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Two Communities Meet At The Arena

Two communities will come together at the Meaford Arena on October 12th, the date of the Home Opener for the Knights of Meaford hockey team.  For the first time, the game will be kicked off with the national anthem performed live.  The singers performing the anthem will from our local musical community, a practice that will continue through the season at all home games.

Emma Wright will be singing the anthem at the first game.  She is an obvious choice, not only because of her talent but because she has sung the anthem for several years at the Canada Day ceremonies in Meaford.

The idea originated with Jason Acres, Marketing Director for the team.

“Every year we try to make out program better,” he says, “In years past we’ve had a DJ, but this year we’ll be bringing in someone to sing the anthem.”

To find the singers to perform, Jason turned to Chris Scerri Presents.  Chris was happy to take on the task, a chance for him to do something different from the big shows that he has been bringing to our community.  For him, community is what it is all about.

“It’s a great way of bringing the two worlds together,” he says.  On the one hand it will make local music fans more aware of our local hockey team, and as he says, “hockey fans will learn to appreciate that there is a lot of live music and great local talent happening in our town.”

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.

The Thursday Outlook – June 29 to July 2

Things are really picking up now that summer is here.  Towns all across the country will be celebrating Canada 150 in their own way and in Meaford a big part of it will involve live music.  It’s like a weekend long showcase of local talent that includes an impressive youth contingent, and runs into Sunday with live music for the first time in recent memory at Memorial Park, and the second in the Friends of The Library series Sunday evening at the Rotary Pavilion.

Check this site tomorrow for a detailed look at who will be playing where and when.

Beaker Granger fans will want to make sure they catch Tin Man and The Flying Monkeys as part of the Canada Day celebrations, and get to The Leeky on Saturday night for River and Rock.

Meaford is also exporting some of its favourite performers to other locations nearby, with Greg Smith at Bruce Wine Bar on Friday night, Chris Scerri and his great band of all-stars at Blue Mountain Village on Canada Day.  The little girl who used to enthrall us in Meaford Harbour on Canada Day singing “Oh Canada” while we stood in respectful silence is a young lady now with her own original single just released: Emma Wright, with Jayden Grahlman, will be opening up ceremonies at The Village at Blue on Saturday afternoon with a concert, and later in the evening will be joining Chris and his gang.

Meaford Hall’s Terrace Thursday series kicks off this week.  It’s the popular series that pairs local performers with local restauranteurs for some al fresco dining and entertainment.  This week it’s the impressive duo Auburn Falling paired with The Kitchen, under the proud new ownership of Megan Robertson, who has long been an integral part of the local catering company.

On Friday, Romney Getty plays a make-up gig at The Red Door after having to cancel a previous engagement there when she was stricken with an illness, and Larry Jensen filled in at the last minute.

A really cool outdoor concert takes place over on Algonquin Drive in a back yard, featuring a triple bill with Bry Webb, Fiver and Jiants.

On Friday, Jimmy and the Extractions play a street party in Collingwood, while Luke Martin brings his soulful voice to Gustav’s in the evening and the Straight Shooter Band are back by popular demand to rock the Harbour Street Fish Bar.

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Emma Wright Steps Into the Spotlight With Her First Single

Meaford’s Emma Wright has released her first single at the age of thirteen.  It is an original song called “Heroes On The Wall” produced for independent release in the Lora Bay Studios of Damage Entertainment.  It is available for download at emmawright.net.  The download costs $1.99 with twenty-five cents of the cost going to CCISF (Canadian Critical Incidence Stress Foundation) to support Post Tramatic Stress Disorder initiatives.

With this in mind, the song seems to be about soldiers gone off to war, an apt theme for a local girl who has grown up in the vicinity of a military training base.  The narrator gazes out the window at the water dreaming of the heroes captured in pictures on the wall, standing “proud and tall” to give her “hope and inspiration”.  Emma’s impressive vocals sound like someone much older.

The song was created by Emma with help from Doug Adams, owner of Damage Entertainment and David Rosenthal, a veteran keyboard player who has worked with a variety of performers that include Billy Joel, Cindi Lauper and Robert Palmer.

While this is her first foray into professional recording, Emma has been a favourite young performer in Meaford for many years, always tapped to play Canada Day festivities and other events.  She brought the house down recently at Meaford Hall with her rendition of Allanah Myles“Black Velvet” as part of the Rockin’ The Hall concert.  She will be re-uniting with many members of the band from that performance on Canada Day this year, this time at Blue Mountain Village where Chris Scerri has put together his all-star cast to perform under the name of True North and has asked Emma to make a guest appearance on Saturday evening.  Emma will have her own time slot at the Coca-Cola stage there, opening the ceremonies with another local favourite, Jayden Grahlman, at 12:30, playing until 2 pm on Saturday.

While she is still young enough to have a whole lifetime to develop a career, Meaford is rooting for this first foray into the world of professional music for this young talent.

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