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

Photo by Raymond Sklar

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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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#WearPlaidForDad results are in

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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

 

 

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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 October 9th 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mid-June Adventures

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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June 12th – Romance on the Chi-Cheemaun

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Springworks Opening Night

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SK, MB here we come!

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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.
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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.

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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

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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.

Love,

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.

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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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