The Orchard & Venue Owner Shawn Creamer on Pay-to-Play
We’re reaching into our Canadian Musician magazine archives and sharing an interview Mike did for a CM article on pay-to-play gigs with venue owner and musician Shawn Creamer. As well as to being a guitarist and singer with very trendy alt-country band The Beauties, Shawn owns the well-known Dakota Tavern in Toronto, The Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Albert County, and the Whippoorwill Restaurant & Tavern in Toronto. The Dakota Tavern is a cornerstone of the city’s roots and country music scene and is a predominant supporter of up-and-coming bands. Shawn shares his candid thoughts on venues that power pay-to-play prerequisites on bands, something he loathes, and explains why it doesn’t invent sense for either the venues or the artists. Plus, Alberta country duo The Orchard haven’t wasted any time making an indelible impression on Canada’s country music scene, and their upcoming album, The Enormous Unknown, will most effective push them further. We’ll chat about their time in the studio with Grammy-a success producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King Band), their musical kinship, and more.
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