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7
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Rob Lutes
Dec 7 @ 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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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.”

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Dec
11
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Song Circle
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
Song Circle @ Old Church Theatre

No two song format, no waiting to play. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. 

There will be food available and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

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Dec
14
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Bill Wood & Burke Carroll
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Bill Wood & Burke Carroll @ Old Church Theatre

Bill Wood’s songs have been described as “what happens when 30 years of songwriting, honed over decades of hard life experiences, meet the craftsmanship of a career musician who doesn’t know what it means to compromise.” Paired with the sweet sounds of Burke Carroll’s pedal steel and resophonic guitars, these songs take on the aura of old favourites with a brand-new feel.

Bill & Burke perform original songs that range from heartbreaking ballads to classic country shuffle. You’ll swear you’ve heard those songs before.


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Bill Wood

Bill is the songwriter and front man for Bill Wood and The Woodies, a respected roots rock band on the Southern Ontario circuit.

An industry veteran singer-songwriter and former lead vocalist for Juno-nominees EyeEye, Wood became disillusioned with the music industry’s “star maker machinery,” and stepped away from recording and performing in the early 90s to focus on raising his family and making a living. His experiences as a home renovator, woodworker and both employment and volunteer work with marginalized people have informed and infiltrated his songs. Wood has also had his struggles with addiction. But even while deeply immersed in a life of real-world troubles and triumphs, he’s been writing songs, performing and recording. Those experiences and a lifetime of songwriting discipline are audible in the depth and power of Bill’s original music. Even the newest songs often have the feel of a classic.

Bill has recently moved to Prince Edward County where he is quickly becoming a familiar voice at local venues and on the airwaves.

Bill’s most recent releases include the Bill Wood and The Woodies disc, Mumbo Jumbo Tumbo and 2018’s Cardinal, featuring the Wood Family Singers. He is currently recording a new Woodies album— next up is the first Bill & Burke album.

“Some singers, like Nick Lowe and Graham Parker, have the knack of reformatting the punk sneer and growl into something that perfectly fits the roots-rock template of their music. Bill Wood shares this talent.” —Peter Tomkins, R2 Magazine, (UK)

Listen to Bill Wood on Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music.

 

Burke Carroll

If you are listening to any Canadian country, folk or Americana record and hear that haunting pedal steel sound, there’s a very good chance you’re hearing the work of Burke Carroll.

Burke, who studied in New York with David Leisner (Guitar co-chair, Manhattan School of Music) to develop playing techniques for the resophonic and pedal steel guitars, is now a teacher himself and an in-demand player. Burke has performed with (and has recorded with) Oh Susanna, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, Nathan, George Fox, The Bebop Cowboys, Kelly Trottier, Justin Rutledge and many more. He has also recorded with K-OS, Ron Hynes, Chris Coole, The Creaking Tree String Quartet, Sarah Harmer, George Canyon, David Clayton-Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and Ian Tyson, among others.

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Tony Vani & Kenny Pauze
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm
Tony Vani & Kenny Pauze @ Old Church Theatre

Tony Vani and Kenny Pauze, a relatively new duo in the Quinte area blues scene but certainly not new to the music world; two highly seasoned musicians paired in this sizzling acoustic format for rare appearances. Tony Vani, from Belleville, Ontario, a skilled harmonica player/vocalist has performed in and around the Belleville area as a single act and as a group act for decades as well as the Kinston Blues Festival and the Frankford Blues Festival. Kenny Pauze, a gifted Delta Blues and Folk guitarist from Elgin Quebec, has played at clubs and festivals including the Ottawa Folk Festival and the Tremblant International Blues Festival.  The music focuses on blues and folk styles, yet covers a diverse range of styles from hot and feisty up tempo boogies, to down and dirty blues.


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Dec
18
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Song Circle
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm
Song Circle @ Old Church Theatre

No two song format, no waiting to play. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. 

There will be food available and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

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Dec
19
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Red Dirt Skinners “Homecoming” Show
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm
Red Dirt Skinners "Homecoming" Show @ Old Church Theatre

If you were one of the many who were unable to purchase a ticket for the Red Dirt Skinners show at Church on October you’re in luck – we’ve added an extra “homecoming” show for December 19. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative acts to come out of the UK in recent years, the sublime genre-defying sound of the Red Dirt Skinners is created by husband and wife team, Rob and Sarah Skinner.


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“Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before” Music News 4/5
If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love the Red Dirt Skinners
The Red Dirt Skinners have had significant success in both National and International awards in several genres. The Skinners’ refuse to be pigeonholed; their audiences always describe them as ‘refreshingly different’. Drawing on influences from more genres than would make sense to list, the Red Dirt Skinners’ sound is instantly recognisable.
Comfortably blending exceptional, almost telepathic, harmonies with the unique instrumentation of soprano saxophone and acoustic guitar, audiences fall in love with the Skinners sound.
Hailing originally from the South East of England, Rob and Sarah have both been musicians for the majority of their lives.
After winning Instrumentalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2014, Sarah became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones.
“The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note”. The Alternate Root Magazine
Advocates for finding the positives in every situation, Rob and Sarah spend much of their off-tour time encouraging new artists into the music scene and finding them performance opportunities.
In July 2017 it was deemed by Canadian Immigration that the Red Dirt Skinners were “performers of a world class level” and they were invited to become Canadian residents. Having already completed several successful Canadian tours, the Skinners were thrilled and honoured at the invitation and took up residency almost immediately.

From small beginnings in small venues, the Red Dirt Skinners swift rise in popularity sees them now commanding theatre audiences across Europe and North America.
A Red Dirt Skinners concert combines captivating storytelling with knowing lyricism and outstanding musicianship.

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Dec
28
Sat
Improvmonauts – “The Holiday Hangover Part 2”
Dec 28 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Quinte area’s premiere comedy troupe, the Improvmonauts, as they return to the Old Church Theatre for “The Holiday Hangover Part 2” on Saturday, December 28th. Fill that gap in between the holidays and New Years with some improv comedy. The Improvmonauts is made up of several local theatre practioners with decades of experience in improvised comedy, theatre, music and musical theatre. Come on out and laugh along with some scenes and games made up on the spot using audience suggestions.

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Dec
29
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Instant Rivalry
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm
Instant Rivalry @ Old Church Theatre

Instant Rivalry performing songs from their new debut country album, Whiskey and Lead live at The Old Church Theatre. This intimate show will give you a chance to hear the stories behind the songs and the road to creating the record. Tickets are $25.00, each ticket will include a copy of Whiskey and Lead.


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Jan
8
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Song Circle – POSTPONED
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
11
Sat
Pub Night
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm

Pub Night at the Old Church Theatre!  

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. We hope you will join us in the relaxed atmosphere of our rural “church” pub and enjoy a friendly night out.

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Jan
15
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Song Circle – POSTPONED
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
18
Sat
Po’Boy Jeffreys
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
Po'Boy Jeffreys @ Old Church Theatre

Back by popular demand!

Po’Boy Jeffreys is a Toronto-born, blues musician and singer/songwriter, a master finger-picker of early twentieth century roots music and a gifted storyteller who’s been winning the affection of audiences for more than fifteen years. He will be returning to the Old Church with copies of his brand new solo album “Eastbound Blues.”


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Three summers in a row Po’Boy has been busking, gigging and gallivanting his way through Canada. His performance experience offers a unique rendition of vaudeville-style entertainment, stories of the road, big smiles and even bigger laughs. This is an old-time music lovin’ goofball party that you don’t want to miss!

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Jan
22
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
24
Fri
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm
The Urban Highlanders @ Old Church Theatre

It’s Robbie Burns’ birthday celebration with Grier Coppins and The Urban Highlanders!

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.

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Jan
29
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
30
Thu
Thursday Night Tales
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday Night Tales @ Old Church Theatre

Stories are the backbone of our culture. Everyone has at least one great story. Would you like to hear some and more importantly, would you like to tell yours? Whether you’ve admired the radio spots of Paul Harvey, Stuart MacLean or Terry O’Reilly or the tall tales of your great uncle Bill or your favourite hairdresser, a good yarn puts our common humanity on full display. It’s your turn now.

Here at the Old Church we’re going to dedicate as many Thursday evenings per month as we can to the stories that make up the fabric of our experiences. Make some notes, rehearse, embellish, practice your gesticulations or fire straight from the hip. We’re doing this Open Mic style, everyone takes 5 or 10 minutes. Read a passage from your great Canadian novel or your newest play. Any work in progress is welcome. Even if you have a favourite that isn’t your own; a poem, a bit of movie dialogue, song lyric or a ghost story, have at it. We have all and sundry refreshments if you require a ‘wee nip o’courage’ to get you going.

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Feb
5
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
8
Sat
Steve & Tyler Wilkinson
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm

Steve and Tyler Wilkinson make up two thirds of the Juno Award winning Country trio The Wilkinsons. The Wilkinsons achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number 1 on the Canadian country music Steve and Tyler Wilkinsoncharts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts and co written by Steve Wilkinson. Tyler & Steve’s show will be a mix of great song writing, familiar Wilkinson hits, amazing family harmonies, and the songs that have inspired them over the years.

 

 


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Feb
12
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
15
Sat
Laugh Off the Heartburn
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm
Laugh Off the Heartburn @ Old Church Theatre

Heal that Hallmark heartburn with the Improvmonauts.  Quinte’s premier Improv troupe will be at the Old Church Theatre on Saturday, February 15. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Pay what you will, so if you paid too much for roses or a belt sander, throw in what you have left (no breath mints please).


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Feb
19
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
21
Fri
Franz Ferdinand Must Die
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

  ★★★★ Global News,  ★★★★ Winnipeg Free Press  ★★★★ CBC

Adam Bailey’s twisted, history-based storytelling tackles the improbable events that started a war while asking the question; what leads young men to commit acts of political violence? Using the assassination of Franz Ferdinand as a starting point Bailey dives into the world of his killer, Gavrilo Princip, and creates a theatrical feat that is thought provoking, humorous, and surprisingly empathetic. A contemporary take on an event that has clear implications for a modern audience. With sound design by Alex Eddington, and direction by Tyler Seguin, Franz Ferdinand Must Die has been praised as “a historical tour de force” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) and is surely an event not to be missed.

 


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23
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Franz Ferdinand Must Die
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

  ★★★★ Global News,  ★★★★ Winnipeg Free Press  ★★★★ CBC

Adam Bailey’s twisted, history-based storytelling tackles the improbable events that started a war while asking the question; what leads young men to commit acts of political violence? Using the assassination of Franz Ferdinand as a starting point Bailey dives into the world of his killer, Gavrilo Princip, and creates a theatrical feat that is thought provoking, humorous, and surprisingly empathetic. A contemporary take on an event that has clear implications for a modern audience. With sound design by Alex Eddington, and direction by Tyler Seguin, Franz Ferdinand Must Die has been praised as “a historical tour de force” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) and is surely an event not to be missed.


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Feb
26
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
29
Sat
Pub Night
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
4
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
7
Sat
Lance Isaacs
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm
Lance Isaacs @ Old Church Theatre

SORRY, 

CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY. 

 

 

Contemporary folk-soul musician Lance Isaacs is a singer/songwriter born and raised on Six Nations, an aboriginal community southwest of Hamilton, ON.

Recognized and revered for his sultry vocals and soulful, melodic compositions, his live performance is both instantly captivating and emotionally engaging.

“Lance Isaacs has one of those voices, a voice people need to
hear” -Ryan Weber, The Weber Brothers

 

The power and potency of his voice is starkly contrasted by a confidence and lighthearted disposition that is at once both endearing and comforting. The broad range and spectrum of his music, which presents everything from woeful themes of self reflection to the celebration of seeking ones own place in the world, culminates in a depth of feeling seldom felt, let alone heard.

One cannot help but think that his original composition “Undercover Man” is somewhat auto biographical as he seems to be an undercover observer of the human experience, one with the innate ability to reflect back to us in vivid detail the feelings we were ourselves already feeling, and the emotions we may have been trying to hide from.

 

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Mar
11
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
15
Sun
Billy MacInnis & Pat Johnson
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm
Billy MacInnis, also known as Stompin’ Tom’s fiddle player, shares the stage with one of the most well-known guitarists in Eastern Ontario Pat Johnson.
 
Billy MacInnis, a third generation fiddler, has been entertaining and wowing audiences since the age of five. His first fans and still his strongest supporters are his parents, Lorraine (Ricard) MacInnis and Bill MacInnis senior, a seasoned fiddler and Billy’s mentor and teacher.
Billy hails from Village Green, a tight knit community on Prince Edward Island, and which provided Billy and his three siblings with a solid foundation and a picture perfect album of fond childhood memories.
He started entertaining the public at age seven; delighting audiences with the skill, devotion and talent of a true professional. Billy has been influenced by many fiddle players such as King Ganam ,Chubby Wise(Hank Snow’s fiddler) Don Rich and Graham Townsend to name a few.
In the Earlier years Billy enjoyed playing at the many dances and concerts and approached each with an eagerness and enthusiasm that would see him through many competitions and subsequent wins throughout the Maritimes and Ontario alike.
Billy has composed many of his own original pieces and recorded his first album at the age of thirteen and went on to record Seven more with his latest album titled “Billy MacInnis “Live at the Trail side Café”. Billy also composed and recorded a feature single, entitled “Wally’s Gold Cup Special,” promoting Island harness racing and honouring famed horseman, 2001 Gold Cup & Saucer Race winner and Prince Edward Island native, Wally Hennessy.
 


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Pat has become one of the most well-known guitarists in Eastern Ontario. He has built up a big following through playing up to 80 gigs a year since the late 90s. During that time, Pat has also become one of the most highly sought-after guitar instructors in the area, and even put pen to paper in 2005 and authored an acclaimed book on fingerstyle playing. Then there’s the Patunes Studio that he runs out of his home in rural Charleston, where he records everyone from local blues chanteuses to rowdy pirate gangs. And then there are the albums, most notably the solo records Songs From The Town Boredom Built (2003), Pitchin’ Day (2006), and Stumps (2018). 
 
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Mar
18
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
21
Sat
Jerry Leger
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm
Jerry Leger @ Old Church Theatre

Jerry Leger has that spark in him that all the great songwriters have. He’s the real deal. – Ron Sexsmith

Time Out for Tomorrow has the compelling stories and great energy that I’ve come to rely on from this talented and prolific songwriter. Take the time to listen to Jerry Leger! – Doug Paisley

Time Out For Tomorrow continues Jerry Leger’s run of consistently high output and displays the finely honed artistic vision that has been evident since 2005 when, at age 19, he released the first of nine studio albums, along with three more with his side projects The Del-Fi’s and The Bop-Fi’s. It’s added up to a body of work that was recently celebrated with the European-only compilation Too Broke To Die, aimed at Leger’s growing fan base in Britain and the EU.

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Most of those listeners didn’t discover Leger until his 2014 album Early Riser, his first with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies handling production duties, as well as the first to be released on the Junkies’ label, Latent Recordings. The combination of Timmins’ capture-the-moment production aesthetic and the Rolling Thunder-esque chemistry of Leger’s longtime band The Situation (plus a few special guests) now appears unbeatable. And although Time Out For Tomorrow may not be as expansive as Leger’s previous Timmins-produced effort, the acclaimed 2017 double album Nonsense And Heartache, its more concentrated dose of everything Leger does best is just as potent.
Songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith, Doug Paisley and outlets such as Rolling Stone, PopMatters and the Toronto Star have sung Leger’s praises. He’s also shared stages with The Sadies, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Tift Merritt, Dawes, and others.

http://www.jerryleger.com

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Mar
25
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
1
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
3
Fri
Jabbour
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jabbour @ Old Church Theatre

A love of musical collaboration, Cajun music and travel brought them together. These four musicians bridge gaps and draw parallels between the musical genres that drive their own songwriting. Having played in various musical projects (Grouyan Gombo, Les Flâneurs, Dave Gossage, La montagne secrète, The Durham County Poets), they combined their creative abilities forming a project focused on original works. That being said, Jabbour has learned and arranged tunes from the traditions that inspire them such as Louisiana cajun music, Irish fiddle tunes, chansons francophones from Québec and France, and franco-Manitoban folk songs.


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A Québécois chansonnier, PEI singer songwriter, fiddler rooted in Irish tradition and jazz and blues bassist, the members of Jabbour invite you to experience the musical universe of Saint Bernard, their second studio album featuring 14 songs in french and english, as well as a selection of folk and roots tunes from their varied repertoire. As an added Cobourg connection, three of the tracks on Saint Bernard feature Cobourg resident Saskia Tomkins and one tune features her son Oisin Hannigan. Since summer 2015, Jabbour has toured coast to coast from BC to Nova Scotia, they played throughout central Saskatchewan and Manitoba October 2019 and look forward to returning to southern Ontario for this special evening of contemporary roots music at the Old Church Theatre.

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8
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Song Circle – POSTPONED
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
11
Sat
POSTPONED – Pub Night with The Stirling J Birds
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. We hope you will join us in the relaxed atmosphere of our rural “church” pub and enjoy a friendly night out.  Doors at 6PM for the bar,  appetizers, fun and games.  Music at 7PM with The Stirling J Birds.

The Stirling J-Birds are a high energy, 6-piece old-time acoustic band, who play traditional, contemporary, and original songs in the fashion of early jug band and folk acts. The band features guitars, double bass, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, harmonicas, kazoos, bones, vocal harmonies and the washboard (equipped with all the bells and whistles!). Their shows are played at a fever pitch, with members swapping instruments and lead vocal duties, honouring a Music/style most have forgotten The Stirling J Birds are sure to keep your feet tapping and the music flowing.

 

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Uncle Chester’s Flaming Hot Pepper Sauces.

 

Uncle Chester’s Flaming Hot Pepper Sauces combine varying levels of heat with mouth popping flavour!! This sauce is so versatile it goes with every meal of the day!

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Apr
15
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
22
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
29
Wed
Song Circle – POSTPONED
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
May
8
Fri
POSTPONED – Pub Night with The Rodgers Boys
May 8 @ 6:00 pm

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. We hope you will join us in the relaxed atmosphere of our rural “church” pub and enjoy a friendly night out.  Doors at 6PM for the bar,  appetizers, fun and games.  Music at 7PM with The Rodgers Boys.

Hailing from Hastings County, The Rodgers Boys are an entertaining father and son duo. Starting shortly after Jimmy had joined a band and needed a ride, he asked Randy to get on the stage and perform a few tunes. The amazing response they received performing together made it an easy decision to join forces as The Rodgers Boys.
While only doing live shows since 2016, Jimmy and Randy have been jamming together since Jimmy could hold a guitar. Randy has over 50+years of playing under his belt and Jimmy is closing in on 20 years of playing. With the generational distance between these two, you never know what songs you will get. From old country favorites like Johnny Cash to new music by The Glorious Sons, these guys are like an Ipod on shuffle. Not just content to just sing and play The Rodgers Boys invite all attendee’s to sing and dance along. They always guarantee a good time, and with both being multi-instrumentalist the options are endless.

Be sure to visit them on the web @facebook.com/rodgersboys.

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Mystical Distribution

Mystical Distributing is Canada’s largest distributor of Consumer & Display Fireworks. They carry the highest quality and most diverse selection of Fireworks in Canada with two Distribution centers, Trenton ON & Abbotsford BC.
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16
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POSTPONED – Pub Night with The Busker Brothers
May 16 @ 6:00 pm

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. We hope you will join us in the relaxed atmosphere of our rural “church” pub and enjoy a friendly night out.  Doors at 6PM for the bar,  appetizers, fun and games.  Music at 7PM with The Busker Brothers.

The Buskers Brothers, Steve Shortt and Jamie Hunt, are an acoustic guitar duo formed out of great friendship and the love of music They can be seen performing throughout Northumberland county and beyond at farmers markets, Ceilidhs,
fundraisers , special events , restaurants and pubs, featuring Celtic sing along tunes and Classic Rock and Country favorites. The Busker Brothers always perform with a lot of energy with a motto of “Let The Music Move You”

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Trent Pools and Spas

Trent Pools & Spas Inc. has been proudly providing pool and hot tub installation and service for nearly 4 decades.  “If you can dream it,we can build it!”

               Thank you Trent Pools & Spas for your sponsorship of our Pub Night. 

See more about Trent Pools and Spas on their website HERE.

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Jun
3
Wed
Valdy – Cancelled
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm
Valdy - Cancelled @ Old Church Theatre

Cancelled – due to COVID-19.  Take care, we’ll repost when we get a new date.

 

Valdy remains one of the country’s purest and most credible storytellers – Toronto Star

A cultural emissary, Valdy is one of Canada’s trusted spokespersons, and a well seasoned performer. PM Stephen Harper has never sought Valdy’s talents to support the Reform/Canadian Alliance/PC party agenda.

Nearly thirty-seven years of relentless concert touring have made him who he is. Valdy understands that people have come to be entertained; he tailors each of his shows, as many as two hundred a year, to suit the audience at that specific venue.

“Valdy’s show is a disarming and practical blend of respect for the audience and show business expertise.” – the Edmonton Journal

Singer / Songwriter: His distinctive voice can be heard on classic, country and campus radio; songs reflecting joys, struggles and accomplishments in all of our lives, spiced with a wry wit.

“I cut my teeth on Henry Mancini; he taught me about melody. Combine that with a fine groove, and the rest is window dressing.” – Valdy

Guitarists pay attention to Valdy; his playing seems effortless, masking an underlying musical complexity; throughout the year, Valdy gives workshops on guitar accompaniment.

“One of the best evenings of entertainment Confederation Centre has ever seen … a man of formidable talents.” – Charlottetown Evening Patriot

— Career Bits —

* Song writing workshops. Movie sound tracks, TV and film scores, music producer.

* 16 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, nearly half a million units sold worldwide.

* 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno nominations (Country Male Vocalist & Folksinger).

* Twice was a panelist on the popular Front Page Challenge

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* “Songwriter of the Year” and CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories.

* Host of “BC Music Project” music video show, featuring BC artists from five cities and towns, a show that went on to win a Gold Ribbon Talent Development Award.

* Lead role on “The Beachcombers”, minor roles in 2 movie features.

* CBC simulcast (TV w/ Radio 2 stereo), the TV special “Folksinger Deluxe with a Side of Fries”.

* Invested as a member of the Order of Canada in July 2012

* Valdy has toured Canada for forty-six years, and plays regularly in New Zealand with Kiwi mate Graham Wardrop. He has also toured Austria, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, and is an oft-invited performer at dozens of music festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

website: http://www.valdy.com

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Jun
19
Fri
Friday Night Tales
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm

We’re pleased to announce that Steáfán Hannigan will be our host for story night on Fridays at the Old Church.  An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Steáfán is also regarded as the ‘swiss army knife’ of theatre, coming from a long line of storytellers in his native Ireland.  A master of the ‘craic’, the tall tale, the many pronged anecdote and pub legends large and small, Steáfán will put you all at ease and if the stars align, might even favour us with a tale of his own.

What are the “Golden Rules” of story telling?  Here are Steáfán’s FAQs:

  • How long should my story be? 5/6 minutes is good.
  • What kind of a story? It would be really good if it was a true story that happened to you or a traditional tale.
  • Do I need to be an experienced storyteller? Absolutely not!
  • How do I sign up? Come and talk to the MC that night.

So come down to our new outdoor stage and share your favourite ripping yarn.  You’ll be glad you did.  Get here a bit early if you’ll be needin’ a wee nip o’ courage.  The bar will be open at 5 and we’ll start the story telling at 6pm. We’ll be cooking wood fired pizzas and be sure to make a reservation and follow social distancing protocols. 

 

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Jun
20
Sat
Cheryl Casselman – On the Patio
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cheryl Casselman - On the Patio @ Old Church Theatre

Come join us on the patio for a “donations at the gate” patio concert with Cheryl Casselman.

Our thanks to Marina at Boretski Gallery for sponsoring the show and generously “seeding” the donation jar. Check our her amazing place and website.

Please make a reservation HERE. We need to know how many people will share your table.

We’ll be open from 4:30 to 9ish and have wood fired pizza available. 

Award winning singer songwriter Cheryl Casselman was born in Oshawa Ontario, and grew up in Newcastle. Her family lived in the same home for most of her childhood where she grew up fishing, milking cows, climbing cliffs and catching fire flies.

Her parents were sailors and adventurers, so they often found themselves, out on open water. Both of Cheryl’s parents sang and gave her passion for music. She started writing at a young age, and can remember waking up from dreams with entire songs to write down.

She recalls seeing Buck Owens sing, at Ontario place when she was 8 years old, and got the fever to perform. At 17 years old she hopped on a bus and traveled out west and lived in a log cabin in the mountains, where she started her writing career.

Cheryl adds “I love to write songs, and I am usually singing about my life, sometimes I write from someone else’s perspective, which can be heart wrenching too. Some of my songs are sad and they make me feel better about the situation. I think that’s one of music’s principal objectives.”

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Jun
21
Sun
Father’s Day – Serenade your Dad!
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Father's Day - Serenade your Dad! @ Old Church Theatre

Let’s celebrate dad’s day at church!

Ever thought of  giving your Dad the gift of a live performance? Maybe with him joining in?  Try it out on our new outdoor patio this Sunday.

We’ll be serving craft beer, local wine, great coffee and wood fired pizza on the patio.  You’ll provide the music.  You can grace our new outdoor stage and make your dad proud!  If you are a dad and want to do the performing, that’s great too.  It’s your day!

We are required to take reservations and will be following social distancing protocols.  

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Jun
26
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Friday Night Tales
Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm

We’re pleased to announce that Steáfán Hannigan will be our host for story night on Fridays at the Old Church.  An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Steáfán is also regarded as the ‘swiss army knife’ of theatre, coming from a long line of storytellers in his native Ireland.  A master of the ‘craic’, the tall tale, the many pronged anecdote and pub legends large and small, Steáfán will put you all at ease and if the stars align, might even favour us with a tale of his own.

What are the “Golden Rules” of story telling?  Here are Steáfán’s FAQs:

  • How long should my story be? 5/6 minutes is good.
  • What kind of a story? It would be really good if it was a true story that happened to you or a traditional tale.
  • Do I need to be an experienced storyteller? Absolutely not!
  • How do I sign up? Come and talk to the MC that night.

So come down to our new outdoor stage and share your favourite ripping yarn.  You’ll be glad you did.  Get here a bit early if you’ll be needin’ a wee nip o’ courage.  The bar will be open at 5 and we’ll start the story telling at 6pm. We’ll be cooking wood fired pizzas and be sure to make a reservation and follow social distancing protocols. 

 

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Richard Turtle – Stories on the Patio
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm
Richard Turtle - Stories on the Patio @ Old Church Theatre

We have a special presentation for our Friday night story telling series.  Local playwright Richard Turtle shares his thoughts along with some source material from his latest work in progress, Based on a True Story, a series of vignettes from his father’s early naval career. The potential script was inspired by the writings and journal entries of a man who would later become one of the youngest submarine captains in the history of the Royal Navy. Lionel (Larry) Turtle retired from his first career after reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander and went on to become a father, a Canadian citizen and a corporate executive before retiring a second time shortly before his death in 1992.

Be sure to make a reservation and let us know how many people will share your table.  Bring your mask (or we can provide one) and take care to practice social distancing.

Our patio will be open at 5pm for wood fired pizza and the bar.  See you Friday!

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Jun
28
Sun
Rett Wills on the Patio
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

Rett Wills will be at the Old Church Theatre outdoor stage Sunday June 28th, with special guest Mike ‘Ace’ Acerra on bass.  Acoustic finger style blues at it’s best.

No cover charge but we’ll have a “tip jar” at the door for the musicians.  

Bring your mask, practice social distancing and be sure to make a reservation and let us know how many people will be at your table.

We’ll be open at 6:30 and the music starts at 7pm. You can book your reservation and see our bar and wood fired pizza menu HERE.

 

Very happy to announce this evening of music on the patio is sponsored by Trent Pools & Spas. “Trent Pools & Spas Inc. has been proudly providing pool and hot tub installation and service for nearly 4 decades”. 

Their motto: 

If you can dream it,
we can build it!

 

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Jul
3
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Friday Night Tales
Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm

We’re pleased to announce that Steáfán Hannigan will be our host for story night on Fridays at the Old Church.  An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Steáfán is also regarded as the ‘swiss army knife’ of theatre, coming from a long line of storytellers in his native Ireland.  A master of the ‘craic’, the tall tale, the many pronged anecdote and pub legends large and small, Steáfán will put you all at ease and if the stars align, might even favour us with a tale of his own.

What are the “Golden Rules” of story telling?  Here are Steáfán’s FAQs:

  • How long should my story be? 5/6 minutes is good.
  • What kind of a story? It would be really good if it was a true story that happened to you or a traditional tale.
  • Do I need to be an experienced storyteller? Absolutely not!
  • How do I sign up? Come and talk to the MC that night.

So come down to our new outdoor stage and share your favourite ripping yarn.  You’ll be glad you did.  Get here a bit early if you’ll be needin’ a wee nip o’ courage.  The bar will be open at 5 and we’ll start the story telling at 6pm. We’ll be cooking wood fired pizzas and be sure to make a reservation and follow social distancing protocols. 

 

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Jul
4
Sat
Saskia & Steafan on the Patio
Jul 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan are professional musicians with over 60 years of experience between them. Twenty of those years have been spent playing together and with others. They have been recorded on over 100 albums, have run their own recording studio to record other musician’s projects, and have brought up 3 lovely home-schooled kids with whom we have an excellent family band called Clan Hannigan.

We’ll have a “tip jar” for the musicians at the gate.  Please donate generously 🙂

Bring your mask (or we can provide one), practice social distancing and be sure to make a reservation and let us know how many people will be at your table.

Come join us on the patio for a drink, wood fired pizzas and an evening of music with friends, socially distanced in the fresh air.

 

Very happy to announce this evening of music on the patio is sponsored by Trent Pools & Spas. “Trent Pools & Spas Inc. has been proudly providing pool and hot tub installation and service for nearly 4 decades”. 

Their motto: 

If you can dream it,
we can build it!

 

 

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