26 Nov 2023


5:00 pm



Zachary Lucky + Fraser Wayne + Ben Vallee

Zachary Lucky (Orillia, ON -featuring Miles Zurawell on dobro.
Zachary Lucky is a Canadian songwriter, folk and Country artist who started his career in Saskatoon and now resides in Orillia, Ontario. He is the grandson of Canadian country music legend Smilin’ Johnnie Lucky. Prior to starting his solo career in 2009, Lucky was a member of pop bands Tuxedo Mask and We Were Lovers. He has made a name for himself as one of the hardest working singer-songwriters to come out of Saskatchewan in recent years – often booking long, and potentially gruelling tours.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Lucky finds himself in the company of other Saskatchewan artists like Colter Wall, Deep Dark Woods, and Kacy & Clayton. Why has this rugged Canadian province produced such great roots music? Lucky thinks some of it must come down to the prairie landscape and its people. « There’s something about the Canadian Midwestern people, » he says in explanation. « There’s a strong work ethic, and a kindness to them that you don’t find anywhere else. There’s also something about being in the middle of nowhere, beneath that vast prairie sky, watching it come alive with colour as the sun dips below the horizon. »
Fraser Wayne (Springwater, ON)
featuring Hugo Joyal on pedal steel
Born and raised in rural Ontario, bandleader and songwriter, Fraser Wayne, cut his teeth in the music world after moving to Montreal in 2014. After years fronting seminal garage rock band, The Fuzzy Undertones, and playing in local bands such as Light Bulb Alley, LEMONGRAB, and Lovers Suicide, Fraser chose to break off to pursue a new vision and sound, with a focus on honest songwriting and imaginative storytelling. The resulting project breaks into some diverse influences, ranging from Americana, folk-rock, spaghetti western soundtracks and more. His prolific output over the past couple of years, including 3 full length LP’s, an EP, and a handful of singles, have all been released on his own label, Fishbum Records.
A man of many hats – you can catch Fraser playing an intimate solo set at your local dive bar, or headlining festivals with a full backing band – always blending his country / rock n roll influences with honest-to-the-bone lyricism. Just recently, Fraser moved back to his hometown of Springwater, Ontario, and he’s currently working on new material to release in 2024. With years of performing and touring experience behind him, including supporting slots for Paul Jacobs, Spindrift, Li’l Andy, Bobby Dove, and The Sadies, Fraser Wayne’s haunting, gothic take on country and western is set to take no prisoners.
Ben Vallee (Montreal, QC)
Bringing a rumbling pace and a rascal-infused energy to the unchanging forces of time, connecting melancholia with the uproar of honky-tonk spirit, barrelling through the tough stuff, he found his authentic voice — breaking out of limiting and archetypal country themes to show his bashful honesty in a poetic lyricism. His trusted drawl leads us through layered sound and into a personal kinship.
The instrumentation sets the vigour and excitement, while the narrator stalls to try and think. The clash or coming together of ethos creates an alternate time frame, where we can repent and relent on something but only if we keep shuffling inside the rough-and-tumble. There’s really no use in sitting around.