Wow! I am overwhelmed by the incredible Mariposa Folk Festival! I had a wonderful time performing on the many stages and meeting the other incredible artist over the weekend. 

To the fans thank you thank you thank you!

Amazing audience at the Pub Tent with Everything Fitz and Georgian Bay!

Spoken Word Workshop with David Amram, Jon Brooks and Leonard Sumner!

Solo Stage this little guys enjoyed a close up during the fiddle tunes!

 

 

Super excited to announce my third CD release  Whisky and Pine this June!

I will be performing a CD release concert June 24th at the beautiful Waterford Old Town Hall. Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through myself or the old town hall!

Hope to see lots new and familiar faces!  LOVE Bnejmain

So proud to be nominated for three Hamilton Music Awards for Strong Man's Address!  To be amongst the other nominees is an honor

Working on final tracks for Whisky and Pine today and all day tomorrow! It is almost finished ready to be sent to Toronto for mastering! It has been a fantastic journey producing this album with Randy again! So excited to share it with everyone!

So very proud of  my song Beautiful Mess!  It made the finals in the International Song Writing competition and was given an Honorable Mention in the Americana Category!  Beautiful Mess is from my second album.

Well here we go again! CBC  Searchlight Round two is coming to an end with only 2 days left to vote!  I am honored to be in the category with all the other talented artists! 

 

Wow I am so excited to find out two of my songs have been chosen as semi-finalist in the ISC! Beautiful Mess and Ashes to Ashes! Super cool!

 

Station Coffee House & Gallery gig was a sold out show!  Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support myself, Steven Ryan and Logan Staats.  Thanks Sandra L Anderson for the photos!

 

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

I am really excited for 2016!!  Some of my best writing to date is being recorded for my third album! 

Looking forward to some awesome gigs coming up.  I am so happy to have Chris Rait accompanying me on stand-up bass, guitar and djembe. He is a fantastic friend and amazing musician.  Hope to see you soon!

Love Benjamin

 

I love Christmas! I love warm sweaters and crackling fires, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!

I am looking forward to some fun gigs this month and hope to see lots of friends and family!

 

I had a wonderful time performing at a school in Port Dover Ontario. The staff and students were so welcoming and responsive to the music! Definitely see myself doing more of this in the future!

Well we are back from Edmonton! We had a little time to tour around and see the mountains in Jasper, absolutely beautiful!

It was an honor to be able to perform at the showcase on the Friday evening with the other nominees at the Northern Lights Folk Club and on Saturday at the Uptown Folk Club.   We had the pleasure of spending time with Grit and Judith Laskin and many more amazing people involved in the Canadian Folk Music Awards. 

This fall is going to be busy!   Lots of gigs already lined up!

 I absolutely love what I do!

I feel so very proud to be a part of the folk music community! I just spent 4 days with the most amazing group of people who love, support and encourage each other to be the best they can be in the folk music world.  It is an exhausting weekend of workshops, performing,  jamming, all-nighters and smoozing. I am grateful to the many people that make this event possible and I look forward to next year!

 

Holy Smokes! I am so very excited, thrilled, overwhelmed, honored, proud!!! to be nominated again for Young Performer of the Year for the Canadian Folk Music Awards!!! On our way to Edmonton in November! WOW!!!! Thank you CFMA's!

I am excited once again to perform at the Scottish Village in Brantford. 

My Scottish Great Grandfather would be proud! I am honored to be wearing his sporran.

Performing with the amazing Brantford Pipes & Drums

 

The summer has started out fantastically busy with lots of great gigs and awesome people! Kicked off July at the beautiful Waterford Old Town Hall Summer Lawn Concert! Huge thank you to Michael Hogg for including me in the line-up! It was a beautiful evening to enjoy some local music.

Next up was Brantford Alexandria Park where I had the privilege of meeting Steve Wey from Euphonious Radio where we made a plan to do a spotlight on my music! Can't wait! 

I am overwhelmed by the outstanding support last night at my CD release concert! What a wonderful success! Hearing the audience singing at the end was fantastic!

Until next time

Love Benjamin

This Friday is my CD release concert and I am so excited to perform on a stage in such a beautiful hall. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends, fans and family!

Love
Benjamin

Yesterday we picked up my CD's in Toronto! I am so pumped to share this album with everyone!

I will be doing a CD release concert Friday June 19th at the Old Town Hall in Waterford!

Concert starts at 8:00

I am having a CD release concert at the Waterford Old Town Hall Friday June 19th if you would like to come! http://www.oldtownhall.org/Doors open at 7:30 concert starts at 8:00

Admission is pay-what-you-can. Local craft beer and wine will be on sale at this licensed, all-ages event.

Hope you can make it!    LoveBenjamin

 

Super excited! Art work is all done and my CD is in Toronto and being Mastered!!!

I hope to have hard copies in my hand by the end of the month!

 

Holy Smokes!

My song "Move Ben Move" has won Second Place in the Teen category in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Each year the competition has become progressively more competitive, and with over 18,000 entries from 118 countries, I am ecstatic over this fantastic news!  This is a remarkable achievement!

 

CBC Searchlight is well underway and I have already made it into the second round!

I feel so lucky to have so many people behind me supporting my music. We have until April 20th to gain as many votes as possible to get into the finals.

The pressure is on!

 

Just got a great e-mail!

My song Pendulum has won third place in the world in the Indie International Songwriting competitions!

This song rocks! Have a listen! Super proud of this tune!

Late night tonight up til midnight recording in the studio for the next CD! This new album is going to ROCK!

Move Ben Move has now made it to the finals of the 2014 International Songwriting Competition teen category!

Finalist will be chosen by professional judges! 

Heading back into the studio today to lay down more tracks for the new CD! Cant wait to hear how the mixing is coming! 

All three songs that we entered have made it to the semi-finalist list!

                                                  Move Ben Move, Wayfarer and Pendulum

So yesterday I was invited to perform at Blue Skies Music Festival in August! I've heard lots of great things, super excited!

 

This fall has been so rewarding.

September I received news my EP, Wayfarer has been nominated for a CFMA! I am overwhelmed! 

I am going to the CFMA's!

 October I had the opportunity to participate in the youth program at Folk Music Ontario Conference in Toronto which was absolutely amazing!  It was a fantastic surprise to received an e-mail saying I was the recipient of the Taylor Mitchell Bursary.

 In 2010, in memory of her daughter, Canadian songwriter Taylor Mitchell, Emily Mitchell established The FMO Taylor Mitchell Bursary for participants in the Folk Music Ontario Youth Performer program.

I was able to spend time with fellow musicians, mentors and music industry professions all with encouraging  words of wisdom. 

 

This is the event of the summer I had been waiting for! Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival! I had the opportunity to perform with some outstanding musicians, make some life long friendships and have an awesome time doing what I love!

 

 

Outstanding ! We arrived in Halifax just in time for Buster fest! I had a fantastic time on the Halifax pier buskering for passers by!

These three scary dudes stopped by to do a jig!

 

Waterford Old Town Hall outdoor summer concert series.

 

 

      

 

What an opportunity! 

I had the privilege to perform on stage with some of my mentors. Ian Bell, Brian Pickel, Allison Lupton and Shane Cook!

Last Shot Fired was an event held in Oakland Ontario to recognize the Battle of Malcolm’s Mills.

It was an extremely hot day but we had a great time!

last shot fired

 

 

Sunday morning long drive up to Owen Sound Ontario to perform for the Youth Discoveries Tune up. It was cold and cloudy but there was a good crowd out to support the performers.  We all had an opportunity to perform our own set and then jump up on stage with James Keelaghan at the end for the finale.  Cant wait til August to perform at Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival! Going to rock it!

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