We’d love to see you at our Tour Homecoming Shows in Toronto and Guelph. These will be the last performances in our home cities before Dennis takes flight south for the winter. We’ll be working hard on plans for the new album while he is away though!

Saturday, September 23, 9pm
Freetimes Café, 320 College St

Friday, September 29, 9pm
Silence, 46 Essex St

Be a patron of the arts! Jennis is ready to record our second album and we need your help to meet the budget required to bring in top-notch pros to make our sound compete on the world stage of roots music. We have launched an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign which gives us the opportunity to offer fun and creative perks to those who donate.

If you have enjoyed our music and performances, please show your support by donating any amount from $10 to $1,000 and enjoy one or more of the great perks we’re offering in exchange. Be a part of keeping independent, original, conscious music alive in Canada!

This is the link to our campaign: https://igg.me/at/Jennis-Second-Album

Sat, Jul 29 The Foundry, Thunder Bay, ON
Wed, Aug 2 House Concert, Calgary, AB
Thu, Aug 3 The Hive, Canoe, BC (Salmon Arm)
Sat, Aug 5 Stoney Pocket Music Festival, Pender Island, BC
Sun, Aug 6 Treehouse Café, Salt Spring Island, BC
Aug 11-13 Robson Valley Festival, Dunster, BC
Wed, Aug 16 House Concert, Saskatoon, SK
Fri, Aug 18 The Ship & Plough, Gimli, MB
Sat, Aug 19 The Foundry, Thunder Bay, ON

It’s in the can! We’re thrilled to be coming out west again this summer and playing each province between Ontario and BC. We’re particularly excited to visit the Gulf Islands this summer and to be playing my favourite festival to date, The Robson Valley Festival! (I’m up for a world festival tour to make more comparisons!) Please share this post with your friends from Manitoba to BC and we’ll show them a good time. They can message us through this web site or at our JennisMusic Facebook Page ~ Jen

Still from our new video. Thanks Olya!Wow, what a great season we had with our summer tour leading straight into oodles of gigs in the summer and fall. We’ve got a new promo video on our home page, thanks to the great work of videographer Olya GlotkaWe’ve got an Ontario Arts Council creations grant application in the works (fingers crossed). Dennis has wrapped up a whole album’s worth of new song sketches and left Jen to concoct her parts while he travels Southeast Asia with his wife and daughter over the winter. Thanks to all who have supported us this year and we look forward to entertaining you with a fresh set of material in 2017!

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Jennis has been invited by publicist Jane Harbury to be showcased at her Discoveries Seriesat Hugh’s Room, now in its 13th year. We are thrilled by the opportunity to play this fine venue and hope to find the room full of supportive friends, family and fans.

Here are links where you can check out the three other acts we are sharing the bill with.
CHRISTIAN VEGH www.christianvegh.com
CLAIRE HUNTER www.clairehunter.com
MATT NAKOA www.mattnakoa.com

For this night of new and exciting talents, the cost is $15 in advance or $17 at the door. The club serves reasonably-priced food. It is advisable to call ahead for reservations – 416.531.6604. Or reserve online here: http://hughsroom.com/reservations/

Hugh’s Room is located at 2261 Dundas Street West. www.hughsroom.com

Survey: We’re writing a grant application and one of the questions we need to answer for the jury is “What do other people say they see in your work?” So if you’ve seen us or enjoyed our album, what does your experience of Jennis say to you? Please help us get the grant by offering your 2 cents in the comment window below! Thank you for taking a few moments to support our Artist Development Grant!

We’ve had a wonderful summer full of outdoor playing opportunities that culminated in the 40th Annual Killaloe Fair on August 6th. We’ve got an equally busy fall lined up, playing all over southern Ontario.

Several new songs are in the works and we’ve been discussing arrangements, creating parts and planning for the preproduction of album #2. Already we’re looking at offers to play house concerts and other fine venues in the spring after Dennis returns from visiting his daughter in Vietnam. It seems everywhere we go and play to a new audience, we make enthusiastic contacts with people offering us attractive gigs for the next time we come to town. This includes some people involved in some of our favourite western-Canada festivals. So things are really rolling for Jennis. We are grateful and excited! Thanks for your support everyone!

Calgary Herald Article, July 7, 2016

Ontario roots duo packing trunk of exotic sounds for Calgary stop



Jennis – Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor MICHAEL BARKER

Folk and roots music is an ever-evolving genre of music, including flecks of  blues, gospel, as well as Americana/Canadiana among the traditional singer songwriter style of performance.

In a natural evolution, many artists have been stretching those boundaries far beyond traditional sounds, no surprise if you’re a folk festival attendee. You will still find many stalwarts, but you’re just as likely to be dazzled by the infectious world sounds of a Cat Empire, or The Doors-era experience of a Father John Misty.

Over the past few months I’ve chatted with artists like Jayme Stone (Lomax Project), Kurt Loewen (Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra’s Love), and Oliver Swain (Big Machine) for features here — just a few folk/roots acts that take conventional approaches to the genre and blend sounds from the entire world — even different time periods into their work. Add to those the duo of Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor, performing together as Jennis. They are here in Calgary for a show tonight (July 8) at Wine-Ohs.

2015 Toronto Blues Society talent search finalists, there are often frequent traces of blues on their 2014 release The Current. But you’re just as likely to be taken away with African infusions, and Middle Eastern instrumentation. Those are simply a few examples of the world sounds that poke into songs as their album unfolds.

“I have always had broad musical tastes. This may be partly a result of being the daughter of a musicologist.” Gillmor explained in a recent email interview. “I am particularly fond of music from the African diaspora and travelled to West Africa on a sort of self-styled musical safari, exploring drumming and dance styles of various tribal cultures. I was particularly inspired by music of Mali such as the guitar stylings of Ali Farka Touré and various kora players. It was in Burkina Faso that I discovered the kamel n’goni — effectively the bass kora. I acquired one of these and used it on my solo album. It has yet to appear on stage with Jennis but you never know! I have also studied Latin percussion and Irish traditional music using both the bodhran (frame drum) and cello.”

Similarly, Gaumond has taken a shine to a wider world of sound: “I have always been interested in musical fusions — even blues and jazz qualifies as blends of various cultural influences. Since the digital revolution, it has become easy for different ethnic groups to share their musical styles, resulting in some delicious new sounds. Also, I have been leading chant groups for over 15 years. The chants that I have learned come from exotic sources, which have prompted me to learn some of the different scales and rhythms used in other parts of the world.”

Album tracks on a pre-interview listen to The Current showcase that diversity. I’m Not Here reminded me of early The Band, and even a bit of the wide-open sounds of a live Rare Earth workout. On Closer To Me, I loved the juxtaposition of slide guitar with the cello. Perfect Thing gets remarkably funky, while the moody Take Me Some Time dives deep into the traditional songwriter fare with insightful lyrics. 

“Every time we approach a new song, we see it as an opportunity to explore our wide range of musical influences.” Gillmor said. 

“The fact that the festival world has become very open-minded and accepting of diverse styles is something that excites us, especially since our sound is rather difficult to pigeonhole. It speaks positively of festival programmers that they are acknowledging that evolving folk traditions are a sign of our times.”

“I’ve always been influenced by songwriters, and even fiction writers, who tend to have a quirky and sometimes satirical style,” Gaumond added. “There are a variety of ways that song inspiration comes to me. I’m not much interested in adding to the huge repertoire of romantic love songs as I am in exploring spiritual and political themes.”

Given the wealth of sounds and wide variety of instruments required to reproduce that live, I wondered if they needed to pack steamer trucks when touring, and just how hard it was to translate intricately recorded efforts into a live duo format. After all, they have a standard selection of instruments that they perform with which includes guitar, dobro, banjitar, harmonica, plus wazinator for Dennis alone, and cello, bass guitar, didgeridoo, jaw harp, and flute for Jen.

“While audiences continually comment on the big sound we achieve as a duo, we do not feel compelled to replicate our recorded versions in the live context. We have live audiences in mind when arranging songs for performance. With a whole van full of different instruments, part of our challenge is in smoothly transitioning between them throughout the show.”

Gillmor added: “As one who has performed mostly as a bassist in larger bands, I am delighted to find that I can still help inspire dance floor action even just as a duo! We are deeply grateful that we have the opportunity to share the joy that music brings us with audiences across the country, and I’m excited to share this with my beloved aunt and uncle in Calgary!

You can discover the remarkable world of Jennis for yourself tonight at Wine-Ohs.