Lavigne Tavern

 



September 22-23, 2017.  Virgin Tweed.
Virgin Tweed packs a punch of loud, classic rock n' roll of the past and some more recent, with the sole intention to entertain and sustain a powerful sound not to soon be forgotten.

Sudbury musician Virgin Tweed

September 28, 2017.  Valdy.  Tickets $15 available at the Tavern

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he's a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.


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Valdy's recent CDs include "Contenders", a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, "Viva Valdy: Live at Last", a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

One of Canada's most influential songwriters, Valdy's composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones ( he sang lead on the recording!). Play Me a Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf.

Along the way, Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas. His recent television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike Bullard. Valdy has also been a panelist on Front Page Challenge, and played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.

Today, he is based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, three dogs and a large cat. All three children are grown, flown and doing famously living in or near Vancouver, or Colorado.

* 14 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, nearly half a million units sold worldwide.

* 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno nominations (Country Male Vocalist & Folksinger).

* "Songwriter of the Year" and CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories.

* Host of "BC Music Project" music video show, winner of the 1989 Gold Ribbon Talent Development Award.

* TV talk show guest (Open Mic w/ Mike Bullard Feb.'01, Canada AM Feb.'01) and occasional guest/host

*Twice was a panelist on the popular Front Page Challenge

* CBC simulcast (TV w/ Radio 2 stereo), an hour-long TV special "Folksinger Deluxe with a Side of Fries".

*Lead role on "The Beachcombers", minor roles in 2 movie features.

*Valdy has toured, and still does tour, in America, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Valdy is an oft-invited performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

*Song writing workshops. Movie sound tracks, TV and film scores. CD producer.


September 30, 2017.  Emily Burgess Solo.

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Born in Toronto in 1987, Emily Burgess has been a professional touring musician since graduating with honours from the Humber College music program at the age of 22. Highly regarded as one of Canada's finest emerging guitarists, Emily has begun to develop a style all her own.

After 5 years as guitarist for the Juno-nominated 24th Street Wailers, with whom she played hundreds of shows across Canada, the U.S, and France, Emily has continued to write, perform and continuously hone her craft.  Currently touring and performing with The Weber Brothers across Canada and her various solo projects.


October 11, 2017.  Soirée francophone


October 21, 2017.  Mimi O'Bonasawin Band


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MIMI: NEW MUSIC FROM AN OLD SOUL

Mimi has been performing music since the young age of 7 years old when she performed the national anthem at the parliament of Canada for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. From there, she began establishing her own events as well as participating in local telethons and talent shows. Inspired by her roots as an indigenous and French-Canadian woman, she began writing at the age of 14 and performing in more areas around Ontario, Canada. By the time she turned 17 she started crafting her debut album with a Canadian music producer which was officially launched in 2014. She received airplay on radio, sold out CD release concerts and over the last few years she has been establishing her roots as a songwriter and performing at festivals such as MIDEM (in Cannes, France), Beaches Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival. On top of her quick success, she also received award nominations from NOMFA.

 

Mimi has been crafting her new album, ‘Connected’ over the past two years and she has teamed up with established musicians and renowned producer Thomas McKay. She plans on continuing her Rhythm and Rhyme Songwriting workshops where she teaches students ages 8 to 18 how to delve into the creation of music in brilliant ways. She aims to make a name for herself on the international scale by crafting tours in countries like India, Australia and the UK.


October 28
, 2017.  Fuck Cancer! Marcie's Journey.  A very special evening supporting Marcie in her fight against Cancer.  Music by Richard Inman and Bud Restoule with Friends


November 3. 2017.  Pat Maloney.
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In just a few short years he’s made quite a career as an itinerant musician, constantly bringing his combination of guitar, whistling and singing to another room to cheer the inhabitants.  He’s built audiences on campus throughout the U.K and Canada.  In the UK he’s there for the week long party they call Fresher Week for campus newbies, and the rest of the year he’s visiting Canadian campuses.  One of his songs, “Repotting” has been a hit on Campus radio across Canada.  COCA, the Canadian Association of Campus Activities, voted him “Singer-Songwriter of the Year” in 2015