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The Thursday Outlook – Sept. 21 to 25, 2017

At Kimberley Hall, just down the road from Meaford, a special art show is running all weekend and on Saturday night it will include live music from some local favourites.  East Back Line, with Paul Woolner, David Marshak, Beaker Granger, and Tom Thwaits, will be on hand along with Chris Scerri’s new band Horseshoes & Handgrenades with Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Erik Vandeweerdhof and as a special guest, violinist Victoria Yeh.  The music is just part of a weekend-long celebration of local visual artists billed as “Apple and Art”.

If you can time it right, be on Hurontario Street in Collingwood today at 12:30 and you’ll be treated to a special pop-up concert with Tyler Yarema and Chuck Jackson at one of the pianos that are set up on the sidewalk.  This is part of the promotion for a show that these two blues veterans have planned at The Historic Gayety Theatre on Oct. 5th.

Saturday night on Hurontario street it’s the annual Collingwood Art Crawl which includes live music in the evening from the Mike McCarthy Band. 

Heartwood’s Second Anniversary With The Celebration Army

This weekend Heartwood Music Hall is celebrating its second anniversary.  It takes courage and faith in your local audience to create a venue like this dedicated solely to providing live music concerts.  The fact that Heartwood has reached this milestone is good news for local music fans.

A large upstairs room with a proscenium stage at one end, a good sound system and a good tech, built for music, is a rarity in this area, and before Heartwood there was nothing like it in Owen Sound.  There’s a dance floor at the front, tables for four and stools at a shelf along the walls, and a conversation area at the back by the bar.  It was designed for the enjoyment of high energy music and, from The Peptides to Higher Funktion, the venue has provided consistent high-energy entertainment for two years.

So it makes sense that to celebrate their anniversary, they’ve brought back the Toronto band, The Celebration Army, as part of a two-day celebration.  This is the band that rocked the Boxing Day party.

Their debut eponymous recording was released just this past February but the band sounds much more mature than that.  They can set up a groove the way that The Band did, but instead of that blend of rustic voices, The Celebration Army has one of those lead vocalists that make you stop and pay attention.

Apparently, a Canadian Idol judge told Oliver Pigott he was the most talented performer to ever audition for the show.  Listen to any Celebration Army song and you’ll hear what he means.  He can take on any vocal style and deliver it in a compelling way.  The band is one solid groove behind him and they layer beautiful harmonies on every song.

One More Week of Christmas Shows

As we go through the final week before Christmas, there are still some exciting Christmas shows to take in in our area.

One special Christmas celebration is happening tomorrow night at Chris Scerri’s Tuesday night open mic at The Leeky Canoe.  He’ll have a pretty cool little trio of accompanists on stage with him to celebrate a Christmas theme: Jayden Grahlman on guitar, Victoria Yeh on violin and John Ord on keyboards.  A lot of friends are expected to drop by to help celebrate what has been a great year at The Leeky.  Included in the potential players expected are a couple of GBCS students of note: Emma Wright has said she’ll be there, and Pablo Pardavila, an exchange student from Spain, promises to show up with his sax to do a Christmas tune.

Karla Crawford plays twice in Collingwood this week

Karla Crawford is playing two nights in Collingwood this week.  Wednesday she’ll be at Gustav’s Chop House and on Thursday at The Huron Club.  Austin McCarthy returns to The Huron Club on Wednesday.

On Wednesday Heartwood Hall is celebrating the longest night of the year with a program called “Get Your Wassail On”.  It will feature songs and stories from some great local talent including Larry Jensen, My Sweet Patootie, David Sereda, Liz Zetlin, Kristan Anderson, and Chris McGruer channelling Dylan Thomas.  There will be a string orchestra and song sheets passed around so everyone can join in the singing.  Proceeds from the pay-what-you-can admission can go to either Owen Sound’s Harmony Centre or to Standing Rock, your choice.  They will also be collecting items for the food bank.  It all starts at 7 pm.

Thursday is the busiest night of the week.  You can start your evening early at the Frog Ponds Café in Owen Sound with Marshal Veroni, Mack Phillips and Ben Turcotte doing their special Christmas show, starting at 6 pm.  Rob Elder will be at The Leeky Canoe that night.

Gustav’s in Collingwood will feature Jason Redman and Aaron Garner on Thursday.  Gustav’s Chophouse and Bar at 10 Vacation Inn Drive in Collingwood has just celebrated its one year anniversary with rave reviews for their menu.  They have been consistently featuring good local musicians.  Luke Martin will be there on Friday evening and on Saturday, Christmas Eve, they are pretty much the only place in the area that offers live music with the indefatigable and amazing Dave Russell.

Usually nothing happens on a Monday night but next Monday, being Boxing Day, there’s a special show happening at Heartwood Hall with The Celebration Army working up a sweat to help you dance off that Christmas turkey.

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