Music Performances

Tom Wilson 



Join us for a musical evening with Tom Wilson - Beautiful Scars, A Literary Recital 

Saturday April 27, 7:30 pm at the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque


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Tom Wilson is a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family. His band Junkhouse has scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush's iPod. Tom's most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States, where he's been touring for the last two years as a result. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, Ottawa. Tom Wilson lives in Hamilton, Ontario

Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home (this will link later to book info, or a book cover image could go here)

Tom Wilson was raised in the rough-and-tumble world of Hamilton—Steeltown— in the company of World War II vets, factory workers, fall-guy wrestlers and the deeply guarded secrets kept by his parents, Bunny and George. For decades Tom carved out a life for himself in shadows.

He built an international music career and became a father, he battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the lies to cease and the truth to emerge. It would. And when it did, it would sweep up the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserves of Quebec, on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline.

With a rare gift for storytelling and an astonishing story to tell, Tom writes with unflinching honesty and extraordinary compassion about his search for the truth. It’s a story about scars, about the ones that hurt us, and the ones that make us who we are.


Copies of Beautiful Scars will be available for purchase from Beggars Banquet Books and a book signing will follow his performance.

The secrets around [Tom Wilson’s] life form a fundamentally Canadian story, rich in history and steeped in darkness. They also separate Beautiful Scars from the ranks of the typical rock memoir, and place it firmly on the shelf with the likes of Angela’s Ashes and The Glass Castle – riveting accounts of family and secrets, poverty and peril, adversity and triumph.

— Robert J. Wiersema, Quill and Quire.

“I paint and I have an exhibition opening in November and I don’t really consider myself a painter, I just use paint,” he says. “I’m not a guitar player but I happen to use a guitar to write songs. And I don’t really consider myself a writer, it just seems that I’ve used enough words to be put into a book. That was a process that I seemed to find enjoyable and when you find that you’re enjoying yourself the job is not a job anymore.”

Songwriters at the Festival at the Firehall theatre 2-4pm Saturday April 27


Have you ever wondered how songwriters get their ideas for songs and how they put the words and music together? About how they decide the tempo and rhythm and maybe even the key? What comes first the lyrics or the tune?


Get some insight into the stories behind the songs. Songwriters At The Festival features 1000 Islands songwriters sharing original work and representing a mix of genres, performed in an acoustic style “ in the round”.  

Host Kenneth Paul Cooper and 8 guests will perform and share the genesis and process involved with each song to add to our appreciation of the art of songwriting. This deepened understanding of the craft goes hand in hand with an enjoyable listening experience for the audience.     The guests are songwriters who have participated in the Gananoque songwriters showcase series ‘Songwriters At The Old English’.  Established in January of 2019, the series presents both established and aspiring songwriters from the 1000 Islands region every Wednesday night. 

Watch our social media for announcements of the participating musicians.

Kenneth Paul Cooper 

 Kenneth Paul Cooper is a singer and writer whose songs are lyrical reflections on life, purpose and meaning, embedded in well-crafted melodies.  Showing rich and diverse musical influences, Kenneth's songs draw on the dynamic energy of a life filled with experience.  Nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in his recent album Place & Time.  In this collection, the listener accompanies the singer on a journey that begins with familiar Canadian references and leads us, as we hear in the final song, "all around this great big world".  Time and circumstance, rich with visual imagery and contemplative reflection, are the vehicles for this journey.  As Kenneth sings, "I love to tell the story and I sure do love to set the scene".



Join our guest host NEIL McCARNEY:

RIVER RAT RACONTEUR for RIVER TALES OF THE 60’S, 70’S AND 80’S Featuring award winning storyteller


“AT THE CANOE CLUB DANCE”: a one act play of river stories and songs of the Swing era - Gershwin, Porter, Berlin Dance to the music of SPARE CHANGE: Tim Hallman, Terry Hoffman, Gary Barratt




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This event is a fundraiser for the 1000 Islands Writers Festival April 25-28, 2019

Deborah Dunleavy - Storyteller

Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew 

Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew are a Family Band who sing their hearts out, bringing old favourites to life while creating original kids’ music that inspires silliness and singing.  Multiple award-winning children’s recording artist, Andrew Queen and his songwriting partner, Karen Stille, are joined by their sons Ivan (15) & Lewis (12) who play electric guitar, ukulele and percussion, crafting an interactive musical storytelling performance sure to invoke the magic and memories of summer camp. 

Stories, Silliness & Singing!!


Join Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew, author Heather Smith and  the Thousand Playhouse Young Company for interactive musical fairy tale re-tellings, stories and songs sure to invoke the magic and memories of summer camp. Sing your heart out with kids’ music that inspires silliness and singing, animated with actions and sound effects, props and costumes and a whole lot of fun! For ages 2 – 100! 

Location: Firehall Theatre Have fun in our photo-booth with accessories that sparkle and pop!!    Free Family Event - Call Box Office at 613-382-7020 to REGISTER & save your place!