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.


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.


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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.


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.

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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.

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:

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.

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

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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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