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Corin Raymond

t seems to Corin that he’s been riding the rapids of his life for years now. It’s hard for him to remember the last time he sat still. This past year has definitely been a white-water ride: touring through ‘historical’ snowstorms in Arkansas, Texas, and four other states; crossing the provinces from ON to BC and back at least 4 times, and covering 30,000 kilometres of that road with Jonathan Byrd, a songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who Corin heard for the first time in Austin, TX, in 2006, and with whom Corin has shared the cabs of a lot of touring vehicles since, given up more than a few airplane window seats to, and written a number of unbreakable songs with, including the title track of Corin’s most recent album, 2009?s There Will Always Be A Small Time.

Corin played at six festivals in the summer of 2011, including The North Country Fair in AB, ArtsWells in BC, Summerfolk in Owen Sound, ON, The Shelter Valley Folk Festival near Grafton, ON, Northern Lights Borealis Festival in Sudbury, ON, and The Hamilton Fringe Festival, the last with his one-man show– devoid of music, an hour-long spoken-word show called BOOKWORM– which Corin debuted at that Hamilton festival.

Whenever Corin is able to buy Toronto groceries and sleep in his own bed he is joined every Thursday from 6-8pm at The Cameron House by his band The Sundowners (Treasa Levasseur, David Baxter, Brian Kobayakawa). Corin Raymond and The Sundowners have been a weekly feature at The Cameron for over six years now. Corin’s songs often are on the road when he isn’t, having fun he only finds out about after the fact. When Blue Rodeo included Corin’s song Three Thousand Miles in their 2nd-night encore in Vancouver in the fall, Corin learned about it the next day on Facebook.

As for instantly-employable songs, Corin’s been lucky enough to have written several of those with Winnipeg songwriter Rob Vaarmeyer, who comes to Toronto once a year for a ‘writing vacation’. In 2010 Corin and Rob wrote ‘A Big Truck Brought It’, a trucker song which got the attention of Garth Brooks’ manager and publisher in the spring of 2011. Corin and Rob threw that song to the lawyers, where a single-song agreement is in the making. Another composition of Corin and Rob’s, ‘Take Me To The Mountain (But Not Yet)’, was used in an audition tape for a part in the Coen Brothers next film, where it earned Corin a second look, making Corin’s hotmail account a wee bit more compelling for a week or two in October. Most recently, in August 2011, Corin and Rob teamed up to write ‘Canadian Tire Money’, the song which unexpectedly launched the present ‘Canadian Tire Starter’ campaign and which has generated more fun than Corin can even keep up with. Corin is presently labouring toward a live album, to be recorded January 24/25th in the Main Hall of The Tranzac with his band The Sundowners.

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