You can call Winnipeg’s Don Amero one of the hardest working independent musicians in showbiz today. Since leaving his job as a hardwood flooring installer five years ago to pursue music fulltime, the singer/songwriter has toured coast-to-coast, headlined concerts, presented at festivals, performed with the symphony, and played national television.

Amero’s musical style has been likened to John-Mayer-meets-Keith-Urban. His three albums (Change Your Life, Deepening, The Long Way Home) have generated five national and international awards – Best Country Song (2012 Indian Summer Music Awards), Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2011 Western Canadian Music Awards), Best Folk Recording (2011 Native American Music Awards), Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year (2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards), Male Artist of the Year (2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) – and 21 more nominations.

Prior to his Thunder Bay concert, Amero will release his new CD, Heart On My Sleeve, at an intimate house concert in Winnipeg – for all the world to see. On October 24 at 8:00pm CST, his fourth album will be introduced during an interactive evening of songs and stories. Don Amero: Up Close & International is a 90-minute concert that will stream live at The show will also feature the premiere of the music video for Turn These Grey Skies Blue and there will be opportunity for Q & A on Twitter (#DonAmero) and Facebook forums.

Amero will play in Thunder Bay on October 26 at Hope CRC (1315 Crawford Avenue). Doors open 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm ; tickets are $10 at the door and a portion of proceeds will be donated to

by RoseAnna Schick, special to The Walleye