Cheryl Lescom is Canada’s Queen of The Blues

It was three decades ago that Cheryl Lescom was a student at Canada’s one true rock and roll university: Ronnie Hawkins band.  That puts her in a league with alumni that ranges from Robbie Robertson to David Foster.  Then she toured with Long John Baldry, another legend who, among other things, nurtured the talents of Rod Stewart and Reginald Dwight (a.k.a. Elton John) when they were first starting out.  As a highly admired backup singer she toured with Canadian icons Jeff Healy, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason and the Downchild Blues Band.  She’s recorded songs written by Jack De Keyzer, Donnie Walsh, Matt Minglewood.  With a CV like that, it’s no exaggeration to say that Cheryl Lescom is right up there on the Mount Rushmore of Canadian rock and blues.

Check out her moving evocation of an Etta James song (be prepared to shed a tear):

And she’s playing Saturday night at The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood, along with The Matt Weidinger Band.  He’s a young singer-songwriter from Kitchener who has been building his own reputation with a 60’s inspired sound that grabs the attention of both the old, young and everyone in between. He’s an “old soul” who easily commands the attention of any crowd.  His passion for music and performing is contagious.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar is a venue unlike any other in the area.  Located at The Cranberry Mews in the east end of Collingwood, it’s just a twenty minute drive from downtown Meaford.  It’s a spacious, glittery room at night, with a night club atmosphere and a crowded dance floor.  They’ve been specializing this past month in bringing in Toronto based names that are familiar to anyone who is a fan of the blues , including the legendary Tony Springer, The Johnny Max Band,Jack de Keyser and (still to come) Jerome Godboo.  You know that when you see a performer who has been rocking audiences for decades they know how to get you up on your feet. And every week they feature a house band with another blues veteran, Tamica Herod.  On top of all that, there are people who actually travel miles just for the food!

Be there or be square!

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