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The Thursday Update – Oct. 12 to 16, 2017

Two new open stages are starting up in our area this weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, Amanda Dorey will be hosting an open stage at the Riverside Community Centre, and at Bridges Tavern in Thornbury, Josh Fletcher will be hosting an open stage on Friday starting at 8 pm.  These additions mean that aspiring performers and fans of the surprising grab bag that an open stage can be now have the opportunity to enjoy one every night of the week except Saturday and Monday.

In chronological order, the open stages nearby are The Barn Coop on Sunday at noon; Heartwood’s bi-monthly open mic Tuesday at 8; The granddaddy of all open jams at Ted’s Range Road Diner, and Bruce Wine Bar with Drew McIvor both on Wednesdays at 8; Chris Scerri at The Leeky Canoe Thursdays at nine; also on Thursdays, Dave Russell at The Corner Café and Craig Smith at CROW; Friday afternoon, at the Bleeding Carrot, Kelly Babcock hosts the open stage, and now on Friday evening there is Josh at Bridges and on Saturday afternoon Amanda at Riverside.   That adds up to a lot of free entertainment that mixes the best musicians in the area with undiscovered talents.

Canada’s Northern Frontier In Story and Song

This Friday, October 13th, Meaford Hall presents David Newland’s Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song.   His show, which has been playing to rave reviews, brings together his original songs with video and photographs, and traditional Inuit music provided by his five-piece band Unchartered Waters and the Inuit duo, Siqiniup Qilauta, roughly translated to “the sun’s drum,” throat singers Heidi Langille and Lynda Brown.

A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, David spends his summers working as a Zodiac driver for Adventure Canada, which has given him a unique appreciation of our North.  He brings his talents as a singer, writer and photographer to create what he tells Judi Bobbitt of the Meaford Express is  “emotional immersion … the images and music move people. The story is, this is part of what we claim as ourselves that we don’t really know. To talk about the high Arctic is to help us to know ourselves.”

He promises the Meaford Hall audience will “hear sounds and stories they’ve never heard before. The collective feeling at the end of it is appreciation. For travel, for one another, and for the beauty and fragility of the earth.”

“His songwriting—which celebrates the basic, small-town, homey pleasures of things like bare feet on a gravel road, strawberry season, and autumn leaves—while universal, is precise and beautifully integrated into the music in a way that seems inevitable.” says Barry Hammond in Penguin Eggs.


Click on the album cover to sample or download David’s album from iTunes.


In the North, David Newland, who has been a singer, story-teller and poet for thirty years, has found his niche, a place where he can merge his talents with his great love of nature. 

This show has allowed him to bring Canadians a connection to the Artic and awaken a childlike wonder akin to the lucky passengers who travel with him on the Adventure Canada tours.

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Meaford Hall is Brimming With Live Music This Fall

On Friday night, the last of the Meaford Summer Concert Series ended with a big Tom Barlow concert in the parking lot outside Meaford Hall.  But in the Opera House upstairs a full slate of great music is packed into the next few months.

The biggest show of the fall season, Jann Arden at Meaford Hall in October is already sold out, to no one’s surprise.  Already catching on with advance sales is the next big show from Chris Scerri, this time a tribute to The Last Waltz, a favourite concert movie from the seventies in which The Band featured an array of stars and friends.  For the Meaford Hall show, Chris has assembled the very best local talents to reproduce the excitement of the original, in a band comprised of Drew McIvor, Jayden Grahlman, Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Jared Koop and John Hume .

While The Last Waltz uses local talent to reproduce the sixties, country music shows off our local country stars early in September at Meaford Hall in the Bruce Grey Country Jamboree Meaford Style.  Produced by Bognor Jam, the show is hosted by the True Country Show Band, who hosted last year’s Grand Ol’ Opry at the Music Hall of Fame Auditorium in Hepworth.  In addition to the True Heart Trio, this band of great country players will be backing up local Meaford talent.  Amanda Dorey and Scott Almond will both get a chance to perform in The Opera House with a great band.