Nation Valley News
CHESTERVILLE — Beyond the Juno Awards and Bluesfest, singer songwriter Trevor Alguire adds the McCloskey Hotel stage to his resume of performances this evening.
Set to draw heavily from his sixth album, Perish in the Light, released last fall, the roots-style rocker — think Tom Petty, Kris Kristofferson and John Hiatt — arrives in Chesterville on the heels of a recent cross-Canada tour.
“I’ve been all over the globe and back, but go figure, I haven’t been to Chesterville,” quips the artist, whose most recent tour took him from Cornwall, Ont. to Canmore, Alta., this past winter.
“We’re keeping it simple,” he says of tonight’s show, explaining it’s just himself and musician buddy Pat McLaughlin at the 22 Victoria Street venue. “I’ll be on acoustic guitar, and he’ll be on an old electric, and he sings harmonies with me really nicely, too.”
While Alguire also travels with a full band — a group that recently played the recent Juno Awards’ JUNOfest celebrations in Ottawa — tonight’s duo arrangement “can get a pretty good rocking thing going,” he says.
A Trevor Alguire show features nothing but original material out of his repertoire of 70 recorded songs. That’s after 11 years of serious, professional musicianship for the married father of two in his mid-40s. He’s otherwise known as the long-time owner of a popular Ottawa skateboard shop, a passion that still takes up about half of his time.
But music is his “therapy,” he says. “It keeps me sane, and keeps me the person I am and lets me create and be able to get out and see the world doing it.”
And see the world he has. For the last eight years, Alguire has toured Germany and the Netherlands. As in Canada, he’s played all sizes of small to medium-sized venues, from house concerts drawing 30 people to last year’s Ontario Festival of Small Halls stop in Spencerville with an audience of more than 200.
Optimistic that Perish in the Light could still be nominated for a 2018 Juno, he launched the album at Wakefield, Quebec’s Black Sheep Inn last fall. “It’s kind of neat to be around long enough to be noticed someday as an up-and-coming artist,” he chuckles.
Meanwhile,the McCloskey Hotel continues to gain traction in the same hip milieu as the Black Sheep.
“That’s why I’m excited to get out and play McCloskey’s … to help cultivate and get the music lovers there. It’s a good thing for everybody, you know?” says Alguire. “I love those venues — the little music venues that struggle along and happen to make it work,” he adds, also suggesting he hopes to return soon to Chesterville with his full band, “a good crew of musicians,” as an encore.
“It makes it more fun, you know, to me, that’s why I’m doing it.”
See the video below for one of the darker new songs by Alguire, “My Sweet Rosetta,” a duet with Catherine MacLellan.
Below, some of the performers at McCloskey’s earlier this week.
Conor Veinotte of Chesterville performs at McCloskey’s most recent open mic night, held every Wednesday evening at the 22 Victoria Street venue.