Funny, Sad but Mostly Musical
Come to the X for the bittersweet and whimisical charm of master song-writer Ben Sures, and some final top ten lists from comedian Dawn Dumont.
(from Ben's MySpace) Anyone who has heard Ben Sures perform will tell you that big talent comes in small packages. A veteran of the contemporary folk and roots music scene, Ben has long fought for the recognition he deserves in the Canadian music industry. His 2005 award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition, for his song Any Precious Girl, is evidence of his genius, his originality, and his tenacious ability to flawlessly pick his way to the top of the guitar heap while telling an absorbing story in words that only the craftiest of lyricists could pen.
Raised in Western Canada, Ben began playing guitar in high school, and has been writing and performing ever since, touring festivals, small venues and living rooms across the nation. Ben performs live with his talented bass player/back up vocalist, Shantel Koening, sometimes under the alias Supergroup.
Often featured on CBC, Ben's performances are energetic and humourous, and whatever the venue, he manages to connect with his audiences with a seldom duplicated sense of intimacy that draws the listener inextricably into the folds of his melodic story telling. While Ben's voice has been compared to Paul Simon, and his songwriting has been compared to Sarah Harmer and Greg Brown, his originality has truly made him a brilliant and outstanding gem in the diamond mine of the Canadian music scene.
Here's Ben playing one of my favourites--"Maybe"
And here's a gorgeous interpretation of a Ben Sures song, posted by KappyRayne on Youtube:
Dawn is a comedian and comedy writer. In 2010, she became the co-host for APTN's highest rated show, Fish Out of Water. She was also featured in the 2010 CBC Comedy Special "Turtle Island Too," two episodes of CBC's The Debaters, and has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has written for television, radio, and the stage. Four of her plays: The Common Experience (2009), The Red Moon (Love Medicine) (2007), Visiting Elliot (2006), and The Trickster vs. Jesus Christ (2005) were produced by CBC Radio. She was a writer and story editor for APTN's animated comedy By The Rapid. Dawn is also a contributor to CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera and Revision Quest. In 2011, she published her first book - Nobody Cries at Bingo - with Thistledown Press (Saskatoon, SK.) Dawn was born and raised on the Okanese First Nation and is of Cree and Metis descent.
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