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. Visit his website here.
Opening this show will be Sarah Beatty. Smart, soulful, and a little bit bodacious, Sarah is a songwriter and scientist from Hamilton. Her new album, Bandit Queen, was released in February and peaked at #1 on Canada's Roots charts. Sounding a bit like Dusty Springfield coming off a science bender, Beatty’s got a knack for exploring touchy subjects with warmth and wit. Visit her website here.
Tickets for this show are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and that will include a download of Ron's newest CD release. All tickets are general admission. Tickets available in Morrisburg at Basket Case (please note Basket Case is closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays); Upper Canada Playhouse , open M-F, 10 am to 5 pm; the the McIntosh Country Inn; and in Cornwall at Rurban Brewing , see link for hours. Cash sales only at our vendors please. You can also order online via the link below. 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 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 in Morrisburg at Basket Case (please note Basket Case is closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays); Upper Canada Playhouse , open M-F, 10 am to 5 pm the the McIntosh Country Inn; and in Cornwall at Rurban Brewing , see link for hours. Cash sales only at our vendors please. You can also order online via the link below. 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.
The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has welcomed many great artists to Morrisburg, including Coco Love Alcorn, Moonfruits, Supernatural Buffalo, Brighid Fry, Joe Hehir, the David Eves Band, Union Duke, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Andy McKee, Pamela Cumming, The Small Glories, Benjamin Dakota Rogers, 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, 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.