See you at the Ayer's Cliff fair !

Town­ships rocker hits Fair stage

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville

The Ayer’s Cliff Fair is known for at­tract­ing some of the coun­try’s top coun­try mu­sic acts to its fa­mous Grand­stand ev­ery year and, more re­cently, be­gan show­cas­ing lo­cal ris­ing tal­ent on its big stage. This year’s lo­cal of­fer­ing is

Len­noxville’s Tim Brink who, in the last sea­son of La Voix, was a big hit with the judges and the au­di­ence alike.

A Town­ships na­tive who had a ru­ral up­bring­ing in the Sawyerville and Ea­ton Cor­ner ar­eas, Tim went to Alexan­der Galt High School, Cham­plain Col­lege then Bishop’s Univer­sity where he stud­ied mu­sic and the­atre. He spoke with the Stanstead Jour­nal about his mu­si­cal ca­reer, his ap­pear­ance on La Voix, his new al­bum and, of course, his ap­pear­ance at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair this Thurs­day evening.

“First I started jam­ming in garages, then by the time I was eigh­teen I was play­ing in bars; that was twenty-two years ago,” said the mu­si­cian who was a mem­ber of the well-known Town­ships Rock band, Pete Moss, for six­teen years, per­form­ing on the big­ger stages and at fes­ti­vals. “About five years ago I de­cided to go it alone.”

Pur­su­ing a solo ca­reer led the singer to au­di­tion for La Voix, the pop­u­lar French­language ver­sion of The Voice. Not only did he make the blind au­di­tion, Mr. Brink was cho­sen by all four judges as he en­er­get­i­cally belted out “Hard to Han­dle”. “I’ve been very busy since my ap­pear­ance on the last sea­son of La Voix. It’s been pretty crazy. I was just flab­ber­gasted by the sup­port from every­one and very grate­ful,” ad­mit­ted the singer who has been ‘burn­ing the can­dle at both ends’, rid­ing the wave of pop­u­lar­ity gen­er­ated by his tele­vi­sion ex­po­sure while hold­ing down a day job as man­ager of Len­noxville’s Shal­i­mar Res­tau­rant. “I’ve been work­ing sixty to eighty hour work weeks, work­ing at the res­tau­rant and do­ing about three shows a week.”

This fall, Mr. Brink will be slow­ing down on his live per­for­mances so he can get back into the stu­dio to fin­ish his first solo al­bum, a crowd-funded project en­ti­tled “This is Ours”. “I was so busy with La Voix, the al­bum’s a year late. I have four more songs to do vo­cals in.” Tim de­scribes the new al­bum as “folk rock”, and not like the mu­sic of the Pete Moss band. “It’s all mu­sic that I’ve had on the back burner for years. I’ve even got about six songs for a sec­ond al­bum that might have an elec­tronic touch on it. It’s nice to see my mu­sic evolve.”

This ‘folk’rocker’ has a lively show planned for the Ayer’s Cliff date and will be bring­ing a six per­son band along with him. “We’ll have elec­tric gui­tar, acous­tic gui­tar, drums, bass, cello and an or­gan. It’s go­ing to be a big show with a pretty full sound,” he said. About half of the al­most two hour show will fea­ture orig­i­nal songs writ­ten by Tim while the rest will be cover songs “that are real crowd pleasers”.

Al­ways a res­i­dent of the East­ern Town­ships, go­ing to the Ayer’s Cliff Fair was a big part of grow­ing up for the mu­si­cian. “Some of my most fond mem­o­ries are of the fair. I re­mem­ber be­ing about eleven years old and wear­ing my Bon Jovi cut jeans and an ACDC t-shirt. To this day that smell of the mid­way brings me back. And grow­ing up on a farm I’m a big lover of an­i­mals, so I love to go and see the live­stock demon­stra­tions.”

“This year when I go to the Fair it will be an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to see peo­ple who I haven’t seen in a long time,” Tim con­cluded.

To learn more about Mr. Brink’s up­com­ing shows and to find out when the new al­bum comes out and where to buy it, visit tim­brink.ca.

Len­noxville’s Tim Brink per­forms this Thurs­day at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair on the Grand­stand.

Tim Brink per­forms on stage at the Sherblues Festival.

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