Who's playing this weekend? June 20-23

Hey there!

This is the first of a weekly series where I’ll talk about my music picks for the upcoming weekend. There’s a lot going on in Collingwood and area every single weekend, but here are some highlights that I personally recommend.

Thursday, June 20:

Grey Rd. 1 at Harbour Street Fish Bar (Collingwood) 7:30-10:30PM

So this is basically a powerhouse group comprised of some of the area’s best blues and rock musicians. Trevor Mackenzie, Pete Devlin, Mike Weir, Nick Liefl, and Fred Dawson. If you haven’t seen these guys before… you’re in for a treat. They know how to put on a show, they’re a boatload of fun, and they’re stellar musicians. Seriously. Harbour St. will be rocking.

Trevor and Mike in particular have a way of putting together these powerhouse groups depending on the gig. As seems to be tradition in small town communities, the band names may change, but the carousel of musicians rotates. So you’ll see these guys playing in a number of killer bands all year long.

Here’s a peek at some of the other work Trevor Mackenzie does (song starts around the 2 min mark):

The Devin Cuddy Band at Meaford Hall (Meaford) 8:00-11:00

Songwriting is clearly in the blood for Devin Cuddy, son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. You know at this show you’re gonna get a tight band, gorgeous well-crafted original songs, and good vibes. It’s easy to get carried away down the YouTube rabbit hole listening to all the great music coming out of this band, and the interviews he’s done with his father. Great stuff!

Note that this is a ticketed event. More details here.

Here’s one to get stuck in your head:

Friday, June 21:

Colour Picture Book at Simcoe Street Theatre (Collingwood) 7:00-11:00

This trio is effing amazing (trying not to swear here). Colour Picture Book will actually revitalize your love of rock and soul. It features local legendary Webster Brothers (Adam and Matt), and acclaimed drummer Max Roach. I’m so proud to live in a town that produces music of this caliber.

If you’re in Collingwood on Friday night, DO NOT MISS THIS.

Note this is a ticketed event. More details here. And Facebook page here. Graphic tickets are also exclusively sold at Gabriele Photography in Collingwood.

Pssst… we did an interview with Colour Picture Book in December! Check it out here.

Father Christmas at Crow. Bar & Variety (Collingwood) 9:30-midnight

Ummm hello chill rock summery laid back band. What could be more perfect for the first official day of summer?

Also… if this band picture doesn’t make you want to go to the show, we’re not friends:

Father Christmas photo by Daniel Pie

Father Christmas photo by Daniel Pie


The music sounds dope, too.

Here’s a live vid of ‘Speed Out’ from The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, where they had a residency this past February.

Good Enough Live Karaoke at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 8:00-midnight

If you live a little further north and feel like getting a little BOLD (and italic), Good Enough Live Karaoke is coming back to Heartwood Hall on Friday night!

Yes, karaoke with a live band. YES PLEASE! Here’s their full song list. Personal choices would include Tragically Hip’s ‘Poets’, The Pixies’ ‘Gigantic’, and T. Rex’s ‘Children of the Revolution’. Start practicing your scales.

Saturday, June 22:

The Trevor Mackenzie Band at Meaford Hall (Meaford) 7:30-10:30

Hey remember when I talked about how great Trevor Mackenzie and Mike Weir are? WELL, catch them in action again on Saturday night at the beautiful Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre. This is sure to be a phenomenal show that will leave you inspired and pumped.

Note that this is a ticketed event. More details here.

Jess Bowman at The Huron Club (Collingwood) 8:00-11:00PM

Looking for something more low key? Dinner, drinks, gorgeous female vocals? Hit up Huron Club on Saturday night to lounge and listen to the lovely vibes from Jess Bowman.

This gal is killing it on Facebook and instagram, so check her out @jessbowmanmusic in both those places. Here’s an example of one her fab covers:

And that’s that.

I’ll leave it there for this weekend. There’s always good music happening around here, and there’s always more to discover. Have fun exploring!

And happy summer 2019!

Shane Cloutier's Red Wagon album release - plans tonight?

Today is the day! Our friend and amazing artist Shane Cloutier has officially released his new album, Red Wagon. Available everywhere. Here’s the iTunes link.

And here’s a sneak peek:

You may remember our article about Cloutier’s last album, In Light. Click here for a re-read.

Of Red Wagon, he tells me, “This album is as much a prequel as it is a sequel to the last one, revealing in some uncomfortable ways, but I’m really proud of it and can’t wait to share it.”

TONIGHT, at New Life Auditorium in Collingwood (28 Tracey Ln) you can catch the album release, ft. special guest Miranda Journey (the gorgeous vocalist in the above video).

Get your ticket here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/red-wagon-album-release-by-shane-cloutier-tickets-59384331133?aff=eac2

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1240618399412562/

shane cloutier red wagon album release

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.

Georgian Bay Story Slam meaford hall

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.


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.