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The Thursday Outlook – Sept. 21 to 25, 2017

At Kimberley Hall, just down the road from Meaford, a special art show is running all weekend and on Saturday night it will include live music from some local favourites.  East Back Line, with Paul Woolner, David Marshak, Beaker Granger, and Tom Thwaits, will be on hand along with Chris Scerri’s new band Horseshoes & Handgrenades with Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Erik Vandeweerdhof and as a special guest, violinist Victoria Yeh.  The music is just part of a weekend-long celebration of local visual artists billed as “Apple and Art”.

If you can time it right, be on Hurontario Street in Collingwood today at 12:30 and you’ll be treated to a special pop-up concert with Tyler Yarema and Chuck Jackson at one of the pianos that are set up on the sidewalk.  This is part of the promotion for a show that these two blues veterans have planned at The Historic Gayety Theatre on Oct. 5th.

Saturday night on Hurontario street it’s the annual Collingwood Art Crawl which includes live music in the evening from the Mike McCarthy Band. 

The Thursday Outlook – Sept. 14 to 18, 2017

It’s the third Bring Your Own Vinyl night at The Red Door, hosted by Tom Thwaits Saturday starting at eight.  This is a fun night. Bring your favourite LP, tell the room why you want them to hear it, and Tom plays a cut on the turntable.  It makes for a great night of oral history as everyone has a tale about their favourite cut, and the music ranges through everybody’s personal taste.

The first night, Tom even brought along an LP by Sons of Ishmael, a high school band from Meaford that established an international cult following in the eighties with their “seriously intense”  hardcore punk.  So you never know what you’ll hear.

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17th, James Keelaghan will be hosting the final in Summerfolk’s Music Biz Tune Up Workshop from one to three at the Suite Spots in Owen Sound.  This series, which has run through the spring and summer, has provided aspiring musicians with career guidance ranging from how to book gigs to the many ways to earn income from your music.  For this final workshop the focus will be on how to use jamming to expand your contacts within the industry.  By connecting with other musicians on a musical level, at festivals or conferences, valuable contacts and alliances can be formed.  “Learn songs by different people so you can go in a number of directions and that increases your ability to connect with people”, James suggests.  For those unable to make it this Saturday, James will be offering a shortened version of the workshop next Saturday as well.

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.