Stratford!! Are you ready to celebrate with us? We are so excited to be spending our favourite day of the year with our hometown crowd. We look forward to seeing you at festival marketplace, (behind City Hall) in your red white and plaid at 3pm!
A concert in the country! It truly was. We left the amps and microphones behind and played the Little Church in Avonbank, a tiny treasure in the middle of Ontario farmland. Last Friday, folks from St. Marys and Stratford and points in between gathered in the pews to hear some of our old and new tunes! Thanks to Mike Bachner for the amazing shots of the night: flic.kr/s/aHskexvSAN
We had just come from a phenomenally inspiring photo shoot with renowned photographer Mark Maryanovich, which took us all around Stratford from J.W. Tire’s back lot to the Cooper Site to the riverside near freshly born baby swans. “Eyes over here!” ordered Mark as we could not stop adoring and gazing at the fluffy cygnets.
The church filled in quickly by 8pm and we took to the stage. We had not expected it to be so packed so our acoustic show quickly got lively and rowdy! We ended up walking through the crowd and serenading folks at the back of the church. We also debuted some new songs including “Stealin’ Syrup”, a song about the 2012 maple syrup heist.
We signed autographs in the basement and drank homemade lemonade and ate home-baked oat squares after the show. We loved meeting everyone and we sure hope to play again at the beautiful Little Church. When a place like that is preserved with love and care by residents and the community, it makes for a truly special night. Thanks to Ev Scott and all of the supporters of the Little Church and independent musicians!
Up next: Canada Day celebrations at Stratford’s Market Square 3pm July 1st! Check out the shows page for details.
We are thrilled to announce that after online processing fees we collected $130 dollars to donate to the #WearPlaidForDad campaign through sales of our song, “Nil Visibility” this weekend. We cannot thank you enough for making the choice to be a part of this cause with us, and for checking out this special opportunity to preview our new album, “Trillium” out August 14th.
For the love of all Dads, we have decided to match your donations and will be sending off a cheque for $260 to Prostate Cancer Canada this week.
Much love and thanks to you all, TS
TRILLIUM and #WearPlaidForDad
The wait is almost over! We’re so excited that our new album TRILLIUM is about to bloom, but before its officially released August 14th we invite you to pre-order your own personalized copy here. As soon as we have received them yours will be the first to be signed and delivered to your door.
While most of you have already jumped aboard our plaid bandwagon, June 19th is a particularly important day to wear plaid, whether you’re at our Trent Severn concert in Avonbank tonight or not. The #WearPlaidForDad campaign encourages everyone to sport a bit of plaid for the day to raise awareness and funds related to Prostate Cancer prevention and treatment.
To play our part starting June 19 (and only until the end of Sunday June 21st) we are offering a sneak peak of our new album by offering the presale of our track “Nil Visibility” for $0.99, with all proceeds going to the Wear Plaid For Dad campaign.
This is a cause that is close to home for everyone, so we thought we’d share some photos of our rad Dads in their plaid (also sporting their Trent Severn caps – available online).
Happy Father’s Day weekend to all, but especially to our ever supportive Trent Severn Dads.
The weekend started early for Dayna, when she gave a music biz lecture to the wonderful students of OIART Thursday. Much to her delight, she walked in to a room full of traditional Trent Severn audience attire – plaid of course! A big thanks to Mark Vogelsang and all at OIART for hosting Dayna.
We dodged thunderstorms and hit the high seas this weekend. Trent Severn had a truly Ontarrific weekend which kicked off by playing the new dinner cruise series on the Chi-Cheemaun. The ferry left in sunshine from Tobermory and we, along with over 120 seafarers (er..lakefarers?) dined on local Manitoulin Island whitefish and local wine and cider from an outstanding Bruce Peninsula winery called Coffin Ridge. As we played to the audience our view was blue water for kilometres and untouched islands. Steve Richie who once shredded in Tanglefoot introduced us and we were glad to meet a legend!
The next morning we hightailed it to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to sing the Canadian national anthem. This fabulous event occurs yearly in St. Marys and brings athletes, fans and friends from far and wide. We jumped at our chance to get our photo with two Mounties and Blue Jays legend Carlos Delgado.
The next day we debuted a song called “Goodbye Sadness” at the Deep Waters Music student showcase which also served as a fundraiser for our friend Benjamin Dressler of the band Reignfall. Ben was seriously injured in a car accident and Emm followed up the Trent Severn newbie tune with a song she wrote for Ben. Here’s the link to purchase the song, all proceeds go to Ben’s recovery.
Through thunderstorms and lightning we soldiered and arrived in muggy weather to the beautiful Two Creeks Conservation Area in Wheatley, ON about an hour south of Chatham-Kent. It was too rainy for us to play the beautiful wooden stage by the forest but Rick and Wes and James got us set up in style in the pavilion.
We didn’t complain as we were playing nice and close to the BBQ of fresh summer delights and the coffee! We were thrilled to see John and Michele Law in the audience (Dayna and Michele were sporting matching Kingsville Folk Fest shirts) and then Reese came up and played some percussion which looked a little more like martial arts moves! We thank everyone who made this amazing show happen. Do make your way down to Kingsvillle Folk Fest this year in August – although we aren’t performing this year a host of unbelievable artists are including Lynn Miles, Natalie McMaster and Ashley MacIsaac.
Big thanks to Susan Schrempf, Kaleena from Ontario Ferries and James Keelaghan for getting us on the ferry to perform! Thank you also to Scott Crawford and Stephanie Martin for our Stonetown shows at the Hall of Fame and Pyramid Centre! Thanks to Rick Taves and The Laws for making a very special show at Two Creeks happen. We are a very lucky band.
View all the photos from our weekend on our flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90530276@N06/
Next stop: UNPLUGGED @ AVONBANK! check out the shows page for details.
Sending huge thanks to all the volunteers at Acoustic Harvest who set us up for an excelent performance last Saturday night, and to all of you who came out in that snow. Very “Canuck Core” if you ask us.
Here are some wonderful photos from the evening by our friend Raymond Sklar. Click this photo or here to view the series.
Can’t tell you what a wonderful weekend we had. Fantastic audiences, and our hosts were bar none. Thank you Kevin, Allison and Becca at Stonecroft, and to Mark and Barb Oliver at the TECDC concert series in Tamworth, ON.
Next up we’re playing the beautuful Town Hall in Almonte, ON – 39min from Ottawa.
We couldn’t be more excited about the adventures that 2015 has in store for us, but first we’d like to give a nod back to 2014 and to share a few of the wonderful moments we’ve had and some of the good folks we’ve met this year:
2. Watching Gordon Lightfoot backstage at Hugh’s Room tell Dayna she is a great guitar player.
3. Sitting in on a Snowbirds pre-show brief in Stratford. Amazing concentration and vibrance!
5. Debuting our new song King Of The Background at the Black Swan Revival.
6. Collaborating on our new song From Canada with the song’s inspiration himself, Bill Lishman.
7. Recording David Woodhead’s killer bass lines on King Of The Background.
8. Hearing J.P. Cormier shred at Kingsville Folk Festival!
9. Doing an interview with Jan Hall of Folk Roots Radio at the Folk Music Ontario conference.
10. Finishing writing our new album and preparing for a 2015 release.
Photos by Mark Coatsworth
Trent Severn is extremely pleased to announce that we will be making our first Canadian Prairie appearances in Saskatchewan and Manitoba this March.
We are determined to beat the bitter cold and bring some sweet Canadiana warmth your way. Hope you can join us.
Did we mention that we have new hats? They’re quite popular and are now available at Maple Music. They are flex-fit and the S/M fits almost all, except our exceptionally smart friends with huge brains.
We are greatly affected by the events in our capital yesterday and the ultimate loss of Corpral Nathan Cirillo. We are dedicating our performances in Alberta this weekend to the memory of Cpl. Cirillo and to his loved ones, hoping to raise the spirits of our fellow Canadians.
Laura, Dayna and Emm
We collaborated with Canadian Creative Photographer, artist and friend Dave Brosha to offer the soundtrack to “Snowy Soul”, his Canadian landscape video “post card”. Let your eyes be delighted!!
Dave’s Facebook page is a joy to be a part of, with almost 35,000 followers from across the country who share photos, and photography tips and tricks. We highly suggest following along on his, and ultimately many other folk’s adventures.
Meet Evan, the kid behind Evan’s Touch the Truck.
Evan was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, days before his 2nd birthday. Evan’s Touch the Truck features local companies who bring their vehicles, tractors, trucks, & machines to the Milt Dunnel Field in St. Marys from on Sep 13 from 10 – 2 pm, for the children to explore. This year, there also is a street show by the OPP Golden Helmets at 11 am. The event in support of Childcan, a charity that supports local children with childhood cancer. (Evan’s 6th birthday is also on Sunday!!)
From a chance meeting in Fort St. John in 2009, to a song call Freedom, to another encounter on Parliament Hill in 2013… and now Trent Severn history! It all happens this coming Wednesday folks.
Just had to post this awesome photo by Janette Baillie from our Grand Bend Summer Sunset Sounds in partnership with Aquafest show on August 10th. We sure ended up with the best view that night. A huge thanks to Jennifer Mossop who made this wonderful night happen for all of us.
We’re all packed up and ready to head out to our very first Summerfolk Festival! Here’s our performance schedule for the weekend. Can’t wait to see you there.
We’re so busy this weekend, that we started making a list! We thought we would share it in case you want to keep up with us, which we would love.
Friday August 8th
KINGSVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL
Main Stage 8:20pm
Saturday August 9th
KINGSVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL
Pillar Stage – 2:20pm 3:15pm
Workshop -“All About a Song” w/ Jane Sibbery, Kelly Authier, J.P. Comier and Host David Francey
Acoustic Stage – 4:30pm – 5pm w/ Donna Creighton
Sunday August 10th
GRAND BEND SUMMER SUNSET SOUNDS
7pm on the Main Beach – FREE!
Monday August 11th
BLACK SWAN REVIVAL
7pm doors, Variety of artists 7:30 -10:30pm
We are thrilled to announce that we have been added to the bill at The Black Swan Revival show in Stratford next Monday August 11th at Knox Church. The show starts at 7pm and is 100% fundraiser for a very important local charity, Shelterlink.
We will have the honour of performing alongside the likes of David Woodhead, Valdy, Cedric Smith, Joe Hall and other local legends. We are performing three tunes, and have decided that one of these will be the premier our new song “King of the Background”, an empathetic tribute to Stratford’s own Richard Manuel of The Revols, The Hawks and The Band.
It is important to us to debut this song with Richards local friends, in Knox Church where his funeral was held after his tragic suicide in 1986. We feel performing it there for the first time will be an essential piece of the song’s story.
When we told the Black Swan’s proprietor and revival co-ordinator, Harry Findlay that we would be premiering “King of the Background”, he told us how Richard was amazing at sweeping up The Black Swan at the end of the night in its first year, when they were just kids. It sure sounds like he was King of the Background then, although the meaning in our song is a bit different.
Recently penned as “The Pioneers of Americana music” in the tag line of Craig Harris’ new book “The Band”, we would like to take this moment to kindly remind everyone that four out of five of those boys were 100% Ontarian. #canadiana
We are pleased to announce that we finally have Trent Severn shirts! Unabashedly Canadian in style, you can find these new 3/4 sleeve raglan tees available at our shows going forward. Unisex sizes S through XXL are available. We will put them up for sale online here around the end of August.
It’s hard to believe that a year ago today we had the honour of singing O Canada at the official Flag-Raising ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. We have never felt such pride for our country and such relief the moment that we had succeeded – talk about a high pressure gig! Thanks to our friend Peter Janes who captured this epic moment on camera:
We encourage you to download our version for free and play it at your hockey games or high school assemblies.
Last year, we also had the pleasure of playing with Commander Hadfield on his first earthly performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity… needless to say, July 1st 2013 will certainly go down in Trent Severn history!
We could not think of a better way spend this Canada Day than by working away on our new album. Here is a sneak preview of a track list that we’re hashing out:
We’re also gearing up to rock some summer festivals! We’d love to see you at Home County in London, Savour Stratford, Kingsville Folk Music Festival, Summerfolk in Owen Sound, and Aquafest in Grand Bend.