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The Take Note! Music House will present Edmonton-based singer-songwriter Ben Sures on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00). Requested donation is $15, with all proceeds going directly to the performer. You may reserve your seat by calling (705) 305-1687 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ben Sures (www.bensures.com) =================================== "Clever,funny songs, plus great guitar playing and arrangements.Ben brings a deep understanding of Roots music, eclectic songwriting and storytelling styles." [Holger Petersen, CBC's Saturday Night Blues] "Sures' guitar playing has the kind of simple sophistication that world-class players pay years of dues to deliver" [Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press] “In each guileless tune - touching on different styles and moods- there is a pure heart. And at the heart of each song is a story rendered with the kind of finely observed detail that brings your own heart into the story, from tender to tragic, doo-wop to danceable.” [Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation] Ben Sures’s live show is captivating, he is a great entertainer – funny, smart, musical, and a gifted guitar player. Ben was nominated in 4 categories of the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards for “Album of the year”, “Blues recording of the year”, “Male artist of the year” and in the “People’s choice” category. He has won and been a finalist in the International Songwriting Contests, the John Lennon, International and The USA Songwriting Competitions. Raised in Canada’s “Austin of the north,” Winnipeg MB, Ben began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15. He performs with a seldom duplicated sense of intimacy that draws the listener inextricably into the folds of his melodic story telling. Ben has released seven albums, all critically acclaimed. The most recent “Son of Trouble” is a new adventure making forays into African Blues and singing in French and Spanish in addition to English with a focus on his very old fashioned approach to the electric guitar. A well respected guitarist within the industry, he has played with The Good Lovelies, Paul Reddick, Rita Chiarelli, Corin Raymond and a many other in the Canadian music industry. Ben Sures has performed at many festivals in Alberta and Canada, opened for everyone from The Preservation Hall Band to Ray Davies of The Kinks, he has performed at numerous Bluebird North Showcases, NXNE,CMW, WCMA and the International Folk Alliance showcases and has toured as a support act for The Arrogant Worms. Ben has been a contributor to CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, Madly Off in All Directions and The Roundup with Bill Richardson. Ben is also a founding member of popular Edmonton band The Dead Stringer.Tickets Save
Sounds Like: Greg Brown, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Peter Case, Rickie Lee Jones
Label: The Caribean Queen made me the man I am records
Manager: Andra Louie
Bio: Who is Ben Sures? He’s the kid you hung out with during recess at grade school – or wanted to. Because he was hilarious. Not in the traditional funnyman role – but as unconventional as all get out. He made life fun with his quirky observations on all things ridiculous – targeting those things th...See Full Bio
“NOW’s Top 10 Albums of 2011 “Filled with female backup vocals and guitar hooks, this album by Edmonton’s Sures (recorded in Toronto by Don Kerr) begs for repeated listens. There are lyrics about Latin America, revolutionaries and working on cruise ships, but he also touches on discovering the Kinks in high school and the complexities of love.” 4 out of 5 stars” -- NOW Magazine “Ben Sures is my modern day Paul Simon” -- Caroline Brooks (from Juno Award Winners The Good Lovelies)”