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About EJ

Born in 2004, Evan James Rotella was pre-destined to have music and sports in his life. From the Cowboys, Red Sox and Sabres baby clothing & fan items to the Bruce Springsteen framed photo that hung over his unused crib, there was a road laid out for him prior to his grand entrance into the world. His musical roots dated back to early in 2004 when his Dad (Dave) would sing Born To Run and Thunder Road to him while he was still in Mommy's tummy (Anna). Funny how it all worked out!

Evan was on-line before he was on-land :) That's right, Dad had set up www.evanrotella.com long before his arrival which included a blog, photo gallery, family tree and more. There were even baby clothes made with the web site address, a guitar and the site catch-line "Kids like us, Daddy, we were born to run". 

At the age of two, Evan was sitting in front of the TV watching Barney when he decided to take the DVD out and replace it with Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology, 1978-2000. For hours he sat and watched it over and over again. His new found love for The Boss would eventually prompt him to perform his favorite Bruce songs for Mom and Dad in the living room with his plastic microphone doing his best Springsteen imitation. From Rosalita to Hungry Heart (see the video section), Evan had Bruce's moves down pat and would have a lot of fun hamming it up for anyone who would watch! Who knew that several years later he would meet Bruce and actually be on stage with him!

At age 4, Mom and Dad took Evan to his first concert to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the ACC in Toronto. Since then he's seen Bruce about 20 times and over 50 concerts. He's been on stage with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Steve Earle, Joe Grushecky, Joe D'Urso, Southside Johnny, Bobby Mahoney, and more! Not bad for the first 13 years of his life. 

Ev participated in all of his school Talent Shows over the years, beginning with a version of Born In The USA back in 2010. He started taking piano, guitar and drum lessons with Anthony DiCarlo and eventually stuck with the guitar and currently attends the  Niagara Rock Academy. At age 11, evan began writing his own songs and has a few he'll be showcasing here on his site!

Evan's first official gig was in the winter of 2015, playing in the lobby at Cory Cruise's CD release party. Since then he has played the lobby at Light of Day Niagara 9, opened for Willie Nile,Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Marty Stuart's "Man In Black" show and he played 2 acoustic songs with Anthony DiCarlo at Light of Day Canada's 10th Annivesary show! Shows keep coming in and, as long as Daddy remains part of Light of Day Canada he'll always have a spot in the Niagara show line-up!

Enjoy the site, drop Evan a line, and don't forget to check him out his Social Media streams!
#niagarasrisingstar (lol)


Jun 16
Joe Grushecky & The Houserocker Show
Yanks Old Niagara
Address: Centre Street
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 9:00PM
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Jul 5
An Evening With Lynn Nichols
Campark Resorts
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 6:00PM
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Contact: Lynn Nichols
Evan will be playing on the front lawn of the campground.

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Aug 12
Heaters Heroes
Oakes Park
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 12:00PM
Doors Open: 12:00PM
Contact: Anthony DiCarlo
Email: Info@HeatersHeroes.ca
Niagara Rock Academy will have several students performing. Evan will play acoustic and with a band

Aug 13
Porchfest Niagara Falls
Somebody's Porch
Address: 205 Glen Shields Avenue Suite 101
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 1:00PM
Doors Open: 12:00PM
Contact: Shelley
Email: porchfestnf@gmail.com

Porchfest Niagara Falls is a celebration of music in the community. Porches in the downtown residential area will host musicians on August 13th from 1-4pm.

Sep 12
An Evening with Lynn Nicholls
Campark Resorts
Address: 9387 Lundy's Lane
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 6:00PM
Doors Open: 5:00AM

EVAN WILL BE PERFORMING FROM 6 - 7 PM on the Campark Front Porch

Oct 12
Neighbourhood Celebration
Ontario Park
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 4:30PM
Doors Open: 4:00PM
Contact: Shelly Glica
Join Evan as he plays a tribute to Tom Petty and many other great songs to celebrate the opening of the new playground at Ontario Park

Oct 15
Niagara Falls International Marathon
River Road
Starts: 10:00AM
Doors Open: 10:00AM
Contact: Di Chessey
Email: racedirector@niagarafallsmarathon.com

Evan will be performing acoustically for 2 hours suring the race.

More info on the Marathon at https://niagarafallsmarathon.com/marathon/


Oct 27
Masqerade Ball in Support of Mental Health
John Michael's Banquet Hall
Address: 1368 Uppers Lane
City: Thorold
Starts: 5:30PM
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Contact: Lucia Baldinelli Giamba
Phone: 905-651-5061

Nov 18
With Talisman
Cats Kicthen & Bar
Address: Thorold Stone Road
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 9:00PM
Doors Open: 12:00AM

Evan will be doing 2 songs before Talisman takes the stage at Cat's Kitchen & Bar in Niagara Falls.

Feb 10
Java 98 Music Coffee House
Stamford Lane United Church
Address: 3855 St. Peter Avenue
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 7:00PM
Doors Open: 5:00AM
Come for the love of live music, enjoy the local talent found in Niagara!

$3 admission, Teens Free

Call 905 356-8343 or email mmacdonnell@cogeco.ca for more information

Proceeds from the coffee houses are directed to local charities, these organizations have benefitted from your generosity.





Feb 23
An Evening with Lynn Nicholls
White Oakes Resort
Address: 253 Taylor Road
City: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Starts: 7:00PM
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Contact: Lynn Nicholls
More info to come
Apr 15
Light of Day Niagara
Seneca Queen Theatre
Address: Queen Street
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 7:00PM
Doors Open: 5:30PM

Apr 21
Sam's 50th Birthday
Cadillac Lounge
City: Toronto
Starts: 8:30PM
Doors Open: 7:00PM

Evan will perform 3 songs at 8:30

Glory Days will headline Sam's 50th Birthday Bash

Apr 28
Rockin The Falls Electric
Chippawa Lions Hall
Address: 3970 Welland Avenue
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 8:00PM
Doors Open: 6:00PM

May 28
Opening for Lynn Nichols
Syndicate Restaurant
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 6:00PM
Doors Open: 5:30PM
Phone: 905-357-4977
Email: dave@danima.com

I'll be opening again for Lynn Nichols

I start at 6pm

Lynn is on at 7 pm

Jun 16
Niagara Falls Ribfest
Niagara Square Shopping Centre
Address: QEW & Mcleod Road
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 12:00PM
Doors Open: 11:00AM

Evan will be performing at Noon

1 hour set

Jul 7
Ride 4 Our Cancer Kids
Oh Canada Eh
Address: Lundy's Lane
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 2:00PM
Doors Open: 1:00PM
Contact: Bob Thomas
Email: rockride@cogeco.ca


Evan Rotella – 2pm - 2:20

Cory Cruise – 2:20 - 3:00pm  


Jul 13
Jake Clemons Band
Seneca Queen Theatre
Address: Queen Street
City: Niagara Falls
Starts: 8:00PM
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Contact: Dave Rotella
Phone: 905-357-4977
Email: dave@danima.com

Can't believe I am opening for the E Street Band's saxman and the late, great Clarence Clemons' nephew - JAKE CLEMONS!! Thanks Dad!

Get your tickets at www.danima.com/tickets