About Jay Aymar

Jay Aymar – An Honest Journeyman of Music

There aren’t many singers like Jay Aymar.

First of all, he’s a talker. He’d rather have a good conversation with you than sing because he’ll probably get the idea for a good song out of it.

Secondly, he’s not a kid, and he’s not seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses. He’s been around the block? Yes, sir, that’s Jay Aymar. Twenty years of shows, twenty years of good friends everywhere he goes.

Thirdly, Jay Aymar’s a bit like you and I, except that he travels more, sings narrative songs that spring from a tradition established by wandering troubadours since Chaucer’s day, and will always stop for a coffee with a stranger.

His dad says that Jay’s not exactly Frank Sinatra, but he admits his boy can tell a good story and can take you on a roller coaster ride between laughter and tears during the three minutes it takes him to sing a song that came to him as he drove from Toronto to the Soo.

Jay’s been described as a Canadian everyman because he gets his songs from the people he meets, and they are as complicated — and simple — as the drifter in the tap room, the traveler in the bus station, and the school teacher at the cafe. So far, there have been six albums of these songs of fact and fiction, rooted in particular places and particular times.

The most recent project Your Perfect Matador (produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda) is his latest take on love found-love lost and it's a bit of a departure in sound and style for Jay. It follows several breakthrough CDs, Halfway Home, Passing Through and Overtime. Aymar’s backed with a solid band, with Champagne James Robertson on electric guitar, Robbie Grunwald on keys, Devon Henderson on bass and Wojewoda on drums. A new collection of songs that will certainly see him off to new heights and different roads. Home for recording and some rest...

And then off he goes again. Big towns, small towns but, for the most part, better and bigger dates than he’s had before on his cross-country journeys. He finds his fans one by one, and now there are enough of them to fill bigger halls, bigger clubs, bigger festivals.

There’ll be midnight campfires throughout the warmer months, late night conversations in obscure hotel lounges that dot the country. There’ll be jokes in the bar after the concert, and someone else will bring a guitar and some of their own songs. Jay Aymar knows how it goes… and he knows the people he’ll meet, the conversations he’ll have, and the details and the detritus of the road.

Look for him in the cities and the small towns across North America.  When you meet him, give him what he deserves: a story, a joke or a great conversation about life and in exchange, he’ll illuminate your world with a song.

That is, after all, how one becomes an honest journeyman of music.

Richard Flohil 

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