Andrew Collins Trio
Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. He didn’t invent it – but he’s certainly been a contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, the Andrew Collins Trio. That’s not to mention the fact that this prolific, robust performer – comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello – composes, produces, arranges, writes and teaches across multiple genres, including a popular collision of bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, old-time, swing, Celtic and classical.
The Blackburn family name is tied to the history of the Underground Railroad in Canada, as they are direct descendants of Elias Earls, who was born a slave in Kentucky in 1833 and made his way North to Owen Sound. Elias was the great-great grandfather of Bobby Dean Blackburn who was a seminal blues and R&B Toronto artist in the 1960s and who remains an active performer to this day. His sons Duane, Brooke, Cory and Robert, along with bassman, Andrew Stewart, comprise the band Blackburn. Growing up in the Blackburn household they were schooled in the soul and gospel influences of the Church as well as the stirring jazz, R&B and blues backdrop of their dad’s live performances.
Emilie-Claire makes her long-overdue return to the Old Town Hall Concert Series! When she last graced our stage eleven years ago, she was still early in her career and had one Juno nomination under her belt.
Today, Emilie-Claire Barlow is one of the most accomplished and fastest-rising jazz vocalists in Canada, with six Juno nominations resulting in two wins in just the past eight years. The potent combination of well-honed vocal and musical talents and a charming stage presence has earned Emilie-Claire Barlow a sizeable and loyal following worldwide.
The littlest big concert hall in the North!
Our audience enjoys an up-close and intimate performance, with seating for only 250
Our 22nd year
of the finest Canadian talent
The Old Town Hall Concert Series has become known over the years as a venue for the very best of Canadian musical artists. The cream of the crop from the Canadian jazz, classical and popular music scenes have entertained thousands of thrilled concertgoers since 1996. Past performers at the Old Town Hall Concert Series have toured the world, played at the most prestigious concert halls, won Juno awards, and have continued to develop the distinguished image of Canadian musicians internationally.