Award-winning author and broadcaster Grant Lawrence brings stories, songs and friends to theTidemark – Campbell River Mirror

Broadcaster and author Grant Lawrence will be at the Tidemark Theater on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of storytelling and songwriting celebrating the release of his new book Return To Solitude, the long-awaited sequel to his bestselling debut book Adventures in Solitude. .

Joining Lawrence are musical guests Ashleigh Ball (Hey Ocean), Leeroy Stagger and special guests to be announced.

Lawrence is an award-winning author, CBC personality, singer, columnist and live event host. He is the author of three adult bestsellers: Adventures in Solitude (2010), The Lonely End of the Rink (2013) and Dirty Windshields (2017). Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose, her first children’s picture book, was released in 2021.

Lawrence is the first author in BC Book Prizes history to win the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice twice. Lawrence is also the host of CBC Music Top 20, lead singer of The Smugglers, a Canadian Screen Award winner, and a columnist for the North Shore News and Powell River Peak. He is also a goaltender for Vancouver’s Flying Vees beer league hockey team.

Lawrence is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver with their two children. Lawrence’s next book, Return to Solitude, is his long-awaited sequel to Adventures in Solitude, and will be released in the spring of 2022.

Ashleigh Ball is a famous Canadian musician and voice actress. best known as the magnetic lead singer of Canadian indie pop band Hey Ocean! and voiceover actress for Applejack and Rainbow Dash on the infamous My Little Pony series.

In 2017, Ball proudly released his first solo EP, Gold in You. Written and recorded in Los Angeles with producer Ajay Bhattacharyya, aka STINT (Gallant, NAO, AllunaGeorge), Gold in You was a distinct departure from Ball’s indie roots toward a grittier, more mature sound. With songs like Crazy and Lover, the EP explored themes of asynchronous relationships and the paradox of wanting two different lives at once: stable versus chaotic, or reality versus dream.

The EP was written in two years while Hey Ocean! was on hiatus and demonstrates the full range of Ball’s vocal abilities through both gripping emotional ballads and electronic and R&B inspired tracks. His track Crazy reached the HotAC Top 30 on Canadian radio with the help of Canvas Media. In 2019, Ball released a follow-up EP, Gold In You (Nude), a stripped down/alternative version of Gold In You that featured assets with Vancouver indie darling Luca Focale and all-womxn, Gracenote Choir.

Ball is now considering his very first feature, a multi-single album, Before All The Magic’s Gone, produced in Winnipeg, Canada by Deadmen (Matt Schellenberg and Matt Peters of Royal Canoe). The record will begin release in June 2020 through Q1 2021 on Ashleigh’s Believe Music label imprint, A Ball Entertainment.

Leeroy Stagger is an award-winning singer-songwriter and producer from Victoria. He has toured and performed with artists such as Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Drive By Truckers, Josh Ritter, etc. Stagger is back with a heavy sequel to 2017’s highly acclaimed Love Versus, the singer has recruited Brad Barr (The Barr Bros) to co-produce his best work to date, the aptly titled Strange Path, laces pop hooks and gla​m- from rock flirtations to cosmic musings on loss, forgiveness, love, death and getting there. Strange Path features an artist at his best, a singer, songwriter, performer and producer who has looked at his past and faced his demons, embracing the beauty and pain of a reflective life.

Sponsored by the BC Touring Council, Campbell River Mirror and the BC Arts Council – the Tidemark Theater will present Grant Lawrence & Friends on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $15 for Live Stream (+ applicable taxes and fees). Tickets can be purchased through the Tidemark box office (250.287.PINK) Tuesday through Thursday between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are also available anytime online via:

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