What a month June is turning out to be. I am excited today, just came home rom rehearsing for The Extreme Edge Ice show. The band and I are performing Everybody Matters and In a Perfect World to choreographed skating! Piles of gigs in Edmotnon this month, can’t remember ever being this busy in Edmonton. Coming up in addition to all the shows listed, I am headed to a few festivals this summer Northern Lights Festivals Boreale in Sudbury, Islands Folk Festival in Duncan, BC. The Filberg Festival in Comox and Trout Forest in Ear Falls.

The night before Sudbury I head to Serpent River First Nation the one time home of Leo Sagissige (Day) the character in my book ‘The Boy who walked backwards’ published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource. I will be presenting the book to family and friends of Leo, many of his children and grandchildren will be in attendance and I am not sure hat to expect other than a lot of emotions! The event is being organized by Janet Day Leo’s daughter.

Also while on tour I got to sample a brand new chocolate made by artisan chocolatier Cocoaro, the chocolate is inspired by me and my ‘Used to Have a Raygun’ song. We are putting the finishing touches on the what will be the design of the wrapper. Needless to say I am pretty excited to have my own chocolate! it is yummy. You can check out www.cocoaro.ca

There are brand new Poema Poematis inspired shirts featuring a single colour version of the album and tank tops! you can order yours in any colour by sending a note to info@bensures.com shirts and tanks are 25.00

In the last two years Ben released ‘Live at The Yardbird Suite’ and ‘Poema Poematis’. He has just finished recording with electronic music artist Brava Kilo in Toronto where they electrified three of Ben’s songs -Boring People, Beirut, Beirut and The only thing that saves you (can you guess what that is?). 

So what’s coming up? A bunch of shows west through the end of May into early June, a number of Edmonton gigs after that and then a fun festival season. Northern Lights Festival Boreale in Sudbury as well as a book launch in Serpent River First Nation the one time home of Leo Day, from The Boy Who Walked Backwards, which has been distributed to 57 First Nation Schools in Manitoba and is making its way into book stores, libraries and schools across the country. Some guitar playing on a recording by retired architect and rising songwriting star Walter Moffat in Toronto, then back home for acpuple weeks and off to Vancouver Island fro The Duncan Islands Folk Festival, The Filberg Festival in Comox and a few other island shows. From there its a quick flight back to Edmonton then jumping in the car to Manitoba and the Trout Forest Festival in Ear Falls, Ontario followed by some gigs home through Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

It’s finally here – The Boy Who Walked Backwards was written by Ben Sures, illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton and published by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Order your copy here!

The Boy Who Walked Backwards is a moving story about a young Ojibway boy Leo and his family in Serpent River First Nation. Leo’s life turns to darkness when forced to attend residential school. Back home for Christmas, Leo uses inspiration from an Ojibway childhood game to deal with his struggles.

The book is written by Ben Sures and illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton. Sures has spent much of his adult life as a touring and recording singer and songwriter. He has nine full-length albums that have garnered awards. CBC listeners know him for work on numerous programs including, most recently, The Irrelevant Show.

The songs Sures writes for adults have a childlike quality, so it makes sense he’s now written a book for children. The Boy Who Walked Backwards was originally conceived as song, but Sures thought it would also work as a storybook. He wanted children to know the story of Leo Day.

The Boy Who Walked Backwards is his first published work. It has laid the groundwork for more stories, maybe even more Leo stories. Sures envisions further story heroes who triumph using nothing more than what they are born with—instincts and wits.

Order your copy of the book through the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre by clicking here.

OMG New Stuff ?!

Some exciting things here and on the horizon, including a children’s book, two new live albums, songwriting contest win, summer festivals and the long awaited teacher and kid friendly version of ‘Everybody Matters’.

Poema Poematis

Poema Poematis is a live album featuring horns and strings with arrangements by Audrey Ochoa. The official worldwide release is June 17, 2018 at The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival in Beaumont, Alberta. We are holding off on the Jupiter and Mars releases til we see how the album does on this planet.You can read more about the album on the discography page.

 

Live at The Yardbird Suite

Live at The Yardbird Suite with Stephanie Suchy, The Bombadils and Joe Phillips

The second live album is from the same concert only it features the strings including Canadian Folk Music award winners  Luke and Sarah from The Bombadils , Joe Phillips on bass and my long time singer and percussionist Stephanie Suchy and special guest PJ Perry. This album will be released in the spring of 2019.

 

 

The Boy Who Walked Backwards

Next Fall will see the release of ‘The boy who walked backwards’ a children’s story interpretation loosely based on the song of the same name. The illustrated book will be published by The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource.

 

 

Summer Festivals

Three great summer festivals lined up so far are Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival June 17, 2018 The Kingsville Folk Festival August 10-12 in Kingsville, Ontario and Harvest Sun August 17, 18  in Kelwood, Manitoba. Manitoba and Ontario are return visits. If you would like to host a house or yard concert close to these dates in any of these areas email info@bensures.com

Ben Karaoke and song contest win

For years teachers and parents have been asking me for a kid friendly version of my song ‘Everybody Matters'(Gone to Bolivia album). With the help of producer and Communism band leader Don Kerr we have recorded not only a kid friendly version of this song but there is also another version on the same page where you can sing your own made up verses.

click here:

https://bensures.bandcamp.com/album/everybody-matters-teacher-version

the update to this story is that the song is a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting contest and is in the top 4 out of thousands of submissions

UK tour

Doing some dates in the UK in May, please check the shows page for those and other performances.

House Concert testimonials and tips

there is a new page on this website in case you are interested in hosting house concert there are some testimonials and tips.