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TONIGHT: Hot Music For Live Music Fans

Whatever the weatherman tries to tell you, the real cause of everything melting is all the hot music TONIGHT around Meaford and southern Georgian Bay.

Considered the young bluegrass band to watch, blending great traditional chops with originality, The Slocan Ramblers will be at Meaford Hall tonight.  Across the street, Hammer will be at The Leeky Canoe, with their classic rock.  Scott Almond was originally scheduled for tonight but when Hammer couldn’t make it last week, he stepped in and they traded places.

Over in Owen Sound tonight, Meaford artists Amanda Dorey and Ian Harker team up to present two great voices and a mix of styles at Jazzmyn’s.  A few blocks away at The Harmony Centre, Trish and The Tractors are holding another of their great country dances.  And at Heartwood Hall, Mudtown Records is presenting singer-songwriter Lindy Vopnfjörð, whose last album “Young Waverer” had two Number 1 hits on CBC Radio 2, supported by Wax Mannequin (the stage name of Chris Adeney) a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter who comes with a warning from the Globe and Mail: “crowds are often baffled whether to be awed, irritated or amused by Wax’s all-rockets-flaring, un-Canadian-like extravagant performances”

In Collingwood Evan Macdonald, who describes his music as Post Modern Baroque Surf Folk Pop, is at The Huron Club tonight.  And  tomorrow Karla Crawford plays a matinee Sidelaunch Sunday Brunch there.

Heading south from Collingwood, there’s a big party at the Marsh Street Centre in ClarksburgThe Human Rights are one of Canada’s top reggae bands with their original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. This is a fundraiser for The Marsh Street Centre, which Florian Lenders is developing into a great venue for local and imported talent.

Head a little further down the road where The Nottawa Hall Arts & Craft Beer Festival runs Saturday afternoon with a lineup of local artists that include Laurie Zwarich and David Stone.  Laurie is now hosting an monthly open stage Sundays at Nottawa Hall (the next one is Feb. 12th).

On Sunday, pop/jazz singer Coco Love Alcorn,  whose career has spanned over 20 years, 10 albums, cross-canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, award nominations and notable success in TV and film licensing, plays an afternoon concert at Heartwood Hall.

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The Opera House at Meaford Hall

Meaford concert venue

The cultural jewel at the centre of town is Meaford Hall, where the Opera House regularly presents a variety of entertainment, including films, live plays and concerts.  The Opera House seats 240 people on the main floor and an additional 60 in the balcony.

concert seating at Meaford Hall

Excellent sight lines and great acoustics make every performance a treat

The venue regularly hosts top Canadian bands of all styles and has a reputation among musicians as a great venue where they are treated well and met with enthusiastic audiences.  On the floor below the Opera House, there is an art gallery with a bar, and recently drinks have been allowed in the Opera House as well.  For live performances one of the greatest assets of the hall, for performers and audience alike is a good sound system and a very professional technical staff.

Meaford's Opera House

Looking out from the stage where enthusiastic audiences pack the hall

During performances local volunteers act as ushers.  No matter what the show, patrons of Meaford Hall always leave feeling that they have enjoyed an exceptional night out.

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