David Essig


I can still recall the look of surprise on the face of the Canada Immigration officer at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge at Niagara Falls when I told him I was planning to drive to Huntsville that very night if he’d let me in. “In this snowstorm? In that truck? OK, you’re in. You deserve to be a Canadian.”

47 years later, I’m still in awe of my good fortune to be a working Canadian artist – creating songs and performing them for across our beloved True North. Along the way, I have recorded lots of albums of my own music, produced tonnes for other artists, written a novel, hosted a CBC radio show and played gigs in just about every venue in the country.

Willie P Bennett used to sing that we’re the Lucky Ones – we Canadian roots musicians -and indeed, we are. I am happy to part of the family – still working at our art and craft – putting frames around the human condition and hopefully bringing some understanding and happiness to our listeners and friends.

So come on and take a look around. You’ll likely find out all you need to know – and more – about my life and times and how you can experience my music – both in person and on recording.

My most recent CD release is “Live at the Queens” – recorded live-in-performance at the venerable Queens Hotel in Dunnville, ON. It’s collection of 14 of the most well-liked songs I do in concert. We recorded it with state-of-the-art mobile gear and are really pleased with its intimacy and directness. As they say, feels like I’m right there in the room.  Link over to the Merch pages for more info.