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Ro Sesmith 18 CENTRESTAGE


Between the witty interviews, self- deprecating lyrics and abundant one-liners on Twitter, you’d think Ron Sexsmith would get over his ‘sad guy with a guitar’ rep by now.


with special guest Kevin Hearn


The St. Catharines-born songwriter has certainly done his part on Carousel One, the 14th album of a career that has made him Canadian music royalty (even if not royally rich). Chipper. Brighter. At least one song about a St. Bernard.


But to the masses, he remains the sad folk singer with a knack for breaking your heart with a turn of phrase or aching melody. The forlorn artist of the 2010 documentary Love Shines searching for a way out of the darkness. Loved by other artists, but unable to break through.


It’s an image the 52-year-old Sexsmith may never shake, and for many fans, that’s fine. His devoted following like him just as he is – forever the sensitive outsider. Local fans have the added benefit of getting several visits.


Homecomings are a Sexsmith specialty; from his early career house gigs at the Lion Tavern to performances at Montebello Park and Brock University. His last hometown performance was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and he now returns on February 28 as part of the inaugural season. Before he plays the first of what will no doubt be many shows at the new downtown St. Catharines venue (“I’m excited about seeing it”), he took time for some Q&A:


QUESTIONS


& ANSWERS LAW: If you actually write your Twitter posts, you should be playing Yuk Yuk’s down here. SEXSMITH: Twitter’s an outlet for me to write this kind of dumb stuff. I don’t really know what else you’re supposed to do with Twitter, you know. But to stand up and actually do that for a living would be really hard. It’s a multifaceted thing, but the jokes are just stuff that occurs


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