The Thursday Outlook – July 6 to 9, 2017

The second annual Meaford Summer Concert Series starts this weekend, Friday at 7 in the Market Square in Meaford, featuring Tomi Swick and The Strummers’ Union, Scott Almond, and Eden Young.  It will be adding to the party atmosphere in downtown Meaford, where the Urban Slide is set up again this year on Nelson Street.  The Leeky Canoe is presenting Scott Almond after the concert in the Market Square on Friday and on Saturday will be bringing in The Drew Wright Trio.  The great music continues on Sunday evening at the Harbour Rotary Pavilion when Bored of Education performs as part of the Friends of the Library Series.

For something a little different tonight, you might want to check out the Story Slam at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound.  Organized by Meaford’s Diana Young, this is a follow up to the first one which was a great hit.  The idea is that several people will tell short, true stories that are ten minutes long and judges will declare a winner.  The event also features music from Honeymoon Phase, Dave Hawkins, and Keray Wonch.

With the Peak To Shore Festival in full swing, there is a lot of music happening tonight everywhere.  At the main corner in Thornbury, it’s King Cuddy at Bruce Wine Bar and reggae from Too Nice at The Corner Cafe.  You can spend the evening at the Coca-Cola stage in Blue Mountain Village enjoying Karla Crawford and then Luke McMaster.  Or head around the bay in the opposite direction to see The Kreuger Band performing as part of the downtown Owen Sound Streetfest.

On Friday and Saturday night, make sure you stop by CROW Bar and Variety, the brand new venue in Collingwood, to show your support for one of this area’s most energetic and enthusiastic music promoters, Steven Vipond.  As part of the Peak To Shore festival, he is presenting Craig Smith on Friday and King Cuddy with Delta Days on Saturday.  CROW is where the Casbah used to be at 18 Huron Street.  A new venue like this is going to add an exciting new dimension to the area music scene and all it takes for it to succeed is a loyal audience.

At the Historic Leith Church on Saturday night there is a unique and intriguing appreciation of the life and work of Tom Thomson presented in poetry and song by David Sereda and one of Canada’s leading poets, Anne Michaels, supported by a quartet of some of Owen Sound’s finest musicians.

At Heartwood on Saturday night, The Lifers, consisting of sisters  Liv and Anita Cazzola, will treat listeners to the kind of vocal harmonies that can only come from siblings, on a triple bill with Oh Geronimo,  one of the top 25 National Finalists in the CBC Searchlight 2016 competition, and Meaford’s Greg Smith, master of unique short-story style songwriting and intricate guitar work.

If the weather is nice, there’s no better way to spend Sunday afternoon than chilling in Owen Sound’s beautiful Harrison Park listening to a selection of old-time music.

No matter where you go to hear music this weekend, you will be missing some really great music somewhere else, so peruse the listings at the right of this page and choose what suits you best, and for more details check out Monday’s post.

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