Music has always been a big part of Canada Day in Bath from the marching bands to the concerts in the Park after the Parade. There is no Park performance or Parade this year so we are going virtual!

The  virtual concert will be available on Youtube as of June 30 so you can watch when it suits you


It will feature a marvelous introduction by Ted Custance, hometown favourites Bon Evans and the Monarchs.

Invited guests include Emily Bashall, Mauricio Montecinos,  as well as the Odessa Children’s Choir and aspiring musician Xavier Gomez

Meet our performers

Bon is best known to Loyalist residents for his work promoting live music and during Covid , driveway jam sessions. Recently toured coast-to-coast with VIA Rail as their official artist onboard performing for passengers and in cities across this beautiful country.
His ability to connect with audiences through stories and music always leaves people wanting more. Defining his genre is difficult since the songs have been performed in many different formats and venues. The general consensus is Acoustic Rock mixed with folk-story-teller elements. This music has something for everybody.
Bon spends his spare time hosting a radio show called Live Music Sundays on Amherst Island Radio. This show promotes local musicians who perform at his weekly live music concert (also titled Live Music Sundays and provided completely free to the community). Each performer has a custom-made video promoted on YouTube and Facebook. Bon also dedicates his time as a member on the Board of Directors for the Joe Chithalen Musical Instrument Lending Library. The team of volunteers devote their time to bettering the conditions in the local music community.
His inspiration comes from musical storytellers who shaped the way music has been made for years: Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Eddie Vedder, and Johnny Cash.
The Bon Evans Band Members Include:
Bon Evans – Singer / Rhythm Guitar / Songwriter
Dave Bull – Lead Guitar / Background Vocals
Scott Evans – Drums / Background Vocals
David Chesebrough – Bass / Background Vocals
Laura Richards – Sax
Our close to home virtual concert on July 1st also includes an upcoming area artist, Emily Bashall
A singer, songwriter, and recording artist, Emily fell in love with country music in her small town of Sydenham, Ont. From a young age, she aspired to find her place in the country music world. As a young girl, she began journaling and writing poetry. Her poems took a quick turn to songs when she received her first guitar at the age of 13. As she navigated through her teenage years, Emily developed a connection to country music, drawing inspiration from strong female artists, such as Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride, to name a few.
She is excited to debut her newest single “Won’t Say it’s Love” written by Candice Lacina, Aaron Pollok and Annika Odegard. The blues and gospel inspired song along with Emily’s ability to captivate us with her undeniable story telling vocals, hits all the emotions felt when experiencing new love.
Back in the summer of 2016, after years of playing shows around eastern Ontario where she attended University, Emily decided to take her writing skills to Nashville, where she composed her first EP, “Up On the Hill”. She released her first single and title track, “Up on the Hill”, to Canadian Country radio in the fall of 2016, earning her the spot in the January 2017 issue of Kingston Live Magazine as Rising star to watch, followed by her first radio tour, venturing out to the Canadian East coast.
In 2018 she aligned herself with multiple Juno and CCMA award winning producer, Mike Little with whom she worked with in January of 2019. Upon the completion of two singles both done with an all Canadian cast, she released the first, Breaking Bad Habits to Canadian Country Radio in June 2019. The song is approaching 1000 spins at radio and was added at stations in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and nationally on Siriux XM. This single catapulted Emily into a summer calendar fully booked with shows including opening for Tanya Tucker and Clay Walker at Manitoulin Country Fest 2019. This single was also featured on the Spotify playlist New Music Nashville. 2019 ended on a very positive note when she found out Breaking Bad Habits was #1 most played song in 2019 at Country 103 Great lakes Country.
Although disappointed about her 20 date tour booked to promote the single having to be cancelled due to Covid-19, she is moving forward with the release as planned.
Mauricio was born in Chile where he was exposed as a youngster to Latin folk music, love songs and gypsy rumbas. He began to play the guitar at age 7 and with the support of music teachers and professional musicians obtained his grade eight qualifications in classical and performance guitar.
He went on to sing and play in university choirs, orchestras, flamenco dance companies, folk, pop and rock and roll bands in Argentina and Chile. In addition to his musical career, Mauricio has an Honours degree in Education with specialization in Learning Disorders, Music Therapy and Educational Research.
Needing to rest from the waves of military dictatorships of 70 and 80s in South America, Mauricio moved to Canada in 1993 for better multicultural and education opportunities as a teacher, social worker and as a musician. He recorded several albums, played for audiences at festivals, house concerts, workshops, benefits, and social events.  He now lives in Kingston, performs, teaches guitar and works as a mental health counsellor. He has performed for audiences in Bath and Loyalist Township  where he has many fans.
They are a Kingston Ontario based band playing Old and Classic Rock n Roll and Country music. All the members of The Monarchs have been part of the local music scene for many years and have many fans in Bath and Loyalist Township.
Wayne Sweet describes the music they play as being recognizable, sing-a-longable and danceable, trying to enhance the experience for the audience. The band is very strong instrumentally and, as we all sing, our vocals are quite powerful.  Great ready to dance!

The Monarchs are

Gary Tisdale – Drums and Vocals
John Gamache – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Sheila Bedard – Acoustic, Percussion and Vocals
Wayne Sweet – Bass and Vocals






The award-winning Odessa Children’s Choir is a small, inclusive, non-auditioned choir, with singers ranging from 6-13. Members meet weekly for rehearsals and music education lessons. The choir regularly shares their music with the community through semi-annual concerts, performing the national anthem at Kingston Frontenacs games, and holiday music at the Amherstview Santa Claus Parade. This year’s choristers include Eleni Attas, Josué Attas, Charlotte Hill, Clara Jolicoeur, Léonie Jolicoeur, Alyssa Smith, and Kyle Reagan. The choir is directed by Molly Luhta and assisted by Rachel Burger.




Xavier Gomez is a young Metis man who has had an interest in the arts from a young age. Xavier started with dance, then piano and  vocal lessons when he was 11. At age 15  Xavier picked up the guitar for the first time and taught himself how to play. First learning songs like “Livin’ and Livin’ Well” by George Strait, “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”, and “Take it Easy” by Eagles. “Take it Easy” is Xavier’s all time favorite song to play. Xavier then made his first Demo CD with Conlin Delbrae-Sawchuck. Xavier’s Demo consists of three cover songs; “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Let it Be” by Beatles, and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. Xavier just recently started to take up more professional classes to better his musical skill. Xavier’s favorite music styles to learn and play are Rock and Country. Xavier hopes to keep making headway in his music career.


On another note:

This song was recently composed by Ellis Craig, an 83-year-old resident of a retirement home in Perth, Ontario. Even though he had never before written a song he decided to write one when he discovered that Canada has not really had a singalong patriotic song for public events since Bobby Gimby’s “Ca-na-da!” in our 1967 centennial year. He believes that at this point in our history Canada needs a song capable of inspiring a modern Canada Day crowd to sing along with the chorus, wave small Canadian flags and openly celebrate being Canadian. Australia Day has “I Am Australian!” – Canada Day should have “We Are Canadian!”


According to the composer, the reactions of those who have been exposed to the lyrics or the video to date have been “over the top”, including a “pretty darn good!” from Anne Murray. The song seems to awaken a latent patriotism that we all possess but were reluctant to express until now, with the exception of the patriotic fervor recently generated by the success of the Toronto Raptors! He is actively endeavoring to bring the song to the attention of an established Canadian performer or group well enough known to attract an invitation from Heritage Canada to perform it on the national stage on Canada Day 2020 and/or beyond. Dream big or go home!

With its emphasis on unity, diversity and individual pride in being Canadian its time could be now!

The music for “We Are Canadian!” was composed by Carey Blackwell. On the video, the music tracks and the vocal are by Alan Sandeman.