Strings On Kings Presents: Benjamin Dakota Rogers

Benjamin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Combining fiddle and guitar, he is writing honest folk music that draws you in with stories and spoken-word poetry. Benjamin’s third album and latest release titled Whisky & Pine, is eleven original songs delivered with reflective emotion and warm harmonies. His poetic ballads blend flawlessly with his rousing guitar and fiddle compositions,
cementing his status as an up-and- coming alternative folk powerhouse.With strong influences stemming from traditional music and the east coast, Benjamin’s hard-driving fiddle technique is transformed into his own contemporary style. His thought and emotion-provoking
songs show hints of his influences: Leonard Cohen, Gregory Alan Isakov and Passenger. His engaging live performance is delivered with his unique voice, guitar and explosive fiddle.Inspired at the tender age of seven, Benjamin found a passion and purpose in folk music after inheriting his Great-Grandfather’s violin.
From budding musician to awe-inspiring performer, his love of creating meaningful music has taken the reins and garnered much attention from folk artists and enthusiasts alike.In just four years, Benjamin has received no shortage of praise for his unique style and undeniable talent – Jim Marino listed him as a new discovery in his article to Penguin Eggs Magazine, and Jennifer Ives, Artistic Director of Live from the Rock Music Festival, applauded his mesmerizing song set, writing that he has “…the voice and chops of a veteran performer.” From Whisky & Pine, Looking for a Fight and The Soldier Song received honorable mentions in international songwriting competitions. Whisky & Pine ranked six in the top ten albums of 2016 at Folk Roots Radio.His introductory album, Wayfarer, and sophomore album, Strong Man’s Address to the Circus Crowd, each earned him a nomination at the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Young Performer of the Year, along with nominations at the Hamilton Music Awards. His songs, Move Ben Move, Pendulum and Beautiful Mess, earned him second place, third place, and an honourable mention in international songwriting competitions, respectively.

Benjamin has shared the spotlight with several talented artists, playing in numerous festivals alongside Suzie Vinnick, Digging Roots, Rick Fines and Ben Caplan, to name a few. He’s performed captivating sets in many venues across Canada, most notably the main stage at Mariposa Folk Music Festival, and others including: Blue Skies Music Festival, Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival, Calgary Folk Club and St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage.

Appreciation by Donation, doors 7pm, show 7:30pm.  Kitchen and Bar open throughout!

Strings On Kings Presents: Peter Christenson

Peter Christenson is a very creative multi instrument musician, with a strong profound sense of lyrics and their meaning. His percussive presentation is unique and memorable.

A lifetime journey of music and creativity combined with making his own path way in life have been the trademarks of Peter Christenson since he was very young.

Like all life long career music men, the interest usually starts early. Peter recalls when he was twelve years old when his father handed him a guitar and told him, if he could learn to play “El Paso” by Marty Robbins, he would give him five dollars.

Little did he know that three hours holed up in his bedroom with a guitar trying to learn a song would impact his life forever.

He fondly remembers,”My father was a very strong influence and was instrumental in opening up my natural gifts as a multi-faceted musician and my mother being a poet and songwriter ever so subtly and gently encouraged my talents, in the same vein”.

Peter grew up on the family land in central Ontario near Parry Sound; he would come to call it “The Homestead”. Having two supportive and loving parents set the stage for the perfect environment to explore and create, which eventually led to playing on the road for fifteen years.

A huge shift took place in the music industry in the late 70’s. Money and ego seemed to predominate, leaving him disillusioned by the sudden lack of camaraderie. He withdrew from the music scene and took time to take a long hard look at his career and where the music industry was going. He needed to stay authentic and real. In order to do this, Peter needed to go into his cave and continue to create his music without any outer influences to maintain his authenticity.

In a recent interview, Peter shared his philosophy on the creative process: “Music is the universal language … the most powerful energy we have which can change the consciousness of the world. I believe there are no limits to what one is capable of, when driven by a passion. Many artists are driving in the same direction; this is nothing new that I am doing. I just want to shake the tree a little harder and propel us forward faster, and I believe we can make a dramatic shift in the world ‘here and now’ with the unlimited exposure we can attain through media. When art and politics unite, it will be then that healing takes place.”

Appreciation by Donation, doors 7pm, show 7:30pm.  Kitchen and Bar open throughout!

Strings On Kings Presents: Dan Kosub

Dan Kosub is a prolific singer/songwriter who has been a tenacious presence in the Canadian Music Scene for the better part of a decade.

Kosub is a roots singer/songwriter at heart who has been compared to every road-dog troubadour from Cat Stevens, to Jason Aldean, to John Mayer.  

In recent years, Kosub has accrued a number of career milestones. Having toured relentlessly, he has performed at countless premier venues and Canadian festivals (TIFF, Rifflandia, Rock of the Woods, Five years at Canadian Music Week, and many more.) Additionally, Kosub has received heavy rotation on Canadian television of his single “Blue & Grey” (Reservoir, 2008) and a hard-earned spot on the Mediabase Alternative rock charts for his single “Aurelia” (Jacob’s Island, 2011).

In early 2015, Kosub released his third record Blood Honey Moon, produced by Winston Hauschild (Hannah Georgas, Hey! Ocean, Wanting) a three-song EP that delves both deeper into his love of pop, roots, and politics. The record’s leading single is “Reason to Go”, a catchy acoustic driven singalong, followed by a moving tribute to the late Jack Layton entitled “Jack” , and a trip-hop inspired look at dystopian Toronto entitled “After the Wave”.

In 2017, Kosub invested in a studio and released his first self-produced record, taking his music in a country-fried direction, with the lead single “Rocks & Gravel” inspired by the touring on the baron Canadian prairie backroads in July. In 2018, Kosub will star in the musical Once in Chemainus BC, between legs of national touring. He is currently working on a new spring/summer single. 

Appreciation by Donation, doors 7pm, show 7:30pm.  Kitchen and Bar open throughout!

Strings On Kings Presents: The Karpinka Brothers

The Karpinka Brothers nostalgic and pastiche songwriting lands the Saskatchewan based folk group in a genre all of their own. Joel Plaskett once described their sound as “Buddy Holly boogie meets Crowded House.” Their fourth album, Talk Is Cheap, is set for release in the fall of 2017.

Talk Is Cheap feels like a call to arms. It finds a seemingly impossible balance of sincerity and positivity. When they sing lines like “Where would I be without music in my heart?” You not only believe them, you relate without a trace of irony. The brothers have a longstanding reputation of putting their money where their mouth is, finding a delicate balance between professional musicians and community volunteers. In addition to sharing the stage with influential artists like John K. Samson and Gordon Lightfoot, they’ve played dozens of concerts for residents of a local long-term care residence.

Produced and recorded by Grammy nominee Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Vic Chestnut) at his legendary Hotel2Tango in Montréal, Talk Is Cheap is the most realized and expansive Karpinka Brothers album to date. Their eloquent blend of timeless folk and 60s pop songs are complimented by an impressive list of contributing musicians including Mathieu Charbonneau (Timber Timbre) on piano and keys, Jamie Thompson (Unicorns/Islands) on drums and percussion, Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) on violin, Joel Kerr (Sara Slean) on bass, and backing vocals by Krista Muir.