Light… End… Tunnel

Well, it was a journey. A true journey! But after a few months the final touches have been added to the new Lowest of the Low record Do The Right Now! Stay tuned, we’ll be keeping you posted on developments and release dates.

 

JANUARY TOUR WITH BLUE RODEO

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What a great way to kickstart 2017 –

The DGA will accompany BR on the western swing of their Canadian tour.

Better snap up your tickets quickly, this will be sure to sell out in no time.

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Jan 11 – Thunder Bay – T-Bay Community Auditorium

Jan 13 – Regina – Conexus Arts Centre

Jan 14 – Winnipeg – MTS Centre

Jan 15 – Estevan – Affinity Place

Jan 17 – Saskatoon – TCU Place

Jan 19/20 – Edmonton – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Jan 21/22 Calgary – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Jan 24 – Penticton – South Okanagan Events Centre

Jan 26 – Victoria – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Jan 27/28 – Vancouver – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Feb 3 – Toronto –  Massey Hall

SWAMP video

Swamp Blurb

AUG 17, 2016

On June 23rd my merry crew hit the Horseshoe Tavern to capture myself and the DGA opening for Art Bergmann. This live performance is part of the footage we then used to create the video for Swamp.

It’s the 3rd video from my recent record Spit Sputter and Sparkle. The video is a desert dystopia, the song inspired by months of marathon Breaking Bad sessions. Haze, dilapitated shacks, skulls and snakes.

Once again a big shout out to Jill Riley, Ruby B Hawkins, Kathleen Olmstead and Tim Thompson. And this time a huge thanks to the folks at the Horseshoe Tavern as well.

Swamp is scheduled to premiere on Exclaim Magazine’s website as an exclusive feature on Wednesday, August 17th.

TILL IT KILLS YA video

TILL IT KILLS YA (BLAST)

On June 11th the same merry band of videographers marched once again into a rented room at Artscape to embark on a second DIO (“do it ourselves”) project.
After copious amounts of face paint and a couple hours of pitch blackness, save for a single blue industrial light, we shot the footage for Till IT Kills Ya –  a montage of heck of sorts, and a tribute to Kurt Cobain and the pitfalls of celebrity.
Once again I have to thank Kathleen Olmstead, Jill Riley, Ruby B Hawkins and Tim Thompson for their help, creative ideas in the heat of the moment and their willingness to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the shots in the can.
Till It Kills Ya is scheduled to be up on the site the week of June 20th.

Spit Sputter and Sparkle

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RON HAWKINS’
SPIT SPUTTER AND SPARKLE
OUT TOMORROW ON
PHEROMONE RECORDINGS

KICKS OFF TOUR DATES ON
MARCH 29th IN WINNIPEG

LOWEST OF THE LOW TAKE OVER LEE’S PALACE
FOR TWO NIGHTS

TORONTO, ON – March 24, 2016 – Canadian singer-songwriter, Ron Hawkins, will release his new album, Spit Sputter and Sparkle, tomorrow via Pheromone Recordings. The album features 11 new originals, including the first single/video, Beautiful Girl, which is sitting pretty at #12 on CBC’s R2-20, and check out the whole album today as part of First Play on CBCmusic.ca. Before Ron kicks off his upcoming tour dates on March 29th in Winnipeg, he will spend two nights at Lee’s Palace on March 25th and 26th with Lowest of the Low (full details below). Spit Sputter and Sparkle is Ron’s 15th album of original material and due to lift him onto the musical pe destal he has clearly earned. Album is available on iTunes http://bit.ly/rhsssitunes and physical at http://bit.ly/rhssscd .

What the press have been saying:

“…his latest artistic creation is a sparkling thing of beauty.”
– Winnipeg Free Press

“The Lowest of the Low frontman unveils another tightly woven solo effort.”
– Pop Forecast

“Spry, spunky and splendid.” – Sun Media

“There’s plenty here for fans of Hawkins and Lowest of the Low and if this is what he can come up with on such a quick turnover, then we’d happily receive an album every year from one of the country’s most prized artists.”
– CBCMusic.ca

As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron has enjoyed many accolades through the years. Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time, Ron has received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2000), and has been voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll in 2000 and once again in 2015. In 2008 Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 25-26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
March 29 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
March 30 – Saskatoon, SK – The Capitol
March 31 – Calgary, AB – Palomino – JUNOfest
April 01 – Edmonton, AB – The Almanac
April 02 – Camrose, AB – Bailey Theatre
April 03 – Red Deer, AB – The Hideout
April 07 – Picton, ON – The Regent Theatre *
April 08 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual *
April 09 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog *
April 14 – Toronto – The Rivoli SHOWCASE
April 15-16 – Toronto – The Rivoli
April 22 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom *
April 23 – Buffalo, NY – Leopard Lounge
April 29 – London, ON – London Music Hall *
April 30 – Owen Sound, ON – Heartwood Concert Hall *
May 13 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina *
May 26 – Bayfield, ON – The Ashwood *
May 28 – Niagara Falls, ON – Springlicious Festival *
* Lowest of the Low

Download Hi-Res Promo Photo: HERE
Download Hi-Res Album Cover Art: HERE
Listen to Beautiful Girl:

Official Site
iTunes

For more information, please contact:
Beth Cavanagh
Manager, National Media Relations
Cadence Music Group
O: 416.718.6549
C: 416.803.7685
beth.cavanagh@cadencemusicgroup.com

Cadence Music Group
2450 Victoria Park Ave., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M2J 5H3

Beautiful Girl Video

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On March 13th a ragtag band of videographers (read friends) marched into a rented room at Artscape and embarked on a DIO (“do it ourselves”) project.
In three hours (and for $75) we shot the Beautiful Girl video, and after a day of editing in i-Movie we came up with this… the first video for Spit Sputter and Sparkle.
My intention is to make a video a month for every song on the album. Stay tuned.
And pop in often to see how the challenge goes.
But till then enjoy.
Thanks to Kathleen Olmstead, Jill Riley, Tim Thompson and, especially, Ruby B Hawkins (who shot %90 of the footage she didn’t appear in).

RON HAWKINS ANNOUNCES SPIT SPUTTER AND SPARKLE

RON HAWKINS ANNOUNCES SPIT SPUTTER AND SPARKLE OUT
MARCH 25, 2016
 

HAVE A LISTEN TO FIRST SINGLE 


ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES 
 
TORONTO, ON – February 18, 2016 –  Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. Ron will release his new album,Spit Sputter and Sparkle, showcasing  his exemplary skills with a word, a hook, a riff and a melody.  Slated for a  March 25th, 2016 release via  Pheromone Recordings,the album features 11 new originals, including the first single,  Beautiful Girl . Spit Sputter and Sparkle will be available for pre-order at www.ronhawkins.com soon.
The new album was primarily recorded at Ron’s 55 Below home studio with Ron taking care of all vocals and instrumentation. “My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.” Ron continues: “I spent the better part of a year down that rabbit hole and when I came out the other side Spit Sputter and Sparkle was born.”
As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron has enjoyed many accolades through the years.  Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album,  Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time, Ron has  received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2000), and has been voted Songwriter of the Year byNOW Magazine’s reader’s poll in 2000 and once again in 2015. In 2008 Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.
Spit Sputter and Sparkle is Ron’s  15 th album of original material and  due to lift him onto the musical pedestal he has clearly earned.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 25-26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (Lowest of the Low)
March 29 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre (Ron Hawkins/duo)
March 30 – Saskatoon, SK – The Capitol (Ron Hawkins/duo)
April 01 – Edmonton, AB – The Almanac  (Ron Hawkins/duo)

April 02 – Camrose, AB – Bailey Theatre  (Ron Hawkins/duo)
April 03 – Red Deer, AB – The Hideout  (Ron Hawkins/duo)
April 07 – Picton, ON – The Regent Theatre (Lowest of the Low)
April 08 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual (Lowest of the Low)
April 14 – Toronto – The Rivoli SHOWCASE  (Ron & Do Good Assassins)
April 15-16 – Toronto – The Rivoli (Ron & Do Good Assassins)
April 22 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom  (Lowest of the Low)
April 23 – Buffalo, NY – Leopard Lounge  (Ron Hawkins/band)
April 30 – Owen Sound, ON – Heartwood Concert Hall (Lowest of the Low)
May 13 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina (Lowest of the Low)
May 28 – Niagara Falls, ON – Springlicious Festival (Lowest of the Low)
Spit Sputter and Sparkle Track List:
1. Beautiful Girl
2. Sliver
3. Chrome
4. Swamp
5. Till It Kills Ya
6. City of Lies
7. Strum and Drag
8. Sunflowers
9. Sweet Simple Life
10. Ten Speed Girl

11. Constellations
Download Hi-Res Promo PhotoHERE
Download Hi-Res Album Cover ArtHERE
 
For more information, please contact:
Beth Cavanagh
Manager, National Media Relations
MapleMusic Recordings|Fontana North 
O: 416.718.6549
C: 416.803.7685

Western Tour Spring 2016

Tour Poster #6

Hey Folks,
Been getting alot of requests for a western swing. So here it is.
Myself and the charming, multi-talented Brian MacMillan will be bringing my new record Spit Sputter and Sparkle to your town.
Hope to see you all out.
Tix available here:

http://www.wecc.ca/site09/performers/Ron_Hawkins.html Winnipeg

http://jclproductions.ca/…/ron-hawkins-lowest-of-the-low-w…/ Edmonton

http://www.baileytheatre.com/events.html Camrose

http://www.the-hideout.com/liveevents.html Red Deer

Now Magazine’s Choice Poll

Though I don’t usually feel comfortable posting messages about nominations (seems a bit narcissistic) I’m quite proud of these ones so here goes. The DGA are up for best band this year in the Now reader’s poll. And I’m up for best Songwriter and best male singer. Feel free to vote for Hayden, but I’d prefer if you voted for me.
And Lowest of the Low fans… we’ll see you all this summer at various shows in Toronto and Stateside.
DGA fans look for us in your home town and at the Turf Festival in Toronto. We are also launching into recording our next album in November.
Cheers everyone,
Ron
Best Male Vocalist
Best Songwriter
Best Band (The Do Good Assassins)
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