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The Thursday Outlook – Sept 7 to 11, 2017

The Red Door Pub in Meaford is the place to be on Friday night when John Brownlow will be previewing and selling advance copies (at a discount) of his new double CD called “The Summertime”.  He’s planning an official release party soon with a full band but on Friday he’ll be sharing the evening with a couple of our area’s coolest young performers, Greg Smith and Max Breadner.

“Iris” – 5 song EP from Greg Smith

Greg Smith’s EP “Lily” was produced by John at his Epping Studio.  “He’s a really unique songwriter,” John says, “He’s got an old head on young shoulders.”  Greg Smith writes songs that, taken collectively, tell a long form story and he delivers them with a complex rhythmic guitar and dramatic vocals.  The Red Door will be an ideal setting to be able to follow the tale he weaves.

Max Breadner has impressed local audiences since he was quite young and now that he is a teenager he is getting around more to open stages and is writing his own songs.  He is part of the upcoming youth talent wave in Meaford that includes performers like Emma Wright and John’s son Ted who has his own Ted Brownlow Band.  This small room is also a perfect setting for Max’s talents.

John Brownlow is highly regarded by local musicians not only for his writing and producing skills but for a series of videos he created called The Epping Sessions.

Rob Elder, the subject of one of those videos will be playing this Saturday at Massie Hall, another great little venue to be able to really enjoy the music.  It took just a single Sunday afternoon for Rob to create a multi-track recording of a song for his Epping Session, playing every instrument.  On Saturday night at Massie Hall he promises to bring “smooth acoustic ballads about girls and things, to his ‘jump out of your seats and dance’ multi-layered, live-looping.”

Meaford Hall is Brimming With Live Music This Fall

On Friday night, the last of the Meaford Summer Concert Series ended with a big Tom Barlow concert in the parking lot outside Meaford Hall.  But in the Opera House upstairs a full slate of great music is packed into the next few months.

The biggest show of the fall season, Jann Arden at Meaford Hall in October is already sold out, to no one’s surprise.  Already catching on with advance sales is the next big show from Chris Scerri, this time a tribute to The Last Waltz, a favourite concert movie from the seventies in which The Band featured an array of stars and friends.  For the Meaford Hall show, Chris has assembled the very best local talents to reproduce the excitement of the original, in a band comprised of Drew McIvor, Jayden Grahlman, Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Jared Koop and John Hume .

While The Last Waltz uses local talent to reproduce the sixties, country music shows off our local country stars early in September at Meaford Hall in the Bruce Grey Country Jamboree Meaford Style.  Produced by Bognor Jam, the show is hosted by the True Country Show Band, who hosted last year’s Grand Ol’ Opry at the Music Hall of Fame Auditorium in Hepworth.  In addition to the True Heart Trio, this band of great country players will be backing up local Meaford talent.  Amanda Dorey and Scott Almond will both get a chance to perform in The Opera House with a great band.

The Thursday Outlook – July 6 to 9, 2017

The second annual Meaford Summer Concert Series starts this weekend, Friday at 7 in the Market Square in Meaford, featuring Tomi Swick and The Strummers’ Union, Scott Almond, and Eden Young.  It will be adding to the party atmosphere in downtown Meaford, where the Urban Slide is set up again this year on Nelson Street.  The Leeky Canoe is presenting Scott Almond after the concert in the Market Square on Friday and on Saturday will be bringing in The Drew Wright Trio.  The great music continues on Sunday evening at the Harbour Rotary Pavilion when Bored of Education performs as part of the Friends of the Library Series.

For something a little different tonight, you might want to check out the Story Slam at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound.  Organized by Meaford’s Diana Young, this is a follow up to the first one which was a great hit.  The idea is that several people will tell short, true stories that are ten minutes long and judges will declare a winner.  The event also features music from Honeymoon Phase, Dave Hawkins, and Keray Wonch.

With the Peak To Shore Festival in full swing, there is a lot of music happening tonight everywhere.  At the main corner in Thornbury, it’s King Cuddy at Bruce Wine Bar and reggae from Too Nice at The Corner Cafe.  You can spend the evening at the Coca-Cola stage in Blue Mountain Village enjoying Karla Crawford and then Luke McMaster.  Or head around the bay in the opposite direction to see The Kreuger Band performing as part of the downtown Owen Sound Streetfest.

On Friday and Saturday night, make sure you stop by CROW Bar and Variety, the brand new venue in Collingwood, to show your support for one of this area’s most energetic and enthusiastic music promoters, Steven Vipond.  As part of the Peak To Shore festival, he is presenting Craig Smith on Friday and King Cuddy with Delta Days on Saturday.  CROW is where the Casbah used to be at 18 Huron Street.  A new venue like this is going to add an exciting new dimension to the area music scene and all it takes for it to succeed is a loyal audience.

At the Historic Leith Church on Saturday night there is a unique and intriguing appreciation of the life and work of Tom Thomson presented in poetry and song by David Sereda and one of Canada’s leading poets, Anne Michaels, supported by a quartet of some of Owen Sound’s finest musicians.

At Heartwood on Saturday night, The Lifers, consisting of sisters  Liv and Anita Cazzola, will treat listeners to the kind of vocal harmonies that can only come from siblings, on a triple bill with Oh Geronimo,  one of the top 25 National Finalists in the CBC Searchlight 2016 competition, and Meaford’s Greg Smith, master of unique short-story style songwriting and intricate guitar work.

If the weather is nice, there’s no better way to spend Sunday afternoon than chilling in Owen Sound’s beautiful Harrison Park listening to a selection of old-time music.

No matter where you go to hear music this weekend, you will be missing some really great music somewhere else, so peruse the listings at the right of this page and choose what suits you best, and for more details check out Monday’s post.

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Scott Almond and Eden Young Featured at Meaford Summer Concert Series

When this year’s Meaford Summer Concert Series kicks off this Friday, opening for Tomi Swick and The Strummers Union will be Meaford’s country star, Scott Almond.  Like all of the opening acts in the series, he will be playing at the Leeky Canoe afterwards.

Born and raised in Meaford, Scott Almond has been playing country music in the area for about twenty years.  He was in his early twenties when he took up the guitar, inspired by Stompin’ Tom and Hank Jr., as well as by his uncle and his cousin who would play around Christmas time.  He learned from them and played some fall fairs with his uncle.  His starting point was at open stages, at Ted’s Range Road Diner, at The Gateway in Collingwood and at The Dark Side in Owen Sound.  Eventually he played around campgrounds, house parties, and assorted jamborees.

In 2004 he put together a CD called This Hard Land and it led to a gig at The International Plowing Match that year as well as distribution in Europe.  He had a band at the time called The Nighthawks but he was advised to put out the record under his own name.  He had to pass up an opportunity to go on a European tour when his songs were getting airplay in the Netherlands because, as a working man, he just couldn’t afford to leave his job.  He’s still hoping to get another chance to record, especially a song he wrote about the attack on the World Trade Centre called “End of Humanity”.

“You never know what kind of energy you’ll see around me when I’m playing on stage,” he says, “It’s all about entertaining people and seeing the smile on their face.”

Every show in the Meaford Summer Concert Series will include a local young performer and Friday night it will be Eden Young, lead singer of Cry For Ophelia, a band that was included in last year’s Summer Concert Series and went on to win the GBCS Battle of The Bands earlier this year.  In that same contest, Eden won special mention for her guitar playing.  Eden will be performing solo, doing a few of her favourite covers, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar.  She says, “I’m a little bit nervous but I’m really excited about it.”

This and all the shows that are part of the Meaford Summer Concert Series are free in the Market Square beside Meaford Hall running from 7 to 10 pm.  Bring along a camp chair and a non-perishable food donation for the Golden Town Outreach.  A space has been set aside inside Meaford Hall so that the concert can still go on if it rains.  Afterwards, head across the street to enjoy more music from Scott Almond.

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