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Jun
27
Sat
2020
I, the Mountain with Marshall Veroni @ Desboro Music Hall
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Main Act: I, the Mountain
Opening Act: Marshall Veroni

Desboro Music Hall 2020 Concert Series
All Ages
Doors Open: 6:30pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets:Regular: $25


 

I, THE MOUNTAIN

I, the Mountain dances the finest lines between indie, folk, and pop traditions. Easily recognized by their crisp harmonies, clever hooks, and high energy performances, I, the Mountain has built a loyal and growing following across Ontario. I, the Mountain has established themselves as openers for acts such as The Strumbellas, Busty and the Bass, The Wooden Sky, and Elliot Brood. Fresh off their recent studio collaborations with Canadian music icons Simon Ward (The Strumbellas) and Jonas Bonetta (Evening Hymns) I, the Mountain is set to bring their trademark indie-folk sound to main-stages across Canada. Look for their debut album ‘Little Wild’ coming April 2020.

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MARSHALL VERONI

Marshall Veroni is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a unique ability to converse with an audience, and a passion for word craft. You can’t ignore the feelings he evokes when playing to you and, though they are yours, uniquely, he has an ability to bring them out. Through 2019 Marshall toured Canada to promote his 2018 release ‘In Fields’ and to source material for his new work. Though Veroni is an independent he found great success with the featuring of his song ‘We Met’ in the 2020 Netflix series ‘Spinning Out’.

 

 

 

 

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Jul
25
Sat
2020
Songwriters in the Round @ Desboro Music Hall
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Songwriters in the Round
Featuring Karen Morand, Gina Horswood and Gillian Nicola

This will be a slightly different format than our other concerts.  All three musicians will be on the stage together.  Each performer will tell a story and play their song before rotating to the next performer.  We’ll have an hour of songs with a half hour break before another set of music. Come enjoy a fantastic evening of stories and songs.

Desboro Music Hall 2020 Concert Series

All Ages
Doors Open: 6:30pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets:Regular: $25


 

KAREN MORAND

Karen Morand has roots that run deep. Born in Toronto and based in Southern Ontario, the award-winning singer-songwriter does life off the beaten path, sleeves rolled up with an eye on the eternal. Armed with feisty, powerhouse vocals, she delivers a soul-stirring show: lively, alt- folk with well-worn blues and gritty gospel on the side. 

Karen radiates with energy in live performances both solo and accompanied by her acoustic trio, BOSCO (Aaron Verhulst and Benny Santoro). A graduate from the University of Windsor’s music therapy program, Karen enjoys making meaningful connections with her audience and inspiring hope. She is also a music educator, workshop instructor and music director.   

Since her first studio release, ‘Carry On’ in 2012, followed by ‘I Think I’ll Lose My Mind Today’ in 2014, and Junkyard Heart in 2016, Karen has maintained an intense performance schedule throughout Ontario and most recently, touring Eastern Canada. Her first solo and most recent release, “Every Flash of Light” (2018) is an EP produced by Danny Gauthier including co-writes with Nashville songwriters Steve Hindalong (the Choir), Kelly Kessler and Linda McRae (Spirit of the West). Other collaborations include her recent pairing with internationally renowned bluesman, Manitoba Hal Brolund as bluesy gospel Americana duo, “Even the Bird Was Free.” 

What some folks are saying:

“I met Karen Morand at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals in 2010 where I was a mentor. She was just beginning her career as a singer/songwriter and I was immediately impressed by her warmth and straightforward attitude. She has made great strides since then and has just released her second recording of her own material. Her songwriting belies the amount of time she’s actually been writing and I believe she is on her way to becoming an artist who will be a force on the Canadian music scene” Linda McRae, platinum award winning musician

“Karen Morand is something of a standout in the crowded field of solo singer-songwriters. Her performances and recordings both display a careful attention to craft as well as a broad range of influences. Karen’s material demonstrates her comfort with a variety of styles and genres and her ability to create appealing melodies and lyrics.” Danny Sullivan, Artistic Director, Blue Skies Music Festival

“Songwriter Karen Morand casts power to stir the storm in your soul and part the dark clouds hovering over your heart.  Karen drives the engine through songs that clang, grind and chug with bold defiance, shaken faith and cryptic warnings; breathing steam around embraces of the wounded and outcast.”  Songstress and CJAM radio host Allison Brown

 


GINA HORSWOOD

“Horswood has been on a long journey for one so young, having topped the country music charts in her native Australia with her sister as the duo ‘Horswood’ and then embarking on a nomadic round the world trip, landing in Europe just as her first solo release hit the charts at home, a short stay in Nashville followed with a resulting EP release ‘The Nashville Sessions’ the journey then culminating in a move to Canada which she now calls home.

 

[Gina’s latest release] Porcelain is the triumphant result of the experiences of world travels, mixing the country / roots ‘bed’ she was noted for lying in and adding a hint of gospel and blues stylisations that she’s been drawn towards since moving to North America.”

  • Stevie Connor (Blues & Roots Radio, Fatea Magazine UK)

 


 

GILLIAN NICOLA

Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola took an unusual route to becoming a folk/Americana singer-songwriter: trained in classical voice, Nicola spent her teens gigging in a classic rock cover band, singing Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin before launching herself into alt-country when she began writing songs. Nicola’s music centres around her chameleonic vocals – at one moment with a hint of tobacco in her voice, the next outright rocking – strummed and finger picked guitar, and versatile, melodic songwriting. Nicola’s songs are often built around open and alternate guitar tunings that allow her to throw her music theory upbringing out the window. Nicola released her debut full-length album, Dried Flowers, on May 3, 2019. Produced by John Dinsmore, the album reached number 3 on the earshot! Folk/Roots/Blues Charts and has received CBC airplay nationwide.

 

Dried Flowers is “an alt-country-folk-rock masterclass in the affairs of the heart” – Hamilton Magazine.

 

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Oct
3
Sat
2020
Benjamin Dakota Rogers with Josh Ritchie-RESCHEDULED @ Desboro Music Hall
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

**POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19**

RESCHEDULED: Sat Oct 3, 2020

Main Act: Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Opening Act: Josh Ritchie

Desboro Music Hall 2020 Concert Series
All Ages
Doors Open: 6:30pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets:Regular: $25


 

BENJAMIN DAKOTA ROGERS

Having grown up on a farm in Scotland, ON, Benjamin Dakota Rogers is a distinctive, emotive and gritty singer-songwriter whose sound challenges the definition of the folk genre, reaching far beyond to include influences of roots, blues and country music. Benjamin’s music is genuine, emotionally-charged folk, that can only be delivered from the honesty, strength and grit of a farm boys hands.

Benjamin Dakota Rogers Website
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Benjamin Dakota Rogers YouTube


JOSH RITCHIE

Josh Ritchie is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Ontario. Having grown up in the Canadian music scene with a family of music teachers, performers and songwriters, Ritchie has had music in his soul since day one. From the moment he was able to stand Ritchie has been playing anything he can get his hands on. His love for music quickly became an addiction giving the up and coming 20-year-old musical chops and an artistic maturity beyond his age. Then came the voice, quickly developing in choirs and music classes, now having a seemingly endless range and power. Ritchie can go from an intimate whisper to a boisterous roar with unequalled effect. In early 2019 Ritchie took to the studio to record his debut, self produced record “Louder.” The album was released to a sold out crowd on August 24th 2019.

 

Josh Ritchie Website
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Josh Ritchie Instagram
Josh Ritchie YouTube