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Fourth Friday: Ian Bain

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ian Bain’s music is inspired by his time out west and on the road listening to country music and folk-rock of the ’60s and ’70s.

Every Fourth Friday of the month enjoy free admission to the Civic Museum from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a free concert starting at 7 p.m

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About the Artist:

In the summer of 2019, longstanding Guelph musician Ian James Bain (Nicolette & the Nobodies, Softside) left home to work on a small ranch in Golden, British Columbia. His days were spent working outside, his nights were spent picking and singing.

In a cabin on the property Bain developed his practice as a songwriter, recording the process to cassette.

Returning home, inspired by his time in the West and on the road listening to the country music and folk-rock of the ’60s and ’70s, Ian developed his chops by crooning the classics alongside Paul Weber at the famous Maryhill Commercial Tavern. Here the once reserved frontman overcame his trepidation and found confidence in a powerful voice and expansive range.

Bain’s songs showcase his ability and experience as a player and composer, embracing the freedom and experimentalism of the psychedelic era while remaining firmly rooted in country music.

After collecting and refining songs, Bain’s debut album was recorded in August 2021 at Port William Sound by Jonas Bonetta (Evening Hymns) and features stellar musicianship from a hotshot band of some of Ontario’s finest players.

‘Where I Wanna Be’ was released in October of 2022 and has been getting widespread play on college and community radio across the country. The album release show to a packed crowd at Brother’s Brewing Company in December of 2022 confirmed Bain’s status as a force in the Canadian country and americana scene.

Not one to rest, only weeks after the release of his debut album, Bain was back in the studio with producer and pedal steeler Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, Kathleen Edwards, Julianna Riolino) recording a new EP of songs that reflect Bain’s growth as a performer and songwriter. Look for it in 2023.


May 26
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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