The Carleton is thrilled to announce that we’ll have one of our favourite songwriters – Ron Hawkins from The Lowest Of The Low – appearing with Halifax All Star Band scrapes to celebrate the release of his new album SPIT, SPUTTER & SPARKLE on Friday, March 31st. Sponsored by Delta Hotels, the show will start at 10 PM and admission is $20. Ron is just back from a tour with his Do Good Assassins opening for Blue Rodeo across Western Canada. This’ll be a barn-burner folks. Get your tickets NOW!
Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. Prolific as he is, Ron follows up his Feb. 2015 release of Garden Songs, with SPIT SPUTTER & SPARKLE, continuing to exemplify his skills with a word, a hook, a riff and a melody to display some of his finest work to date. Slated for a March 25th, 2016 release via Pheromone Recordings, the album features 11 new originals, including the first single, Beautiful Girl.
As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:
In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll. Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.
Over the years, Ron has written and released three additional LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and in November 2012, Ron and The Do Good Assassins released the double disc Rome. Adding them all up, Spit Sputter and Sparkle is Ron’s 15th album of original material.
scrapes are a five-piece rock band stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Channeling a true appreciation of the thrills and spills of living on the east coast, scrapes specialize in driving pop songs that speak with a loud and honest voice. The result of lifelong friendships and a mutual appreciation of cars that aren’t quite vintage, scrapes combine sturdy rhythms, hot guitars and bossy vocals in a sound that honours rock’s most modest heroes, dad’s old records, and the more surprising aspects of the 1990s. scrapes started with the Lebaron EP in 2013, an album which preceded the live act. In their short time as a band scrapes have competed in the finals of Toronto’s Indie Week Challenge, held a month-long residency at the legendary Carleton Music Bar and Grill, shared the stage with some of Canada’s top rock acts and played scores of shows around the Maritimes. scrapes are currently sporting a shiny new EP entitled ‘Top of the Stairs’, recorded in Halifax at The Sonic Temple.
The band performed with Ron Hawkins as his Halifax All Star Band during the Halifax Urban Folk Festival in 2015 and will do it again at this show after favouring us with a set of their own, excellent, material!