Tannis Slimmon at the River Run Centre

Guelph-based Singer-songwriter Tannis Slimmon returns to the Cooperator’s Hall stage at the River Run Centre on April 10 accompanied by her musical partner, Lewis Melville.

If you’ve not seen Tannis Slimmon in concert then you probably should. She has an amazing vocal sound – warm and earthy yet at the same time somewhat ethereal in character. Her unique sound features a compelling blend of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic guitars and voices, while her lyrics balance the essential emotional components of life: sadness, joy, love and humour. Her roots style is accented with influences from world, contemporary, and folk music traditions.

Slimmon’s work has enjoyed great critical acclaim. In 2008 she was named Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her album, “Lucky Blue”. “Ernest, Charlie & Allan”, a track from Lucky Blue, garnered the Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots Song. The record also earned a spot on the Top Ten Critics Albums of the Year by Penguin Eggs, Canada’s premier folk and roots music magazine.

Her latest album, 2013’s “In & Out Of Harmony” was produced by Melville and features 13 new songs that explore a variety of personal yet universal themes. Featuring an array of talent from the Canadian folk-roots scene alongside Juno-winning kora player Mansa Sissoko and ngoni master Abdoulaye Kone the album is the perfect follow-up to 2007’s award-winning Lucky Blue. Among the musicians adding their chops to this release you can namecheck Martin Tielli and Dave Clark (from the Rheostatics), Harry Manx, David Francey, Ray Bonneville and Treasa Levasseur among others.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Centre Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online.

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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