Lots and lots to talk about this week and I have limited time this morning to write this post, so my fingers are flyin’!
For the first time in a long time, I’m actually going down to a concert in Toronto tonight. I haven’t done that in soooo long, but Big Thief are playing The Phoenix and I love them. Booked back in April I think.
No reason to go down to the city this weekend though. So many great shows this week omg. Okay, let’s get to it!
Wednesday, October 16th
Matt Epp at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 8pm
Matt Epp is a fantastic songwriter from the area who has toured across the country at all sorts of folk festivals, and has collaborated with the likes of Serena Ryder, Amelia Curran, and more! Matt is launching his new album ‘River of Tears’ tonight at Heartwood Hall. Sure to be a packed house. A solo, acoustic act will show off his songwriting in an intimate way.
Event details here: http://heartwoodhall.ca/?events=1084
Thursday, October 17th
The Honeyrunners HOUSE CONCERT at Bruce St. Social Club (LIMITED CAPACITY - get tickets now)
These are great dudes from Toronto. Killer musicians. Kind and hilarious people. We’ve crossed paths many a time, and all have been wonderful! They put on such a good show. Whenever I see them, I think I’m grinning like an idiot the whole time.
A house concert on the beach is absolutely the most awesome place you could see them. They’ll be pumping their new album and sharing some goodies along the way. This is one of those fabulous ‘hidden gem’ shows that you kinda have to be ‘in the know’ to find out about.
NOT TO BE MISSED! If you’re around on Thursday, check this out.
DM Steve Vipond on Facebook for details. Here’s the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/559234701550317
Woodstock 50 Years Later at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 8pm
Put on by Chris Scerri Presents, this show is filled with local amazing musicians, and celebrates the music of peace & love from Woodstock. CSNY, Janis Joplin, The Who, CCR, Jimi Hendrix, and more! Going to be a party :). The last performance in the summer got rave reviews.
Friday, October 18th
Steve Poltz at Meaford Hall
Okay, if you’ve never seen this dude perform, you need to get on that. As an audience member, you’ll really feel like you’re part of the show while Poltzy sings and storytells with you. He is soooo much fun to watch, plus the music is great! Super cool dude. I interviewed him a couple of years ago when he was in town. He was so great to talk to. Tons of experience. You can check out that interview here.
(If you’ve never heard of Steve Poltz, you may know the song ‘You Were Meant for Me’ by Jewel. Jewel and Poltz co-wrote that song, and he even appears in the music video!)
Here’s an awesome tune of his, “Hey God, I’ll Trade You Donald Trump for Leonard Cohen”.
Okay I have to share one more… just because I love this song.
The Honeyrunners at Crow (Collingwood) 10pm
SEE ABOVE! This is their Friday night show at Crow :). Gonna be a blast!
Saturday, October 19th
Rrampt’s 80s Battle of the Bands at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 9pm
Rrampt always brings a party. These Battle of the Bands shows are a blast. My partner and I played the 90s one last year, and it was so fun to meet a bunch of other musicians, cover some 90s tunes, and hang out at the Heartwood. 80s sounds soooo fun too. What song would you do if you were covering 80s bands? All Night Long (Lionel Richie)? Jessie’s Girl (Rick Springfield)? In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)? Or would you go more New Wave like Talking Heads? New Order? Or somewhere in between like Elvis Costello? Ahhh so many possibilities.
My money is on Rebecca, of Rebecca & The Arcades, covering the double octave range on A-ha’s “Take on Me” and nailing that high note ;). #challenge
Saturday and Sunday, October 20th
Tom Thomson’s Wake: An Original Folk Musical at Simcoe Street Theatre (Collingwood)
Songs and stories told through the eyes of 3 people near and dear to Tom Thomson, a Canadian treasure. Original score by Shipyard Kitchen Party, a Collingwood treasure. This is part of the BMFA’s awesome Storytelling series. Tickets at bmfa.on.ca or in person at the BMFA gift shop, 65 Simcoe St. in Collingwood.
That’s it that’s all!
There are a few shows this month which I’m noticing are near or fully sold out by the time I come to write about them. It’s best to take a look at the full calendar early in the month and grab your tickets while they last. For example, Cowboy Junkies are playing Meaford Hall next week, but the website says there’s only ONE ticket left!
Enjoy the weekend, friends!