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RIVER TOWN SAINTS FREE VIRTUAL CONCERT SAT. NOV. 28, 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2020
THE TIM HORTONS OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH RIVER TOWN SAINTS AND SPECIAL GUEST AMANDA RHEAUME SAT. NOV. 28, 8:00 PM
Organizers of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival will present a special evening on Rogers Cable 22 and the festivals YouTube Channel with Canadian country music group and home town favourites River Town Saints and special guest Amanda Rheaume.
If tragedy and overcoming adversity are the hallmarks of a good country song, the River Town Saints have earned their dirt road credibility.
Originally a 5 piece band from the Ottawa Valley, the River Town Saints have a lot to show for the last couple years, including; millions of YouTube views and Spotify streams, a top 10 hit with their single, “Bonfire”, CCMA nominations, CMAO and Canadian Radio Music Awards, tours with Tim Hicks, Kip Moore and large-scale festivals. Known for their energetic live show, rich vocal harmonies and good times, the Saints were just getting started.
When their original singer departed in 2018, and months later their bassist and best friend Daniel Di Giacomo died tragically at 31, it would have been understandable to throw in the towel.
Not a chance.
Remaining members Jeremy Bortot, Chris McComb and Jordan Potvin got to work writing songs and looking for a new lead singer. As fate would have it, newcomer Chase Kasner fit the bill. Kasner hails from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, where he was raised in a large musical family. Country music runs deep in his blood, given his grandmother Mary Bailey was an accomplished Canadian country singer, who also went on to discover and mentor Shania Twain early on in her career. With a powerful, soulful new voice to helm the group, combined with a renewed determination to pick up where they left off, RTS is reborn, recharged and ready.
Eager to release new music and get back out on the road, fans can expect the next chapter for the River Town Saints to be full of great tunes, big shows and far too many laughs along the way.
Amanda Rheaume, is an award winning Métis singer-songwriter with a slightly gritty, deeply personal and instantly accessible Americana sound.
An engaging performer, Rheaume has developed a following across Canada and in Europe, where she tours regularly. One of her great gifts as a songwriter is her ability to take the personal and make it universal, drawing upon her own experience to deliver messages with a wide resonance.
Her fifth album, The Skin I'm In (Feb 2019) presents a compellingly portrait of an artist fully comfortable in her own skin, personally and musically.