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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Post Cards from Atlin, BC

Trent Severn read post cards from the road in Atlin, BC. Use the post card in our cd to write us or send a note to:

Trent Severn
356 Ontario Street
Suite 228
Stratford, ON
N5A 7X6

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Canada Day Dream

First of all in true Canadian fashion, please accept my apologies for not updating all of you on our Canada Day Ottawa experience sooner. Our whole trip has been a bit of a dream and I have needed to come down off this cloud, back to reality in order to blog!

Where should I start. Well – why not on waking up on Canada Day. We’re up bright and early, getting ready for our 8:30 am lobby call to sing O Canada at the official Flag-Raising ceremony on Parliament Hill. We’re combing our locks, pressing our flannels, singing our warm ups – and mid note, Laura announces we have received an email from the Snowbirds themselves! I shreek of course.

“We heard about your band and are hoping to catch your set, if you don’t see us, come find us int eh VIP tent later. We’ll have red golf shirts on!”

The Snowbirds are sheer absolute amazement for me. Skill I just don’t understand at it’s absolute best.

So with that quick heart start we piled in the NCC van and headed to the hill. We had plenty of time to take in the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and watch completely honoured as the Flag-Raising Ceremony took place. It was totally surreal to think that we would be singing the anthem after all of this. Emm quickly reminded us that the huge croud may sing along, which I hadn’t thought about.

We were all nervous but we didn’t talk about it. We all knew this was the one time the audience would not forgive us if we messed up. We weren’t singing the national anthem that day, we were singing THE national anthem. We didn’t realy talk about the pressure. We have a trust in each other that we will be there when needed, and we were. As Laura said later “It had to be a hat-trick”. We nailed our mixed language acapella version and the crowd didn’t sing. They respectfully stood on guard and listened, coming to a roaring cheer at the end. I don’t think we could have been more proud.

Here is the version of O Canada we performed. BTW several versions of O Canada are available for free download. Press “O Canada” above and follow the link directly to Soundcloud to do so. We are hoping you’ll play these at your schools and minor/major/hometown hockey games.

The second task of the day was to perform Space Oddity with Chris Hadfield and Joe Corcoran, the talented producer of Chris’s Space video that has been watched a few million times. Did you know that Emm also helped to coordinate that and played the piano?

We were able to have a rehearsal with Chris the day before, so we got our star struck jitters out then, but I wasn’t prepared for the sheer amount of folks who would be there. Here is a quick photo of the crowd.


Everything went off without a hitch and we were thrilled to be a part of this down to earth event.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Glen Hallam for editing this official Space Oddity performance video together from several videos that were taken that day. Glen, this was really nice of you and we appreciate it so much. We have a little thank you coming your way.


At 8pm a pretty tired Trent Severn played our set at Major’s Hill Park. It was such an exciting day, and we used all the energy we had left to perform our show… but little did we know that it was going to get more exciting! Laura and I decided after our set to go find the Snowbirds, as they suggested, and give them each a copy of our CD (seeing as Freedon is a song for them and all).

Off to Parliament Hill we went, backstage passes in hand. We asked everyone we came across if they knew the whereabouts of the “VIP” tent and it was quite hard to find, as it was in front of the stage, not behind it  – duh – lol. We spent a few moments taking in Metric, sitting on the stairs of the hill watching 100,000 people in front of us. A moment I will never forget.

When it was time for fireworks we had the best seat in the house – the back of Parliament Hill. After a spectacle of lights like I’ve never seen, we turned around, and lo and behold I found one! A Snowbird! He graciously rounded up all 10 birds and posed for a photo on the Hill with  Laura and I. Big thanks to my friend Dirk Kuig for snapping this shot.

What an ending to THE perfect Trent Severn Canada Day.





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Happy Canada Day!

Bonne Fete du Canada!

Wear your maple mind, your snowy soul and your glowing heart wherever you go.

Trent Severn July 1st Ottawa Schedule:

9:30 O Canada Flag-Raising Ceremony, Parliament Hill

3:30 Space Oddity with Chris Hadfield and Joe Corcoran, Major’s Hill Park

8:00 Full Trent Severn Set, Major’s Hill Park

Take note – the version of Oh Canada we will be singing at Parliament Hill this morning is available for Free Download under the tab O Canada above. Specifically, today we are singing the mixed language acapella version.

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Twas the night before Canada Day

Well, this is it. We’re all rehearsed, we’re all soundchecked. Almost all the flags are up and the flannels are ironed. I think the best thing about Canada Day in Ottawa is that you get to do everything twice, once for rehearsal and once for real. Here are a few shots from our exciting day. Sleep well Canada. See you in the AM!

Emm and Laura at soundcheck with Chris Hadfield, looking very healthy and well. He is very down to Earth:


Dayna and Chris


From Major’s Hill Park look out with Parliament Hill in the background


Oh Canada rehearsal  – PH


Dayna and Benoit Osborne, the Artistic Programming Coordinator  for the NCC. Can you believe his is running a 5k in the AM before he starts his big day tomorrow? Good luck Benoit  – we are so proud of you!







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Trent Severn Kick Off Summer Tour in Most Canadian Way



Stratford Ontario trio take a call from space during a recent show, announce tour dates, including Canada Day duet in Ottawa.

Trent Severn has certainly been on a maple sugar roller coaster since their debut release last November. The Stratford, Ontario folk band has garnered a slew of rave reviews, nods from the likes of Burton Cummings and appeared on CBC’s “Q”. The plaid clad musicians were even featured in the March 24th issue of  the iconic MacLean’s Magazine. But if you ask the trio what takes the cake, it was a call mid set from Commander Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station which came patched through the soundboard to their sold out Goderich, Ontario show. The trio shared some friendly banter and serenaded Commander Hadfield as he watched the sunset over the South Pacific. The moment was quite special, as the band chose to sing one of Hadfield’s favourite Trent Severn songs, “Truscott” which struck a chord close to home for the local audience.

Watch the video of the space call and song here:

Plans to meet Commander Hadfield face to face are underway. Trent Severn is kicking off their 2013 summer tour dates with their dream come true – Canada Day in Ottawa. The trio will be performing the national anthem in perfect harmony at the Flag-Raising Ceremony at 9:30am on Parliament Hill, followed by a full set at Major Hill’s Park at 8pm. An additional highlight of the day will be meeting Commander Hadfield on the ground for a special duet.

July 1st 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario Flag-Raising Ceremony – Parliament Hill 9:30am

July 1st 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario Major Hill’s Park 8pm

July 4th 2013  – Toronto, Ontario Toronto Botanical Gardens

July 10th 2013 – Haines Junction, Yukon Territory St. Elias Convention Centre

July 12th – 14th 2013 – Atlin, British Columbia  Atlin Arts & Music Festival

Sept 5th 2013 – Stratford, Ontario Factory 163
In support of the 100 Women 100 days Campaign in Stratford Perth for Habitiat for Humanity

Sept 6th 2013 – Sarnia, Ontario Imperial Theatre
Featuring special guest Donovan Woods and a portion of ticket sales will go to the IODE Municipal Chapter (75th anniversary)


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