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Here’s Your Weekend Planner for Sept. 24 and 25

Relive the unique greatness of Johnny Cash at Meaford Hall with “We Walk The Line”, a tribute starring Ward Cornforth as the Man In Black.  The show takes you back to the early days with the Tennessee Three, represented by Joey Ace as Luther Perkins, Jim Perry as W.S. Holland, and Andre Gignac as Marshall Grant.  The irrepressible June Carter is portrayed by Shanya Lynn Dawson.  They may be gone but the music of Johnny and June lives on.

At the Leeky Canoe tonight, enjoy multi-instrumentalist and singer Derek McLean.  From the popular Owen Sound band Strange Potatoes, Derek is known for his ability to entertain an audience as well along with his huge repertoire of cover songs from all eras and styles.

Something of a music marathon is taking place this evening at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg with the Playing For Change concert.  Playing For Change Day is a worldwide event taking place in 48 countries around the world with a goal of supporting music education worldwide, providing instruments and music instruction to children.  The concert runs from 5 p.m. to 11 and features a lot of artists familiar to Meaford fans with a line up that includes:  Doug and Heather Brown, Scott Almond, Brianne McGowan, David Stone, Gary Gillespie, Zaslo-Tilke Duo, the Ted Brownlow Band, Amanda Dorey, The Bambalamb Kid, John Brownlow, Bill Monahan and Ken Dunn, culminating in big finale featuring all the artists.  The event is free with donations accepted at the door.

The Collingwood Art Crawl, a stimulating and free adventure on Hurontario Street in Collingwood takes place tonight with non-stop music and art, including some art creations on the spot and much more.

At The Village At Blue, the Georgian Bay Humane Society is holding their “Friends For Life” Walkathon that will include an afternoon of live music at the Coca-Cola stage provided by Chris Scerri, Pete Devlin, Virgil Scott and Joe Huron.

Congratulations to Heartwood Hall on their first anniversary

Congratulations to Heartwood Hall on their first anniversary

Help celebrate the first anniversary of Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound tonight and tomorrow.  In their inaugural year the venue has brought some important talent to the area including Lily Frost and Jane Bunnett, and has raised the profile of a lot of local artists, often working in conjunction with local label Mudtown Records.  They also host an open stage, with a full band provided, twice a month.  Jayden Grahlman gives the venue a five star review saying “Absolutely amazing venue, service, and vibe. Couldn’t ask for a better addition to the downtown scene in Owen Sound then the Heartwood!”  The party kicked off last night and continues tonight with Jim Bryson and his band, along with Megan Hamilton.

Here’s a cool song to evoke your local pride from Jim Bryson:

And don’t forget to take in the open stage on Sunday starting at noon at The Barn with host Jayden Grahlman – good for your soul!

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Good Food and Derek McLean

The Leeky Canoe is famous for its burgers and its half-price wings after nine o’clock.  It seems a perfect fit, then, that this Saturday, Sept. 24th, the featured performer will be someone who also seems to have food on the mind.  This is judging by the bands he is and has been part of: Lemon Pepper Pickerel and Strange Potatos.  But maybe that’s just coincidence.

Derek McLean

Derek McLean – hold the potatoes – at The Leeky on Saturday

What does stand out about Derek McLean, when you browse the information available on the Internet, are three main ingredients: a sense of humour, an amazing voice, and a million songs.

Originally from Bolton, Derek has been playing guitar since the age of fourteen. As he developed his repertoire he became known in the Ottawa area as an acoustic solo performer with a wealth of Alternative Rock, Folk and top 40 songs that he brought to life with his wide ranging vocal skills and solid guitar work.  He developed a repertoire of Celtic tunes when he was in a Toronto based band called “The Picket Line” and after relocating to Wasaga Beach he joined up with John Eaton and John Miller to form “Strange Potatos” a band that is as well known for their boisterous humour as for their excellent musicianship and vast repertoire.

Derek at Ted's jam

Derek at Ted’s jam

Lately Derek has been making his presence felt here in Meaford so you may already have caught him at Ted’s jam.  Clearly a performer who knows how to bring fun to a performance, Derek’s show on Saturday night at The Leeky is bound to be a good time.

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