By Roxanne Delage
CORNWALL, Ontario - Despite his great success beyond our community, virtuoso guitarist, Paul Deslauriers, has not forgotten his roots.
Early, next month, the Cornwall native, who now makes his home in Montreal, will return once again to local pub, Lola’s, to celebrate the release of his latest CD, a Blues and Rock & Roll collection, self-titled, The Paul Deslauriers Band.
“Cornwall has been very good to me,” said Deslauriers who is now in the middle of a series of shows in and around Ottawa and Montreal in celebration of the release, “I felt (Cornwall) deserved to be on the list of the first shows we are doing for the new album.”
Accompanied by his stellar bandmates, Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums, the album features seven original songs and three “unique re-workings” of classics, with additional contributions from Juno and multiple Maple Blues Award winners, Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk, and Steve Strongman.
Earlier this year, Deslauriers was recognized as Canada's top blues guitar player, as well as, Best Acoustic Act, with long-time collaborator, Dawn Tyler Watson, at the 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony, in Toronto,.
Deslauriers will be performing two shows at Lola’s in Cornwall, on Saturday, April 5, with special guests, The Rod Squad, and on Sunday, April 6, with special guests, Gypsy. For further information, visit www.pauldeslauriersband.com or drop by Lola’s Pub and Grub, at 616 Pitt Street.
Also playing in town…
On Saturday, March 22, Melanie Brulee, will be, at the St Lawrence Acoustic Stage in Morrisburg, opening up for the fabulous Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. As well, on March 22, Cornwall’s high octane party band, Alison Wonderland, will be at Lola’s.
St Lawrence College will be hosting and open mic at the Shark Tank Pub on March 27. Calling all student musicians, poets, magicians, comedians and storytellers who would like to perform and show off your talent. Please sign up @ Student Union! All equipment provided, just bring your own instruments. A $50 prize will awarded to one student.
The 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival will take place from March 26 to March 30 at Aultsville Theatre with participants in school band, choir, as well as private piano and voice divisions, with a wrap up Concert of the Stars.
Also on the Aultsville Theatre stage, tenor, Ken Lavigne, tells the story of his personal campaign to perform at Carnegie Hall through song and story, on April 5. Visit www.aultsvilletheatre.com for further details on these and the upcoming Gordon Lightfoot performance later this year.
There will be special fundraiser for The Port Theatre, featuring A Tribute to the Beatles 50th Anniversary Show, on April 11. Don’t miss this one!
Motley Crue Tribute, Crued, will be live at La Maison, on April 17, and SwitchGear will be the featured entertainment for Western Night fundraiser, on April 19, at the Royal Canadian Legion.
I encourage everyone to get out and support the local music scene.