The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Mimi O’Bonsawin and Bella Cat
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Mimi O’Bonsawin and Bella Cat

Northern Ramble Concerts presents ‘Sista’s of the Northern Ramble’ - Mimi O’Bonsawin and Bella Cat in Concert! - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Mimi O’Bonsawin has been nominated for two Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, She has performed on countless stages including the prestigious Midem Festival in Cannes, France as well as Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto and has shared the stage with the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie , Crystal Shawanda and Tom Wilson and many more. She recently got awarded Best Music Video and nominated for Best Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Awards .


Her soulful voice, rich stories and strong message spreads like wild fire. She has been picked up by CBC radio , Walmart and LCBO radio , Stingray and Galaxy streaming as well as other regional radio stations. Her song ‘Stone Gaze’ was placed in Showtime’s Ray Donavon Tv Series ( E1S5) and other tracks from this record were featured on APTN's Mohawk Girls.

www.mimi.ca

Vocalist Bella Cat new debut has been released on

iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Groove, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Gracenote, Shazam, KKBox, Slacker Radio, ClaroMusica and Facebook. Lots of music videos are also available on Youtube. 

The Mini Lp "It's Not What It Looks Like" is now available ONLINE. Physical copies are available at every Bella Cat Show. Try and imagine two of the world's most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her "The Princess of Soul" BELLA CAT. The new album promises to entertain you with a passionate sound coming straight from the inner sanctum of her heart and soul. Recorded in the US and Canada Produced by Jack LeTourneau in association with Neal Ford Sundet. This new Canadian voice shows the kind of new talent which will sure to be a major contender in the future of musical landscape.

www.bellacatsoul.com

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Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Adam Karch
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Adam Karch

Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Adam Karch - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Adam Karch

Although Adam Karch is from Montreal, his music embodies the spirit of Americana like a scenic ride across the country.  He plays a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking that recalls players such as Chet Atkins and Kelly Joe Phelps, along with an innovative percussive technique that is thoroughly modern, while somehow primal and anchored in tradition.

Adam has a raw talent that was evident from the first time he picked up the guitar at an early age.  By age 14, he was fronting bands, headlining clubs, and dazzling audiences with both his spirited guitar playing and soulful singing.  His first album “Crossroad Diaries” (Justin Time Records 2002) was an exciting compilation of original songs that highlighted Adam’s impressive range and exceptionally fiery guitar playing.  At this point, Adam toured relentlessly and as his shows began to lean more toward acoustic exploration, he developed his signature sound.

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Sarah Mae Chilton and Arlene Quinn
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Sarah Mae Chilton and Arlene Quinn

Northern Ramble Concerts bring Nashville to Renfrew in a special evening of music featuring 2 Songstress’s sharing their Nashville heritage with the Ottawa Valley lovers of Country Music.  Announcing Sarah Mae Chilton and Arlene Quinn in Concert! - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Sarah Mae started her music career as an indie pop artist in Chapel Hill NC while finishing her degree in music and anthropology at UNC chapel Hill; graduating the spring of 2016.

While in school she received a research grant to go to Bonnaroo and Riverbend music festival. This gave her the opportunity to study current trends in the music industry and prepared her for understanding how social media and content creation helps a music artist build their brand.

Because of her research background at Carolina as well as her passion for visual art and music, Sarah has become a “content creator;” constantly creating and promoting content to build a steady fan base.

Sarah Mae moved to Nashville after graduation and now has a consistent team of professional songwriters, producers and industry professionals to push an anticipated album release/singles release February 2018.

 

Arlene Quinn 

From humble beginnings in rural Lanark, Ontario and the middle of three children, Arlene found her voice at the age of five when she received her first guitar as a Christmas gift. Arlene began writing her own songs at the age of eleven and as a teenager began touring with her own band Arlene Quinn and Ramblin' Rose. At the age of 18, Arlene was one of Ottawa Valleys highly sought after and most established female vocalists which gave her the honor of opening shows for Grand Ole Opry stars Johnny Duncan, Stonewall Jackson, Charlie Walker, Tommy Cash, and whispering Bill Anderson throughout Ontario and Quebec. After receiving great advice and support from her Grand Ole Opry heroes she committed to a full time career as a recording and performing artist. 

After opening a show for Bobby Helms (My Special Angel) in Cornwall, Ontario she gained the attention of a management team who would develop her artistry to another level. Arlene’s quest to improve her craft led her to work with sought after Nashville vocal coach Robin Wiley (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears) and Canadian Colleen Peterson. After polishing her songwriting skills and vocals Arlene went on to win several regional song writing and singing competitions. This was a precursor of the success to follow. 

Recognition and accolades from these competitions gave Arlene the opportunity to open shows for many American and Canadian country music stars. Arlene has shared the stage with Lorrie Morgan, Terri Clark, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Jeannie Seeley, Tammy Wynette, as well as Patricia Conroy, Dallas Harms, Anita Perras, Family Brown, Blue Rodeo, Carol Baker, Colleen Peterson, and Gordie Tapp. 

This gave Arlene the confidence to hit the studio to record her debut cd entitled ‘NO DOUBT”. Her title track and debut single received extensive airplay across Canada and Europe. It was at this time that Arlene’s music career came crashing down around her as she was stricken with chronic pain and fatigue. She was forced to take time off from her music career to tend to her health. It was her love of music and songwriting that got her through this time in her life. After three years of tests and searching for answers she was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She has found ways of dealing with this auto immune disease and even though she struggles with it she chooses not to let it define her or hold her back from her dreams. She continues to inspire many others to do the same through awareness and fighting back. 

Fast forward to August 2015, Arlene reentered the country music world with her brand new single entitled “NO WHERE TO GO BUT UP”. NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP is heard on radio stations around the world! Arlene was named Music Road Radios #1 artist in 2016 for holding the #1 spot for 12 weeks in a row! Arlene was also nominated for four WOBA awards being held during CMA week in Nashville Tennesse. Working with the finest musicians and songwriters from Nashville Arlene released her next single entitled LIFE IS GOOD in September 2016 and it can be heard on radio in 12 countries around the world.

Arlene has been spending her time writing in Nashville with hit songwriters in 2017 and will be releasing a brand new single and EP in early 2018! Watch for it!

www.arlenequinnmusic.com 

www.facebook.com/ArleneQuinn

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Songwriter Showcase welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Pat Hammel
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter Showcase welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Pat Hammel

The Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Pat Hammel. Lead songwriter of ‘The Ghost Town Cryers’ - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Pat Hammel - Long time veteran of the Eastern Ontario music scene, founding member of the extremely successful Valley band ‘The Ghost Town Cryers’ and singer/songwriter, Pat Hammel will be bringing a variety of great stories and prime choices from his extensive catalogue to share with fans of this unique series. 

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Peter Case and Paul Luc
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Peter Case and Paul Luc

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Peter Case and Paul Luc in Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Peter Case, founding member of the Nerves and leader of the Plimsouls, and the first troubadour of the post-punk era, returns with his first album of new songs since 2010’s Wig! The Nerves’ 1976 “Hanging on the Telephone” EP, its title song covered by Blondie, remains a classic and has earned the band a strong following of young fans around the world. The Plimsouls song “A Million Miles Away” is a power pop classic. Case’s debut solo album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, earned him his first Grammy nomination and spearheaded a songwriter movement, now dubbed Americana. Twelve solo albums and two more Grammy nominations followed, including one for his 2007 album Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John

All along, Case has continued to tour consistently. HWY 62 collects tales from his journey, and brilliantly encompasses every facet of his diverse and critically acclaimed career. Much like a travelogue, HWY 62 includes pieces of Americana, blues, pop, and folk — all anchored by Case’s knack for creating the perfect hook. 

http://petercase.com/about/ 

 

Paul Luc

www.paulluc.com 

“From the rich organ and steel guitar textures of “Restless Mind,” to the galloping drum rolls of the title track, to the intimate acoustic guitar fingerpicking of “Where All the Time Goes,” everything is in its right place, anchored by Luc’s thoughtful wordplay and storytelling.”

— The All Scene Eye

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Over The Moon
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Over The Moon

Northern Ramble Concerts presents ‘Over The Moon’ Acoustic Duo in Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Over The Moon
Featuring award-winning vocal and multi-instrumentalists,
Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell

A short while ago a band from Calgary was recording a CD and they hired Craig Bignell to record drums, percussion, and banjo from his home studio in Grey County Ontario. Everything was as usual for this type of thing… until they asked him to be part of their CD release in Alberta a few months later. 

This would be Craig’s first time meeting Suzanne Levesque and they seemed to hit it off right from the start as they were always sitting together chatting and smiling a great deal whenever they had a minute.  

A few days later, a close mutual friend (Tom Jackson singer/actor) was having a dinner party at his Calgary home and many of the guests were from Alberta’s music community.  As fate would have it, Craig was staying with Tom at the time as he was rehearsing for one of Tom’s Huron Carol Tours.  After dinner, people were sitting in a large circle taking turns playing and singing tunes. When it came time for the ever shy Craig’s turn, he bravely went forth, clutching his acoustic guitar with obvious great strain and fear for his life:) 

You see…Craig had made his career as a drummer/percussionist (www.craigbignell.com) and without a huge array of drums, cymbals and various incendiary protecting him, he was sitting utterly alone on a stool, singing some silly love song, completely terrified. Now as luck would have it, Suzanne's  band was also at this event.  She was watching as Craig struggled on in front of his often overconfident peers.   So from the shadows, Suzanne appeared, bass in hand to rescue Craig by adding her incredible voice and bass playing to this seemingly silly love song.   In doing so, she made him sound and feel so much better…

Craig could just feel himself relax and he even ventured a smile as his voice returned to normal, losing the Slim Whitman vibrato sound that was present before she appeared…He thought his heart was going to burst!

And that was how the whole thing started. They’ve been singing together ever since and even have people asking if they were related, as their voices blend together so well they sound like family. I guess they are now as they were married two years ago:)

They continue the music and magic of that first night now with Over The Moon and getting rave reviews and gaining new friends and fans wherever they perform.   Their first CD "Moondancer",  has just been released and it reflects their beautiful two-part harmony style that they are known for and the wide array of acoustic instruments that they play. Most of the songs are original and tell stories of life lived in Southern Alberta's ranching country. The title song "Moondancer" was given to them by their artist/ranching neighbor Ian Tyson! Below is their first "one-page" from their U.K. release.

https://overthemoonband.com/over-the-moon

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Valdy
May
6
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Valdy

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Valdy in Concert! - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $25 in advance, $30/door.

Valdy (voll-dee) A Bio

It was late summer in Ottawa, 1945, at the Civic Hospital on Carling Ave., way out on the edge of town in those days, across from the federal Experimental Farm.

On the morning of September 1, leaves were still green, school supplies were being organized, and Lillian Horsdal gave birth to a boy, yours truly, Paul Valdemar Horsdal (the son).

Dad left Denmark twice, first to study photography in Germany, and a second time to see the world, through his eyes and his lenses. The tradition in Denmark is to remake the son’s surname by adding a †-sen†to the father’s first name, hence Jensen, etc.

In the new world, specifically the Ottawa valley in the forties, consistency of family names was the norm, so Dad gave me his, Paul Valdemar Horsdal (the father). He already had dibs on Paul, his portrait photography studio having been Paul Horsdal Portraits since the mid-twenties, so I by default was Valdemar, which has been shortened to Valdy, pronounced voll-dee.

Kathleen and I have been married now for thirty-one years. We have children, step-children, grand-children and pets. We love each other deeply, despite ourselves. I am grateful and fortunate for her place in our lives.

I am a touring entertainer/singer/songwriter/folksinger/guitarist/bassist/arranger; choose which you prefer. As a folksinger, I have access to ALL styles and genres of music and song, and I make use of many. With every set of tunes, I attempt to sing and play and connect well with whomever chooses to be in earshot.

I am sure that learning is the key to living. Educating the geezer brain is paramount to my success. If I accept a level of skill, and use that skill as is for life, I am missing some rich opportunities.

Growth of knowledge, and learning a means of applying that knowledge, abet not only my life, but keep my brain churning away, possibly even firing up neuron paths that are dulled or yet unused, hence my desire to build a seniors’ boarding school as an exit ramp.

This is an auto-bio I suppose,

written on a chill morning on Saltspring Island, BC,

on Tue., Oct. 10, 2017.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom in Concert. - Doors 7:30 pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Lynn Jackson

Taking her cues from Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams and Alison Krauss, Lynn Jackson has a knack for folk-roots Americana-style storytelling with strong melodies and cinematic lyrics. Her 9th album, Follow that Fire, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) has been well received across North America, the UK and Europe.

-  'Wonderful,lyrical and atmospheric offering from possibly Ontario's finest'  8/10 -  Amerciana UK Magazine, 09/2017

-  'Damn, she’s good. Great songs, great voice, inspired production... This is Lynn Jackson’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.'-  Donald Teplyscary, Fervor Coulee, Canada, 10/2017

-  'Canadian singer/songwriter Lynn Jackson’s catalog has deep Americana roots, in the very best way that tag implies' - Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com

 

Slo Tom

Tom Stewart describes himself as a downtown guy. The Ottawa singer-songwriter known as Slo’ Tom lives in Centretown with his wife and son, works in the neighbourhood and doesn’t own a car.

It’s an urban existence that has inspired much of the songwriting on his new album, Down In a Government Town, recorded with his Handsome Devils band.

Despite the insightful observations contained in the title track, including lines like, “I feel I’m being paid to dig my own grave,” Stewart has never had a government job. “Not me,” says the co-owner of Spaceman Music, claiming to lack any skills that might secure him a public-service position. “I’m fortunate in a way; so many of my friends work in cubicles and it’s a very difficult lifestyle. I don’t envy their 40 hours a week.”

The 52-year-old Stewart is also known for a twisted sense of humour, which you can hear on Kissing in Prison, a rollicking tune in which he ponders the loving that might be happening behinds the walls of the Innes Road institution. Other numbers include the twangy lament, No One Waits for Me, a dark ballad called Linoleum Floor, and an ode to lost love wrapped up in a track-free train song, The K&P Don’t Run No More, set along the Kingston and Pembroke line. “They closed all the stations and tore up all the tracks,” Stewart sings, “but I’m still hopin’ someday that train will bring my baby back.” 

 

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage with host Dean Batstone debuts at a new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Harry Manx
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Harry Manx

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Harry Manx. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $45

Harry Manx is a Canadian musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. His official website describes his music as being a "blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you'll get Manx's unique "mysticssippi" flavour." Manx plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, mohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed mohan veena, which has become Manx's signature instrument. He has released twelve albums in twelve years, and has his own record label "Dog My Cats Records". He has received much recognition and many awards, including: seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist, and CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007.

https://www.facebook.com/HarryManx/

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Suzie Vinnick and Tony D.
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Suzie Vinnick and Tony D.

suzie Vinnick (Toronto, Ontario), 10 time Maple Blues Award winner, 3 time Juno Nominee and Tony D (Ottawa, Ontario), guitarist for Juno award winning band MonkeyJunk, with whom he has also amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards) are teaming up to bring their decades of making music together for a special show at Batstone's Northern Ramble. Doors open at 7pm - Music at 8pm.

Suzie and Tony first met in 1990 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when they were both hired to play for a mutual friend, Back Alley John. The pairing sparked a musical connection that would see them form a band and tour across the country for a couple of years. The musicians each went on to other successful projects over the last 27 years but their musical connection continues and when they find themselves sharing a stage it is nothing short of magical. The last few times that they have paired up to play shows together they both reflected that it felt like “coming home” . Both Suzie and Tony have had a busy winter promoting their latest projects - Suzie her new album, "Shake The Love Around" and Tony with his solo and Monkeyjunk shows - they are looking forward to sharing the stage again in Renfrew.

Visit SuzieVinnick.com

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Long War w/Special Guest Rory Taillon
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Long War w/Special Guest Rory Taillon

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Long War w/Special Guest Rory Taillon. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $20.

The Long War is a Vancouver based Indie Band comprised of five members. They were selected as the winner of the 2017 CBC Searchlight Contest with their song Breathe In Breathe Out. Their recent success has garnered them the chance to perform at the 2017 CBC Music Festival in Toronto, Banff Performance In The Park as well as the reopening of Ottawa’s National Art Center as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations. Their debut album Landscapes was recorded at Metalworks. The Long War have been featured on several radio and television spots including CBC q with Tom Power, CBC First Play and Canadian Musician Magazine.

thelongwarband.com

Rory Taillon has been playing guitar and professionally training his pipes for over a decade, and with the release of his debut EP "Closure" in 2012, fans all over Canada have gotten a taste of the music wrought by that dedication: a mesh of grungy acoustic rock, rootsy blues, and introspective folk married to Rory's signature vocal style that leaves audiences spellbound.

rorytaillon.com

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 Northern Ramble Concerts presents Dean Batstone on Songs, Songwriting and and Simple Truths
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Dean Batstone on Songs, Songwriting and and Simple Truths

The Northern Ramble Concert Series Presents Host & Owner of the Renfrew stage Dean Batstone. Doors open 7:30 pm.

Singer/Songwriter Dean Batstone is a 40 year veteran of the Canadian music scene and has toured extensively for the past 15 years across the US. With 11 full length albums to his credit, multiple songwriting awards, both US and International, and a long list of artists whom he’s either co-written with or have covered his songs, he brings a unique and always heart- felt level of professionalism and experience to the stage. Dean will be presenting a different perspective in this show from what patrons have come to expect from the host and owner of the Northern Ramble, Canada’s newest and coolest small concert venue. Drawing from brand new songs AND from treasures pulled from his vast archives, fans new and old can expect to hear Dean bare his heart and soul untethered, with no safety net or filters - or fear! 

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Songwriter’s Showcase w/special guest Brea Lawrenson
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase w/special guest Brea Lawrenson

Songwriter’s Showcase - Singer/Songwriter Dean Batstone hosts Brea Lawrenson for an evening of songs and stories that promises to leave you smiling inside and out. Doors 7:30pm - Music 8pm - Tickets $20. 

Ottawa Valley's Brea Lawrenson captures emotions and stories in her music that have put her on the charts eight times in the last four years.  Her success is further punctuated with appearances at fairs and festivals (Ottawa Bluesfest, Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach Music Festival and Havelock Country Jamboree) where she shares stages with Bobby Wills, Brett Kissel, Tom Cochrane, The Road Hammers, Dwight Yoakam and many more.

www.brealawrenson.com

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‘All Original’ Open Stage - Apr. 12. 8PM
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

‘All Original’ Open Stage - Apr. 12. 8PM

Doors Open 7:30. Music at 8!

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Songwriter’s Showcase w/special guest Big Rude Jake
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase w/special guest Big Rude Jake

Songwriter’s Showcase - Singer/Songwriter Dean Batstone hosts Big Rude Jake Hiebert for an evening of songs and stories that promises to leave you smiling inside and out. Doors 7:30pm - Music 8pm - Tickets $20. 

Big Rude Jake Hiebert is a lyricist, songwriter, singer, musician, bandleader and history buff with a diverse array of influences. Noted for his skill as a blues shouter and raconteur, Big Rude Jake Hiebert is especially drawn to the roots of American music. You’ll hear blues, jazz, rockabilly, jump, gospel, folk and fingerpicking ragtime guitar. Add a sharp wit and a touch of cabaret and you’ve got Big Rude Jake.

www.bigrudejake.ca 

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan

Batstone's Northern Ramble Concert series welcomes Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan. Doors 7pm, Music 8pm.

When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it.

Over the course of his career, Zeman has released 12 studio albums, one live record, toured North America extensively and received praise from numerous press outlets. “His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote Penguin Eggs. Zeman has also won a slew of songwriting awards, including 2nd place at both 2016’s Unsigned Only Competition as well as the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track “Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back.” In 2017 he returned to ISC as a finalist with his song “Dead Man’s Shoes.”

Blair Hogan is one of the busiest session musicians in the Ottawa area, and with good reason. Hogan has a great melodic sensibility to his guitar playing. He adds to a song in a way that can be both unobtrusive and in your face at the same time, weaving around lyrics with well crafted hooks full of delay reverb. 

With a huge sonic pallet at his fingertips (and feet), and an ever expanding collection of old amps and guitars, the right sound for any gig is always achieved.

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‘All Original’ Open Stage - Mar. 29, 2018 8PM
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

‘All Original’ Open Stage - Mar. 29, 2018 8PM

Doors Open 7:30. Music at 8!

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents North Easton
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents North Easton

The Northern Ramble Concert Series welcomes back a favorite to the Renfrew stage North Easton. Doors open 7:30 pm.

North Easton is an accomplished performer and award-winning Canadian songwriter with an aptitude for writing evocative, thought-provoking lyrics and melodies. This, coupled with his powerful, heartfelt vocals, delivers a listening and visual experience that is uniquely North Easton. On October 15, 2016 North released his first solo album “One of the Lucky Ones” to an enthusiastic full house in Ottawa. As his first single “Change” builds momentum on AC radio, North looks to the road and to performing at festivals and eclectic venues across the country - all the while, igniting his audiences along the path. 

I can’t say I recall taking in a performance quite like this before. Where the stories were as important as, maybe even more important, than the music itself. North has a gift for telling tales.
— Spotlight Ottawa
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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Bella Cat w/Special Guests ‘Kings of Lowertown’
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Bella Cat w/Special Guests ‘Kings of Lowertown’

Batstone's Northern Ramble Concert series welcomes Bella Cat with special guests Kings of Lowertown. Doors 7pm, Music 8pm.

Bella Cat

Try and imagine two of the world's most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her "The Princess of Soul" BELLA CAT. The new album promises to entertain you with a passionate sound coming straight from the inner sanctum of her heart and soul. Recorded in the US and Canada Produced by Jack LeTourneau in association with Neal Ford Sundet. This new Canadian voice shows the kind of new talent which will sure to be a major contender in the future of musical landscape.

Kings of Lowertown

The Kings of Lowertown have a singular affinity for the constellation of small towns that are scattered along the Ottawa Valley’s Highway 17 corridor. Their new EP Missouri Lowsider is the band’s latest endeavour to capture the essence and spirit of the area through their signature backwoods blues sound, a little more rustic than bucolic. Mike Mackey, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and band founder, describes The Kings of Lowertown’s approach as “Renfrew County rural blues”, a form that “mixes blues elements with characteristics of country and folk, filtered through my experience.”

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Songwriter’s Showcase w/Special Guest Pat Maloney
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase w/Special Guest Pat Maloney

Songwriter’s Showcase - Singer/Songwriter Dean Batstone hosts Pat Maloneyr for an evening of songs, stories and laughter that promises to leave you smiling inside and out. Doors 7:30pm - Music 8pm - Tickets $20. 

Pat Maloney is a Canadian songwriter, a storyteller, and a serious whistler.  He’s a concerned citizen, with a busted acoustic guitar and a fake bass drum.  He’s a too-tall, Ottawa ex-pat, singing songs as meaningful as he can muster, with a healthy, self-defaming sense of humor.

Since Fall of 2013 Pat has performed more than 600 times in 4 different countries.  Lengthy tours of the United Kingdom during University “Freshers” and “Refreshers” seasons have galvanized his efforts as a hard-working, self-made artist.  Pat is an award-winning favorite in the Canadian campus market.

In three short years, he has released three full-length albums, and a dozen “art project” style stop-motion animated music videos.  The single Repotting hit number one on several campus charts in Ontario and the Maritimes.

Audiences are dazzled by Pat Maloney’s natural candor on stage.  The ad-lib banter comes across like a comedy show, while his brand of quirky folk music doesn’t hesitate to explore the lesser-spoken meaning of things.  He sings with refreshing purpose, in a rich baritone.

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‘All Original’ Open Stage - Mar. 15, 2018 8PM
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

‘All Original’ Open Stage - Mar. 15, 2018 8PM

Doors Open 7:30. Music at 8!

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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The Hypochondriacs w/Special guest Jordan Dubeau - Mar. 9 - 8PM
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Hypochondriacs w/Special guest Jordan Dubeau - Mar. 9 - 8PM

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Hypochondriacs w/Special Guest Jordan Dubeau. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $20.

Like Frankenstein’s monster drunk on whiskey sours, the Hypochondriacs resurrect classic country vibes with a strange and modern twist. Weaving together the emotional balladry of country legends like Hank Williams and George Jones with the high-octane stage presence of Memphis rockabilly and undercoated with the saccharine sounds of ’50s doo-wop, it’s a sound that’s at once familiar and refreshing.

Jordan Dubeau is a singer/songwriter based in the Ottawa Valley. Excited to start off the new year with some fresh material off his soon to be realised solo EP. He uses catchy guitar riffs and his unique writing style which seems to always paint a pretty picture using an nontraditional canvas.

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CANCELED Songwriter’s Showcase - Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

CANCELED Songwriter’s Showcase - Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham

Unfortunately this songwriters showcase has been canceled. Any pre-purchased tickets can be reimbursed or converted into a gift card amount which can be used for future events. Please email dean@northernramble.com to sort out purchased tickets or if you have any questions. Thank you

Songwriter’s Showcase - Singer/Songwriter Dean Batstone hosts International Recording Artist Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham for an evening of songs, stories and laughter that promises to leave you smiling inside and out.

Tia McGraff is an internationally renowned and award-winning Americana/Country singer-songwriter from Port Dover, ON, Canada. With Scottish and Transylvanian roots running through her songwriting and voice, Tia’s talent has been described as “haunting and soul-gripping.”

With six album releases, four videos on CMT Canada, various film/television placements, and numerous nominations and awards - including Americana album of the year first ballot nomination for 2016 Grammy Awards - have earned Tia a respect in the music industry and a global fanbase that continues to stretch beyond demographics.

Tia’s latest release, ‘Crazy Beautiful’ - produced by Colorado native, husband and longtime collaborator, Tommy Parham - was released in 2015, and immediately impressed Americana and Country radio programmers in the USA, Canada and Europe, resulting in significant activity on various airplay charts. Tommy, who moved to Nashville, TN in 1998 with a staff songwriter deal in hand, and soon became one of Music Row’s sought after hit writers, is credited with cuts by major label artists, including Lee Greenwood, and film placements in movies starring Ashley Judd, among others.

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CANCELED ‘All Original’ Open Stage - Mar. 1, 2018 8PM
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

CANCELED ‘All Original’ Open Stage - Mar. 1, 2018 8PM

Tonight's Open Stage has been canceled. Our next open Stage event is being held on March 15 at 8PM. Thank you for your understanding.

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Midnight Vesta w/Special Guests Quirk
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Midnight Vesta w/Special Guests Quirk

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Midnight Vesta w/Special Guests Quirk. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $20.

Midnight Vesta is a Canadiana band based out of Toronto, ON. Since the release of their debut EP, ‘The Sleight of Hand’, which garnered national airplay on college radio, the band has been working the 401 and expanding an audience with their live performances.  

Their 2017 release ‘Seconds’ sees the progress from a banjo driven folk band, to a guitar laden quartet smothered in harmony.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ginger St. James and Snowheel Slim w/Special Guest Ray Harris - Feb 23 - 8PM
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ginger St. James and Snowheel Slim w/Special Guest Ray Harris - Feb 23 - 8PM

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ginger St. James and Snowheel Slim with Special Guest Ray Harris. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $20.

Ginger St. James

Born to entertain, Ginger St. James’ song-writing and voice are as powerful as they are poignant. Powerful in a way where it’s hard to believe such a voice comes from a five-foot frame. Poignant in a way that the music and the message rings true through the test of time. Her repertoire blends country, rockabilly and blues with a sultry voice and commanding stage presence. 

Ginger St James brings a combination of high energy and incredible sweetness to the stage that is beyond comparison. You won't be able to resist falling in love.

Ray Harris

Born in Bowmanville, Ontario and raised in Shawville, QC, Harris is a 20-year veteran of the Ottawa scene, having played with with the Sunbleached Skulls, Lefty McRighty, George Stryker & the Bandits, Mustang Ranch, The Willies, as well as hosting dozens of songwriter circles, charity and tribute shows. His first release "East End, West End, North End, South End" collected songs written over a few years during his travels locally as well as several trips to Nashville and Georgia. The album received regular airplay on local stations CHUO, CKCU and CHIP-FM. His second album "Poorly Kept Secrets" was released in 2013 and his third will be released in 2016.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ian Tamblyn and Kate Weeks - Feb 17, 2018 - 8PM
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ian Tamblyn and Kate Weeks - Feb 17, 2018 - 8PM

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ian Tamblyn, with special guest Kate Weeks. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $20.

Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn has been a working  musician since 1972. He has released dozens of albums of his work as well as acting as producer for many other artists.  Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written fourteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks.

Mr. Tamblyn has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2012, Ian was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding and creative  work in the Canadian Arctic. He has been awarded the Estelle Klein and Helen Verger Awards for his contributions to Canadian folk music; he has a honourary doctorate from Lakehead University, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University and was voted English Songwriter of the Year in 2010 by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, amongst other awards and nominations in the music and theatre world.

Ian's songs have been covered by numerous artists and there is a tribute album of his work entitled Coastline of our Dreams featuring artists like Lynn Miles, Susan Crowe , Hart Rouge and Valdy.

Kate Weekes

Northern wilderness adventurer Kate Weekes captures the landscape of her travels in song.  Dog mushing above the Arctic Circle on a Norwegian fjord in the winter of 2017 has influenced her most recent body of work.  Kate’s live performance is laden with candid stories of human migration and time in the bush.  Kate was received the 2017 Songs from the Heart Award from Folk Music Ontario i in the political category for her song 'Sing it to the Hills’.

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Songwriter’s Showcase - Steve Marriner - Feb 16, 2018 - 8pm
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase - Steve Marriner - Feb 16, 2018 - 8pm

Songwriter’s Showcase - Singer/Songwriter Dean Batstone hosts lead signer of MonkeyJunk Steve Marriner for an evening of songs, stories and laughter that promises to leave you smiling inside and out. Join these 2 songsmiths as they share the stage. Doors 7:30pm - Music 8pm - Tickets $20. 

Steve Marriner, (born 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer based in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered attention in the Ottawa blues scene in his early teens as a prodigy blues harp (harmonica) player. He also plays baritone guitar, electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, upright bass and electric bass). Since 2008, he has been the frontman, singer, one of two guitarists and harmonica player for the Canadian rock'n'roll-blues group MonkeyJunk. The band's album To Behold won the 2011 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.

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‘All Original’ Open Stage - Feb. 15, 2018 8PM
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

‘All Original’ Open Stage - Feb. 15, 2018 8PM

Doors Open 7:30. Music at 8!

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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