St. Francis Centre

Upcoming Events

Music by the Bay Live presents Doyle Bramhall II

August 15 at 8pm
Advance tickets $80

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

Doyle Bramhall II stands as one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall II has collaborated for more than a decade, cites the guitarist as one of the most gifted players he has ever encountered.

Bramhall II was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock & roll sounds that are indigenous to Texas; the state of his birth. His father, Doyle Bramhall, played drums for blues legends Lightning Hopkins and Freddie King and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist. Bramhall was a life-long collaborator with childhood friends, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, composing such signature classics as “Change It” and “Life By The Drop”. When Doyle was 18, he was recruited by Jimmie Vaughan to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Full bio can be found at www.musicbythebaylive.com.


Music by the Bay Live presents Philip Sayce

September 18th at 8pm
Advance tickets $45

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

At 21 Philip Sayce caught the attention of Jeff Healey, and spent the next 4 years as second guitar alongside the guitar master. Following the lead of a number of talented Canadian artists, Sayce chose to move to the U.S. all the while staying true to his personal quest of following what moves him. Primary among his various L.A. ventures was joining multi Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge’s band in 2003. He would go on to tour and record with Etheridge over the course of the next five years while continuing to perform and record with his own band.

Combine the head turning guitar skills with expressive vocals delivering on a variety musical style and you get the whole picture – an artist following his heart, making that emotional connection. Be part of that connection with Philip Sayce and Music by the Bay Live at St. Francis Centre in Ajax.


Music by the Bay Live presents Chuck Jackson & The All Stars

October 31st at 8pm
Advance tickets $45

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

Chuck Jackson is the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild as their singer 24 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning musician, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also an excellent songwriter and harmonica player. With Downchild he has been nominated for 4 Junos and has been nominated 7 times and won the Maple Blues Award, Male Vocalist of the Year twice. He was also honoured in 2002 with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award for his achievements during a distinguished career. In 2012 Chuck received the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted to the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and Mississauga Legends Row.


Music by the Bay Live presents Steve Hill

November 13 at 8pm
Advance tickets $45

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

Steve Hill has created some serious buzz with his sweep at the Maple Blues Awards in 2015, winning “Entertainer Of The Year”, “Electric Act Of The Year”, “Guitarist Of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”, in addition to the prestigious Juno Award for “Blues Album Of The Year”.

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. Throughout his lengthy and intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hats, and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. The show appeals to not only the hard core blues fans but to rock fans young and old.