Tag Archives: Danny Michel

Danny Michel Brings School Night Mondays To Crow

by Bill Monahan

Monday is the one night in the week when live music doesn’t happen.  When Danny Michel decided to rectify that six years ago at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto he was bucking conventional wisdom.

“Everybody said I was crazy,” he says, “nobody will come on a Monday.  It turned out to be the opposite.  People loved that there was something happening on a Monday.  But it was early so they could be home by around 9:30.  The other thing is that there was no competition.”

The first series he did at the Dakota sold out for eighteen weeks in a row.  He always invites friends to join him and his band.  The Dakota series included a who’s who of artists, including Sarah Harmer, Jim Cuddy, Ed Robertson, Tom Cochrane, Amelia Curran, and Royal Wood among others.

“It’s created for no other reason than for musicians, friends, to get together to play and enjoy it.  The rest of our lives is all stressful gigs that are about your career and trying to sell tickets.  I kind of missed that whole thing about getting together just to play for no reason.”

Danny Michel has a habit of thinking outside the box with his musical projects.  The empathetic nature of his songs mirrors a career that follows his heart.

The Thursday Outlook – Sept. 21 to 25, 2017

At Kimberley Hall, just down the road from Meaford, a special art show is running all weekend and on Saturday night it will include live music from some local favourites.  East Back Line, with Paul Woolner, David Marshak, Beaker Granger, and Tom Thwaits, will be on hand along with Chris Scerri’s new band Horseshoes & Handgrenades with Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Erik Vandeweerdhof and as a special guest, violinist Victoria Yeh.  The music is just part of a weekend-long celebration of local visual artists billed as “Apple and Art”.

If you can time it right, be on Hurontario Street in Collingwood today at 12:30 and you’ll be treated to a special pop-up concert with Tyler Yarema and Chuck Jackson at one of the pianos that are set up on the sidewalk.  This is part of the promotion for a show that these two blues veterans have planned at The Historic Gayety Theatre on Oct. 5th.

Saturday night on Hurontario street it’s the annual Collingwood Art Crawl which includes live music in the evening from the Mike McCarthy Band. 

Pat Maloney Brings the Campus Sound to Bruce Wine Bar

Pat Maloney will be at Bruce Wine Bar this Friday, stopping by between St. Jacobs on Thursday and St. Catherines on Saturday on his latest southern Ontario tour.  In just a few short years he’s made quite a career as an itinerant musician, constantly bringing his combination of guitar, whistling and singing to another room to cheer the inhabitants.  He’s built audiences on campus throughout the U.K and Canada.  In the UK he’s there for the week long party they call Fresher Week for campus newbies, and the rest of the year he’s visiting Canadian campuses.  One of his songs, “Repotting” has been a hit on Campus radio across Canada.  COCA, the Canadian Association of Campus Activities, voted him “Singer-Songwriter of the Year” in 2015.

In 1991 The Barenaked Ladies had the first ever certified-gold cassette of a demo tape because they sold so many while touring the campuses.  Patrick Maloney’s focus on that market in his short three year history has already made him one of the busiest touring musicians in the country.  That in turn has made him one of the most comfortable and engaging performers on a small stage, whose music has been described as “soulful, honest, hilarious and smart”

His first two full-length albums, “Root Rot” and “Repotting” quickly sold out of their first printings as he toured.  With three albums in three years, his latest is “Right There”, a live studio album featuring just his voice, a guitar, a bass drum, and lots of whistling.  The recording offers nine songs about touring in England’s rugged midlands, his travels across Canada and his life in Ontario.

Inspired by Canadian songwriters like Danny Michel, Hawksley Workman and Joel Plaskett

Inspired by Canadian songwriters like Danny Michel, Hawksley Workman and Joel Plaskett, Pat Maloney has been writing songs since he was growing up in Greely, south of Ottawa.

Thursday Outlook – March 16 to 19, 2017

If you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day party in Meaford this weekend, there’s one at the community centre complete with Irish stew.  At the Heartwood in Owen Sound, the One Night Band returns to Heartwood Concert Hall for their annual St. Patrick’s Day show, playing two nights (?), both Friday and Saturday.  The band consists of Bill Farrar, Bill McMillan, Dave Farrar, James Ellis, Justine Farrar, Gillian Farrar and Larry Dickinson playing a mix of traditional Irish and upbeat pub tunes.

Larry Jensen

Larry Jensen Friday at The Red Door

If your taste runs more to singer-songwriters, combine it with dinner on Friday at The Red Door Pub in Meaford, which features Larry Jensen.

Luke Martin Friday at Bruce Wine Bar

Or head over to Bruce Wine Bar to take in the exceptional talents of Luke Martin.  One of Canada’s best singer-songwriters, Danny Michel, is playing tonight at The Heartwood, but is unfortunately sold out.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood continues their string of great blues players with Lisa Hutchinson tonight and guitarist Daniel Davies on Saturday.

Our community comes together at Kimberley Hall on Saturday to support our Syrian refugees

The big event on Saturday night is the benefit concert in Kimberley to raise money to bring another Syrian family to Meaford.  It’s bound to be a party with an array of local talents.

Craig Smith is back at The Leeky Canoe and the Honeyrunners are spending another weekend at The Huron Club.

Return to Front Page for today’s update