On March 24, we welcome Justin Sawicki, a Thunder Bay native who now calls Hamilton his home. Sawicki has been active in the Hamilton Music Scene since 2003. In that time
On March 24, we welcome Justin Sawicki, a Thunder Bay native who now calls Hamilton his home.
Sawicki has been active in the Hamilton Music Scene since 2003. In that time he has shared the stage with such acts as Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Selina Martin, Tom Wilson, and Max Kerman (Arkells).
Nothing For No One, Sawicki’s first LP. was released with mixed reviews. The offering is described in EXCLAIM! as being a “rather interesting musical project with interesting jaunts into klezmer and maudlin sounds”. Others called it “eerily romantic and playful”. In 2012 the recording was nominated for Independent Album of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards.
Justin Sawicki, the songwriter’s self-titled second album was released. The most recent effort is more honed and mature with a strong focus on traditional roots rhythms and arrangements. Described by Dusty Organ as being “rooted in storytelling and rustic Canadian musicianship, (the album) shifts from western-style blues riffs, to dense, foot-stomping folk melodies”.
While building a family and a life outside of music Sawicki has stayed sharp in recent years by composing several songs for CBC Kids Shows like The Napkin Man and playing Acoustic Canadian Folk Classics in local pubs in and around Hamilton. In late 2017 Sawicki started the writing process for a new project and the songs are set for release in late 2018.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Acoustic Blend Cafe
86 Homewood Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario
5 at the First’s 8th season String Extravaganza VII Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 3pm First Unitarian Church - 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton ON Concert sponsor: Gisela and Uri
5 at the First’s 8th season
String Extravaganza VII
Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 3pm
First Unitarian Church – 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton ON
Concert sponsor: Gisela and Uri Wittenberg
Tickets online: www.universe.com/stringextravaganzavii
At the door: $20 Adult, $15 Senior, $5 Student/unwaged, FREE Under 12
Yehonatan Berick & Csaba Koczo, violin
Caitlin Boyle & Theresa Rudolph, viola
Alastair Eng & Rachel Mercer, cello
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in a minor for violin, viola & 2 celli
Jocelyn Morlock Blue Sun for violin and viola
Dohnanyi String Sextet in B flat major
Our beloved String Extravaganza returns with romantic Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi’s beautiful sextet, led by our Hungarian-born violinist, Csaba Koczo! We open with Vancouver-based Canadian Jocelyn Morlock’s simple “Blue Sun” for violin and viola, and continue with the cheery Quartet by Russian Anton Arensky for two cellos!
Rachel Mercer, Artistic Director & Michele Corbeil, Executive Director
(Saturday) 3:00 pm
First Unitarian Church
170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton