Vern's songs greatly impress me with their hooks and skilful arrangements. Regardless of the style he works in, he retains a strong sense of melody and harmony. His playing and singing are always impeccable, tasteful and perfectly suited to the song.”

A. David MacKinnon, producer and composer

capsule bio

Vern Nicholson is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and purveyor of folk 'n' roll: spirit-filled sad songs made better. Drawing on his classic-rock DNA, pop instincts and folk sensibility, he crafts soulful and melodic music, creating a vibe that's gutsy, warm and inviting. His 12-song solo debut, Linden Tree near the Water, was released in November 2017 on Grinning Zone Records (GZ-101).


Vern Nicholson

  • Linden Tree near the Water (2017)

The Benvereens

  • Ready to Go (2012)

Sour Landslide

  • They Promised Us Jobs (1997)
  • Friends of Dracula (1994)
  • Shine (1991)
  • Swank! (1990)
  • How to Fool Your Brother (1989)

sample tracks

These songs can be streamed in full. More tracks are available for streaming on my SoundCloud page.


press links


Capsule Bio ~ Vern's bio in under 75 words. 30.8 KB
Short Bio ~ Vern's bio in under 210 words. 35.4 KB
Long Bio ~ Vern's full-length bio, 404 words. 38.7 KB
One-Sheet ~ All you need to know about LTNTW on one handy sheet. 1.57 MB
Album Cover ~ B&W version of LTNTW album cover. 5.29 MB
Head Shot ~ B&W head shot. 7.47 MB
Profile ~ B&W profile shot. 10.6 MB
Standing ~ B&W standing shot. 9.64 MB
Acoustic Guitar ~ B&W shot of Vern playing acoustic guitar. 8.61 MB
Electric Guitar ~ B&W shot of Vern playing electric guitar. 7.24 MB
Recorder ~ B&W shot of Vern playing recorder. 7.81 MB
Mandolin ~ B&W shot of Vern playing mandolin. 8.37 MB
Dulcimer ~ B&W shot of Vern playing dulcimer. 8.96 MB
Tambourine ~ B&W shot of Vern playing tambourine. 10.5 MB
Performing ~ B&W shot of Vern in performance. 7.67 MB


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All images are downloadable in colour (by clicking on them) or black and white (see "downloads" section in opposite panel).

Photographs by Carol Witwicky. Instrument illustrations and GZ logo © 2017 Grinning Zone Studios.
Album and lyrics page artwork © 2017 Gabriel Altrows. Web design by Vern Nicholson.
Sour Landslide and Benvereens archival footage courtesy Neil Whitlock.
All pages and contents © 2017-2018 Vern Nicholson.