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Sustainable Orillia presents 'solar-powered' Rick Fines in concert

Fundraising concert takes place on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Orillia Opera House
Rick Fines

Bringing a Canadian roots music legend to Orillia for a benefit concert that is sure to delight, Sustainable Orillia is pleased to present Rick Fines.

The concert takes place on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Orillia Opera House, The Studio Theatre, 1 West St N., Orillia.

Fines has had a long and storied career as one of the country’s hardest working musicians. In addition to touring throughout Canada over and over again solo, as a duo, and with a full band, he has recorded over 14 albums and been a guest artist on a number of others.

Steeped in roots music, Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling, and his signature vocal growl.

Fines is an engaging storyteller and songwriter. He has won Maple Blues Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Acoustic Act Of The Year  (twice); won first place in the blues category of the 2003 International Songwriting Competition (with B.B. King as one of the judges); received nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards; and played for legendary blues piano player, Pinetop Perkins.

Fines' most recent release, "Solar Powered Too," is a stunning collection of songs with stories sung in his richly-textured voice, a voyage through blues and folk guitar styles.

“After spending a lot of my time playing on my National Steel, I knew I wanted to make another album for guitar and voice, only this time it would be mostly slide guitar on a steel-bodied guitar,” says Fines.

“I decided I wanted to return to my little cabin in the Kawartha Highlands and record again with the modest solar powered setup there — two panels and four golf cart batteries.”

“The seclusion of the recording process paid off immensely — bringing to life the honesty of his lyrics and accessibility of his music.”

Tickets can be purchased from the Orillia Opera House box office or online at