Music For Every Taste Through Labour Day
Meaford Live Music
Thanks Bill Monahan for this up to date website featuring Daily Updates on the Live Music Scene in Meaford
The Leeky Canoe has lined up a tasty variety of music for the upcoming long weekend starting on Thursday and running through to Sunday. They have become a vibrant hub for live music fans in Meaford and they continue to offer up the best of local and visiting musicians to be found outside of Meaford Hall. Not only is it all free but it’s complemented by food specials that include half price wings after 9 p.m.
A refreshing change of pace is offered up this Thursday, September 1st with a cool jazz duo, Carson Freeman and Stevie Gee. They will feature a number of great jazz and pop standards sprinkled with original compositions to get you in the groove.
Carson Freeman keeps a low profile but has a reputation in the Toronto area as the guy to go to when you are looking for a great sax player. He provides solid support for other musicians live and in the studio and hosts a variety of jazz minded artists in his weekly stint at the Shore Grill and Grotto in Port Credit. He won Canadian Smooth Jazz Wind Instrumentalist of the Year in 2010 and he’s played with jazz heavyweights that include David Sanborn, Larry Carlton and Diana Krall. Along with jazz and pop standards, he offers up the occasional original, like this engaging instrumental “Never Without You” that was inspired by his love for his dog.
“I write often,” he said in an interview with Teen Jazz, “ My music is mainly inspired by catchy melodies I hear in my head, or solid grooves that move me. When my first dog died, I channelled those emotions into one of my first songs that I play live. Inspiration is everywhere.”
For this visit to Meaford he’ll be joined Stevie Gee. Stevie is also sought after as a side man and he has a regular gig in the GTA, playing the Terra Restaurant in Thornhill every Saturday night. As a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist he is firmly in the groove of 40’s swing, taken up and beyond with his interpretations.
A review in Fun Music for Great Times said “Playing from his soul, Stevie Gee is able to take each of his performances to a new level of entertainment that allows you to truly feel emotionally connected to the music he plays. He is able to take a regular song and infuse it with his own style to get people into a nice groove.”
If the music is cool on Thursday night it gets pretty hot on Friday with Shane Cloutier, an exceptional local area guitarist who wowed the crowd on Canada Day at the Market Square. He is also a compelling songwriter but his ability to cover distinctive guitarists like Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Gilmour in a way that replicates their unique sounds make his live set a real treat.
It doesn’t end there at The Leeky. Saturday night will feature favourites McGinnis and Marshall with their acoustic renditions of classic rock and Sunday will bring in the exceptional soul talent of Owen Sound’s Virgil Scott, featuring Joe Huron on guitar.
THIS WEEK – AUG. 29 TO SEPT. 4, 2016
- TUES: Open stage at The Leeky Canoe 8 to 11 hosted by Chris Scerri with David J. Russell // WED: Open stage at Captains Corner 6 to 9 hosted by Amanda Dorey // WED: Open jam at Ted’s Range Road Diner 9 to 12 // THURS: Carson Freeman & Stevie “G” 9:00 to 12:30 // FRI: Bored of Education at Captains Corner 6 to 9 // SAT: Bored of Education at Fairview Trailer Park // SAT: McGinnis & Marshall at The Leeky Canoe 9:00 to 12:30 // SUN: Open Stage at The Barn, noon to 2 pm // SUN: Friends of The Library concert with Bored of Education, at The Rotary Pavillion down at the harbour. Bring your own chair, starts 7 p.m. PWYC // SUN: Virgil Scott with Joe Huron at Leeky Canoe 9:00 to 12:30