Our 2018/19 Season!


Stef Paquette with Special Guests Jessica Pearson & the East Wind

November 3, 2018 | 7 pm

Stef Paquette has been taking time to hear his inner voice, write new songs and simply live life. The renowned Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter is also well known as a radio host across Northeastern Ontario with Le Loup FM and an actor in the popular TV series Hard Rock Medical and Les Bleus de Ramville
A natural showman with a wacky sense of humour, Stef Paquette loves being on stage and his audiences love seeing him there. Alone with his guitar and harmonica or along with his band, he has been crisscrossing Canada for years, playing countless festivals, concerts, major events and  school workshops. In 2015, Stef Paquette garnered the Trille Or (French Ontario’s music industry awards) for Best Male Performer as well as nominations for the Best Singer-Songwriter and the Radio-Canada Public’s Choice awards. His charismatic stage presence and his ability to rally fans are widely recognized, as recently indicated by his ProducersChoice award at the 2014 Contact Ontario's industry showcase and his 2013 Trille Or award for Best Album.

 

Opening this show will be Jessica Pearson & the East Wind. They graced our stage in one of our Intimate Acoustics lineups and the crowd was asking us to bring them back before they'd even finished their set. Jessica Pearson is a Canadian born storyteller with a voice like melting honey on a summers eve. Accompanied by the melodic bowing of Pat Bigelow on the upright bass and the sweet  fiddling of Maddy O’Regan, they bring to life tales of the past and express the beauty and heartbreak of the world today. After the release of their debut EP ‘Grave and Garden Songs’ in 2017, they have taken the stage at JunoFest, RBC’s Bluesfest and Manitoulin Country Festival and their music perfectly blends folk, roots and East Coast bluegrass. They're going to get this show warmed right up and we're looking forwarding to welcoming them back to the St. Lawrence Stage! Visit their website here.

 

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 


Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls

January 19, 2019 | 7 pm

CBC Music describes her as the "most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto" and in just a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, a staple of the Canadian soul scene. Both on stage and off, Edmonton-raised Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities. Her art is inherently autobiographical. If Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it.

Since 2010 Tanika has been lighting up stages near and far. Backed by her band The Wonderfuls, they have played festivals like NXNE, Pop Montreal, CBC Music Fest, TD Toronto Jazz Fest, TD Markham Jazz Fest, the AGO Massive Party, the Pan Am Games, and many more.

In April 2017 Tanika released her debut full-length album Soul Run internationally through Italian funk/soul label Record Kicks. Nominated for a Polaris Music Prize and 2017 Juno R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, the overarching sound is classic soul. Tanika has also appeared on television both as a reoccurring guest on CBC Kids, and as a lounge singer on Global TV’s Bomb Girls drama series. Her music has been featured on HBO’s Less Than Kind, ABC’s Rookie Blue, The CW’s Seed, and CTV’s Saving Hope. In 2017 she made her theatrical debut in the touring production Freedom Singer. Visit Tanika's website here.

“You can’t keep the soul of Toronto down.” -Exclaim! Magazine

 

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 

 

 

Intimate Acoustics

February 9, 2019 | 7 pm

A lineup of six emerging artists, musicians will be announced closer to show date.

 

Tickets for this show are $10, available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 

 

 

 

 


Birds of Chicago

March 2, 2019 | 7 pm

Birds of Chicago is a collective based around the husband and wife team of JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.

For several years Russell and Nero’s respective bands, Po' Girl  (based in Vancouver, and who graced our stage back in 2009), and JT and the Clouds (based in Chicago, IL), had collaborated extensively, but on 2011’s Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record.

For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news.  Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul.

Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.  For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. What a beautiful way to welcome March in to Morrisburg! The opening act for this performance will be announced closer to our show date. Visit Birds of Chicago’s website here.

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 

 


Rosie & the Riveters

March 23, 2019 | 7 pm

Rosie & the Riveters are Farideh Olsen, Alexis Normand and Allyson Reigh and they are a powerhouse trio from Saskatoon who invite music lovers to revisit the spirit of Gospel music with a side of folk, and the charm of the 1940s. They take their name from Rosie the Riveter who was an iconic symbol of the women who worked in American factories during the Second World War. The character is credited with helping to nearly double the amount of working women in the country. Rosie & The Riveters are three fiercely talented women inspired by Rosie, the fashion and music of her time. But their unmistakable visual branding of red lipstick, pin curls, and overtly feminine costuming may be a bit deceiving, because this is not a throwback band. Listen closely to hear playfully defiant lyrics and confident talk-back harmonies. Every word, note, and movement in their live show is done purposefully to empower and challenge. Their most recent release, Ms. Behave, is  a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. Their debut record, Good Clean Fun!, has an impressive list of accolades from sell-out shows across Canada to performing for British royalty and multiple nominations along the way. Rich Terfry of CBC Radio 2 says: “Rosie & the Riveters put on one of the best live shows you’ll ever see - you’ll go home with a big smile on your face." Visit their website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 


Preston Reed

April 13, 2019 | 7 pm

Described by Billboard as a "heartstopping tour de force," Preston Reed is considered one of the most influential and innovative guitarists of the past three decades. He invented integrated percussive guitar playing in the late 1980s, revolutionizing the way the acoustic guitar is played and inspiring generations of musicians around the world ever since, including many of today’s top players. Employing multi-voiced grooves, polyrhythmic percussion and story-telling compositions, Reed’s visionary approach fully exploits the breathtaking orchestral potential of the guitar. Since 1979 Preston has released fifteen critically-acclaimed albums and performed on six continents. From his roots in blues, rock, funk and jazz to explorations in Middle Eastern and neo-classical styles, Reed's music embraces familiar sounds in a fresh and original way. His jaw-dropping skill and unrivalled musical creativity make for a mind-blowing live performance. Visit Preston's website here.

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 


Sarah Harmer

May 4, 2019 | 7 pm

Sarah Harmer was born in Burlington, Ontario. She credits its forests and fields with her development as a songwriter and singer.  As a teenager she sang with country rockers The Saddletramps and went on to form the rock band Weeping Tile while going to university in Kingston, Ontario. Weeping Tile released three albums and toured widely in Canada and the U.S.

Sarah recorded her first solo album ‘You Were Here’ in 2000. Her debut was lovingly received and led to extensive touring. Over the next three album releases she received and Polaris and Juno nominations, and two Juno awards for All Of Our Names (2004) album and Escarpment Blues (2006) tour documentary.

In 2005 Sarah helped form the citizen group PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) to raise awareness about the devastation of quarries to the Niagara Escarpment, the UNESCO World Biosphere in southern Ontario where she grew up. For eight years PERL worked tirelessly to see that the ecosystems and water sources were protected from new mining proposals. In 2012 an application for a large quarry on Mount Nemo in the heart of the escarpment was denied.

Through music and active engagement Sarah has learned the power of community and song. She is currently writing songs for a new album and performing a few shows in Canada with her band - this is a rare opportunity to see Sarah live, visit her website here. The opening act for this performance will be announced closer to our show date.

Tickets for this show are $45 in advance and $50 at the door available online at the link below or in person at Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office and the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg and Rurban Brewing in Cornwall. Cash only sales at our vendors, and please check their websites for their hours. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are ordering online, tickets will be mailed to you (except in the final week before a show date, we will hold these for pick up at the door). Please note, online sales close the day prior to shows, whether or not we are sold out. Shows that are sold out will be posted here and on our Facebook page - otherwise come on out and get your tickets at the door, even last minute decisions can be great decisions!

 

 


Get Out to As Much Live Music as You Can this Season With These Pass Options:

The Full Season - All Eight Shows for $150 - that's a $30 savings!

This is your biggest savings, and it's a lot of music for $150!

 


First Four - $60

This is a $10 savings off the advanced price of the first four shows in our season - that's October 6th with William Prince, November 3rd with Stef Paquette, January 19th with Tanika Charles & the Wonderfuls and our Intimate Acoustics Lineup on February 9th!

 


Second Four - $100

This is a $10 savings off the second four shows in our season - that's Birds of Chicago on March 2nd, Rosie & the Riveters on March 23rd, Preston Reed on April 13th and our closing show of the season on May 4th with Sarah Harmer!

 


Pick 3 - Pick any 3 $20 Shows for $55

Pick any three of our $20 shows for $55. That's October 6th with William Prince; November 3rd with Stef Paquette; January 19 with Tanika Charles & the Wonderfuls; March 23rd with Rosie & the Riveters; and, April 13th with Preston Reed. This pass option is only available online or at our ticket window on the evening of shows (it is not available at any of our vendors). If you're ordering online, make sure to tell us which three shows you want.

 


Previous Shows!

The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has welcomed many great artists to Morrisburg, including William Prince, Scott Cook, Harry Manx, Rik Emmett, Rose Cousins, The East Pointers, Dione Taylor & the Backsliderz, Jack Pine, Lilah Woods, Bentley Young, Christine Brady, Nathanael Larochette, Jessica Pearson & the East Wind, The O'Pears, Moonfruits, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Kinnie Starr, Tara Holloway, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Beatty, Coco Love Alcorn, Supernatural Buffalo, Brighid Fry, Joe Hehir, the David Eves Band, Union Duke, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Andy McKee, Pamela Cumming, The Small Glories, Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Sweet Alibi, Mike Celia, Jordie Lane, Clare Reynolds, Annie Sumi, Suzie Vinnick, Irish Mythen, Danielle Miraglia, Bruce Cockburn, Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything, Braden Phalen, Mira Meikle, Sons of Gord, Kristine St-Pierre, Kev Corbett, Kellylee Evans, Don Ross and Calum Graham, Madison Violet, Sam Cash, Alex Vissia, Paul Harrison, Julie Corrigan, Sarah Beatty, Lindsey Walker, The Rhondas, Chic Gamine, Tracy Lalonde, Harry Manx, The Young Novelists, Nick Sherman, Winnie Brave, Carolina Hum, Jesse Ferguson, Isabelle Delage, Jazmine Wykes, Zoë & the Lost Boys, Shakura S'Aida, Adrian Legg, Christopher Thompson, Babes4Breasts, Great Lake Swimmers, The Musettes, Chuck Leclair, Tricia Brubacher, Sam Boer, Emma Phillips, Mandee Woods, Dan Barkley, Digging Roots, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Melanie Brulée, Old Man Luedecke, Maneli Jamal, Amy Campbell, Ben Turcotte, Stephanie Coleman, Jamie Heath, Amanda Bon, Keegan Larose, Claude Plamondon, Garnet Rogers, Shawna Caspi, The 24th Street Wailers, Ian Sherwood & Coco Love Alcorn, Shane Koyczan, Tone Cluster, Roxanne Delage, Don Tuttle, Donna LeClair, Jenny Berkel, Ewen McIntosh,Laurence Juber, Brandon Roderick New Country Rehab, Amelia Curran, Jill Zmud, Natalia Zukerman, Awna Teixeira, Ian Sabourin and Alex Boyd, Christina Tracy, Douglas Poirier, Gen Lacroix, Binaeshee-Quae, Kunundrum, Evalyn Parry's SPIN, Terra Hazelton, Kevin Fox, David Simard, Catherine MacLellan, Jadea Kelly, Fraser Anderson, Tara Holloway, Ambre McLean, the Crooked Brothers, Manitoba Hal,Graham Greer, Ben Henriques, Del Barber, Serena Ryder, Matt Longo, Nancy Beaudette, Chris MacLean, Annabelle Chvostek, Layah Jane, J.D. Edwards, Twilight Hotel, Jason Fowler, Po’ Girl, Girlyman, Lynn Miles, Easy Pickins', Trio Bruxo, Jim Tidman with special guest Paul Langlois, Daniel Bolshoy, Melissa Ferrick, Roland Hunter,Andrea Simms-Karp, Andrew Aguiar, Bruce Cicarelli, the Derek Jones Band, The General Electryk, Sara Murphy, Callie Piticco, Matt MacDonald, Mallory Krock, Tracy Lalonde, Japhy Sullivan and many more.