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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 – April 6 to 9

The music at The Red Door Grille and Pub this Friday is being provided by Honeymoon Phase, a duo consisting of Laura Conning and Nelson Beattie.  They have been playing a weekly cocktail hour on Fridays at The Strand in Collingwood but they are setting it aside this week to bring their music to a Meaford audience. Laura administers the website Route 26.ca, which provides an entertainment calendar for all live music events around Southern Georgian Bay, with a listing that provides a video example for each performer.  The duo features Laura on guitar and Nelson on sax and clarinet with a repertoire that mixes some nice jazz standards with pop, folk and blues tunes.

On Saturday night Ian Harker is bringing a bunch of friends to play with him at The Leeky Canoe, including Roy Genereaux , Dave Ramage and Amanda Dorey, which promises to be a night of great music as they take turns and combine on tunes.

Craig Martin invented the concept of live reproductions of classic albums

There’s no music happening at Meaford Hall this weekend but on Tuesday the Opera House will be coming back to life with The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer.  This is one of the perks of our geographical location:  In the middle of their tour to support their latest release, Apokalipstick, this blues trio are stopping over in Meaford on Tuesday night to break up the long drive between gigs in Thunder Bay on Saturday and Lee’s Palace in Toronto on Thursday.  There’s a buzz about this band, both because of their live show and their songs.   John Raham, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall, and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers will be bringing what they call their “bed of chaos” to test drive the new and improved Opera House ahead of a month that includes Ron Sexsmith, Coldjack and Eddie Bullen, and the Classic Albums Live production of Elton John’s Greatest Hits.  A few other musical treats will be squeezed in before the “Grand Opening Event” weekend in May with concerts by Sean McCann and Tanya Tagaq along with another great variety show from Chris Scerri’s “Rock The Hall” team.

At Heartwood Hall on Saturday night, Higher FunKtion lays down funk classics, soul & r ‘n b nuggets and tasty originals with the Invasion of the Funky Body Snatchers . Get down with Randy Martin, Jayden Grahlman, Steven Morel & the HF Horns – Wayne McGrath, Ian Harper & Chris ‘Bonehead’ Palmer.

The Mike McCarthy duo plays Gustav’s Chophouse and Bar in Collingwood on Saturday night.  Mike and Erica are playing solo gigs before getting the Mike McCarthy Band back together in time for the big Canada 150 day at the GNE grounds, when their son, singer-songwriter Austin McCarthy will be able to sit in with the band between his own gigs.

If it’s a nice moonlit evening on Saturday night and you want to drive down to Durham, check out the Garafraxa Café, a nice listening room, where Benjamin Dakota Rogers will be appearing with Chris Rait.

Don’t forget about the open stages where you can catch a grab bag of entertainment.  There are two tonight, starting earlier at the Leeky Canoe with Chris Scerri and running later at the Corner Café with Dave Russell.  And if you are in Owen Sound on Friday afternoon, Kelly Babcock hosts a nice little open stage at the back of The Bleeding Carrot, running from four in the afternoon.  It’s a nice spot and you never know who might get up and sing against the backdrop of old Owen Sound on the wall.  And on Sunday afternoon, the open mic at The Barn Coop in Meaford is always crowded and transcendent.  These open stages are where all the new talent comes from.

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Changing Seasons, Changing Focus

After a great summer of music in Meaford we are into harvest season, with cooler nights that descend earlier upon us.  Those exciting community gatherings in the Market Square will have to wait for next summer to return, as will the Terrace Thursdays at Meaford Hall, the Friends of The Library concerts on Sunday evenings, and other outdoor events.  Soon the patio at Captains Corner will pack it in for the season (though they may continue music indoors) and there will be no more opportunities to enjoy music in the fresh Meaford air.

We’ll still be able to look to The Leeky Canoe to provide us with a steady line-up of musical performers from near and far, and the concert season at Meaford Hall is really just beginning, with a lot of exciting performers scheduled to appear.  And our open stage celebrations of local talent, at Ted’s, The Leeky and The Barn, each with their own special flavour, will still be there to enjoy.

Since its inception on Canada Day weekend this website has focussed solely on the musical offerings within Meaford itself and there has been a lot of activity to talk about.  Having this focus meant that some of the great entertainment that has been available within a short drive of Meaford has been left out.  Now that things are slowing down a bit in town, it’s time to look a little farther afield for your live music fix, even if it means getting out the brush and scraper to clear off the snow before heading out.

Our Shotgun Wedding In Meaford

Folk Pop duo, Our Shotgun Wedding, based in Owen Sound, consists of Dylan McMullin and Lauren Jewell, a husband and wife team who met in 2010 at Summerfolk.  CIljLSUWgAAjMsiAlong with their own originals (and a few covers of local area songwriters such as Kelly Babcock) they mix in some old standards. Their single “Hello Beautiful” garnered airplay coast to coast on CBC Radio, and they opened for Buffy Ste. Marie at Summerfolk.  They are noted for their infectious interplay on stage and their music has been described as “warm, textured and honest, yet provocative and searching”.  Sounds like just the thing for a warm summer night on the patio.  They’ll be playing at Captain’s Corner from 6 to 9, on Sat., July 16th.

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