Last night’s Roots Music Canada 5th anniversary bash at the Tranzac a wonderful celebration, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who helped make it possible. So I hope you’ll indulge me for a moment before I share the photos with you.
First, thank you to Bev Kreller for producing this whole wonderful affair for us, to Howard Druckman for working the door and helping with a million errands related to getting the show off the ground. Thank you to the Tranzac, and especially sound man Colin Puffer, for making this very complicated event go off without a hitch.
Thank you to Elizabeth Szekeres and Pierre Rivard for hosting me in town and helping with the organization.
Enormous thanks to Andy Frank and David Newland for agreeing to reunite to host the event, for sharing so many memories from the early days of Roots Music Canada, and, of course, for creating the site and the enduring brand for our community.
And last, but clearly not least, thank you to all of the artists who performed last night and made it such a fantstic evening of music.
I could not have asked for a more wonderful celebration.
Ok! On to the photos!
Roots Music Canada’s original founders, Andy Frank and David Newland, hosted the show and reminisced about the early days of the site. Photo by Shawna Caspi.
After an opening set from David, Kunlé took to the stage and performed a gorgeous solo acoustic set. Photo by Paul Corby.
Having just released their brand new album, Foul Weather Friends. Onion Honey treated us to a few of the songs from it. Photo by Shawna Caspi.
Noah Zacharin performed some songs from his new album, Points of Light, and had people singing along on “Red Red Bird.” Photo by Heather Kitching.
We were so honoured that long-time folk artists Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville travelled in from Guelph to bring their personal warmth and wonderful music to the show. Photo by Shawna Caspi.
Speaking of artists who came from Guelph to perform, Tragedy Ann treated us to songs from their latest album, Heirlooms. Photo by Heather Kitching.
Lynn Harrison performed a beautiful set of songs from her new album, Treasure. Photo by Heather Kitching.
The Annex represented at the Tranzac as So Long Seven, a supergroup of very impressive musical neighbours, played us music from their latest album, Only the Elephants Know her Name. Photo by Heather Kitching.
Long-time Roots Music Canada writer Paul Corby (on guitar) brought his fantastic reggae band The Memberz to close down the show. Photo by Heather Kitching.