Shane Cloutier Plays the Leeky

Shane Cloutier is coming to the Leeky Canoe on Saturday night.  As a resident of Collingwood, he likes to come to Meaford to play and has played The Leeky often, enjoying the vibe of the local music fans.  That’s good news for Meaford because Shane Cloutier, and the pair of players that form his backup band, play at a level that would make you expect to find them at a much bigger venue with a high ticket price (there’s no cover at all at The Leeky and a bonus of food specials to boot!).  It is one of the many blessings of the Southern Georgian Bay area that there are musicians here who would rather stay home just because it is such a great place to be.  For Shane, operating a music school in Collingwood makes that possible.

When he plays with his band, bassist Johnny Roy and drummer Skip Wamsteeker, it’s a powerhouse sound, but Shane is such an accomplished performer that he holds the stage well as a solo act with an acoustic guitar.  As a professional musician working in a relatively small market, he knows that every avenue must be explored.

Originally from Orillia, Shane Cloutier studied music at Humber College in Toronto before settling in Collingwood.  He opened a music store and began to take on students while working on a music career.  He began working with Frank Marino, from Mahogany Rush, playing rhythm guitar for them on tour.  Marino has helped him with his recording career.  He put out an album called “Scars” in 2012 and worked hard to promote it, including showcases in LA.  It found a place in a movie soundtrack and his efforts brought him some international attention that included endorsement deals with Ibanez guitars.  In 2015 he formed another band called Bent Nails, with legendary drummer Jorn Andersen and Max Webster bass player Mike Tilka.   Again working with Frank Merino in Montreal, he created a new album with this combination.

Here is a beautiful original song from his debut album “Scars”

Getting ahead in the music business is not always a direct result of skill and talent.  It’s a process of climbing one mountain after another and hoping to reach the peak before a landslide brings you down.  The real musicians, the ones who will eventually prevail, are those that are willing to climb that mountain all over again.  Usually while they do they play small venues close to home and those lucky enough to be in their proximity get to see world class talent that the rest of the world just hasn’t yet caught up to.

That’s what’s in store for The Leeky Canoe fans on Saturday night.

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