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The Thursday Outlook – July 27 to 31, 2017

On Friday night, Owen Sound’s Poet Laureate, Larry Andreas Jensen returns to The Red Door in Meaford with his classic and original acoustic songs.  Larry is so highly respected by local musicians that a few years back they teamed up to make a special album of covers of his songs.

Austin McCarthy will be playing at The Leeky Canoe this Saturday.  Austin was born and raised in Collingwood and currently attends Concordia University but he has been making the most of his summer break to play often around the area, primarily in Collingwood.  This show at The Leeky will be his first Meaford appearance.

The Historical Leith Church continues its series of outstanding classical performances this Saturday with Mauro Bertoli, an Italian born pianist who is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Carleton University.  Winner of twenty-four Piano Competitions and recipient of the prestigious Italian prize Giuseppe Sinopoli Award, he’s established himself on the international stage and he performs regularly for important Festivals and in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Brazil and China.

Sunday night in Thornbury the Jazz By The Bay series continues at Bayview Park with Quisha Wint, an expressive vocalist who wears many hats, including producer and director of the musical Dandelions In The Wind, session vocalist, and Music and Arts Director at the Unionville Alliance Church.

It’s Elvis weekend in Collingwood where the spirit of The King haunts downtown, the Railroad Museum and Blue Mountain with the ubiquitous Memphis Jones performing at several venues through the weekend, along with the usual array of Elvis impersonators.

In Owen Sound the Harbour Nights series at their own train station museum offers a special treat on Sunday night with international touring artists My Sweet Patootie, renowned for their musical skills and their upbeat vaudeville meets hot jazz live show.

Russell deCarle Coming Thursday To Simcoe Street Theatre

Next Thursday, April 20th, Russell deCarle will be playing the Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood, with special guest Greg Smith.

The Simcoe Street Theatre is a intimate 100 seat blackbox theatre in downtown Collingwood.  In a Facebook post last June Nadia Mear wrote, “Simcoe Street Theatre is an absolute GIFT to the community of Collingwood and for audiences in Georgian Bay in general. Unique, independent and really special theatrical performances seem to be their mandate. Kudos to Anke and Rick who opened and run it. Well done!!”  It seems an ideal setting for a performance where the focus is on the songs.

Greg Smith, a young singer-songwriter from Meaford, has been enjoying a growing reputation locally since returning from his year in Budapest where he has made a name for himself.  He has a unique approach to song writing.  He creates song cycles where the characters and the narrative extends through several songs.  His musical settings are dynamic with liberal use of alternate tunings and filigreed finger work, and his vocals add a real cinematic aspect to his performance which suits the songs.  A dark theatre will be the perfect venue to hear his work.

And then when Russell deCarle comes on we’ll hear the distillation of forty-five years as a growing musician just coming into his prime.  He’ll be with his favourite guitar player Steve Briggs and they’ll be doing a lot of songs from the new (soon to be released) album that he is excited about.  Alone In This Crowd has a “southern soul sound” he says, which sounds like a natural for his voice.  Even though he’s played for most of his life in a country band, his vocal style leans more toward soul singers like Ray Charles and Arthur Alexander.  There’s still a lot of country in his voice, and it puts his vocal style in its own space.  Southern Soul is right where it belongs.

“I don’t do a lot of country,” Russell says, “My music is informed by what I listen to.  I love great pop music.”

“I’m feeling good about my writing,” he says, and you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice when he talks of this latest recording project with Steve Briggs.

Bruce Wine Bar – Venue With A Vision

A restaurant or bar that provides live music can approach it from a number of different ways. It can range from quiet atmospheric dinner music to generic rock, billed as Live Music Tonight.  Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury stands out as a unique venue for several reasons.

Steven Vipond follows his own taste in the music he books

The main difference is that the music booker at the wine bar is also the owner, and his choice of bookings springs from his love of live music.  Steven Vipond has become one of the most important music promoters in the area in the last few years and Bruce Wine Bar is simultaneously a welcoming haven for touring musicians and a stage for local talents to develop.

The talents of Jen Vipond and Shaun Edmonstone ensure that The Bruce Wine Bar is more than a great music venue

Steven is actually co-owner of Bruce Wine Bar, with his wife Jen and their head chef Shaun Edmonstone.  It’s an ideal example of a team in which each member plays to their strength and the result is not only a viable business but a night spot that satisfies patrons on all fronts.  Jen Vipond manages the place ensuring a quality experience for anyone who comes for the music, the food or just a glass of fine wine.  Shawn ensures that the menu provides tasty and and interesting variety.  And that leaves Steven free to pursue his passion for music.  Everybody wins in a setup like that.  Especially the patrons.

Steven is particularly fond of original music.  That’s the focus of the Wednesday night jams hosted by Drew McIvor and of the touring artists who come to play Thursdays through Saturdays.  It can be a fine balancing act to present original singer-songwriters consistently and make it pay.  Bruce Wine Bar formula is to have the performances divided into two dinner shows, at 7 and 9, with reservations required.  The dinners pay for the music and ensure that Steven can book according to his tastes.

The Thursday Outlook – Feb. 9 to 12, 2016

There’s some excitement in Meaford this week with The Leeky Canoe reopening after renovations that were undertaken in order to provide a better room for live music.  Chris Scerri’s open mic night has moved to Thursdays and tonight he is back and welcoming local musicians to come out and play.  Chris always has a talented co-host to share the evening with him but this time, to celebrate the new and improved Leeky, he’s invited three of Meaford’s most talented musicians to join him: Jayden Grahlman, Beaker Granger and Tom Thwaits.  It promises to be a great evening of music.

And on Saturday at The Leeky, Bored of Education will take the stage, with their popular blend of songs that range from classic rock through a few decades each side of that.  This talented band has some great players, including Tom Thwaits on keyboards.

Gerry Markman

The Red Door Grille at the Meaford Motel continues it’s instrumental music on Friday night with blues veteran Gerry Markman, who has toured with The Lincolns and Alannah Myles, and has played with the likes of Jeff Healey and Dan Ackroyd.  These Friday nights are dinner shows, running from seven to ten.

Steve Poltz live

Steve Poltz

The Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury also features dinner shows this Friday, with two shows at seven and nine featuring folk singer-songwriter Ken Yates.  Music promoter Steve Vipond has also arranged a house concert for tonight starting at 7:30 at The Bruce Street Social Club, featuring the great songwriter, raconteur, Steve Poltz.  And he has an exciting concert lined up at the end of the month with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on Sunday Feb. 26th at The Gayety Theatre in Collingwood.  That show is general seating so you’ll want to get your tickets early.

The Huron Club in Collingwood has Pat Maloney tonight and some great local talent lined up for the weekend with Luke Martin on Friday, the Dennis McAndrew Trio on Saturday and Jayden Grahlman for a Sunday matinee.

Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound is giving karaoke aficionados a chance to play with a live band on Friday night.  It’s a 4-piece band with a repertoire of over 300 songs.  They provide you with an iPad for the lyrics.  You can check out the repertoire at www.goodenoughlivekaraoke.com.

Gustav’s in Collingwood this weekend features Jason Redman and Aaron Gardner on Thursday, the Dave Quanbury Duo on Friday, and David J. Russell on Saturday.  There’s still time to get tickets for Dave Russell’s special Valentine’s Show next Tuesday at the Gayety Theatre where he will be doing a tribute to Jim Croce.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar presents Tamica Herod and The Harbour Street Band tonight and the Weber Brothers tomorrow night.

Kailey Thompson is hosting the open mic at The Barn on Sunday afternoon.

ATTENTION MUSICIANS:  The Barn is now rotating hosts on a weekly basis for its popular open mic.  It’s an experiment to try to involve more of the local musicians in this community oriented venue.  If you want to try your hand at hosting, contact Angela at barnpress@gmail.com.

And at the Nottawa Community Centre, Laurie Zwarich will be hosting her monthly open mic afternoon on Sunday from noon to five.

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