Our 2023 -24 Season!


Les Rats d'Swompe with Special Guest Claude Plamondon

March 2, 2024 | 7 pm

Originally from Northern and Eastern Ontario, Les Rats d'Swompe are proud French Canadians, brought together to introduce people to the sound of the traditional violin, the call and response songs and the musicality of yesteryear. Based in Ottawa, Les Rats d'Swompe are five plaid lumberjacks who take the stage to fuse elements of rock, traditional, pop and punk. These young but experienced musicians are one of the few groups to bring Franco-Ontarian folklore to life. A high energy act that will make you want to sing and dance. Visit Les Rats d'Swompe's website here.

Opening this show is local fan favourite Claude Plamondon!

 

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance (+ online fees) or $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available online only through the Eventbrite Link below. Your ticket will be delivered to you via email. If shows are sold out, we will post that information here and on our Facebook page, otherwise you should assume you can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, credit card or debit for day of show sales.

All seating at our shows is general admission - which means you will choose your seat on arrival. There isn't a bad seat in the house, but if you would like to be close to the front we recommend arriving at least half an hour before show time.

The Upper Canada Playhouse is a fully accessible venue - we will reserve seats for those who need access to wheelchair or walker spaces. Please email us at info@st-lawrencestage.com immediately before or after you have purchased your tickets so that we can ensure the space is reserved for you.

ONLINE SALES CLOSE AT 6 PM, BUT WE'RE NOT SOLD OUT, THERE WILL BE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR THIS SHOW


 

Lloyd Spiegel with Special Guest Emma Lamontagne

March 23, 2024 | 7 pm

 

Blending blues with soul and folk, Australian blues musician Lloyd Spiegel’s musical flair is an emotional and visual roller coaster. His masterful command of the guitar, both dynamic and expressive, works in tandem with his powerful, full-bodied vocals to deliver a show full to the brim with dazzling technical wizardry, grounded storytelling and wicked humour.

He is a 14 X Australian Blues Award winner and has toured the globe for 30 of his 40 years  with frequent visits to Europe, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.  Whether performing original numbers or honouring those who have inspired him, Spiegel’s deep connection to the blues and profound respect for its traditions are at the core of everything he does while he also etches his own mark on the genre. Get ready for a truly unique performance that reinvents the genre and dispels the clichés associated with the Blues. Visit Lloyd's website here.

Opening this show is Emma Lamontagne, who graced our stage in an Intimate Acoustics lineup last year and made a whole lot of new fans in Morrisburg! Emma was born in Kingston and is now based in Ottawa. Her very first performance landed a recording deal in a contest put on by the Ottawa Bluesfest. The teenager at the time went on to achieve close to half-million streams for the song, but she wasn’t happy with the electronic-pop direction her sound was going, so she took a break and came back with the sound she wants: lyric-focused folk-pop. Emma is also known for her hilarious between-song banter, with one fan writing "You may have a career as a comedian who is also a singer OR a singer who is also a comedian.” Check out Emma's website here.

 

 

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance (+ online fees) or $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available online only through the Eventbrite Link below. Your ticket will be delivered to you via email. If shows are sold out, we will post that information here and on our Facebook page, otherwise you should assume you can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, credit card or debit for day of show sales.

All seating at our shows is general admission - which means you will choose your seat on arrival. There isn't a bad seat in the house, but if you would like to be close to the front we recommend arriving at least half an hour before show time.

The Upper Canada Playhouse is a fully accessible venue - we will reserve seats for those who need access to wheelchair or walker spaces. Please email us at info@st-lawrencestage.com immediately before or after you have purchased your tickets so that we can ensure the space is reserved for you.

 

 

 


Guitar Workshop with Lloyd Spiegel!

March 23, 2024 | 2-4 pm
UNLOCKING THE BLUES GUITAR


What we love about our favourite guitarists is that their style is entirely unique. In this Blues guitar crash course, Lloyd Spiegel gives you the keys to unlock the fretboard and open doors to your personal Blues guitar journey through techniques, patterns, tips and tricks he’s picked up in his 30 years of performing.

From soloing to finger-picking, speed to vibrato. Lloyd has you covered.
Lloyd is a 14 X Australian Blues Award winner and has toured the globe with frequent visits to Europe, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. He has a deep connection and profound respect for the traditions of the blues, while he also etches his own mark on the genre. Most of all: Lloyd loves sharing what he knows with with others. This is a fabulous opportunity to spend a couple of hours with a blues great, whether you've been playing for years or are just starting out.

All levels are welcome. No theory required.

Tickets for this workshop are $25, available at the link below.


 

Julian Taylor with Special Guest Mia Kelly

April 13, 2024 | 7 pm

Julian Taylor is a Toronto-based, award-winning singer-songwriter, radio host, and label owner. Over the course of his esteemed career, which spans 20-plus years as the leader of Staggered Crossing, Julian Taylor Band, and his solo work, Julian has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours. His 2020 LP, The Ridge, earned two Juno Award nominations, along with a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards for Solo Artist and English Songwriter of the Year, five Native American Music Award nominations, plus a nomination for Canada’s most prestigious music accolade, the Polaris Music Prize.

Julian's new album, Beyond the Reservoir, released  October 14, 2022 includes the singles “Seeds” , “Wide Awake” and “Opening the Sky”” that builds on the soul-folk sound and autobiographical themes first explored on The Ridge. Julian received a 2023 Juno nomination for Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year and most recently he has been nominated by CMA Ontario for Roots Artist of the Year. Visit Julian's website here.

 

 

 

 

 

Opening this show is Gatineau-based Mia Kelly - she's an alum of our Intimate Acoustics series and is known as a poetic lyricist with a powerful and versatile voice. Mia has been super busy since we last saw her in our (pre-Covid) lineup! She released her first album Garden Through the War in 2022, an album that received recognition from the SOCAN Foundation and was nominated for Album of The Year at the Folk Music Awards 2023. Kelly was also awarded Emerging Artist of the Year by Culture Outaouais, was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and represented Canada as a finalist at the 2023 Jeux De La Francophonie in Kinshasa. Visit Mia's website here.

 

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance (+ online fees) or $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available online only through the Eventbrite Link below. Your ticket will be delivered to you via email. If shows are sold out, we will post that information here and on our Facebook page, otherwise you should assume you can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, credit card or debit for day of show sales.

All seating at our shows is general admission - which means you will choose your seat on arrival. There isn't a bad seat in the house, but if you would like to be close to the front we recommend arriving at least half an hour before show time.

The Upper Canada Playhouse is a fully accessible venue - we will reserve seats for those who need access to wheelchair or walker spaces. Please email us at info@st-lawrencestage.com immediately before or after you have purchased your tickets so that we can ensure the space is reserved for you.

 

 

 


Digging Roots

May 4, 2024 | 7 pm


Digging Roots breathe life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists and change-makers. For over a decade, two-time JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have traveled the world with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinaabe and Onkwehón:we traditions of round dance and interconnectedness. As Roots Music Canada says, the band is "...badass, empowering and hopeful all at the same time."


Digging Roots takes you on a journey through tall grass, sweet waters and unconditional love in a joyous and powerful celebration on their 4th album Zhawenim (2022). Led by the electrifying current of husband-and-wife team, ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta, the 6-piece band responds to a majestic and spiritual call from ShoShona’s earthy vocals and Raven’s exhilarating guitar mastery through a fusion of blues, soul and rock n’roll. For long time fans or new audiences, their constantly evolving live show opens a space, wherever they may be in the world, for healing, compassion, unconditional love and Baamaadziwin (the good life). Constantly interweaving between drum culture and guitar dialects, Raven and ShoShona were raised in cultural families that have continued to resist oppression and colonialism. Visit Digging Roots' website here.

The opening act for this show will be announced closer to the performance date.

Tickets for this show are $35 in advance (+ online fees) or $40 at the door. Advance tickets are available online only through the Eventbrite Link below. Your ticket will be delivered to you via email. If shows are sold out, we will post that information here and on our Facebook page, otherwise you should assume you can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, credit card or debit for day of show sales.

All seating at our shows is general admission - which means you will choose your seat on arrival. There isn't a bad seat in the house, but if you would like to be close to the front we recommend arriving at least half an hour before show time.

The Upper Canada Playhouse is a fully accessible venue - we will reserve seats for those who need access to wheelchair or walker spaces. Please email us at info@st-lawrencestage.com immediately before or after you have purchased your tickets so that we can ensure the space is reserved for you.


 

 

 



 

Previous Shows!

The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has welcomed many great artists to Morrisburg! Check them out! You will find links on (most of) the posters below.