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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.

The Thursday Outlook – Aug. 24 to 28, 2017

Terrace Thursdays finishes up this summer’s series tonight with Brian Miessner and Melinda Camplin.  This series offers a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening on the  terrace being entertained by the best of our local talents, and fed by the best of our restauranteurs.  For tonight’s meal, Red Hot Catering offers up Moroccan spice rubbed chicken while Melinda helps Brian create a musical serving that is bound to include a fair seasoning of The Beatles given that Brian toured in the original Beatles cover band, Liverpool, before going on to make hits as Aerial.  Brian also plays bass with Bored of Education.  He has promised to give to each diner tonight a copy of his latest EP, “Windows and Walls”

Another exciting Friday in Market Square is lined up as the Meaford Summer Concert Series comes to an end for another year.  The headliner for this concert is pop songwriter Tom Barlow who has a special connection with Meaford live music through Chris Scerri.  Chris got his start as a singer at Tom’s weekly open stage in Port Credit and many of the great talents that he has brought to Meaford in the past year are people he discovered at Tom’s Monday night jam.  Needless to say, Chris has also discovered a lot of talent here locally at the many open stages that music fans are blessed with here, and he has formed a band called Horseshoes and Hand Grenades which features some of the best musicians to be found around Georgian Bay.  They will be opening for Tom Barlow, and carrying on at The Leeky Canoe later in the evening.  Opening for program outside will be the impressive young singer-songwriter Greg Smith.

Shawna Caspi Joins Tragedy Ann and Cody Zevenbergen at Desboro Friday Night

This Friday, August 25th, the next in the Desboro Music Hall summer concert series is a triple bill with Tragedy Ann, Shawna Caspi and Cody Zevenbergen.

Tragedy Ann is a duo featuring Liv Cazzola on accordion and Braden Phelan on guitar and ukulele.  They have evolved from being a couple with separate musical directions to a duo creating their own brand of “thrift folk”.  They define this as “an amalgamation of well-worn musical fabrics that are repurposed and given new life in a bold and dynamic fashion” Combining Liv’s folk background with Braden’s rock sensibilities, they have created a sound which they describe as “when grit and groove meets softly swaying silk”.

Tragedy Ann has spent the summer touring around Georgian Bay.  Paul Corby, responding to one of their shows, said,  “A collective fresh breath was taken as Tragedy Ann took the stage and emanated romance, harmony and joy with such charm and dynamic interplay that the hush became palpable. The applause rose in wave upon wave throughout their set.”  This concert in Desboro brings their summer tour to an end.

Shawna Caspi is always on the road.  Her stop at Desboro hall on Friday night is near the beginning of a tour that will take her through the northeast USA, midwest USA, and Vancouver Island for much of the fall, supporting her new album release, “Forest Fire”.

The Thursday Outlook – June 15 to 18, 2017

It’s always special when Victoria Yeh joins Chris Scerri at the Thursday Night Leeky Open Stage as she will tonight.  She is usually willing to play along with anyone who asks and she is so talented and adaptable she adds a sheen to anything she accompanies, no matter what the style.  The Leeky open mic starts at 9 now instead of 8 pm.

Don’t forget the other open stages that happen throughout our area every week.  There are so many talented musicians locally an open stage is always a good bet.  It makes for a great night out during the week, and there’s never a cover.  Also on Thursday, Dave Russell regularly rocks out at the Corner Café open stage in Thornbury.  Sunday afternoons at The Barn Coop are always inspiring, and on Tuesday nights Brianna McGowan hosts at Molly Blooms in The Village at Blue.  Wednesday’s at Bruce Wine Bar is always crowded with Drew McIvor hosting an open mic.

Then there’s the granddaddy of all open mics every Wednesday at Ted’s Range Road Diner, the place where our area’s most impressive musicians learned their chops over the many years it’s been happening.  Last night was a particularly auspicious night because Tara Mackenzie, indisputably the best vocalist for miles around (many miles, including the GTA) was able to perform again after being sidelined for many months by a concussion.  This is good news for fans of the Mackenzie Blues Band, which may soon see them back in full force, with the combination of killer guitar from Trevor Mackenzie and those incredible vocals from the Tara.

Other legendary local favourites, Tinman and The Flying Monkeys, will be at The Leeky on Saturday night.

Saturday night also brings some impressive artists, fresh from European tours, to some out-of-the-way venues in the area.  Christina Martin will be at Massie Hall on Saturday night, with a special appearance from Matt Epp.  And in Desboro, Ben Kunder and Sarah MacDougall join forces at the Desboro Music Hall.  They toured Ireland, Italy, UK, the Netherlands last fall and now they are in our area.

Friday night the place to be is Heartwood Hall to dance to K.C. Roberts and the Live Revolution, an 8-piece funk band that has excited fans and critics for years, being  compared to  Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and The Family Stone, Tower of Power, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Review the listings on the right side of this page to find a long list of favourites who play often in our area so you can go check them out for the first time or revisit what you know will be a great performance.

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