“If the rest of his forthcoming album is this good, expect big things from the PEI songwriter.”
— Jason Haywood (singer-songwriter and founding member of the Divorcees) on the single, 'Nashwaak.'
Rick Sparkes + The Enablers are a dynamic collective of musicians who seamlessly blend melody, harmony, and story-telling into a sound that is unique to them. Rick, the chief songwriter in the band, is a multi-award winning writer whose poetry and essays have been published throughout Canada. In 2017, Rick turned his attention to songwriting with the release of his debut EP "Dirty Little Love Songs," which garnered him two Music PEI Award nominations (Male solo release OTY and Video OTY for "Western Wind," the second release from the EP). On September 25, 2018, the band released their first full-length album, The Trouble with the Light. The song "Love for Rainy Days" from the album debuted on the nationally-syndicated radio show East Coast Countdown's Top 10 in November 2018 where it stayed in the Top 10 for 4 months. As well, the song earned Rick a nomination for the coveted 2020 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award alongside Dennis Ellsworth, Irish Mythen, Andrew Waite, and Tara MacLean. The band's second full-length album, Pleasure in the Pathless Woods, is set to be released on October 1, 2020. While occasionally performing as a trio (Rick: acoustic guitar/vocals; Danny Drouin: electric guitar/vocals; Ruth Ann MacMurdo: vocals, tambourine), Rick and The Enablers often round out their live performance with Dane Perry on bass guitar and Brent Chaisson on drums. Whatever the lineup, the band delivers a lively, heartfelt performance to which audiences instantly connect.