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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. 

Kimberley Community Out In Force To Support Meaford Refugees

There was a hint of spring on Saturday evening and on the steps of Kimberley Hall, down at the bottom of the Beaver Valley, the bagpipes of Michael Findlay resonated through the village calling people to gather for the celebration.  It was the special fundraiser organized by the Meaford Refugee Welcome Group, promising a variety show with an array of local talents.

The MRWG had been formed a year and a half ago with the goal of bringing a Syrian family to our community to escape the violence of their homeland.  Just over a year ago, Hanan and Rajab Al Sheayer came to Meaford with their four children.  Since then they have settled into the community with the children embracing school and mom and dad completing a year of ESL courses and starting a business selling their delicious Syrian food.  Now the support group wants to bring Hanan’s sister and her family here as well from a refugee camp in Lebanon where the children  of the camp sell flowers and gum to try to eke out a meagre living.  There is some urgency to this effort because the youngest boy in the family is suffering from cancer and his life might be saved by access to the cancer treatment centre at Sunnybrook.  If sufficient funds can be raised by the end of this month, it means the family can be brought to our community this year.  The event on Saturday night in Kimberley was designed to bring the community together to raise awareness and funds to make another miracle happen.

The hall filled with bustling neighbours early in the evening, soon reaching capacity.  Before the music even began there was a sense of celebration.  The enticing aroma of Syrian food, prepared by the Al Sheayers and offered free to everyone, filled the hall, along with the excited murmer of conversation.  Master of Ceremonies and one-man technical crew, Chris Scerri, hustled to set up the sound system.

The early part of the evening offered a succession of singer-songwriters with the emphasis on youth.  Songwriter Greg Smith, who is quickly establishing a reputation for his unique story songs, started off the evening, playing with enthusiasm and joy even though his songs were somewhat buried in the acoustics of the room and the audience conversation.  He was followed by Abby Woodhouse who was last year’s winner of GBSS Idol.  She sang a number of country covers and her version of “I Fall To Pieces” was particularly impressive, coming closer than most singers can to the emotive power of Patsy Cline’s original.  Isaac Goodings followed with a strong performance of originals mixed with covers.  Then, to cap off the solo acoustic part of the evening there was a big jump in age when Bill Monahan sang a few originals and got the crowd pumped up with a rousing version of “Jambalaya” and a Bo Diddley song.  Things were hopping from then on.

The exciting rhythmic sounds of klezmer music from Broken Bagel Scene had people up and dancing in the few spaces available.  That was followed by some piping from Michael Findlay, a couple of songs from Michael O’Connell, and then East Back Line, the band built around the songs of Paul Allan and David Marshak from Beaver Valley, with Beaker Granger on drums.  They had everyone dancing.  Chris Scerri joined them to sing some songs at the end of their set, Hartley from Broken Bagel Scene joined in and the evening climaxed with a jam of “I Shall be Released”.

It was a big success for everyone concerned and brought the Meaford Refugee Welcome Group closer to their goal.  If you missed it, you can still contribute through a tax deductible contribution by cheque to:  Christ Church Anglican Meaford, with MRWG in the memo section.  Christ Church Anglican, 34 Boucher St E, Meaford, ON N4L 1E3.

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Fourth Annual Mapleplaooza Turned to Fundraiser

Next Saturday, March 18th, the fourth annual Maplepalooza concert at Kimberley Hall is being dedicated as a fund raiser for the Meaford Refugee Welcome Group.  The group, originally organized by Cathy Miller, the pastor at Christ Anglican Church, and several prominent caring citizens, brought the Al-Sheayar family to Meaford just over a year ago and has helped them to settle in.  The family is doing very well.  The children are enrolled in local schools and have enjoyed various summer camps. The parents are attending English language classes, and are working to establish a specialty food business. Now they want offer the same opportunity to extended members of the family: Hanan’s sister, her husband and 4 children.

The rules have changed since the original push by the new Liberal government to meet their campaign commitment of bringing 20,000 refugees to the country within a few short months.  For this application, due this month, the government requires that the group raise a minimum of $32,000.  They are hoping to reach a target of $50,000, with the money going toward resettlement costs of the family and the first year of their living costs.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Maplepalooza has been an annual celebration of tree-tapping season organized by Jonathan Robinson in the great little community of Kimberley down in the bottom of the Beaver Valley.  He’s invited friends to come to his sugar bush to tap trees during the day and then party with him that night at Kimberley Hall to the sounds of live music.  This year his generous spirit has turned the party into a benefit concert to help raise funds for the new refugee initiative.

The Thursday Outlook – Jan. 26 to 29

Starting this week, a new regular feature for the daily post here will be the Thursday Outlook, reviewing all of the live entertainment choices in Meaford and surrounding areas through to Sunday.  If you only check this site one day a week this is the day to do it so you can plan your live music weekend.

At the Leeky Canoe tonight, East Back Line had to cancel due to illness.  East Back Line is a new group of seasoned local players, Paul Allan, David Marshak, Ian Dunbar and Greg Marshak playing a blend of original folk, rock and pushing the edges of some select covers. We’ll have to wait until March 18th for their next night at The Leeky, but for tonight they have brought back Karla Crawford and Glenn Bladon. Karla is a respected singer songwriter and guitarist Glenn is a music business veteran who has either been the manager, co-writer, musical director or featured performer for nearly 30 different live stage-shows. Show starts at 9pm.

The Leeky is undergoing renovations starting next week, so this will be the last of the live music for the next few weeks.  When Chris Scerri’s open mic night returns it will be on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday.

Angela Nussey brings a personal spiritual aspect to her performance

Also tonight, Angela Nussey will be at The Huron Club.  With five full-length albums, 12 years of touring, and over 15 industry awards for songwriting, vocals, and performance to her credit Angela Nussey is admired not only for her performing and creative skills but for the spirituality and self-discovery that informs her work.

David J. Russell, shown here at The Bruce Wine Bar, always heats things up at open mic night at The Corner Cafe

David J. Russell is still hosting his Thursday nights at The Corner Café in Thornbury.  This jam usually gets going later in the evening, around ten, and can sometimes build up quite a heat.  It’s an ideal way to jump start your musical weekend.

TYLER YAREMA WANTS YOU to join him Friday at The Red Door

Friday brings the last in the current series of virtuoso instrumental players to The Red Door Grille and Pub at the renovated Meaford Motel.  Tyler Yarema has become a favourite of local fans with several local appearances in the past year, and he’s especially known for his creative efforts as musical director for the Meaford Hall special shows that have been produced by Chris Scerri.  He is such a versatile pianist that he can take the mood in any direction he likes but the real treat is when he gets into that old boogie style along the lines of Professor Longhair.  He’ll be entertaining on Friday at The Red Door from around 7 to 10 pm.

HarpAcash and The Morals play The Bruce Wine Bar Friday

HarpAcash And the Morals are a Barrie based band playing at The Bruce Wine Bar on Friday.  Michael Timmins of The Cowboy Junkie told Exclaim! Magazine that “HarpAcash’s vocals alone are a force of nature, but joined with Todd Jeffery’s angular song structures and Dan Trickett’s powerful, multi-dimensional drumming, their music becomes wholly original.”  They are touring in support of their recent release, Lamps.

Suzie Vinnick brings her award winning blues to Meaford Hall’s gallery

The big show on Saturday will be Suzie Vinnick at Meaford Hall.  While the balcony renovations are underway, a series of Saturday night concerts will be taking place in the Gallery.  While it will provide a great intimate setting for every show, the quality of performers in this series matches the kind of quality that the Opera House at Meaford Hall has become known for.  Suzie Vinnick gets the series off to a strong start with her multiple award winning blues.

Craig Smith at The Leeky Canoe with his trio

Craig Smith and his trio will be rocking The Leeky Canoe on Saturday night.

Fans of fingerpicking guitar stylings will be excited about Don Ross playing Saturday night at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound.  As a composer and performer he has developed a unique style over his decades of performance that is instantly recognizable and has influenced a couple of generations of guitarists.

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