Don’t miss the very first annual Gathering Tour!
In what Shaun and his team hope to be the first of many…
The Gathering is going on the road!
Based on the popular annual festival held in Shaun’s
‘Ome town of Burlington, celebrating Fire Food and Music,
the tour brings a small sample of one of
the most fun weekends of the summer to a town near you!
Hosted by Shaun, the inaugural Gathering Tour features a number of amazing acts who’ll be performing at this year’s Gathering Festival on August 24-26.
This years tour features ‘Kane and Potvin,’ made up of 90s Canadian rockers Kevin Kane of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and Bryan Potvin of ‘The Northern Pikes,’ who have now begun touring the country as a duo. In addition, Shaun will be joined by master songwriter and 7th level story Jedi Steve Poltz, known for his work with the artist ‘Jewel’ and the writer of such chart-toppers as ‘You Were Meant for Me,’, and the first annual Gathering Tour wouldn’t be complete without festival favorite, the super talented, singer songwriter, Corner Brook’s own Sherman Downey.
This year we are sticking to the TCH, but future tours will aim for far and away places all over the island.
As a part of a larger social enterprise, this not for profit festival aims to raise money and create a micro economy through tourism, with the profits being reinvested back into the local communities of Burlington Middle Arm and Smiths Harbour.
Shaun Majumder, one of Canada’s best known comedians and performers, longs to give back to the small Newfoundland and Labrador coastal town where he was raised, Burlington.
It’s a community of 350 souls hard-pressed to find opportunities and hope for its next generation. Putting his own money and reputation on the line, Shaun has embarked on what some call a crazily ambitious project to turn this humble fishing and logging village into a world-renowned cultural tourist destination.
Currently starring on CBC’s This Hour has 22 Minutes, now in its 23rd Season, Shaun’s work has taken him through the world of theatre, standup comedy and improv. In 2010 he starred as Detective Vik Mahajan in the critically acclaimed crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC. More recently, Shaun played Andrew Palmer on NBC/Global Television’s The Firm, starring Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis.
Shaun’s dreams were the subject of the hilarious hit documentary series on the W Network, Majumder Manor.
Steve Poltz is not normal.
He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, “should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.”
Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.
As good as his albums are (and they’re very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It’s also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That’s what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.
Whether he’s Canadian, or American, or simply from space there’s no denying there’s only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.
From the mid-’80s to the early-’90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Fast forward some 20 years later and the vocalist/guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto.
This realization led to Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “This sounds good! Let’s do some shows!”
“Like most successful musical collaborations I’ve had in my life, the working relationship between Kevin and I is rather non-verbal. We don’t talk too much about the music – we just kinda play it,” said Potvin.
“Working with Bryan is as easy a musical relationship as I’ve ever had because it feels like we “get” what the other guy is going for in a song but at the same time I think we are both pleasantly surprised by what the other brings to a song or arrangement. It’s a nice balance of respect and comfort with one another, where no idea is too precious or too stupid – until we’ve tried said stupid idea and deemed it too stupid. But only then,” Kane said with a laugh. “We come from a similar place musically but approach things from our own perspectives.”
Still true to their rock roots, Kane & Potvin continue to heap pop sensibilities generously throughout, but today the lyrics are deeper and richer – tenanted with life stories that can only be accumulated over time. Both artists seem to have found a trusted songwriting partner with which to explore these experiences.
Kane and Potvin
Sherman Downey’s music embraces Folk-Roots and Country while flirting with Pop-Rock and at times even Bossa Nova, but one thing is for certain; he just makes you feel good.
His highly anticipated second release The Sun in your Eyes recently brought home Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘Pop/Rock Recording’ award as well as a nod from SOCAN with the province’s ‘SOCAN Songwriter of the Year’ distinction. The album includes CBC’s first Searchlight Competition winning song ‘Thick as Thieves’ and other gems like ‘Annalee’ and ‘The Right Idea’; songs that have found regular rotation across Canada on Campus Radio and the CBC, as well as garnering attention internationally with airplay on stations in LA, Australia and the UK.
Sherman continues to find his way into the hearts of listeners with his charming delivery of solid songs and has carved out a spot as one of the most exciting acts to add to your calendar this year.