Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn
VishtŤn will fly into Charlottetown from Germany just in time for an ECMA showcase on Saturday, April 5th at the Rodd Hotel, 75 Kent Street from 8:55 to 9:15, headlining the Francophone showcase.
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys will be showcasing on the other side of the country in Burnaby, BC at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Friday, April 4th from 9:15 to 9:30 p.m.
If you are attending either of these conferences, we hope you can make one of the showcases - they will not disappoint
When it comes to Canada, a place where Guy Davis has claimed he would like to "hang up his pajamas," there's no stopping him. Guy has performed hundreds of shows across the country, performing at theatres and festivals in ten provinces and two territories (He is asking why we have no gigs so far in Nunavut).
See That My Grave is Kept Clean on YouTube.
Here's where you can catch Guy in the fall of 2014.
|Oct 02||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Oct 03||Barrie||ON||MacLaren Arts Centre|
|Oct 04||Cobalt||ON||Classic Theatre|
|Oct 07||Picton||ON||Acoustic Grill|
|Oct 08||Wellesley||ON||Wellesley Community Centre|
|Oct 09||Parry Sound||ON||Charles W. Stockey Centre|
|Oct 10||Gravenhurst||ON||Peter's Place|
|Oct 11||Greenbank||ON||Greenbank Centennial Hall|
|Oct 12||Burnstown||ON||Burnstown Schoolhouse|
Stay tuned - our western tour for Guy in April of 2015 is nearly completed.
Booking The Strawbs is always fun. The 1970s progressive folk-rock legends are as busy as they have ever been, and Dave Cousins is still as excited about his group as a 17 year-old kid with a garage band. It is this unbridled enthusiasm that has kept the group performing before near fanatical fans for some 40-plus years.
We have had people come from as far away as Iraq, England and California to catch Canadians dates with the guys.
The Strawbs will be back for a tour of central Canada in the fall. Festival Place wanted to have them back, so we have tacked on an Edmonton date at the end of the run and are currently exploring whether more western dates might be feasible.
Dave tells us that this might be the last Canadian tour, so don't miss the chance to catch this incredible and iconic group.
Here's where they will be in October:
|Oct 17||Hamilton||ON||Hamilton Place|
|Oct 18||Gravenhurst||ON||Peter's Place|
|Oct 19||Burnstown||ON||Burnstown Schoolhouse|
|Oct 20||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Oct 21||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Oct 22||Montreal||QC||Petit Campus|
|Oct 24||London||ON||Aeolian Hall|
|Oct 25||Kingston||ON||Chalmer's United Church|
|Oct 26||Kitchener||ON||Venue TBA|
|Oct 28||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys have been on a wild, non-stop ride. In the past year they have toured Europe several times, performed more than 50 dates in Canada and completed their first ever tour of Australia. They are currently preparing for more touring in Australia, America, Europe, Canada and even Malaysia.
This is the kind of demand there is for the guys in western Canada;
To keep up with demand out west, we are already booking another tour for them there in 2015.
The reason they are so busy is simple - their live shows are as good as anything Atlantic Canada has had to offer in the past ten years.
Gordie and the guys will tour Quebec and Ontario for 11 days in the fall of 2015. The time frame for this tour is October 1st through 11th (2015).
If you are interested in booking a date with this wonderful group, please let us know and we will be happy to discuss the details with you.
American Bluesman Guy Davis is busier at 60 than he has ever been, touring constantly in Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. And of course, he remains a popular fixture in Canada and America.
Guy's current release, Juba Dance, recently spent a total of 10 weeks at the #1 position on the world-wide RMR blues charts.
Guy Davis performs "Goin' Down Slow" (YouTube)
In April of this year, Guy will mount his first full Maritime tour in 4 or 5 years. Here's where to catch him.
|Apr 04||Truro||NS||Marigold Cultural Centre|
|Apr 05||Chester||NS||Chester Playhouse|
|Apr 06||Mabou||NS||Strathspey Place|
|Apr 09||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Apr 10||Charlottetown||PEI||The Pourhouse|
|Apr 11||Sackville||NB||George's Roadhouse|
|Apr 12||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
The PEI show will be opened by a very young, up and coming Charlottetown blues/rock band named Ripped Paper.
As a life long fan of Pete Seeger, both as an artist and a prolific champion of so many causes, having the opportunity to work with him was both a great thrill and privilege. JMI booked Pete's last tour of Canada when he was 89, with shows in Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
CBC called me the day after Pete's death and asked if I would do an interview on what it was like to meet and work with him, and talk about his legacy. You can listen to that interview here.
Shortly after signing Nashville's Claire Lynch, we started getting inquiries from around Atlantic Canada, enough to convince us to mount a tour of the region.
Claire will tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes with her band from May 15th through 24, 2015. We are already confirming and contracting dates for this tour, but still have some good avails left.
Shortly after signing Nashville's Claire Lynch, we started getting inquiries from around Atlantic Canada, enough to convince us to mount a tour of the region.
Claire will tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes with her band from May 15th through 24, 2015. We are already confirming and contracting dates for this tour, but still have some good avails leftt.
|May 09||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|May 21||Happy Valley-Goose Bay||NL||Labrador Friendship Centre|
|May 23/24||Norris Point||NL||Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival|
|May 26||Bonavista||NL||Garrick Theatre|
|May 27||St. John's||NL||LSPU Hall|
In March of 2014, Ireland's Caladh Nua will return for their third tour of Canada. First time around they did a massive six week festival tour, and the second time out was a very successful of western Canada with many sold out shows.
This time around the band has stops scheduled in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.
Here's where they'll be playing:
|Mar 19||Athabasca||AB||Nancy Appleby Theatre|
|Mar 20||Peace River||AB||Athabasca Hall|
|Mar 21||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Mar 22||Calgary||AB||Crescent Heights Com. Hall|
|Mar 23||Okotoks||AB||Rotary Performing Arts Centre|
|Mar 25||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Mar 27||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Mar 28||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Mar 29||Lethbridge||AB||Geomatic Attic|
|Mar 30||Kimberly||BC||Centre 64|
|Mar 31||Trail||BC||Charles Bailey Theatre|
|Apr 01||Kelowna||BC||Creekside Theatre|
|Apr 02||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
Always the innovator, JMI's harmonica virtuoso, Mike Stevens is releasing a world music recording on Borealis.
Where's The One is the meeting and collaboration of two passionate musicians: Canadian Mike Stevens and Ghanaian Okaidja Afroso. On 'where's the one?' these two master musicians have created a place for the complex interlocking rhythms of Africa to meet with the soulful and rich melodies of North American blues and country. The melding of these two musical cultures has created new music that is truly stunning.
For samples of the music, please visit Borealis here.
Mike Stevens – harmonica and vocal.
Okaidja Afroso – guitar, cajon, gyil (wooden xylophone), gourd and vocal.
Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the Bluegrass genre. She has two Grammy nominations and countless other awards among her official accolades. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Frequent and enthusiastic standing ovations at her performances with her tight, virtuosic band demonstrate her ability to captivate widely diverse audiences. Critics laud her songwriting as an undeniable gift, and her enthralling "hillbilly angel" voice has landed her spots on recordings from Linda Ronstadt to Ralph Stanley in between.
Claire is currently signed to Compass Records.
"One of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."
While we will be focusing on the summer of 2015 with Claire, she still has a few open spots for the summer of 2014.
Canadian folk supergroup Quartette is about to release their first recording since 2007's Down at the Fair. Rocks and Roses is now available for purchase from Outside Music.
Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson have outdone themselves in this collection of original tunes celebrating their twentieth anniversary as a group. From the gorgeous R&B lament, "Sweet Agony," to the Appalachian hints of "Arkansas Travelogue," and the bittersweet "I'll Keep You in My Heart" and jazzy "Crybaby," these four extraordinary songwriters have circled the songwriting wagon to create a lovely work of art, produced by Danny Greenspoon. Bonus retrospective disc included.
We are always excited here at JMI to announce a western tour for Calgary's native son, James Keelaghan.
This is an exciting time for James, as he releases a retrospective CD entitled, History - The First 25 Years, which contains a both a CD and a DVD. You can sample the music here.
James has been incredibly busy with international touring. The last time he was through western Canada was in November of 2012, so this will mark more than two years since his last foray into home turf. The tour will run Feburary 5 -15, 2015.
Video of James Live:
Message to the Future
Ottawa Folk Festival
Cold Missouri Waters
Central Ohio Folk Festival
If you are interested in booking a date for this tour, we would be pleased to discuss the details with you.
Today JMI is announcing a tour of western Canada for folk & country legend, Sylvia Tyson. The tour will run from April 28th through May 3rd of 2015.
Sylvia Tyson is no less than an icon in Canadian country and folk music. From her collaboration with Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia) on stage, studio and television in the sixties and seventies to seven solo albums, her career has earned her a place in the Canadian Music, Country Music and Songwriter's Halls of Fame, not to mention that she received Canada's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada.
The first song Tyson ever wrote was the iconic You Were on My Mind and she also scored a monstrous hits with River Road and Trucker's Cafe.
One of the strongest voices to emerge in Canadian songwriting over the past few years belongs to Canadian Jon Brooks. JMI is announcing today that Brooks will tour western Canada from November 21st through 24, 2014.
Regularly named among the ranks of such elite singer-songwriters as Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, it's no wonder Jon Brooks is regularly lauded in songwriting competitions in Canada and abroad. Rod Kennedy, Founder and Producer of The Kerrville Folk Festival says, "You speak and sing words that need to be spoken and sung and you do it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse."
Jon has toured widely in Canada, the USA and Australia, and has many songwriting awards.
Jon on YouTube:
Please let us know if you are interested in having Jon as part of your 2014/15 season and we will be glad to discuss a date with you.
For a number of years fans have been asking JAMES KEELAGHAN to produce a live recording so that as well as listening to his music they might also enjoy his great song introductions. Instead of recording a live album, James chose to produce a two disc CD/DVD. HISTORY contains eighteen studio versions of James' most beloved songs, while on the accompanying DVD we find James in the comfort of his home telling the stories behind the music.
The new CD/DVD designed by A Man Called Wrycraft also contains 28 pages of pictures and text from James' own pen allowing for a glimpse into this wonderful singer and songwriter's journey over the last 25 years of recording and touring the world.
You can steal a listen to some of the music on the new Borealis release here.
Red House Recording artist Ray Bonneville will be back on home turf this fall, with a week-long foray into Quebec and Ontario. Ray will also be busy in the US and Europe before Christmas but here is where you can catch him in central Canada in November:
|Nov 15||Pierrfonds||QC||Pierrefonds Cultural Centre|
|Nov 16||Val Morin||QC||Theatre du Marais|
|Nov 17||Burnstown||ON||Burnstown Schoolhouse|
|Nov 20||Ottawa||ON||Irene's Pub|
|Nov 21||Gatineau||QC||Cabaret la Basoche|
|Nov 22||Barrie||ON||MacLaren Arts Centre|
|Nov 23||Kingston||ON||RCHA Club|
Ray on YouTube: Goin' By Feel.
See more Ray Bonneville videos here.
Nathan Rogers will return to the Maritimes next month after an incredibly busy year and a summer than included a one hour mainstage at Winnipeg Folk Festival, performing "Nathan Sings Stan."
Listen to Nathan's Jewel of Paris.
This time Nathan, who will be touring as a trio, will be performing original material from his two CDs.
Here's where you can catch him in October:
|Oct 05||Middle Musquodobit||NS||Bi-Centennial Theatre|
|Oct 06||Saint John||NB||Imperial Theatre|
|Oct 08||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Oct 10||Truro||NS||Marigold Cultural Centre|
|Oct 11||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|Oct 12-14||Cape Breton||NS||Celtic Colours*|
|Oct 19||Sydney||NS||Celtic Colours|
* Nathan's Celtic Colours dates between October 12th and 14th are with his band, Dry Bones.
Twenty years on, and Quartette is in the studio, busy working on a new CD.
One of the staples of their touring life has been the group's reverent Christmas shows. With two Christmas CDs under their belts, Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford have lots of material to draw from.
The ladies will be touring the Christmas show in Ontario in December, including their annual Toronto show at Hugh's Room. Here's where you can catch them.
|Dec 14||Kingston||ON||Grand Theatre|
|Dec 18||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Dec 20||Oakville||ON||Oakville Centre for the Arts|
|Dec 21||Nepean||ON||Centrepointe Theatre|
|Dec 22||Brockville||ON||Brockville Arts Centre|
September tends to be a slow month in Canada for folk singers, but James Keelaghan has a little string of dates coming up later this month before heading off for some US dates with his friend, Jez Lowe.
If you live in Ontario, you have three chances to catch James this month. Here's where:
|Sept 19||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Sept 21||Dundas||ON||Carnegie Gallery|
|Sept 22||London||ON||Aeolian Hall|
You can find out about all of James' upcoming dates here.
We are very excited to announce that JMI is now the exclusive Canadian agency for Northern Ireland's incomparable Cara Dillon. Dillon is a folk superstar who's awards are too numerous to mention, but can be viewed here.
Her career has seen collaborations with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield and traditional groups such as Solas. Career highlights include performing In 2003 at the Belfast Festival at Queen's Opening Ceremony with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2006 Dillon was honoured with the invitation to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club in Ireland. She sang the Irish song Mo Ghile Mear to an audience estimated at 500 million worldwide with Afro Celt Sound System vocalist Iarla ” LionŠird, a 60 piece choir and 23 piece band.
In January 2012 Cara recorded the vocals on a song called "Come Dream A Dream" which forms the closing sequence of the nighttime spectacular show, Disney Dreams!, which was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. In the summer of 2012 she performed two concerts with the Ulster Orchestra. The first was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ulster Hall at an event called the Great Northern Songbook where "Hill Of Thieves" was voted by BBC listeners as one of the "Top 10" original songs to come out of Northern Ireland. The second was a concert where the Ulster Orchestra joined Cara and her band in the Grand Opera House in Belfast.
What Cara Dillon is really about is great live performances delivered with simplicity and passion.
Look for Cara to return to Canada in the summer of 2014.
Size matters. Juno Award-winning West African musician Alpha Yaya Diallo loves to tour in a big band, and will be hitting central Canada in 2015 with his large ensemble, West African Summit. On the other end of the spectrum, he has also rediscovered his love of solo performance.
From October 17 through 26, 2014, Alpha will be available for solo dates in the Maritimes and Newfoundland. He has done a number of shows like this over the past year, and audiences have appreciated experiencing Alpha's incredible guitar work without any distractions. The shows have also allowed Alpha to do some traditional songs from his native Guinea that he does not normally do when touring with a band.
This is a great opportunity to host a first class world music artist with a minimal of tech requirements. Perfect for any size of venue.
As summer moves along, many of you will already be starting to think about about your programming for 2014/15. We are very pleased to announce today, a second tour for Alpha Yaya Diallo's West African Summit, a large revue of West African dance, song and traditional instruments.
We did a trial run with the show last year and the feedback was tremendous. You can see some highlights from the show on this promotional video taken from one of the actual concerts.
The next tour for the West African Summit will be Quebec & Ontario from February 12 - 22, 2015.
For detailed information on the show, including the individual performers, click on this image:
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys are pleased to announce the release of their sophomore album, Pickin' n Clickin', on July 28, 2013 at The Old Triangle, 89 University Avenue in Charlottetown.
Pickin' n Clickin' was recorded at the Sound Mail and partly at The Nest. It was produced by Nathan Wiley and mixed by Dale Murray.
The new CD includes a mix of traditionally inspired songs as well as several written by the group.
Gordon MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will be promoting the album in the coming year while touring Canada, England, Belgium and Australia.
For more information on the group and their schedule, please visit their web site.
The past year has been the busiest ever for groovemaster, Ray Bonneville. He spent 49 weeks on the road, touring Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada and the US, and also had a #1 record on the international blues charts for two weeks.
Ray also has a very busy summer lined up, performing festivals on both sides of the border. See his schedule here.
Always a crowd pleaser, Ray will be back next fall, to tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes from October 2 through 12, 2014. This will be a solo tour, so the tech and hospitality requirements will be minimal. It will also mark two years since Ray's last tour of the region, so the timing is perfect.
Please let us know if you would like to book a date with Ray on this Eastern tour.
We have recently announced tours of central and western Canada for American bluesman, Guy Davis. Today we are announcing a solo western tour for April 10th/26th, 2015. This will be Guy's first swing out west in years.
Davis is busier now than ever, performing not not just in North America and Europe, but in Asia, Africa, South America and down under. A true ambassador of the blues, this map of his past gigs shows just how far he is taking this great and unique American art form.
At this time, we are just waiting for an announcement on an upcoming recording, to be released very shortly.
Guy has always been a great favourite in Canada and this tour is long overdue. Please let us know if you are interested in discussing a date.
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys will have a very busy summer in Canada before heading off to England at the end of August, and then returning for a massive tour of western Canada in October and November.
The guys combine dance, musicianship and harmonies in what is arguably the best live show coming out of eastern Canada these days. See for yourself here (YouTube).
Here is where you can catch them over the summer:
|July 05||Cavendish||PEI||Cavendish Beach Music Festival|
|July 06-07||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|July 10||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|July 12/-14||Atlin||BC||Atlin Arts & Music Festival|
|July 16||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|July 17||Kelowna||BC||Minstrel Cafe|
|July 18||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|July 20||Grand Prairie||AB||East Coast Garden Party|
|July 21||Fort MacLeod||AB||South Country Fair|
|July 26||Emerald||PEI||Emerald Junction Music Festival|
|Aug 02||Tyne Valley||PEI||Tyne Valley Oyster Festival|
|Aug 04||Nashwalk||NB||Nashwalk MusicFest|
|Aug 09-11||Lunenburg||NS||Lunenburg Folk Festival|
|Aug 17||Fundy National Park||NB||Rising Tide Festival|
|Aug 18||Sackville||NB||The Music Barn|
|Aug 30||Wallingford||UK||Wallingford Bunkfest|
|Sep 01||Birmingham||UK||Moseley Folk Festival|
|Sep 03||Cumbria||UK||Kirkgate Theatre|
|Sep 07||Isle of Man||UK||Centenary Theatre|
|Sep 08||East Anglia||UK||Stamping Ground Fest|
|Sep 14||Bromyard||UK||Bromyard Folk Festival|
|Sep 15||Ramsbottom||UK||Ramsbottom Music Festival|
After the UK dates the guys have two weeks off before starting the first leg of their western tour.
Canadians roots and blues singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville is busier than ever, having been on the road for 49 weeks last year with tours of the US, Australia, Canada, America and the UK.
Groovemaster, Ray Bonneville (YouTube)
The summer of 2013 will see him jumping back and forth across the 49th parallel. Here is where you can catch him in July and August on the north side of the border.
|July 10||Surrey||BC||Private event|
|July 12||Harrison||BC||Harrison Festival|
|July 13||New Westminster||BC||Hyack Festival|
|Aug 09-11||Lunenburg||NS||Lunenburg Folk Festival†|
|Aug 12||Victoria||PE||Victoria Playhouse|
|Aug 13||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Aug 16-18||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
We recently announced that Jon Brooks would be touring Atlantic Canada. We are also looking forward to touring Jon in Quebec and Ontario. The dates will run from March 21 through 30th inclusive, 2014.
Borealis Recording Artist Jon Brooks is one of the most thoughtful voices on Canada's roots music scene right now. We look forward to discussing a date with you.
Jon Brooks on CBC's The National (YouTube)
Hudson Girls (YouTube)
After seeing Richard Perso perform at the National Festival in Canberra, we offered him a signing on the spot.
With more than 100 Australian festivals under his belt, the 21 year old Perso is ready to turn some heads in Canada. A brilliant slide guitarist and a fan of John Lee Hooker, Richard trades in a rack harmonica for a rack didgeridoo. On stage, he performs solo, with three giant didgeridoos and four guitars, including lap steel.
You'll be able to catch Richard from Nova Scotia to British Columbia over July and August - here's where:
|July 05-07||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|July 08||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|July 19-21||Perth||ON||Stewart Park Festival|
|July 24||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Aug 03||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug 04||Calgary||AB||Calgary International Blues Festival|
|Aug 05||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug 15||Kelowna||BC||Minstrel Cafe|
|Aug 16-18||Salmon Arm||BC||Roots & Blues Festival|
Best to keep an eye out for Viking longboats. Denmark's Habadekuk will be touring across western Canada this summer, touching down in Winnipeg and making it all the way out to Salt Spring Island. Inspired by Canada's own Bottine Souriante, Habadekuk plays a fusion of traditional Danish folk music, jazz and pop. Prepare to dance.
Here is where you can catch the guys in July and August of this year.
|July 10-14||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|July 16||Moose Jaw||SK||Moose Jaw Cultural Centre|
|July 17||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|July 19||Salt Spring||BC||Artspring|
|July 20-21||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|July 25-28||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
|July 31||Golden||BC||Outdoor show|
|Aug 03-05||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
JMI is very pleased to announce that multi-award winning recording artist Jon Brooks will tour Atlantic Canada from April 23 through May 1, 2014.
Brooks is a hard hitting songwriter who has won both the prestigious 2010 Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Award and the 2010 International Songwriting Competition. He has also been nominated three times at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and is signed to Borealis Records.
Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615.
Since then, Brooks has turned a lot of heads in Canada, the US and Australia. His songs are peopled by characters from the fringes of society and delivered with raw emotion.
Jon Brooks' Mercy (YouTube)
If you are interested in a date with Jon Brooks next April, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss specifics with you.
HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
One of the folk world's greatest guitar players is coming to Atlantic Canada in July. There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
|Martin will make his Newfoundland debut at the George Street United Church in St. John's on July 3rd, and will then to Nova Scotia for the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. He will also make his PEI debut at the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria by the Sea on Monday, July 8th.
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Steve Miller and many more.
Martin performing She Slips Away (YouTube)
Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.
Martin will also tour Western Canada in the fall of 2014.
At JMI, we go out of our way to find great singer-songwriters and have worked with some of the very best. In that tradition, we are very pleased to announce a Canadian exclusive signing with Jon Brooks.
Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615.
Though Jon's music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts of approval, his mandate is unequivocal: "I'm not interested in 'happy songs' – I've chosen to write healing songs and, for that reason, I'm obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. I'm even less interested in writing unhappy songs: I want to write hopeful songs, inspiring songs and I expect I owe today's listener some hopeful argument – some legitimate reason – as to why we should believe our present world could be improved, or healed. The highest aim of song is to invoke empathy – to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the folk singer is simply trying to politicize love, hence, my contention that today's songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principle representative in government office."
In 2006 he released NO MEAN CITY, a portrait of Toronto homelessness vis a vis Toronto history and architecture. Inspired by Eric Arthur's book, 'No Mean City', these 13 songs are a weighty and conceptual exposition of the modern urban soul's homelessness and moral fatigue. 2007 afforded Jon further acclaim with the release of OURS AND THE SHEPHERDS, a CD of Canadian war stories inspired by James Loney, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Sgt. Tommy Prince, and John McRae among others. The collection earned Brooks Songwriter of the Year nomination at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Penguin Eggs deemed it "a thoroughly wonderful and truly important addition to the canon of Canadian folk music." OURS AND THE SHEPHERDS is now among the collections of The Canadian War Museum and The John McRae Society.
Jon is also a published essayist with Guernica Editions' BARRY CALLAGHAN: ESSAYS ON HIS WORKS (2007) with contributions by Margaret Atwood, William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.
His latest CD, MOTH NOR RUST , looks inward to all that neither moth nor rust can touch: love, hope, trust, memory, inspiration, justice, and faith. MOTH NOR RUST earned Jon his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and its lyrics were published by Canada's esteemed literary quarterly, Exile Editions.
Whether about the times we live in, its past or its future promise, Brooks' songs are underscored throughout by his gently weather-beaten voice, the singular beautiful sound of hand on guitar, and his uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in – transforming, inspiring and uplifting us as we bear witness.
African music star Alpha Yaya Diallo will perform a handful of dates in the Maritimes and BC in April (2013). For the eastern dates, it will be a very rare opportunity to catch Alpha performing solo.
Here is where you can see Alpha in April;
|April 10||Halifax||NS||The Seahorse Tavern|
|April 12||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|April 13||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|April 19||Nelson||BC||Capitol Theatre|
|April 20||Princeton||BC||Riverside Community Centre|
At JMI were are working on one of our busiest summer in years. It will be a while before all of the festivals have announced their line-ups, but we can now confirm that we have four wonderful artists booked into the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. From the world music front, Denmark's answer to Bottine Souriante, Habadekuk will take to the massive stages in July.
Closer to home, we have two outstanding Canadian artists also locked in. Nathan Rogers will perform a very special and unique show at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year, something he will not be doing at any other festival. To help Winnipeg celebrate their 40th, he will be performing a full concert of his famous father's work. The late Stan Rogers gave some of his most memorable concerts at Winnipeg Folk Fest, and as Nathan has chosen Winnipeg as his home, this seemed to be a great fit. Nathan will do this concert with a full band, just as Stan would have.
Last but not least, Sylvia Tyson, who helped organize the first Winnipeg Folk Festival, and who also performed at it, will be appearing with a full band. All four of these artists are looking forward to being in Winnipeg in July.
We can also announce that five JMI artists will be performing for the first time at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia in early July. Martin Simpson was not planning on touring Canada next summer, but his schedule lined up with Stanfest, so he is looking forward to his debut performance in Canso, as well as one in St. John's just prior to the festival. A little closer to home, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are very much looking forward to shaking it up in Canso in July. Australia's Richard Perso will also perform his first Canadian festival ever in Canso.
We will have many other festival announcements in the weeks and months ahead, and complete tours with dates and cities will be posted here over the spring. Stay tuned for more.
JMI's Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys are set to do 35 dates in Alberta and Saskatchewan in November 2013 and April 2014. What makes this tour remarkable is that it does not even include any Manitoba or BC dates yet.
At the time this was posted, the guys also had offers for additional dates, which will be posted as they are confirmed. For now, here is where they will be on the prairies over the next year.
|Oct 04||Slave Lake||AB||Spec Centre|
|Oct 05||Vermilion||AB||Lakeland College Alumni Theatre|
|Oct 06||Stettler||AB||Settler Performing Arts Centre|
|Oct 10||Consort||AB||Consort High School|
|Oct 11||Calgary||AB||Dalhousie Community Centre|
|Oct 12||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
|Oct 13||Camrose||AB||Bailey Theatre|
|Oct 15||Olds||AB||Trans Canada Theatre|
|Oct 16||Fort Macleod||AB||Empress Theatre|
|Oct 17||Fort Macleod||AB||Empress Theatre|
|Oct 18||Open - a Friday|
|Oct 19||Red Deer||AB||Red Deer Elks Lodge|
|Oct 23||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Oct 24||Moose Jaw||SK||Moose Jaw Cultural Centre|
|Oct 25||Wainright||AB||Wainright Comuniplex Theatre|
|Oct 26||Wainright||AB||Wainright Comuniplex Theatre|
|Oct 28||Brooks||AB||Griffin Park Theatre|
|Oct 30||Daysland||AB||Daysland Palace Theatre|
|Nov 01||Coronation||AB||Coronation Community Centre|
|Nov 02||Drayton Valley||AB||The Max Centre|
|Nov 03||Fort Saskatchewan||AB||Moyer Recreation Centre|
|Nov 07||Barrhead||AB||Barrhead Composit High School|
|Nov 08||Westlock||AB||Westlock Cultural Arts Centre|
|Nov 09||Demmit||AB||Demmit Community Centre|
|Nov 10||Holden||AB||Beaver Regional Arts Centre|
|Nov 12||Lloydminster||SK||Vic Juba Community Theatre|
|Nov 14||Wadena||SK||Wadena Community Legion Hall|
|Nov 15||Tisdale||SK||Tisdale RecPlex|
|Nov 16||Kamsack||SK||Kamsack Playhouse|
|Nov 17||Yorkton||SK||Anne Portnuff Theatre|
And in 2014, the guys also have the following dates
|Apr 14||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Apr 15||Moosomin||SK||Moosomin Community Theatre|
|Apr 16||Bengough||SK||Bengough Community Centre|
|Apr 21||Assniboia||SK||Prince of Wales Cultural Centre|
|Apr 22||Shaunavon||SK||Plaza Theatre|
|Apr 23||Kindersley||SK||Norman Ritchie Community Centre|
|Apr 24||Biggar||SK||Majestic Theatre|
|Apr 25||Watrous||SK||Watrous Civic Centre|
|Apr 26||Langenburg||SK||Langeburg Community Theatre|
Congratulations to Vishtèn who last night won the ECMA Award for Francophone Recording of the Year for the current release, Mosaïk. The group was in Austria when they heard the news, in the middle of a 16 date European tour. The 25th East Coast Music Awards are being held in Halifax this year.
Here is a great example of what makes Vishtèn such a great traditional group:
La Fougue des Fées (YouTube)
You can view all of Vishtèn's European dates here.
We are very pleased and excited to announce today that we are welcoming some old friends back into our musical family.
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi was one of the most successful groups we ever had the pleasure to represent, with tours that stretched into five and six weeks from coast to coast. JMI has signed a five year contract with the group, exclusive to Canada, and we are very much looking forward to putting them back on the road.
Watch "Summertime" live (YouTube)
Their first tour will be the festival circuit in July of 2014, with the possibility of moving into August if demands warrants. We will also be doing a cross country theatre tour in November, 2014, commencing in Atlantic Canada November 1st, and moving right across the country to the west coast. Part of the beauty of of this group for presenters is that not only are they absolutely outstanding in concert, but the shows could not possibly be simpler to produce. Their tech requirements consist of five mics - period.
Another old JMI friend is American bluesman Guy Davis, whom we booked hundreds of Canadians dates for, and who was always one of our most in-demand artists.
"Railroad Story" live (YouTube)
Guy is one of the busiest bluesmen on the planet, touring North America, the UK, Asia, Europe, South America and Australia relentlessly, and the reason is very simple - there isn't a finer proponent of acoustic blues to be found anywhere. We have just signed an exclusive contract for Canada with Guy, and are planning on touring all regions of the country over the next two years.
Our first run will be Atlantic Canada from April 2- 12, 2014, and we can't wait to have him back in the region. Guy has played just about every venue in all three Maritime provinces, and has also been to Newfoundland. His second Canadian tour is slotted for Quebec and Ontario from October 2 -12, 2014. These are both short tours and we expect demand to be brisk, as Guy has not been in these markets for some time.
A western tour is also being planned for spring of 2015, with details to follow.
The last two years have been nothing short of remarkable for Ray Bonneville, who at one point had the #1 blues recording on the international charts, and who spent 50 weeks on the road last year, touring Australia, Canada, the US, Europe and the UK.
Watch "Roll It Down" (YouTube)
Ray has less and less time to tour in Canada these days, but we have secured 10 days in October of next year. He will be available for solo dates from Manitoba to BC from 16th through 26th, inclusive, 2014. We have no hesitation in calling Ray one of the best roots songwriters working in Canada today.
Bellowhead was back on the podium last week to accept the award for Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The group, which has been together for nine years and continues to sell out large concert halls across the UK and Europe, including The Royal Albert Hall, took the honour for their current CD, Broadside. This award is all the sweeter as it was chosen by the public.
John Spiers accepted the award on behalf of the band last Wednesday at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. JMI sends our congratulations to all the members of Bellowhead.
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys have been on an incredible roll over the past year. Our 2013 fall tour of Western Canada is six weeks long and still growing, and the summer is also booking up very well. Dates are also coming in from Europe, and the guys recently signed on with the Val Denn Agency for the USA.
Gordie and the boys have a small run of Maritime dates next month - here's where you can catch them in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in February, 2013.
|Feb 14||Truro||NS||Marigold Centre|
|Feb 15||Florenceville||NB||Carleton North Theatre|
|Feb 16||Saint John||NB||Imperial Theatre|
|Feb 17||Riverview||NB||Riverview Arts Centre|
And here's some live video of what you don't want to miss when the guys come through your town.
For years, Mike Stevens has been recognized as a virtuosic musician and a groundbreaking performer. Folk Music Canada is happy to announce that he is the recipient of the 2012 Innovator Award for his work as founder of ArtsCan Circle.
In its inaugural year, the Innovator Award is dedicated to recognizing a new and innovative approach that has had a significant impact on Canadian Folk Music. The award will be handed out at the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards' Gala on Saturday, November 17 in Saint John, NB.
In 1999, Mike travelled to Goose Bay, and was taken aback when he crossed path with a group of aboriginal children sniffing gas. In an effort to connect with them, he began to play his harmonica. From this event, he found inspiration to do something different. He filled his basement with unused instruments, set up a music library, sent 40 harmonicas to the local school and recruited teams of people to join him in his musical mission to help inspire and give hope to at-risk Aboriginal youth through teaching song. Thus ArtsCan Circle was founded.
In his groundbreaking work as founder of ArtsCan Circle, an organization dedicated to helping aboriginal youth through music and art, Mike created a new model for engaging musicians and communities. As well, he has helped many folk musicians connect with their capacity to bring music to non-traditional environments and use their creative expression to help others. Folk Music Canada is proud to have Mike as the first recipient of the Innovator Award.
About ArtsCan Circle
ArtsCan Circle is a charitable organization with a mission to encourage the self- esteem of Aboriginal youth in isolated Canadian communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts.
About Folk Music Canada
Folk Music Canada is a member-driven organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community, and works to raise awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.
JMI has an exciting new tour to announce for Quebec and Ontario. Here's what we have heading to central Canada, and when you can expect it to pass through your town.
In what will be his first Canadian tour in three years, Juan returns to cross the country commencing on January 29, 2014, starting on the west coast and moving eastward across the country. Juan has performed at many of the great concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and the Sydney Opera House, and is no stranger to Canada, having sold out theatres from Nova Scotia to BC and even Yellowknife. This time Juan will have three performers with him, including a male and a female dancer. Voted by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the top three guitarists in the world, Juan is truly a giant of Flamenco.
JMI has three exciting new tours to announce for western Canada in 2014; flamenco, UK folk and Acadian trad, and all of it fantastic live entertainment. Here's what we have heading west, and when you can expect it to pass through your town.
In what will be his first western tour in three years, Juan returns to western Canada on January 29, 2014, starting on the west coast and moving eastward across the country. Juan has performed at many of the great concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and the Sydney Opera House, and is no stranger to Canada, having sold out theatres from Nova Scotia to BC and even Yellowknife. This time Juan will have three performers with him, including a male and a female dancer. Voted by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the top three guitarists in the world, Juan is truly a giant of Flamenco.
Since the band formed more than 12 years ago, Vishtèn has become one of the most respected and imaginative Acadian bands to come out of the east coast of Canada. Over the past decade, they have released 4 albums, won numerous awards and given thousands of performances in over 10 countries. Hailing from Prince Edward Island and Îles de la Madeleine, the members of this driving percussive trio are both powerful francophone singers and fiery multi-instrumentalists. Pascal Miousse and twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc fuse Acadian and Celtic genres with a modern sensibility of rock and indie-folk influence in their new album, Mōsaïk.
Vishtèn's western tour will start on October 3, 2014 and will wrap up on the 12th.
MARTIN SIMPSON (UK)
Martin Simpson is a true giant of folk, not only on the other side of the Atlantic, but around the world. He is a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist with few peers. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track,"Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for "Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danù, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller and many more.
Martin will tour western Canada in November, 2014. Exact dates to be announced very soon.
We have a new signing at JMI that we are genuinely excited about.
Martin Simpson is a true giant of folk not only on the other side of the Atlantic, but around the world. He is a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist with few peers. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more.
We are very excited to welcome Martin to our musical family, and you can expect to hear about tours for 2014 soon.
Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Alison Brown has found a few dates between her hectic international touring schedule and running Compass Records to come to western Canada in November. This will be a quick jaunt, with only three dates in Alberta and BC. Alison is the top-ranked female banjo player in the world, and third overall. Not to be missed.
Here is where you can catch her:
Alison in concert (YouTube): Live at Blair
JMI is today announcing two new tours for Eastern Canada, both of which will take place in the fall of 2013.
VISHTÈN is well known to presenters on Canada's East Coast. Originally from PEI and the Magdalen Islands, Vishten is one of the very finest proponents of Acadian song, dance and instrumental music. Their show is one that will appeal to a broad demographic, as well as both French and English fans of traditional music. It is also a very simple show to produce, with easy production and hospitality requirements.
Vishtèn will tour eastern Canada October 18 through 27, 2013.
|MIKE STEVENS is easily one of the greatest harmonica players in the world, and has performed more than 300 times at the Grand Ole Opry, sharing the stage with legends such as Roy Acuff and Dolly Parton. Mike will not disappoint fans of blues, bluegrass and just plain old musical virtuosity when he takes to the stage in Atlantic Canada. He will be touring as a duo, so once again, this will be a very simple show to produce, and ideal for all sizes of venues.|
Mike will tour eastern Canada from November 8 through 16, 2013.
|We are genuinely excited to announce our first full tour of Central Canada for the incredible Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys. We are receiving offers every day for this incredible east coast act, and have already twice had to extend our western tour in October of next year. It's already a month long and growing by the day.|
Those of you who have booked east coast acts like Barachois and the original line-up of The Cottars will want to look at this incredible group. They combine stunning instrumental work on fiddle, guitar, stand up bass and a small drum kit with some of the craziest step dancing you have ever seen. More than just music, this is a variety show in the truest sense of the word. Watch this short promotional video, and you can see for yourself what the fuss is all about:
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Promo 2012 (YouTube video)
This tour will run from
Also see this news item:
Gordie MacKeeman will appeal to a wide demographic, and has simple technical and hospitality riders. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss booking this group.
It was with great sorrow that we received the news of Raylene Rankin's passing on Sunday after her long and hard fought battle with cancer.
What the world knew about Raylene was that she had one of the greatest voices this nation of singers ever produced, and the music resonated deeply with people, especially those of us who call the east coast home. Each and every time Raylene would perform what was to become her signature song, We Rise Again, audiences would be moved to tears for a piece of music that was remarkable for its beauty, and that in its delivery inspired a deep pride in people and a sense of hope. Her voice became our voice. It was quite remarkable.
Those of us who knew Raylene personally were blessed to have a friend of great warmth, great humour, humility, integrity and sincerity. Even when she spoke, her beautiful voice was effusive and sparkled with mischievous humour. As much as she was a true artist, Raylene was always a sister, a mother, a wife, a daughter first. She was smart and tough and fair and caring, and someone any young woman could look up to as a wonderful role model. We were both proud and privileged to represent such a fine artist and a fine person, and lucky over the years, to come call her our friend.
Our thoughts at this difficult time are with Colin and Alexander and all of her siblings and many friends. Fare thee well Raylene. Thank you for the music, and thank you for the blessing and many kindnesses of your friendship. You will be greatly missed.
Alpha Yaya Diallo will embark on a unique tour in November. His West African Summit celebrates the music of west Africa through music, dance and some of the greatest traditional soloist from the continent. You can read all about this incredible show here.
And see for yourself the virtuosity of Alpha's special guests:
The tour will focus on western Canada, but we do have Montreal and Toronto dates. Here is where you can catch this world music spectacle in November.
|Nov 16||Toronto||ON||Beverly Hall|
|Nov 17||Montreal||QC||Cabaret de Mile End|
|Nov 20||Sioux Lookout||ON||Queen Elizabeth District High|
|Nov 22||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Nov 23||Saskatoon||SK||Broadway Theatre|
|Nov 24||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Nov 25||Camrose||AB||Bailey Theatre|
|Nov 27||Golden||BC||Golden Civic Centre|
|Dec 1||Vancouver||BC||Rio Theatre|
It is hard for anyone who is not from Australia to fully appreciate the influence of Shane Howard and his seminal song, Solid Rock, which has iconic status down under, and has become an anthem for aboriginal rights on the continent. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Solid Rock, and the milestone is being marked in a number of ways, the least of which is not a special concert on October 6th at Uluru, where Howard's journey as a musician and human rights advocate all began.
You can watch a new solo and unplugged video of Shane performing Solid Rock here. It is a part of a major story from the September 21st edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's biggest and most influential newspaper.
Shane toured across Canada for the first time this past summer, and will be returning for another festival tour in the summer of 2013.
Ottawa, ON – September 19, 2012 – Prince Edward Island's Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys recently appeared at the Ottawa Folk Festival and returned home with a prestigious award. They won the Supernova Award which is presented by the Galaxie Rising Star Program, which provides bursaries to rising Canadian music talent at festivals and events across Canada. The award, which was born in 2010, is given to a performer – solo or band – for outstanding live performance at the festival.
|To see a live video from the Ottawa Folk Festival with East Coast Kitchen party, please click here.|
JMI is very pleased to announce an exciting new Christmas show. Ireland's incredible Caladh Nua will bring an Irish Christmas to the Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador from December 6th through the 15th, 2013.
Make your Christmas an Emerald one with one of Ireland's finest Folk Groups. Caladh Nua have been praised worldwide as a folk act without comparison featuring some of Ireland's most talented and versatile traditional musicians, singers and instrumentalists.
During this uniquely special Christmas show you will be treated to a selection of songs and tunes from the vibrant soul of Ireland's ancient musical heritage bringing an emotive fragment of the Emerald Isle into your heart at this magical time of year. A traditional Irish dancer will also be joining the group on this tour.
Join Caladh Nua for a night of heart-warming Irish music, song and dance in a truly spellbinding seasonal spectacle.
While we don't have any Christmas videos yet, we do have some excellent videos of the group performing (YouTube):
When we toured Danu's Christmas show in the Maritimes years ago, it was very well received and attended.
Please let us know if you would be interested in booking a date on this tour.
JMI is pleased to announce yet another Nathan Rogers tour, this time for Ontario. For the first time ever, he will be bringing this "Nathan Sings Stan - The Rogers Legacy Continues" show to Ontario, with 18 dates across the southeast of the province. The program for this show draws exclusively on the songs of Nathan's famous father, Stan Rogers.
This show has been a huge success for Nathan in the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Western Canada, drawing capacity crowds, standing ovations and rave reviews.
Here is where you can catch Nathan Sings Stan in November:
|Nov 14||Oakville||Oakville Centre for the Arts|
|Nov 15||Belleville||Empire Theatre*|
|Nov 16||Brockville||Brockville Arts Centre*|
|Nov 17||Ottawa||Centrepointe Theatre*|
|Nov 18||Kingston||The Grand Theatre*|
|Nov 19||Haliburton||TBA - Haliburton Folk Society|
|Nov 20||Toronto||Hugh's Room|
|Nov 21||London||Aeolian Hall|
|Nov 22||Sarnia||Imperial Theatre*|
|Nov 23||Port Hope||Capitol Theatre*|
|Nov 24||Huntsville||Algonquin Theatre*|
|Nov 25||Owen Sound||Roxy Theatre*|
|Nov 27||Goderich||The Livery|
|Nov 28||Hamilton||Hamilton Place Theatre|
|Nov 29||Cornwall||Aultsville Theatre*|
|Nov 30||Guelph||River Run Centre*|
|Dec 02||Orillia||Orillia Opera House*|
*These dates are all promoted by Shantero, and tickets for them will go on sale on September 24th.
Here's what the press has to say about Nathan;
"Winnipeg-based Nathan Rogers (son of Canadian Folk icon, the
late Stan Rogers) filled the stage with acoustic brilliance."
- Peterborough Examiner
"The resemblance is unmistakable: The same hairline and solid
build. The same political edge, satirical bite, lightning wit and
contempt for fools. The same vocal timbre that provides a bed
for a rich baritone. The same way with words and melody."
- Kitchener Record
"You can see a lot of Stan in Nathan Rogers. The same bright eyes,
male-pattern baldness and a voice worthy of comparison to his
father and his uncle, Garnet Rogers."
- Winnipeg Free Press
"he will move men and women to tears with his sound
and his conviction."
- Uptown Magazine
"It was eerie just how much Nathan reminded me of Stan and
- Stylus Magazine
" The similarity between Nathan and his father's
voice and delivery of songs was surreal. Beautiful songs
delivered flawlessly and beautifully."
- Winnipeg Fan
• World Music Duo CanadAfrica to Tour Central Canada Next March (April 14, 2014)
• Gordie MacKeeman wins ECMA for Pickin 'n Clickin (April 4, 2014)
• Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn to Showcase This Weekend (April 2, 2014)
• Guy Davis to Tour Ontario in October (March 15, 2014)
• Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Central Canada in the Fall of 2015 (March 11, 2014)
• Guy Davis to Tour the Maritimes in April of 2014 (March 7, 2014)
• Remembering Pete Seeger (February 19, 2014)
• Claire Lynch Tour of Eastern Canada (February 10, 2014)
• Gordie MacKeeman Headed for Newfoundland & Labrador (February 10, 2014)
• Caladh Nua to Tour Western Canada in March of 2014 (January 8, 2014)
• Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso Release CanadAfrica (December 7, 2013)
• JMI Signs Nashville's Claire Lynch (December 3, 2013)
• Quartette Releases Rock and Roses (November 21, 2013)
• New Western Tour Announced for James Keelaghan (November 19, 2013)
• Sylva Tyson to Tour Western Canada (November 11, 2013)
• Jon Brooks to Tour Western Canada in November of 2014 (October 21, 2013)
• New Retrospective Release from James Keelaghan (October 6, 2013)
• Ray Bonneville Touring Quebec and Ontario in November (October 2, 2013)
• Nathan Rogers Maritime Tour (September 5, 2013)
• Quartette Christmas Tour (September 5, 2013)
• James Keelaghan in September (September 5, 2013)
• JMI Signs Folk Superstar, Cara Dillon (July 26, 2013)
• Alpha Yaya Diallo to Tour Newfoundland and Maritimes Solo (July 23, 2013)
• West Africa Summit to Tour Quebec and Ontarioin 2015 (July 23, 2013)
• Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys CD Launch in Charlottetown (July 22, 2013)
• Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in 2015 (June 15, 2013)
• Busy Summer for Gordie MacKeeman (June 14, 2013)
• Ray Bonneville Summer Dates (June 4, 2013)
• Jon Brooks to Tour Central Canada in March 2014 (June 3, 2013)
• Australian Richard Perso's Summer Tour (May 31, 2013)
See News page for more JMI news.