11/23/17 – Four Chords & the Truth: 11th Dakota Confessions

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Four Chords and the Truth, the Dakota Confessions are series of songwriter showcases held quarterly in Toronto at the Dakota Tavern, featuring a blend of top notch songwriters and songs in an intimate environment. Each show is hosted by award-winning songwriter Andrea England and will features several nationally and/or internationally acclaimed songwriters (and maybe a surprise guest or two). The songs are performed “in the round,” a style made famous by Nashville’s Bluebird Café, in which all four songwriters share the stage at once, each introducing and performing one song acoustically per round for a series of 3 rounds. The show is presented by Jack Daniel’s and supports the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Location: The Dakota Tavern

Advance tickets are available now at Ticketfly!


DAMHNAIT DOYLE (Surprise Guest Host)

Damhnait Doyle has been a part of Canada’s entertainment landscape for 20 years. A Juno-nominated multi award-winning artist who has had a successful solo career, released two records with Shaye, and has most recently recorded with her latest collaboration, The Heartbroken, Damhnait has toured with the likes of Willie Nelson and Tom Cochrane, and has performed as far afield as Japan and Kabul. As a songwriter, Damhnait’s had commercial success – with songs appearing on multiple TV series such as Degrassi: TNG, Instant Star, and Canadian Idol as well as on multiple artist’s records – by observing life around her and telling a specific tale with a universal appeal.


Marc was born in Brooklyn & grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978 Marc signed to Warner Music and Irving Almopub & spent 16 years in LA writing song for and with Diana Ross , Chicago , Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshal , Amy Sky , Bette Midler , Natalie Cole , Roch Voisin , Canadian Tenors . Shawn Colvin , Olivia Newton John , Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban , Cher and Rod Stewart including the world wide #1 hit Rhythm Of My Heart. Jordan has won numerous ASCAP, Juno, Socan and Smooth Jazz awards over the years.

His songs have been on 35 million CD’s and he has recorded 14 CD’s of his own material on various label, and has numerous film credits and has been the chair of the song writing dept at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Center. Jordan will have a new CD out in Feb. 2018  recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra of jazz standards and some original compositions.


Critically acclaimed, chart-topping and award-winning artist.

Juno nominated, 9 time-CCMA nominee and CCMA winner for Rising Star and 2017 Ontario Country Music Male Artist of the year! Seven Top 10 singles on Canadian country radio, #1 country album for 5:01, multiple CCMA and SOCAN wins and JUNO nods, coveted spots on prestigious festival stages nationwide – Shake These Walls – his latest release – charted a path that is completely new… and shoots straight for the country music stratosphere.


Andrea Ramolo is a multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and one-half of the acclaimed folk/pop duo Scarlett Jane.  Her third and most recent solo album NUDA, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) was released earlier this year on Fontana North Records and was mentioned on this year’s Polaris Prize longer list.  Andrea has co-written music with Matt Epp, Tom Wilson, Luke Nicholson, and Miss Quincy to name a few and has recorded in the studio with Lee Harvey Osmond, Andy Maize, Martha and the Muffins, and more.  Among others, Andrea has had the pleasure of singing alongside Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Lynn Miles, and Adam Cohen and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.


From Sudbury Ontario, Bill taught himself how to play guitar at age 9. Played guitar live and on record with Amanda Marshall,

Lawrence Gowan, Figgy Duff , Alex Lifeson & Tom Cochrane.

It was through Tom that

he met singer/songwriter Tara MacLean (Nettwerk Records) and started producing her

demos, which led to a record deal with Capitol Records LA where he co-produced her record “Passenger” with Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Chris Whitley).

Shortly after, he produced some demos for a young singer songwriter, Jason Mraz. One

of the songs “You And I Both” went on to reach #10 on Billboard and led to Jason’s record deal.

Bill has toured the world with Jason and played​ on three albums “Mr. A-Z” produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel), “Tonight Not Again (Live)” and”Beautiful Mess / Live From Earth” featuring his hit single “I’m Yours” (longest charting single in Billboard history). Bill was searching for a more organic approach to recording when he was introduced to a young artist named Justin Nozuka. Bill produced his debut album “Holly” which went on to reach #6 on Billboardʼs US Top Heatseekers, sell over 300,000 records, earn a gold record in France and Justin was nominated for a 2008 Juno “New Artist of The Year”. Bill has over 50 albums to his credit including new albums by Tom Cochrane & Jimmy Rankin.