Jonathan Roy kicks off Summer in the Park on Friday
Jonathan Roy kicks off Summer in the Park on Friday, August 3rd ripping the lid off the festival weekend. Don’t miss Friday night at Summer in the Park!!!
“My dad was my idol. Of course, I wanted to be just like him.” says Jonathan.
Roy’s father, Patrick Roy, is a true hockey legend and Jonathan wanted to follow his dad onto the ice.
Jonathan snuck down to the living room one night, picked up the Stanley Cup, carried it to bed, as he pulled the covers over hockey's Holy Grail, he whispered, "I'm going to win you one day."
Playing goal for the Québec Remparts, he was convinced he was on-course for a career in the NHL. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, however, Patrick Roy called his son into the head coach's office. "Hey, kid—it's not meant for everyone to play hockey. You just don't have the talent."
Jonathan felt both stunned and liberated. He had always loved music since he was a young boy sitting at his mother's feet as she played the piano.
"I told Patty I wanted to be a musician, he thought I was completely nuts," laughs Jonathan, remembering the talk with his Dad. "He stressed education. He had no idea I was already secretly involved with music."
Jonathan inherited his father's traits of passion, dedication, and a strong work ethic.
At 19 he began learning guitar and songwriting and dabbled in recording music for the very first time. In 2012, he landed a lead in the successful Quebec/France theatrical production of Don Juan, earning much needed confidence.
In 2013 he realized his musical direction was floundering. He needed to find a creative mentor to nurture his talents. A chance introduction with Canadian music icon, Corey Hart, would change all that. Hart was looking for a new artist to sign to his label, Siena Records, founded in 2003, which was partnered with Warner Music Canada.
“Holy shit! Jonathan's been gifted with a God-given voice.” says Hart.
Hart instantly knew he had discovered the talent he’d been waiting for.
Since that first encounter back in February, 2013, Roy and Hart have been inseparable, building a profound personal and professional partnership working toward the sound that defines Jonathan Roy to the world.
"Corey always pushes me to the max by his natural intensity and constant pursuit of excellence. It's inspired me to become a deeper, more versatile musician.”
Following a 22-date sold-out tour with artist Burton Cummings, Roy announced his major label, nine-track debut album, would be called Mr. Optimist Blues.
Hart composed the title track, Jonathan says, "I'm a very positive person. ‘Mr. Optimist Blues' paints a portrait of a person who experiences peaks & valleys yet every time he finds himself mired in the shitty, boggy pits of those troubled days …He keeps on seeing the glass half full, instead of half empty. That's me, man!"
Also included in the album's many highlights is the Top 10 hit "Daniella Denmark," a staple on Canadian radio last spring, and "You're My Ace" a Top 5 smash in Quebec last summer.
Launched simultaneously with the album's release was the powerful single "Good Things."
All the tracks on Mr. Optimist Blues are original, with one exception. Jonathan included a tip of his hat to, Paolo Nutini, an artist who has inspired him musically.
“I put ‘New Shoes' into my set list on tour and every time I sang it - she put a smile on my face. I really feel I made it my own with our cover version ..."
After the release of Mr. Optimist Blues, Roy hit the road, taking his music globally.
“He may not be in goal but he’s gonna rock the arena.” said Summer in the Park Co-Chair, Geoff Richardson. “This is the best opening night lineup we’ve ever had. The hottest tickets in town.”
SITP Co-Chair, Thomas Brown, added, “Tickets for the August 3rd show with Scott Helman, Jonathan Roy and headliners DNCE start at only $40 (plus HST and ticketing fees). Tickets go on sale, tomorrow, Friday, April 6th at 9:00 am.”
Tickets are only available at the following:
North Bay Battalion Box Office, Memorial Gardens Arena, 2nd Floor
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