Artist Profile


Thursday, August 12th

Steve Marriner is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer based in
Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered attention in the Ottawa blues scene in his early teens as a prodigy
blues harp player. He also plays baritone guitar, electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, upright bass and
electric bass.

A multi-award-winning solo artist (Maple Blues Award Harmonica Player of the Year, 2008 and 2018),
multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Steve released his solo debut, Going Up, in 2007, making Hope Dies Last his second solo outing. Hope Dies Last features some of Steve’s best friends and
favourite musicians like Jimmy Bowskill (Sheepdogs, Blue Rodeo), Darcy Yates (Bahamas), Glenn
Milchem (Blue Rodeo), Jesse O’Brien (Colin James, Tom Wilson), Samantha Martin, Chris Caddell (Colin
James, Sass Jordan, Big Wreck) and many more!

Steve has performed extensively with the likes of Colin James, Paul Reddick, Samantha Martin, Delta
Sugar, Lee Holmes, and more. He is also one-half of Manx Marriner Mainline with Harry Manx, and one-
third of the Juno and Maple Blues Award-winning trio MonkeyJunk.

Paul Reddick will be Steve’s special guest at Cloggeroo. As a multi award winning singer, songwriter and
harmonica player Paul Reddick has been performing his critically acclaimed original songs on stages
across Canada, the USA and Europe for over 30 years. He has recorded and written with Colin Linden,
Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond) and MonkeyJunk among others, and recorded 10 albums of his own.
His most recent recording, Ride the One (on Stony Plain Records), received the 2016 Juno Award for
Best Blues Album

Born in Toronto, Reddick began playing the harmonica at the age of 12. In 1990, he formed The
Sidemen, a blues band based out of Toronto, which toured and recorded until the early 2000s. The
Sidemen’s album Rattlebag (2001) was nominated for a Juno, as well as a W.C. Handy Award. In 2002,
The Sidemen also won multiple 2001 Maple Blues Awards including Album of the Year. Reddick with
Reddick winning the 2001 Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year. Reddick again won 2008
Maple Blues Award
winner as Songwriter of the Year. In that same year, Reddick was nominated as
Harmonica Player of The Year, losing to Steve Marriner.

Often referred to as the Poet Laureate of the Blues, he has been exploring and pushing the boundaries
of the blues art form his entire career.  His dedication, “Blues is a beautiful landscape”, led him to create
the annual Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition in 2014 which encourages the growth and
vitality of blues music. Renowned for his intense and hypnotic performances, Paul has developed a loyal
following amongst both his fans and musical peers and continues to be one of the most compelling
performers on the Canadian music scene.

Steve and Paul will be joined on stage at Cloggeroo by Mike Farrington and Damien Moynihan from the
Mellotones (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

As a special treat, Steve will organize and lead a Super Blues Jam to close out the night, featuring all
musicians in the Thursday night line-up.

The Thursday night Blues Show will be MC’d by Chris Roumbanis, well known organizer and host of PEI’s
Saturday Blues Jam in Charlottetown.