Join us for a dramatic reading of a new play by Ian C Feltham written specifically for “the times” and for the outdoor stage at the Old Church Theatre. Mihal Zada and Matthew Sheahan play Denise and Larry in this socially distanced reading in our socially distanced church yard. Be sure to book your table and bring your mask.
Gates open at 5 for the bar and wood fired pizza orders. Play readings starts at 6pm.
We also have a BONUS opening play written by Ian C. Feltham called Nelson and Barbara.
Pandemic? What Pandemic?
Larry is a self absorbed community theatre actor who auditioned for the local Panto production of Rapunzel and landed the lead role. At least he thinks he did and he has all his lines. However, when he shows up for the first rehearsal it turns out that he is late. Two months late! It is opening night and no one is here?!
Enter Denise, the Whazzup Player’s resident director and Panto playwright. She and Larry have some history together that she is trying to ignore. You would think that might be relatively easy during a Pandemic except this is Larry we are talking about.
Pandemic? What Pandemic? is a glimpse at theatre during COVID. Social distancing, hand sanitizer and masks meet the world of community theatre Pantos.
Nelson and Barbara
The genesis of this play came after listening to a radio program about Nelson Ball and Barbara Caruso. Nelson was one of Canada’s foremost minimalist poets and his wife Barbara was an author and a painter. Together they shared the bohemian artist life together in Paris …. Paris, Ontario. Who better to give a glimpse into the lives of these remarkable Canadian artists than our own Lisa Morris and Peter Paylor!
Mimi O’Bonsawin is an Award winning, Contemporary roots songwriter who is inspired by her French Canadian and indigenous heritage . Her latest record ‘ Connected ‘ is rooted in story telling and sheds light on her unique perspective. Her brand new single ” You Found Me ” is one from her songwriting books and gives us insight into her journey . You can find her music and videos via www.mimi.ca or stream her songs on Spotify.
We’re happy to have Mimi back to the Old Church, practicing social distancing, serving wood fired pizza and staying outside in the fresh air. Bring your mask (or we can provide one) for indoor use and be sure to register and let us know how many will sit at your table.
Donations at the Gate ~ Open at 5PM ~ Music at 6PM.
Mimi has been performing music since the young age of 7 years old when she performed the national anthem at the parliament of Canada for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. From there, she began establishing her own events as well as participating in local telethons and talent shows.
Inspired by her roots as an indigenous and French-Canadian woman, she began writing at the age of 14 and performing in more areas around Ontario, Canada. By the time she turned 17 she started crafting her debut album with a Canadian music producer which was officially launched in 2014. She received airplay on radio, sold out CD release concerts and over the last few years she has been establishing her roots as a songwriter and performing at festivals such as MIDEM (in Cannes, France), Beaches Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival.
We’re happy to have Suzie Vinnick back to the Old Church and this time, outside in the fresh air and socially distanced. We open at 5pm for the bar and your wood fired pizza order. Show starts at 6pm. ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY.
A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.
Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.
Suzie’s latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.
New date! We’re moving this show to the patio, out in the fresh air.
We open at 5pm for the bar and wood fired pizza and the music starts at 6PM. Social distancing protocols in effect. Advance tickets only.
Strumming Stories consists of band members Jason Hamilton on bass/guitar Jonathon Villeneff on lead vocals/guitar, Sean Morphet on lead guitar and Jeff Shortt on drums; seasoned songwriters looking to share their stories about love, cars and everything in between.
Driven by their passion of storytelling, and connected by their small town deep roots, the group of writers have spent the last few years developing music that best narrates a melodic memoir of growing up in rural Ontario. By pulling their influences from muscle cars, blue collars and Friday nights, they are able to create music and lyrics that audiences can connect with in their own communities and throughout their everyday lives.
We’re thrilled to welcome Ian Tamblyn to the Old Church. We’ll be on the patio, practicing social distancing and serving wood fired pizza. Bring your mask and be sure book a seat and let us know how many will sit at your table. Space will be limited because we’re keeping you safe!
Gates open at 5pm for the bar and pizza orders. Concert at 6pm.
At last count Ian has released 44 albums. His last two albums, Let It Go and Te Na Gadino were released in 2018. As well Ian has written several plays, the most recent production being Nun of It which was presented September 15-17th, 2019 at the Black Sheep as part of the Ta! DA! Festival.
Ian has received several awards for his music, he has an honourary doctorate from Lakehead University and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is also a winner of the Estelle Klein and Jackie Washing ton Awards for his contributions to the Canadian Roots music world.
In the winter of 2020 Ian taught a songwriting course for Chelsea teenagers at the Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea through the auspices of City Folk and Bluesfest. He also has been teaching an advanced songwriting class in Wakefield at Earl’s Hall. In March, Ian will be touring on Vancouver Island.
April will mark the re-release of his album Magnetic North. The album has been remastered and will be released The Record Store. Precision Records is aiding with the manufacture and re-release of this Juno nominated album.
A full touring schedule continued in March on the west coast until the Covid -19 pandemic intervened.. See his website at www.iantamblyn.com
This summer Ian will be spending time on Lake Superior canoeing and writing. In the fall of 2019 Ian hopes to resume his regular touring schedule with performances in Ottawa, Kingston, Perth and Toronto.
In recent months Ian has written several articles on music for the “Folk Roots Canada” website and he is currently researching and writing a new play set in the Gatineaus entitled Ice Storm .
Ellis Island Duo is Harry Ellis and Andy Earle. Harry Ellis is a long standing friend of the Old Church Theatre who you may have seen playing here on a few occasions with the great, Howard Baer. Harry’s impeccable timing and jazz sensibilities make him the perfect bandleader to form this talented Latin duo and put them under our roof for an unforgettable evening.
We’ll be on the patio, practicing social distancing and serving wood fired pizza. Bring your mask and be sure to book a seat and let us know how many will sit at your table. Space will be limited because we’re keeping you safe!
Gates open at 5pm for the bar and pizza orders. Concert at 5:30pm.
Harry Ellis – drums
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.
Andy Earle – guitar/vocal
Andy currently performs in practically any combination of single duo trio and full band. With a powerful voice, impeccable guitar work and an infectious sense of humour that permeates his performances, Andy Earle is a show not to be missed.
Whether detailing life’s joys or its sorrows, Andy is an utterly engrossing performer. While his fretwork is admirably agile, it’s as a vocalist that Andy truly shines; he caresses a lyric like a lover, his rich baritone a seductive purr both warm and inviting. Yet, soothing though it may be, there’s an ever-present and unmistakable sense of barely-controlled power to Andy’s singing, a raw and unbridled passion seething just under the surface.
Heat the Tar & Pluck the Hen…it’s Washboard Hank & Reverend Ken!
Almost 40 years ago, Hank Fisher and Ken Ramsden, two pathologically creative Peterborough residents, produced a remarkable musical coupling from which staid North American music lovers who saw them are still reeling. The result was performance art which incorporated everything from classical music to bluegrass gospel street preaching, in a spontaneous, antic conflagration best viewed through welder’s goggles. Their interactions generated a kind of whimsically-comic, high colonic, and anyone who saw these shows was forever changed…
The Brunswick House, which regularly featured Washboard Hank, Reverend Ken and The Lost Followers’ Band from the Church of the Open Bottle, saw…appliance healings….student essay and exam blessings… Oktoberfests on roller skates….and even “Male Bum Cleavage Contests.”
We will be on our patio, outside in the fresh air and socially distanced. Advance tickets are required.We open at 5pm for the bar and your wood fired pizza order. Show starts at 6pm.
Hank and Ken toured all over North America, in true Rabelaisian fashion, by whatever means were available, putting on ‘Gospel Gumbo’ street shows from Vancouver to Calgary to Edmonton….from Nashville to Memphis… and from Oregon to San Francisco. Their stage names sometimes varied depending on the proximity of various law enforcement agents, high grade medicinal spirits and quality pharmaceuticals, and thus, among other less complementary terms, they were also known as “The Duke of Washboardom” and “The Parson of Panhandledom.” In many ways, they were to the folk idiom what Gonzo was to traditional reporting. Here are some recent live footage:
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 on our outdoor stage…for the final Open Mic on the patio!
You must make a reservation and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
Many thanks to our host Rick Zimmerman and and sound engineer Dave Cotterell.
Advance tickets are required for this socially distanced, outdoor Saturday Matinee. Gates are open at 1 for the bar and pizza orders. Show at 2pm.
If the number of people in your party is different from the number of tickets you purchase please let us know so we arrange your seats to your liking and everybody’s safety.
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
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
“…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
Jimmy Bowskill and the Hometown Beauts will be our final concert on the patio for this very interesting year. Advance tickets are required for this socially distanced, outdoor Saturday Matinee. Gates are open at 1 for the bar and pizza orders. Show at 2pm.
If the number of people in your party is different from the number of tickets you purchase please let us know so we arrange your seats to your liking and everybody’s safety.
Jimmy Bowskill is a multi-instrumentalist whose professional career stared at age 11 when discovered by Jeff Healey. Immediately his first recording session was set up which led to Jimmy being the youngest Juno nominee ever.
He spent the next decade plus touring North America and Europe, released 6 critically acclaimed albums and shared billings with Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top, Dickey Betts, Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash and dozens more while selling out theatres and halls as a headliner.
Jimmy currently plays lead guitar for The Sheepdogs (the only Canadian group to make the cover of Rolling Stone) and he plays Pedal Steel, Mandolin and Violin for Blue Rodeo, two of Canada’s biggest bands. He is a sought after studio musician as it generally only takes him one take to get his part down (also playing keys, mandolin, pedal steel and doing string arrangements) and on top of this he has perfect pitch. His latest project was playing on and co-producing the latest Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo’s solo album.
Accompanying Jimmy is Ian McKeown, Bowskill’s right hand man. Ian has been playing music with Jim for 5 years, involved in several of his projects, playing drums in Jim’s Rock Band, Bass in Jim’s Blues Band and Dobro in Jim’s Bluegrass Band. Ian lives in Toronto and is another sought after multi-instrumentalist.
This will be an incredible evening of original songs, Roots and Blues Classics and some fine pickin’.
Too tough for folk and too blues influenced for country, Lynne Hanson’s brand of “porch music with a little red dirt” can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. She’s known for her high-energy, roots guitar driven live performances, whether playing solo or with her band the Good Intentions. A closet stand-up comedian, Lynne often leaves the audience howling with laughter with her between-song-banter.
Lynne is a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (2018 English Songwriter, Ensemble of the Year with The LYNNeS), a two-time Indie Acoustic Project Alt-Country album of the year winner (River of Sand 2014, Uneven Ground 2017), a past winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition in Texas.
Lynne has performed in venues and festivals across Canada, parts of the United States, and in Europe, had official showcases in Memphis, TN and Austin TX, has toured in support of Grammy nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert), and opened for guitar legend Albert Lee in the UK and Canada.
Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown’s album For Love & Money is unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! It’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans and it’s guaranteed to move ya!
Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band – a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!
He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. 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 feel like 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 band!”
Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. Piano man Dave Webb has been working with Harpdog over the years and they share an intuition that only comes with many hours and miles shared on and off stage. Joseph Abbott (Clarinet) and Brandon Lin (Trombone) are the newest and youngest additions to the band Rounding out the band is Rick Jacobson from the state of Washington on the tubs.
Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is 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.
Travelin’ With The Blues released in 2016 is still sitting in the top roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).
Get off the couch and some see some seriously vintage blues that’s lots of fun!
“This band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue, large or small, and blues fans of all stripes would love this show.” – Holger Petersen, SiriusXM, CKUA and CBC broadcaster and President of Stony Plain Records
Their latest album – In Sink – captures all the best parts of Canadian roots-trio Dirty Dishes- rich harmonies, clever songwriting, country-tinged ballads and killer charm- but reflects a musical maturity, ease and playfulness that a band only achieves after a decade of playing together. Blending roots, folk-rock, bluegrass, gospel and country music, these sassy Dishes take the stage with extraordinary energy and flare, leaving you in stitches one minute, and reaching for your handkerchief the next!
The Wakami Wailers transport audiences back to simpler times, through music and humour, telling the stories of Canada’s trappers, miners, settlers, and lumberjacks.
In 1981, four employees at Wakami Lake Provincial Park, near Chapleau, Ontario, formed the Wakami Wailers to interpret Canada’s colourful history through songs and stories.
In 1984, Mark Despault, Rob Hollett, Mike Bernier, and Jeff Allen were commissioned by the Government of Ontario to develop a musical interpretation of the province’s rich white pine lumbering heritage. They developed the interpretive showcase “The Last of the White Pine Loggers”, and toured extensively throughout Ontario. This show has since been enjoyed by audiences throughout North America, from Epcot Center in Florida, to Expo 86 in Vancouver.
In 1985, they were retained by Parks Canada to develop a musical play depicting 100 years of Canada’s National Parks history.
They have performed on the soundtrack of two award winning films: The Winter Camp, a depiction of life in a turn of the century lumber camp, and Places Out of Time, an exploration of the first 100 years of Ontario Parks. They have also contributed music to a documentary project produced in Simcoe, Ontario, examining the unique alligator tug boats used for logging since the late 19th century.
To date, the Wakami Wailers have produced three releases: Recording for their first release, The Last of the White Pine Loggers, began in 1986 in North Bay, Ontario, and was completed two years later at Studio 29, near Campbellford. The album went on to sell over 10,000 copies and received a wonderful response from folkies, reviewers, and historians. Their second recording, Waltz With the Woods, is a salute to Ontario’s heritage and its Provincial Parks. It features, for the most part, original songs penned by the band members. In 1999, they recapture the feel of their original album with a third release, River Through the Pines, revisiting the lumberjack theme.