Visit the Redpath Stage during Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by The Waterfront BIA as part of the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf to hear the Ian Bell Ensemble on Saturday, May 24 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. FREE. Visit www.waterfrontbia.com for more information.
A native of darkest Southwestern Ontario, Ian has performed professionally across Canada and in the United States since the late 1970s. On his own and with a number of different ensembles, he has appeared at numerous folk festivals (and in concerts in every sort of venue). In 1993 Ian was named "Folk Artist in Residence" for that year at Joseph Schneider Haus Museum, in Kitchener, Ontario. In 1985 Ian served as artistic Director of the Mariposa Folk Festival. Ian performs material from a large repertoire that includes Canadian traditional music, his own songs and instrumental compositions. Ian has also contributed to numerous film scores and performed period music for and occasionally appeared in the TV series, The Road to Avonlea. Following the release of three CDs of well-received original songs, Ian has returned to his roots with a new CD of traditional songs and tunes – My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions. Ian was joined on this recording by many musical friends including Geoff Somers, Anne Lederman, Oliver Schroer, Denis Rondeau, Shane Cook, The Bilge Rats and James Gordon. This CD was recently nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award - "Traditional Singer of The Year". Ian also performs with The Friends of Fiddler’s Green, Enoch Kent, The Allison Lupton Band, and Patio Dave & The Lanterns.