Music

Upcoming Music Highlights

Banjofest: The Slocan Ramblers

Friday November 17, 8:00PM-11:00PM

Doors open @ 7:30. The show starts at 8pm.
Seating is limited to 65 so order your tickets soon!

Tickets here.

Banjofest is presenting their first stand alone concert and it’s with one of Canada’s finest bluegrass bands- The Slocan Ramblers. These guys regularly tour Canada and the US and have even opened for Steve Martin! The date is Friday November 17th. at Silence. The Banjo Mechanics will be the opening act. Tickets are now on sale at the Eventbrite link below. There will only be 65 tickets available so don’t wait too long to order. Tickets $25.


Onion Honey and Shawna Caspi with Special Guest Keenan Reimer-Watts

Sunday November 19, 2:30PM-5:30PM

Matinee show at 2:30pm
Doors at 2pm
$10/PWYC

Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in are banjo and mandolin, washboard and double bass, fiddle and warm three-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears. Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Keenan Reimer-Watts, Leanne Swantko and Stuart Cybulskie play new-time traditional and old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music as heard from the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dingy pubs and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles and downtown galleries, and once a hot air balloon festival.

Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn’t done much travelling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.

Since then, Shawna has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

Keenan Reimer-Watts (b. 1992) enjoys his life as a concert pianist, composer, improviser, teacher, chamber musician, concert curator, and as whatever else his career in music might require of him. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Keenan has experience playing from the concert halls on the East Coast, to the Cafés in Guelph, Ontario, and has collaborated and performed with musicians from a variety of genres. He has premiered more new music than he can remember, and is happy to give any genre of music a go.


James Gordon and Jeff Bird: 40 Years Down In The Folk Mines

Sunday November 26, 8:00PM-11:00PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Concert at 8pm
Tickets $20 at the door or in advance here

For info, email james@jamesgordon.ca

Yes, it was 40 years ago that two young U of G students met in the Carden Street Cafe, (which James happened to own )- and they started a musical friendship that has endured. They played as a duo for a year, then with Randy Sutherland formed Tamarack. Jeff left that band to join Cowboy Junkies, which is still going strong, and he’s played on many of James’ solo projects over the years. This anniversary concert will feature music that spans their entire musical journey together, along with road stories, surprises, and a stage-full of instruments. This promises to be a memorable evening!

James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse 30-year career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has released over thirty-five albums, and has toured relentlessly around the world. Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre and dance works, film scores, and for more than ten years was heard on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for the ‘Basic Black” and “Ontario Morning” programs.