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The Thursday Lookout – May 25 to 28, 2017

Start your weekend at The Leeky Canoe tonight when a cast of local musicians will offer their individual interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan, who celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday.  When Chris Scerri put the word out that he was dedicating tonight’s open mic to Dylan songs he received a flood of responses from performers so that the night is shaping up to be something of a showcase of local talent.  And to expand your Bob Dylan fix, get over to Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound on Saturday night to see and hear The Kreuger Band’s mix of Dylan covers and originals done in a style that is all their own.

If you’re looking for a different kind of vibe tonight, check out . SweetWater Jazz: An evening of Swingin’ Strings tonight at Heartwood.  The show was put together by SweetWater Artistic Director Mark Fewer who has teamed up with guitarist Nathan Hiltz, violinist Drew Jurecka, and Joseph Phillips on bass in what he calls a performance inspired by Grappelli and Venuti.  Sounds pretty sweet for fans of “le jazz hot”.

Veteran musician Pete Boynton will be at The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood tonight starting at seven.  He was the keyboard player for Tom Cochrane’s band Red Rider and has played with everyone from Bo Diddley to Alfie Zappacosta.

The Red Door Grille at The Meaford Motel has been steadily building a reputation as the place to see artists you may not have heard of but will never forget once you have.  Tomorrow night, its Romney Getty performing with Aisha Chiandet, offering harmonies that include Neil Young covers and originals on banjo and ukulele.  Romney has toured he has Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, garnering reviews like “Wow, can this girl deliver a song or what!  Romney is a singer-songwriter from Canada and her very personal and soulful deliver of country and blues is totally spellbinding, ”  from Guitar Techniques Magazine and “…Truly the complete package…With enough sheer guts and charisma to cross virtually any genre barrier, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Getty became the next major breakthrough from the Canadian roots rock scene,” from  Exclaim! Magazine.  This is your chance to see a major talent in Meaford’s most intimate venue.

When it comes to major talents in unexpected places, jazz fans can’t miss with a special performance by Russ Little on Friday night at the L. E. Shore Library in Thornbury.  After an early career that included touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trombone and later with the Count Basie Orchestra, he became an original member of Canada’s legendary Lighthouse, and through the early ’70’s performed in the world famous Boss Brass, while pursuing a very successful career as conductor/composer/arranger for major Canadian and American television networks.

Also on Friday night there is a very special evening in store for those who make their way to Massie Hall for a concert by Steve Dickinson, joined by his old friend Roger Williamson.  They are both local talents whose abilities soar far beyond our area.  Steve has returned home after touring England with a band that included former players from the bands of Eric Clapton, Bob Segar and Kid Rock and contributing to a tribute album of Frankie Miller songs that also featured Rod Stewart, Elton John, Huey Lewis and a who’s who of international stars.  Internationally respected as a vocalist, Steve will be telling some road stories and featuring his own songs on Friday night.

Meaford’s Jayden Grahlman, who is as busy as he is talented, is increasingly in demand both as a solo performer and sideman in a variety of incarnations.  He’ll be at Heartwood on Friday night joining the “energetic wave of psychedelic funkiness” that calls themselves Zuffalo, a band with four songwriters who put the emphasis on “community, positivity and fun”.

With all that going on there are still more choices (check the listings on the right).  Trish and The Tractors, whose following continues to grow by leaps and step dances, is hosting another of their  Country Dance nights at the Royal Canadian Legion in Owen Sound on Saturday night and Bill Murdoch hosts an old time Gospel Show at Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion on Sunday afternoon.

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The Thursday Outlook – Feb. 23 to 26, 2017

A couple of outstanding female artists top the list of this weekend’s live music picks in Meaford, with Jenie Thai on Friday at The Red Door Grille and Franny Wisp at Meaford Hall on Saturday.

Jenie Thai offers up virtuoso piano playing, with a beautifully expressive and sensitive voice and evocative songs, to make up a very special package in this small venue.

And with the balcony renos at Meaford Hall still going on, it is presenting live music in a small venue as well with Franny Wisp and her Washboard.  A local phenomenon who combines spoken word, music and satire, it may be difficult at this point to get a ticket but it’s definitely worth checking out if you can.

And The Leeky Canoe will be rocking on Saturday with Rob Elder.  Don’t forget that the open mic has changed to Thursday nights with Chris Scerri, whose cohost this week will be Rich Fletcher, lead guitarist from Bored of Education.  On Saturday night Chris is going to be at Gustav’s in Collingwood.

Another option for this evening is the young singer-songwriter Austin McCarthy at The Huron Club.  Austin, who has been referred to as “an old soul” has been diligently building his career rung by rung with his gentle, introspective songs and hot blues licks.  He’s won over fans opening for Coldjack at The Gayety Theatre, and for Kim Mitchell at The Village at Blue, and he’s won the Collingwood Idol contest.

There are a couple of exciting shows happening on the weekend in Collingwood and Owen Sound.

On Saturday night The Johnny Max Band is having a CD release party at the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood.  This is their 7th album, which they call, fittingly, “Roadhouse Soul”.  With excellent players and the charismatic presence of Johnny Max, this band is pure joy.

And then on Sunday night, at the Historic Gayety Theatre in Collingwood, one of the best concerts to hit our region in a long time will be Blackie And the Rodeo Kings playing to a packed house.  Promoter Steve Vipond has been daily counting down the number of tickets left and as of yesterday only a handful remained.  This is the second date of a short tour by the band which they are kicking off the night before with a sold out concert at Massey Hall.  This is a concert that people will be talking about for a long time.

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A Romantic Evening With Drew McIvor at The Red Door

There’s a real treat in store for Meaford music fans on Friday night when The Red Door Grille brings in Drew McIvor for their weekly Friday night dinner show.  Although he is a Meaford resident and he hosts a weekly open mic at Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury, he doesn’t play often right here in Meaford.  When he does, it’s worth making a point of catching him.

So far the emphasis at The Red Door has been on instrumental artists, but this time songs will take centre stage.  In honour of Valentine’s Day, Drew will be leaning toward more romantic songs, many of them his own compositions.  It’s a good fit, as a write-up in Georgian Bay News observed, “If music be romance then Drew McIvor’s music just might be the first date, playful, chatty, honestly yearning to connect.”  Steven Vipond owner of The Bruce Wine Bar where Drew hosts his weekly open mic, states matter-of-factly that Drew should be famous.  Seeing him perform live, you are sure to agree.  Not that fame is not still waiting in his future, but he is part of a generation of musicians who have learned that quality of life is more important than fame, even if you do carry a lot of talent in your guitar case.

“I’m a dad, I have a farm, and I have my own business,” he explains, “My three little ones are a priority.”  His business is working with stone and, being self-employed, it allows him the perfect opportunity to balance his musical life with the joy of being alive.  “I dig into music more in the winter,” he says, “and then when summer comes I get back to hauling stone”.  It seems an ideal balance, and balance is evident in his relaxed demeanor.

Fame has come sniffing around his door to some extent.  When he recorded his 2014 CD “Porchlight”, a single from it, “45s and 33s” made an impact on the CBC Searchlight contest, in part due to an excellent video created by the multi-talented John Brownlow, and featuring some stellar talents (who also should be famous) that included backing vocals from members of The Kreuger Band and the Mackenzie Blues Band.  The song climbed its way through the Searchlight competition up to the mid-twenties, resulting in lots of spins on CBC radio as well as local and campus stations.

Drew has been playing guitar since the age of three, when his instrument of choice was a nylon string Snoopy guitar.  His real interest in making music began somewhat later around the age of fourteen.  He was living in Belgium at the time and his mother bought him a piano.  “I realized then,” he says, “that music was something I could do, and wanted to do.”  In college he played in a number of bands and he’s been part of several bands here locally as well, most recently The Honey Brothers with Jayden Grahlman and Jay D. Stiles, an informal collective that grew organically from the Wednesday night jams upstairs at The Bruce.  He also done a tour with Coco Love Alcorn from P.E.I. to Vancouver.

Pick up a copy of “Porchlight” from Drew on Friday night

He’s working up a new recording this winter, moving more in a stripped down singer-songwriter direction.  His music has always drawn a lot from soulful genres, reggae, and what he calls “international folk” (his take on Sam Cooke does justice to that exceptional vocalist).  His intention this time out is to take these wide ranging influences and make something more personal with them, “instead of mimicking those styles, embrace them.”

With an inherent sense of a larger sound, he fills out his solo performances these days with the use of looper pedals.  A looper is a device, developed several decades ago by guitar wizard and technical genius Les Paul, that lets the musician record several bars while he plays and then add layers live.  It takes some skill but is very effective when it’s done right. Drew likes it because, he says, “you can set yourself up to take some risks.”

In the intimacy of The Red Door venue, Drew’s show on Friday is bound to be warm, engaging and fun, because that’s who he is.  It starts at seven, so get there early to enjoy a full evening with this stellar homegrown talent.

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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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