To celebrate our return, we're hosting an amazing FREE outdoor evening concert! We'll be behind the new Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre with big stage and big sound! No tickets needed. We're showcasing the world-class talents of Dawn Tyler Watson (9:30pm) and Harrison Kennedy (8pm). Bring your own chair, or stand and dance! Drinks will be available for purchase. Event is weather permitting.
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AND MORE PERFORMANCES BY
Caroline Wiles, Bob Doidge
and Mike McCurlie
DAWN TYLER WATSON (with the Ben Racine Band) Multiple award-winning, Montreal-based Singer/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among the International Blues elite. Her fiery stage presence and soul-stirring performances have garnered her national and worldwide recognition.
With two recent Maple Blues Awards; Songwriter of the Year, and Best Album/Producer, she was also nominated by the Blues Foundation in Memphis for a 2020 Blues Music Award for Vocalist of the Year alongside greats like Curtis Salgado & Mavis Staples.
Her latest record “Mad Love,” was awarded the 2020 JUNO award for Blues Album of the Year! Add this to the six MBA’s she already has, the nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards, a Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Live Performance, a Blues Blast Music Award for Female Vocalist of the year, and you’ve got a decorated and consummate performer. Since hooking up with a 7-piece killer band fronted by award-winning guitarist Ben Racine, Watson’s star has been on the rise. Taking home the coveted first-place prize at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2017, she’s been spinning magical moments on stage and sharing her expressive voice across four continents with shows that truly move the spirit.
HARRISON KENNEDY (with the Steve Strongman Band) In 1968 Harrison Kennedy joined the Detroit pop group “The Chairmen of the Board” and played top venues (including Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, Soul Train, American Bandstand, and England’s Top of the Pops) doing their hit, “Gimme Me Just A Little More Time.” C.O.T.B. had performances with B.B. King, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelics, and more. C.O.T.B. also performed many times at New York's famous Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Since these golden days, Harrison has embarked on a massively successful solo career.
The 2016 JUNO Award winner, Harrison is firmly established as one of the 21st Century’s foremost Blues singer/songwriters. Harrison’s dynamic vocal gifts have won him worldwide acclaim going all the way back to his 1970’s days as a founding member of the million selling Detroit Soul Super Group the Chairmen of the Board, and are aptly showcased here on our Ancaster stage. LIVING BLUES magazine says it best “Harrison Kennedy is a modern Blues Master of True Substance”.