5 down, 5 to go

It’s a beautiful day in Windsor. Victoria Day. The unofficial kick off to Canadian Summer. And what a start! We are halfway through our latest tour of Ontario. Five shows down, five to go, with a few surprises left up our sleeves. Such as …

Despite a scheduling error, we ended up booking a tenth show. On Tuesday May 22 come see us at the Dakota Tavern. We will be opening up for The Swamp Yankees, and City TV will be there to film us. I’m still not sure when the footage will air, but as soon as we find out we will let you know.

On Wednesday we drive back to Kitchener to film a spot for the regional CTV program The Beat which will air on Saturday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

And don’t forget to come see us at the Double B Ranch in Woodstock on Friday May 25, and at The Toucan in Kingston on Saturday May 26. The other shows we’re playing in Toronto are still listed on our Shows page.

And in case you’re wondering how we’ve been doing so far through the first five shows, here are a few videos taken at the Elmdale House Tavern in Ottawa, and at the Phog Lounge in Windsor (there will be photos uploaded to our Facebook Page upon our return):

Have a great week everybody!

P.S. We have an incredible team working with and supporting us over the course of this tour, and we cannot thank them enough. First and foremost among them is the fifth Jimmyrigger, working the phone lines behind the scenes, contacting all of the media and press on our behalf. He even drove out to Ottawa to see us at the Elmdale last Thursday night. I can’t name him just yet, but he knows who he is and we want to let him know how appreciative we are of all his hard work.

Some people we can thank by name are:
Peterborough: Matt and Trevor at the MoHo, Kendall Sullivan for sharing the stage with us, and our old friends Jessica, Steve, and Marty for keeping us company post-show, and the staff at Trent Radio;
Ottawa: Nat, Ginette, and Mike at the Elmdale House Tavern, and Kat for being so inviting to both us and Miss Quincy, and Martha and Richard at CKCU;
Kitchener: Alan and Joseph at the L Lounge, the Steves and Graeme, and the ol’ standbys Mary and Marty;
Sarnia: Leo and Bobi-Jo at Coffee Lodge, Mary-Helen at John’s Diner, and Jennifer at Ups and Downs, you were all incredibly hospitable and sold us on Sarnia, and Matt McNeill on K106.3;
Windsor: Tom and Joe at The Phog, every member of The Locusts Have No King, particularly Tara Watts for being such a wonderful hostess (our doors are always open to you in Montreal), and Allison Brown on CJAM.

Ten Nights in Ontario

So other than the occasional show here and there in Ottawa and Toronto, we really haven’t spent all that much time in Ontario since we released “I Stand in the Weeds“. I think it’s about time we fix that.

From May 16th to the 26th we’ll be playing almost every night in Peterborough, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Woodstock, Kingston, and a couple of other cities to be named later (or sooner).

The details are up on our Shows page and will remain there throughout the tour, but we’ll post them here for good measure. So without further ado, or much fanfare, here’s our tour schedule:

Ten Nights in Ontario

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We’re very excited to be going out on the road again. We’ve been having a lot of fun on our recent road trips to Sherbrooke, Ottawa, and Toronto, and are looking forward to being back in some fantastic venues like the Phog, Mitzi’s Sister, and the Elmdale. We have some pretty amazing supporting acts too, including The Locusts Have No King in Windsor, The Tom Savage Trio in Kingston, Miss Quincy in Ottawa, and in Toronto, a certain little classic country outfit known as The Marshalls

We also can’t wait to take to the stage at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, where so many of our favourite artists have performed, most notably The United Steel Workers of Montreal, and Bob Log III, to name but a few that come to mind … Oh, and Blue Rodeo.

So there you go. We’re touring through Ontario as of next week! Please let everyone you know in the cities listed above that we’ll be visiting them real soon.

Have a great week everybody!


PS – Last week we played at Hurley’s Irish Pub at an event called “An Evening for Gary Carter“. A lot has been said about it already on Facebook and Twitter, so there really isn’t much more to say. But it must be acknowleged here on our blog. We would like to congratulate Dave Kaufman for organizing such an amazing event. We helped him surpass his goal of $10,000 for the Sarah Cook Fund at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Thank you, Dave, for all of your hard work, and for letting us close the night with Jeremy Taggart of Our Lady Peace playing drums with us. And thank you to everyone who came out and took part in the silent auction and the raffle. It would not have been a success if not for you.