Ryan McMahon at the Dream Cafe
- Tue • November 6, 2018 • 6:00 PM
- Event Cost: $25 Premium, $15 Wing
Ryan McMahon was born in 1979 in Chemainus, BC. The only child of a longshoreman & a future educator, Ryan began entertaining early. Whether the attention he received was positive or negative, it was during these early days that hooked Ryan into evoking emotion from those around him.
In 2012, Ryan co-founded ‘Lion Bear Fox,’ with song-writing colleagues Cory Woodward & Christopher Arruda, and the band was immediately named as one of the Top 20 Finalists for the 2013 Peak Performance Project in Vancouver. This band is a Dream Cafe favourite and has played on our stage many times.
Now 38 years old, Ryan has carved out an almost 20-year career as an independent artist in Canada’s vibrant music scene. He’s always been a genre fence sitter, hanging out on the edges of country just enough to say he isn’t; Ryan is both a whisper and a scream.
“Ryan sings to anyone and everyone who has ever got drunk, smoked, cried, loved or been loved,” says producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet).
Over the course of his career, Ryan has toured Canada countless times, released five full-length albums, and seen his music licensed nationally and abroad. He has shared the stage with an extremely wide-variety of artists, ranging from Lisa Loeb & Buffy Ste. Marie to Nickelback & Mother Mother. He’s had the honour of participating in JunoFest, the Western Canadian Music Awards, Tonder Festival (Denmark), Canadian Music Week, Music West, Americana Fest (Nashville), Folk Alliance International (Kansas City) and various other notable Canadian music gatherings. In 2012, Ryan snagged 3 awards (out of 5 nominations) at the Vancouver Island Music Awards (Male Vocalist, Record & Artist of the Year).
Legendary Canadian TV/Radio personality Terry David Mulligan may have summed up Ryan best: “The complete package. Singer. Songwriter. Performer. Troublemaker. Passionate human being. For me… priceless.”