Meaford Live Music

Fans of live music have a lot to look forward to this week (Aug. 8 to 14) in Meaford.

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Fans of live music have a lot to look forward to this week (Aug. 8 to 14) in Meaford.  Music will be everywhere downtown.

David J. Russell

David J. Russell

One of the best performers in the area, David J. Russell, will be spending some time in Meaford this week.  He is always very busy playing all around the bay, so Meaford is lucky to have three chances to see him this week.

On Tuesday night he will be co-hosting the open mic with Chris Scerri at The Leeky Canoe.  This has become the place to be on Tuesday nights, where every week seems to bring something really special; you never know what to expect, but with great hosts, occasional surprise guests, and an open mic that attracts the best local talent, you might want to get there early when everything starts at 8 p.m.

Dave will be performing at this week’s Terrace Thursdays at Meaford Hall.  It is already sold out and although you’ll be tempted to stand in the parking lot just to hear the music, you will have another chance to see Dave at The Leeky on Saturday night, when he will be joined by Chris Scerri and Victoria Yeh.

As always, two more open stages happen one after the other on Wednesday night, so it’s possible to catch both.  From 6:30, join Eric McCauley at Captains Corner and later head up to Ted’s Range Road Diner where the joint will be jumping until the wee hours.

dairy queenAs the week goes on, it just keeps getting better. The Dairy Queen has joined the local businesses who are featuring live music, celebrating this Thursday with music from 6:30 to 10:00, with performances by Doug and Heather Brown and from Scott Almond.  This ties in with “Dairy Queen’s Annual Miracle Treat Day” where the proceeds from all Blizzards sold across Canada are donated to area Sick Kids Hospitals.  It’s a unique way to enjoy live music on a hot summer night with a cool blizzard.

Beaker Granger on Canada Day

Beaker Granger on Canada Day

If you want something stronger after your blizzard, you’ll find Beaker Grainger performing at The Leeky Canoe from 9:30 onwards.  This venue is leading the trend to bring more live music to downtown Meaford and it looks like the idea of three nights in a row of live music, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, may become the new normal for them.  When you include the Tuesday open mic, that makes four days a week that you can enjoy live music there.

By Friday things really get exciting with the latest in the Meaford Summer Concert Series happening at Market Square beside Meaford Hall, from 7 p.m. to 10.  The Honeyrunners from Toronto will be bringing their great feel-good music to Meaford, with the added bonus of Victoria Yeh, the amazing and versatile violinist who adds a whole new dimension to any songs she plays on.  But that’s not all.  To celebrate International Youth Day, the show will include young local talents who were part of this year’s GBSS Idol: The Ted Brownlow Band, Cry For Ophelia, and Max Breadner.  Anyone who attended any of the GBSS Idol shows knows that despite their youth, these young artists are capable of moving you with their talent.

After the Market Square show on Friday, The Leeky Canoe brings back Meaford’s favourite imports, Tyler Yarema and Gracie.  They have performed at Meaford Hall and they blew away the audience on Canada Day in the first of the Meaford Summer Concert Series.  They have both dropped in several times to do impromptu performances at The Leeky, but this is the first time that they will be doing an entire evening there.  It’s probably a good idea to get there early to get a good seat because both of these artists have built a pretty sizable following here in town.

Tyler Yarema's band, featuring Gracie, rocked on Canada Day

Tyler Yarema’s band, featuring Gracie, rocked on Canada Day

On Saturday night Eric McCauley will be playing at Captains Corner from 6:30 to 9:30.  You may have seen him do a few songs when he hosts the Wednesday night open mic there, but this is a chance to hear him present a much larger chunk of his repertoire, which ranges through the entire pop music spectrum.  And as always on Saturday nights, when things wind down at Captain’s Corner they start to heat up at The Leeky, this week with David J. Russell.  He’ll be joined by Chris Scerri and JULY 2016 001Victoria Yeh, as mentioned above.  If you missed Victoria in the big Friday night show at Market Square, you will want to be sure to be at The Leeky on Saturday.  Her ability to improvise on the violin to songs of any style means that her contribution to a performance raises it to a whole other level.  And with Dave and Chris there, you know the level will already be pretty high.

It doesn’t stop there.  Sunday morning will be another open stage at The Barn, where there is always an ineffable magic in the air, and where this month you have the added treat of knowing that you will hear at least a few songs from host Luke Martin.

Wayne Fennell displays superb vocal talents

Wayne Fennell displays superb vocal talents

And the Sunday night Friends of The Library concert, starting at 7, may be the best yet in this series, with singer Wayne Fennell from Owen Sound.  His repertoire ranges from folk to pop but what is really impressive about him is his vocal talent.  You’ll hear his versions of songs that are not often covered because they are so challenging for a vocalist, and you will be impressed.

It’s going to be a great week!


THIS WEEK – AUG. 8 TO 14, 2016

  • TUES: Open stage at The Leeky Canoe 8 to 11 hosted by Chris Scerri with special guest David J. Russell // 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: David J. Russell entertains at Terrace Thursdays (sold out) 7 p.m. at Meaford Hall // THURS: Doug and Heather Brown and Scott Almond bring live music to The Dairy Queen, 6:30 to 10 p.m. // THURS: Beaker Grainger at Leeky Canoe 8:30 to 12:30 // FRI: Big concert at the Market Square from 7 to 10 with The Honeyrunners, Victoria Yeh, The Ted Brownlow Band, Cry For Ophelia, and Max Breadner // FRI: Tyler Yarema and Gracie at The Leeky Canoe // SAT: Eric McCauley at Captains Corner on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m. // SAT: David J.Russell is joined by Chris Scerri and Victoria Yeh at The Leeky Canoe 9:30 to 12:30 // SUN: Open Stage at The Barn, hosted by Luke Martin noon to 2 pm // SUN: Friends of The Library concert with Wayne Fennell, at The Rotary Pavillion down at the harbour. Bring your own chair, starts 7 p.m. PWYC //