Achievement Highlights

* Is currently playing and recording with George Canyon
* Toured for 16 years with Gordon Lightfoot
* Nominated for Steel Player of the Year by the CCMA over 10 times

Ed Ringwald

Ed Ringwald’s musical talent has been called one of Canada ’s best-kept secrets, and it’s hiding in Waterloo Region.

Born in Kitchener and now a resident of Waterloo, Ed (whose nickname ‘Pee Wee Charles’ comes from his 16-year stint with Gordon Lightfoot’s band) is a master of the pedal steel guitar.

He’s so good, in fact, that he has been nominated for Steel Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association over 10 years.

However, prior to working with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, such as Anne Murray, George Fox and Jim Witter, Ed was a member of Ian Tyson’s band, Great Speckled Bird, which performed on The Ian Tyson show on CTV for four years.

After the show was cancelled, Gordon Lightfoot recruited Ed for his own band. He toured with Gordon from 1975 to 1989 but his home base remained in Waterloo Region, which is where he raised his family and still lives with his wife, Kathy of 35 years.

Ed’s work is in high demand. Once he was unable to do an Eagles session when their recording dates conflicted with Gordon Lightfoot’s tour schedule.

His work has been used in everything from radio jingles to movie scores and studio recordings with Jamie Warren, Beverly MaHood, Jim Witter, John Landry, Shane Yellowbird, Jason Blaine & so many more. In addition, playing with The Western Swing Authority, comprised of studio players, recreating the sounds of the southern dance halls from the 1930'3and 1940's. Ed is presently playing & recording with Juno and CCMA award-winning country singer George Canyon & once again nominated for CCMA Steel Player of the Year.

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