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Chris Staig Guests on "Talent on the Bay". Tune in to 88.7 FM - November 10, 2016

I'm happy to announce that on Wednesday November 16th, I will be the guest on the Hunters Bay Radio show "Talent on the Bay". The show runs between 6 and 7 pm. I will be in the studio for an interview and to play six or seven songs. You can tune in at 88.7 FM in Muskoka, or listen online at

"Martha" Hits Number One on Hunters Bay Radio! - September 20, 2016

On September 16th, "Martha" hit Number 1 after six weeks on the charts for Hunters Bay Radio, a fine independent station in Muskoka, also heard throughout the world on the web. You can request to hear "Martha" by emailing the station at or calling/texting them at 705-224-2527.  You can tune in to "MUSKOKA'S RADIO STATION", ON-AIR at Hunters Bay Radio 88.7 FM and ONLINE at   Let's keep "Martha" on the chart! Request it today!

Rocking the Guess Who Tribute Night at Hugh's Room! - September 18, 2015

Looking forward to this one tonight! Great bill, great venue, details can be found here:

"Shack By The Tracks" on the radio! - September 8, 2015

The songs from “Shack By The Tracks” are beginning to receive strong support from radio on many different programmes and stations. Below is a list detailing some of the songs broadcasted.  A big thanks to all who have spun a tune or two; we appreciate it!

 Shack By The Tracks on the radio:

 “Martha”:  CBC Radio Saskatchewan “The Afternoon Edition”, CJRT “Bluz FM”, CKCU “Both Kinds of Music”, 99.3 County FM “Folk Roots”


“Tap Your Toe”: “The Big Groove Radio Hour” (numerous stations), CKCU “Both Kinds of Music”, CBC Radio Ottawa “All in A Day”, 99.3 County FM “Folk Roots”


“Only You and Me” : CBC Radio “Fresh Air”, CKCU “Reigning and Training”, CKCU “Both Kinds of Music “


“Tulane” : CKCU “Both Kinds of Music”, WLSO “Longtown Sound”


“Ridge Road”:  CBC Radio “Fresh Air” 

Chris Staig and Shelley Coopersmith: Interview and Live Performance on CKCU's "Both Kinds of Music" - July 13, 2015

On Wednesday July 8th, 2015, Chris Staig and Shelley Coopersmith were interviewed by Richard Altavista and performed live on CKCU Radio's "Both Kinds of Music". You can hear the show by clicking on this link:

Chris Staig and the Marquee Players: Summer Residencies! - June 2, 2015

Chris Staig and the Marquee Players announce four monthly residencies in the Toronto area during the summer months of 2015

Who: Chris Staig (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Stephen O’Toole (bass), Shelley Coopersmith (violin and mandolin) and Ian MacKay (drums)



Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave: June 5, July 3, August 7, and September 4. (The first Friday of every month)

Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave: June 8, July 13, August 10, Sept 14 (The second Monday of every month) The

Hole in the Wall, 2867 Dundas St W: June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12 (The second Saturday of every month)

The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave: June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26 (The final Saturday of every month)

Chris Staig and the Marquee Players are pleased to announce that they will be performing four monthly residencies in Toronto during the summer of 2015. While the band is undertaking appearances at shows and festivals throughout Ontario in the coming months, they are looking forward to regularly playing for hometown fans at their favourite venues. The songs for Staig’s latest release, “Shack By The Tracks”, were first honed and brought to life in these clubs. Shows at these venues, as recently noted by writer Lenny Stoute in Cashbox Canada Magazine, have caused Chris Staig and the Marquee Players to “evolve from a good little bar band to a tight-knit unit with a sound all its own.” Of particular note is the show scheduled for Saturday September 12th at The Hole in the Wall; this marks the third year anniversary of Chris Staig and the Marquee Players being in monthly residence at this Junction area venue.

Now Magazine Article on The One Day Record Store Tour! - May 1, 2015

Here's an article on the One Day Record Store Tour by Carla Gillis in this week's Now Magazine. Please follow this link:

Chris Staig and The Marquee Players Announce One Day Record Store Tour! - April 28, 2015

Chris Staig and the Marquee Players celebrate the release of their latest album Shack by the Tracks on vinyl with a one-day tour of Toronto’s finest record stores.

Chris Staig and the Marquee Players celebrate the release of their latest album Shack by the Tracks on vinyl with a one-day tour of Toronto’s finest record stores.



Who: Chris Staig (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Stephen O’Toole (bass), Shelley Coopersmith (violin and mandolin) and Ian MacKay (drums)




The One-Day Record Store Tour:


When: Saturday May 2nd


Where: Cabin Fever,         1669 Bloor St. W, 11:30am

            Parkdale Platters,  1614 Queen St. W, 1:00pm

            Pandemonium,      2920 Dundas St W, 2:30pm 



Once labeled “a songwriting Charles Atlas” by the Toronto Sun, Chris Staig is happy to announce the arrival of “Shack By The Tracks” on LP. This new recording is the best representation of both Staig’s blues tinged folk rock writing and the live sound of his hard working band The Marquee Players. While available on CD and on Itunes, “Shack By The Tracks” the album is Staig’s first recording to be issued on LP. The recording was mastered for vinyl by Noah Mintz at the Lacquer Channel in November 2014. However, an unexpectedly long manufacturing production time caused the LP to be available only in a preorder form at the Toronto area launch parties, held at The Junction City Music Hall and Dora Keogh’s in early April. Spring is finally here and so is the “Shack By The Tracks” LP; a unique single day tour of Toronto stores specializing in LPs will take place on Saturday May 2nd.

Great Review of "Shack By The Tracks"! - March 27, 2015

Check out this review of the soon to be launched "Shack By Tracks". It's a good one! Thanks to Don Graham and Cashbox Canada. Follow this link!

Cool Critique of "Shack By The Tracks and Launch Parties" - March 22, 2015

Thanks to for this cool mention of the album and the upcoming release parties. Please follow this link!’s-sunday-matinee-shad-andria-simone-chris-staig-cancer

A little video for "Tulane" - March 19, 2015

Here's a video of "Tulane" from "Shack By The Tracks". Pics from shows over the last couple of years: We are looking forward  to the launch parties at Junction City Music Hall  on Friday April 3rd and at Dora Keogh Irish Pub on Saturday April 4th! Follow this link:

First DJ to spin a song from "Shack by the Tracks" is...! - February 5, 2015

The first disc jockey to spin a tune from Chris Staig's "Shack by the Tracks" was Richard Altavista of CKCU in Ottawa. He played "Tulane" and enthused “Great record, I suggest you search that one out, you will not be disappointed." A link to that broadcast is here:

Chris Staig "Mary" (Independent, 2009) Just Another Singer Songwriter? - January 31, 2010

Chris Staig "Mary" (Independent, 2009)

Just Another Singer Songwriter?

Chris Staig is an unfamiliar name to me although he has released two solo records several years ago. For this new record, ‘Mary’, Chris has brought in a band to supplement the sound which does bring some of the songs to life. Chris is stuck between country & pop a sort Ben Kweller with a touch of Ron Sexsmith struggling to be Ryan Adams.

On that basis it has to be all about the songs and strength of the song writing – after several listens several songs began to work their way into the system. These songs show that Chris can write catchy pop such as ‘Remember To Breath’ and I see that Chris’s songs have been covered by the likes of Dan Bryk another Canadian (I can strongly recommend Dan’s record which features Ron Sexsmith).

The record is split into two sides like an LP, with the first side containing the more up tempo songs and the second side sees Chris in a more contemplative mood and on the records best song ‘Make It Through’ Chris manages to clearly demonstrate he has the talent to raise his head above the normal navel gazers.
As a Canadian (like Sexsmith) Chris Staig writes clever pop songs with a tinge of country, best heard on ‘Our Last Chance’, ‘She Haunts These Rooms’, and the superb slide guitar driven ‘Never Lies’. The record contains some core Americana values; strong songs, great voice and solid arrangements. Of course Chris is just another singer-songwriter but there’s enough potential on this record for Chris take his place next to Ron Sexsmith.

Date review added: Thursday, May 28, 2009
Reviewer: andy r

Tunes from "Mary" can heard at! - January 13, 2009

Remember to Breathe and She Haunts These Rooms can heard in the music section of this website. Hope you enjoy!

To Purchase Mary Online - November 26, 2008

To Purchase Chris Staig's new CD "Mary" click this link:


New CD Titled "Mary" to Released November 28th 2008 - November 8, 2008

Chris Staig's Fourth CD, titled "Mary" will be available for sale Friday November 28th at the Cadillac Lounge.

Chris Staig Live Video of 'Fell Off the Wagon" at Pearson International Airport - June 1, 2008

During this career as musician, which I prefer think of as a calling, not a career, I have played some bizarre gigs. I played a buffalo roast at age 14. I have played bars, theatres, on the street, on the sidewalk and high at the CN Tower. I have played a strip club called "Scanty's". I played an extremely depressing Fall Fair in Mamora, Ontario. I played an outdoor festival in New Orleans where the bagpiper grabbed the wrong tin whistle and we drove through the night back to Memphis...
So when the North by Northeast festival invited me to play at Pearson International Airport, I thought nothing unusual here. In fact, I felt a duty to play my song "Fell Off the Wagon" at the airport.

Here's the footage:

Still, this gig was a bit bizarre.
Do you agree, folks?
See you at NXNE

CBC RADIO Features Time Won't Leave You - April 8, 2008

On Monday April 7th, "Time Won’t Leave You", was CBC Radio 3's "New Music Track of the Day".

Thank You ALL AT CBC RADIO 3 !

Time Won't Leave You" advanced in the 2006 International Songwriters Competition - March 20, 2007

One of my fave tunes from my last CD, a tune called "Time Won't Leave You", recently advanced to the round before becoming a semi finalist in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition. While I would have liked it to have gone even further, I believe that means my tune got as far as the Leafs did in the 77-78 playoffs. Does it mean the song made it out of the quarter finals? Anyhow, its a good tune, I'm pleased it was recognized.

"Davenport" makes Top 100 list for 2006 - January 7, 2007

Check out this year end list at, and you will find my latest CD among the fine recordings listed.
You can copy and paste this link if you wish:

Disc of the Day ( - March 10, 2006

Having just (re)touted Warren Zanes' Memory Girls, it's kind of fitting that I've selected Chris Staig's Davenport as today's featured disc. Staig, from Toronto, has a very similar sound to Zanes, both vocally and stylistically.

Davenport features a winning combination of power pop, roots rock and singer/songwriter pop. There are also hints of Neil Young and John Lennon as well as Grandaddy's Jason Lytle. Things start off in fine fashion with Staig pleading for a "Rock'n'Roll Holiday", as it's "time to blow up my television/can't make shopping my new religion"; in the next track Staig sings of how he "Fell Off The Wagon", an ode to getting plastered. "All I Need Is You" is a catchy rocker in the vein of the Ike Reilly disc I raved about yesterday, and "Another Year" almost heads into the Rockpile territory mined so well by Terry Anderson (he of the Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team).

He has three tracks from Davenport streaming at his myspace page, and others can be sampled at cd baby, which is of course the best place to pick it up.

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