We had an amazing time at the Folk Music Ontario conference in Toronto last weekend. We played two showcase sets — one for the Toronto Blues Society and one late-night spot in the World of Music room. We met with presenters and other industry people from all over Ontario and enjoyed so much fantastic music!

We didn’t win the big prize at the Toronto Blues Society‘s Talent Search Contest for which we were one of six nominees. But we sure felt like winners anyway! It was a glorious day and we had a great crowd mixing a good show of our friends and family with a whole lot of new music lovers. We made some great contacts and were asked by the Blues Society prez, Derek Andrews invited us to play the TBS picnic in the park on September 13th. Many great rewards!

Jennis at the TBS Talent Search Contest

TBS-FBEach year, the Toronto Blues Society searches the country for new and undiscovered Canadian blues talent. Jennis has made the finals! The TBS Talent Search Finals will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 2-5 pm at Toronto’s historic Distillery District as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Jennis plays at 2:30pm SHARP for a tight 20-minute set.

This is an incredible opportunity for us to broaden our audience whether we win or not. It will also give us more clout in applying for festivals and other choice gigs. Among the criteria that the judges are considering is how well we hold the crowd and what the audience reaction is. So please come out to this FREE outdoor show and let us entertain you wildly till you are roaring your approval at the top of your lungs!

We are thrilled to be working with Small Voice Productions on upcoming gigs and various admin and promotional duties. Perhaps they’ll allow us to introduce the team of smart, passionate folk in coming weeks!

They’ve hooked us up with a spot on Folk Roots Radio CFRU 93.3fm (Guelph, Ontario) on May 23rd. We’ll be playing live and talking with host Jan Hall preceding our Guelph show at Silence on May 29 which is a Folk Roots Radio production.

After making a splash all over southern Ontario since our launch in May, Jennis is on a break from gigging until Dennis returns from his Costa Rica in the spring. (I am excited to visit in February!) Meanwhile, we are applying for festivals and house concerts and cooking up some new material to entertain you with when we reconvene along with the warmer weather. Have a good winter and we’ll see you dancing in the sun!

Jennis are hitting the road! We have gigs lined up all over southern Ontario September-November. We’ll be in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough, Barrie, Guelph, Paisley and there are more bookings in the works. See the calendar at right or our “SHOWS” page for more details.

Jen twangin' the jaw harp at the Eden Mills Community Centre.

Photo: Andrea Timar

We had a fantastic time launching The Current at The Monarch Tavern in Toronto and in Eden Mills. Thank you so much to all who came out to support us in the birthing process. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. Many thanks to Gary Diggins, Tom Wolf and Vince Maccarone for joining us on stage.

As if Evalyn Parry‘s set wouldn’t have been cool enough solo, she had brilliant Bob Cohen accompanying her on guitar. Welcome to Toronto, Bob! (He’s a recent transplant from Montreal.) Sue Smith was magnificent on the grand piano at Eden Mills!

BUY CD OR DOWNLOAD TRACKS

If you missed picking up a cd at one of our launch parties, you may purchase either a cd or mp3s to download via Bandcamp. The digital album may also be downloaded from iTunes.

Thank you so much Sandor Ajzenstat and Andie Timar for your fab photos of the shows.  Check the photo album out on our Facebook Page.

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The Toronto release party will be held at The Monarch Tavern at 12 Clinton St, Toronto, between Dundas and College. The cool old bar has been serving Little Italy in Toronto since 1927 and it has character galore.

The lovely and talented Evalyn Parry will open with a solo set and we are delighted to have groovemeister Vince Maccarone playing drums and Gary Diggins playing trumpet.

Doors will open at 7:30 for an 8pm start time. Mark May 30 and come celebrate spring along with our new beginnings!

The Guelph area celebration of the release of The Current will be at the Eden Mills Community Hall on Friday, June 16. Jennis will be joined by Tom Wolf on drums and percussion. Guelph singer-songwriter-pianist Sue Smith will open the show. Doors open at 7:30 for an 8pm start.

Cover for both events $15 or $25 with a copy of the 12-song CD.