The Old Town Hall Concert Series in Hilton Beach is today proudly announcing its 23rd annual summer concert line up. This annual concert series, taking place on St. Joseph Island in August, is known for high calibre, award-winning performers. Past performances include names such as Michael Kaeshammer, Amy Sky & Marc Jordan, Susan Aglukark, Jeff Healey, and Oliver Jones.
This summer, the Series welcomes the Good Lovelies on August 1st, the Suzie Vinnick Band on August 8th, and Kellylee Evans on August 15th.
The Good Lovelies are quickly becoming a household name in Canada and around the world. This Juno-winning trio have covered plenty of stylistic ground, with tinges of pop, roots, jazz and even hip-hop added to their country folk core. Their fourth studio album, Shapeshifters, just came out in February to widespread accolades.
Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks are immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony that elevates this trio from impressive to peerless.
The Edmonton Journal writes: “In a day when the too-hip-to-be-happy alt-country crowd churns out verse after verse of dark, bar-fly banalities, Caroline Brooks, Sue Passmore and Kerri Ough opt for a sound that is like a sonic sunshower.”
The Good Lovelies will perform on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:00pm.
Suzie Vinnick, a ten-time Maple Blues Award winner and three-time Juno Award nominee, has been called one of the greatest voices in Canada.
Her gorgeous, soaring, and soulful vocals effortlessly blend blues, folk, pop and country to inevitably have her compared to a young Bonnie Raitt. With her personal and heartfelt original lyrics and playful stage presence, Suzie Vinnick has been a favourite of audiences across the world.
When she isn’t performing as a member of The Marigolds with Caitlyn Hanford and Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick is recording and performing with her own band. Her sixth solo album, Shake the Love Around, was just released in March to widespread praise and airplay.
The Suzie Vinnick Band will perform on Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00pm.
Kellylee Evans, a Juno winning soul pop vocalist, makes her inevitable return to the Old Town Hall Concert Series this summer. When Kellylee last visited the Island in 2012, she was riding high on a blossoming career and a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her album Nina.
Kellylee’s career was put on hold the following year, however, when she was struck by lightning while washing the dishes in her Ottawa home.
Following a years-long recovery, Kellylee returned to singing to release her fifth album, Come On, in Canada in October 2017. This funky Motown album was nominated for the 2018 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
A sensitive, honest, and – evidently – resilient performer, Kellylee Evans’ rich, soulful voice and brilliant lyrics embrace all forms of music – soul, jazz, pop, country, hip hop and classical.
Kellylee Evans will perform on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00pm.
The series is held at the Hilton Beach Community Hall, “the littlest big concert hall in the north”, which makes for up-close and intimate performances with a capacity of just 250. Opportunities to meet the performers and get CDs autographed frequently follow the concert. Beginning at 7:00pm, the concerts are held on three consecutive Wednesday evenings.
Tickets are on sale now online at oldtownhall.ca, with instant e-mail delivery of tickets. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the Hilton Beach Municipal Office, or by mail using the offline order form.
Season tickets (all three concerts) are $90 each, or individual concert tickets are available for $37.50 each.