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Concert: Ryan McMahon
June 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT$25.00
ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE NOW FINISHED. THERE WILL BE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE DOOR.
We’re excited to be bringing back another season of evenings filled with some exceptional classical, traditional, folk, roots, world music, and acoustic blues talents as we welcome performers in the heritage gardens near our 1877 waterwheel-powered flour mill. We’re only a half hour drive from Penticton, OK Falls, Oliver or Osoyoos–come visit one of the most charming little concert venues in the South Okanagan and Similkameen!
Coming off a stint touring with and opening for the legendary Burton Cummings, we’re excited that he’s making a quick stop in Keremeos on his way home for a well-deserved rest after touring with a living legend!
Ryan McMahon was born in 1979 in Chemainus, BC. The only child of a longshoreman and a future educator, Ryan began entertaining early. The circles of aunts, uncles and grandparents were tickled by his early renditions of the theme song from Davy Crocket: King of the Wild Frontier. The same relatives were not so thrilled by his discoveries and emulations of the early stage stylings of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. Whether the attention he received was positive or negative, it was during these early days that hooked Ryan into evoking emotion from those around him.
Fast approaching his forties (any day now), Ryan has carved out an almost 20-year career as an independent artist in Canada’s vibrant music scene. He’s always been a genre fence sitter, hanging out on the edges of country just enough to say he isn’t; Ryan is both a whisper and a scream.
“Ryan sings to anyone and everyone who has ever got drunk, smoked, cried, loved or been loved,” says producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet).
Ryan’s life goal has always been to craft songs that speak to the human condition.
“I didn’t know who I was until I found music. I found that the person I was becoming in my songs was far more confident and self-assured than I was myself. Writing songs was my way of relating to people on a broader scale than I could otherwise.” – Ryan
Over the course of his career, Ryan has toured Canada countless times, released five full-length albums, and seen his music licensed nationally and abroad. He has shared the stage with an extremely wide-variety of artists, ranging from Lisa Loeb and Buffy Ste. Marie to Nickelback and Mother Mother. In 2012, Ryan snagged 3 awards (out of 5 nominations) at the Vancouver Island Music Awards (Male Vocalist, Record and Artist of the Year)!
Lion Bear Fox
In 2012, Ryan co-founded Lion Bear Fox with song-writing colleagues Cory Woodward and Christopher Arruda, and the band was immediately named as one of the Top 20 Finalists for the 2013 Peak Performance Project in Vancouver.
In April of 2014, Showtime’s original series, “Californication” featured the single “I’ll Be Damned,” a song that was included on “Put Me Back Together,” which came out April of 2015. On September 8th, 2017, Ryan released a home-recorded EP titled “Song Shelter Recordings,” created entirely at his home studio in Ladysmith, British Columbia.
Legendary Canadian TV/Radio personality Terry David Mulligan may have summed up Ryan best:
“The complete package. Singer. Songwriter. Performer. Troublemaker. Passionate human being. For me… priceless.”
KEY CONCERT SERIES INFO
Through the summer of 2023, we will be hosting a variety of exceptional artists May through September for an evening concert series in our picturesque Historic Site. Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 6:00PM and concerts start at 7:00PM.
You are encouraged to bring your own blankets and low-rise lawn chairs; taller chairs are also welcome, but you may be asked to sit in the back to avoid obstructing the view of others. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottles (reusable or factory-sealed) but outside food or drinks are prohibited on site. The Grist Mill & Gardens will be operating a concession at each show.
You can purchase tickets on this page now or at our front desk beginning on June 1st, 2023. Some tickets may also be available at the door on the night of the event, depending on availability, but a small additional surcharge will apply. Grist Mill 2023 Site Season Pass holders get a 10% discount on any tickets they purchase.