Amanda Bon & The Outskirts
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Amanda Bon & The Outskirts

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Country Folk




"Newcomer Amanda Bon the highlight at showcase of folk, blues and country"

...The highlight of the evening was Amanda Bon, the 30-year-old Ottawa singer-songwriter (above) who’s starting to gain attention for the lovely songs on her first CD, Juniper Weekends. A thoughtful brunette with big brown eyes and a magical voice, she showed much promise on stage, backed by a fantastic band that included Ken Kanwisher on bass, Danny Artuso on guitar, Gilles LeClerc on mandolin and Keith Snider on banjo.
With her parents in the audience, Bon played all her own songs, including several from the disc, as well as a few new ones. Her flair for a lilting melody seemed effortless, while her lyrics were insightful without being overwritten. Thanks to Artuso’s pedal steel and Snider’s banjo, the instrumentation emphasized her country influence but one gets the feeling she could sing any style of music. Perhaps most intriguing was her voice, not because of a huge range, but because of its Sarah McLachlan-like capacity to soothe, almost like a warm caress... - The Ottawa Citizen (review by Lynn Saxberg)


Juniper Weekends - September 2011
Down The Road - May 2013

- CBC/CKCU radio air play
- iTunes sales and online streaming



Amanda Bon is an up-and-coming Ottawa singer/songwriter. In 2010 she assembled some of the city's most seasoned players and together they recorded and released their debut album, Juniper Weekends (2011). Reminiscent of Alison Krauss and Union Station, the band brings together elements of country, folk and bluegrass. Its members include Amanda Bon (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Danny Artuso (guitar, pedal steel, background vocals), Ken Kanwisher (upright bass, accordion) and Gilles Leclerc (mandolin, background vocals). Recently having adopted the name Amanda Bon & The Outskirts, since appearing on the scene this band has been enjoying the support of local radio stations and music listeners, finding themselves at Ottawa Bluesfest 2012 and sharing the stage with Jenn Grant as part of the NAC Presents concert series. They recently released their second album, Down The Road (2013), another collection of entirely original songs, this time featuring some exciting guest musicians. Whether youre looking for a chorus you can tap your foot to, impressive instrumentals, strong lyrical content or catchy melodies, youll like his band. Theyre fun to watch and they bring a clean, refreshing sound to the stage.

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