On Thursday October 9, Justin Rutledge and his band will take the stage at The Gordon Best Theatre to perform his critically acclaimed and poetic alt-country songs.

Rutledge has received tons of praise throughout his six-album career, most notably with a Juno award for his 2013 album Valleyheart.

His music is often described as Canadiana – a decidedly Canadian take on American folk and roots music.

Rutledge continued his claim to Canadiana in 2014, when he released Daredevil, an album that consists entirely of covers of Tragically Hip songs, and features guest appearances from some of Canada’s musical elite, including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Andy Maize, Jenn Grant and Brendan Canning.

With Daredevil, Rutledge says it’s more of an homage than a tribute to The Hip: one of Canada’s most successful and enduring bands. Rutledge chose songs for the album that resonated with him in his youth growing up in Toronto, ON.

Rutledge says, “It was a little like memory lane, at times. As Canadians, I think we all share a connection to these songs—the Hip bind us together the way Gordon Lightfoot does.”

Special guest Spencer Burton will join Rutledge at the Gordon Best Theatre. Spencer Burton is a former member of Attack in Black who recently released his solo album, Don’t Let the World See Your Love on Dine Alone Records.

Spencer Burton is an incredibly funny storyteller and songwriter, known for leaving his audiences grinning.

Ennismore’s own, Melissa Payne will open the show with songs from her recently released album High and Dry, which she recorded with Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo.

Justin Rutledge
Spencer Burton
& Melissa Payne
Thursday October 9
9pm – All Ages/ Licensed
The Gordon Best Theatre
Tickets $20
Available online at ticketscene.ca and at the Only Cafe