Grand Re-Opening Event at Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall will be overflowing with talent this weekend when they officially celebrate the Grand Re-Opening after the completion of the balcony renovations.  From Friday through to Sunday the hall will be resonating with high quality concerts.

Friday night, An Intimate Evening With Sean McCann, presented by Irish Mountain Music promises to be a moving and inspiring show featuring the former Great Big Sea founding member accompanied by Chris Murphy.  Having played and toured with Great Big Sea for twenty years, he lived to tell about it and has come out the other side with a fresh and optimistic approach to his music.  He almost drowned in The Great Big Sea, a party band “where every night is Friday night” and 90% of the songs are odes to drinking.  As great as that band was, Sean realized after many years that the predominating theme of the band was enabling him as an alcoholic.  He had to quit drinking to save his own life and, unfortunately, it meant he had to remove himself from the band.  In the process he confronted the demons from his own youth, reconnected with his family and started over, taking full control of his own life.  His songs still have that wonderful Celtic flavour of the big rock but now the celebration is about living a life fully awake to the possibilities.

Saturday night Chris Scerri and friends celebrate with Rockin’ the Hall Volume 2.  This show features the same amazing lineup of musicians that rocked the hall at Christmas, with Tyler Yarema, Gracie, Virgil Scott, Victoria Yeh and Emma Wright.  The difference this time is that instead of sticking to a theme as they did at Christmas each of these artists will be doing the kind of music that means the most to them.  “We’ll showcase what each of us as a performer loves to do best,” says Chris.  While each of them is capable of adding a unique charm to any style they take on, imagine how great they will sound when they follow their own hearts.  They will be backed up by a killer rhythm section featuring Manteca drummer Charlie Cooley, Chuck Jackson’s All Stars bassist Garth Vogan and Cameo Blues Band (and Mississauga Walk of Fame inductee) John Bride on guitar.  As if that’s not enough, the show will also feature as a special guest local guitar phenom Jayden Grahlman.  Volume One rocked the hall but this show, for sure, is going to ROCK THE HALL!!

This weekend is a true celebration of what Meaford Hall does best, bringing together unique and original talent that you would be unlikely to see outside of a large metropolis.

Anyone who is familiar with Tania Tagaq shakes their head in wonderment when they hear that this unique and in demand performer will be performing at Meaford Hall on Sunday night.  If you watched this year’s Juno Awards you saw her open the show with A Tribe Called Red.  She has won not only Juno Awards but the prestigious Polaris Music Prize which annually singles out the most innovative artist in Canada.  Tanya Tagaq is a throat singer from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, Canada who has collaborated with Icelandic superstar Bjork and toured with the Kronos Quartet.  Robert Everett-Green in the Globe and Mail summed up her unique aural art form:  “Her fusion of song, Inuit throat singing, electronics and free improvisation feels beyond time and place, yet it’s also highly personal.”  If you miss her performance this time at Meaford Hall not only will you miss experiencing something in music that you’ll find nowhere else, but it is very unlikely that you will get a chance to see this extraordinary talent in Meaford again.  Having her here for this celebration is kind of like winning the lottery.

A key sponsor that will be on hand for the weekend is Adventure Canada, a Mississauga based company that creates special tours of far off places that include in the Arctic, the East and West Coasts, Antarctica, and a handful of unique wilderness destinations.  These guided tours are enhanced by the participation of storytellers, musicians, historians, artists, scientists and archeologists that add context to the experience.

Adventure Canada has donated a trip to Sable Island for a silent auction which benefits The Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation.  To place your bid, click on the company’s logo above.

This weekend is a true celebration of what Meaford Hall does best, bringing together unique and original talent that you would be unlikely to see outside of a large metropolis and presenting them in the ideal setting of the newly improved Opera House.

If you love music of all kinds you don’t want to miss a single one of these shows.

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