Ron Sexsmith, Jenn Grant bring soulful sound to SAIT

Fans of poetic and elegant pop music were treated to a stellar performance from Toronto-based artist Ron Sexsmith at The Gateway on Oct. 3.

Known for his thoughtful and poetic lyrics, which has gathered him a group of loyal fans, Sexsmith performed old hits as well as songs from his new album Forever Endeavour.

The album is a collection of songs started by an unpredicted health panic in the summer of 2011.

“It was a fantastic performance by Ron,” said Wayne Oswin, a Computational Media Design student at the University of Calgary.

With 13 Canadian dates confirmed on Sexsmith’s schedule, he began the tour on Oct. 1, 2013 in Vancouver and ends in Kitchener, Ont. on Oct. 23.

Strawberry Blonde, Nowhere To Go and Secret Heart were a few songs from his performance at The Gateway.

Regarding the album, Sexsmith said, “It was that period in my life where I was freaking out about everything.”

Health complications, along with other personal issues, are influences on many of the song’s themes of mortality and moving forward.

“I enjoy the songs, you know, where there are no words wasted,” said Sexsmith.

Opening for Sexsmith was Jenn Grant, a Canadian singer and songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently released her fourth album “The Beautiful Wild”, which features artists Old Man Luedecke, Rose Cousins, Erin Costello and Kinley Dowling.

Amanda Smith, 36, an audience member said, “I absolutely love her songs, it is soulful and inspiring.”

After her performance on songs from her latest album, Grant said, “These songs are related to my past experiences, I hope you enjoyed it.”

For more information, including artist news, tour details, and shows – visit Ron Sexsmith and Jenn Grant’s websites.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Nabila Ruhi worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.