Who's playing this WEEK? August 7-11

Listen up. It’s another big summer weekend ‘round these parts.

We’ve got Sidelaunch Days in Collingwood, Creemore Nights, and fun stuff happening in Blue Mountains, Meaford, and Owen Sound too. So check out the calendar and pick your poison.

However, I do have some recommendations! Full details for all of these things can be found through the calendar.

This week we’re gonna kick it off on a WEDNESDAY!

Wednesday, August 7th

Turbo Street Funk Band at Jazz at the Station 6pm - 8pm

Bring a lawn chair, but be ready to boogie out of it. These are some heavy hitters.

Thursday, August 8th

Horseshoes & Handgrenades Live at Ted’s Range Road Diner (Meaford) 8pm - midnight

Frontman Chris Scerri is the bees knees, and the band behind him is pretty forking awesome too. This is sure to be a seriously rocking night. I would take Friday off if I were you. You will definitely have a sore throat from scream-singing along to classic rock all night.

horseshoes and handgrenades

Jayden Grahlman at Huron Club

If you feel like taking it a bit easier (or you can’t get Friday off), check out Jayden Grahlman at Huron Club in Collingwood. I love this spot for drinks and shareables. Plus, Jayden is a phenomenal guitar player and singer-songwriter.

Here’s the title track off his album Diving In.

Friday, August 9th

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar at Creemore Nights 6pm - 9:30pm

Wow okay this is going to be a weekend of dancing. Maybe stock up on some of those Dr. Scholl’s gel pad things for your shoes?

Samantha Martin will steal your heart and make you scream YASSS constantly, the entire time she’s singing with her killer band.

Plus, what a better reason to head over to Creemore early on Friday afternoon and check out the fantastic shops and restaurants? (Eastwood Vintage, I’m coming for you.)

Rob Elder Trio at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 7:30 (doors)

Rob Elder is a brilliant local singer-songwriter and Heartwood Hall is absolutely the perfect venue to catch him in with his trio.

I’m super impressed by this guy’s ability to craft songs and sing them with so much soul. Check out some of his stuff from his latest album here:

Saturday, August 10

Okay I have 3 recommendations for this night SOOOO I guess just choose the one that speaks to you the most?

Good luck because these are all incredibly special artists and people.

Falcon Jane at Crow (Collingwood) 9:30-midnight

Yes, I’m going to keep recommending Falcon Jane every time they come to town. Yes. They’re fantastic. Go chill with them.

Must Stash Hat w/ Colour Picture Book at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 8:00 (doors)

Two funky, soulful bands that will make you feel all kinds of good. If you’re in a groove-out-must-party-now sort of mood, this is your jam.

Miranda Journey at Huron Club 8pm-11pm

Beautiful soul with a beautiful voice (and face and hair). This young songwriter is melting the hearts of everyone she meets. Catch her before she moves to Guelph!

“Skin and Bones” is the song that will be stuck in your head all week.

Diner en Blanc South Georgian Bay (Collingwood)

Not technically a recommendation because this is a SOLD OUT event, but still…

This event is now Waiting List only, but if you were lucky enough to get tickets, you’re in for a hell of a night. I am told there will be a special surprise musical guest… EEEEE! Last year it was Lemon Bucket Orkestra, so I’m sure it’ll be someone epic again.

Check out the swanky details here.

diner en blanc south georgian bay collingwood

Sunday, August 11th

Okay, last but not least…

Sidelaunch Days (last day) in Collingwood

This is going on from Friday to Sunday, but it looks like the majority of the live music stuff is going on on Sunday evening. So if you’re in Collingwood this weekend, definitely check out the activities and have some fun playing in the water (SUP races, yes). Then hang out around the amphitheatre on Sunday evening and enjoy fantastic music!

This is an awesome event that draws a huge crowd every year.

Full details and schedule here.

That’s it folks!

I wish you all the best in your musical wanderings this weekend.

Who's playing this weekend? July 25-28

(Not going to talk about Elvisfest, but it is this weekend. All details here.)

There are a couple of events I want to talk about this weekend. Incredible things are happening, presented by really great people, in Owen Sound and Meaford. These are the types of events that make me think “Oh god, I don’t think I’m cool enough to be here.” I predict that this is gonna be the best weekend of music of the whole summer.


PART ONE: Railyard Music Festival

The first is Railyard Music Festival, presented by Rrampt and Mudtown Station. This Saturday in Owen Sound. Great great great music (because it’s Rrampt) like Falcon Jane, L CON, and The Responsables, to name a few. Your ticket includes an epic, insta-worthy BBQ dinner from Mudtown Station and Chef Tyler Cunningham. Bound to be absolutely dope (is it still cool to say dope?) and rad (oh god).

Full details here (Facebook page).

Direct to tickets here.

railyard music festival rrampt

Falcon Jane (fb page here)

I did a little Q&A with Falcon Jane’s frontwoman Sara May when this track was released. She’s the best. Revisit that interview here.

Interestingly, Falcon Jane recorded their last record with Lisa Conway and Andrew Collins of Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, who were my first ever feature for Route 26! Check THAT article out here!

L CON (website here)

Lisa Conway is L CON (Laura Conning could also be L CON, just sayin…). Young and already prolific, Conway has released several EPs and albums. This song, “Winner”, is her latest released. And it’s perfect. Of course.


PART TWO: Home + Home Music Fest

Okay. A couple years ago I went to the first one of these, where the headliner was Bry Webb. It was a very VERY memorable evening. Partners Dave Trumble and Michelle Harrison host this beautiful night in their backyard, so bring a lawn chair. While excellent Canadian musicians do their thing for us, we chill and enjoy amidst the fresh night. Scene complete with great outdoor decor and wonderful people around.

This year, Home + Home features more awesome acts, including Fiver, Carew, and Sages, to name a few! AND it’s not just one night! There’s a show Friday night AND Saturday night. Ugh, honestly, the cool factor is like dripping cool ooze, it’s gonna be so GOOD!

Full details here (Facebook page).

Direct to tickets here (note if you want to buy for both nights, you have to buy them both separately):

Friday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-home-fest-tickets-61855191543?fbclid=IwAR3fXcNuX8ON39pMPQWYyKKcmos6idPspRJEltSqScM6KDlKPRNoTxXHoA8

Saturday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-home-music-fest-tickets-62163799598?fbclid=IwAR1CDGtz1dQ0-K7oR2xOJuuu0_LeDdpV9KJFTjgrJweanPDFD6Ni7lr_wOs


Ummmmm ya.

I was going to make a Spotify playlist of all this music for you guys, but honestly… just check out the different bands and listen to all their shit. It’s all so good. I’m going down the rabbit hole now.

Have a blast!

Who's playing this weekend (Peak to Shore Edition)! July 17-21

What is Peak to Shore? In my opinion, it’s pretty similar to every other summer weekend in the area because there’s always awesome music going on, but this weekend in particular boasts a lot more highlighted acts in our neck of the woods.

It’s a festival that brings together a whole bunch of venues from Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village, and Thornbury to market regional music in the area! So, you can come to the area and explore all sorts of little hidden gems (in terms of venues, restaurants, outdoor stages, and bars) and enjoy a plethora of incredible music.

I promise I am not being sponsored to say this, but I’m a little obsessed with the organizational level of the Peak to Shore website. They seriously have everything. And it’s all laid out so nicely. SO I’m just gonna go ahead and direct you there, so that you can explore the schedule and all the different artists.


There you go.

Now, what I can do is recommend some acts that I think sound awesome. Which I shall do in a moment.

First, there is one event I want to highlight that’s not technically part of the Peak to Shore Festival because it’s up in Owen Sound.

An Evening with Colin Linden - Thursday, July 18th at Heartwood Hall

Colin Linden is a prolific musician with career highlights such as his work with the hit show Nashville (working alongside legendary T-Bone Burnett), and as one of the trio in the epic Canadian band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. In addition to that success, he has worked alongside The Band, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Leon Redbone, and Bruce Cockburn, to name a few.

Our writer Kolston Gogan interviewed Colin when he came to CROW last fall. The article from that interview was written by Heather Beresford. Check that interview out here. I went to that show and, of course, was mesmerized. As an experienced and talented pro, Mr. Linden is captivating in his songwriting and performance.

I absolutely recommend this show.

Full details here: http://heartwoodhall.ca/?events=an-evening-with-colin-linden

Now, Here are some Peak to Shore ‘Unmissables’ (according to me)

Note that I’ll be listing these out of the proper timeline order for this weekend. You can see the full Peak to Shore schedule here.

Skydiggers featuring Paul Langlois (of the Tragically Hip) at Blue Mountain Village

Saturday, July 20th at 8PM

Ummmm ya. As a proud Canadian, this is obviously a must-see. Skydiggers are like the epitome of feel-good Canadian folkish rock. Wouldn’t you agree? They’re just GREAT. And hello, Tragically Hip. This tour with Skydiggers and Paul Langlois brings together old friends in the network of these amazing Canadian rock bands, and will feature some of Paul’s work from his solo albums.

I imagine it will be packed at the village, so maybe bring a lawn chair or grab a spot on the patio of one of the restaurants/bars in the village early to be able to chill with a beer while enjoying the tunes.

Beatles A to Z at Simcoe Street Theatre (Collingwood)

Thursday, July 18 at 7PM

Ticketed event - details here

Three incredible local musicians showing off their harmonies and guitar skills through the music of The Beatles. I love these guys, and this is bound to be a beautiful evening of music in one of my favourite little theatres ever. They will be starting with the letter ‘A’ and working their way through the whole alphabet of The Beatles! Super fun, totally sing-alongable, and just delightful. This one sounds like a blast for sure.


Whisky River at Shipyards Amphitheatre (Collingwood)

Sunday, July 21 at 8PM

I saw these guys a couple years ago at the Collingwood Live & Original Music competition, and they’re totally a good time. I can’t think of a more perfect location to watch them do their thing than at the amphitheatre while the sun is going down. It’s completely outdoors, so I am going to be your mother here and tell you to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen.

Seriously though, how perfect is this music for a Sunday chillfest?

Okay, there’s way too much to cover it all in this blog.

There are a ton more great acts coming this weekend. Here are some more that are guaranteed to PEAK your interest (get it?):

Digging Roots at CROW (Collingwood) on Wednesday night, and Johnson Crook on Saturday night.

Miranda Journey at the Village Stage (Blue Mountain) on Thursday night.

GRACE at Harbour Street (Collingwood) on Saturday night.

Jayden Grahlman at The Corner Café (Thornbury) on Saturday night.

Justin Maki at the Village Stage (Blue Mountain) on Sunday night.

THE WRAP UP PARTY ft. Horseshoes and Handgrenades at Firehall Pizza Co. (Blue Mountain) on Sunday night.


Who's playing this weekend? July 11-14

Well I know one event that definitely won’t be in the recommendations this week… Roxodus! What the hell happened there? Only time will tell, I suppose. I, unfortunately, don’t have any hot gossip for you about it.

However, I would argue that you can have an even better time with live music in the area this weekend, regardless of not being able to see old shakey bones Steven Tyler in the middle of an airport in Edenvale (just joking, I love you Mr. Tyler). As always, there are freaking fantastic bands coming to the area this weekend, and some incredible local talent showing off what we’ve got to offer, too.

Thursday, July 11

Summer Story Slam at Thornbury Cidery 7PM

I’m a huge fan of storytelling, particularly when it’s done live. Can you think of anything more terrifying than getting up in front of a group of strangers and trying to entertain them with a 10 minute story about your life? God. That’s exactly what the courageous performers at the Georgian Bay Story Slam series do; they tell true stories from their lives. This series is always complemented with a great musical guest from the area. This Thursday it will be Ray Martini, which is a name that sticks with me after watching him at an open mic in Meaford a couple of years ago. He’s captivating, as is the entire storytelling experience.

FB Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/587754675056883/


Friday, July 12

ET Rhino/Crystal Finger at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 9PM

Some magical people, who I’m proud to call my friends, are performing at Heartwood Hall this Friday night. Get ready to dance your butts off. These guys are pros. This is the new project from funky Jay Stiles, the guy with the glitter glasses who I have seen running through Sunset Point Park wearing nothing but an electric blue speedo on multiple occasions. It also features the other marvellous men Jayden Grahlman and Drew McIvor. That trio make up Extra Terrestrial Rhino. Adam Webster joins them on bass and vocals to make this quartet called Crystal Finger. It’s gonna be dope.

ALSO CATCH THEM IN COLLINGWOOD on Wednesday, July 10th at Crow Bar and Variety.

Mountain Head at Crow (Collingwood) 9:30PM

I haven’t seen these guys before, but this track and video have sold me. Want, need, obsessed, etc. DO NOT watch in a dark room if you are prone to seizures.

This song will actually be on repeat for me for the foreseeable future…

Saturday, July 13

Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party at Crow (Collingwood) 9:30PM

My only tried, tested, and true recommendation for Saturday night is to see these boys. It’s the heartwarming gypsy rock you didn’t know you needed in your life. I love them. A personal favourite song is ‘Apophenia’, but truly anything they play gets you going in all the right places.

So glad you decided to take this show on the road, boys (Route 26, to be exact).

Sue Foley – The Ice Queen at Harbour Street (Collingwood) 9PM

Nothing like a boss bitch playing the blues. Hell yes. Canadian blues artist Sue Foley will be at Harbour Street Fish Bar this weekend touring her latest album, The Ice Queen. Catch her (and her stellar band) before she’s back in Austin with the big wigs!

Take it sleazy this weekend, Georgian Bay

The sun is hot, so let’s soak it up while we can.

Whether you’re jamming originals in the backyard with your pals, scream singing classic rock songs at 2AM around the bonfire, or catching some of this awesome live music in the area, I hope your weekend is filled with happy vibes and fun times.

Who's playing this weekend? July 4-7

Well I definitely have a case of the Tuesdays after that long weekend. How about you?

At least it’s a short work week, and we can get back to chilling in the sunshine with live music again this weekend! There’s a lot going on now that school’s out and the summer months are in full swing, so stay tuned to the calendar.

Also, if you ever have an event that you don’t see on the calendar, you can submit it here. I will review and get it posted for you within a day or two.


Here are a few picks (this weekend is difficult because there’s a lot going on!) that I recommend for music in the area:

Thursday, July 4

Marshall Veroni and Emma Elena Grace at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 8:30PM

Marshall Veroni is an Owen Sound based singer-songwriter with a wicked album titled In Fields. Linking his site here so that you can immediately check it out. This show will kick off a larger Canadian tour that he’s doing this month, before returning in August for Summerfolk. Sure to be an amazing show with some brilliant local talent. If you’re in the Owen Sound area on Thursday, go.

NOTE This is a ticketed event. More details here.

Just a taste:

Friday, July 5

Apollo Suns at Crow. Bar & Variety (Collingwood) 9PM

Friday night is for funk/jazz/R&B and good vibes. Here ya go.

No cover at Crow, but DO FEED THE JUG. Tip your musicians! Especially when there are a thousand of them on stage, like this 7 piece band.

JULY 5 LIVE - Downtown Owen Sound

Mosey up to Owen Sound to check out Arts & Culture mixed with local businesses. There’s a full list of the stuff going on posted here. The one that excites me the most is Dave Grenon, the drone-thusiast soundscape artist of the duo Joyful Joyful, who will be performing at Milkmaid from 6-9pm. Oh, and they’re serving Coffin Ridge wine, sooooo like this is actually my ideal date night.

Sweet sweet sweet drones…

FB event page here. Reso’s reco’d.

Saturday, July 6

Decklan Funston Quartet at Simcoe Street Theatre (Collingwood) 8PM

Decklan and Aidan Funston are brothers who were raised in Collingwood and both attended Humber College for their excellent jazz program (Aidan for guitar and Decklan for saxophone). They’re both back in town for a bit, and this show is bound to be freaking GREAT. As someone who has recently swam more into the deep end of listening to different types of jazz, I’m stoked to see this mix of standards and modern compositions. They will kill it.

NOTE This is a ticketed event. More details here.

Here’s a video I found of Decklan just casually nailing the standard East of the Sun:

Craig Cardiff at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) 8PM

Craig Cardiff is an infectious and prolific Ontario songwriter who is probably one of the most hardworking troubadours in the biz. He is constantly travelling around the province (and country, and continent) doing intimate and inspiring shows, as well as songwriting workshops. Join the cult!

Highly recommend.

NOTE This is a ticketed event. Details here.

Have fun this weekend!

I will be in Peterborough for a day (visiting my puppy who is coming home in 2 weeks!), but I want to get back in time to check out some of this great local live music. SO EXCITED!