Meaford Live Music
Thanks Bill Monahan for this up to date website featuring Daily Updates on the Live Music Scene in Meaford
In the past few months Meaford has offered fans of live music a variety that you would normally expect only in a much larger urban centre. Along with the Meaford Summer Concert Series that has livened up Friday nights in the downtown core, we’ve seen some open mic opportunities in a variety of venues that offer up a series of performers in a wide range of genres and ages. At the harbour’s Rotary Pavilion, there have been day long festivals like the Meaford Stomp and Lovin’ Meaford, showcasing local talents. There was the weekend long Bluegrass Festival at the Meaford Fairgrounds and the totally unique Electric Eclectics festival of the avant garde. Downtown venues have begun to feature live music more frequently during the week, often tied in with other events to give music lovers the opportunity of expanded experiences. And of course, at the centre of it all is the cultural jewel of our town, Meaford Hall.
Meaford Hall serves our community in many more ways than live music but the concerts it has offered at The Opera House have always been and continue to be special. The Great Canadian Songbook concert that had everybody hopping, the Royal Regiment Band, and the classic blues of the Downchild Blues Band are just some of the highlights. This week they present two concerts from different parts of the live music spectrum.
From Opera To Broadway is a very special show for fans of operatic singing, put together by Collingwood’s Craig Ashton. He will be joined by a quartet of performers from the Canadian Opera Company to present selections from operas by Verdi, Bizet and Puccini alongside musical theatre pieces from shows that include Carousel, West Side Story and Les Misérables. It happens on Sat., August 20th and while general admission tickets are available at the Meaford Hall box office for $45, there is also an opportunity to include a Chef’s Choice three course dinner from Andrew’s Roots for $90 total.
Two days earlier at Meaford Hall, the Dan Mangan concert on Thursday, Aug. 18th, gives local music fans a chance to see a Canadian singer-songwriter whose constant growth as an artist is bound to one day make him a major artist. It is hard to characterize his music, which falls somewhere in the spectrum of indie pop and folk but is actually the sound of a unique creative artists who takes his sound as seriously as his lyrics. The result is a body of work that is tuneful and accessible while simultaneously inspiring and creative.
THIS WEEK – AUG. 15 TO 21, 2016
- TUES: Open stage at The Leeky Canoe 8 to 11 hosted by Chris Scerri with special guest Jayden Grahlman // WED: Open stage at Captains Corner 6 to 9 hosted by Eric McCauley // WED: Open jam at Ted’s Range Road Diner 9 to 12 // THURS: Dan Mangan at Meaford Hall 8 p.m. // THURS: Adam Ruzzo at Leeky Canoe 9:30 to 12:30 // SAT: Luke Martin at Captains Corner on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m. // SAT: Beaker Grainger at The Leeky Canoe 9:30 to 12:30 // SAT: From Opera To Broadway at Meaford Hall. General admission or dinner and show // SUN: Open Stage at The Barn, hosted by Luke Martin noon to 2 pm // SUN: Friends of The Library concert with Martin Rice, at The Rotary Pavillion down at the harbour. Bring your own chair, starts 7 p.m. PWYC //