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Remembering Sherry Snider

This Sunday at The Barn Co-op a special musical tribute has been organized to honour of the memory of Sherry Snider an active and highly valued member of the coop who very suddenly passed away this past week.

Jim and Mary Lang have set up a special open mic at The Barn running from 3 pm to 6 pm, following the regular open mic which, hosted by Kailey Hawkins, runs from noon to two.  This second open mic will be specifically to remember Sherry, who was a consistent attendee at The Barn’s open mics and always brightened the room with her enthusiasm and ear-to-ear smiles.

A founding member of the co-op, Sherry, a retired nurse, was also a central part of M.E.N.D, a unique health collective that teaches the use and benefits of medicinal cannabis.  A recent interview with Sherry by director Kim Saltarski for an upcoming documentary called M.E.N.D. with Dignity captures Sherry’s generous spirit. See https://vimeo.com/260707497

The open mic, in this instance, will include a pot luck dinner.  They are asking you to bring your music, stories and food contributions to help make it a special afternoon that Sherry would appreciate.

For more information contact Jim Lang at 519.270.4380.

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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The Thursday Outlook – March 9 to 12, 2017

Victoria Yeh is back in town this weekend.  She’ll be adding her inimitable talents to the Thursday night open stage with Chris Scerri at The Leeky Canoe, and joining him again on Friday night at Gustav’s in Collingwood.

If you weren’t proactive enough, you’ve missed your chance to see a couple of great shows this weekend that have been sold out.  One is the latest in the Meaford Hall Gallery Series on Saturday night with multiple award winning guitarist and singer Wendall Ferguson.  If you’re a fan of great guitar players, you can spend the evening across the street with David J. Russell instead.  He been very busy playing all over the area and hasn’t played The Leeky in a while, so it’s worth catching.

The other show you’ve missed if you don’t have tickets already is the Songwriters’ Evening at The Bleeding Carrot in Owen Sound, hosted by Summerfolk’s Jon Farmer and featuring Meaford’s young phenomenon Greg Smith, along with Marshall Veroni and Pat Maloney.  But you can stay in Meaford on Friday night and enjoy the guitar stylings of Stevie Gee, returning this week to The Red Door.

Or check out Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party at Bruce Wine Bar on Friday.  This band, up from Queen West in Toronto, began as kitchen jams that spilled out into the street, eventually coming together with Dale Morningstar to record a debut CD, “Old Town” at The Gas Station studio in Toronto in 2012.  Great reviews have built a reputation for the band, known particularly for Andre (Dre) Flak’s songs and storytelling, as well as genre-jumping musical styles that have attracted notice in Montreal, New York, and as far afield as Eastern Europe, and the UK.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar continues its string of great Toronto based blues bands on Saturday night with Jerome Godboo, and Godboogie.  This veteran harmonica player, legendary to Toronto fans as front man for The Phantoms, took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in Memphis.  He’s recorded and toured with the Phantoms, Alannah Myles, Dutch Mason, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack de Keyzer, among others.  This will be another hopping Saturday night at the Fish Bar.

There’s lots of other good stuff happening in this great Georgian Bay music hub: check the listings at the right.  And then on Sunday afternoon chill out at The Barn Cooperative in Meaford where their open mic has a real magic about it that brings out talent of all types.  No tickets required, but if you want a good seat you’d better try to be there by noon.

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Looking Back At Meaford Live Music in 2016

This website was launched on Canada Day in 2016, and in the half year since then more than 7,500 visitors like you have made more than 12,500 visits to find out what’s going on with live music here in Meaford.  In the 264 posts archived here since then you can read about our local musicians and remember summer nights of music here in town. (Try the search engine on the right).

The kickoff on Canada Day had a whole day of music arranged by Johnny Roy, with the evening to kick off the Meaford Summer Concert Series that Chris Scerri had arranged.  It turned out to be a rainy day so the Market Square had to be abandoned.  A stage was set up in the Rotary tent and an afternoon of evening led to a great evening concert with Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm.  Following rock bands River and Rock and the Shane Coulter band, Emma Wright was the first of Meaford’s young people to participate in the summer concert series.


The rain couldn’t dampen Canada Day

Shane Cloutier Band

Beaker Granger with River and Rock



As the Summer Concert Series continued through several summer Fridays the young performers were consistently impressive.  Two high school bands, The Ted Brownlow Band and Cry For Ophelia, played to enthusiastic crowds and singers Abby Woodhouse and Max Breadner took some impressive solo turns.  The visiting bands that came to play at those events fell in love with Meaford and returned later in the summer to play a night at The Leeky Canoe.

Cry For Ophelia

The Ted Brownlow Band

Max Breadner with a little help from his friends, performs at the Meaford Summer Series

Open stages at various venues around town kept a steady stream of local talent before Meaford audiences.  The long standing Wednesday jam at Ted’s Range Road Diner rocked on but now other times were available for fresh talent to take the stage.