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Local Players Excited To Be Doing The Last Waltz

The latest production at Meaford Hall by Chris Scerri, a tribute to The Last Waltz scheduled for November 25th, is a bit of a departure from his previous productions.  Up to this point he has put together variety shows that combined local and imported talent, built mainly around the talents of musical director Tyler Yarema and others from the Port Credit area that Chris has introduced to Meaford.  This time around it will be all local talent, some of the best that our area offers, under the musical direction of keyboard player John Hume.

For each member of this tribute band, The Band and their iconic farewell concert both hold special significance.

“It was a magic moment in music history,” says Chris Scerri, “that allowed for some of the most influential modern day artists to get together for the ultimate Jam.”  He adds that the DVD of the concert movie is one which, “I can watch time and time again, and continue to be inspired by both the musical talents and the show itself.”

The Last Waltz was the name Robbie Robertson gave to the farewell concert of The Band, performed on American Thanksgiving Day in 1976 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  A film of the concert by Martin Scorcese was released in 1978 and was hailed by film critic Michael Wilmington as “the greatest rock concert movie ever made – and maybe the best rock movie, period”  Time bears that out, with the influence of the movie being felt almost forty years later.

Canada Day Weekend of Live Music in Meaford

From Friday night to Sunday night, there is music almost non-stop in Meaford and most of it is free.

In addition to a whole lot of music, Canada Day in Meaford will be buzzing with activity including a pancake breakfast, a parade with a military display, the Golden Town Cruisers classic cars, the apple bin race on the river, and fireworks when it gets dark.

Romney Getty has toured he has Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, garnering reviews like “Wow, can this girl deliver a song or what!  Romney is a singer-songwriter from Canada and her very personal and soulful deliver of country and blues is totally spellbinding, ”  from Guitar Techniques Magazine and “…Truly the complete package…With enough sheer guts and charisma to cross virtually any genre barrier, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Getty became the next major breakthrough from the Canadian roots rock scene,” from  Exclaim! Magazine.  She’ll be at The Red Door Friday from 7 to 10, along with Tim Irvine. No Cover.

A triple bill, with Bry Webb, Fiver and Jiants happens at 118 Algonquin Drive, starting at 7 pm and running until around midnight, a unique backyard concert with three unique and intriguing folk artists.  There’s no cover but they ask you to pay what you can, suggesting $10, and bring along a chair or a blanket, as well as the kids.


Two young bands that have made their mark both at the high school GBSS Idol and at last year’s Meaford Summer Concert Series will be playing at Market Square on Saturday afternoon.  Cry For Ophelia and The Ted Brownlow Band will each be doing sets between 1 and 3 in the afternoon.  No cover, bring a chair.

Tin Man and The Flying Monkeys, Meaford’s own supergroup, with Martin Rice on guitar and lead vocals, Stuart Narduzzo on lead guitar and harmonica, Johnny Roy on bass and Beaker Granger on drums.  They’ll be playing in the tent beside Meaford Hall from 3 to 5 on Saturday afternoon, where the Rotary Club will be providing beer, wine and hot dogs.  No cover and there are chairs provided.

Later in the afternoon at the Rotary beer tent, country music reigns with Scott Almond playing from 5 to 6 pm and Amanda Dorey from 6 to 7.  Both of these local performers possess vocal talents that have the authenticity of classic country and their repertoires range over all the favourites from that era as well as more contemporary selections.

Shane CloutierAs evening of Canada Day arrives, you can enjoy another free concert by a great band, this time at the Rotary Pavillion down by the harbour.  The great guitarist Shane Cloutier will be playing from 7 to 10 with his band that includes Johnny Roy and Clayton Skinner.  There will be a licensed bar.  Then head over to the Leeky Canoe for River and Rock from 9 to midnight, Beaker Granger‘s band that features a lot of his original songs.

On Sunday afternoon, for the first time in recent memory, there will be live music at Memorial Park to entertain campers and locals from 2 to 5 with some old-fashioned country.  Bill Monahan has a special set of songs that include songs from Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Patsy Cline with some Elvis and Carl Perkins thrown in, while Amanda Dorey is back with her beautiful renditions of a spectrum of country songs from the past to the present.  It’s another free concert, bring a chair or a blanket.

Cap off your weekend on Sunday evening back at the Rotary Pavilion at the harbour where the second in the annual Friends of The Library summer series features the sentimental sounds of The Browns Music Time Machine starting at 7.  There is no admission but they’ll be passing the hat to collect donations that go toward Meaford’s library.

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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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The Thursday Outlook – March 30th to April 2, 2017

The final concert of Meaford Hall’s Gallery Concert Series is happening this Saturday at 8 p.m.  If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of them and there are still tickets available you shouldn’t miss it.  There is an intimacy there in the gallery and the vibe of a small bistro, with chairs surrounding small tables and striking original art on the walls.  The audience is close to the performer and always respectfully silent when the performance is on, something that you don’t always find in a small venues where there is a bar (and there is a bar here).  This weekend’s finale features folk-styled singer songwriter Rob Lutes.  He has an original fingerpicking style and a voice perfectly suited to the personal, thoughtful songs he writes.  He has won  multiple awards for his songwriting.

Beaker with River and Rock, local favourites.

After the concert at Meaford Hall, if you’re in the mood for something more in a rock vein you’ll find it flowing with River and Rock at The Leeky Canoe across the street, featuring local singer-songwriter Beaker Granger.

Carson Freeman plays The Red Door on Friday

Friday night, stop by for supper at The Red Door Grille and Pub at the Meaford Motel to listen to jazz and pop stylings by saxophonist Carson Freeman.  He’s a busy and in demand player in his home of Port Credit and internationally, and he’s in Meaford for just one night because he likes this place so much.  If you appreciate the subtleties of a seasoned and sensitive player on the saxophone, this is a rare opportunity to hear it in our community.

Two performances feature the many talents who use the Harmony Centre

In Owen Sound there are some pretty special things happening this weekend as well.  The Harmony Centre, in the converted historic Knox Church, has become home to a variety of musical groups who use the various rooms for practice, with over a thousand people moving through the building every week when you include the large soup kitchen in the basement.  They are celebrating five years of volunteer-run community and creativity with choirs, cellos, Celtic music, drummers, dancers and songwriters taking turns in two concerts they call Harmony Palooza, one on Friday evening and the other on Sunday afternoon.

Angela Ramolo and Jenie Thai at Heartwood

A remarkably unique and intimate singer/songwriter/dancer/actor Andrea Ramolo will be at Heartwood Concert Hall on Saturday night showcasing the personal and vulnerable tunes from her latest album, and she will sharing the bill with virtuoso pianist and moving blues-based songwriter Jenie Thai, who entranced a Meaford audience just a few weeks ago at The Red Door.

Very special series of workshops offers music business advice

On Saturday, Andrea Ramolo  will be sharing her knowledge of the music business with local musicians at a special workshop organized by Summerfolk as part of their series, The Music Biz Tune-Up designed to provide essential information to local talents.  This is a rare opportunity for musicians at any level who may be considering or curious about what it takes to make a living in the business.  This area is bursting with original talent and this Summerfolk series is sure to be instrumental in helping many of them break out to a larger audience.

Although it may be sold out by now, there is also an opportunity for fans of symphonic music to enjoy the Georgian Bay Symphony pay tribute to Canadian composers in honour of the 150th anniversary of this country.  It is taking place at the OSCVI auditorium on Saturday night.

Of course, you can check out Bruce Street Wine Bar, where, because of their selective booking policy, you will always be guaranteed to hear the best singer-songwriters touring in our area, or spend a Saturday night at the Harbour Street Fish Bar for the best blues bands that Ontario has to offer. See the listings on the right side of this page.

You can feel that spring is in the air, and it’s guaranteed that before long music will be throbbing from every corner when the red red robin comes bob-bob-bobbin’ along.

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