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Emma Wright Steps Into the Spotlight With Her First Single

Meaford’s Emma Wright has released her first single at the age of thirteen.  It is an original song called “Heroes On The Wall” produced for independent release in the Lora Bay Studios of Damage Entertainment.  It is available for download at emmawright.net.  The download costs $1.99 with twenty-five cents of the cost going to CCISF (Canadian Critical Incidence Stress Foundation) to support Post Tramatic Stress Disorder initiatives.

With this in mind, the song seems to be about soldiers gone off to war, an apt theme for a local girl who has grown up in the vicinity of a military training base.  The narrator gazes out the window at the water dreaming of the heroes captured in pictures on the wall, standing “proud and tall” to give her “hope and inspiration”.  Emma’s impressive vocals sound like someone much older.

The song was created by Emma with help from Doug Adams, owner of Damage Entertainment and David Rosenthal, a veteran keyboard player who has worked with a variety of performers that include Billy Joel, Cindi Lauper and Robert Palmer.

While this is her first foray into professional recording, Emma has been a favourite young performer in Meaford for many years, always tapped to play Canada Day festivities and other events.  She brought the house down recently at Meaford Hall with her rendition of Allanah Myles“Black Velvet” as part of the Rockin’ The Hall concert.  She will be re-uniting with many members of the band from that performance on Canada Day this year, this time at Blue Mountain Village where Chris Scerri has put together his all-star cast to perform under the name of True North and has asked Emma to make a guest appearance on Saturday evening.  Emma will have her own time slot at the Coca-Cola stage there, opening the ceremonies with another local favourite, Jayden Grahlman, at 12:30, playing until 2 pm on Saturday.

While she is still young enough to have a whole lifetime to develop a career, Meaford is rooting for this first foray into the world of professional music for this young talent.

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The Thursday Outlook – March 9 to 12, 2017

Victoria Yeh is back in town this weekend.  She’ll be adding her inimitable talents to the Thursday night open stage with Chris Scerri at The Leeky Canoe, and joining him again on Friday night at Gustav’s in Collingwood.

If you weren’t proactive enough, you’ve missed your chance to see a couple of great shows this weekend that have been sold out.  One is the latest in the Meaford Hall Gallery Series on Saturday night with multiple award winning guitarist and singer Wendall Ferguson.  If you’re a fan of great guitar players, you can spend the evening across the street with David J. Russell instead.  He been very busy playing all over the area and hasn’t played The Leeky in a while, so it’s worth catching.

The other show you’ve missed if you don’t have tickets already is the Songwriters’ Evening at The Bleeding Carrot in Owen Sound, hosted by Summerfolk’s Jon Farmer and featuring Meaford’s young phenomenon Greg Smith, along with Marshall Veroni and Pat Maloney.  But you can stay in Meaford on Friday night and enjoy the guitar stylings of Stevie Gee, returning this week to The Red Door.

Or check out Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party at Bruce Wine Bar on Friday.  This band, up from Queen West in Toronto, began as kitchen jams that spilled out into the street, eventually coming together with Dale Morningstar to record a debut CD, “Old Town” at The Gas Station studio in Toronto in 2012.  Great reviews have built a reputation for the band, known particularly for Andre (Dre) Flak’s songs and storytelling, as well as genre-jumping musical styles that have attracted notice in Montreal, New York, and as far afield as Eastern Europe, and the UK.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar continues its string of great Toronto based blues bands on Saturday night with Jerome Godboo, and Godboogie.  This veteran harmonica player, legendary to Toronto fans as front man for The Phantoms, took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in Memphis.  He’s recorded and toured with the Phantoms, Alannah Myles, Dutch Mason, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack de Keyzer, among others.  This will be another hopping Saturday night at the Fish Bar.

There’s lots of other good stuff happening in this great Georgian Bay music hub: check the listings at the right.  And then on Sunday afternoon chill out at The Barn Cooperative in Meaford where their open mic has a real magic about it that brings out talent of all types.  No tickets required, but if you want a good seat you’d better try to be there by noon.

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The Thursday Outlook – Feb. 9 to 12, 2016

There’s some excitement in Meaford this week with The Leeky Canoe reopening after renovations that were undertaken in order to provide a better room for live music.  Chris Scerri’s open mic night has moved to Thursdays and tonight he is back and welcoming local musicians to come out and play.  Chris always has a talented co-host to share the evening with him but this time, to celebrate the new and improved Leeky, he’s invited three of Meaford’s most talented musicians to join him: Jayden Grahlman, Beaker Granger and Tom Thwaits.  It promises to be a great evening of music.

And on Saturday at The Leeky, Bored of Education will take the stage, with their popular blend of songs that range from classic rock through a few decades each side of that.  This talented band has some great players, including Tom Thwaits on keyboards.

Gerry Markman

The Red Door Grille at the Meaford Motel continues it’s instrumental music on Friday night with blues veteran Gerry Markman, who has toured with The Lincolns and Alannah Myles, and has played with the likes of Jeff Healey and Dan Ackroyd.  These Friday nights are dinner shows, running from seven to ten.

Steve Poltz live

Steve Poltz

The Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury also features dinner shows this Friday, with two shows at seven and nine featuring folk singer-songwriter Ken Yates.  Music promoter Steve Vipond has also arranged a house concert for tonight starting at 7:30 at The Bruce Street Social Club, featuring the great songwriter, raconteur, Steve Poltz.  And he has an exciting concert lined up at the end of the month with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on Sunday Feb. 26th at The Gayety Theatre in Collingwood.  That show is general seating so you’ll want to get your tickets early.

The Huron Club in Collingwood has Pat Maloney tonight and some great local talent lined up for the weekend with Luke Martin on Friday, the Dennis McAndrew Trio on Saturday and Jayden Grahlman for a Sunday matinee.

Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound is giving karaoke aficionados a chance to play with a live band on Friday night.  It’s a 4-piece band with a repertoire of over 300 songs.  They provide you with an iPad for the lyrics.  You can check out the repertoire at www.goodenoughlivekaraoke.com.

Gustav’s in Collingwood this weekend features Jason Redman and Aaron Gardner on Thursday, the Dave Quanbury Duo on Friday, and David J. Russell on Saturday.  There’s still time to get tickets for Dave Russell’s special Valentine’s Show next Tuesday at the Gayety Theatre where he will be doing a tribute to Jim Croce.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar presents Tamica Herod and The Harbour Street Band tonight and the Weber Brothers tomorrow night.

Kailey Thompson is hosting the open mic at The Barn on Sunday afternoon.

ATTENTION MUSICIANS:  The Barn is now rotating hosts on a weekly basis for its popular open mic.  It’s an experiment to try to involve more of the local musicians in this community oriented venue.  If you want to try your hand at hosting, contact Angela at barnpress@gmail.com.

And at the Nottawa Community Centre, Laurie Zwarich will be hosting her monthly open mic afternoon on Sunday from noon to five.

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Blues Veteran Gerry Markman At Meaford’s Red Door

The Friday night dinner music concerts at The Red Door Grille in the Meaford Motel have been a great success and so they are continuing on with an appearance this week from guitarist Gerry Markman.

Gerry Markman is a music industry veteran who has been playing guitar since the age of twelve.  His long career has included associations with the likes of The Cameo Blues Band, The Lincolns, the late Hock Walsh and Alannah Myles.   Along with touring he has done a lot of session work.

Gerry at 19 with The Max Band

Originally from Montreal he started out at a young age playing blues every night of the week at a place called Jazz et Café.  With some musical friends he formed The Max Band (named after his cat) that released a single in 1970 called “The Flying Dutchman”, a song co-written by Markman and Ian Lebofsky.  Over the years it has become something of a cult hit, particularly in Quebec, where it always went over well live.

When founder of Steve’s Music, Steve Kirman decided in 1977 to augment his Montreal music store with a new location in Toronto, he asked Gerry to help get it started.  In the years since, he has moved back and forth between working as a full time musician and managing Steve’s.

In 1981 Bob Segarini talked Gerry into getting back into music full time.  A year later, when the Cameo Blues Band reformed with a new lineup, Gerry was brought on as guitarist.  The Cameo Blues Band had originated at The Hotel Isabella as an alternative project for Hock Walsh, whose sibling frictions with his brother Donny resulted in his on-again, off-again participation in The Downchild Blues Band.  With John Bride and former Crowbar keyboard player “Rabbit” Ray Harrison, the Cameo Blues Band became a favourite of R & B fans in Toronto.  It was Harrison who re-formed the band in 1981 with Markman on board.  As a working musician he played with The Lincolns, the Alannah Myles Band, and Tom Barlow.

Gerry with Tamica Heron and the Harbour Street Band

Years later, he was a co-founder of the popular party R&B band The Sensations, based in Orillia.  He moved to Barrie in 1989 and continued to play with The Sensations while also continuing to commute to Toronto for his day job at Steve’s Music.  He also led the Ruanne’s House Band in Barrie, and twice was musical director for the Barrie Music Awards.  Now his is officially retired both from music retailing and touring, but he can’t quit playing.  Lately he’s played with Tamica Herod and the Harbour Street Band at The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood, and he still plays fairly regularly around Barrie and Orillia.

It will be a treat for local blues fans to enjoy his music for an evening here in Meaford at the Red Door.

Here’s a cool shuffle with his band The Sensations:

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