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.

Spit Sputter and Sparkle





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

For more information, please contact:
Beth Cavanagh
Manager, National Media Relations
Cadence Music Group
O: 416.718.6549
C: 416.803.7685

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

Beautiful Girl Video

Beautiful Girl Post (1)

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).

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,
Best Male Vocalist
Best Songwriter
Best Band (The Do Good Assassins)
  1. Teenage Insurrection Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins 2:28