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The Thursday Outlook – Oct. 19 to 23, 2017

The Band That Kills Hate, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, is coming back to spread their vibe and their amazing music in our area, with a show on Sunday evening at Meaford Hall.  Along with killing hate and putting on a show that rocks the house, this is a band that represents the best in Canadian song writing.  Originally founded as a tribute to the late Willie P. Bennett, the band was conceived as a fun side project for the three artists (Tom Wilson, Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing) who all have their own careers, and two decades later they still bring that fun of an all-star jam to every show.  Throughout their career they have consistently made a point of shining the spotlight on Canadian songwriters and others from the wide world of music.  Touring with them recently is Tom Wilson’s son, Thompson Wilson, who dispels any hint of nepotism with engaging original songs performed solo on acoustic guitar.  Blackie and The Rodeo Kings is a band that every Canadian music fan should see and there’s no better venue for that than Meaford Hall.

Owen Sound based songwriter, Larry Jensen, whose original songs have spawned a tribute album by the leading lights of the local music scene, will be performing a special concert tonight at The Bleeding Carrot, starting at 7 pm.  This is an ideal small venue to be able to really enjoy the songs and stories he weaves.

Jacelyn Holmes, whose press touts her as a blend of Marilyn Monroe and Stevie Nicks, is at The Huron Club in Collingwood for the weekend.  Following her showcase performance at the 2017 Juno Awards she’s released a smoky blues single, “Fool”, and is working on an upcoming album.

Music on a Snowy Weekend

Don’t let the snow keep you at home this weekend, so close to Christmas, when it is time to get out and celebrate community spirit and take in some live music.

This afternoon, Saturday, Dec. 17th, spend a couple of festive hours at the Red Door Grille and Pub celebrating Christmas with staff and The Browns.  You can expect egg nog, interesting canapes, and a big turkey dinner along with a lot of favourite Christmas songs that Heather and Doug will be encouraging you to sing along with, bringing back memories of those magic Christmases when you were young.  Bring your whole family along to enjoy the party from 3:30 this afternoon to 8:30 in the evening.

Doug and Heather Brown were recently profiled in On The Bay magazine because of their ceaseless contributions to the community with their willingness to play whenever they are asked.  They logged almost 200 gigs this year with their sentimental mix of pop, country and gospel tunes.  “We never turn anybody down,” Heather said in the article, “if somebody calls and we are available even for a few hours we’ll be there.”

Beaker Granger at The Leeky Canoe

Heat up your Saturday night at The Leeky with classic rock covers and Beaker Granger originals from the River and Rock trio.

To keep you awake when the tryptophan from the turkey kicks in jog down the street to The Leeky Canoe to see the River and Rock Trio.  They may not play as many gigs as The Browns but they are just as much a local institution, with a solid rock groove and some original songs by front man Beaker Granger.

If you head west to Owen Sound you can catch A Very Foggy Christmas at Heartwood Hall with The Foggy Hogtown Boys, a band of veteran players that has the reputation of being the best bluegrass band in Toronto.

The Honeyrunners

In the opposite direction from Meaford, The Huron Club in Collingwood features The Honeyrunners tonight, a band that endeared itself to Meaford audiences this past summer when they played The Meaford Summer Concert Series, and later in the year when they returned to Meaford to play The Leeky.

Jayden Grahlman and Bambalamb make magic at The Barn on Sunday

By Sunday the snow is supposed to be letting up and there are a few daytime options for live music fans.  The noon to two open stage at The Barn Coop is always a special experience where a great variety of musicians and poets take turns expressing themselves with the support and encouragement of a great audience and host Jayden Grahlman.

Austin McCarthy

Singer-songwriter Austin McCarthy plays The Huron Club for Sunday brunch

The Huron Club also offers a Sunday afternoon show featuring Austin McCarthy.  A Collingwood native, Austin’s guitar style is heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and John Mayer.  His songwriting has also brought him attention for its romantic emotional quality.  He’ll be entertaining the brunch crowd starting at noon.

And Sunday night, starting at 7:30 end off your weekend with another Fist Full of Glitter, a show added by Rock The Sound, featuring a great community choir along with other performers.

Or if you can get tickets, see Quartette at Owen Sound’s Roxy, the legendary singing group that includes Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church and Gwen Swick.

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