Just as the weather gets gloomy and dark – maybe snowier, too – and three weeks before another saint, named Nick, roars into town spreading Christmas cheer, the River Town Saints arrive from the nation’s capital, to light up Barrie… light it up, like a bonfire, you might say!
The hard-rocking country quintet headlines the Radio for Cardiology (R4C) event, being put on by radio station KICX-FM, Saturday night, Dec. 2, at
“I love the storytelling about country music... it's honestly the best part of it and it's so real. I love that when you play live; you don't have to lip-sync or have tracks behind you, I truly believe that the most talented musicians are in country music.”
Labelle admits to rather catholic tastes in music, as long as it was quality stuff.
“I love stuff with a great melody and great harmonies. I grew up listening to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,
Chris, who along with Chris McComb, Jeremy Bortot, Jordan Potvin and Daniel DiGiacomo, first struck big in 2015 with A Little Bit Goes a Long Way. They have since opened for the likes of Tim Hicks, the Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw.
Labelle gives us the origins of a big hit like Bonfire.
“We were fortunate enough to tour with Tim Hicks early in our career. We just became good buddies and he actually wrote that song with a producer that we were working with so when he pitched us that song it was a no-brainer, the hook is so catchy. We love writing our own material but when a good song comes along like Bonfire you have to snatch it up.”
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The Saints’ hearts are racing – Labelle’s in particular – due to the fact that proceeds from the Dec. 2 gig are going to fund advanced cardiac care for Simcoe-Muskoka.
“I honestly love doing charities. Those are my favourite gigs because you get to interact with people a lot more than playing a festival gig or when you're out on tour. It's more personal, you stick around and talk to people it's not like we have to be in the next city in five hours time to set up.”
The River Town Saints rock Mavricks Saturday, December 2, with Dani Strong and the Rob Watts Band. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the show getting underway at 9. Mavricks is located at