Blues Great Suzie Vinnick In The Intimacy of the Meaford Hall Gallery

This Saturday, Suzie Vinnick will perform the first of the first of the intimate concerts to be held in the gallery of Meaford Hall, while the balcony in the Opera House is being renovated, a series called The Gallery Concert Series.  Every act booked for this series has something special to offer and with Suzie Vinnick, it is starting out strong.

Suzie Vinnick is the kind of blues artist that attracts awards.  She’s won ten Maple Blues Awards, for her singing, her songwriting and even her bass playing.  She won the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year.  It all began for her when she recorded her first solo acoustic blues album, called “Me ‘n Mable”, referring to her guitar.  It immediately attracted attention from Bill Wax, who at the time was program director of a SiriusXM radio show called BB King’s Bluesville, which was often co-hosted by the blues legend.  She spent seven weeks on the show’s “Picks To Click” feature, reaching number three.  “Me ‘n Mabel” received a 2012 Juno nomination and led to international touring and rave reviews, not to mention the use of her music in several TV commercials and the movie “A Touch of Grey”.

Check out this excerpt from the house concert TV series “The Neighbors Dog”:

Mike Agranoff of The Minstrel, has written, “When Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick takes the stage, she takes it from footlights to rafters and owns it. She can belt out a blues or croon a ballad with equal deftness. Her guitar work is effortlessly commanding and supremely tasteful. But it is mostly her powerful presence that leaves a lasting impression. This lady is a force of nature with a six-string guitar. You’ve got to experience her to understand.”

Suzie performs powerfully as a solo act, as a duo or as a full band. She has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band. Suzie made her New York City debut in 2011 supporting John Hammond at a free outdoor stage in Madison Square Park Conservancy and has performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.

Her collaborations include The Marigolds, a band with Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford, and tours with Rick Fines which whom she shared a Maple Blues Songwriter of The Year awardfor their 2006 joint release, “Nothing Halfway”.  She’s also co-written with blues great Rita Chiarelli.

Saturday night in the Gallery will showcase Suzie and Mabel, her trusty guitar in an ideal setting for blues fans.

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