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Jason Wilson Band CD Release Party, Perennials

  • Fri Apr 15, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Millrace Room

Rummlegumption (When I'm Down, You Lift Me Up) - Jason Wilson and The Perennials from Cabot McNenly on Vimeo.

Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno Award nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner from Downsview, Ontario. Known for incorporating jazz, Scottish and English folk influences atop a reggae foundation, Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his piano skills.

Jason Wilson's music has been described as "reggae-impressionism, jazzy-reggae," or even "post-reggae.” It is a sound where reggae is freely brushed — not strictly detailed — allowing space on the canvas for wildly divergent inspirations to peek through. Over the course of three decades, Wilson has developed an irresistible take on the Jamaican art form, which demonstrates both solemn reverence for its roots, and a re-imagining of its musical aesthetics.
Written in New York City over the course of 18 months, Perennials articulates this singular sound. Thematically, the artist captures Gotham as if seen through F. Scott Fitzgerald's critical lens: the city is that "once golden shimmering mirage.” But the album is not a love letter. Rather, it is an expression of longing bucolic, "braes ablaze o' green" Ontario where his beloved awaits.

Wilson has been featured on many radio and television shows and is no stranger to the CBC where he has guested on many national and local programmes including Metro Morning; Fresh Air; The Current; Ontario Today; Big City, Small World and Mama Yama. Jason's life story and music were featured in a special mini-documentary entitled 'The Grateful Dread' that appeared on The National with Peter Mansbridge.

Author of four books, including Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War and the award-winning Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup, Wilson has been published several times in both academic and popular journals on a wide variety of historical topics.

Wilson was the on-stage musical director for the award-winning project Jamaica to Toronto (NOW Magazine Album of the Year 2006) and has an extensive tour record. 

In addition to amazing music, there will be a delicious light fare offered by The Friendly Chef Adventures. Erin Ontario’s own Chef Pam Fanjoy from The Friendly Chef Adventures brought home the top $10,000 prize winning the February 20th episode of Chopped Canada!



This is one party you won't want to miss! Limited seating - doors open at 7:00.

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of performance, HST included. Advance tickets available online at Ticketscene or in person at Aardvark Music & Culture 229 Broadway, Unit 11, Orangeville, ON. Limited tickets at the door.


A classic Latin American favorite street food featuring Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian
Served with traditional Aji or Aji Picante

Individual 2.5 each, platter of 4 with sauce 8

Crispy Spring Rolls (Vegetarian)
Served with plum sauce

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap    7
Indulge in our creamy Caesar wrap with grilled chicken breast, fresh bacon bits and parmesan cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Wrap  
Enjoy the freshest of roasted red peppers with local sprouts and organic vegetables including Everdale Farms’ shredded carrots, sprouts, cucumbers and sweet peppers

Sweet Potato Fries    6
A tasty treat served with our house made Thai Cilantro Sauce

Canadian Poutine 8
A classic favorite with our house made beef gravy and traditional Quebec curds

hst is applicable on all orders 

Cash Bar: prices range from $2-$7 (per glass/cup), $22-$28 (per bottle)
Mill St. Meridian bottles
Canadian Tall boy can
Hockley – Classic & Dark
Pommie’s Cider (Caledon)
Beaus’ Lugtread (600 ml)
Cono Sur Viognier  (Chile, house white) Chile 2013
Trapiche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Chile 2013                                                

Non alcoholic beverages:
Non Alcoholic Beer
Planet Bean Fair Trade Organic Coffee - Locally roasted in Guelph, ON
Tzao Teas
JIAO Natural Fruit Soda: Pomegranate, Grapefruit, Orange and Pineapple,
San Pelligrino, Lemonada, Orange or Perrier Water            
Coke, Diet Coke & Ginger Ale