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Jayden Grahlman Kicks Off CROW Residency With A Benefit

Tonight (Oct. 4), Jayden Grahlman kicks off his month-long residency at CROW Bar and Variety in a very special way, raising funds for Josh Noronha, the young Collingwood man who broke his neck in a trampoline accident and is paralysed from the chest down.  For this special event he has enlisted the aid of other local talents Romney Getty, Drew Wright and Coming of Age.

This is the third such residency since CROW opened its doors this summer.  The first one featured Austin McCarthy and the second one presented the duo Hunnay, with Dave Russell.  The feature has been well received by both audiences and the players who have welcomed this opportunity to build an audience at the same time as they build their chops.

Normally there is no cover for these nights.  Tonight is an exception.  They are asking for $20 at the door because it is a fundraiser for a very special young man.  In addition to the door receipts, further funds will be raised through a 50/50 draw and a Silent Auction.  On top of that, CROW Bar and Variety will be generously donating a percentage of food sales.

The fundraiser is necessary because the lifelong costs resulting from an accident of this kind can be as challenging as the recovery process. In addition to the costs of meals, traveling and parking for Josh’s immediate family while he undergoes physio, occupational and recreational therapies at the Lyndhurst rehab centre, the family is looking at ongoing costs that include mobility, housing renovations, training, living expenses, caregivers, physical therapy and psychotherapy.

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 Lookout – May 25 to 28, 2017

Start your weekend at The Leeky Canoe tonight when a cast of local musicians will offer their individual interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan, who celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday.  When Chris Scerri put the word out that he was dedicating tonight’s open mic to Dylan songs he received a flood of responses from performers so that the night is shaping up to be something of a showcase of local talent.  And to expand your Bob Dylan fix, get over to Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound on Saturday night to see and hear The Kreuger Band’s mix of Dylan covers and originals done in a style that is all their own.

If you’re looking for a different kind of vibe tonight, check out . SweetWater Jazz: An evening of Swingin’ Strings tonight at Heartwood.  The show was put together by SweetWater Artistic Director Mark Fewer who has teamed up with guitarist Nathan Hiltz, violinist Drew Jurecka, and Joseph Phillips on bass in what he calls a performance inspired by Grappelli and Venuti.  Sounds pretty sweet for fans of “le jazz hot”.

Veteran musician Pete Boynton will be at The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood tonight starting at seven.  He was the keyboard player for Tom Cochrane’s band Red Rider and has played with everyone from Bo Diddley to Alfie Zappacosta.

The Red Door Grille at The Meaford Motel has been steadily building a reputation as the place to see artists you may not have heard of but will never forget once you have.  Tomorrow night, its Romney Getty performing with Aisha Chiandet, offering harmonies that include Neil Young covers and originals on banjo and ukulele.  Romney 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.  This is your chance to see a major talent in Meaford’s most intimate venue.

When it comes to major talents in unexpected places, jazz fans can’t miss with a special performance by Russ Little on Friday night at the L. E. Shore Library in Thornbury.  After an early career that included touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trombone and later with the Count Basie Orchestra, he became an original member of Canada’s legendary Lighthouse, and through the early ’70’s performed in the world famous Boss Brass, while pursuing a very successful career as conductor/composer/arranger for major Canadian and American television networks.

Also on Friday night there is a very special evening in store for those who make their way to Massie Hall for a concert by Steve Dickinson, joined by his old friend Roger Williamson.  They are both local talents whose abilities soar far beyond our area.  Steve has returned home after touring England with a band that included former players from the bands of Eric Clapton, Bob Segar and Kid Rock and contributing to a tribute album of Frankie Miller songs that also featured Rod Stewart, Elton John, Huey Lewis and a who’s who of international stars.  Internationally respected as a vocalist, Steve will be telling some road stories and featuring his own songs on Friday night.

Meaford’s Jayden Grahlman, who is as busy as he is talented, is increasingly in demand both as a solo performer and sideman in a variety of incarnations.  He’ll be at Heartwood on Friday night joining the “energetic wave of psychedelic funkiness” that calls themselves Zuffalo, a band with four songwriters who put the emphasis on “community, positivity and fun”.

With all that going on there are still more choices (check the listings on the right).  Trish and The Tractors, whose following continues to grow by leaps and step dances, is hosting another of their  Country Dance nights at the Royal Canadian Legion in Owen Sound on Saturday night and Bill Murdoch hosts an old time Gospel Show at Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion on Sunday afternoon.

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