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Book Launch: Slightly Below the Surface by J.P. Riemens

  • Cranberry Creek Gardens 78 Lynedoch Road Delhi, On N4B2W4 Canada (map)

J.P. Riemens is hosting a great evening of storytelling and music on June 22nd, 2019 to launch his first book. “Slightly Below the Surface” is a very Canadian tale of growing up in rural southern Ontario using music to travel the country. Tickets are $30 + HST and include a copy of the book and a choice of CD and can be purchased here or at the door.


Currently making a living restoring old Studebaker trucks and using his woodworking skills to restore old historical buildings, he continues to perform live and write new material.

He has recorded 12 full length original albums with appearances by Willie P Bennett, Richie Hayward (from Little Feat), Michael Fonfara (from Lou Reed Band) and a who's who of notable Canadian artists. He is working on a new production – The Tobacco Troubadours – which is a collection of songs and stories from the play of the same name and his first book Slightly Below The Surface.

J.P. Riemens still resides in the old school house in Harley Ontario. The ancient maple tree still towers over the graveyard out back, where Elizabeth Watts gravestone sits. She is the topic of his next fictional work in progress, Wooden Dreams.


This is the story about a life journey, spanning over 60 years under the watchful eye of the 250 year old spirit, Elizabeth Watts. The Boy is born on the hundredth anniversary of her death in 1856. She had been a teacher in the old schoolhouse where he grew up and currently resides. Beginning in rural Ontario in the 1960's, the Boy discovers his calling to be a songwriter. While stumbling through his awkward adolescence he learns the value of friendship, hard work, rock n' roll and LSD.

In his early teens, he leaves his isolated rural home and hitchhikes across Canada with his guitar and encounters a variety of characters that shape his future. The Boy is heading for Vancouver where he befriends famed LSD chemist “Sneaky Pete” and spends time with a Japanese Canadian goddess who introduces him to the nudity of Wreck Beach.

Harvest time lures him back home to the tobacco fields on the north shore of Lake Erie, in Ontario. On his visits home, he encounters the ghost, Elizabeth. Throughout the story, Elizabeth narrates the Boys progress from the perspective of a person born in the 1700's. She can only access his thoughts and dreams when he is in the proximity of the maple tree where she presides.

Earlier Event: June 9
Garden Party Open House