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Canadian Folk Music Award - Traditional Singer of the Year
Independent Music Award nominee - Americana Album of the Year

Hosted by Folkway Music, at Kitchener's Registry Theatre

Tickets available through Eventbrite (, or in person at Folkway Music - 22 Dupont Street East, Waterloo ON N2J 2G9
519-772-0424 | 855-772-0424

Advance $22.60 (includes $2.60 hst) | Door $25 (cash only) Tickets are non-refundable

Doors: 7:30pm | Show: 8:00pm

It's a typical story - where a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, a custom banjo and a flyfishing trip all conspire - leading to a meeting in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. She was living in Victoria, BC and he was living in Arcata, CA. Both had been playing music for decades and loved early country, old time, folk, blues, and bluegrass. She sent him a copy of the 1928 recording Tupelo Blues from Hoyt Ming & His Pepsteppers and... they married 2 months later. In 2010 they moved their home and the J. Romero Banjo Company north to the BC interior, to her hometown of Horsefly. In this way-out-there small place, surrounded by wilderness and good people, they build their finely crafted banjos, and play and write the music, new and old, that they adore.

Writing songs about ageless characters, hard lives, loss and love, Pharis’ songs have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a “historical treasure” by the BC Folklore Society. On stage from a very young age with her family's country band, classically trained and country schooled, she was a co-founder of the award-winning and innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social, releasing two celebrated albums from 2005 to 2009 before venturing out musically with Jason.

Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, CA bluegrass and old-time scene before coming to BC, and is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass. When not playing banjo, his resophonic and acoustic guitar playing is a distinct texture, melodic and percussive. His singing and his playing has been called both seductive and badass.


Parking is available in the new underground parking garage on Queen St South, next to the Kitchener Library - $3 for two hours, $1.50 for every additional half hour, and the all-day maximum is $13. On nights when there is an event at the Centre in the Square there is a flat fee of $7. PLEASE NOTE: This garage closes at 10pm. After hours access is available at the Ahrens Street entrance. To access this entrance, turn left after exiting the main theatre doors, then left again between the police station and the municipal administration building. Press the security call button beside the door to be buzzed in.

Metered street parking is available on Roy and Ahrens Streets (off Weber, across from KPL).

City of Kitchener parking options:

- Lot 2, at Queen Street and Goudies Lane, is free after 6pm
- Lot 14, accessible from Frederick Street or Queen Street by the Centre in the Square, is free after 6pm UNLESS there is an event at the Centre, in which case there is a flat fee of $7


Grand River Transit Route 8 stops at Queen and Weber, right around the corner from the theatre.


The Registry Theatre is fully accessible for persons using mobility assistance devices. Please contact us to coordinate the details of your visit and/or alert the Front of House staff that you require the use of the elevator.

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This is horrible! Help @FrettedAmerican out by keeping your eyes peeled for these instruments:

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It's a rainy #Halloween in Waterloo. Stop in to dry off and give these two a try.

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A super clean '67 Supro Corsica just in at Waterloo. It sounds as good as it looks!

A shipment of Blue Lion Dulcimers has arrived in the Waterloo shop. Stop in to see them before they're gone!

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Come in to Waterloo and check out the new Fall Limited guitars from Taylor.
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