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Bringing In The New Year With Live Music

If you’re looking for live music to bring in the New Year with, here are some local options:

(many of them are sold out already, so check before you go)

Higher Funktion will be bringing in the new year at Heartwood Concert Hall.  This is where you go to shake your booty and shake off the old year.  They’ll have the party favours, snacks and the midnight bubbly but best of all they’ll have the music of this band with their mix of funk, pop and even reggae.

You can get a taste of funk as well at the Owen Sound Legion where The Honey Hammers ring in the new year with dancing to some great musicians.  Led by the duo vocals of Sylvie Weir and Josie Elder, the band includes Kimmer T on bass, Mike Weir on drums and Trevor MacKenzie on lead guitar.

If you’re looking for a black tie gala to do it up right, join the Rat Pack at Gustav’s Chophouse at the Georgian Bay Hotel for a luxury dinner and dance.  Chef Jeff Anderson and his team have created some culinary delights for a special menu and on stage is MEMORIES OF THE RAT PACK with a tribute to the three most famous members of The Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. in two 50 minute acts with stories and songs. As a bonus, everyone gets a $10 cab voucher for a ride home from Ace Cabs.

The party band Switchbeat will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Harbour Street Fish Bar.  Take in the four-course dinner starting at 6 pm or come later just for the band, the party favours and the midnight champagne toast.  Switchbeat underwent at slight lineup change a month ago when founding member Jennifer Little left the band.

She’s been replaced by Nikki Ponte.  Born in Toronto, Nikki made a name for herself in Greece and Cyprus, where she came third in The X Factor, was signed to Sony, and competed in the Eurovision Song Contest.  Now back in Canada, she brings considerable chops to fill the gap in Swichbeat.

The Beckett Family returns to the Roxy Theatre for two shows on New Year’s Eve, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  As a duo, Linsey and her brother Tyler have performed throughout Ontario with their blend of traditional country music, old time fiddling and step dancing. It’s a family tradition for The Beckett family who have been entertaining for three generations.  The show at the Roxy also welcomes special guests Kelly Prescott, Devan Ballagh and Stan Beckett.

The Thursday Outlook – May 11 to 14, 2017

Dave Hawkins is well known in Owen Sound but rarely plays in Meaford so Friday night is a good chance to catch him in a solo performance at The Red Door Pub at the Meaford Motel.  He’ll be sharing the night with Bill Monahan and John Brownlow.  Dave was co-owner and manager of the music store in Owen Sound which has now become Long and McQuade, and he has long been a supporter of local music.  He rarely plays events like this one which feature his impressive songwriting talents, but he regularly fronts (along with his wife Trish) the popular country dance band Trish and The Tractors.  Bill Monahan is seen occasionally at open stages singing his original songs, and regularly participates in the summer concerts at the harbour for Friends of The Library and The Meaford Stomp.  John Brownlow formerly fronted The Sportswriters and currently is working on a solo album at his home studio where he has produced some local artists.  This is the first time for the Red Door to be presenting an evening dedicated to songwriters, but it is an idea that has been catching on with other venues in the area.  The evening starts early at seven and runs to ten, with no cover.

The last artist that John Brownlow produced before immersing himself in his solo project was local singer-songwriter Greg Smith, who has a unique approach to songwriting, creating characters and narratives that carry over from one song to another.  Greg will be opening for Limestone Chorus tonight at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound.  Limestone Chorus is a St. Catherines band with interesting instrumentation and three-part harmonies.  The name of their band, their former name Shore Thing, and their debut album Deer Friends, all alert you to a winning way with words as well as a focus on natural imagery.  They are also one of the bands that John Brownlow captured in his Epping Sessions series of music videos.  If you miss them tonight you can catch them over dinner tomorrow night at Bruce Wine Bar.

On Saturday night, The Bicycle Café in Flesherton features  East Back Line, a band so impressive that they had a road named after them.

The Collingwood Glee Club has a fun event planned for Meaford Hall on Saturday night with a variety show called Major Treble.  This award-winning group is presenting solo and ensemble vocal performances combined with dance.