Drew McIvor Plays Thursday Night At The Leeky Canoe

Drew McIvor plays The Leeky Canoe this week for Thirsty Thursdays, when they feature buy one get one burgers, and half price wings after 9 p.m., which is about when Drew will be starting.

Drew hosts open mic at Bruce Wine Bar, photo by Jodi Birch VanDyk

Well known in the area as a musician as well as a singer-songwriter, Drew has been in dozens of local bands over the years.  Currently he hosts the Wednesday night open stage upstairs at The Bruce Wine Bar, a weekly event that is gaining a reputation for great musicianship where he is often joined by the likes of Jay D. Stiles on keyboards, Jayden Grahlman on guitar and the Bambalamb Kidd on percussion.  The open mic is also known for the preponderance of original songs.  “We promote original singer-songwriter style music” owner Steven Vipond recently told Richard Sitoski of the online Thornbury Paper, saying“There are a lot of open mics in the area, [and while] we do have a lot of people who come out and do covers, we still try to promote original material.”

Whether it is covers or originals Drew McIvor excels in both areas. Having figured in bands as diverse as  reggae-acid-funk combo House of Velvet,his own band ElectroNova, Mambo Nation, Nicehaus, the Mackenzie Blues Band and Drew McIvor and the Soul Drivers, he is at home in a variety of styles, with a smooth vocal style that is reminiscent of Sam Cooke.  He’s played keyboards in a tribute to The Band called King Harvest, as well as on the great 2014 album Slam! Bam! by the MacKenzie Blues Band, to which he also contributed an original song “Ain’t Tryin’ To Hide”.

His catchy single “45’s and 33’s” garnered airplay on CBC, making him a finalist in their annual CBC Searchlight contest.  John Brownlow created a high quality video of the song:

He’s also had some interesting adventures as a producer.  Last Christmas he was the creative force behind Wiarton teen Steenika Gilbert’s Christmas song “Christmas Wish List”. Drew coached her to frame her original song in a retro doo-wop style, and in addition to playing all the instruments on the single, he helped get radio and press exposure for his guitar student.

“Steenika’s got a voice that’s absolutely timeless,” he told the Owen Sound Sun Times last year.  She can sing in a way that evokes images of the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s. She’s a natural; some people got it and some people don’t and she’s got it in spades. She’s got a golden voice, man.”

Drew McIvor is a musician’s musician who can appreciate the talent of others partly because he has so much talent himself. And he’s an easy guy to get along with.

“I have to say it was one of the best hours of live radio I’ve ever produced,”said Jan Hall of Folk Roots Radio after featuring him as a guest on her show, “ Drew is such a natural and open guy, it was a real pleasure to interview him.”

Although he is always busy, and usually performing somewhere in the area, it is relatively rare for him to play here in his home town in Meaford.  He did one of the sold-out Terrace Thursdays this past summer for Meaford Hall but this may be his first night at The Leeky, so this is a performance worth catching.

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