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Open Jam

Open Jams @ The Hollow

Come on out each Sunday and join us for our widely popular Hollow Valley open jam night! These jams are intended to appeal to and allow musicians of all stripes and skill levels to step up and join in with other local players.

For those as of yet familiar with our jams, please note our rules of etiquette:

1) Be respectful - physical or verbal abuse towards others will not be tolerated

2) Share the stage - if others are waiting to take your place, please keep it to two songs and then take a break while others play

3) Welcome those of all skill levels - if you are a more advanced player, please do your best to make others who may be learning feel welcome!

About the Host

"Tobin Spring is a fresh, new blues voice from northern Ontario. A talented and forward moving guitarist, vocalist. songwriter and band leader" Gary Kendall, The Downchild Blues Band

“Tobin Spring is a rising triple threat as singer/songwriter and guitarist – definitely someone to watch.” John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Newsletter

In 2015, Tobin received the song of the year award from Hunters Bay Radio for his song "Nobody's Fool".

Huntsville, Ontario based bluesman Tobin Spring is making some waves in the Canadian blues scene.

On Jan. 18, 2015, Tobin performed for a packed house at Blues Summit 7 at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto. The band consisted of Derek Cochrane (drums) Brian Hawley (guitar), Jamie Bestwick (bass) and featured Roly Platt on harp.

In June, 2014, Tobin was selected as one of six finalists by the Toronto Blues Society for the TBS Talent Search.

His thoroughly anticipated album ‘Collective Blues Agreement’ is his first effort outside of the band Laganza. The album is not a complete diversion from Laganza though, as band members Derek Cochrane (drums), Brian Hawley (guitar), Benji Jordan (bass), Jamie Bestwick (bass) and Will Main (bass) all play at times on the record.

‘Collective Blues Agreement’ also features outstanding playing from award winning blues aces Gary Kendall (bass), Dave Curry (guitar), Lance Anderson (piano/organ) and Roly Platt (harmonica). This incredible mix of player’s makes for some unique chemistry and dynamic performances throughout the record.

Tobin’s triple-threat of guitar playing, singing and songwriting makes for a high energy and soulful live show. Tobin is quickly establishing himself as a blues force to be reckoned with.

“Collective Blues Agreement” was listed as a top blues pick in the Aug. 2014 edition of the Maple Blues Newsletter.

Tobin was born in Huntsville, ON in 1980. He picked up the guitar at age 12 and began studying with Ryan Corrigan (Hawksley Workman). In early high school he formed the band Laganza along with Derek Cochrane and Benji Jordan. Laganza has produced four studio albums including their latest effort entitled “Both Sides”

In 2000, Tobin spent a year studying classical guitar at Cambrian College in Sudbury. He then went on to spend three years at Humber College before graduating with a major in Jazz Guitar Performance. While at Humber he was lead guitarist for Dave Stillwell’s Blue Jackets, and was part of Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Tobin has opened for a variety of artists including Big Sugar, Blue Rodeo, Kim Mitchell and April Wine. He’s had four of his songs put into rotation on Moose fm stations across Ontario (“It’s Only Life”, “September”, “Higher Height” and “Both Sides Of The Coin”)
He also co-wrote the theme song for the 2010 Ontario Winter Games entitled “Be Here”.

In 2005 Tobin created the highly successful Northern Blues Review. There has since been 11 different incarnations of the show and each time it has featured some of Ontario’s finest musicians and performers.

Tobin currently resides in Huntsville where he runs a music school and performs regularly as the lead singer/guitarist for Laganza. In 2014 Laganza’s song entitled “Six Strings and a Radio” was featured on Amanda Putz’s CBC program and has since been played multiple times on CBC.

On April 10th, 2015, Tobin and Laganza had the honour of opening up for Chicago Blues Legend and Grammy Nominee John Primer at the Caruso Club in Sudbury.

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