***Please note, in order to gain access to the venue, you will have to show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as required by law. No refunds will be issued for those who fail to produce proof of vaccination at the door***
Rick Fines is anxious to get in front of an audience. The Market Hall is eager to get back up and running. Both want to ease back in and do things safely and they have found a way! Sunday, December 12th, Fines will play a solo show for only 100 people in the hall, that has a capacity of 350. Proof of double vaccination will be necessary.
Fines’ newest release, Solar Powered Too, was released during a global pandemic, with the bulk of the songs recorded in a little gazebo in the North Kawartha woods, with solar power. You can hear the crickets and cicadas if you listen carefully. Despite being unable to tour to promote the album, it has received critical acclaim. Nominations have poured in from the Junos (Blues Album of the Year), Canadian Folk Music Awards (Contemporary Album, Solo Artist and English Songwriter of the Year) and the Maple Blues Awards (Acoustic Artist and Songwriter of the Year)- 6 nominations, 5 of which have yet to be decided!
“I had shows lined up at festivals and concert halls big and small, literally from Bonavista to Vancouver Island, from Inuvik to the Great Lakes,” he smiles, “But with them all cancelled because of the pandemic, I decided to release the album anyway. I sold a guitar to pay for the mastering and borrowed the money for manufacturing, because I had no work. I’m glad I did.”
Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released six solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick.
“After spending a lot of my time playing on my National Steel, I knew I wanted to make another album for guitar and voice, only this time it would be mostly slide guitar on a steel bodied guitar”, says Fines. “I decided I wanted to return to my little cabin in the Kawartha Highlands and record again with the modest solar powered setup there – two panels and 4 golf cart batteries.”
Fines will feature songs from Solar Powered Too as well as a retrospective look back on some songs and stories from 40 years playing music – an intimate show, not to be missed.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 24 at 2 PM.
General Admission: $33 incl. fees & HST
Cabaret Seating: $38 incl. fees & HST
140 Charlotte Street, 3rd Floor
Canada K9J 2T8
Phone: (705) 749-1146
Fax: (705) 749-3606
For directions, see where we are.
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.