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Apr
24
Fri
2020
Benjamin Dakota Rogers with Josh Ritchie-POSTPONED @ Desboro Music Hall
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

**POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19**

Check back for the rescheduled date.

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.

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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.

 

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May
23
Sat
2020
The Unseen Strangers with David Lum @ Desboro Music Hall
May 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Main Act: The Unseen Strangers
Opening Act: David Lum

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


 

THE UNSEEN STRANGERS

The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor.

Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention.  For their newest album, Stranger Places (April 1st, 2016), the band challenged the limits of what they are capable of, exploring the gamut of what can be done with strings. The result is a collection of fun, stunning songs featuring inimitable instrumental performances.

The seven-part instrumental kick off “Ice Jam” launches the listener on an expansive journey through nine original songs, including the three-piece horn section funkiness of “Old City Jail” and the psychedelic newgrass epic “Square Trance”. The Strangers also pay homage to their bluegrass roots on “Wicked Lover” and the freight train inspired barnburner “New Railroad Blues”.

For Stranger Places, the band simplified their approach to the studio with quick, concise live off the floor sessions. The band teamed up with Toronto, ON based engineer and producer Andrew Collins (Creaking Tree String Quartet; Foggy Hogtown Boys), recording the album over several months in 2015.

The band was started in 2008 by Adam Shier, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and driving force behind The Unseen Strangers. Adam fell in love with the sound of Bluegrass while attending college in Halifax and was soon recruiting his best friends to be in a Bluegrass band. The band quickly recorded an album and were excited to win a Music Nova Scotia Award in 2009 for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year. The group has grown immensely from these small beginnings but a similar goal remains, to play new energetic bluegrass music with respect to the incredible lineage of its tradition.

The Strangers approach to bluegrass is open-ended yet inclusive; they’ve been on the roster for several forward thinking festivals, including Delfest (hosted by bluegrass legend Del Mccoury), where they won the band competition in 2013. The Unseen Strangers continue to add to their diverse festival resume while consistently developing their sound both onstage and in the studio.

“They have music that engages all the senses and leaves listeners longing for more.”

~ Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine 

“Stellar mandolin, guitar and banjo shredding that sounds straight out of Tennessee”

Exclaim! – ON, CANADA

“These guys are good

CBC Radio – 

“The Unseen Strangers aren’t pretending to be cowboys. They’ll interrupt themselves for an instrumental breakdown of I Like To Move It…”

The Globe and Mail  – ON, CANADA

Unseen Strangers pushes the limits of stringed jam-band wildness to new heights. ”

The Aquarian – NJ, USA

“The expressiveness heard in their lovely ensemble brings a natural quality to their sound, forming a honest and genuine relationship with the listener.”

KAOS Radio – WA, USA

“At their most creative, the music is nearly irresistible, leaving you wondering what’s next and always coming through with a new turn to relish.”

Grayowl Point 

“Interesting Music”

~ Pete Wernick – “Dr. Banjo”, Hot Rize

“Bluegrass Band Competition Winners 2013”

~ Delfest – MD, USA

“Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year 2012”

~ International Acoustic Music Awards

 


DAVID LUM

Born and raised in Vancouver, David made his way across Canada, spent a decade in Winnipeg before settling in Hamilton.  Infusing a blend of contemporary folk and roots, his influences include renowned Canadian singer/songwriters such as Bruce Cockburn and James Keelaghan, as well as American blues artist Keb ‘Mo and folk-rock duo The Indigo Girls.

His songs are as varied as the landscapes he has travelled through, and his versatile guitar style traverses folk, blues, pop and everything else in between. His intimate voice will draw you into his world, filled with tales of quiet desperation, longing and triumph of the human spirit.

 

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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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Aug
14
Fri
2020
Little Miss Higgins with Bob Robinson @ Desboro Music Hall
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Main Act: Little Miss Higgins
Opening Act: Bob Robinson

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


 

LITTLE MISS HIGGINS

From the Great Northern Plains, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way onto any stage playing music brewed up in early country blues, jazz and folk. For over 15 years, she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded and released 5 independent albums. Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations. Now, along with motherhood, Higgins has the newest addition to her list of accomplishments, MY HOME, MY HEART.

Recorded at The Song Shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, MY HOME, MY HEART is a collection of fresh songs from a unique artist, who remains true to her roots, but has ventured into new territory. Her voice has never been richer or songwriting riper, and the crew of Winnipeg musicians Higgins has brought together on this musical steam ship shines with talent. Co-produced with Scott Nolan and engineered by Jamie Sitar of Outta Town Sound, this album is an effortless addition to this artist’s impressive body of work. To top it all off, her hand-drawn ink artwork is used for the album cover design.

Little Miss Higgins (aka Jolene Higgins) was born in Brooks, Alberta, and raised in Independence, Kansas. Music entered her life early. “When I was about four my dad brought home an old mini-grand piano and told me it was mine. I carved my name in the side of it and then I had to start taking piano lessons.”

Higgins now uses guitar and voice as her main instruments as well as her theatre background to bring a refreshing sound and story to the stage. Higgins settled in Saskatchewan from 2002-2013 and that’s when music took the driver’s seat. Over that time she built her career touring across Canada performing in clubs, theatres and festivals.

As a songwriter and musician, Higgins has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie and Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton as well as the vast array of Canadian musicians and bands she has had the fortune to see live or even share a stage with like Big Dave McLean, Corb Lund and the Deep Dark Woods to name a few.

In 2011, Higgins opened kd lang’s album release tour in Britain and has appeared live on many CBC radio shows such as Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition and Rich Terfry’s Drive. Her talents have also been put to use in the creation of a dust-bowl folk opera in collaboration with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop of Calgary, Alberta. Sharing her abilities with others, young and old, is another passion; she has taught songwriting at many schools and workshops including the Hornby Island Blues Workshop and Play & Record at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg MB.

Higgins has since made the province of Manitoba her home with her partner and son. Though motherhood takes up most of her time these days, she continues to perform, write, paint, and cultivate her creative spirit.

 


BOB ROBINSON

Bob Robinson is sure to evoke emotions with his heartfelt music and authentic personality. He will draw you into the stories of his songs and maybe even bring out a few laughs. With over a decade of performing soulful Country and Rock & Roll on stages across Ontario, he knows how to create a toe tapping good time you’ll want to sing along with. Armed with an acoustic guitar and his signature powerful vocals he is now sharing his original sound and songs. This is Bob Robinson.

 

Daisy

This is what I was doing in the spring between gigs. It’s a song I wrote for my wonderful girlfriend to tell her she changed my life for the better and I love her like no other.

Justin and Keegan of W&R Media did a fantastic job. Thanks boyz!

Enjoy

Posted by Bob Robinson on Wednesday, 18 July 2018

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Oct
24
Sat
2020
Big Little Lions with Rebekah Hawker @ Desboro Music Hall
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Main Act: Big Little Lions
Opening Act: Rebekah Hawker

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


 

BIG LITTLE LIONS

Big Little Lions have been described as ‘a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop’. Prolific songwriting, infectious folk-pop style, and an offbeat, memorable live show. This award winning duo consists of Helen Austin and Paul Otten who, despite living thousands of miles apart, have found a way to connect and create music together. Despite being in two different countries, they have found common ground to share their message. Despite the pull to avoid the hard topics and pretend it’s all ok – they’ve chosen to speak out.

“What is truly amazing about Big Little Lions is that its two members, Helen Austin and Paul Otten, were born to make music together, their voices made to combine, but they are in different countries. It just goes to show you, destiny is a powerful force.” [east of 8th]

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REBEKAH HAWKER

The ability to command an audience is a quality that most of us do not possess and yet every great performer must. And it is in her contrasts that Rebekah Hawker manages to achieve this perfectly. On one hand her lyrics and melodies are a serious affair, evoking powerful images that resonate unbiasedly. They can be fierce or they can be fragile, but they can never be taken lightly. They speak of a life lived, not imagined, giving an authenticity to the ups and downs strewn throughout her musical tales. Yet on the other hand, her audience interaction and stage persona are so wonderfully light and refreshing that she transforms what could be a sombre experience in a joyful, cathartic journey. Humble, self deprecating, earnest and consistently hilarious, she smiles often and easy, and it takes only one look through a typical crowd to see that it’s contagious. Sometimes, a performer can be said to never leave a dry eye in the house. With Rebekah, there is never a frown.

Rebekah may be singular but we can all find something familiar and comforting within her music. She coaxes out vivid memories and emotions, her music accompanies them as though it were there all along. Somehow, Rebekah Hawker exists as part of our past, present, and undoubtedly our future. Are you listening?

Rebekah Hawker is a country folk singer-songwriter from Barrie, Ontario. In February 2019 she travelled across Canada on the VIA Rail train as their artist entertainer and in March 2019 she received FACTOR Canada’s Artist Development grant to support the release of her debut EP ‘Careful Women.’ Following the release of her single ‘Round of Fools’ in July and full EP in August the album has been well received, collecting over 15,000 streams on Spotify so far with placement on Spotify’s official ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist and Starbucks’ official Country playlist.

 

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