Laura's Picks for The Week of April 18th-23rd

This week seems to be especially packed with great live music opportunities.  Here's a little guide from me to you:

Tuesday, April 18th:

"A Little Lunch Music" with The Maple Tones at Collingwood Public Library.  Take a walk on your lunch break and head over to the library, where you'll find the lovely original tunes of Haley and Scott.  12:15PM-1:00PM.

Wednesday, April 19th:

This Wednesday evening, take in a movie at Meaford Hall.  Part of the "Canada on Screen" series, Meaford Hall is showing "Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould" from 4:00PM-7:00PM.  Here's a little preview.

If you're feeling in the mood for some woodfired pizza and great wine after the show, I always recommend Bruce Wine Bar (in Thornbury) for their Wednesday open mic night.  It's a really special place where you can share some of your own tunes, poetry, comedy, etc., or just listen and take it all in.  Their menu and more info here:

Thursday, April 20th:

The weekend starts on Thursday around here.  I suggest kicking it off at Simcoe Street Theatre (in Collingwood) this week, where we're fortunate enough to have singer-songwriter Russell deCarle take the stage!  AND local singer-songwriter Greg Smith is starting the evening off with a short set.  This is sure to be one to remember, and I expect it'll sell out before Thursday comes, so get your tickets now at Simcoe Street Theatre or Bruce Wine Bar.

Friday, April 21st:

Okay.. Here's where you really have to get choosy.  There's a lot of cool stuff happening this Friday night.

You can start off the evening at The Strand (in Collingwood) where Honeymoon Phase (my duo!) performs every Friday for cocktail hour from 5:15PM-6:45PM.  It's a relaxed vibe with Laura Conning on guitar/vocals and Nelson Beattie on saxophone/clarinet.  There's more info on our site, and here's a little sample:

Now onto the main events for the night.  First things first, Inside the Music ( presents Ron Sexsmith at Meaford Hall.  There's a great article about Mr. Sexsmith and his new album The Last Rider on Meaford Hall's event page, here:

I don't have anything to add to that well-written little article, except to say that the intimacy of Ron Sexsmith's songwriting is incredibly inspirational.  Highly recommend.

Secondly, there's also a great show happening this Friday at The Gayety Theatre (in Collingwood): Micah Barnes (formerly of The Nylons) presents "New York Stories".  Some more reading material for you about this show can be found here:

This show will cover New York's musical history, from musical theatre tunes to jazz to doo-wop.  It sounds like a wonderful event!

A THIRD option for Friday evening: The Shuvs at Bruce Wine Bar.  I haven't heard these guys in person, but judging from their online stuff, they sound awesome.  Check this out:

Bruce Wine Bar shows are one hour shows, one as a 7pm seating and one as a 9pm seating.  Reservations are required.

Saturday, April 22nd:

Okay, I'll keep my recommendations light for Saturday.  The Human Rights at Heartwood Concert Hall (in Owen Sound).  Chill reggae tunes that will put you in a good mood.

Don't feel like keeping it chill?  No problem.  ZED: The Led Zeppelin Experience is performing at The Marsh Street Centre!  I think this sounds awesome too, and judging by their YouTube videos, these guys kill it!

Sunday, April 23rd:

It's been a long week.  A long, music-filled week.  Time to grab some healthy food & drink while relaxing at The Barn Co-op (in Meaford).  Their weekly Sunday open mic is something that everyone in the area has to experience.  It's intimate like the Bruce Wine Bar open mic, but it's on Sunday afternoons (12PM-2:00PM) in this beautiful renovated barn, so you get this great space filled with light while listening to a variety of local musicians and poets.  I'm hosting the open mic on April 30th, so if you can't make this one, come out at the end of the month to say hello to me!  More info here:

That takes us to the end of this week's picks.  There are a bunch of things that I left out, that are also guaranteed to be a good time, so check the Route 26 events page for even more opportunities to catch live music this week!  As always, you can email any questions to me at , and please connect on Facebook ( and Instagram ( too.