Concerts

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Upcoming Concerts

BALL & CHAIN and the WRECKERS

 Vintage Country    December

Ball and Chain and the Wreckers is a 5 piece band that has been playing vintage country tunes (Hank, George, Ray Price, ..) at clubs and festivals locally and across the continent for over 15 years. Their claim: “We can keep you dancing till closing time and when you’re done, we’ll wrap you up in Vintage Country Comfort and then set you up with a soundtrack for when you’re counting sheep.”

The players – the local crème de la crème of country music: Michael Ball (fiddle, vocals, mandolin), Jody Benjamin aka Chain, (guitar, vocals) and The Wreckers - Fred Guignon (lead guitar, lap steel), Derek Jeffrey (bass), Robert Bangs (drums, vocals).

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SIDE BY SIDE In Concert.   December

SIDE BY SIDE is a lively musical team featuring Maureen Quinn McGovern accompanied by John McGovern. With years of experience, proven talent and performance expertise SIDE BY SIDE presents warm, entertaining shows featuring songs from the Great American Songbook, Broadway musicals, Canadian classics, folk songs and seasonal favourites. The McGoverns continue the traditions of SIDE BY SIDE’s founders, Mary Frances, Kay Denison and the late Bill Luxton.

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TONY D in Concert.  November

Tony D (Diteodoro), guitarist for Juno award winning band MonkeyJunk, has been laying it down for over thirty years. MonkeyJunk has amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards). 

At the age of thirteen, Tony began his musical journey on the guitar. Learning mostly in the  blues, rock jazz stylings. From Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to Albert King to Wes Montgomery and all the points in between .

At the age of nineteen, Tony was given the opportunity to play rhythm guitar, for three days, for the legendary Buddy Guy. Years later he had the prestigious opening slot for the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan at Ottawa’s NAC.

In the early nineties having taken a trip to Europe and securing a record deal out of Holland, Tony became one of the first Canadian blues musicians to tour Europe. In 2019 (during the pandemic) Tony released his latest project, SPEAK NO EVIL, a compilation of instrumentals that span his career. 

The Blues and anything that falls under that umbrella being his first love, but Tony D has also explored various forms of music. Flamenco became another obsession and after studying the form for two years he joined a troupe which made him write pseudo-flamenco and Spanish rhythm instrumentals which he still plays today in his solo shows.

From The delta to the desert it all comes from places of devotion, musical devotion.

“Basically, I’m like Lightnin’ Hopkins with an electric guitar"


 
NEW SHOWS ON MACAW


Ian Tamblyn in Concert
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Ian Tamblyn has been a working musician since 1972. He has released dozens of albums of his work as well as acting as producer for many other artists.  Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written fourteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks.

Mr. Tamblyn has received several awards and nominations. In 2012, Ian was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding and creative work in the Canadian Arctic. He has been awarded the Estelle Klein and Helen Verger Awards for his contributions to Canadian folk music; he has a honorary doctorate from Lakehead University, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University and was voted English Songwriter of the Year in 2010 by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, amongst other awards and nominations in the music and theatre world.

Ian's songs have been covered by numerous artists and there is a tribute album of his work entitled Coastline of our Dreams featuring artists like Lynn Miles, Susan Crowe, Hart Rouge and Valdy.  

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Previous Shows Available to View Anytime

KEITH GLASS BAND

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The sound of Keith Glass Band can best be described as rock and roll - with all that term encompasses: R&B, country, folk, blues, rock - all fused into Keith’s original songs. Keith is singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, bass), producer, and a founding member of Prairie Oyster, often cited as the country’s foremost roots/country band, and a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Keith is also a recipient of a SOCAN Songwriter’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The other talented and experienced members of the band are Alistair Dennett, Steve Trecarten and Mike Turenne.

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Sneezy Waters 

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MACAW welcomes Sneezy Waters accompanied by Ann Downey and Vince Halfhide for a series of four short concert shows.

Sneezy Waters began performing in Ottawa coffeehouses in his late teens and was a member of several local rock bands, including The Children (which included Bruce Cockburn) and A Rosewood Daydream, appearing with the latter at Expo '70, in Osaka, Japan. Taking the stage name Sneezy Waters he performed during the 1970s as a street musician in Ottawa and appeared as a soloist and with his Excellent Band at folk festivals and nightclubs elsewhere in the country.Sneezy has toured extensively in Canada (including several Arctic communities), Japan, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand, India, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. He cites influences as far flung as Woody Guthrie, Frank Zappa, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Lennon, and Willie P. Bennett. From 1977 to 1990, he assumed the role of Hank Williams in the runaway hit Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave. The play portrays an 'imaginary concert' that the legendary US country singer might have given New Year's Eve 1952 in Canton, Ohio, had he not died en route. It was premiered in November 1977 at the Beacon Arms Hotel, Ottawa, and then presented on tour throughout Canada and in the USA until 1982. It was also staged at the O Kanada cultural exhibition in Berlin in 1983. Waters gave some 300 stage performances as Williams, and also appeared in the film adaptation of the show, a made-for-Canadian-TV-movie that first aired 31 December 1980.The show toured throughout Canada and the United States, and was part of O Kanada, a Canadian cultural festival in Berlin. The movie version of the play garnered rave reviews. In 1984. Waters received the Best Actor Award in the 3rd Festival International du Film Musical in Grenoble, France, for his role as Hank Williams. The film was also nominated for the best country motion picture in the 19th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.[4] He has been featured on many network radio and television shows including This Country in the Morning, The Entertainers, Variety Tonight, Let's Sing Out, The Family Brown Show, Café Hibou, Canada After Dark, The Bob McLean Show, Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show, Ninety Minutes Live, The Alan Thicke Show, The Tommy Hunter Show, The Twilight Zone ("Love Is Blind") and Super Country Superstars.He has shared the stage with a number of musicians, including Joan Armatrading, John Hammond Jr., Roy Orbison, and Martin Mull.[4] He performed a number of concerts with fiddler Zeke Mazurek in Mt. Tabor.[5] Sneezy Waters was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1997.

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The Dueling Pianos

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Dave Kalil, Tyler Kealey and Todd Huckabone have been a staple of the music scene in Ottawa known as the Duelling Pianos. Their musical ability and interactive personalities have captivated audiences since they formed the group in 2002.

With both Dave and Tyler at the keyboards, they are held together by Todd on guitar to form a solid show of endless classic hits spanning several decades of music. Playing a blend of requests from the audience, blistering guitar and piano solos, three part harmonies, and random comedic impromptu moments, their show has won over the crowds they perform for time after time.

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PAT MOORE AND THE QUARENTEENOS

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Pat Moore delights us with this great concert  airing in four  half hour  Show sets, accompanied by well known musicians Roland Doucet, Bruce Baker and Nick Gauthier.   

 

Pat Moore’s voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad, as it is to an up-tempo power song. She moves easily from the storytelling of the singer/songwriter genre, to the lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she grew up in a house filled with music, from show tunes to Peter, Paul, & Mary, and Gordon Lightfoot; and later jazz masters like Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs. As a young girl she would sing harmonies with her sisters while doing the supper dishes – songs from the Momas and Papas, and Simon and Garfunkel. Pat continues to write, and performs solo, and in various combinations with members of the Vinyl Frontier – Pat McLaughlin, Ann Downey, Al Bragg, and Alistair Dennett. She has also returned to bluegrass, with the resurrected Maple Hill Bluegrass. P.S.: Pat is also the creator and producer of the (annual) Ottawa Opry in support of Amnesty International, as well as producing and presenting the annual Christmas GOOSE concert in aid of the Ottawa Food Bank. Pat is also the author of a not-for-profit children's book, Clean Water for Lukong, published in 2011. MACAW thanks Pat and her ensemble of musicians for this wonderful concert Pat Moore Web Page. http://www.patmoore.net/

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Shawn Tavenier with Nick Gauthier  In Concert Show 1

Shawn Tavenier with Nick Gauthier are Ottawa area musicians who have played in many local venues for a number of years. The man at the helm, singer-songwriter-guitarist Shawn Tavenier. His right-hand man of the last six years, PEI native Nick Gauthier, chimes in on vocal harmonies and some beautiful guitar fills to accompany Shawn’s more rhythm-styled playing. The two become embroiled in a swirl of folk, rock, country, and rootsy goodness as they spill seamlessly through a combination of Shawn's compositions and cover tunes.

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Vince Halfhide In Concert Show 2:

MACAW is pleased to present this second concert featuring Vince Halfhide. Vince is known as a long-time fixture on the Ottawa blues and roots and an engaging singer-songwriter who draws from wide-ranging sources. With over 4 decades in the music business he has been lead guitar for blues/reggae bands including Heaven’s Radio, The Toasted Westerns, The Jivewires, Andrea (Karam) And The Fun Guys, as well as The Might Popo.

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This is our second feature show with Matt Chaffey. Matt is a Canadian singer, multi/multi instrumentalist with a rich, soulful voice and powerful delivery who has been performing for 2 decades. Through collaboration with Austin natives the Texas Horns and fronting his own group The Split he is known as a dynamic performer comfortable expressing himself through many styles and sounds. He co wrote songs for the Canadian blues group Monkeyjunk on the ABC television show “The Rookie.” Matt new recording Strange Reflection will be available in January 2021.

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Ros'n Rob Show 2:

Rosalyn Dennett and Rob McLaren are a husband-and-wife fiddle/banjo duo that draw upon years of combined experience playing all varieties of roots music within the Canadian folk music community to influence their eclectic mix of instrumental and sung material. While Rosalyn grew up steeped in the Irish fiddle tradition and later became immersed in the old-time Appalachian style, Rob cut his teeth in bluegrass and country rock bands in Toronto. Together, they apply their instrumental prowess and tight harmonies to a deep bag of fiddle tunes, original songs, and folk music from a variety of sources.

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Suzie V and Tony D  "Home on the Road"  Show 2:

Suzie Vinnick (Toronto, Ontario), 10 time Maple Blues Award winner, 3 time Juno Nominee and Tony D (Ottawa, Ontario), guitarist for Juno award winning band, MonkeyJunk, are back with the second show of their concert for your enjoyment. If you missed the first show it is also available below.

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 MACAW Christmas Concert Special:  

Join us for this great concert collection of Christmas themed performances by our great artists who are performing in current and future concerts on the MACAW YouTube channel. We thank Terry McGovern and his video sound and lighting crew for producing these great video concerts. We thank the performers TRiPOD, Vince Halfhide, Matt Chaffey, Suzie V and Tony D, and Ros and Rob for supporting the vision of MACAW by sharing their talent with our viewers. Please enjoy and share with all your friends and family to brighten their holidays.

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Suzie V and Tony D  "Home on the Road"   Show 1:

Suzie Vinnick (Toronto, Ontario), 10 time Maple Blues Award winner, 3 time Juno Nominee and Tony D (Ottawa, Ontario), guitarist for Juno award winning band, MonkeyJunk, with whom he also amassed 20 Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, are teaming up to bring their decades of making music together for a special show in Manotick, Ontario. Suzie and Tony first met in 1990 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when they were both hired to play for a mutual friend, Back Alley John. The pairing sparked a musical connection that would see them form a band and tour across the country for a couple of years. They went to to other successful projects over the last 27 years, however, their musical connection continues and when they find themselves sharing a stage it is nothing short of magic.

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Ros'n Rob Show 1:  

Rosalyn Dennett and Rob McLaren are a husband-and-wife fiddle/banjo duo that draw upon years of combined experience playing all varieties of roots music within the Canadian folk music community to influence their eclectic mix of instrumental and sung material. While Rosalyn grew up steeped in the Irish fiddle tradition and later became immersed in the old-time Appalachian style, Rob cut his teeth in bluegrass and country rock bands in Toronto. Together, they apply their instrumental prowess and tight harmonies to a deep bag of fiddle tunes, original songs, and folk music from a variety of sources.

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Matt is a Canadian singer, multi/multi instrumentalis with a rich, soulful voice and powerful delivery who has been performing for 2 decades. Through collaboration with Austin natives the Texas Horns and fronting his own group The Split he is known as a dynamic performer comfortable expressing himself through many styles and sounds. He co wrote songs for the Canadian blues group Monkeyjunk on the ABC television show “The Rookie.” Matt new recording Strange Reflection will be available in January 2021.

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Vince Halfhide In Concert Show 1:

MACAW is pleased to present this concert featuring Vince Halfhide. Vince is known as a long-time fixture on the Ottawa blues and roots and an engaging singer-songwriter who draws from wide-ranging sources. With over 4 decades in the music business he has been lead guitar for blues/reggae bands including Heaven’s Radio, The Toasted Westerns, The Jivewires, Andrea (Karam) And The Fun Guys, as well as The Might Popo. Vince received a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award – Best Group, World Music for the CD Muhazi. His most recent CD eponymously named Vince Halfhide is a collection of 12 well-crafted original songs mostly in folk and acoustic blues veins. One of the most compelling of the folk-styled songs is “Teizo’s Song” a ballad from the perspective of an immigrant to Canada from Japan in 1910 who worked hard to build a like for himself and his family only to have it taken away during World War II. Others include “Sleepy Little Town” a gentle song that captures the scene in a quiet place far removed from urban life and “The Junk Man’s Singing,” a character study featuring nice fiddling by Rosalyn Dennett.

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TRiPOD  We Are Family  Show 1 and Show 2:

The family that plays together...makes memories together. Kathryn Briggs, Terry Tufts and daughter Beth Tufts have all made music for most of their lives.  From stages to studios, teaching, performing, music has been the central thread in the weave of TRiPOD’s eclectic tapestry. Terry is an award-winning singer-songwriter, finger-style guitarist who has performed with countless greats as well as being a solo artist. Kathryn began her musical life quietly, learning piano from several gifted and eclectic teachers who instilled in her a love of music and a passion for sharing it with others.  She began teaching at 18 and it wasn’t until she met Terry in 1997 that she started to perform. Beth literally sang her way through her public-school years. As she grew, her musical horizons grew too … she played violin, piano and lots of guitar. Then as the family made its way across Canada during Spring 2018, an offer to play together as a trio presented itself and TRiPOD was formed. TRiPOD brings audiences a wildly eclectic mix of original music and cover tunes with passion, joy and a whole lot of fun.

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