Friday May 22, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Morgan Davis (with special guest opener Keith Whiteduck)
For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.
Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.
While living in Rochdale College, Toronto’s mecca for the subculture of the late 1960’s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.
Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and the late Dutch Mason.
Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. Morgan’s first solo recording “Blues Medicine”, on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release “Painkiller” won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada’s top music prize…the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.
Morgan’s passion for the Blues has never wavered… and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.
– Cabaret Table Seats are ASSIGNED
– GENERAL ADMISSION section includes row seating & balconies
General Admission: $30 incl fees
Cabaret Table Seats: $35 incl fees
**AT THE DOOR: $35 incl fees**
140 Charlotte Street, 3rd Floor
Canada K9J 2T8
Phone: (705) 749-1146
Fax: (705) 749-3606
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Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre is a non-profit organization, which has operated the second floor of the Market Hall as a multi-functional venue since 1998, playing host to a wide range of performing arts activities and community events.
Market Hall photos in homepage slide show by Bradley Boyle.