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Jayden Grahlman Kicks Off CROW Residency With A Benefit

Tonight (Oct. 4), Jayden Grahlman kicks off his month-long residency at CROW Bar and Variety in a very special way, raising funds for Josh Noronha, the young Collingwood man who broke his neck in a trampoline accident and is paralysed from the chest down.  For this special event he has enlisted the aid of other local talents Romney Getty, Drew Wright and Coming of Age.

This is the third such residency since CROW opened its doors this summer.  The first one featured Austin McCarthy and the second one presented the duo Hunnay, with Dave Russell.  The feature has been well received by both audiences and the players who have welcomed this opportunity to build an audience at the same time as they build their chops.

Normally there is no cover for these nights.  Tonight is an exception.  They are asking for $20 at the door because it is a fundraiser for a very special young man.  In addition to the door receipts, further funds will be raised through a 50/50 draw and a Silent Auction.  On top of that, CROW Bar and Variety will be generously donating a percentage of food sales.

The fundraiser is necessary because the lifelong costs resulting from an accident of this kind can be as challenging as the recovery process. In addition to the costs of meals, traveling and parking for Josh’s immediate family while he undergoes physio, occupational and recreational therapies at the Lyndhurst rehab centre, the family is looking at ongoing costs that include mobility, housing renovations, training, living expenses, caregivers, physical therapy and psychotherapy.

Austin McCarthy Made The Most Of A Collingwood Summer

In the next few weeks Austin McCarthy will be finishing up his summer job and returning to school.  As a young singer-songwriter with an eye on a future career, his summer job has been to perform as often as possible in his home town of Collingwood.

“That was the goal for the summer,” he says, “to get comfortable performing for people in a variety of settings.  In all, it’s been 36 shows this summer.”

In the second week of May he returned from Nashville where he’d played an open stage at Bobby’s Idle Hour just to get a taste of performing in Nashville.  He’d gone there on a family pilgrimage with his parents  Mike McCarthy and Erica Prinn-McCarthy, a duo that plays often locally, alternating between just the two of them and full gigs with their band.  Austin grew up in this musical family and they are behind him all the way, with Erica acting as his manager and booking agent.   Since his early teens, Austin has honed his musical skills locally, winning the Collingwood Idol Contest in 2014 and finishing that same year in the Top 5 finalists of the CBC Searchlight contest.

Since returning from Nashville in May, Austin has played almost every day locally.  He’s played at The Huron Club, Lounge 26, Gustav’s, Brisges, Doneleigh’s, the Leeky Canoe, and through the remainder of the month he is the musician in residence at Crow Bar and Variety, a venue that didn’t even exist at the beginning of the summer.  He’s been part of the Port Music Festival, the Georgian Triangle Music Festival, the Music Market, Park It, and at the Blue Mountain Village mainstage. While honing his performing skills, he has also been gaining fans. “It’s been a great summer.  I have people coming up to me and saying ‘I saw you at such-and-such.’”

 Last week he played a sold out concert at the Simcoe Street Theatre, which was both a showcase and a fundraiser.

“All that money raised is going toward my upcoming EP” he says, “I’m going into the studio at the end of August.  It’s also a great send-off.”

In addition to joining his parents’ band on stage occasionally, he has been “playing with a band that has given the songs new life.”  It includes Mike Giles on drums, Dave Giles on guitar, and Trevor Robertson on bass.  He’ll be recording with engineer  Adam Fair at Tim Thorney’s studio, Villa Sound, in Singhampton.

“I’m not sure which style I’m going to fall into yet,” he says, “It’s mainly just where I’m at at twenty-one.”  He’ll be using the band and suggests, “I’d like to get some horns in there too.”

The recording is another step in the progress of someone who has clearly decided on music as a career.  He realizes that he needs a good studio recording in order to move on to the next step.  “An EP or a small album is like a business card,” he says.

Austin still has a year-and-a-half left in his studies at the Finance Program at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, and he’ll be returning to Montreal after his current residence at CROW ends on August 30th, but his home is clearly Collingwood and we can expect that he will be back playing local spots whenever he gets a break from school.  It will give all his local fans an opportunity to follow his progress as he moves forward in his career.  And before long the EP will give them something to listen to when he’s not around.

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The Thursday Outlook – August 10 to 14, 2017

The Travelling Thornburys are featured this Saturday night at The Leeky Canoe in Meaford.  This is a duo consisting of Jon Zaslow and Kevin Campbell.  They offer up some great harmonies and tunes that range from The Beatles to The Everly Brothers.  Jon as also an accomplished guitarist that has become a regular accompanist for Chris Scerri and has co-hosted many Thursday night jams with him at The Leeky.

At The Barn Coop on Saturday night, it’s a rare chance to see Culture Reject in concert.  This is part of a concert series put together at The Barn by Greg Smith, in which he pairs more established artists with up-and-comers.  Culture Reject, featuring Michael O’Connell and Karri North, is a band that has a unique and mesmerizing sound.  Michael evolved this band out of the popular band Black Cabbage, with which he toured for several years.  He now tours annually in Europe to a growing following there.  The opener for this concert is Jake Feeney, a young singer-songwriter who seems much more mature than he is.  Having been a songwriter since he was six or seven, Jake has a voice similar to John Maher and a beautiful style of guitar picking.  This is a show well worth checking out.

The Thursday Outlook – July 27 to 31, 2017

On Friday night, Owen Sound’s Poet Laureate, Larry Andreas Jensen returns to The Red Door in Meaford with his classic and original acoustic songs.  Larry is so highly respected by local musicians that a few years back they teamed up to make a special album of covers of his songs.

Austin McCarthy will be playing at The Leeky Canoe this Saturday.  Austin was born and raised in Collingwood and currently attends Concordia University but he has been making the most of his summer break to play often around the area, primarily in Collingwood.  This show at The Leeky will be his first Meaford appearance.

The Historical Leith Church continues its series of outstanding classical performances this Saturday with Mauro Bertoli, an Italian born pianist who is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Carleton University.  Winner of twenty-four Piano Competitions and recipient of the prestigious Italian prize Giuseppe Sinopoli Award, he’s established himself on the international stage and he performs regularly for important Festivals and in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Brazil and China.

Sunday night in Thornbury the Jazz By The Bay series continues at Bayview Park with Quisha Wint, an expressive vocalist who wears many hats, including producer and director of the musical Dandelions In The Wind, session vocalist, and Music and Arts Director at the Unionville Alliance Church.

It’s Elvis weekend in Collingwood where the spirit of The King haunts downtown, the Railroad Museum and Blue Mountain with the ubiquitous Memphis Jones performing at several venues through the weekend, along with the usual array of Elvis impersonators.

In Owen Sound the Harbour Nights series at their own train station museum offers a special treat on Sunday night with international touring artists My Sweet Patootie, renowned for their musical skills and their upbeat vaudeville meets hot jazz live show.