Thank you!

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.


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Next Show – Toronto February 7th


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Here we come Almonte, ON

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.almonte


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2014 Trent Severn Top Moments

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:

1. Playing our fan and friend Mark Aquilla’s 50th birthday party and raising money for the Toronto Wildlife Centre at the same time! MarkAquillaandTS

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!

4. Everyone standing up when we sang O Canada at Summerfolk in Owen Sound.

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.

Kingsville2014Happy New Year Canada, see you in 2015!

Photos by Mark Coatsworth

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The Prairies

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.

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Plaid is Rad

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.


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Ottawa 10/22/2014


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

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Calgary October 24th


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Dave Brosha “Snowy Soul”

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.

xo, TS

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Meet Evan

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!!)

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Snowbirds and Trent Severn Unite

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.


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Sunset Sounds

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.



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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.


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Weekend Run Down Aug 8th – 11th

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
Main Stage 8:20pm

Saturday August 9th

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
7pm on the Main Beach – FREE!

Monday August 11th
7pm doors, Variety of artists 7:30 -10:30pm

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Black Swan Revival – August 11th 2014

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

Please, come join us to celebrate, revel in and honour our real life local legends. #100milemusic #canuckcore #blackswanrevival

Black Swan Revival 2014

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TS Tees

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.

See you this weekend at Kingsville Folk Festival, Sunday in Grand Bend at Aquafest, and the following weekend at Summerfolk!

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Happy 147th Birthday Canada!

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.

Sending Gratitude to the Sleeping Giant

We are still buzzing with the energy from our audience last night in Thunder Bay at the Finlandia Hall. A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone at the Sleeping Giant Folk Society who made our performance possible and who continue to present such fantastic concerts.  I can’t believe we got to autograph a guitar case also signed by Rose Cousins, Red Moon Road, The Great Lake Swimmers and Ron Hynes!

A standing ovation goes out to Elly Tose, Dennis Dacey, Barb Campbell, Jenn and Ian Gill, Krista & Brian Campbell, Gerald Graham, and Hugh Briggs and Margaret Evans for all of their hard work, and to everyone who lent us their ears.




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Love and Maple Syrup

Happy Spring Canada!

Inspired by the long awaited thaw we recorded our version of Gordon Lightfoot’s brilliant song Love and Maple Syrup. This track is also a prelude to our second album that is in the works. We hope you enjoy it!


If you would like to purchase this track you may do so here.

Big thanks to Mr. Lightfoot for writing this incredible song, to Dayna Manning for arranging, engineering and producing this track, and to Reuben Ghose of Mojito Mastering for mixing it.

On the drive home from our gig in Ottawa this past weekend I was lucky to catch a glimpse of the sap lines in the woods of eastern Ontario, a welcome reassurance that  in spite of the snow flakes that accompanied that moment, spring is here! I asked my uncle to send me some photos from the sugar shack at the Bates’ family farm where he is harvesting maple syrup right now. Check it out!  Thanks for sharing Uncle Jim!

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inspired by Gordon Lightfoot

Tomorrow we begin our performances at Hugh’s Room for the 12th Annual “Way We Feel”: A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Lightfoot concerts.

We’re honoured to pay tribute to our country’s beloved cultural icon, and we’re certainly not taking these gigs lightly! We’ve been hard at work crafting our own renditions of Love and Maple Syrup, Ghosts of Cape Horn and Go-Go Round and we can’t wait to share them with the audiences.

We’ve learned a lot during our arrangement and rehearsal processes and I know we’re in for even more enlightenment over the three days as we embrace the contributions of our fellow performers.

My father, the ever resourceful Dave Bates lent me this Toronto Star article he’d filed away in 2005, right before Gordon returned to Massey Hall for his annual concerts after 19 months in hospital. It’s hard to believe that this was written nearly a decade ago, and it’s ever inspiring to know that Mr. Lightfoot still continues to make and write history.Lightfoot2005article

I’d like to share just a couple lines from this article that stood out to me:

It’s work — not inspiration — that makes a good song, and lonely work, very selfish work.

I’m very good with intervals, the spaces between notes in a chord – something I learned at music school. (The music schooled geek in me loves this line, as like me, Lightfoot studied jazz composition)

Finally, in response to the many concerts that are done in tribute to him:  I love it when people come up to me in the street as if they’ve known me all their lives, and just start chatting. It makes me feel good to be alive, good to be a Canadian. But I think Stompin’ Tom is the one who really deserves the tributes. 

A digital version of this article can be found here should you like to read more.

– Laura

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2013 Trent Severn Top Tens



As we say goodbye to a very exciting 2013 and welcome 2014, we thought we would each share our top ten “Trent Severn” moments of the year, and what a year it has been! Collectively, we would like to thank all of you who have supported us  and to extend a sincere wish for a fantastic 2014 to you and your family.


Top Ten TS moments by Laura C Bates:

10. Emm and Dayna photo bombing Gordon Lightfoot at the Ottawa Folk Festival
9. Meeting the Snowbirds, it turns out they’re just like a band, but way cooler.
8. Receiving a standing ovation at the Candian Folk Awards showcase
7. Surprising Dave Bates on his birthday with an Aengus Finnan appearance at our Stratford Show. We backed Aengus up on his song “War Brides” and I saw a tear in my Dad’s eye.
6. The joyful eruption in the crowd when Chris Hadfield sang the first line of Space Oddity with us on Canada Day
5. Seeing the article about us  in MacLean’s magazine and making two of their yearly lists.
4. The personalized gifts we have received from our friends, especially the denim jackets designed by Mark and Paula Aquilla (to be revealed in 2014!)
3. Having beers at Richard Manuel’s grave in the Stratford cemetery
2. Hearing the opening line of Emm’s new song “Nil Visibility” (to be revealed in 2014!)
1. Singing the National Anthem on Parliament Hill (my first gig as a vocalist/not armed with my fiddle!)


Top Ten TS moments by Emm Gryner:

10. Playing at The Westover Inn, St. Mary’s – April 2013 (hometown show!)
9. Playing a bluegrass Space Oddity with Chris Hadfield in Ottawa
8. Singing the national anthem on Parliament Hill on Canada Day
7. Playing among the mountains of The Yukon and northern BC during summer
6. Sitting together as a band at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, knowing we will be doing this a lot (hopefully) in the future
5.  Drinking Scotch with Laura at the Travelodge in Calgary after our fab show at the Folk Club
4. Hearing Dayna’s new song “King of the background” about Richard Manuel
3. Seeing Dayna get engaged to Aengus before my very own eyes. Wow!
2. Playing for one of my new close friends at Factory 163 in Stratford (and my 3 year-old) for the first time.
1. Talking to Chris Hadfield in space from our Goderich show and not dropping the call as we serenaded him with “Truscott”.


Top Ten TS moments by Dayna Manning:

10. The whole Canadian Folk Music Awards experience especially the show at the Calgary Folk Club where Shannon & Randelle met Emm & Laura for the first time.
9. Meeting Benoit Osborne, Amy Kenny, Rubin Ghose, Kim Winnicky, Kim Beggs,  Secret Agent KR, Suze Casey, Tom Coxworth, Andy Frank, Andy Donnelly, Shelagh Rodgers, Bob Reid and Dieter & Silke Gade.
8. Baking cookies for the West Coast Music Awards promoter with Emm in Calgary so we could get a real piano to for her to play the Jann Arden tribute on.
7. My parents getting their own flannels to wear to our shows.
6. Impromptu performance at the Toronto Airport Sheridan lobby bar with LCB and Indio Saravanja, when there was no power in the hotel because of the Toronto flood. We were on our way to Whitehorse YT. Actually that whole trip, especially playing the Globe Theatre and the St. Elias Convention Centre.
5. Playing Space Oddity on the banjo with a real live Astronaut in Ottawa on Canada Day. Pinch me.
4. Golfing with the Snowbirds and watching them fly to our song Freedom.

3. Our March 15th Goderich, ON show, getting ready for the call from the International Space Station, talking and singing to Chris Hadfield, all of  Darryl’s,  (our soundman) excitement.
2. Singing the last line of O Canada at the flag raising ceremony on Parliament Hill on Canada day, because it was the line I enjoyed the most. The anxiety of making a mistake was gone. It was like an Olympian smiling at the last moments of their perfected routine.
1. Getting engaged to the love of my life at the Trent Severn staff Christmas party.
Yukon Photo Credit: Mark Aquilla
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Goodnight Canada Post

Today is an historic day. Canada Post announced today it will phase out door-to-door mail delivery in several urban centres.

Trent Severn stamps

It’s also an historic day for our band as we announce Trent Severn postage stamps!

In my town of St. Marys, the change of no door-to-door will have little effect as residents have been trudging to the post office in sleet, snow and sun to collect letters and parcels for several years. We have not had mail come to our front doors for a while now.

The one upside of no urban delivery in my town is that the post office is a buzzing centre of social activity. Old friends smile and shake hands. New friends meet and stop to chat. I’m sure the postal workers at our post office have a different, very over-worked view but I do enjoying seeing them as much as my neighbours.

Here’s a little history on the first airmail delivery in Canada which is quite fascinating.

The first regular airmail delivery in 1928.

The first regular airmail delivery in 1928.


Leaside Aerodrome was an airport in the Town of Leaside, Ontario (now a neighbourhood of Toronto). It opened in 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps airfield during the First World War.

Unlike nearby Armour Heights Field, the airfield was not abandoned at the end of the war, but was acquired for use by the Toronto Flying Club. After the war, the airstrip became the site of Canada’s first delivery of airmail on June 24, 1918 when pilot Brian Peck delivered 120 letters from Montreal (taking off from Bois-Franc Field). This delivery was initially organized at the behest of some of his friends in Montreal who wanted letters delivered to Toronto; however when the Post Office Department heard of the plans, they gathered together the letters as a test of an airmail system. A modern plaque at the site of Leaside Aerodrome reads: “At 10:12 a.m. on June 24, 1918, Captain Brian Peck of the Royal Air Force and mechanic Corporal C.W. Mathers took off from the Bois Franc Polo Grounds in Montreal in a JN-4 Curtiss two-seater airplane. They had with them the first bag of mail to be delivered by air in Canada. Wind and rain buffetted the small plane and forced it to make refuelling stops at Kingston and Deseronto. Finally, at 4:55 p.m., Peck and Mathers landed at the Leaside Aerodrome (immediately southwest of here). The flight had been arranged by a civilian organization, the Aerial League of the British Empire, to demonstrate that aviation was the way of the future.”[1] A regular air express service began in 1928.

Please check back in the next weeks on how to order your own book of Trent Severn stamps.

And keep sending us those postcards on what inspires you about Canada. We will trudge to the community mailbox in Stratford happily to retrieve them and respond (yes by snail mail).


Trent Severn

356 Ontario Street

Suite # 228

Stratford On. N5A 7X6


— Emm

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TS and YYC


Click image for full size details. Can’t wait to see you there! Oh and don’t forget to join us Sunday night for the CFMA awards at University Theatre at U of C!

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Two Nominations!

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We’re truly honoured to be nominated in two categories at the Canadian Folk Music awards:  New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and Vocal Group of the Year.

Thanks so much to our friends who come to our shows and who’ve bought our debut album. This band is possible because of all of you. Seriously.

We can’t wait to celebrate the one year anniversary of our debut album at the award ceremony in Calgary on November 10th.

Tickets for the gala are $40 and are available at 403 220-­7202 or online at

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We’re Practicing











Check out the shows page for upcoming dates you can chew on.

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