should work together because they “would create magic.”  After one gig,
they knew they were well matched in talent and ability, and the music seemed to connect on a much deeper, spiritual level.  They began
bringing their own compositions to the table and exploring them together, finding creative common ground; then writing together, a very personal
experience which neither  had successfully done with another musician before.

“A lot of work (and pleasure) goes into rehearsing the pieces. When on stage, we have the freedom to push limits as far as we are able, sharing the deep connection and fun that we have with our audience,” says Saskia.
Both Saskia and Brandon are professional musicians. Saskia trained in classical violin and celtic fiddle, graduated with a Jazz degree, and has balanced the books by teaching privately. She has played and recorded for many songwriters, rock bands and dance companies, and frequently works in theatre. She also leads the viola section in an
orchestra. Brandon spent many years playing saxophone in jazz big bands and quartets. He worked on cruise ships and had carved a name for himself in the 1990s as a solo guitarist, which was cut off by a car accident after
which he had to relearn how to walk and play. Brandon is also a graphic designer and cartoonist – he designs all of 2ish’s posters and CDs. 2ish is being recognized for their vibrant live performances.

Last visit at the Old Church:

Jun
6
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jun
16
Sat
Gregory Hoskins
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm

hoskins_solo2_thumbTickets TBA

Gregory Hoskins’ career has spanned 25 years, eight albums, and recording contracts in Canada, the U.S., Germany,
and Asia. Critically lauded since the release of Moon Come Up (True North/Sony) in 1991, he has flown faithfully and agilely under the radar. In addition to collaborations with Toronto’s renowned Art of Time Ensemble (most recently in 2014’s The Poem/The Song with Margaret Atwood), he has worked to develop and facilitate a creation process with First Nations artists and collaborated with incarcerated women as part of “Why The Caged Bird gregoryhoskins-studioSings”, a collection of songs written and recorded in prisons. His latest recording, The Map of Above, The Map of Below, was released in August, 2013. “On his marvelous new album…lyrics are real and bittersweet, arrangements are nimble, and the overall effect evokes a rum-based half dream involving Paul Simon, Joe Henry and truth.” (Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail). In 2015, he appeared as the feature vocalist on 11 tracks of Quiet Industry, the newest recording from Toronto’s cult faves The Henrys. “…the alliance of his high, tremulous vocals and the strangeness of the band’s instrumentation and playing is nothing less than a revelation.” (Ian Keary,fROOTS)

Jun
20
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jun
23
Sat
Ellis Island Project
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm

Ellis Island Project
with Harry Ellis PERCUSSION, Andy Earle GUITAR/VOCAL, Gary Cassagnol BASS

Tickets TBA

Jul
4
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jul
18
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Rachel Beck
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

Canadian songstress Rachel Beck comprises one half of PEI’s award-nominated duo The Beck Sisters. Rachel recently partnered with producer Daniel Ledwell (David Myles, Jenn Grant) to record her debut solo album, set for release in March, 2018. Glowing with catchy pop hooks, it lures the listener into an ethereal and enveloping soundscape, as the songs take one on trek across a wide emotional range – from regret and grief to wonder and joy. Beck’s rich, clear vocals gracefully dance above distinctive piano to create a fresh and compelling folk/pop sound.

Press quotes:
“Here’s the voice we need on those days when nothing’s right and everything sucks and people are lousy. Rachel Beck’s compassion and heart shine through each song, a little musical healing for us all. Gentle, made mostly from piano, strings and voice, the power’s in the humanity and understanding she puts in her songs.”  – Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian

“Rachel really knows how to jam with her contemporaries and how to bring an audience together, as she gives her all on both musical and personal levels, creating an atmosphere that is at once seductive and celebratory–an invitation to joy.”  -Lynn Ann Bradley, Lulu Demaine

Aug
8
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Aug
22
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Aug
25
Sat
The Weber Brothers
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm

The Weber Brothers tickets TBA

Sep
5
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sep
19
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sep
21
Fri
Tragedy Ann
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk* of Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan comes to life. With an electric chemistry and quick-witted sense of humour, they’ve threaded their colours and textures together to create the terrifying two-headed kitten that is Tragedy Ann. Playing with folk and alt. blues yarns, Cazzola and Phelan are a pair of accomplished mood-setters, storytellers, and chill-givers. Having toured across Canada, performed at prominent folk festivals and released their debut EP Stumbling in 2016, the pair is currently charming listening rooms around Ontario, and working on their full-length record. Tragedy Ann is known to make audiences laugh, cry, hug complete strangers, and is the only cure for the common cold. Bring the purr.

*Thrift-Folk: An amalgamation of well-worn musical fabrics that are repurposed and given new life in a bold and dynamic fashion. Playing guitar/accordion/ukulele-driven tunes, Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan are dedicated and diverse songwriters who put particular focus on engaging and thought-provoking lyrics.

Sep
28
Fri
Graham Nicholas
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

Over the last two years, Graham Nicholas has quickly become a permanent fixture on the folk and roots scene in Ontario.  He has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter.
On Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers, his latest full- length album, Nicholas has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love-hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter. The album finds Nicholas honing in on his concise form of storytelling and refining his irreverent sense of humor. Coupling the narratives with a backing band that harkens back to the likes of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Band, Nicholas’ songs have found the right balance of warmth and grit.

The Follow up to hi EP, Ruby and Other Bedtime Stories, Sometimes Chicken Sometimes Feathers was recorded at Sugar Shack Studios in London, Ontario and produces by Aaron Comeau.

 

“John Prine would be proud.” – Americana UK

Oct
3
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oct
4
Thu
Red Dirt Skinners
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm

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Tickets TBA

Sublime, genre-defying musicianship.  The Red Dirt Skinners are the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards.

Drawing on influences as diverse as Acker Bilk and ACDC, this unique duo are breaking all the rules and creating a whole new sound.
Without fail, audiences are on their feet at the end of a Red Dirt Skinners show, and all are saying the same thing…”that’s refreshingly different”.

Here’s what people are saying about their album called BEHIND THE WHEEL :

“Divine Harmonies, the Red Dirt Skinners just keep getting better and better. I love them to bits. Quality music”. Dave Raven, the Raven and Blues Show

“Now five albums to the good, Sussex husband and wife combo Rob and Sarah Skinner have reached a career zenith with Behind The Wheel. Its nine songs exude confidence in writing, performance and production” David Innes, Blues And More Again

“This album is delightful. I’ll be listening to this for some time to come”. Andy Snipper. Music News.

“Behind The Wheel is a beautiful, mature piece of work by two class musicians. Make sure you put it on the top of your shopping list.” The Blues Man in the Hat. Blues in Britain Magazine.

“A glittering ride of originality full of integrity, inspiration and individuality.” 10/10 Bluesdoodles.

“Simply get this CD ASAP and listen to the accomplished musicianship and cool vocal harmonies and try not to force it into any other category than “excellent”” Ian McKenzie, Blues In The South

“Is there a genre called Damn Fine Music? If so, that’s where you’ll find this.” Paul Stewart, Pablo and the Blues show, My Rock Radio

“Fantastic! The harmonies stick out a country mile in a very good way. Thanks for sharing with me and my audience”. Paul Smith The Blues Show. Harbour Radio

“I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and I love the diversity” Allan Watkiss, UK Country Radio

“I have it on continuous play in my car at the moment. I simply love the whole album. Every song is so well crafted. The recording is superb. Every song has depth and meaning. It truly stands head and shoulders above anything around at the moment.” Nigel Thorne, Blue Horizons, Radio Vera Ireland.

“I love the album. That saxophone melts my spine!” John Brown Lionheart FM

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Oct
17
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oct
21
Sun
Claude Bourbon
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Medieval & Spanish blues, Guitar & Songs

 Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout
Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”.  Intrigued ?

Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb !

 

Claude’s official website : www.claudebourbon.org

“… not a same ole same ole gig…”

“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ – The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45”, Bob, Tucson, AZ

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”

Oct
27
Sat
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

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

Nov
7
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov
10
Sat
Al Lerman
Nov 10 @ 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!

TICKETS TBA

 

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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
11
Sun
Songs That Won the War
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm

Lenni Stewart, Michael Monis, Harry Ellis and Howard Baer return to the Old Church Theatre on Remembrance Day.   The afternoon will included an array of the unforgettable ‘Songs That Won the War’ from both World Wars.

Tickets TBA

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.