Live Music Monday: Ginger St. James


Ginger St. James at the Horsethief Pub

With her sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and a repertoire that blends country, rock n’ roll and blues. Ginger St. James stands out as one of Canada’s most Exciting performers.

Following the tradition of country songbirds like Loretta Lynn, Ginger writes and sings music from real experience; growing up on the family farm, being broke, having fun, and love gone wrong. Her early life in Binbrook, Ontario was heavily influenced by American southern culture, listening to country radio in the barn. Although trips with Dad to the vintage car and rockabilly shows had their impact, her signature song ‘Country Bumpkin’, proves that this gal is more HEE HAW than Happy Days.

A born entertainer, St. James began writing songs and telling jokes at 3 years old.  Inspired by watching musicals, cabaret and listening to Big Band 8 tracks at Nanny and Grandad’s, she enrolled in jazz and tap dance lessons,  performed in school plays and spent a summer at the Theatre Aquarius acting camp.  She began a successful career as a dancer, actress and model as well as radio show host and artist, driven by her natural charisma and passion to create and for the stage.

Feeling the most “in her own skin” expressing herself musically, St. James began focusing on singing, songwriting and learning guitar licks.  She moved to Toronto where she met guitarist SnowHeel Slim, who became her songwriting partner. St. James eventually moved back to Hamilton where she has established a solid fanbase, expanding her reach across Canada with countless major festivals, fairs, theatre’s and headline appearances.

She released her first EP, Spank Sparkle & Growl, which won Alt/Country Recording of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards.  St. James released her follow up EP Tease independently in 2012 . She released her debut full-length album, Diesel&Peas in 2014 and This caught the attention of Busted Flat Records, who signed Ginger to release “One For The Money” in 2016, lso being a savvy business woman, she recorded 3 tunes (including a duet with Matt Dusk on Moon River) for the HBO TV series “Call Me Fitz”, and has most recently had one of her tracks licensed in the feature film “I’ll Take Your Dead” .Her “pedal to the metal” band has opened for legends like Robert Gordon, Revered Horton Heat ThBlaster’sJohnny Reid and Sleepy LaBeef. Hamilton’s View Magazine named her ‘Best Female Artist’ for 7 consecutive years,and in 2015 she took home ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’at the Hamilton Music Awards.

Apart from her musical talents, St. James is also a successful entrepreneur.  She has just Launched her own concert promotion company, and provides CD & vinyl manufacturing services to musicians through Disc Runner. She has also become a concessionaire, purchasing a commercial popcorn maker to provide delectable snacks at shows she presents. To top it off, she gives back to her community with her annual breast cancer fundraiser Bands for Boobs, now in its 6th year.

This chick from the sticks won’t be taking a break anytime soon to hang out in the barn yard in 2019 either, as she promotes her latest release “Live At Knox Farms”(a project with producer James McKenty), and is featured in the Bell Fibe Series Songs From The Hammer.  She’ll wrap up the year with more shows across Ontario, and a Canada tour to be announced for Summer/Fall of 2019.

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Live Music at the Horsethief

The Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery has a vibrant live music scene.  Live Music Monday has continued weekly for over 5 years, and we do dozens of other music events through the year including special events like Radium Days and the Columbia Valley Classics annual Show & Shine.

We host a variety of bands and musicians at the Horsethief, from local bands

to groups traveling through from all over the world.  If you have a band that is interested in performing, please send an email to Larry Newman, Music Director, at  Your email should include links to your website, music samples, and any social media you have, and potential dates you are available.

The Venue & Village

The Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery hosts many great events all through the year, including Yuk Yuk’s Stand Up Comedy, Magicians, Burlesque & Live Music every Monday. Great seating and viewing options for guests and a full dinner and bar menu.

The Village of Radium Hot Springs is a peaceful mountain village in British Columbia’s Columbia Valley in the heart of the Kootenay Mountain Ranges. Only 2h45m West of Calgary, Radium Hot Springs borders on Kootenay National Park.

While visiting Radium, stay with one of our many boutique accommodators, and plan on visiting the Radium Hot Springs Pools, the new Zipline, one of the great courses on the Columbia Valley Golf Trail, or this list of many other things to do.  Radium is neighbours to communities in the Columbia valley like InvermerePanorama, Windermere, Fairmont Hot SpringsCanal Flats, and Edgewater.

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