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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.

The Thursday Outlook – Sept. 14 to 18, 2017

It’s the third Bring Your Own Vinyl night at The Red Door, hosted by Tom Thwaits Saturday starting at eight.  This is a fun night. Bring your favourite LP, tell the room why you want them to hear it, and Tom plays a cut on the turntable.  It makes for a great night of oral history as everyone has a tale about their favourite cut, and the music ranges through everybody’s personal taste.

The first night, Tom even brought along an LP by Sons of Ishmael, a high school band from Meaford that established an international cult following in the eighties with their “seriously intense”  hardcore punk.  So you never know what you’ll hear.

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17th, James Keelaghan will be hosting the final in Summerfolk’s Music Biz Tune Up Workshop from one to three at the Suite Spots in Owen Sound.  This series, which has run through the spring and summer, has provided aspiring musicians with career guidance ranging from how to book gigs to the many ways to earn income from your music.  For this final workshop the focus will be on how to use jamming to expand your contacts within the industry.  By connecting with other musicians on a musical level, at festivals or conferences, valuable contacts and alliances can be formed.  “Learn songs by different people so you can go in a number of directions and that increases your ability to connect with people”, James suggests.  For those unable to make it this Saturday, James will be offering a shortened version of the workshop next Saturday as well.

November’s Top 5 Videos

Meaford is ideally situated, halfway between Owen Sound and Collingwood, to take advantage of a wealth of talent being presented live either right here in town or within half an hour’s drive.  While we can enjoy the best venue in the area right in the heart of town at Meaford Hall, and a hopping spot across the street at The Leeky Canoe, we can also venture over to Owen Sound where Heartwood Hall consistently presents high energy music from great Canadian bands, or to The Bruce Wine Bar for its dinner concerts that bring fine acoustic performers to its upstairs room, or The Huron Club in Collingwood which catches the finest touring singer-songwriters as they pass through the area.

In the past month this website tipped you off to everything that was happening in live music all around the southern shores of Georgian Bay and illustrated many posts with videos.  Here is what’s become a fun monthly feature, a Top 5 countdown of the most enjoyable videos posted on this site in November.

#5 – “Have You Heard From Your Heart” by Larry Jensen and Pete Devlin.  They were in town at the Leeky Canoe just a few days ago to showcase their new recording “Live From The Shed”.  This video presents one of Larry’s songs from that new release.

#4 – “Don’t Believe In Love” by The Peptides.  This Ottawa band sold out Heartwood Hall with their lively melodic technopop, vocal harmonies, and on stage showmanship.

#3 – “Come Rain Or Come Shine” by David Francey.  His stories and his songs are two sides of a single coin, as this folk-styled singer songwriter reflects on true experiences of his life.  His concert at Meaford Hall was a warm and intimate experience.

#2 – “That’s All Gone” by Kev Corbett. It’s ironic that this song contains the line, “I ain’t gonna worry, run around in a hurry,” because Kev Corbett’s songs seem to be in a hurry, bopping along with great fingerpicking and endless streams of catchy lyrics, lyrics that also shine with detail and insight.  He was one of the touring artists that played upstairs at The Bruce Wine Bar in November.

#1 – “Rummlegumption” by Jason Wilson.  He has a pretty impressive resume but doesn’t need it with songs like this.  He was another great act that was featured this past month at Heartwood Hall.

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The Peptides Have the Antidote

Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound is developing a reputation for booking exciting genre-bending bands that take advantage of ample space for dancing provided by the venue.  This Friday, Nov. 11th, they enhance that reputation by presenting the return of Ottawa band The Peptides, to celebrate the release of their new EP.

The Peptides promise “a vision of joyful abandon in the face of certain doom”.  What could be more fitting three days after the U.S. election, and on Remembrance Day when we pay homage to the struggle against forces that our neighbours to the south seem now to embrace?

Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “B52s meet the Manhattan Transfer with Arcade Fire as the back up”, they combine funk, disco, jazz and electronic influences with a big stage presence from their front line of five vocalists.

Their 2010 release, For Those Who Hate Human Interaction was named best album of the year by the Ottawa Citizen.  In 2013 they produced a full-length album in collaboration with Stuart McLean of CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café and performed selections from the album live on the 20th anniversary recording of the show.

Exclaim! Called their 2014 release Love Question Mark “an ambitious collection of fun, daring, unadulterated, true blue art.”

This week’s stop at Heartwood celebrates their new EP, released in September 2016, which features all-new studio recordings of the band’s live favourites—including the summer single Don’t Believe in Love, which aired on commercial radio from coast to coast in Canada and received positive reviews from DJs internationally.

The show starts at 8:30 Friday evening.  Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

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