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.
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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90530276@N06/
Next stop: UNPLUGGED @ AVONBANK! check out the shows page for details.