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A Conversation With ONTARIANS

Douglas McLean chats with ONTARIANS for his latest Sound Cafe Podcast, they chat about their album 'The Greatest Short Story Never Told' and lots more.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

The new album from ONTARIANS, ‘The Greatest Short Story Never Told’, is a surprising mix of styles and musical approaches that will prompt you to play this album on repeat for weeks to come. Highly skilled songwriters, the ONTARIANS weave a spell with this beautifully produced and performed, intimate and touching set of songs. Roots rock scene veterans Frank Deresti and Craig Smith began writing together in 2018 and joined by keyboardist Jay Stiles, the results are a stunning debut album.

Frank Deresti, has criss-crossed the country as a sideman for over a decade and released four albums under his own name beginning in 2012, all while holding down several high profile teaching positions at Sault Ste. Marie’s Algoma University and the Algoma Conservatory of Music.

Craig Smith cut his musical teeth in the underrated ‘90s singer/songwriter scene in Kitchener- Waterloo where he made two solo albums before moving to Collingwood and building a scene there through production work and booking artists at CROW Bar.

Jay Stiles has been hired to work on many projects over the years, and since his move to Austin, that network has grown exponentially. Along with being a part of ONTARIANS, Jay is also working with Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson on a new reggae project.


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With the release of The Greatest Short Story Never Told, ONTARIANS are fully prepared to invigorate the roots rock world with their timeless sound. As Frank says, when something just feels right, it can’t be denied. “We started with a little idea of what direction we thought we could take, but it became apparent pretty quickly that we complemented each other’s approach to writing in every way. We haven’t stopped writing actually, even with this first album finished. We want to have enough material to put on a great show when the time is right, and we’re all hoping that time comes soon.”

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE


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