"When one door closes, another opens" Alexander Graham Bell.
Ryan Van Belleghem began his music career when he was interrupted from playing competitive high school football after an ACL knee injury at the beginning of his grade ten football season.
Ryan, who writes and composes his own songs, released with great applause his first CD (produced by
Wayne Kelso of Kelso Productions) entitled “Another Man” November 2010 at the age of seventeen.
Highlighting eleven original tracks which cross a variety of genres, Ryan’s premiere CD has cemented him as an up and coming musician. Fast forward two years later and his second CD entitled "For A Home" is set to be released in November 2012. Produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney of CBG Artist Development in Winnipeg, Manitoba and mastered by Harry Hess of Vespa Music in North York, Ontario this ten track CD exemplifies Ryan's talent as both a musician and songwriter.
Inspired musically by such performers as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Jack
Johnson and Ben Harper, Ryan is a self taught, focused musician, who inspires to produce high quality
entertainment for his audience. His vocal, guitar and harmonica performances have included the likes of
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Ontario Council For Folk Festival (OCFF), The Trout Forest Music Festival,
Fort Frances Folk Festival, and Coney Island Music Festival as well as numerous other venues such
as many entertainment establishments and community events sus as Relay for Life, Colours for Cancer,
Railway Daze,Festival of the Arts, Lake of the Woods Arts Collective, Blue Heron Street Festival, Festival
of Trees, Kenora-Keewatin Canada Day Celebrations, and Thirty Hour Famine, naming only a few.
Numerous Canadian radio stations have been broadcasting Ryan's music, being played as far away as
Sherbrook Quebec to Kamloops, British Columbia. Magazine and newspaper reviews have also been
extremely supportive of this young artist.
Ryan has received the honour of winning the Lake of the Woods Art Collectives and DC Music
Productions 2010 Young Artist Development Contest with the performance of his original song
entitled 'What’s Right' . Additionally, he was also chosen as the winner of the 2010 Harbourfront
Talent Contest (song: 'Blueberry Hill').
Cited in the Lake of the Woods Enterprise (August 7, 2010) Deborah Cruikshank co-owner of DC
Productions is quoted “He is just so well poised. He has beautiful vocal control and range and he’s a talented musician. He uses his guitar as five instruments. He’s young and has lots of potential.”
According to Wayne Kelso of Kelso Productions (June 16, 2010), “He sings well past his years…
it’s hard to match such a deep voice to this young man.”