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Classical Guitar With Jamie Edmund Baxter at The Red Door Friday

This Friday, Jan. 20th, the series of instrumental performances continues at The Red Door Pub with classical guitar from Jamie Edmund Baxter.

Jamie Edmund Baxter has been giving guitar lessons locally since 2000, both through the Beaver Valley Community School and through his own business, Fretless Progressions Guitar Academy here in Meaford.  He specializes in the nylon string classical guitar but he teaches the elements of not only classical but jazz, theory and folk basics.

Jamie himself has an extensive education in music which is ongoing.  He studied classical at Cambrian College, jazz at Humber and even audio engineering and production at the Trebas Institute.  He is currently working on his master’s degree in Community Music at Wilfred Laurier.

After all of his formal training and academic discipline, Jamie’s turn toward Community Music is a shift in direction which presents its own challenges but which at the same time seems an ideal fit for a place like Meaford where community is so important.  The practice of Community Music, based on the writings of Lee Higgens, reaches beyond academia to create a direct, informal and intuitive approach to music that can include anyone.  The role of a community musician is to facilitate local music activities in a wide array of community contexts including schools, hospitals, places of worship, music festivals, and prisons. Underscoring the importance of active participation and sensitivity to context, they integrate activities such as listening, improvising, inventing and performing while emphasizing equality of opportunity and fostering a diverse and welcoming environment for all.  The proper study of Community Music goes beyond music theory to include aspects of psychology and anthropology.  It is about music in a living context.

In the fall, Jamie hosted a five-week Community Guitaring Workshop at Meaford Hall.  Mixing players of all levels, from advanced to raw beginner, the workshop allows each participant to contribute to a group sound at their own level, with the goal of awakening the joys of making music while learning the basics of rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo.  The workshop included the opportunity to rent guitars for the duration for only $11, so that anyone could participate without having to buy a guitar.  Jamie will likely run another workshop in the spring.

Although he has played in other settings, including a folk duo, and electric church group and a couple of years as the Friday and Saturday live entertainment at Ted’s Range Road Diner, and he sings on occasion, Jamie will be performing strictly instrumental pieces on Friday night at The Red Door, drawn from classical works for the guitar.  He will take the time between numbers to give the audience some context with some background information on the pieces he’s chosen.

Jamie performed at Andrews Roots restaurant as a special appearance on Mothers’ Day, but for the most part he has performed in public rarely in the past few years, taking the time away to work on some improvements to his technique.  As a teacher as well as a performer, Jamie Edmund Baxter is a musician who continues to grow.

The music on Friday night will run from 7 to 10 pm, providing the perfect setting for a pleasant dinner and drinks.

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An Evening With Victoria Yeh

Victoria Yeh has played often in Meaford since being invited here by Chris Scerri last summer, but this Friday is the first opportunity to hear her in an extended performance.  She’ll be playing at the Red Door Grille in the Meaford Motel through the supper hour starting at seven and running into the evening to 10 pm.  This presents a great opportunity to hear the many voices of her violin in one evening.

Victoria first came one summer night to join Chris at his Leeky Canoe open mic.  She accompanied him on a few songs and everyone sat up and took notice.  Her violin playing has a stirring emotional quality.  She is good at recognizing a tune and adding her own voice to it, jamming.  The violin is so much like a human voice, in the right hands it can “cry and sing”.

Everyone who came up to play that night wanted Victoria to play with them as well and she gamely took on all styles, adding something special to every tune she accompanied.  This virtuosity comes from a long experience as a violinist that has taken her through classical training with a special teacher, a prog-rock band that redefined boundaries, corporate shows that range through jazz and pop classics, and it comes from a musical curiosity that takes her willingly down any path presented to her.

She’s returned frequently since then to join in on the open stage.  She wowed Meaford audiences at the Meaford Summer Concert Series and the recent Rock The Hall Christmas Gala Concert with performances that were all to brief.  This three hour window to perform gives her a chance to stretch out and pace the evening.


The Red Door Grille and Pub is a comfortable small room offering a variety of interesting entrees and appetizers, with the emphasis on local suppliers and fresh ingredients.  Victoria says she will start with some classical music through the dinner hour.  “I’ll also be romancing with some classic Sinatra and Broadway,” she says, “and slowly move into more jazz and perhaps pop/rock later in the evening.”  She’ll have time to include some original compositions as well.

Victoria will play some Jean-Luc Ponty, the French jazz composer and violinist who has collaborated with a variety of musical explorers from Frank Zappa to Stephane Grappelli.  He is known for his virtuosity and only the best violinist can play up to the standard he sets.

“I will be taking requests too!” she says.

This is the third in a music series of jazz and classical artists performing Friday evenings at The Red Door Grille.  Still to come are classical guitarist Jamie Edmund Baxter on Jan. 20th and honky tonk piano player Tyler Yarema on Jan. 27th.

This type of bistro performance is a rare treat for Meaford and a good reason to try out one of the town’s newer restaurants.

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Celebrate Christmas And Dispel the January Blues At The Red Door

Come help the new Red Door Pub and Grille and The Browns Music Time Machine celebrate Christmas this Saturday.  It runs through the afternoon, starting at 3:30 with egg nog and appetizers, serving a big turkey dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 and then enjoy singalongs with The Browns with their mix of gospel, soul and country tunes that span all ages and genres.

The Browns host a Christmas celebration for the whole family at The Red Door

It’s a great afternoon way to celebrate with the family our community coming together for Christmas.  This is the first Christmas that Chef Benjamin and Helen Byres have opened up the pub and they hope it initiates a year in which they become one of our central meeting places for music and good times.

The Red Door specializes in home made menu items and locally sourced food and drinks.  Their approach to their menu echoes their community spirit in the upcoming season for live music.

On Thursday nights show up at 8 p.m. for karaoke.

On Friday nights Chris Scerri will be booking live music with an instrumental groove through January on Friday nights.  Joe Huron kicked it off last week and his January lineup features some familiar names.

Stevie Gee brings swing guitar stylings to The Red Door in January

On Friday Jan 6 it’s Stevie Gee, jazz guitarist and vocalist.  He has a flair for swing tunes from the 40’s so you can imagine it will be a pleasant evening at the pub to enjoy a meal while grooving on his tunes.  If you were lucky enough to catch Carson Freeman on the sax at The Leeky last August you would also have had a taste of Stevie Gee, who had come along to accompany him.

A full evening of Victoria Yeh’s virtuoso violin is something to mark on your calendar

On Friday Jan 13, Victoria Yeh finally gives us a solo night.  We’ve seen her accompany several other artists, at Meaford Hall, at The Leeky and at the Summer Concert Series, playing electric violin.  Her flexibility and sensitivity as an accompanist always adds another layer of emotion to any song she plays on.  The only trouble is her solos always seem to end too soon.  It will be a special night at The Red Door when she has the opportunity to stretch out and play on her own.

Jamie Baxter will be providing a rare evening of virtuoso classical guitar

Friday Jan 20 will be a rare performance Jamie Edmund Baxter, well known locally as a consummate classical guitar player and teacher.  An evening of his music will be another special treat for music fans at The Red Door.

Tyler Yarema has dozens of musical tricks in his bag to entertain on a Friday night

On Friday Jan 27 Tyler Yarema, Meaford’s favourite adopted son, will be back in town.  We know him as the musical director of the great Christmas gala show on behalf of the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation.  His musical chops are so extensive and wide-ranging, he will be able to provide a variety of moods for a solo show.

These appearances are in a different vein than we have been seeing locally.  We have a generous supply of talented rockers and singer-songwriters in our town and surrounding area, but the chance to enjoy some good instrumental music in an intimate venue is something we’ve been missing up to now.  If it becomes a weekly standard at The Red Door, it will be another addition to the growing quality of live music in Meaford.

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