Michael Laderoute

Michael Laderoute


Laderoute's music is honest, often dark descriptions of vast landscapes populated with interesting and sometimes troubled characters who have a humerous aproach to biblical insights. Often compared to the likes of Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard and John Prine.


Bio – Michael Laderoute

Born and partially raised in Arnprior Ontario Canada, the heart of the Ottawa Valley, Michael started his musical journey at an early age by pulling a radio cabinet over on top of himself while grooving to Mac Beattie and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers at age 3.

High school bands led to gigs to put himself through the University of Toronto. Later, he played every chance he could in Toronto, northern and southern Ontario, Quebec, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles and any stage, pub or honky-tonk where he could find an audience for his original tunes. While in Nashville to take in Summer Lights, Michael found himself sitting around a tavern table with Guy Clark, Gove Scrivnor and Townes Van Zandt swapping songs and a guitar at a post-Clark concert.

His music has been compared to Clark and those similar troubadours, Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely and Ray Wylie Hubbard. His CD, “A River I Know” was released Fall of 2005 and includes 10 self-penned songs. It continues to get local and international airplay.
The album was recorded live off the floor with acoustic and harmony vocal overdubs in Toronto’s The Rogue Studio with James Paul engineering, mixing and mastering, David Baxter producing and features Bazil Donovan on acoustic, upright bass, Burke Carroll on dobro, Lisa Marie MacIsaac on fiddle and vocals from Greg Hobbs and Krista Ellis. His music sounds really comfortable in the Folk/Roots/Americana genres.

Michael continues to play in the Toronto area and is currently preparing an extensive touring schedule. He recently was given the Ontario Council Of Folk Festivals (OCFF) overall top award for their Songs From the Heart competition. His song, "A River I Know," was awarded the Galaxie Rising Star of the CBC award for 2008. He is currently working on a new CD to be recorded in the Spring of 2009.

Check the Gigs section of his site for updates on live appearences.

His CD, “A River I Know” can be found on www.cdbaby.com

Contact Michael at:
15 Bramley St South
Port Hope Ontario
Canada L1A 3J8


A River I Know

Written By: Michael Laderoute

There's a river I know
We gotta all cross over
River I've seen
And it runs mighty, rough and wild
But there'll come a time
When the waves stop rolling
And we're all gonna meet that day on the other side.

Friends of mine have crossed before me
Sitting warm now by the Holy Spirit's fire
All their trouble's gone and their souls unbounded
Singing joyfully in that heavenly choir.


Sometimes this world seems unforgiving
And troubled waters, look deep and wide
But our time here's brief and hope's eternal
Love is just as strong on the other side.



CD - A River I Know
Released October 2005

Produced by David Baxter at The Rogue studio Toronto.
Engineered and Mastered at the Rogue by James Paul
Michael Laderoute - guitars, vocals
David Baxter - guitars, mandolin
Bazil Donovan - upright acoustic bass
Lisa MacIsaac - fiddle
Burke Carroll - dobro
Krista Ellis - vocal harmony
Greg Hobbs - vocal harmony

Available on www.cdbaby.com/cd/laderoute

Set List

Original tunes with a few "appropriate" cover tunes thrown in from time to time.