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Blues Canvas Presents: Rolling Stones Musical Director/Keyboardist Chuck Leavellwww.chuckleavell.com/
“The Stones wouldn’t be the Stones without Chuck.” Mick Jagger.
And you’d think that Mick might know a thing or two! Chuck Leavell has been pleasing the ears of music fans for more than 40 years.
VIP Meet & Greet tickets that include an array of appetizers from www.rootcellaroganics.ca, three drink tickets, and a signed photo are available!
Rolling Stones Musical Director and Keyboardist Chuck Leavell has been pleasing the ears of music fans for more than 40 years. He has been a member of the Rolling Stones family since 1982 and he has held the role of Musical Director with the band since 1989- Leavell is responsible for song arrangements and he has catalogued the band’s vast repertoire. In addition, Leavell is the principal architect of the band’s setlist for each and every show they perform. As well as his work with The Rolling Stones, his piano and keyboard can be heard on the works of Eric Clapton (on his multi-grammy award winning album Unplugged), John Mayer, The Black Crowes, George Harrison and many others. Leavell was also an integral member of The Allman Brothers Band during the height of their popularity and later formed jam greats Sea Level. Leavell has also released several successful solo CD’s; his last called Back To The Woods, a sensational rendering of some of the greatest pioneering blues piano songs ever recorded. In addition to being a well-established pianist/artist in the music industry, Leavell is also a published author, long time tree farmer, co-founder of the popular website The Mother Nature Network and a dedicated environmentalist.
On March 24, 2018, at the Aeolian Hall, Chuck Leavell will share songs and stories from the span of his incredible music career. Audience members will revel in his musicianship as performed on the Aeolian’s beautiful grand piano and they will share the inside track by hearing stories about a professional life that has made him an integral part of some of the most famous and greatest popular blues/rock music ever produced.
Sarah Smith is exactly where she needs to be. As she shares her third full-length CD, 11, with the world, the London, Ontario pop/rock singer-songwriter is reflecting on lessons learned and dreaming of a bright future.
“This album sums up the last few years of my life,” Sarah says. “Searching for happiness, I came across misery. Wanting to succeed, I discovered how to fail. Trying to balance, I ended up falling. Looking for answers, I found them here all along. And, in all of this, I was able to continually grasp on to hope that life was putting me exactly where I needed to be.”
Produced by Juno-winning engineer Kevin Doyle, 11 is Sarah at her insightful and vulnerable best. The record features 17 new songs about love, life, and seeing the good in things – even the dark things.
“Life isn’t always easy,” she explains. “Sometimes there’s pain. Sometimes we make mistakes, but there are always things we can learn about ourselves and the world. It takes courage, but there are always reasons to have hope. Writing this record helped me get perspective, again, on how beautiful the world can be.”
11 follows Sarah’s previous full-length CDs, Stronger Now (2012) and The Journey (2014). Like her previous work, the CD weaves through a variety of styles, from rock (Changing My Mind, Runaway Stay) to pop (The Dark, Girl, Undertow) and country (Lay It On The Line, Sunrise). Also like her previous work, 11 features her honest lyrics, memorable hooks, and absolutely unmistakable voice. The album introduces some new sounds to her music as well, with different songs including horn arrangements, cello and steel drum.
A seasoned road warrior whose full-time touring schedule dates back to her days in Canadian rock band The Joys, Sarah continues to feel most at home on-stage. She plays nearly 300 shows per year, primarily in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Along the way, she has shared the stage with artists including Melissa Etheridge, Sass Jordan, The Tea Party, Bif Naked, Joel Plaskett, David Wilcox, and many others. Whether it’s just her and her acoustic guitar or her full band, she is a mesmerizing performer. The 2015 DVD Sarah Smith: Plugged and Unplugged captures Sarah and her band in peak form, both live and in the studio.
Sarah has won and been nominated for many awards throughout her career. Her video for Into the Light, directed by Stacy Poulos and shot in California, won both a 2016 Telly Award and a 2016 Akademia Music Award for Best Video in the Pop Rock category. In 2015, she won the Toronto Independent Music Award Best Adult Contemporary honour, plus the Best Rock Artist at the London Music Awards, and Best Rock Artist at the Jack Richardson Music Awards. Music from The Journey has been featured on shows including CBC’s Cracked and the movie Anatomy of a Love Seen, directed by L.A-based director Marina Rice Bader.
While the accolades are appreciated, Sarah says for her it’s still all about the music.
“In the end, 11 is about blessings,” she says. “Sometimes you have to take a step back and appreciate the blessings in your life. Music is one of mine, and I’m excited to share these new songs with people all over the world!”
Originally from St. Thomas, ON, Sam Taylor started entertaining at the age of 7. He soon discovered a love for the blues, which he delivers with heart and soul much older and life-savvy than his youthful looks let on. Armed with a diploma in Music Industry Arts from Fanshawe College, Sam headed into EMAC Studios and honed his songwriting skills with producer Moe Berg (of Pursuit of Happiness) on two original songs, Thought of Leaving and Loaded Gun, both of which received rock radio airplay in Canada. Loaded Gun was also featured in the tv shows Haven (ScyFy), and Degrassi (MTV).
Sam’s versatile and honest songwriting along with a powerhouse voice and dynamic performance make him a compelling artist to watch. Sam regularly performs with “The Sam Taylor Band, “The East End Love,” and as a regular guest with Canadian icons “Robbie Lane and the Disciples.”
Laura Gagnon is the Founder of the Doll House Showcase, Celebrating Women In Music. She is also two-time winner of the London Music Awards and was nominated for a Jack Richardson Contributor award for the work she has done for the female music community She has toured with world-renowned Tribute band “The McCartney Years” as “Linda”. Laura was recently given the honour to sing the national anthem in France for the Vimy Ridge tree planting Celebrations honour our vets with living memorials of honour. Laura is now working with Dale Russell, former lead guitarist of the “Guess Who” finishing up her 3rd album set to be released next summer.