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Jim Bryson announces December show at Quitters

(PHOTO: Jim Bryson at his studio in Stittsville, February 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Jim Bryson will bring his “Where the Bungalows Roam” 10th Anniversary mini-tour to Quitters Coffee on Friday, December 15. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 8 at 10am via Eventbrite.

It’s a change of venue of sorts from his annual December gig at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield.  This one is a little closer to home for Bryson, who lives in Stittsville. (Bryson’s last shows at Quitters in February 2016 sold out in a matter of minutes.) Continue reading


GIVEAWAY: Win a pair of tickets to Jim Bryson’s show at the NAC

Stittsville’s Jim Bryson is playing a show at the National Arts Centre this Friday, April 21. Jim joins forces with jazz saxophonist Petr Cancura and a band made up of top Ottawa jazz musicians to take a new approach to Jim’s music.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to the show. To enter:
– Email us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca
– Answer the skill testing question: What is the name of Jim’s latest solo album?
– We’ll draw at random from all entries received at noon tomorrow.



Oh Susanna plays at Quitters on December 4

Left to right: Oh Susanna,  Hannah Sanders, and Ben Savage. They'll perform at Quitters on Sunday, December 4.
Left to right: Oh Susanna, Hannah Sanders, and Ben Savage. They’ll perform at Quitters on Sunday, December 4.

Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susanna (aka Suzie Ungerleider) will play an intimate show at Quitters this Sunday night: “Folk Crossing Borders: An amazing co-bill featuring renowned and featuring Oh Susanna performing with UK folk duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage. Incredible melodies. Beautiful harmonies. Top notch songwriting. $25 ticket Doors: 7:00PM Showtime: 7:30PM.” More information via Facebook… Continue reading


Jim Bryson to play Crossroads jazz series at the NAC

Jim Bryson will be one of the featured artists this spring as part of the National Arts Centre’s CROSSROADS Jazz Series.

The series is directed by Ottawa Jazz Festival programming manager Petr Cancura, who creates new arrangements that showcase the singer-songwriters’ songs with a jazz twist added by a special live house band. The series is presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Stittsville’s Kathleen Edwards, a frequent collaborator with Bryson, is kicking off the series on November 24.

The show is on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm in the NAC Studio. Click here for tickets and more info.

From the National Arts Centre website:

“Jim Bryson is one of the finest songwriters working anywhere today. A true master of his craft, he has patiently built a generous and wonderful body of work over the last 20 years, all leading to his brilliant new record,Somewhere We Will Find Our Place. Jim’s lyrics and melodies are profound and perfectly wrought little avant-garde fictions that expand and deepen with repeated listens. They will put down a foundation in your brain, build a house for them to live in. They will make you notice, make you sing, provide good company, challenge, comfort and inspire. The songs onSomewhere We Will Find Our Place are especially superb, each a gem, a world, and with the wondrous and deft production of Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Happiness Project) and the exceptional mixing of Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), Jim Bryson has made a beautiful, career – defining, masterpiece of a record.”  – John K Samson



Jim Bryson nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award

(Photo: Jim Bryson in February 2016. Photo by Barry Gray for StittsvilleCentral.ca)

Big congrats to Stittsville’s Jim Bryson for his well-deserved nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award.

Bryson’s album Somewhere We Will Find Our Place is nominated in the “Pushing the Boundaries” category. The record was released in February and coincided with three pretty damn incredible sold-out shows at Quitters.

Tracks from the album including Depression Dance and Ontario (a duet with Kathleen Edwards) have been getting a lot of play on CBC Radio 2, and if you haven’t heard the music yet you should head over iTunes or whatever your favourite music source is and check it out.

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LOST & FOUND: How Kathleen Edwards got her guitar back

(PHOTO: Kathleen Edwards and her guitar with Russell Mason and his dogs Riggin and Beans, standing at the bench in Bell Park where Mason found the instrument. Photo by Barry Gray.)

RUSSELL MASON OF CHERRY DRIVE WAS OUT WALKING HIS DOGS IN BELL PARK ON MONDAY, when he noticed a garbage bag leaning up against a bench. He thought it looked like a guitar shape, and thought it was a bit strange, but left it alone.

Then he went back Tuesday morning, and the bag was still there.  But now it was wide open, and there were two guitars leaning up against the bench.

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VIDEO: Jim Bryson’s The Depression Dance

Jim Bryson released a new video today for his song The Depression Dance.

“A video project in which we had people send us “dancing” videos. They arrived from all over the globe and what joy it was to watch them all. Ottawa Singer/Videographer Jeremy Fisher put them all together and added some other footage I had from various trips I have recently been on.”

Bryson’s latest album Somewhere We Will Find Our Place will be released on Friday, and he’s playing three sold out shows at Quitters on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here’s our interview with the musician…


Musician Jim Bryson finds his place back home in Stittsville

“There were no houses behind here, and we had dirt bikes and we used to drive through the bushes, we used to snowmobile around.  There were all these bike trails that went through the bush and we built forts in the woods.”


Jim Bryson is releasing his fifth album on Friday, called Somewhere We Will Find Our Place, and will play three sold out shows at Quitters this week from Thursday to Saturday. Bryson grew up in Stittsville, moved away, and then found his way back when he bought his parents’ house and settled here with his young family.  When he’s not performing with other musicians (he’s toured with Kathleen Edwards and the Tragically Hip in the past), you might find him producing or recording inside a small studio that he built in his back yard. Glen Gower spoke to him earlier this week about his new album and his life in Stittsville. Here’s an edited version of that conversation. Photos by Barry Gray.

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Jim Bryson adds second show at Quitters in February

UPDATE: The second show also sold out really, really quickly, so Jim has added a third show on Saturday, February 20.  Check his web site for ticket info.

Jim Bryson’s show at Quitters on Friday, February 19 sold out in a matter of minutes, so he’s added a second show the night before. But you’ll have to act fast.

Tickets for the new show on Thursday, February 18 go on sale Tuesday morning, January 19 at 10:00am at jimbryson.org Continue reading


Recommended listening: Jim Bryson’s Instant Holiday Album

I ran into Jim Bryson last week at Quitters during the Parade of Lights and we chatted briefly about his Christmas EP, Instant Holiday Album.

Bryson’s a Stittsville-based singer-songwriter who’s well known in Canada’s indie music scene. He’s also a frequent collaborator with Quitters owner Kathleen Edwards.

He released it two years ago as a fundraiser for Shepherds of Good Hope and the Royal Ottawa Hospital.  The name of the album is a nod to the fact that all the songs were recorded in a single day — over 15 in hours, to be exact, at Little Bullhorn Studios.

You can download the album here…

The album features a lengthy roster of local singers and musicians and has a cozy, mellow feel.  It’s perfect for a cold December afternoon with the fire going and a warm beverage by your side.

Favourite tracks: Good King Wenceslas, Mary New Year’s Eve, Silver Bells, Walking in a Winter Wonderland.


If you want to see Bryson perform live, he’s doing a show at the Black Sheep Inn on December 20.