Cornwall’s Paul Deslauriers Takes Stage at Lift-Off

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Cornwall, Ontario- Paul Deslauriers will be coming home to play at this year’s Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off. The two time Maple Blues award winner, including guitarist of the year, will be opening for 54-40 on Friday July 11th.

“Paul Deslauriers is an excellent embassador for Cornwall,” said Peter Gault, Team Cornwall Chair,” His love for his home town is evident every time he takes the stage, be it in Montreal, Toronto or around the world.”

The Cornwall native graduated La Citadaelle high school and then left Cornwall at the age of 18 to study music at McGill University. He soon gained acclaim in the 1990s as a founding member of Black Cat Bone, deemed by many critics at the time to be “one of Canada’s hottest blues-rock bands.” He has been called upon to share his guitar and vocal talents on tour with the likes of The Respectables, Amanda Marshall, France D’amour, Garou and Nicola Ciccone, to name only a few.

For the last several years he has teamed with singer Dawn Tyler Watson, one of Canada’s most accomoplished blues musicians. Their first album, En Duo (2007), was released to rave reviews. From Moscow and the Big Easy to the North Pole, they have enjoyed sold-out live performances and have also opened for artists such as Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bruce Cockburn. Their sophomore album Southland (2013) saw them revisiting their own brand of feel-good, back porch style music with a few new twists.

“Deslauriers really knows how to grab your ears from note one,” said Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief of Guitar Player Magazine. “He’s also a gifted songwriter and vocalist, and his solos, especially the slide lines, are short, but thrilling!”

Last year, Mr. Deslauriers teamed up with talented artist Anwar Khurshid for a fascinating and unique musical meeting between the Blues and Indian Classical music. The result is the new album entitled Enter The Gate (2013), a true “East meets West” collaboration.

Mr. Deslauriers was also featured in the Team Cornwall add of the 2014 edition of Cornwall Living. Previous adds have featured SD&G highlander Jim Brownell, pro boxer Tony Louis and astronaut Andrew Feustel, all of which have done great things for Cornwall and the surrounding areas.

You can learn more about Paul Deslauriers, including where to buy his albums and where to see him play, at