Sir John A’s Public House, 343 King St. E. (Folk Venue)
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This trio is composed of Tracie Morgan, Brian Flynn and Christina Tracy, a subset of the Erroneous Monks, a band dedicated to playing the music of Leonard Cohen. They feature lush vocal harmonies, cool repertoire, and sometimes surprising arrangements. They perform originals (all are songwriters) and catchy covers from around the musical spectrum.
Judy & Me
This duo (Judy Duguay and Rick Melanson) joined musical forces in 2015. They bring their talents in vocal harmony and musicianship to connect with their audience. With over 300 original songs composed by Rick, there are tunes for nearly every occasion and emotion. Their independent debut titled ‘Guessing’ was released in 2016.
I’ve been performing in and around Kingston for many years now. Spanning projects that touch on metal, rock and blues genres and primarily writing my own music on acoustic guitar. After my first album (2015) ‘ Reason for Migration’ I am excited about the follow-up – my newest release ‘Angels and Vultures’! The HomeGrown Live Music Festival is always a highlight for me.
Rocky High and the Northern Lights
This six-piece progressive folk band from Soperton, Ontario formed in early 2016. They’ve played a number of shows from farmers’ markets to country fairs. They opened for Juno Award winners Elliott Brood as part of the Festival of Small Halls. They’re known for fast-paced, energetic performances, as well as their slower ballads.
Van Sweezey is a Kingston singer-songwriter, raised on rock-n-roll, then accepting Folk Rock as the genre of choice. Van has performed at folk clubs, and numerous open-mics in and around Kingston. All-original upbeat tunes performed as guitar/vocal, or keyboard/vocal, make Van an artist that’ll leave you lookin’ for more.
Zoë is a singer-songwriter from Montreal by way of Kingston, ON. In the past seven years she has released 2 albums and played dozens of shows across Ontario and Quebec. Her songs are confessional, poetic, and often dark yet unflinchingly honest. They explore themes of beauty, landscape, time and love.
Strung Out to Dry
This local roots trio includes Pete Jozsa (mandolin, vocals), Chris Morris (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Chris Petersen (bass, vocals), all seasoned musicians who bonded musically over their love for the Grateful Dead and traditional folk and bluegrass music. A typical concert features music across all genres, with fresh jams, terrible jokes, and plenty of solos!
Still Alice does few covers, instead focusing on its own sound and original songs. Deborah Schuurmans on piano has added some new sound influence, mixing classical accents into the bands’ songs. She joins former 12 Hands High band member Patrick Hulley along with Jim Graham on lead guitar and Eric Brousseau on drums
I’m a singer-songwriter who has lived all across southern Ontario. I write a lot about the struggles of working people. My roots are folk and country, but I play many genres. My EP is called “Beside Myself” and can be found via my social media pages.
A cover band with a twist! Our aim is to play familiar pieces – folk, rock, and pop music spanning several decades – that people recognize and love, using our own version of instrumentation and vocals (cello, mandolin, violin, guitar, piano, vocal harmonies, and percussion) to make these familiar tunes a little more strange and beautiful.
A bilingual singer-songwriter out of Kingston, she was featured in JAM 3, a TFO TV series (2016). She performed in les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the biggest francophone music festival in North America. Her style ranges from folk to the soulful pop in her EP set for release in autumn 2017.
Chris Giguère is a long-time Kingston musician – a survivor of several bands. These days he is playing and singing his original material supported by vocalist Robin Moon and guitarist Alex Voinot. Chris writes memorable songs of reflection, insight and pondering that live on that blurry boundary between folk, rock, and country
A little bit acoustic, a little bit grunge, and a whole lot of rock. Through his original works, this Kingston native takes you on a nostalgic trip through growing up, and growing old – along with everything in between – with his melodic story-telling.
The Erroneous Monks
The Erroneous Monks are Eastern Ontario’s premier tribute to Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Poet Leonard Cohen.