Know Your Neighbours – Ronald Eldon Sexsmith

Photo Attribution: St. Catharines Standard Collection S1982.2.25.39

Ronald Eldon Sexsmith was born on January 8th, 1964 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

When he was 17, he began playing at the Lion Tavern in Port Dalhousie.

In 1985, after the birth of his first son Christopher, he began writing and recording his own songs. In 1986, he and his family moved to Toronto where he formed a band “The Uncool” and released his album “Out of the Duff” in the same year and “There’s A Way” the next year.  While living in Toronto he also worked as a courier to help support his family, which had another addition in 1989 – a daughter Evelyne.

In 1991, he released “Grand Opera Lane” which helped get him a contract with Interscope Records. In 1995, he released “Ron Sexsmith”; in 1999, “Whereabouts”; in 2001, “Blue Boy”; in 2002 “Cobblestone Runway”; in 2006 “Time Being”; in 2008 “Exit Strategy of the Soul”; in 2011 “Long Player Late Bloomer”; and in 2013 “Forever Endeavor”.

His music style is described as “Melancholic Pop Folk”.

Ron Sexsmith won a Juno Award in 2011 for “Songwriter of the Year” for the song “Whatever It Takes”.


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