Picking Trilliums: The Next 50 (A Playlist)  

I'm well into the song hunting/assembling of the 3rd set of 50 tunes for the Songs about Ontario Playlist which I've been working on over the past few months and well, I realized I never posted the 2nd set of 50 tunes, so here they are...  

*This is an ongoing project so click Follow and stay tuned for the latest adds (if you're not on Spotify see the playlist below and follow along however you wish).

There's another 50 coming soon...








The Next 50

51/ Stompin’ Tom Connors “To It And At It” 

52/ Anna Massie “The Trip to Windsor” 

53/ Lawrence Martin “James Bay Shuffle” 

54/ Roger Quick “Ten Miles from Home”   

55/ Ron Leary “Ancient Seeds of Ojibway” 

56/ Castanets “Thunder Bay” 

57/ Elliott Brood “Owen Sound” 

58/ Caribou “Dundas, Ontario” 

59/ Jackie Mittoo “Toronto Express” 

60/ Jay Douglas “Reggae Lane” 

61/ Stompin’ Tom Connors “Streets of Toronto” 

62/ Kardinal Offishall “BaKardi Slang” 

63/ Maestro “416/906 (T.O. Party Anthem)” 

64/ Junia-T “4AM in Toronto (feat. Miloh Smith)” 

65/ Richard Underhill “Meet Me in the Market” 

66/ Dean Drouillard “Steeltown” 

67/ Owen Pallett “The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead” 

68/ Carolyn Mark “Canada Day Off/Toronto” 

69/ Lillian Allen “My Toronto/Poetic Gesture” 

70/ Jim Bryson “Sleeping In Toronto” 

71/ Stompin’ Tom Conners “Tillsonburg” 

72/ Wayne Omaha “Goin’ To London” 

73/ Jenny Omnichord “Kings of London” 

74/ Bobnoxious “E.O.A.” 

75/ Steve Earle “Justice in Ontario” 

76/ Bob Robb “Flower Pot” 

77/ Esau Sinclair “Ontario Swing” 

78/ Grievous Angels “Kapuskasing Highway Song” 

79/ John Doe & The Sadies “The Sudbury Nickel” 

80/ John Southworth “The Little Dolphins of Lake Superior” 

81/ Stompin’ Tom Connors “Fire In The Mine” 

82/ Ohbijou “Niagara” 

83/ Death From Above 1979 “Trainwreck 1979” 

84/ Sunlust “Doing Whippets in an Alleyway Behind the CN Tower” 

85/ Jason Collett “Charlyn, Angel of Kensington” 

86/ Kevin Quain “Market Song (Devil You Know)” 

87/ Kevin Breit “Foster Hewitt” 

88/ Downchild Blues Band “Mississippi Woman, Mississauga Man” 

89/ Joey DeFrancesco “On Georgian Bay” 

90/ Stan Rogers “White Squall” 

91/ Stompin’ Tom Connors “Big Joe Mufferaw” 

92/ The Kelly Song Collective “Petawawa Blues” 

93/ Ian Bell “The Frog Bridge At Drumbo” 

94/ Neil Young “Helpless – Live at Massey Hall 1971” 

95/ The Guess Who “Lightfoot” 

96/ Gordon Lightfoot “On Yonge Street” 

97/ Truths and Rights “Metro’s No.1 Problem” 

98/ Shad “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)” 

99/ Liza “LANDSDOWNE” 

100/ Margaret Maria “Georgian Bay”

Picking Trilliums: Songs about Ontario (A Playlist)  

I've started up a new research project...mining songs that situate themselves within the Ontario territory.

This will be an ongoing project for the foreseeable future so click follow and stay tuned (if you're not on Spotify see the playlist below and follow along however you wish).

There's another 50 coming soon...












The First 50

1/ Stompin Tom Conners “Sudbury Saturday Night”

2/ Pukka Orchestra “Cherry Beach Express”

3/ Grievous Angels “Heartbreak Town”

4/ Willie Dunn “Charlie Wenjack

5/ Roger Quick “Southern Ontario Farm Boy

6/ Jean Leloup “Balada A Toronto”

7/ Allison Brown “Invisible Line”

8/ Jim Bryson “Ontario”

9/ Sarah Harmer “Escarpment Blues”

10/ Ron Leary “The Road in Between”

11/ Stompin Tom Connors “The Peterborough Postman”

12/ The Stephen Stanley Band “The Troubadour’s Song”

13/ Martha and the Muffins “Echo Beach”

14/ The Shuffle Demons “Spadina Bus”

15/ Lenny Breau “Taranta”

16/ K-OS “Crabbuckitt

17/ Georges Langford “Thunder Bay”

18/ Murray McLauchlan “Down By The Henry Moore”

19/  Run With the Kittens “Parkdale”

20/ Lilly Singh & Humble the Poet “Ivivi” 

21/ Stompin Tom Connors “Algoma Central No. 69”

22/ Neil Young “Born in Ontario

23/ The Tragically Hip “Bobycaygeon”

24/ James O-L and the Villains “Wild Goose Jack”

25/ Sunparlour Players “Point Pelee Is The Place To Be!”

26/ Allison Brown “Currents Collide”

27/ Gord Downie “The North”

28/ Shibastik “Thunder Bay”

29/ Corey Charron “Smoking Crack With Rob Ford”

30/ Tanika Charles “Parkdale”

31/ Stompin Tom Connors “Black Donnelly’s Massacre”

32/ Kyp Harness “Ipperwash”

33/ Neil Young “Ambulance Blues”

34/ Ron Sexmith “West Gwillimbury”

35/ Erika Werry “Ode To Ron”

36/ Rheostatics “Claire”

37/ Pat Maloney “Bruce County Power Trip”

38/ The Hidden Cameras “Mississauga Goddam”

39/ Grievous Angels “D Miner Reel”

40/ Emerson Woodcock “Jimmy Whelan”

41/ Stompin Tom Connors “Horseshoe Hotel Song – Live”

42/ Digging Roots “Hwy 17”

43/ Drake “Weston Road Flows”

44/ The Spy’s “Machine Shop”

45/ PUP “DVP”

46/ Dave Russell & the Precious Stones “Deep Talk in Shallow Water”

47/ Corin Raymond “Riding West on Dundas”

48/ Sarah Harmer “St. Peter’s Bay”

49/ Wade Hemsworth “The Blackfly Song”

50/ Gord Downie “The Lake”

I Was Born (Official Video)  

The lead off track from Tobacco Fields got the video treatment.

It was inspired by the classic City TV show Night Drive and features one of Canada's largest infrastructure developments of the past decade the Herb Gray Parkway right down here in the deep the south.

"I Was Born" Tobacco Fields (2017)

Ron Leary - vocals, acoustic guitar
Dean Drouillard - electric guitar
Adrian Lawryshyn - upright bass
Adam Warner - drums
Tara Watts - vocals

Produced by Andy Magoffin (House of Miracles)

Listen to the album here:

Bridging the Social Distance - An Interview w/ Jenny Mitchell on Guelph's CFRU 93.3 FM 

Grab a listen, here's an interview with Guelph's artist-in-residence Jenny Mitchell (Bird City) on CFRU 93.3 FM.

We cover lots of ground over the hour... Windsor-Detroit, my hometown, touring Canada (and the US), creating art during the pandemic, Stompin' Tom Connors, being an independent musician in the 21st century, the pandemic album I made with Dean Drouillard, Northern Ontario, van life, digital impermanence, and heck a whole bunch more.

Listen here (May 11th, 2021):

YouTube - One Song at A Time (Weekly Series)  

I've started adding songs to my YouTube channel.

There'll be hits, misses, unreleased and ones written for others. This past week's tune was "Lies," a song I wrote and recorded for my debut theroadinbetween (but it wouldn't make the cut).

Subscribe to keep posted on the latest.


LiUNA! & Bluesfest Windsor Presents... Ron Leary & Dean Drouillard  

New live video with my good bud Dean Drouillard, thanks to Bluesfest Windsor and LiUNA! 625.

# Power to the people!


Singer songwriter, folklorist Ron Leary’s smokey, rye-soaked voice is legendary throughout our region. Whether his songs touch on politics of the day, the downtrodden, romance or joy, he’ll raise your spirits and leave you wilfully optimistic. Don’t miss this special Porch Party featuring Ron Leary with special guest and longtime sidekick, musician, composer Dean Drouillard from Toronto.

It's a  special tribute to the region's healthcare and mental health professionals protecting our community during COVID.