Steve Marriner will release new solo album “Hope Dies Last” on July 2

Steve Marriner is an Ottawa, ON-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. He will be releasing of his new solo album, “Hope Dies Last” on July 2 via Stony Plain Records.

“Hope Dies Last” is Marriner’s second solo release. “Going Up” was released in 2007.


Check out the new single ‘How High’

On May 10, 2021, Steve releases “How High” from his new solo album “Hope Dies Last”.


“Hope Dies Last” by Steve Marriner

There are 10-tracks on the album.

1 Take Me To The City
2 Honey Bee
3 How High
4 Somethin’ Somethin’
5 Coal Mine
6 Enough
7 Uptown Lockdown
8 Petite Danse
9 Hear My Heart
10 Long Way Down


Steve Marriner discusses new single Petite Danse

Petite Danse was written somewhere between the Rogers Pass and Banff. I was driving from Salmon Arm, BC to Calgary in June 2019 and I heard on the radio that Dr. John had died.  As I reflected on all the wonderful music he left the world with, I began playing tons of New Orleans music on the stereo; The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey. I have this great album called “The Best Of New Orleans Funk Vol. 1.”  

It’s a killer and features the artists mentioned above, plus some more obscure ones.  There’s a tune on that album called Handa Wanda by The Wild Magnolia Mardis Gras Band. In this groovy gumbo of a tune there’s a bunch of creole lyrics.  It got me thinking about writing a song in French.

I’ve toured extensively in Quebec and France and have always enjoyed a strong rapport with those audiences because I am bilingual.  So, I got a groove in my head and started mumbling some lyrics out in French. After I had what I thought was a pretty good story, I called up my old friend Roxanne Potvin, whose first language is French. 

She helped me with the grammar and made sure everything (mostly) made sense.  I thought of the funeral parades in the streets and how festive their mourning tradition is.  The song is upbeat and light hearted and it’s the first song I’ve ever written in another language and to date everybody I’ve played it for ends up dancing. That’s a good sign.


Express review

Lots of fun rock songs in this one. In the past, I like to play a game that I like to call #ucanonlypick1. Hmmm…my favourite from the album is Track 8 ‘Petite Danse’.

Tell us your pick.


Release date

Steve Marriner’s new album “Hope Dies Last” will be available on July 2, 2021.

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