Elliot Lake’s Collins Hall took in over 400 people for Thursday evening’s Jimmy Rankin concert.
The renowned Canadian musician and member of the famous Rankin Family brought the East Coast flavour captured on his current album with songs about life along Cape Breton’s famous Route 19. The concert is part of a cross-country tour Rankin is doing accompanied by musician Jamie Robinson.
The evening started with a Rankin Family favourite, North Country, before featuring the artist’s new releases and was welcomed and appreciated by the capacity crowd.
Both artists are known for their musical talent on guitar and Rankin’s songwriting abilities.
The concert is part of the annual Elliot Lake Entertainment Series that brings gifted musicians to the community and saw the debut of a revamped sound and lighting system and acoustical improvements that leant itself to the concert. The series has taken up home at the Collins Hall after the former theatre in the Lester B. Pearson arts building was closed by the February roof collapse.
Rankin told many stories, laced with his brand of humour, about his music and its east coast roots.
He was rewarded with a standing ovation by the crowd for the performance.
Rankin is set to play in Sault Ste. Marie at the Sault Community Theatre Centre this evening.