Live Wire Music Series Presents Kelli Trottier Trio and Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything on Fri. Feb. 1st

Kelli Trottier Jaron Freeman-FoxLive Wire Music Series Kingston is excited to announce its outstanding 2013 series, starring many of Canada’s finest musicians. It begins on Friday, February 1st at The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., with a co-bill featuring Kingston’s own Kelli Trottier Trio together with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything. This will be a high-energy show with two completely different violin virtuosi, each with a superb backing band and an eclectic range of material.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and at Tara Foods (613-546-4439).

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Originally from the B.C. interior, Jaron Freeman-Fox is now based in Toronto, where he has assembled an ensemble of some of that city’s finest players. Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do.

The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from gypsy to klezmer to celtic to country without skipping a beat.” ~ The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage – setting the tone with a creative cover of “People are Strange.” Throughout the set, Freeman-Fox bounces and sings while playing his five-string electric violin.

John Freeman plays wicked clarinet solos and Johnny Spence makes the accordion look sexy. Controlled frenzy on stage spills onto the dance floor during the set, especially when the band plays “The Rabid Rabbi.” The band leaves the stage and it’s too soon –obvious that the audience wants more. Haven’t heard of the Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything? See them live and they could possibly be your new favourite band.”  ~ The Walleye

Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way. Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed, and learned fiddle from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans. She has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

“I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening and your natural style with the audience made it extra special.  As we listened to you, many of us had the feeling we were witnessing a great Canadian talent about to skyrocket, and we were there to see the launching!

The 2013 Live Wire Music Winter/Spring Series

Hungry For Christmas CD Helps Food Bank

Kingston This Week – November 25, 2010

Sandy Singers has stepped before the microphone one more time.

The executive director of the Partners in Mission Food Bank, and former singer in various bands, including the Soul Survivors, has brought together a group of friends to record Hungry for Christmas, a fundraiser he hopes will fill a few stockings.

And the shelves.

It comes as no surprise that demand at the local food bank is up.

“The challenge,” says Singers, “is keeping food on the shelves.”

That would be the result of a 22 per cent increase in demand over the last two years.

And, while help has come from both the corporate sector as well as local food drivers, “we find we’re buying a lot of food now. We’ve spent about $75,000 purchasing food this past year,” he says. “It’s the new normal.”

More than 800 food hampers go out every month from the Hickson Avenue food bank.

The Hungry for Christmas CD features Singers on a number of holiday tracks, including the title track, which he wrote. Notables in the local music scene are also on board. Sarah Harmer and Luther Wright team up for “White Christmas,” and Emily Fennell and Chris Brown deliver a bluesy “Please be Home for Christmas.” Singers and Kelli Trottier have some fun with “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”

Singers has a family connection with the last track, where he is joined by his daughter Shawna in a reworking of Simon and Garfunkel’s version of “Silent Night” that includes a voice over by newscaster Bill Hutchins.

Musicians include Spencer Evans, Jerry Clancy, Andrew Affleck, Kevin McKolskey, Matt Ray, Andy Thompson, Burke Carroll, Don Reed and Kevin Goss.

Hungry for Christmas costs $15 and is available at both locations of Sunrise Records, Renaissance Music, Cooke’s Fine Foods, Wal-Mart and three RBC branches.

Vote For Kelli Trottier In The Lilith Fair Artist Competition!

Photo of Kelli by Charles Ede


Kingston’s own musical triple threat: fiddler, singer & step dancer Kelli Trottier has entered the Lilith Fair Competition and would greatly appreciate your support if you have time to submit your vote!!!

You can go to

Or if you’re on Facebook:

Step 1: Go to this website

(yes, sorry, you need to use the Facebook application for it to work properly)

Step 2: Select TORONTO

Step 3: you will then see labels saying “JUDGE”, “STANDINGS”, “ARTISTS”

a) Go to Artist
b) Select Kelli Trottier’s name
c) Choose her as your favorite!!

Step 4: Select “JUDGE”, you will see a list of 4 artists (this may or may not include Kelli)

* You WILL have to actually vote for these people. You must play each song for 15 seconds and then place it in which ever order you’d like and then “SUBMIT VOTE”.

*There will be 4 new artists to judge for a new round.

* There may be a few rounds until you see Kelli’s song/picture. But since you have made her a “favorite” this guarantees her name will be in the first few rounds for you.

*Once you DO see her, place her at the top and then “SUBMIT VOTE”.

You can do this once a day, and yes, DO pass this invitation on to everyone and anyone you know!

Just a note: It requires that you listen to 15 seconds of each song before you can go onto the next, but it only takes about five minutes over all. They want everyone to have a fighting chance.

Let the voting begin!

Photo by Charles Ede

Canadian Fiddler Kelli Trottier To Perform In The Music For A Change Concert Series

Kelli Trottier ~ photo by Charles Ede


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. ― Hailed by many as the “Canadian Alison Krauss,” Kelli Trottier will perform in the MUSIC for a CHANGE benefit concert series on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, which is located in the Harry Jack Gray Center at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford. Kenny White will open the show. Tickets are $19.

Born and raised in Ontario, a hotbed of musical tradition, Kelli Trottier developed her passion for singing, songwriting, dancing and performing. Her talents have carried her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East and the far north, making fans in every venue with her distinct voice and beautiful fiddle playing. And not only is she an accomplished singer, she has been nominated three times for Fiddle Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association and is featured instrumentally and vocally on many studio recordings for other artists.

Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed. The fiddle was a natural extension of the dance; you just can’t have one without the other. And who better to learn from than the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Kelli learned well from these sources and then embraced the exuberant rhythmic fiddle and step dance styles of the French Canadian pioneers.

Opener Kenny White is a fixture in the NY studio scene, writing and producing literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio as well as working on soundtracks for many Hollywood films. In this capacity, he worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt and Dwight Yoakam just to name a few. He now tours singing his own music, creating soulful and memorable performances.

The University of Hartford launched the MUSIC for a CHANGE series in the spring of 2000, with the goal of using music as means of helping the Hartford community. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised for a number of Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations. The proceeds from this particular show will go to the Hartford Food System, one of the nation’s oldest organizations dedicated to fighting hunger and improving nutrition on the grassroots level.

For tickets, call the University box office at 860-768-4228 or 800-274-8587, or purchase them on line at

For more information about the MUSIC for a CHANGE concert series, go to and sign in to get emails about upcoming shows, and join our Facebook page at

Kelli Trottier & Bowfire To Play Dressed To Kilt 2010!

Kingston’s own musical prodigy and beautiful singer, Kelli Trottier, is heading out on tour with Bowfire again from March 12th-20th to play some blistering fiddle extravaganza performances in Texas, Missouri and Florida. For dates, venues and ticket information, go to Kelli also has some exciting Bowfire news for you!

For the second year in a row, Bowfire have been invited by Sir Sean and Lady Connery to participate in their annual Dressed To Kilt Fashion Show which has become a major charity fashion event each spring in New York City. This year, Dressed To Kilt is being held on Monday, April 5, 2010, at M2, 530 West 28th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue) in NYC starting with a reception at 7:30 pm followed by the fashion show at 9:00 pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by credit card or PayPal here.

The funds from this year’s event will be used to assist injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan through the Wounded Warriors organization and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Enjoy this video clip from last year’s show that features Kelli and Bowfire:

If you would like to view the latest Dressed To Kilt video, it’s here:

Word has it that Kelli is going to get to meet Sir Sean Connery this year which is not something that everyone can say they’ve done. Join me in congratulating Kelli Trottier and Bowfire on this great honour!