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Island singer-songwriter Ryan McMahon is Mending Fences

Ladysmith-based performer headlining charity gig in midst of bringing his music to western Canada
Ryan McMahon is headed off on a Western Canada tour this spring. (Ashley Marston photo) Ryan McMahon is headed to Cowichan for several shows this spring. (Ashley Marston photo)

Vancouver Island singer-songwriter Ryan McMahon hopes to evoke an array of emotions as he shares his first album since 2019, LIVE NOW, with audiences on his tour throughout Western Canada.

The album was recorded at Warehouse Studio owned by Canadian icon Bryan Adams in downtown Vancouver.

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“I think my favourite part of recording LIVE NOW was the expeditiousness of it all,” said McMahon. “In some of my past studio experiences, I found the recording process to be quite tedious and over-thought. For this new album, our whole team generally went with our initial gut feelings when it came to song choices and what would make them the very best for the listener.

“Throw in the fact that Bryan Adams and his longtime band-mate Keith Scott were around daily, and it added to a really exciting atmosphere where I believed in the atmosphere, the process and myself once again.”

McMahon has shared the stage with some iconic Canadian talent. He kicked off the release of his album LIVE NOW just two nights before heading out as support for the legendary Tom Cochrane last November as well as opening for The Guess Who’s former front-man Burton Cummings for 11 dates throughout B.C. and Alberta in June of last year.

Last fall, his album release party for LIVE NOW which was hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary in support of the Ladysmith Arts Council sold out in a record time of six hours at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall.

“I think we tried to inject as much optimism and hope onto LIVE NOW as we possibly could,” said McMahon. “I hope my fans, and new ears alike find joy in these songs and the lyrics in particular. As for the concerts themselves, I’m so proud of the acoustic duo show that my piano player, Joel Spillette and I have put together.

“Stripping the songs back down to the way they sounded when they were written gives audiences a fresh take on some of my older material and the new songs as well. We make quite a bit of noise for a just a couple of fellas.”

Separate from his album tour, will be a special fundraiser ‘Mending Fences’ for the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association on May 4 where he will be joined by special guest Chris Andres.

“After coming off another long tour I always see playing near home in a new light,” said McMahon. “I love where we’re from so much; never more than now, and the fact that I’m able to play several shows in my neck of the woods feels so good. I’m grateful that I have the support of this area of Vancouver Island.”

“I’m starting to get to the point of my life where I’m not looking at life in such an insular manner,” said McMahon. “I want to take part in more things that give back and bring peace, and benefit others. When I was asked to take part in this event, I was more than happy to toss my hat in the ring and answer the call. It’ll be a wonderful night of music and connection.”

McMahon will also play Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton on June 8 with two more planned Duncan concerts this year at Blue Grouse Winery on July 18, and the Duncan Showroom on Oct. 3. For information on tickets and other shows, visit

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