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Rockin’ For The Food Bank 2017

There is going to be a huge benefit for the Food Bank tonight Thursday, Dec. 28th at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound.  Starting early, with the doors opening at 5 pm and the music starting at 5:30, it will present several hours of live music with an all-star lineup.

Trevor McKenzie has put together a special band for this show.  Maple Blues winner, leader of the hot jam band most Wednesdays at Ted’s Range Road Diner, guitarist on everybody’s record and sales and rental guy at Long & McQuade, you can bet Trevor can put together a crack band.

All of the money raised by this concert goes to the Owen Sound Salvation Army Food Bank which serves more than 500 clients every month.

Come early to catch vocalist and coach Kelda Mikalson with Ryan Gable.  Check out the Silent Auction with donations from thirty local businesses. Get a caricature drawn by Sam Gorrie and she’ll donate fifty percent to the Food Bank.

Rob Elder has been working on an album.  For this benefit he’s getting together with Mike Weir, Sylvie Annette Kindree, and Josi Elder to perform as The Shoeshoopers.  Sylvie Annette Kindree, and Josi Elder, with Lauren Jewell, form the vocal trio that is featured on the great Kreuger Motel CD.  Sylvie was swept out of town last year by My Son The Hurricane and she’s been deposited back home after a long trip down the yellow brick road.

Don Buchanan recently sold out the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg with his band backing jazz singer Mary-Catherine Pazzano.

 “Don Buchanan lives in Owen Sound,” says Tony Bauer, who organizes many of the Thornbury and Clarksburg jazz events, “He’s the most underrated musician in my opinion.  He’s a composer, arranger.  He plays clarinet, he plays tenor, piano; he’s a wonderful musician.” 

In the past five years or so, Don has been doing duets with Jamie Smith, a Scottish tenor originally from Oban, Scotland.  They’ve agreed to be part of the show for the Food Bank.

Justin Burgess Album Release Tonight at Heartwood Hall

Tonight, Friday, October 21st, Justin Burgess hosts an album release party at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound to celebrate his new recording Heads Will Bang. Doors will open at 8pm, Tickets are $20 with the proceeds going to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Cancer Services Fund. album-cover

swampstompers-withlogoThe opening band will be The Great Canadian Swamp Stompers, promising songs about lovers, loners, loafers, truckers, trackers, toilers, farmers and fraudmen, po-lice and thieves, workin hard and hardly workin, hound dogs, wood stoves and bad bad women.

Justin is a music industry veteran, following his father and uncle in the family business.  They had toured for several years as The Feeling.  Justin grew up listening to them and before he turned four he was given his own drum kit.  After studying percussion at Western University, he formed one of several bands and hit the road.  He was in and out and in again with the 70’s band Thundermug, first as drummer and then as bass player.  With time he evolved to become a singer-songwriter and formed a band under his own name touring to promote an album of his original songs.

This new album, Heads Will Bang, bears the stamp of his many years of touring, producing and playing internationally as a sideman.  He also draws on a filmmaking background to tell stories with characters and social observations.  But in performance there’s no mistaking that he is a drummer, with songs that rock you out of your seat.

Here he is live at The River Cafe:

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