A rare opportunity to experience back-to-back performances from two of Canada’s finest songwriters. Both artists have recently released albums on Toronto’s Borealis Records and have been topping the folk/roots music charts.
Jon Brooks www.jonbrooks.ca
Jon Brooks writes songs to calm those who’ve looked into and seen what is in their hearts; he also writes songs to terrify those who’ve not. Jon has the dubious honour of owning the record for the most nominations from the Canadian Folk Music Awards in the category of English Songwriter of the Year (2007/2009/2012/2015). In 2010 he became the 4th Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious New Folk Award at Kerrville Folk Festival. His sixth and latest album, No One Travels Alone, (Borealis, September 2018) is a meditation on the atomic, the digital, the animals, the environment, the unknown Gods, and the stars; and, more essentially: on the interconnectedness of all life – hence, the title and the linkages between the songs by last and first lines. No One Travels Alone is the first example in popular music of an album written in circular, corona form.
“A songwriter with a rare gift for the poetic.” (Kerry Doole, Exclaim!)
Chris Ronald www.chrisronald.com
Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music is “on the folk side of Americana.” Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at age 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after emigrating to Canada from England. In recent years, Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” have won him numerous accolades including a nomination for English Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his Timeline album. 2017 saw Ronald’s fourth album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis Records ahead of national and international tour dates. In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician to deliver a unique and captivating show.
“Essential listening from an artist who needs to be more widely heard.” (Justin Stone, Roots & Blues Radio)