Since the last time I wrote you, it’s gotten quite cold overnight. Hasn’t it? I wake up freezing, so I put on a sweater for work. By the time I get to work, it’s like over 20 degrees again. Ontario, AM I RIGHT?!
That being said, Fall is my favourite season. Am I basic? It’s particularly beautiful in Collingwood (and all of Georgian Bay). The trails, the crisp air, the APPLES, the relief that summer craziness is over and we can all get back to our regularly scheduled lives…
It’s all good.
Hiring at Route 26
On the Route 26 front, I’m looking to build out a little team of contributors. If you know someone who might be interested in some work with Route 26 (writing, tech support, interviewing local musicians, attending events and taking photos, etc.) please ask them to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is paid work.
And now, let’s look at what’s coming up this weekend!
Friday, September 13th
Andrew Collins Trio and Annie Sumi at Desboro Music Hall 7:30PM
This is a little outside of my usual scope, but I have to mention it because this is going to be a great show. Desboro is south of Owen Sound, kind of near Chatsworth. They bring in great musicians to Desboro Music Hall on a regular basis.
I love that we get so many intimate venues around here that show off dedicated songwriters and musicians. This is a perfect example of how lucky we are. If you’re into good songwriting, these guys are pros. Make the drive, and make a night of it.
Shreem X Celtic Remixing at Heartwood Hall (Owen Sound) (presented by Rrampt) 9PM
If you don’t know Rrampt, go check them out and follow their page and website and everything. It’s a fantastic, more all-encompassing resource for Arts & Culture in the Owen Sound area (beyond just music).
I asked Rrampt Founder Jesse Wilkinson for a quote about this very unique event. He says:
After last year’s sold out show at Heartwood Hall, we had people telling us that we needed to bring Jay and Emily back. The crowd loved them. I mean what’s not to love – they bring such an exciting fusion of electronic and Celtic music that really gets people on the dance floor. It’s just so much fun. When it came time to release the new Shreem Celtic Remixing album, Full Circle, Jay and Emily wanted to do it at Heartwood with Rrampt because they both had such a great time last year, as well. And we decided to open the night with bagpipes, which people are pretty happy about, including me.
Saturday, September 14th
Must Stash Hat at Crow (Collingwood) 10PM
These local guys are a party and a half. They’ll put on an amazing show, you’ll be able to sing along, you’ll be able to watch in awe at their superb jamming skills, and there will be dancing. All in all, my kind of Saturday night.
Here they are doing a song that always makes my Halloween playlist.
Monday, September 16th
Music Lab Monday with Shane Cloutier hosting
The one other thing I really wanted to mention this week was Town of Collingwood’s Music Lab Mondays. It’s a monthly event at Simcoe Street Theatre where musicians of all levels (seriously, you can be a complete beginner or a very experienced player) come together to meet each other, play some tunes, and chat about the music industry. I hosted one last year and it was a really amazing night.
This Monday, September 16th, Shane Cloutier is hosting! He is THE SWEETEST GUY, and also happens to be a freaking amazing musician with beautiful songwriting chops.
So whether you want to meet some local musicians, you want to get involved with the local scene, you want to jam with some locals, or you want to share and workshop some of your own pieces, everyone is welcome. It’s going to be a really great evening.
That wraps it up for this week.
It amazes me how every week there’s something really interesting and unique going on here. Like, I sincerely want to attend all of these events and experience everything.
STAY TUNED because next week I’ll be talking about the Collingwood Art Crawl, which happens to be my very favourite local event of the year!