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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. 

The Thursday Outlook – April 20 to23, 2017

Tonight at the Simcoe Street Theatre, check out Russell deCarle, formerly of the legendary country band Prairie Oyster.  He’ll be playing with his favourite sideman, Steve Briggs, and the opening act will be Meaford’s Greg Smith.  It will be a night of varied and captivating original songs.

Friday night at the same theatre, the popular Collingwood band, Jimmy and the Extractions have a show that is a special fundraiser for St. Mary’s Church in Collingwood, the proceeds going toward a new heating and air conditioning system for the church.  The band, consisting of Jim Harrison, Sam Moneypenny, Marilyn Reid, Lenny Fligg and Don Reid, plays alternative rock, folk and roots music.

Friday night also brings a concert with Ron Sexsmith to Meaford Hall.  He has been here before but solo, and this time he is touring with his band.  Throughout his career a long succession of A-list producers have put their individual stamps on his recordings but his latest release is the first to be recorded with his touring band, and it has a liveliness missing from previous recordings.  His touring band includes drummer and independent Toronto producer Don Kerr, a distinctive soundsmith who has been with him since the start.

The best bet for dinner music on Friday night is at Bruce Wine Bar with The Shuvs, folk-rock gone soul, playing music that has been characterized as breezy and mellow but with real intent”.  They will be laying down a solid, carefree groove through the dinner hour and again at ten.

On Saturday night, bass player for the popular Meaford band Bored of Education, Brian Miessner, will be performing with his friends at a great little venue down in Durham called The Garafraxa Café.  Brian is a successful singer-songwriter who originally played with the first Beatles cover band in North America, called Liverpool.  After many years away from the music business, he has more recently returned to writing and recording.  His 2006 release “My Perfect World” and his new collection of nine songs, “Windows and Walls” are both available on iTunes.

Another nice venue just south of Owen Sound, The Desboro Music Hall will be kicking off this year’s concert series on Saturday night with My Sweet Patootie, a small band that blends “jaw-dropping” musicianship with an energetic and fun stage presence.  They be sharing the evening with Alicia Toner, a singer and violinist who has a new album ready for release, and is more focused on her music than ever after years spent on the musical comedy stage.

The Kinettes of Meaford and Beaver Valley are teaming up for a special night on Saturday at the Beaver Valley Community Centre.  A Yuk-Yuks comedy show starts at 8 p.m. but the real fun starts afterward when Amanda Dorey and her band Northern Country play music for dancing.  The band features Dale Harbottle on guitar, his sister Deborah Anne on bass, and Bambalamb on percussion.

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The Shuvs Offer An Antidote to Chaotic Times

This Friday’s dinner shows at Bruce Wine Bar will feature The Shuvs, a Toronto based band that is imbued with the sound of soul.  Central to the band is the songwriting of Rob Nicholls but it is the group contribution that makes the band unique.

Rob Nicholls, originally from Victoria B.C. has been writing and recording music sing he was eighteen, playing piano and guitar.  With this new configuration in The Shuvs, he is bringing out some of his favourite influences, echoing the soul mastery of performers like Curtis Mayfield and Al Green but through his musical odyssey he has explored every genre.  Back in 2009 he had a band with Galen Rigter called LAND, which ranged through a catalogue of styles from heavy metal to ska, and did them all well.  It was persistence and a gradual defining of focus that brought him to The Shuvs.

Rob Nicholls is a painter whose visual expressions find their equivalent in the sounds he creates with his music.  In many musicians who are also visual artists (e.g. Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Tom Wilson), you’ll often find that their music, like their painting, has a concern with texture.  This can be seen, or rather heard, in the music of The Shuvs.

As a practising artist and instructor at OCADU, Rob works out of a studio in a Toronto heritage building known as The Coffin Factory.  He crossed paths there with the building superintendent Richard Verdin, who also happened to be a drummer.  As he told Digest DX3, Richard “went to an open mike with another band and saw Rob was there playing as a solo artist. I was watching him and I thought, ‘This guy’s great; he just needs some beat behind him.’ I asked him to jam and everything just went great from the start.

As they worked together they developed a sound that blended the lyrics approach of writers like Neil Young and Bob Dylan with the smooth soul sounds of a performer like Curtis Mayfield.  They added bass player Jack Gunn and percussionist/vocalist Laura Anderson, giving them everything they needed to create the sound they were looking for.

As Exclaim! magazine said in their review of the band’s debut album, “the band shines when vocalist Laura Anderson takes the lead, as on the opening/title trackCan’t Find Love.’ From there, the album rarely wavers from its steady rhythm, seemingly riding a breeze through to the final track. Vocal contrasts between Anderson and guitarist Rob Nicholls provide enough variation to keep things intriguing.”

“Listeners will find themselves coming around for another listen just to keep the feeling going —exactly what a lot of people could use in this era of constant restlessness.”

With an ear for atmospherics, the group used The Coffin Factory as a recording studio.  . They used vintage analog equipment and recording techniques to capture the warmth and directness in their music. Each track, recorded live off-the-floor and on tape, is coloured by the openness and echo of the building’s interior.  The result, “Can’t Find Love”, is a sweet, soul offering with lyrics to ponder.  As Stylus magazine commented, “The Shuvs are all about the soft touch. Breezy and mellow but with real intent, this record creeps up on you.”  In its review, Exclaim! said, “In contrast to the overwhelmingly anxious music of today, Can’t Find Love comes across as completely carefree. Listeners will find themselves coming around for another listen just to keep the feeling going —exactly what a lot of people could use in this era of constant restlessness.”