— roots music canada
In both his songwriting and in his performing, the London, Ontario-based award-winning solo artist Ben Heffernan displays a maturity well beyond his 19 years of age. Over the past five years, Heffernan has worked hard to hone his performance skills, playing over 250 shows around Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Justin Nozuka and Donovan Woods, and spending countless hours songwriting.
Heffernan’s Canadian Folk Music Award nominated EP “Home” was released on May 18, 2018 and quickly shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200* (may not be factually correct). The EP reflects Heffernan's love for anthemic folk-rock, inspired by artists such as James Bay, U2, and Gavin James. In late 2018, Heffernan contributed a cover of Tom Petty's Angel Dream to the “Canada Covers Tom Petty” Spotify playlist, which featured artists such as Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, and Royal Wood. His cover of Angel Dream received high praise, with Spill Magazine calling it "incredible".
2019 has been a year of touring for Ben Heffernan. He has toured across Canada as well as through Ireland. Notable shows in 2019 have included showcasing at Folk Alliance International in February while on tour in Ontario and Quebec, playing JUNOfest in London in March, playing the Ruby Sessions in Dublin in April (previous acts include Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, many more), and playing his way across Canada on a moving VIA Rail train in May.
With new music and new releases in the works for 2020, Ben Heffernan is definitely an artist to keep an eye out for as he continues to cement his reputation as an emerging Canadian artist.