On Oct 21st and 22nd, I’ll be returning to my hometown of St. Catharines to play two very special shows. It’s not that often that I get to play in St. Catharines at all, let alone two shows in the same weekend!
Sarah Jerrom & Christine Bougie play the music of Joni Mitchell
Saturday October 21st
Mahtay Cafe – St. Catharines
If it wasn’t for Joni Mitchell, I probably wouldn’t be playing guitar for a living.
Growing up in St. Catharines in the pre-internet days, I used to discover music at the library. The St. Catharines library had a pretty decent collection of CDs, and you could take out 10 for a whole week! After a friend lent me a copy of Joni’s 1980 live album Shadows and Light, I went to the library and checked out CDs from every musician listed in the liner notes. From there I connected-the-dots that lead me to discover so much of the music that shaped me as a musician.
When vocalist Sarah Jerrom approached me about doing a night of Joni’s music, I didn’t hesitate. Playing Joni’s music in our hometown feels extra special.
Joining us on bass is Rob McBride, my good friend and Sarah’s husband.
Benoît LeBlanc w/Christine Bougie, Felicity Williams, Andrew Downing
Sunday October 22nd
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre –
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This will be my first time at the new performing arts centre (aka “The PAC”) in downtown St. Catharines!
Felicity Williams, Andrew Downing and I will be accompanying Quebecois singer-songwriter and musicologist Benoît LeBlanc. This is the first in a new series of french musical events at FOPAC, and that’s something I’m really proud to be a part of.
In addition to accompanying Benoît, we will perform a set of instrumental music to open the show. Our set will feature some of our original compositions, as well as music from one of St. Catharines’s musical heroes, Kenny Wheeler.
Hope to see you at these shows!