The 2014/15 Season!


Great Lake Swimmers with Special Guests The Musettes

September 20, 2014 | 7 pm

Great Lake Swimmers has long been a word-of-mouth favorite across Canada. They’re regarded as a national treasure by the CBC, with their Juno-nominated fourth album Lost Channels (2009) topping the charts at CBC Radio 3 and on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart.  In the U.S., Lost Channels debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was a favorite among influential bloggers and National Public Radio staff.   Led by Tony Dekker, who has spent the last decade entrancing listeners with his unforgettable voice and compelling songwriting, this Toronto-based band also features Erik Arnesen on banjo and guitar, Miranda Mulholland on backing vocals and violin, Bret Higgins on upright bass, and Joshua van Tassel on the drums. Known for their energetic live act, the band has been touring extensively since the release of their fifth album in New Wild Everywhere (2012), a CD containing an elemental energy that moves from physical to spiritual and from the immediate present to an all-encompassing future, all represented by Dekker’s ability to weave insightful lyrics into deceptively simple, hook-laden tunes. We are very excited to be opening the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage’s ninth season with this incredible Canadian band! Visit Great Lake Swimmers website here.

 

 

Opening for Great Lake Swimmers will be Ottawa's The Musettes. They graced our Stage in an emerging artist lineup two years ago and earned a standing ovation in mid-set from our crowd. This spirited folk-pop trio from Ottawa sing vibrant melodies rich in vocal harmony. Shortly after their formation in 2010, they were the recipients of the Galaxie Rising Stars Award and a coveted performance slot at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Since then they have quickly gained attention and shared the stage with several Juno Award winning Canadian artists, including Serena Ryder, and have performed at the Blue Skies Music Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and the Canadian Tulip Festival. Rachel Harrison, Meaghan LaGrandeur and Lora Bidner write about life, love, history and adventure, and with fiddle, ukulele, guitar and stunning harmonies, they are going to start us off right in what will be a terrific night of great music! Visit the Musettes website here.

 

 

 


Tickets for this show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 

Babes4Breasts! A Breast Cancer Fundraiser with Ana Miura, Amanda Rheaume, Annabelle Chvostek and Graham Greer

October 25, 2014 | 7 pm

Babes4Breasts (B4B) is a group of like-minded Canadian recording artists who have come together to fight breast cancer through music.  Their mission is to use the power of music to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer prevention, education, and support via both conventional and integrative strategies. Every year a different selection of artists performs a fundraising show in Ottawa and together they have raised over $100,000 for breast cancer charities to date. Sometimes when we are all very lucky, they take their show on the road and we are delighted this year to be welcoming B4B to Morrisburg during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Proceeds from the show will go to the B4B charity, but this is also a night of incredible musicianship. We will have B4B organizer and award-winning singer-songwriter Ana Miura, she's an international touring artist possessed with intimate, sweet vocals, fluid guitar style, and a light all her own. Ana has performed at Canadian Embassies in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua and has also been a featured musician for the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa, singing both in English and Japanese. She has toured in Canada and the USA and has shared stages with Sarah Harmer, Broken Social Scene, Bruce Cockburn, Joel Plaskett and Rick Fines. Joining Ana will be B4B co-organizer Amanda Rheaume, as well as Annabelle Chvostek and local fan favourite Graham Greer.

Métis singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Her 2013 album Keep a Fire, was Juno nominated and is a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic family-of-origin albums. She'll be joining us in Morrisburg after a month-long Fall tour to Europe and the UK. Annabelle Chvostek is a former member of the Wailin Jennys who graced our Stage several years ago just prior to the release of her most recent CD, Rise which went on to be nominated for both a Juno and Canadian Music Award in 2013. "The Wailin' Jennys' loss is the world's gain", declared the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, adding, "her original compositions are full of aching desire dressed in poetry and rendered with a musical imagination that seems to know no bounds". Graham Greer - because guys can be babes too! - needs no introduction to our crowd, he's visited the Stage twice before and this Montreal-born and longtime Cornwall native is the former frontman of the hugely popular 1990s band Barstool Prophets. A solo artist now for over a decade, with occasional reprise shows with the Prophets to keep things interesting, Graham is an award-winning singer-songwriter who moves from folk-rock to ballads with ease and is always a favourite at the St. Lawrence Stage. Holding everyone together and keeping them to time will be Steph McAlear on percussion - Steph is originally from Cornwall and now located in Ottawa, he's supported past B4B shows in Ottawa as well as numerous musicians here at our Stage. Come out for a great night of music with these five fabulous babes and lend your support to a very important cause! Check out the B4B website here.


Tickets for this show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 


Adrian Legg

November 15, 2014 | 7 pm

Originally from England, Adrian Legg is a fingerstyle guitarist who has been described as "impossible to categorize" and Joe Satriani once said of him that “He's simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard…he plays like he has hammers for fingers.” Adrian plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and the Boston Globe has called his genius “technical brilliance paired with a troubadour's tale-weaving skill.” With his 1990 American recording debut on Guitars & Other Cathedrals, an internatioal audience discovered Adrian Legg and he began to tour regularly as a solo act, headlining and sharing bills with fellow guitarists Satriani as well as Richard Thompson, David Lindley and Eric Johnson. Guitar Player named his records Guitar for Mortals and Mrs. Crowe’s Blue Waltz as Best Acoustic Album (1992 & ’93) and Wine, Women & Waltz as Best Overall Guitar Album (1994) in its annual readers’ polls. Throughout his career, he has earned an avalanche of praise. "Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility,” observes the St. Petersburg Times. “Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” Guitar Player heralds how he “combines a sublime melodic sense with a mighty right-hand groove, creating pretty music with rhythmically aggressive undercurrents,” while Acoustic Guitar notes that “the guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, and nobody demonstrates this better than Adrian Legg.” For Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he says. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives." Visit Adrian Legg's website here and come out and share in this wonderful and creative performer at the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage!


Tickets for this show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 


A Shakura S'Aida Christmas!

December 13, 2014 | 7 pm

Get ready for a blues-inspired Christmas celebration with Shakura S'Aida! Born in Brooklyn and raised in Switzerland, this long-time Canadian who now lives in Toronto is a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for almost 25 years. Shakura began performing as a young girl and later became the lead singer in a 13-piece world music band, the Juno-nominated Kaleefah. She has a long list of music awards and nominations under her belt as a solo artist as well, including most recently the 2013 Juno nomination for Best Blues Album and the 2013 Maple Blues nomination for Entertainer of the Year. Shakura’s career has spanned genres and countries and taken her to some of the most noted stages in the jazz world. She’s performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York and has also been featured with the legendary Jimmy Smith; she’s sung in a backup choir with Patti Labelle; she has had musical stage roles in "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Momma I Want to Sing" and she is equally at home singing material with a Ray Charles tribute band or presenting a one-woman show of the music of Nina Simone. 

Shakura has enriched the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to her deep soul music. She takes her music wherever there’s an audience -  in the past two years alone Shakura has performed in the Caribbean, Moscow, Dubai, Romania, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Australia, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Macedonia, Switzerland and helped organize a festival in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Whether she’s speaking Swiss-German, French or English, Shakura instantly connects with her audience — and at the same time richly demonstrates the multiculturalism that Canada prides itself on. We'll hear Christmas tunes as well as a selection from Shakura's vast repetoire - what a way to ring in the Christmas season in Morrisburg! Check out Shakura's website here.


Tickets for this show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 


Intimate Acoustics

January 17 2015 | 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 at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 


Graydon James & the Young Novelists with Special Guest Nick Sherman

February 7, 2015 | 7 pm

In the span of four fast-paced years Toronto’s Graydon James & the Young Novelists have won a Galaxie Rising Star award, toured extensively throughout Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and British Columbia, and played numerous festivals, including the Mariposa Folk Festival, Halifax Urban Folk Festival, Burlington Sound of Music festival, OtherFolk, Niagara’s In The Soil festival. They have shared the stage with such iconic artists as Lowest of the Low, Cuff the Duke, the Wilderness of Manitoba, NQ Arbuckle, Craig Cardiff, and Peter Katz. In and amongst it all they have released three albums that have all been warmly received by audiences and critics alike. Their first EP, a small town eulogy, was released in April 2011 and was hailed as “a work of unpretentious brilliance” by Exclaim! Magazine. The band followed with their live recording, live at dublin st. church, in 2011 and their first full-length studio album, in the year you were born, in 2012. The combination of warm harmonies layered over deftly wry lyrics and intricate arrangements received critical praise and exceptional reviews. Vue Weekly said, “[No] gimmicks or studio trickery here, just good old-fashioned musical talent that combines soaring three-part harmonies, a host of instruments and storytelling to create an end result that emotes and entertains.” The band is flexible and talented enough to play roots-rock barnstormers and heartfelt folk ballads with equal parts craft and care, capable of dynamic shifts that keep audiences enchanted and entertained. Underneath it all are the songs, whether they are about love or loss, the tragedies of high school, the joys of parenthood, small town dreams, or big city truths, they are the connection between the musicians and the audience. As the Toronto Star wrote in 2011: “For fans of Blue Rodeo, The Band, and pre-weirdness Wilco, here are three last words: Step right up.” Check out the band's website here.

Opening for the Young Novelists will be Nick Sherman. Nick’s songs are characterized by an always fluid transition between unabashed joy and sorrow. This tension between major and minor is rooted in Nick’s distant memories of his grandfather strumming a guitar in a cabin on the trapline or back at home in the community—the comfort of revisiting these moments are intertwined with the knowledge that they will never happen again. Hailing from Northwestern Ontario, Nick spent his childhood traveling between his birthplace of Sioux Lookout and the remote, First Nation community of Weagamow Lake and North Caribou Lake trapline.  After spending 14 years listening to his family play their favourite songs, Nick bought his first guitar and taught himself how to play. He released his full-length, debut album, Drag Your Words Through, in January 2012 to critical acclaim and we are delighted to have him open up tonight's show. Visit Nick's website here.


Tickets for this show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 

An Evening with Harry Manx

March 7, 2015 | 7 pm

"Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to. Harry forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument.

Manx is a prolific artist, releasing 12 albums in a 12 year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007. His most recent original release, Om Suite Ohm was voted by the Montreal daily La Presse as one of only 4 CDs to watch for in 2013. Guitar Player Magazine called it “his most fully realized work to date”. Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and throw in some compelling grooves. It’s a recipe that goes down easy and leaves you hungry for more.

It’s in the live setting, Manx says, that the bridge between “heavenly” India and “earthy” American blues is most effectively built. “Indian music moves inward,” he explains. “It’s traditionally used in religious ceremonies and meditation, because it puts you into this whole other place. But Western music has the ability to move out, into celebration and dance. So when we play the Indian stuff on stage, it has the tendency to draw people into something really deep; they’ll get kind of quiet and spacey. Then we’ll play some more Western music, and it grounds them once more, they sort of come out of the mood the Indian music had put them in and get into the performance. I love to see that working — that effect on the audience. My goal has always been to draw the audience as deep as possible into the music.”

Tickets for this show are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 

 


Chic Gamine

April 11, 2015 | 7 pm

Since forming in Winnipeg in 2007 Chic Gamine has toured the world, played for the Queen, been on national television as part of Ottawa’s Canada Day celebrations, performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, opened for the legendary Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples, and appeared twice on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. Their music has also been used on ABC’s General Hospital and The Fosters. With Motown souls, French Pop spirits, and Rock and Roll hearts the band has enchanted fans and critics alike with their close harmonies and infectious tunes. In 2009 they picked up a Juno for Roots Album of the Year for their self-titled debut, and in 2011 follow up City City was nominated in the same category. 2013’s Closer compiled the two records and introduced the band to the US for the first time. Siren-call harmonies are at the heart of the band, the astonishing voices working together, at once vulnerable but strong, raucous but refined. Get ready Morrisburg, for the hip shaking, toe tapping, utterly infectious Chic Gamine!

Tickets for this show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 

 


Intimate Acoustics

May 9, 2015 | 7 pm

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


Tickets are $10 (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 

 

Madison Violet

June 6, 2015 | 7 pm

The Juno-nominated duo of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac has sold-out venues across North America and Europe, had the prestigious distinction of touring with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, and has shared stages with contemporaries such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith and The Indigo Girls. Madison Violet won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their track “The Ransom” from their 2009 CD No Fool for Trying and also took home the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, and were nominated for multiple East Coast Music Awards and a 2010 JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. They followed that in 2011 with the critically acclaimed CD The Good in Goodbye. Their distinct take on iconic Americana-inspired up-tempo melodies beautifully contrasts with their breathtakingly sweeping and personal lyrics. As Rob Adams of the Herald Scotland writes: They “create a kind of bluegrass-old-time sensibility with rock’n roll attitude that packs power as well as disarming honesty.”

Madison Violet graced our Stage several years ago and we are delighted to be welcoming them back to Morrisburg to close out our ninth season!

 

 

 

 

Tickets for this show are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission). Tickets at Basket Case, Morrisburg, Strung Out Guitars, or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

 

 



Save Yourself Some Cash - Buy Yourself a Pass!

The Fall - $75!

The five shows from September to January will be $75, that's a $9 saving over the advanced price for all five shows.

 


The Winter and Spring - $85!

The five shows from February to June will be $85, a $9 saving over the advanced price for all five shows.


 

The Full Season - $155!

Best Savings - $155 for the entire season. That's a $23 savings off the advanced price for all ten shows. Wow!


Pick 3! - $45!

Pick any 3 of our $18 shows for $45. Sorry, we can't include the Great Lake Swimmers or Harry Manx in this package, but it's still a very sweet deal!

 


 

Previous Shows

The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has welcomed many great artists to Morrisburg, including 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, Jordie Lane, 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, the Musettes, 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, Don Ross, Graham Greer, Ben Henriques, Del Barber, Serena Ryder, Matt Longo, Nancy Beaudette, Chris MacLean, Annabelle Chvostek, Layah Jane, Suzie Vinnick, J.D. Edwards, Twilight Hotel, Madison Violet, 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.