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By Jason Daniel Baker

With a rock ‘n’ roll soul attuned to rhythms from below the Mason-Dixon Line from a different era, Mena Hardy has found a most appealing retro groove. The term ‘Southern Rock’ is no longer a geographic classification for her genre if it ever really was. The music she composes and performs has the down-home, spiritual feel of a girl from Alexandria, Louisiana or Alexandria, Virginia rather than Mena’s actual hometown Alexandria, Ontario, Canada.

imag060If that strikes the reader as being at all anomalous then imagine how it was for the artist herself. Her musical gifts went misunderstood and unappreciated throughout her formative years. She found herself and her old-school Southern Rock sound long after being made to feel outcast. A former Hooters waitress with a university degree in psychology, Ms. Hardy doesn’t fit stereotypes well. She merely defies them and the odds in overachieving in multiple facets of her life.

The Delta blues influences are profoundly evident on her self-titled debut CD as well as her second release the five-track EP ‘It’s Been Mean & Hard’ engineered and produced by Brad Keay and featuring Pat Rush (sideman for Johnny Winter and Jeff Healey).

First EPHer music can be heard on commercial radio, television and the film ‘Club Utopia’. She was also the runner up for the coveted rock category in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2012.

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DATE VENUE LOCATION TIME
Saturday, August 25, 2018 Chesterville Fair 153 Queen Street, Chesterville, ON 12:00 PM
Friday, August 3, 2018 Shoeless Joe’s 1110 Brookdale Ave, Cornwall, ON  
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Schnitzel’s 158 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 9:30 PM
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Cornwall Ribfest Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, ON 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Private Event Undisclosed 12:00PM-3:30PM
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Canada Day Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Private Event Undisclosed 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 24, 2018 Collège St-Jean-Vianney 12630 Boulevard Gouin E, Montréal, QC 8:00 PM
Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 Schnitzel’s 158 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Irv Gastropub 195 Carlton St, Toronto, ON 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Sauce on Danforth 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 Schnitzel’s 158 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 9:30 PM
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Hangover Bar 113 1/2 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 9:00 PM
       
Saturday, December 9, 2017 Schnitzel’s 158 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 9:30 PM
Friday, November 24, 2017 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Victory Tavern 91 Cedar Street South, Timmins, ON 9:00 PM
Friday, October 20, 2017 Victory Tavern 91 Cedar Street South, Timmins, ON 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Schnitzel’s 158 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 9:30 PM
Friday, September 15, 2017 La Maison Tavern 900 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Schnitzel’s 158 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 9:30 PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Arts in the Park Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Friday, July 28, 2017 Cornwall Ribfest Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, ON 5:30 PM
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Ingleside Firefighter Challenge Ingleside Shopping Plaza, Ingleside, ON 7:00 PM
Friday, July 14, 2017 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2017 McCloskey’s 22 Victoria Street, Chesterville, ON 10:00 PM
Friday, January 27, 2017 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
       
Friday, December 2, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2016 The Nav Centre 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 29, 2016 The North Glengarry 8 Main St S, Alexandria, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, October 22, 2016 La Maison Tavern 900 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 8:00 PM
Friday, September 2, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 25, 2016 The North Glengarry 8 Main St S, Alexandria, ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 20, 2016 Cornwall Music Fest 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 3:00 PM
Saturday, August 13, 2016 The Nav Centre 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 6:00 PM
Friday, July 29, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 18, 2016 La Maison 900 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 Lola’s Pub and Grub 616 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2016 The Nav Centre 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 15, 2016 The Nav Centre 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Friday, May 6, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 28, 2016 The Rockpile 5555 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON 8:00 PM
Friday, April 15, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Friday, March 11, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
Friday, January 8, 2016 Jet Set Pub 1950 Montreal Rd, Cornwall, ON 7:00 PM
       
Saturday, December 5, 2015 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2015 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Q Balls 468 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph, ON 9:30 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Jake’s Bar and Eatery 34 Lindsay St S, Lindsay, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Frank’s Pasta and Grill 426 King St E, Cobourg, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Suck Bang Blow 443 Highway 20 East, Stoney Creek, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON 10:30 PM
Friday, July 24, 2015 Jake’s Bar and Eatery 34 Lindsay St S, Lindsay, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Fionn MacCools 350 Dundas St E, Oakville, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 4, 2015 Purple Heather 3600 Dundas St, Burlington, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015 All Star Bar & Grill Dixie Plaza, 14 Lisa Street, Brampton, ON 10:00 PM
Friday, June 26, 2015 This Ain’t Hollywood 345 James St. North, Hamilton, ON 10:00 PM
Friday, June 12, 2015 The Coach Inn Owen Sound 1005 2nd Ave, Owen Sound ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 6, 2015 Jonesy’s Hub and Grub 372 Queen St, Acton, ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2015 Beaverton Hotel and Tavern 501 Osborne, Beaverton, ON 10:00 PM
Friday, May 22, 2015 Frosty John’s 100 Mearns Ave, Bowmanville ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 The Brown Barrel Pub 1515 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton ON 10:00
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Ganaraska Hotel 30 Ontario Street, Port Hope ON Matinee
Friday, May 1, 2015 Ganaraska Hotel 30 Ontario Street, Port Hope ON 10:00 PM
Friday, April 24, 2015 Whiskey John’s 843 King Street West, Oshawa ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, April 18, 2015 CJ Barley’s 213 Queensway South, Keswick ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Fionn MacCools 350 Dundas St E, Oakville, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2015 6th Line Pub and Sports Bar 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville ON 19:00 PM
Friday, March 27, 2015 Windjammers-by-the-Lake 5353 Lakeshore Road, Burlington ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2015 All Stars Bar & Grill 14 Lisa Street, Brampton, ON 10:00 PM
Friday, March 20, 2015 Fionn MacCools 6110 York Regional Road 7, Woodbridge ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2015 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2015 Jake’s Bar and Eatery 34 Lindsay St S, Lindsay ON 10:00 PM
Friday, March 6, 2015 Fionn MacCool’s 36 Kingston Road East, Ajax ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 28, 2015 Gryphon Pub 114 Dundas Street East, Whitby ON 10:00 PM
Friday, February 27, 2015 Red Dog Pub 189 Hunter St W, Peterborough ON 10:00 PM
Thursday, February 26, 2015 The Antler Room 146 Front Street West, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 7, 2015 Tara Inn 2365 Kingston Road, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Friday, February 6, 2015 Spot One 289 Rutherford Road South, Brampton ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 31, 2015 Michelle’s Bar and Billiards 601 Dundas Street West, Whitby ON 9:00 PM
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Bulldog Pub 600 Grandview Street South, Oshawa ON 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015 Beaverton Hotel and Tavern 501 Osborne, Beaverton, ON 10:00 PM
Friday, January 23, 2015 Frosty John’s 100 Mearns Ave, Bowmanville ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 17, 2015 Tom and Jerry’s 443 The Queensway South, Keswick ON 10:00 PM
Friday, January 16, 2015 Sergeant Pepper’s 1076 Hoover Park Drive, Stouffville ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2015 The Player’s Bench 1330 Ritson Rd N, Oshawa ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 3, 2015 Pearson Pub 101 Mary St. W, Whitby ON 10:00 PM
Friday, January 2, 2015 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
       
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Private Party Lindsay, ON  
Saturday, December 20, 2014 Shamrock’s 1100 Dundas St. W, Whitby ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, December 13, 2014 Jake’s Bar and Eatery 34 Lindsay St S, Lindsay, ON 9:30 PM
Friday, December 12, 2014 The Black Bear Pub 570 Westney Road S, Suite 21, Ajax ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2014 The Barrel Live Public House 2180 Steeles Ave. West, Vaughan ON 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 29, 2014 Archibald’s Pub 8950 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 28, 2014 Liverpool Arms 776 Liverpool Rd, Pickering, ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2014 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Shamrock’s 1100 Dundas St. W, Whitby ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Archibald’s Pub 8950 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON 9:30 PM
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Jake’s Bar and Eatery 34 Lindsay St S, Lindsay, ON 9:30 PM
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Velvet Underground 510 Queen Street West, Toronto ON 8:30 PM
       
Friday, December 13, 2013 El Mocambo Tavern 464 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON 7:30 PM
Friday, June 14, 2013 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Friday, June 7, 2013 The Hideout 484 Queen St W, Toronto ON 10:30 PM
Friday, May 4, 2013 The Dirty Dog Saloon 41 Catharine St N, Hamilton, ON 10:30 PM
Friday, April 5, 2013 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:00 PM
Sunday, March 24, 2013 Canadian Music Week 484 Queen St W, Toronto ON 09:00 PM
Friday, March 15, 2013 The Black Bear Pub 955 Westney Road S, Ajax ON 09:30 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2013 The Windsor 84 Main St, E, Vankleek Hill ON 10:00 PM
Friday, February 22, 2013 La Maison 900 Montreal Rd, Cornwall ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2013 International Sports Bar 1-2480 Cawthra Rd Mississauga, ON 10:00 PM
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 The Hideout 484 Queen St W, Toronto ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2013 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
       
Friday, December 14, 2012 Southside Johhny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Friday, October 5, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2012 Lakeshore open air Festival Lakeshore Blvd. West 12:00 PM
Friday, September 14, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, August 11, 2012 3 Monkeys 1585 Warden Ave, Scarborough ON 10:00 AM
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Music is the Answer Harlem Restaurant 67 Richmond S, Toronto ON TBA
Saturday, July 14, 2012 3 Monkeys 1585 Warden Ave, Scarborough ON 10:00 PM
Friday, July 13, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Monday, June 04, 2012 Dora Keogh 141 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 05, 2012 3 Monkeys 1585 Warden Ave, Scarborough ON 10:00 PM
Friday, April 20, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 Richmond Hill Performing Arts Center 10268 Yonge St, Toronto ON 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 Dora Keogh 141 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 Naughty Nadz 1590 Dundas St. E, Mississauga ON 10:00 PM
Friday, March 09, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
Saturday, February 2012 Biker TV Premiere Princeton, ON 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 18, 2012 3 Monkeys 1585 Warden Ave, Scarborough ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 11, 2012 The Relish 2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 9:30 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012 Spice Lounge 52 Lakeshore Rd E, Port Credit ON 8:00 PM
Friday, January 06, 2012 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:30 PM
       
       
Sunday, November 20, 2011 The Central 603 Markham St, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Friday, November 04, 2011 Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, October 22, 2011 Naughty Nadz 1590 Dundas St. E, Mississauga ON 10:00 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Terri – O’s 185 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 9:00 PM
Friday, September 23, 2011 The Danny 2183 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Friday, September 16, 2011 Smiling Jack’s 3482 Lawrence Ave, Scarborough ON 10:00 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Terri – O’s 185 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 13, 2011 The Courtyard 1437 King St, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Friday, August 12, 2011 The Danny 1983 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Friday, August 12, 2011 The Danny 1983 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 09, 2011 Noah’s Ark 2777 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 9:00 PM
Friday, July 08, 2011 Noah’s Ark 2777 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 9:00 PM
Saturday, July 02, 2011 Bikers in the Bush 5408 Concession Rd 2, Alliston ON 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2011 Smiling Jack’s 3482 Lawrence Ave, Scarborough ON 10:00 PM
Friday, June 24, 2011 Oxford Circua 61 Lynden, Brantford ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2011 Cozy Cafe 2075 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 1:00 PM
Friday, May 13, 2011 Philthy McNasty’s 379 Speers Rd, Oakville ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2011 Axis Gallery and Grill 3048 Dundas St. W, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, April 16, 2011 Noah’s Ark 2777 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 26, 2011 Axis Gastropub 585 Bloor St. W, Toronto ON 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 29, 2011 Shamrock’s 1100 Dundas St. W, Whitby ON 10:00 PM
Friday, January 28, 2011 Thornhill Curling Club 121 Elgin Mills, Richmond Hill, ON 4:00 PM
Monday, January 24, 2011 The Old Nick 123 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON 7:00 PM