Old Church Theatre

The Tony D Band

Tony D (Diteodoro), guitarist for Juno award winning band MonkeyJunk, has been laying it down for over thirty years. MonkeyJunk has amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards).

At the age of thirteen, Tony began his musical journey on the guitar. Learning mostly in the blues, rock jazz stylings. From Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to Albert King to Wes Montgomery and all the points in between.​

At the age of nineteen, Tony was given the opportunity to play rhythm guitar, for three days, for the legendary Buddy Guy. Years later he had the prestigious opening slot for the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan at Ottawa’s NAC.​

In the early nineties having taken a trip to Europe and securing a record deal out of Holland, Tony became one of the first Canadian blues musicians to tour Europe. In 2020 (during the pandemic) Tony released his latest project, SPEAK NO EVIL, a compilation of instrumentals that span his career. ​

The Blues and anything that falls under that umbrella being his first love, but Tony D has also explored various forms of music. Flamenco became another obsession and after studying the form for two years he joined a troupe which made him write pseudo-flamenco and Spanish rhythm instrumentals which he still plays today in his solo shows.

From The delta to the desert it all comes from places of devotion, musical devotion.​

“Basically, I’m like Lightnin’ Hopkins with an electric guitar”

 


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Dave Mowat Trio

Dave Mowat is a Blues musician from Alderville First Nation. He cut his teeth in Winnipeg during the eighties, experiencing the amazing scene and sharing the stage with some of the greats including Big Dave McLean.
 
He saw, and was inspired by other greats like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rogers, Johnny Winter, John Hammond Jr, Sam Lay, Otis Rush, and James Cotton.
 
He moved back to Ontario in 1995 and found a community of like-minded musicians in the Northumberland, Peterborough, and Toronto Music Scenes. Playing with Jimmy Bowskill, amongst many others. Through Bowskill he was connected to Toronto musicians Clayton Yates and Terry Wilkins, both veterans sidemen who make up the other two parts of his trio on resonator guitar and gut-string bass.
 
Mowat has opened for RL Burnside and played harmonica for Hubert Sumlin (Best known as guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters).
 
The Dave Mowat Trio do country, Delta, and Chicago blues in the old-fashioned way in an attempt to honor those legendary blues musicians that came before them.
 
For Dave, Terry, and Clayton, making this music together is truly a labor of love and respect for the history of the artform.


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Mimi O’Bonsawin – Willow Album Release Concert

Join Mimi O’Bonsawin in celebrating the release of her 6th Studio album , Willow and Witness the performance of the album in full.

About the Album : Willow was recorded by Mimi and her partner/co-producer Ryan Schurman who will be featured on drums during the concert. Not only do they share the stage together on tour, they also created this album in their Log Home Studio which is tucked away in the woods allowing them to weave in textures from the natural world that surrounds them. Driven by rhythm at times, and ethereal & intimate at others, Willow invites you into their universe.

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Mimi O’Bonsawin is a contemporary roots singer-songwriter from Northeastern Ontario. Through her rhythm and story-driven songs, Mimi embraces the beauty of the land, all the while yielding to her Franco-Ontarian and Abenaki roots. In her music you will find sounds from the forest, uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics weaved with pop sensitivities and acoustic instruments. The layers of percussion and surprising harmonies make you feel the music rather than just hear it.
“My songs flow through a center of love, with the intention of bringing the audience into my world.”- O’Bonsawin says.
Her duo stage performances are honest and dynamic as she tours with her partner Ryan Schurman on drums, making it an intimate yet uplifting experience for the audience.


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Deborah Lynn – An evening of originals and the songs I wish I had written

Award winning country singer/songwriter Deborah Lynn was born and raised in Stirling Ontario.  Traditional country roots with musical influences in folk and classic rock paired with her incredible vocal talent consistently leave audiences wanting to hear more.

Deborah Lynn started singing, playing guitar and sharpening her songwriting skills from a young age. However, music was put on the backburner after college while she was a small business owner in Toronto. It was a fateful trip to Nashville that reignited her artistic passion and put her on the road to becoming a rising country music artist. There she had the opportunity to play the songwriter’s open mic at the iconic Bluebird Café and join the house band on stage for a couple songs at the famed Tootsies on Broadway.

Proud CCMA and CMAO member Deborah Lynn released her debut single April 17th, 2020 called Revive a Ghost.  It quickly rose to Number 1 on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown and was nominated for a Josie Award for best female country song.  The Josie Awards, hosted in Tennessee, are the largest international Indie Awards show with upwards of 50,000 submissions annually.  For Deborah Lynn, watching her debut single rocketing all the way to the top of the Canadian Indie Country chart cemented that decision to jump in with both feet.

2022 was an exciting year for Deborah Lynn as she had the amazing opportunity to open for Canadian Country music star Jade Eagleson at her hometown Stirling Fair.  She was also featured on the main stage at several festivals throughout the area including the Hollyrood Jamboree and the Country Country Jamboree.  Released in April, her second single Something Good, channels her country music influences to tell an enchanting tale about letting go of the past.  Foregoing the traditional take on despair in love songs, Deborah Lynn frames “Something Good” as a bright reflection on personal growth and overcoming the negative obstacles in life. “This is a song about letting go of the past, learning from it, and knowing that if you are patient enough, good things will come your way,” she shares.  Her third single Rosé All Day is a double down stomp-stomp and an irresistible sing-along chorus that Deborah Lynn punches through with her bright, sassy vocal.  Released in August 2022 Rosé All Day landed a coveted spot on the much-loved list of summer party anthems. Both releases rose to the top 10 on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown with Rosé All day cracking the top 5.


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Roy Bonisteel’s Christmas Story

Well it’s almost that time of year to gather the family around the old RCA and listen to a timeless Christmas classic. Maybe the ancient wireless is gone but you can still hear our favourite holiday tale composed and read by Roy Bonisteel.

It’s a story that harks back to a simpler time, when the delivery of firewood just before Christmas was all that stood between freezing or surviving.  Throw in a snowstorm, a dancing dog and two brothers who want to do the right thing and you have a recipe for everything you need to know about the Christmas spirit.  This story happened many years ago right here in the Quinte region but the theme and the lesson is as constant as the north star.

Please enjoy this Old Church classic with friends and loved ones as we wind up our Seasonal Storytelling Series.

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Holiday Hangover with the Improvmonauts

We were supposed to celebrate the end of 2020 with some lighthearted fun, but then COVID came back with a vengeance. We were supposed to have a blowout at the end of 2021 to celebrate the end of the pandemic. You know how that worked out.

Well, we’re finally back, baby! You looked forward to getting back to entertaining, but now that you have, you’re sick of it already. So let us do the entertaining! Join the Improvmonauts for some post-holiday jollies at the Old Church Theatre with the return of the Holiday Hangover.

Pay what you will – we know you spent way too much on food and gifts. We’ll see you there on December 30th at 7:30pm (doors at 7).

 


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Pub Night with Gav Session

Join us at the Tipsy Vicar on Saturday December 3rd for our introductory event of the Christmas season featuring local musician Gav Session. Enjoy your favourite beverage and some pub food while Gav performs holiday classics and rare gems from his vast musical repertoire. 

Bring along your favourite games and friends or just show up and join in the fun as we kick off the holidays!

This pub night is admission by donation with the proceeds to the artist.  Hope to see you there.

We serve a changing menu of food from week to week and you can check our menu before you come to see what’s on!

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