Canadian East Coast songwriter Lennie Gallant has released fourteen albums (11 English, and 3 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes and The East Coast Music Awards. His multimedia show, Searching For Abegweit, ran for 180 shows and toured Eastern Canada to sold out performances. His song Peter’s Dream was recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over North America, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the Olympics. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada. His songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Jimmy Buffett, The Rankins, and Opera superstar Measha Bruggergosman, and one of his albums even went up to the international space station and circled the planet 248 times.
(Opening Act) Ben Sures Band –
A singing troubadour, a dazzling acoustic guitarist, a humorous, heartfelt story teller who plays folk, blues, roots, Americana, comedy, and rock? A cheese-ball Canadian trying to play his instrument like a West African, Sinti swing style guitarist? A crooner, balladeer, country picker, funny songwriter, slide player?
These are all true descriptors, but stripped to the core Ben Sures is a talented and distinctive songwriter. Throw in 20 years of festivals, concerts, living rooms, bars, neighbourhood parties, afternoon matinees, parties, outdoor shows, and travel and you’ve got a potent sonic recipe.
“No wonder the song-writing prize juries love Ben Sures. In each guileless tune there is a pure heart. And at the heart of each song is a story rendered with the kind of observed detail that brings your own heart into the story, from tender to tragic, doo-wop to danceable.” – Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation