Ross simple, unpretentious

A day in the life at an office job. Spending a night alone waiting for a loved one to arrive.

A day in the life at an office job. Spending a night alone waiting for a loved one to arrive. Finding hope in the midst of overwhelming circumstances.

These are the songs that come from Winnipeg-raised singer/songwriter Marc Ross. Simple, honest and unpretentious.

Ross has been writing music for as long as he can remember. Whether it was the household piano or church service every Sunday, music was a fundamental part of his upbringing.

Ross began his first public musical effort when he fronted Winnipeg-based band Elyon between 2003 and 2007. This was the space in which he was able to develop as a live performer.

In 2007, he collaborated with Winnipeg singer/songwriter Jodi King on a six-track EP entitled Music for the Arborist. Winnipeg’s own Grammy-nominated/Juno Award-winning producer Adrian Bradford worked the pre-production sessions as well as the production for the project. From here, Ross capitalized on his new connections and began to cut demos with Bradford. The short project titled 3 songs was a product of these demos.

Between 2008 and 2010, Ross performed in and around Winnipeg with acts such as Jodi King, folk star Matt Epp and Quinzy. The majority of this time was spent in King’s backup band the Wolves and also performing as a special guest on several of her Canadian tours.

In the summer of 2010, Ross took the trip down to L.A. to work again with producer Adrian Bradford on his debut EP Blue Sky Behind. The EP has since been charting on Canadian college radio and has been well-received on his Western Canadian tours.

Musically, Ross draws inspiration from a diverse spectrum of influences including Paul McCartney, John Mayer and Johnny Cash.

The Joe’s Garage kitchen opens at 5 p.m. and the March 17 show by Ross starts at 8.

This show is going to be pay-what-you-can to offer a chance to support Marc Ross and his musical journey. Seats can be reserved by calling 250-702-6456.

For more information, visit www.joeson5th.ca.

— Joe’s Garage