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!

Who's playing Canada Day weekend? June 28-July 1 (plus a local Canada Day playlist)


What are your plans for the long weekend?

Whatever you’re doing, I hope that red and white clothing, friends and family, laughter, games, and music are all involved!

There will be fun Canada Day events happening all over the place, from downtown Collingwood, to Blue Mountain village, to Thornbury, to Meaford, to Owen Sound, and I’m sure lots of other little gems in between. So no matter where you are, wander downtown, or to the waterfront, and check out what your local hangs have to offer.

As far as the Route 26 calendar goes, there are a few recommendations I can make!

Friday, June 28

Flat 5 at Crow. Bar & Variety 9(ish)-12(ish)

Friday night there is an awesome funk band playing at Crow in Collingwood. Flat 5. They’ve played here before and they are infectious. Check out this jam:

Sound of Pride at Heartwood Hall

If you’re a little further north, I would definitely be hitting up Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound. They’ve got DJ Strobe doing a Pride dance night. In honour of Pride month, get out there and show your love–no matter who you love!

Here are some more deets:


Saturday, June 29

This is the day you’ll probably be out in the sun all day partying it up. So. A couple tips from a seasoned pro:

  1. Pace yo-self. No one wants to be hungover at 5pm. (Seriously, drink responsibly. You’ll feel better and ready for more fun on Sunday that way.)

  2. Say yes to adventure. Tiptoe outside your comfort zone. Wander downtown to see what’s going on. Make new friends. Take a drive to a neighbouring town to explore. Hike somewhere you’ve never been before. Jump in the lake! Whatever feels like good old fashioned Canadian FUN to you this weekend, try it.

  3. Support local. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there is fun stuff going on EVERYWHERE this weekend. If you’re in town, support your local businesses, arts and culture, and community events. If you’re in a new town, support theirs!

Now, Saturday night.

Tommy Youngsteen–The Best of the Rolling Stones at Marsh Street Centre 7-11pm

Tommy Youngsteen puts on a killer show all across Ontario. They’re more known for their Bruce Springsteen cover shows, so this Rolling Stones tribute is something a little different. As a die hard Stones fan myself, this show sounds like a riot. Plus it’s in the amazing Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg, which I love.

Note this is a ticketed event. More details here.

Can’t find a video of them doing a Stones song, but here’s a cover of Dancing in the Dark that will get you boppin:

Drew Wright at Huron Club 8-11pm

Okay, so it’s Saturday night, you’ve been in the sun all day, and you want to chill out. I can relate. Wellllll then why not meet up for apps and drinks at Huron Club (in Collingwood) and listen to the gorgeous voice (and sweet guitar) of Drew Wright? Drew is basically a local legend; he was made especially famous when he was a top three finalist on season 6 of Canadian Idol. We’re so lucky to have him in town playing intimate gigs like this. He’ll knock your socks off.

Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1

I don’t have recommendations for these days, but there will be live music going on all over the place. Wander, hang with family and friends, tip the musicians, and enjoy the fireworks.

Canada Day - Route 26 playlist

Hey, maybe you’ll be at a bonfire singing some tunes on your own! I’ve definitely been working on my Canada Day weekend playlist. Here are some (just SOME) awesome tracks from locals, ex-locals, and Ontarian frequenters of the Georgian Bay area.

(Thanks to Jesse Wilkinson at Rrampt for some addition recommendations to this list too!)

Track List

  1. Front Door - The Lifers

  2. Watercolours - Marshall Veroni

  3. Diving In - Jayden Grahlman

  4. Birchbark - Courtney Dubois

  5. Dig Down Deep - Rob Elder

  6. Good News - Coco Love Alcorn

  7. 45’s and 33’s - Drew McIvor

  8. Sunday Mornin’ - Austin McCarthy

  9. Fool Me Again - Karla Crawford

  10. Try - L CON

  11. Skin and Bones - Miranda Journey

  12. Marmora Blue - Drew McIvor

  13. High For You - Shane Cloutier ft. Frank Marino

  14. Wishbone - Craig Smith

  15. Heartbreak Revival - Rebecca Rain

  16. Painting the Town - The Silver Hearts

  17. Georgian Bay - Ian Raeburn

  18. Somewhere in the Middle - Frank Deresti and The Lake Effect

  19. Take 5 - Kolston Gogan

  20. Go With the Flow - Falcon Jane

  21. I Don’t Owe You Anything - Morgan Barrie

  22. I Don’t Like Smoking Anymore - Sterling and the Birdwatchers

  23. This Time Around - Colour Picture Book

  24. Bones - The Honeyrunners

  25. Reverie - Fanny Price


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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!