The new CDs are in, the guitars, uke, amp and PA are in fine working order, and I get the oil changed and brakes checked on my car on Thursday. I’m almost ready to take this show on the road.
Saturday June 4th I will be releasing my new album, DADS & UNCLES in Rockwood at St. John’s Anglican Church, located on the corner of Main and Guelph Streets. Rob O’Flanagan will be your emcee, and Saunders baked goods will be available during the intermission. If anyone is interested in boiling water for tea and making coffee, I would be eternally grateful. Please reply to me at [email protected].
The doors will open at 7:30 and the show will begin around 8 sharp.. hee.
You’ll love the visual and sonic aesthetics in this church, though you might want to bring a cushion, because last year some folks mentioned the pews were a tad unforgiving during the second set.
$10 admission/ $20 with a copy of the CD
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I’m looking forward to getting away this summer. I’ve managed to squeak out a fairly respectable schedule. I’ll be heading west in June, playing Ontario in July, then heading east in August. Here’s where I’ll be:
Please check back here often for exact dates and venues.
If you know any music fans in and around these places, feel free to spread the word.
Thanks for your amazing support, everyone.
I hope to see you at some point in the summer. Stay safe and keep cool.
There’s so many good things to tell you about. I have a CD release show and a Western Canadian tour coming up very soon. Last summer, between my Northern Ontario and East Coast trips, I went into Tom Althouse’s studio one evening and decided to lay down some tracks. I’m never sure of anything in a recording session but, by the moons of Jupiter, I recorded twelve songs in three hours! I just went for it. I wasn’t thinking or analyzing, I just played and had some fun.
After the success of my last album I wondered if producing something so stripped down was a good idea, but I’m very fulfilled. It was time for these songs to be set free. I had recorded a solo project in the past (‘Lucky Devil’) and I second guessed myself on occasion, wondering if it might sound more complete with some tasty instrumental touches. It’s always fun to hear what other musicians can add to my work.. and believe you me, I’ve worked with some of the best people out there.
On the other hand, I don’t play with a band. I play solo and I tell stories, and I’ve had many comments from folks that they like to hear the same thing that they hear at an Ian Reid show, so I’ve realized that recording an album off the floor, just me and my guitar, is a wonderful thing. I hope you enjoy it.
With each new album, it’s always favourable to have a proper launch party. Thanks to the good people at St. John’s Anglican Church in Rockwood, I have a wonderful venue to play. On Saturday, May 30th at 8pm I’ll be performing a concert in this wonderful church, located at the corner of Main and Guelph streets in Rockwood. The young sensation Thomas McIlwraith will be doing an opening set and the evening will be MC’d by storyteller and playoff-beard-grower-extraordinaire, Brad Woods. $10 Cover/$20 with a CD. Please RSVP at [email protected], so I can have a better idea of numbers.
From the launch party, it’s full throttle until the end of July.
I’ll be playing a house concert in Acton on June 6th. There are only a few seats available so please message me at [email protected] for details.
On June 12th at noon, I’ll be taking part in the Downtown Guelph Noon Hour Concert Series, located at St. George’s Square at Wyndham and Quebec Streets. Thanks once again to Sam Jewell for the great gig. Come and support the great businesses of downtown and listen to live music every Friday through the summer.
Later in the evening of June 12th, I’ll be hosting an open mic at Waterside Park in Rockwood from 7:30pm. I suggest arriving to sign up early. I’ll have a sign up placed out no later than 7pm. Around 8:30, we’ll hear a feature set by flamenco guitarist, David Catallo davidcatalloguitar.com, then we’ll resume with the evening. I will book-end the evening with short sets of my music. Waterside Park is located on Main Street south, just at the bottom of the hill from the stoplight. Just ask someone if you’re lost. Suggested donation is $10.
And then I’m off to the great Canadian West for several weeks. In fact I’ll be gone a total of six weeks but much of that time will be spent in Northern Ontario on my return home. Here’s how the tour looks:
June 18th – Inspire Arts, Medicine Hat, AB
June 19th – The Root, open for ‘All Mighty Voice’, Lloydminster, AB
June 21st – Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
June 24th – Char’s Landing, Port Alberni, BC
June 26th – Lacey Lou Tapas, Victoria, BC
June 27th – Gorgeous Cafe, Victoria, BC
June 28th – Spiral Cafe, Victoria, BC
Please, if you know people in any of these places, let them know I’m coming their way. Huge thanks to Bev Madden-Knight, Lowell Friesen, Brad Woods, Zachary Lucky, David Lum, Doran Hoge, and Eric Gradin. Without you, the connections wouldn’t have been made and the trip wouldn’t be possible.
Have a great summer season. Please stay in touch– I like hearing from people.
My car just hit the 312,000 km mark the other day and it received a good bill of health when I was having the oil changed. My mom bought me a CAA membership for my birthday. I think I’m ready for a trip east.
Wednesday, October 10th @ 9pm ~ The Spill, 414 George Street North, Peterborough ($5):
I’ll be playing an opening set for Declan O’Donovan, on tour from the Yukon territory. Evan MacDonald will also be on the bill.
Friday, October 12th @ 8pm ~ The Branch, 15 Clothier Street East, Kemptville ($7):
I always have a great time at the Branch. The venue is classic, the food is locally grown, and the staff is super nice. $7
Saturday, October 13th @ 9pm ~ Avant Garde, 135 1/2 Besserer Street, Ottawa ($5):
It’s going to be great to reconnect with my old music pals Jason Sonier and Jeff Hagerman. Jason is an amazing instrumentalist who has just begun to play solo and he’ll be opening the night and will be followed by Jeff Hagerman, a stellar blues player and the nicest 6’4″ guy you’d ever want to meet in a dark alley. After my set I think we’re going to go for a late night shawarma on Bank Street. Jeff and I used to do just that after gigs we shared together over a decade ago.
Sunday, October 14th @ 8pm ~ Elmdale Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West, Ottawa ($7):
Where there’s old friends in Ottawa, I’m pleased to be making new ones as well. David Roy Parsons and I will be splitting a bill on this night. I can’t wait to see the Elmdale Tavern; many musicians have recommended it to me in recent years.
Thursday, October 18th @ 10pm ~ Plan B, 212 St. George Street, Moncton, NB :
I’ll be opening for Jason MacDonald from Nova Scotia and Canailles from Montreal. Lots of regional representation that night!
Friday, October 19th @ 8pm ~ The Cedar Tree Cafe, 418 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB:
An intimate Ian Reid show in a cozy venue.. I can’t wait.
I’m waiting to hear back from a few other venues in Nova Scotia and Quebec, but I may also be doing some more temp work in New Brunswick hospitals at this time. Nothing like flying by the seat of my pants. I’m really excited about getting away for a time, come what may.
Thanks for your support and I’ll be in touch soon.
I hope you had a great summer. I enjoyed mine very much- I spent a lot of time in the countryside, but I took in a lot of festivals around southern Ontario. It was nice to be a spectator but I concede there were a number of times I was missing performing. Huge thanks to fellow songwriter Scott Doyle for inviting me up to sing on the main stage of the Canterbury Festival in Ingersoll in early July. I won’t soon forget that experience.
I switched gears and tried my hand at odd jobs around the barn. I also did some temporary work at hospitals in Kitchener. It was all very labour-intensive and I believe it did me the world of good. If anything, I picked up some new skills. I received praise for my work ethic and earned a few extra dollars to add to my record collection.
My mom’s retirement party was another major event in my summer. People had the most wonderful things to say and I was a proud son. I heard hilarious stories about her antics and idiosyncrasies. I learned a lot but the most significant lesson from that day: love what you do, do it with kindness and sincerity, and don’t forget to laugh. Mom, you’re a genius in my books.
I’m very excited to announce my upcoming shows. I’m rather itchy to play and travel again. Check out my gig list below!
Saturday, September 8 @ 8pm ~ OneFortyFive, 145 King street, St. Catharines:
I’ll be playing an intimate concert with the support of local songwriter, Anthony Sweet. The few times I’ve been to St. Catharines to play the crowd has been enthusiastic and very good looking. www.onefortyfive.ca
Friday, September 14th @ noon ~ St. George’s Square, Wyndham Street, Guelph:
If there’s one thing I can count on at a St. George’s Square gig, it’s the dancing kids. Downtown Lynn Broughton and her awesome crew organize outdoor live music every Friday from June to September. Bring a lunch or support a local food vendor. I feel very proud to be included in the annual lineup. www.downtownguelph.com
Friday, September 14th @ 8pm ~ Elora Centre for the Arts, Melville Street, Elora:
I’m going to be the feature performer at the Elora Acoustic Cafe. Bring your talent and taste and play a song at the open stage, or simply come to listen. You won’t regret it. There’s a magic about that place. www.theeloraacousticcafe.com
Saturday, September 15th @ 2pm ~ Salvation Army Community Fair, 415 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket:
The Salvation Army will be having a late summer’s fete and I’m thrilled to take part. My father used to sing the praises for the Salvation Army because of how much they helped people in need. In July I bought a beautiful fedora at the Acton Sally Ann to wear in the sun. I just might wear it on this day. www.northridgecommunitychurch.com
Sunday, September 16th is the annual Terry Fox Run. I’ll be running like a madman along the Barrie waterfront that morning before continuing north. Please support the cause in any way you can.
Sunday, September 16th @ 8pm ~ Widgawa Lodge, Killarney Park, Widgawa Road, Whitefish Falls:
Friends Josh and Connie have invited me to their wilderness lodge to play an outdoor concert around the campfire. If they like what they hear, I just might do the exact same thing the next night. I can’t wait. www.widgawalodge.ca
Wednesday, September 26th @ 9pm ~ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Avenue, Toronto:
I really need to play Toronto more frequently, don’t I? Thanks to Dawn and Marra, I’ve been added to their bill along with Gillian Nicola. www.thepaintedlady.ca
Sunday, September 30th @ 9pm ~ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham Street North, Guelph:
The Cornerstone is a very hip place; they offer a great vegetarian menu, they have a groovy staff, and they’ve hosted some of the finest musical acts in Canada. Thanks, Spencer for the invitation to play once again. I love this room.
Next month I’ll be heading to the east coast and I’ll post the dates for that tour as soon as possible. If you know any music fans in eastern Canada, please spread the word that I’ll be heading that way. I’m still booking shows and am open to venue suggestions. In the meantime, thanks for reading and supporting me.
I’ll be on the road Thursday morning, making a few stops before I arrive in Orillia to play the Brownstone Cafe at 9pm. They are located at 178 Mississauga Street East. The last time I played the Brownstone, it was brand new, and they were just beginning to look for performers. From the sounds of things, they’ve earned a solid reputation for being a premier venue for live music. I had a good feeling about them.
Next morning (Friday), after a quick visit to the Stephen Leacock House, I’ll be heading up to the Urban Cafe in North Bay, located at 101-B Worthington Street East. Dinner and show begins at 7pm. You might like to know that Jonathan Brown and Ian Bennett are award winning chefs and entrepreneurs, and lucky for me, also devout music fans.
On Saturday, I’ll return to Guelph for my cd release party at Magnolia Cafe, located at 88 Yarmouth Street. ThoughMagnolia has only been open for a few months, it is becoming a popular place in Guelph. Thanks for letting me play, Arvi! I’m also thrilled that Storyteller Brad Woods from the Great Wooden Trio will be the emcee for the evening. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8.
In mid November, my musician friend Bernie Moffatt passed away due to complications following a heart attack. I first met Bernie about four years ago at the Brantford Open Stage and again at the Hamilton Folk Club. We developed a mutual respect for one another; I was impressed with his guitar picking and his droll sense of humour, and he often commended me for having developed my own style of playing.
As time went by, Bernie visited Rockwood on a number of occasions to perform. One Pioneer Day his playing made a huge impact on my mom and her friends, especially my uncle Gary, who loves old-time roots music.
Bernie could never stick around very long after he played. He just didn’t have the energy. He had undergone a liver transplant in 1996 and his health was never great in the time I had known him. I think that’s what I’ll remember most about Bernie. Despite his condition, he would show up and play, just for the pure love of it. There’s a lesson in that.
The summer flew by and I had a great one musically. I’m happy that fall is on it’s way. I like the cooler weather.
Playing at Summerfolk was a very memorable experience. I was wired the whole weekend and the week leading up to it as well. It was really exciting to share workshops and stages with amazing people. The volunteers, drivers, hospitality, instrument lock up, and hotel staff went above and beyond.
We got through the weekend storms, making the most of every minute we had. It was amazing..
I have to give special recognition to Steve, the stage plot technician at the amphitheatre. I didn’t catch his last name. I was feeling pretty tense before my show on the main stage on Sunday evening and he was calm and easy to work with. I thanked him for that and he simply replied “Hey, it’s what I do”. He had a slight bleary look in his eyes and I thought he was simply tired.
After my set, someone told me that Steve, a resident of Goderich, had had his house destroyed in the tornado. Fully aware of what had happened, he continued to stay at the festival and fulfill his duty. I can’t begin to guess what was going through his mind that day. I never had a chance to see him after and wish him my best. What a good soul.
I’ll end this blog with a prayer for Steve and other affected residents of Goderich. You never know which way your luck is going to go.
I’ve recently done some house concerts that have been amazing experiences. House concerts are gradually becoming more popular and are a clever option for indy musicians and music fans. Basically, a house concert is a private and intimate show in the comfort of a home. It’s a great idea considering the decline of live music venues.
My uncle Bob told me that when he began playing professionally in the 60s, you could walk along Yonge Street in Toronto and hear the music of live bands coming out of countless clubs, as if you were in Nashville.
Now there’s nothing left on Yonge. It’s long since dried up, that’s just a small example of the music industry and how it’s evolved. It’s hard to get public gigs, and even harder to get paying public gigs. Bringing live music to someone’s home allows music fans to see and hear a performance up close and personal. It’s also a great way for artists to have their music heard.
House concerts range in price, depending on the performer, and whether food and alcohol are provided. $10 to $20 seems to be the normal asking price of admittance, about the price of a blockbuster movie ticket, but nicer in a way because you know exactly where and to whom your money is going. Very cool.
To find out more about house concerts, please contact me, or check out www.homeroutes.ca