Georgian Bay Story Slam: A Night of Storytelling and Music

Happy Halloween everybody! I’m currently sitting in my living room waiting for trick or treaters to arrive. And eating the candy…

Thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you about an exciting event I’m a part of this weekend.

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The Georgian Bay Story Slam “Grand Slam” season finale is this weekend, Saturday, November 3rd, at Meaford Hall. Live storytelling is a really powerful and special thing. It helps us all connect with each other by sharing experiences, whether they be hilarious, tragic, shocking, romantic, or anything in between.

I’m honoured to be a JUDGE for this event, alongside Craig Smith and Jeff Woods.

Musical guest is Three Silver Hearts, which will be phenomenal.

Call the box office for tickets: (877) 538-0463

More info here: http://www.meafordhall.ca/on-the-stage.cfm?action=viewdetail&eventid=3975

Art Crawl and Live & Original weekend in Collingwood!

It’s September, and that means my favourite event of the year is coming back!!! ART CRAWL!

This year, it’s extra special because Town of Collingwood has stepped in to organize a big local and live music festival in conjunction with Art Crawl. It’s a new spin on the Live & Original Music Series.

So this is going to be a really interesting and important weekend for local musicians. If you’re a musician or you know one, get yourself or themselves registered for some of these workshops. You can check out all the details at http://liveoriginal.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/music-forum/.

This is going to be AWESOME!

Plus, all Art Crawl details at http://collingwoodartcrawl.com/.

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Travel to a Far Off Land with Meditative Sound Exploration

Before you read on, check out this short promo clip with Justine Sanderson (Didgeridoo, Shruti Box, Gongs and Voice) and Jay Robinson (Sitar, Tanpura, Gongs, Percussion and Voice).  

Right?!  It's like a magic carpet ride.  Justine and Jay lead you to foreign places with their worldly sound and vibrations.  The instruments methodically provide deep relaxation, release stress, and promote healing.  The sound is a meditative experience for both the body and mind.  

Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Meditative Sound Exploration will be at Sanctuary Transformative Arts Centre, 275 First Street, Collingwood, Tuesday July 31st at 7 pm.  Tickets are $20 and can purchased below.

https://www.sanctuari.ca/special-offerings-1/ 

Space is limited, so if you're planning to check this out, pre-registration is key.

This is a must for anyone who is looking for a transformative experience.

-Sari

Supporters of Local Music Doing Awesome Things in June

As always, there are a ton of great artists gigging in the area this June, as you can see on the calendar!  But, ALSO, there are a few really cool events happening that are being presented independently by various local supporters of local music!  What do I mean by that?  Well...

FIRSTLY: On Sunday, June 3rd, I'm doing the first ever "Route 26 Presents" show!  Two incredible Ontario bands, who have been on tour all Spring, are meeting in Collingwood for what's sure to be a phenomenal Sunday evening show.  These bands are The Lifers, and (opener) Benjamin Dakota Rogers.  I wrote more about this event in a featured article HERE.  But here's a glimpse at the outstanding musicianship that will be performing:

So yeah, you should come.  It's going to be magical.  Buy tickets here (or pay extra at the door): https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/route-26-presents-the-lifers-wsg-benjamin-dakota-rogers-tickets-43852993484

Facebook page for that is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/566552367035206/

SECONDLY: Do you know COSOCO?  It's this super cool local collective, the 'Collingwood Sound Collective' (CoSoCo).  They've released a bunch of locally made compilation albums, where each of the contributors writes a song based around a particular theme. You can check out all of those here: http://cosoco.ca/.

COSOCO is doing a local show at Simcoe Street Theatre on June 8th, with two of the primary bands in the collective: HAAR and Hot Pants.  Facebook page for that is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/910138679166343/.  I hear tickets are going fast so get yours before they're gone!

THIRDLY: The Port Music Festival–A locally supported music festival, jam-packed with local music!  On Saturday, June 16th, come hang out at the Shipyard Amphitheatre and take in local jams all day long.  This awesome outdoor summer festival supports Connaught Public School's music program.  Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/721753144690229/?active_tab=discussion

Here's the lineup:

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AND FINALLY: Jayden Grahlman is a need-to-know local musician.  He's one of the first musicians who inspired me to take action and create Route 26 to show off the crazy good talent in this area.  And he's releasing his FIRST ALBUM, 'Diving In', at Heartwood Hall on June 28th!  Can't wait to hear this.  Jayden is simply awesome.  Facebook event page for that is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/562831877437332/.

So get out there this June and support some great local music and local supporters of local music!  This summer is going to be so incredible!!!

NEW "Music Lab Mondays" Start Next Week!

The people behind Collingwood's Live & Original Music Series are presenting something new and awesome: Music Lab Mondays!  These will be monthly open jam sessions for all ages and experience levels, happening at Simcoe Street Theatre here in Collingwood.  Each month's session will be led by different musicians and people in the local music industry.  It'll be an opportunity for music lovers and musicians to get together and collaborate, network, and have a fun Monday night full of music!  People are also welcome to just come, watch, and hang out.

I'm so excited to be a part of this!  I think it's a great opportunity, especially for younger players, to get out, play some tunes, and meet like-minded artsy people in the neighbourhood.  If you have any questions, you can reach out to me directly at lauraconning@gmail.com, or Town of Collingwood's Arts & Culture Co-ordinator, Tanya Mazza at tmazza@collingwood.ca.

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