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.


MARCH 25, 2016


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

Hawkins Laments About The Maidstones

For those of you who love music and love documentaries, mockumentaries and shockumentaries, check out this teaser below for the upcoming web series about defunct Femme Folk agitpropsters The Maidstones.

It was made by none other than Ron’s better half Ms. Jill Riley and has a star studded cast with the likes of Elvira Kurt,  Andrew Scott (Sloan),  Oh Susanna,  Tyler Stewart (BNL),  Jan Arden and even a certain member of Lowest of the Low.

The official website of the Maidstones can be found at   www.themaidstones.com .

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