Our 2016-17 Season!


The Small Glories with Special Guest Benjamin Dakota Rogers

October 8, 2016 | 7 pm

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. They are a study in contrasts: Cara, all earth mother on her 21-speed bike, helmet and backpack, environmentally friendly and wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and burly JD, looking like a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt and jean jacket, slightly intimidating (until you meet him). At first glance few would peg them for a highly creative musical partnership. Yet these two veteran singer/songwriters have teamed up and are building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances. Luft is a Juno award winner, co-founder of folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, and a touring road warrior. She has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, accomplished guitarist (she has been invited to perform at the prestigious UK International Guitar Festival), clawhammer banjo player and insightfully honest songwriter. Edwards has been to our Stage several years ago when he opened for Suzie Vinnick. He has a voice that defies categorization, one that easily ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners begging for more. He is truly one of the finest singers of his time. Together as The Small Glories, Luft and Edwards are a tour de force, a case of 1 + 1 = 3. They have just released their first album, 'Wondorous Traveler' and as The Winnipeg Free Press writes, 'It's magic ...'. Don't miss the magic with this spectacular duo opening our tenth full season in Morrisburg! Check out the Small Glories website here.

Opening this show will be Benjamin Dakota Rogers. Born and raised in Mt. Pleasant Ontario Benjamin is a two time Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, multi- instrumentalist, singer songwriter and composer.  He combines fiddle and guitar and writes songs borne as much from ancient myths and fables as life experiences and is known for his explosive fiddle technique which draws its roots from the East Coast and Old Time but is transformed into his own style. Check out Benjamin's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance/$25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.


Andy McKee with Special Guest Pamela Cumming

November 5, 2016 | 7 pm

Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. He is considered one of the originators of contemporary fingerstyle guitar.

Andy’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. Andy's tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater. Live performances of Andy’s have become a point of devotion with his loyal followers - you won't be able to catch Andy in Ottawa or Montreal, but you can see him in Morrisburg, don't miss this incredible opportunity. Check out his video 'Drifting', here and his website here.

Opening this show will be local fan favourite Pamela Cumming, with Dylan Groulx accompanying. Pamela is a singer/violinist and Berklee College of Music graduate. She is known for her ability to blend with most any musical style and she has toured internationally with Cypriot singer-songwriter Nikolas Metaxas, and performed throughout Alaska and Ontario with Alaskan singer-songwriter and Berklee alumnus Emily Anderson. She is accompanied this evening by Cornwall guitarist Dylan Groulx. Visit Pamela's website here.

Tickets for this show are $30 in advance/$35 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Andy McKee!

We are delighted to announce that Andy McKee will offer a fingerstyle guitar workshop on Saturday November 5th at 2 pm. The workshop cost is $25 (+ a $1 service fee), available online only at the link below. Workshop tickets are not available at our retailers and your paypal receipt will be your proof of purchase. Seats are limited to 20 participants in total - don't miss it!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

January 21, 2017 | 7 pm

Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. As a vocalist her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong woman’s voices embodied by such forbears as Marion Williams, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Tina Turner and Lucinda Williams. Martin has performed solo and with her roots/rock band The Haggard, but it is with Delta Sugar that Samantha has really hit her stride. With this new gospel-infused, blues and soul formation, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar's 2015 debut CD Send the Nightingale was nominated for four Maple Blues Awards in 2016. While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, Send the Nightingale is not the work of a single talent - in combination with her co-vocalists Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated neuron-tingling magic. Add to that guitarist Mikey McCallum’s Delta-inspired and mystery-inflected guitar lines, the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance/$25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Union Duke

February 11, 2017 | 7 pm

Union Duke is Ethan Smith, Jim McDonald, Matt Warry-Smith, Will Staunton and Rob McLaren. Together they have been compared to a musical locomotive hurtling around the bend, taking the world by storm – one captivating performance at a time. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a live show that is described as a thing to behold, filled with the heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. With banjos rambling, guitars wailing, and superb melodies shining through each tune, an infectious magnetism emanates from every stage they’ve had the privilege to grace, get ready Morrisburg, for the phenomenon that is Union Duke! Check out their website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance/$25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Intimate Acoustics

March 4, 2017 | 7 pm

An evening featuring six emerging singer songwriters. Our lineup will be announced closer to the show.

Tickets for this show are $10, all tickets general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 

 

 


Coco Love Alcorn

March 25, 2017 | 7 pm

As a performer, Coco Love Alcorn is always in the moment: joyful and genuine; soulful and compelling. Her career has spanned over twenty years, ten albums, numerous cross - Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances and award nominations. Coco's sound is a combination of her diverse musical influences, including jazz, pop, R&B and folk. Her voice has been hailed by the press as extraordinary and she has been described by James Keelaghan as the "ultimate musical spark plug."

Coco has written, recorded, and performed with everyone from Matt Andersen to Valdy and Joel Plaskett to Loudon Wainwright but it wasn't until she became a mother and took a step back that a new direction came in to focus.  Her newest CD, Wonderland, is more than just another record, it marks the start of a new project which is redefining Alcorn's career. "After all those years of thinking I was chasing down a sound it turns out I was searching for the right feeling. That feeling is connection."  Coco performed on our Stage several years ago in a duo performance and she's coming back to Morrisburg with a new sound and a new band.  Get ready for a contagiously joyful and improv-heavy show, filled with generous energy.   Visit Coco's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance/$25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Ron Sexsmith

April 22, 2017 | 7 pm

For Ron Sexsmith, there’s always a trigger to an album, something that sets in motion the songs he’s writing not exactly as a concept, but certainly a theme or feel. He is a songwriter's songwriter, self-deprecating almost to a fault and he's been a critical success ever since his self-titled debut back in 1995, winning the admiration of major league songwriters such as Elvis Costello, Elton John, Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney along the way. Commercial success, however, has not been so forthcoming for the boy from the blue-collar town of St. Catharines, Ontario. Described as too mainstream for indie and too indie for the mainstream, he's inclined to laugh it off himself. “Well,” he chuckles, “I guess I was chasing stardom at one point, but then I stopped. To be honest, I think the lack of commercial success has been more annoying to the folks around me. I sometimes get people saying ‘Why aren't you playing stadiums?’ Well, it's certainly no mystery to me why I’m not. It’s just not that kind of music."

The kind of music Ron writes maps the human heart with surgical precision and great compassion and it has earned him multiple JUNO nominations and awards and a long list of performers who line up for an opportunity to perform his songs, including Rod Stewart, Gord Downie, Dianna Krall, Sarah MacLachlan, kd Lang and others. His unique blend of classic pop, contemporary folk, and roots-rock make him a Canadian classic, and we're delighted to have him visit us in Morrisburg as part of our 2016/17 season.

Tickets for this show are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and that will include a download of Ron's newest CD release (we will collect email addresses at the show to ensure you can access that download). All tickets are general admission. Tickets are available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 

 

 


Kinnie Starr

May 13, 2017 | 7 pm

Kinnie Starr has been described as "edgy and enchanting" by The New Yorker and as "one of Canada's most adored and critically acclaimed underground musicians" by NewCanadianMusic. She is a genre-defying artist blazing her own influential trail. Entirely self-trained, Starr moves from hip hop to art-pop, folk to spoken word to dance music with eclectic grace. Her music is fearless, intuitive, politically charged and melodic, challenging listeners while making them bounce and nod. Calgary-born of French, German, Irish and Mohawk bloodlines, the trilingual (English, French and Spanish) Starr now calls Sechelt, BC home. Her career has taken her around the world -- across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, but she is first and foremost an artist and activist. "I use rap forms and folk forms to try and communicate what I'm interested in, which is primarily the health and well being of people, and that spills out into the health and well being of the environment we occupy," she recently told !earshot magazine. Starr is also a visual artist and published author and collaborated with Haida Raid in 2015 to make a humorous yet powerful animated video about the urgent need to protect our water, which won Best Music Video at Toronto’s prestigious ImagineNative festival. Visit Kinnie's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance/$25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Basket Case in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall or online via the link below. Cash sales only at our vendors please. A service charge applies to all online orders, online orders will be mailed to you (the last week before a performance we will hold at the door), and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Season Passes!

** If you've already purchased your Andy McKee tickets please contact us about the price for your passes, we will bill you separately and deduct the price of the Andy McKee ticket, write us at: info@st-lawrencestage.com so we can put these passes aside for you**

THE FULL SEASON: $150, a $25 savings for all eight shows in our season:

 
THE FIRST FOUR (Small Glories, Andy McKee, Samantha Martin and Union Duke!): $85, a $5 savings on the first four shows:
 

 
THE SECOND FOUR (Intimate Acoustics, Coco Love Alcorn, Ron Sexsmith and Kinnie Starr!): $80: a $5 savings on the second four shows:

 

PICK 3!: Any three $20 shows for $55, a $5 savings (don't forget to tell us which three shows you want, and remember, they can only be chosen from amongst our $20 shows):
 


Previous Shows!

The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has welcomed many great artists to Morrisburg, including Sweet Alibi, Mike Celia, Jordie Lane, Clare Reynolds, Annie Sumi, Suzie Vinnick, Irish Mythen, Danielle Miraglia, Bruce Cockburn, Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything, Pamela Cumming, Braden Phalen, Mira Meikle, Sons of Gord, Kristine St-Pierre, Kev Corbett, Kellylee Evans, Don Ross and Calum Graham, Madison Violet, Sam Cash, Alex Vissia, Paul Harrison, Julie Corrigan, Sarah Beatty, Lindsey Walker, The Rhondas, Chic Gamine, Tracy Lalonde, Harry Manx, The Young Novelists, Nick Sherman, Winnie Brave, Carolina Hum, Jesse Ferguson, Isabelle Delage, Jazmine Wykes, Zoë & the Lost Boys, Shakura S'Aida, Adrian Legg, Christopher Thompson, Babes4Breasts, Great Lake Swimmers, The Musettes, Chuck Leclair, Tricia Brubacher, Sam Boer, Emma Phillips, Mandee Woods, Dan Barkley, Digging Roots, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Melanie Brulée, Old Man Luedecke, Maneli Jamal, Amy Campbell, Ben Turcotte, Stephanie Coleman, Jamie Heath, Amanda Bon, Keegan Larose, Claude Plamondon, Garnet Rogers, Shawna Caspi, The 24th Street Wailers, Ian Sherwood & Coco Love Alcorn, Shane Koyczan, Tone Cluster, Roxanne Delage, Don Tuttle, Donna LeClair, Jenny Berkel, Ewen McIntosh,Laurence Juber, Brandon Roderick New Country Rehab, Amelia Curran, Jill Zmud, Natalia Zukerman, Awna Teixeira, Ian Sabourin and Alex Boyd, Christina Tracy, Douglas Poirier, Gen Lacroix, Binaeshee-Quae, Kunundrum, Evalyn Parry's SPIN, Terra Hazelton, Kevin Fox, David Simard, Catherine MacLellan, Jadea Kelly, Fraser Anderson, Tara Holloway, Ambre McLean, the Crooked Brothers, Manitoba Hal,Graham Greer, Ben Henriques, Del Barber, Serena Ryder, Matt Longo, Nancy Beaudette, Chris MacLean, Annabelle Chvostek, Layah Jane,J.D. Edwards, Twilight Hotel, Jason Fowler, Po’ Girl, Girlyman, Lynn Miles, Easy Pickins', Trio Bruxo, Jim Tidman with special guest Paul Langlois, Daniel Bolshoy, Melissa Ferrick, Roland Hunter,Andrea Simms-Karp, Andrew Aguiar, Bruce Cicarelli, the Derek Jones Band, The General Electryk, Sara Murphy, Callie Piticco, Matt MacDonald, Mallory Krock, Tracy Lalonde, Japhy Sullivan and many more.