Call from space highlights Trent Severn concert

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By Diva Jenna Ujiye

divastrendseverneI was at the East Street Station to watch the Trent Severn concert and in the middle of their set Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, called in to chat with us! How cool is that? Not only was this one of the most interesting phone calls I have ever been involved in, the whole concert was awesome. Trent Severn, made up of three amazing musician singer/songwriters Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Laura C. Bates, have come up with some really great songs and harmonies. Their eclectic Canadian folk blend is well put together and they play from the soul.

Hadfield told us that this was the first concert he had ever called in to from space. He also mentioned that it was 1:40 a.m. and that the sun was about to rise. He joked with the band that becoming commander [last week] has added to his to do list, along with having to make sure the lights were out and the garage door had to be put down!

My friend George Zoethout from Huron Image Factory posted a video, so here it is!

First off, what a great venue to relax and enjoy music, even when the venue is totally packed full.

So if you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of rural living in Canada. I am always so happy to hear people talking and singing about our great country! Trent Severn has created music with a story, they use the slogan Folk From Canada, singing songs with familiar names in their titles such as Mulroney Times, Truscott, Like a Donnelly and Bluenose Dime. Their sound is big, three-part harmony with banjo, bass, guitar and fiddle, it makes my heart smile and brings me back to when I was a kid. My toe was tapping the whole time and really felt that if there were a dance-floor it would have been packed. If you couldn’t make it to the concert Trent Severn has two gigs at the Dakota in Toronto on March 19 and 20 or check out their website to get a listen and find out when there are upcoming shows!

I have been lucky in the past to be able to perform on the stage of the East Street Station and with the likes of Emm Gryner. Ashley Anderson and I have done back up singing for her in the past and after forming Trent Severn she asked if Ashley and I would open a show for them. We were delighted, and asked Jamie Wallace, Bud Mabon and Brendan Purser to perform us. It was so much fun to share the stage with these three wonderful ladies.

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