Rusty and Maja

Upcoming Performances


~Part Kitchen Party, Part Cabaret~

Address: 241 St Paul St, St Catharines, Ontario
Dates: Wednesday , May 3rd
Time: 7-10pm

The Art Hub at Spring
Address: 504 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Dates: Saturday, May 6th & Sunday, May 7th
Time: Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM
Admission: $20 includes refreshments

Camp Cataract
Address: 4317 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 2K9
Date: Friday, May 19th
Time: 8PM
Admission: Pay What You Can, $20 includes CD.

The Tranzac Club
Address: 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M7
Date: Saturday, June 17th
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Admission: Pay What You Can, $20 includes CD.


“Many, many years ago — time goes by so fast that it’s hard to recall specific dates — the hottest voice in town was that of Maja Bannerman. Quirky, irrepressible, constantly surprising — and the only artist you could possibly compare her to was Mary Margaret O’Hara. On Saturday afternoon — one of the last sunny days this year, alas — she and her partner Rusty Mccarthy launched a brand new album at a matinee performance at the Monarch in Toronto. This is to say that she is as beautiful as she was, she sings as brilliantly, and her theatrical, witty persona remains the same. What a wonderful afternoon, what a joyful record! She is an artist not to be missed…” – Richard Flohil

“Rusty McCarthy and Maja Bannerman read each other’s minds…what joy to listen to them!” – Joanne Smale, Planet3

“How do you make GUTSY, EMOTIONAL, and RAW a fun time?

Enter Maja Bannerman & Rusty McCarthy on stage at Mahtay Cafe and Lounge with their musician friends: Steve Goldberger & Dave Norris (Niagara Rhythm Section), Beth Bartley & Mark Clifford (Vox Violins).

From fading love, to facing love head on, the pair tackle the art of living boldly in a today’s complex world.McCarthy is as at home, sliding along acoustic strings as leaning deep into the blues on his electric guitar. Bannerman’s performance art, invited us on a roller coaster ride of teenage angst, lusty mature desire, self doubt and bold feminist satire.

Still burning bright as accomplished artists, the pair acted out one musical vignette after another:

They ignited sparks among the library stacks, turning the Dewey Decimal system into a seductive dance.

They duelled each other in auditions for a prized place with the Canadian Opera. Goldberger pulled out his “applause-o-meter” measuring the audience reaction to that competition.

Senior humour was sprinkled in liberally from jokes about needing to use paint primer as makeup foundation, working around senior nap time, physiotherapists, and conserving vital brain wattage.

Don’t be thinking lack lustre. These two are not that. Bannerman channels Marilyn Monroe and has some Mick Jagger moves to boot. This is energy we all should aspire to in our later decades of life.”
– Renate Giesbrecht, Freelance Writer


“Rusty & Maja are amazing, versatile, awesome, creative, funny. A pleasure to watch and listen to. SOLID ROCKIN’

“Your show was so delightful. Such a variety.  Liked the flow of ending at the start and new love at the closing.”

“Such enviable energy…lots of FUN!”

“Rusty’s  guitar playing is amazing…”

“You both pulled off the senior humour so well.”

“What a polished, gorgeous, talented show. You gave your all and you are wonderful.”

“I am so impressed with your team.. all the choreography, harmonies. Beautiful authentic stories and Show Biz.”

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