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Don Ross and Calum Graham

October 10, 2015 | 7 pm

As Guitar Player magazine reminds us: Fryderyk Chopin once said that “nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly, two.” So it is fitting that we are opening our tenth season with a show that brings together two of Canada's - indeed two of the world's - finest fingerstyle guitarists, Don Ross and Calum Graham. Don was born in Montréal and now lives in Toronto and since the release of his first CD Bearing Straight in 1989, he has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of fingerstyle guitarists. In his distinctly percussive style that borrows from blues, jazz folk and classical music, Don is the only musician to have twice won the US Fingerstyle Guitar competition. He tours the globe regularly and as Bruce Cockburn has written: "Nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar. He takes the corners so fast you think he's going to roll, but he never loses control." Visit Don's website here.

Calum Graham had not even been born when Don was releasing his first CDs and at just 23, he has already enjoyed a career that would be the envy of most artists double his age. The Alberta-based guitarist and singer/songwriter has released four acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London, racked up some phenomenal views on YouTube and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Visit Calum's website here.

In the late winter of 2012 Calum and Don teamed up to record an acoustic duet album titled, 12:34, described by Teja Gerken as not only a fine example of great modern fingerstyle featuring "extended techniques, alternate tunings, and gorgeous tones—it also creates a soundscape that is larger than the sum of its parts." Larger than the sum of its parts is also what we expect will be said of Don and Calum's show with us in Morrisburg!

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, please note that all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you, and online sales will close the day prior to all shows.

 


Kellylee Evans

November 14, 2015 | 7 pm

Singer/songwriter Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style have shined on her adventurous journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade. In that period, she released two indie solo albums of original songs, earned two Juno Award nominations (winning "Best Jazz Vocal Album" for Nina, her impassioned tribute to Nina Simone), captivated adoring French and Canadian fan bases and performed around the world, opening for such stars as John Legend, Dianne Reeves, Derek Trucks, George Benson and Willie Nelson. This past year she released I Remember When, on which she brilliantly refreshes and puts her stamp on songs by hip-hop royalty Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Kanye West and others.

Not bad for a mother of three, who went straight from singing in the shower to performing live at the Kennedy Center where she came in 2nd place in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2004, as judged by Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, and Flora Purim. The inspiringly motivated Kellylee's unfettered determination enabled her to overcome being struck by lightning in 2013 at her home near Ottawa. The rare incident made national news, and though suffering much pain and unable to walk at first, Kellylee didn't cancel a single date. "I inherited a real joie de vivre from my mother, and my French is pretty decent now. But music really is one language worldwide, as is dance. When I'm on a stage, I'm happy and want to share that with the audience. I keep reminding myself how lucky I am. Whether I'm opening for Tony Bennett at a big festival or performing in a little club in front of thirty people, this is still a dream." Visit Kellylee's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 

Intimate Acoustics

January 9, 2016 | 7 pm

A showcase of six emerging artists - lineup will be announced closer to show date!

Tickets for this show are $10, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything

January 30, 2016 | 7 pm

Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down a fine line between the beautiful and the mesmerizing, all while redefining what the violin is capable of. Born and raised in northwest British Columbia, Jaron’s early life was spent moving nomadically from festival to festival, busking, house-sitting, harvesting, home schooling, with the occasional van ride across the continent. 

Having produced or played on over 40 albums, and toured the world as a solo artist and collaborator, Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of Celtic and bluegrass fiddling with his study of Indian classical music and jazz, playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor, fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroer. On a seemingly endless tour for the past five years, Jaron now performs full-time with his award-winning band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything. Described as “Tom Waits playing the fiddle, backed up by the Mahavishnu Orchestra”, The Opposite of Everything transform Freeman-Fox’s intricate compositions into an infectious party! The line-up consists of New Orleans-style clarinetist John Williams, electro-pop klezmer accordionist Robbie Grunwald, jazz bassist Charles James, and drummer Dan Stadnicki. Visit Jaron's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Bruce Cockburn

February 21, 2016| 7 pm

One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique and Nepal. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”

That scratching and pulling has earned Cockburn high praise as an exceptional songwriter and a revered guitarist. His songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists.

For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with thirteen Juno Awards, six honourary doctorates, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. We are delighted to be welcoming Bruce Cockburn to Morrisburg! Visit Bruce's website here.

 

Tickets for this show are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Women's Blues Revue with Suzie Vinnick, Irish Mythen and Danielle Miraglia

March 19, 2016 | 7 pm

Any one of these fantastic blues musicians would make for a spectacular night of music, all three together will deliver an absolutely powerhouse performance!

Suzie Vinnick is a 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee, was a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN and she was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year. Take a voice once described as "spun of gold", couple that with inspired songwriting and some of the finest instrumental talent around, and you have a sense of Suzie Vinnick. Her most recent release is Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel. Visit Suzie's website here.

Born and raised in County Wexford Ireland and since 2008 living in Prince Edward Island, Irish Mythen is a 2015 East Coast Music Award winner who has travelled the globe playing in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the UK. She has worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues and has shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Yarrow, to name but a few. Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live shows. She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey, as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show. Visit Irish's website here.

Danielle Miraglia is a Boston-based musician who comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica, and tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. With hints of Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block, Jamey Reilly writes, "simply put, Danielle is stunning ... with a voice that just comes out of nowhere." She has toured and played major venues across the United States and beyond, shining in both the Folk and Blues festival circuits and she's shared the stage with the likes of Johnny Winter, Bettye Lavette, John Hammond Jr., Joan Osborne, John Mayall, Sonny Landreth, John Oates, and many more. On her latest "Glory Junkies" she's joined by a killer cast of musicians blending the classic rock vibe of The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin with Danielle's signature lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst. Visit Danielle's website here.

 

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 

 

Jordie Lane

April 9, 2016 | 7 pm

Australian native Jordie Lane graced our stage two years ago when he opened for Old Man Luedecke and our audience has asked, repeatedly, 'bring him back so we can hear more'. Described by Bluegrass Situation as “A young man with an old soul and an honest sound, harkening back to Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan,” Jordie was born to a comedian and a clown and spent his early years in his parents' traveling circus. Many years later, not much has changed, with Lane renowned for both his relentless international touring schedule, and his witty, comedic storytelling. Lane's music seems like it comes from another place and time. The songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his rhythmic guitar playing is authentic and raw, and the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly.

Australia's leading folk/roots magazine Rhythms has called Lane "one of Australia's brightest new roots music stars" and Rolling Stone Magazine said his debut album Sleeping Patterns "may well come to be regarded as one of the most assured ever by a local artist". Lane recorded his latest EP in Nashville with Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose). Not Built To Last has been released to glowing reviews in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald proclaiming "this guy is one of the country's contemporary legends…file it under K for Keeper" in a 4.5 star review, while The Brag Magazine said " there are few musicians who can find, develop and master their own style as quickly or as professionally as Jordie Lane has done". Visit Jordie's website here.

 

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Sweet Alibi with Special Guest Mike Celia

May 7, 2016 | 7 pm

Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi, have been captivating audiences across Canada for the past few years. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop band infuses its signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame. Sweet Alibi share personal experiences that are genuinely felt in song. Tom Power of CBCRadio 2 describes the band: "If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child, you would name it Sweet Alibi". The band, currently touring new material from their CFMA/WCMA nominated release We’ve Got To, grabs your heart and doesn't let go!

Sweet Alibi formed in 2009 when long-time Winnipeg friends Jessica  Rae Ayre and Michelle Anderson joined forces with Winnipeg newcomer, Amber Quesnel. Jessica brought soul and blues, Amber brought folk, and Michelle brought jazz and classical influences. From the start, Sweet Alibi put a solid focus on three-part harmony and complemented that with Jessica on guitar, Amber on guitar and ukulele, and Michelle on guitar and banjo. Visit Sweet Alibi's website here.

Opening for Sweet Alibi will be Toronto-based singer songwriter Mike Celia. Mike is a singer-songwriter who reminds us of the importance of the song. Melodic and groovy, his acoustic guitar and sand-papery voice will both charm and haunt you with his often anecdotal narratives of love, life, lessons learned and the lines we must walk. It’s a refreshing take on an old idea that music is often enough. Visit Mike's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all tickets are general admission. Tickets available at Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall, Basket Case in Morrisburg and online at the link below. A service charge applies to all online orders, these tickets will be mailed to you and online sales close the day prior to all shows.

 


Save Yourself Some Cash and Buy Yourself a Pass!

We have three pass options this year - a pass for all eight shows in our series for $150, a pass for the first four shows in the series (from October to January) at $65 or a pass for the second four shows in the series (from February to May) for $95. Ticket passes will be mailed to you after purchase.

 

The Full Season: $150 - save $20 off the full advanced price for all eight shows:

 


The First Four: (October to January): $65 - save $5 off the full advanced price for each show:

 


The Second Four: (February to May) $95 - save $5 off the full advanced price for each show:

 

Previous Shows!

The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has welcomed many great artists to Morrisburg, including 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, 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,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, 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.