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Trent Severn perform at Google Canada

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June 2016 – Alberta video postcards

Tourcation – Beaumont Blues N Roots June 18, 2016

TS headquarters – Canmore June 19, 2016

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Dave Brosha’s Postcard

Legendary Canadian Photographer Dave Brosha’s Postcard to “Snowy Soul”

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We shot a video

Behind the scenes from our upcoming video for the song “Take Me Back”

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What Trent Severn Does On a Free Weekend

While Lindsay embarked on a kayak and camping adventure, Dayna partook in the 2016 World Festival of Children’s Theatre opening ceremonies at the front of City Hall in Stratford. Dayna and Perth County Conspiracy legend, Cedric Smith debuted an original “Welcome to Stratford” for the young delegates from Uganda , Zimbabwe, Australia, Indonesia, The Czech Republic, Palestine, Germany, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovinea, The United States, Russia, Paraguay, Columbia, El Salvador & Cuba!

Emm partook in a jam session and workshop at The Grand Theatre with guitarist Greg Lowe, actor/musician Brendan Wall and director Allen MacInnis which saw about 75 local musicians bring their guitars to the theatre to play along with “Big Yellow Taxi”. The event also promoted “Joni Mitchell: River” which runs in the fall at The Grand Theatre and will mark Emm’s official theatre debut (if you don’t count her “role” in Annie at Huron Country Playhouse when she was 11).

At the workshop, Emm met a former music student of Trent Severn dad, Dave Manning’s. Graham Holmes is his name, and alongside two friends he recently performed his version of “Bluenose on a Dime” at a coffee house at St. Jude’s Church in London. To top it all off, Emm came across Michael Griffin, pictured here with his 1978 Grit Laskin acoustic, (as old as Dayna!). “It has seen many road miles and many hours of play,” said Michael.

All in all, a weekend of songs and heartstrings! A true reminder why we do what we do.

Emm’s Adventures:
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Lindsay’s Adventures

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New rehearsal space

Follow the adventures of a TS rehearsal

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“Take Me Back” Remix Winner Connor Grail

Each and every remix entry that we received sparked our excitement and the anticipation would build as we waited for the track to load from our inbox. Completely exhausted after a day of meetings and rehearsals, and about to pack it in for the night we received this entry. Sleep was no longer on the forefront as we danced and choreographed to the track, playing it repeatedly (yes, this would have been a sight to see!). We love Connor Grail’s spin on ‘Take Me Back’ and are excited to announce that he is the winner of the remix competition! Congrats to him and kudos to his program at Fanshawe College.

Of note – Connor also has an alter ego that fits in perfectly with Trent Severn. Meet Conspiracy Canuck!

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The “Take Me Back” Remixes

We are very happy to reveal the contenders for our ‘Take Me Back’ remix competition. A huge thank you to all the artists who took the time to work on these tracks and submit them. You did an outstanding job! The contest was open to all students currently enrolled in a recognized music production program at an Ontario College. We received entries from Fanshaw, OIART and Metalworks Institute. Submissions closed April 15th and our winner of $1000 and chocolate milk in bags for a year will be announced April 25th 2016. Enjoy all the remixes we received, including one from Eb Martin which was, “just for fun” as he is NOT a student. Big shout out to Metalworks Institute for most submissions!

Dreamed I’d live in Kits, ended up in Burnaby
Biking in the rain down to Wreck Beach
Stared into Lynn Canyon but got spooked out by the ghosts
Enough with the front Lake Huron’s my west coast

My buddies all got jobs and I wanted one too
I called up WestJet flew to Saskatoon
My green hands got dirty, it was a rough ride winter
I ain’t cut out for living the life of a welder

Worst case scenario
We be sippin’ beers on the patio
Take me back to the place I know, Ontari-ari-o
Worst case scenario
We’ll have Stompin’ Tom on the stereo
Take me back to Ontari-ari-o

I longed for the East Coast
And for JP’s Molly May
At Bretton Cove dreamed I’d sail away
Dropped my hook and sinker
And I waited on the line
Back home I’d have ten lake trout by this time
(No word of a lie)

Worst case scenario
We be sippin’ beers on the patio
Take me back to the place I know, Ontari-ari-o
Worst case scenario
We’ll have Stompin’ Tom on the stereo
Take me back to Ontari-ari-o

Oh we ain’t got no Rocky Mountain High
But we’re the bells of this buck ‘n doe tonight
Lost a euchre game dropped a bag of milk
Got a soaker like I never felt
Found a trillium on the back forty-o
Got it in the blood
Ontari-ohhhhhh

Worst case scenario
We be sippin’ beers on the patio
Take me back to the place I know, Ontari-ari-o
Worst case scenario
We’ll have Stompin’ Tom on the stereo
Take me back to Ontari-ari-o

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Trent Severn join Rheostatics at Massey Hall

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When asked by legendary Canadian band Rheostatics to contribute some harmonies to their upcoming Massey Hall concert on April 29th, we were over the moon! Yesterday we rehearsed with the band in Toronto and worked on two songs. We will also join them at their show on April 24th at the Starlight in Waterloo. Gazing around the rehearsal room we just looked at everyone and silently smiled to ourselves: “Legend. Legend. Legend. Legend…” And on and on. Each band member has contributed so much to the Canadian music landscape. We love this opportunity to get inside their totally unique, magical music. We feel so lucky! Hope to see you there.

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Trent Severn on Vinyl Cafe

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We received a very exciting email from Jess Milton, the producer of The Vinyl Cafe – “I can’t believe it’s taken this long, but we’ve finally found a spot for the very awesome Trent Severn song Stealin’ Syrup
That show will air:
Saturday March 5 9am CBC Radio 2
Sunday March 6 12noon CBC Radio 1
Tuesday March 8 11pm CBC Radio 1

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Number One!

We’re not sure how this happened, but we know it’s thanks to you, community and campus radio! Big love and thanks from us. Exclaim! ‪#‎March2016‬

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O Snow – The Holiday Remix

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Stealin’ Syrup on Canada AM

What a thrill it was to perform live on national television! Thank you to everyone who tuned in this morning and cheered us on through social media and good vibes. Here’s the clip if you missed it. Oh – and yes Dayna’s mom got to meet her favourite TV host Jeff Hutcheson. See cutest picture ever below.

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Darlene Manning and Jeff Hutcheson:

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Lindsay, Dayna and Emm on set:

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Lindsay, Dayna and Emm backstage in the greenroom:

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Stealin’ syrup and I ain’t gonna stop
Boiling point four degrees on top
Stick it in a truck, ship it off way down south
Ain’t runnin’ drugs just tappin’ them trees
I’m in the business for me all me
Smell it in the air, sweet money floatin’ on the breeze 

Turn up Jean Leloup
Mute the morning news
Make ends meet make easy street
As the maple bark it drools 

Playin’ by the rules
Is for all those other fools
For the fleur-de-lis and the maple leaf
There’s never enough room
You only live once

Stealin’ syrup and I ain’t gonna stop
Boiling point four degrees on top
Stick it in a truck, ship it off way down south
Ain’t runnin’ drugs just tappin’ them trees
I’m in the business for me all me
Smell it in the air, sweet money floatin’ on the breeze

Build a sugar bush
Watch the good times gush
I won’t forget, it’s no regrets
When you’re in the amber rush

Grab your baseball hat
Take a gallon after that
For the fleur-de-lis and the maple leaf
It’s a sticky aftermath
You only live once

Stealin’ syrup and I ain’t gonna stop
Boiling point four degrees on top
Stick it in a truck, ship it off way down south
Ain’t runnin’ drugs just tappin’ them trees
I’m in the business for me all me
Smell it in the air, sweet money floatin’ on the breeze

Maybe all this ends like it always does
Some good guy you know
Spends years locked up
Well I hardly even tapped your reservoir
But you’ve got me singin’ au revoir

Stealin’ syrup and I ain’t gonna stop
Boiling point four degrees on top
Stick it in a truck, ship it off way down south
Ain’t runnin’ drugs just tappin’ them trees
I’m in the business for me all me
Smell it in the air, sweet money floatin’ on the breeze

Stealin’ syrup and I ain’t gonna stop

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December starts big for TS

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Wednesday Dec 2 – Hugh’s Room

This is an official show to celebrate the release of our sophomore album in the big city! Not to mention that it’s a great excuse to perform at one of our favourite rooms in the country. Come join us for inside jokes and heartfelt ballads, and consider having a first class meal ahead of time. Tix and dinner reservations: 416.531.6604

Thursday Dec 3rd – Canada AM

We are so please to announce that we will be performing live on Canada AM this Thursday, December 3rd. We had planed to play O Snow, but the TV folks have asked for another song live and will tape O Snow for a future broadcast closer to Christmas. We sure are feeling lucky and grateful for this opportunity to entertain our fans across the country all at once! It’s just not fair that we can’t see you too.

Friday Dec 4th – Aeolian Hall

Trent Severn join Pan-Celtic favourites Rant Maggie Rant as special guests on the London Ontario stop of their annual Frost and Fire Christmas tour at Aeolian Hall. Look for some real fire coming from Lindsay’s fiddle as she performs with both bands! Expect a few collaborations and high energy.

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Haliburton High

 

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It was a great time tonight with The Haliburton Folk Society in Minden, ON. Huge thanks to Eric, Walter, Barry, Mark, Amanda, Kris, Bethany, Ian, Thom, Dave and all the other amazing folks we met tonight. Big shout out to Harvey and all the plaid runway dancers tonight! Hope you all had a safe drive home. #OSnow

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O Snow – The Holiday Remix

Hi all, it looks like our new single “O Snow” will be out just in time for that cold white stuff.

This track was remixed by our friend Joe Corcoran for the Holidays, as suggested by our fan Wayne Parsons. Wayne wrote to us after hearing Trillium and suggested it could be a song for the Holiday Season too. Thanks for the inspiration Wayne.

If you like it, please call your local FM radio that features holiday music and request it! The single will be available for purchase on iTunes next Friday, Nov 27th.

O snow let it go, everybody knows
That it ain’t good, to keep that all inside
Send it on down, blow it all around
Cover my porch and my car
I don’t mind, no plans to get real far

How I love the thought of staying inside
Gettin’ locked down with a glass of wine
Might be why I haven’t moved yet
If I get real lucky my love will come by and
We’ll snuggle up and light this fire
And melt away

And you can do your thing
Without worrying
That you’re gettin’ in my way
Don’t feel bad
Sometimes you make my day

O snow look at you glow
Sparkling under the light
Must be hard to be falling all the time
Everybody thinks you’ve been pushing us around
But I know we’re bringing you down
The more I see of you, the more I know we’ve done you wrong

Oh I love the way you bury the past
Keep our eyes forward, slow down the fast – wherever we go
And you might sense a flake of resent
My back’s been better and this shovel’s all bent
And my fingers are cold

Still I try to understand
I know it’s with forced hand
When you’re gettin’ in my way
Don’t feel bad
Sometimes you make my day

You can do your thing
Without worrying
That you’re getting in my way
Don’t feel bad
Sometimes you make my day

O snow let it go, everybody knows
That it ain’t good, to keep that all inside

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Meet Lindsay Schindler

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We are excited, honoured and so very grateful to have Lindsay Schindler join Trent Severn. We can’t wait for all of you to meet this wonderful person and to hear Lindsay’s incredible talent. Here’s a short introduction:

Lindsay Schindler is an Ontario-based fiddler, performer and teacher. As a young child studying classical violin she developed a valuable foundation and technical ability. A need to diversify and push boundaries led her to experiment with various other styles of music. Finding her passion in performance and fiddle music, she continues to learn repertoire from many regions of the world and write her own music as well.

Lindsay is a founding member of the popular Stratford-based group, ‘Rant Maggie Rant’, where she has built a reputation as a powerful fiddler with a contagious energy on stage. Rant Maggie Rant has been recognized with many accolades, awards and nominations including a Jack Richardson Award, London Music Award and International Celtic Artist of the Year in Australia.

Having performed in Ireland, Japan across the US and Canada, Lindsay has had the opportunity to bring her energy to many concert halls, theatres and festivals as well as perform in front of several symphony orchestras.

“With a tonne of excitement and gratitude I will be joining forces with Trent Severn. I want to wish the very best to Laura C. Bates in her many musical ventures, and promise to do my very best to fill her very large shoes!”

-Lindsay

Photo by Steve Bayne

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Thank you LCB

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Dear Friends,

With a heavy heart but sure footing, I am leaving my role in Trent Severn. Conflicts with my other projects and musical interests have made it impossible for me to give this band the time and attention it deserves. The last four years have been a tremendous experience, with many career accomplishments and unforgettable memories. By far the biggest highlight was the opportunity to work with Emm Gryner and Dayna Manning, two women whom I adore and admire both as musicians and as human beings.

My friend and fellow fiddler Lindsay Schindler will be assuming my role in Trent Severn. I have no doubt that she will kill it #CanuckCore style. I’m so proud of the new record, Trillium, and am excited for you all to hear the new songs in the months ahead.

Dayna and Emm: thank you both for an amazing run. It was an honor and a privilege to share the stage with you. Know that I’ll miss it, and wish you much continued success.

To our fans: thank you for your ongoing encouragement and support. You make this all possible and we love you for it.

Moving forward, I’m excited about the next stage in my career. Aside from performing in The Boxcar Boys and working on my heavier musical pursuits, I’ll be continuing my freelance work in Toronto and abroad. I’m eager to see what my life in music has in store for me!

With love and gratitude,

Laura

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The Making of Trillium Part One – Goodbye Sadness

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Photo from Gord in Linda in Prince Albert, SK holding the new CD up in front of The Keyhole Castle where we recorded some of the BG vocals for Goodbye Sadness

I have always been in awe of Spirit of The West. The star quality of John Mann, the rip roar of the accordion, the look of their audience – as though every day is St. Patrick’s Day. When that band plays, you feel as though worries and cares are buried deep under the audience’s voices collectively singing “Venice Is Sinking” at the tops of their lungs.

With “Goodbye Sadness”, I wanted to capture some of that spirit – of abandon, of wistful remembrance, and the great fishermen’s seas which surround our nation. An ode to a friend of mine from Ireland whom I have not seen for a very long time, “Goodbye Sadness”romanticizes that Trent Severn might be on the shores of Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador – staring across the Atlantic with a pint raised while my estranged friend would be doing the same in Inishmore, Ireland. Bonavista and Inishmore – these two places looked about the closest you could get to meeting up, without leaving each other’s countries. (I also maintain that Inishmore just sounds good in the chorus!)

Before the song was even written, it was sparked by something an attendant at the Esso gas station in St. Marys, Ontario said to me after I filled up the family car one day. Dissatisfied or bewildered with the weather which was cold one day, buggy the next, he shrugged his shoulders and said to me empathetically, “frost bites or fly bites!”. The Trent Severn light bulb went off and the phrase was filed away for insertion in this song.

Establishments mentioned in the song include the fabulous Little Red’s Eatery in St. Marys (“Little Red’s got Guinness / Come see us taking care of business”). In researching this song, I texted one of the owners Chris Woolf. “Do you serve Guinness? Asking for a friend”. Doyle’s pub near Trinity College in Dublin also gets a mention, as it was somewhere I performed a songwriter’s night every Tuesday evening many years ago. The downstairs section of the pub would always be packed with drunk college kids by 4pm, but by 8pm there was a special night upstairs called “Ruby Sessions” where people were ordered to be quiet and listen to new songwriters. Many Canadian musicians have performed there and it was a place of magic.

Other lyrics – like “let the 30-foot swells make their way” refer to a trip my husband took across the Atlantic to see me in Ireland some years back. The trip took place one November via freighter from Montreal to Liverpool and the waves swelled to a breathtaking height of 30 feet.

The Ontario tie in this song? Adelaide, a small community near London, Ontario where my Irish ancestors, the McCabe family settled and began farming. My dad was born in 1934 – many years after their arrival.

Producer Dayna knocked this one out of the park on our recording by allowing some good-time unison vocals and keeping the tempo right in the perfect spot, a little bit pedantic as if to mimic the sway of a fisherman’s boat and just fast enough to tap your toe without completely spilling your pint of Labatt 50. – Emm

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Release Day is here!

Alright. Trent Severn’s Sophomore album TRILLIUM was released today!

Here a lyric vid for the first single – Nil Visibility by Frank Gryner

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Trillium CD Release Parties

Celebrate our new CD with us! Our first CD release show is October 9th at Revival house in Stratford and the second will be December 3rd at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

Tickets for Stratford are available here.
Tickets for Toronto are available through Hugh’s Room.

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August Shows

We have some super great summer shows coming up this month in Ontario, including Goderich Celtic Music Fest next weekend, and shows at Castle Kilbride, Stratford Summer Music, the Grand Bend beach, Gravenhurst and this stellar night with The Sadies in Bayfield on the 15th!
Make plans: www.trentsevernband.ca/shows

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Hometown Holiday

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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!

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A Concert in the Country

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.

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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!

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Up next: Canada Day celebrations at Stratford’s Market Square 3pm July 1st! Check out the shows page for details.

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