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!

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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.

A Showcase, A Fundraiser, and an Album Launch

Hey trespassers, this here’s the latest Jimmyriggers blog. The sun’s beating down, won’t beat for long, so let’s hit the pile.

May 2 – Divan Orange – The Jimmyriggers + The Dirt Cheap Winos + No Family

We got word last night that No Family had broken up, citing either irreconcilable differences or lack of federal orphanage funding. And while the breakup is no longer a mere rumour, they have nevertheless decided to take the stage one last time. Good on them! Their bluegrass stylings are the perfect intro for what will surely be as complete a roots rock show as you will ever see.

The Dirt Cheap Winos put the blues in bluegrass, with tasty riffs that counterpoint Aly Neumann’s melancholic melodies. With the just right touch accordion, and a solid backbeat provided by one of Montreal’s best batteries in Mat Lacombe and Andrew Blakney, this band has a license to write nothing but ear worms.

The show will close with our own brand of electric rock twang. We’re going to headline with an all-original set this time. Not a single cover song. Think we can do it? Of course we can, don’t be ridiculous. We’ll also be filming this show with the help of our friend Roy. Come be a part of it. The doors open at 9:30 and the show starts at 10:00.

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May 3 – Hurley’s Irish Pub – An Evening for Gary Carter

We are honoured to be a part of this event which is hoping to raise as much as $10,000 for the Sarah Cook Fund at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Event organizer Dave Kaufman of TSN 990 has put together a great line up of bands that includes Annakin Slayd, The Blushing Brides, Joseph Kearns, and Kristen Bussandri. While that alone is worth the price of admission, there will also be a silent auction. The big prize up for grabs is a package that includes two return trip tickets to Toronto courtesy of VIA Rail, tickets to see the Blue Jays face the Yankees, and a night at the four-star Grand Hotel. Sounds tempting, but I’m pretty sure that we’re going to pool our band money and bid on the keg being offered by Hurley’s Irish Pub.

Tickets cost $30 and there are still some available at the downstairs bar at Hurley’s. The party starts at 7:30 pm and ends when they kick us out.

Our sincere thanks to the Montreal Gazette for promoting this event on their blog. Click the image to below to read the article.

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May 4 – Cabaret du Mile End – Ol’ Savannah CD Release

Our friends Ol’ Savannah have finished their new album, Underneath the Old Red Barn, and are set to launch it into the ether this Friday night at Cabaret du Mile End.

There’s really nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said by the band in their recent interview with MontrealLive.ca. Click here to read it.

Special guests include Richard King Rigby, Gern f and Felicity of the former United Steel Workers of Montreal, and The Unsettlers. Considering how much whiskey the aforementioned have been known to drink at such events, this night will most likely be nothing short of legendary. Click the image below to RSVP.

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For the time being, Underneath the Old Red Barn can only be purchased at the CD launch. Though I’m sure it will soon be up on Ol’ Savannah’s Bandcamp page. It’s a beautiful record, and worth your time to listen to it.

Enjoy your week everybody, and see you at the shows!