Gathering Sparks, the wonderful new trio featuring Eve Goldberg, Jane Lewis, and Sam Turton will be appearing at Cafe Pyrus in Kitchener ON on Thursday October 23 at 7:30 p.m. Gathering Sparks embrace blues, gospel, folk, and pop while delivering engaging songs on acoustic and slide guitar, piano, accordion, ukulele, and banjo. Their debut 6-song CD, released in April 2014, has just been nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year”. Whether they are singing an a capella sea shanty, busting out kazoos for a jazzy swing tune, getting down and low with the blues, or leading a well-known classic, Gathering Sparks performances make fans out of listeners with their stellar harmonies and fine musicianship. The cover is $6-10 (sliding scale) and the opening set will be by Glenn Chatten. Music: Gathering Sparks, “I Ain’t Finished With This Journey Yet’ from Gathering Sparks (2014, Self).
John Mann will be at the Elora Centre for the Arts for a solo performance on Saturday November 8 at 8:00 p.m. John will be playing songs from his latest album “The Waiting Room” which came out early this year. The album features a set of heartfelt songs written about his experience battling rectal cancer, a disease he successfully overcame. Tragically, however, John announced in Spetember that he has now been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. John’s response to this turn of events has been very positive and inspiring with no indication that he will allow this new diagnosis to shape his life more than it needs to.
The Guelph Celtic Orchestra open their 2014/15 season with a performance featuring a CD release party for one of the top fiddlers in the world, Shane Cook accompanied by Jake Charron. The show takes place on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street in Guelph. Advance tickets are $20 ($30 at the door), children $12 ($22 at the door) and are available from email@example.com and in person at Janus Books, 10 Paisley Street, Royal Plaza. The Guelph Celtic Orchestra features professional and amateur musicians who are passionate about traditional Celtic music. The ensemble features a large fiddle section, guitars, accordion, piano, flutes, whistle, and double bass, and is also accompanied by award-winning step dancers. Following the GCO performance, Shane Cook and Jake Charron will take to the stage for the CD release of their new duo album “Head to Head”. Shane Cook is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship. Jake Charron is continuing to build a reputation as one of Canada’s finest accompanists. For more information, visit guelphceltic.ca. Music: Shane Cook & Jake Charron, “Ontario Tunes (Sir Wilfred Laurier,/Timbertown/Snowflake Breakdown/Whitefish In The Rapids)” from “Head to Head”.
Fish & Bird will be bringing their refreshing take on folk music to Guelph for a Folk Roots Radio promoted CD launch of their new album “Something In The Ether” at Silence, 46 Essex St on November 12 2014. The support act will be Guelph’s own Tannis Slimmon. I had the privilege of introducing Fish & Bird at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival this summer, and they put on a fabulous show. Their performance at Kingsville was especially memorable in that they earned, that rare distinction, a festival main stage encore. The Silence show starts at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Advanced tickets may be purchased online here. Silence is a fully accessible concert venue. Music: Fish & Band, “Something In The Ether” from “Something In The Ether” (2014, Fiddle Head Records).
Singer/songwriters David Sereda and Tyler Wagler will be sharing the bill at Magnolia Café, 88 Yarmouth Street in Guelph on Friday October 24. Singer/songwriter David Sereda will be playing his debut solo show in Guelph. Possessed with a captivating voice, Sereda blends folk, gospel, soul and pop with a restless flair. He will be joined for this performance by Tyler Wagler on double bass. Tyler will also perform an opening set, promoting his soon to be released solo EP 4 Songs, accompanied by Thom Hammerton on keys. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. Magnolia Café is a licensed cafe and restaurant that also doubles as one of the area’s most intimate listening venues. Because of the size of the venue, reservations are highly recommendeded especially if you’d like to enjoy a meal before the show! Read More
Claude Parlour welcome Relative Harmony to Caledon on Sunday October 5 2014 for a show at Claude Presbyterian Church, 15175 Hurontario Street (Hwy 10), Caledon at 7:30 p.m. (Doors 7:00 p.m.). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online HERE. Relative Harmony are Rick Avery, Judy Greenhill, Jonathan Avery and Judy Avery. Their most recent album “Rolling Home” (2012) features all four band members playing a plethora of instruments in a predominantly Celtic traditional style, with country and jazz stylings creeping in. For more information, visit relative harmony.com. Music: Relative Harmony “If He’s Gone Let Him Go” from “Rolling Home” (2011, Self).
Guy Davis is a master of both traditional and contemporary blues, and definitely worth checking out in concert. The good news is that he will be touring in Ontario this fall. Guy will be playing nine Ontario dates during the tour including Hugh’s Room in Toronto (October 3), The Acoustic Grill in Picton (October 7) and NEAT Bursntown Schoolhouse (October 12). As well as regular shows, he’ll also be be playing a Wellesley and District Lions Club fundraiser at the Wellesley Community Centre, 1000 Maple Street in Wellesley on October 8 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for the fundraiser are $20 ($25 at the door). The proceeds will support the construction of an accessible playground in Wellesley. Advance tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased by e-mailing Peter van der Maas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guy’s latest album, the fabulous “Juba Dance”, from 2013, features Fabrizio Poggi on harmonica, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Lea Gilmore. For more information on all the Ontario shows, visit guydavis.com. Music: Guy Davis, “Love looks Good On You” from “Juba Dance” (2013, Red House Records).
Teal & Joyce will be in Guelph for a show at Magnolia Café, 88 Yarmouth St. on Saturday September 20 for a show at 8 p.m. Carol Teal and David Joyce write delightful songs about life’s challenges and the funny moments we all have. They also put on an engaging and fun show. Their most recent album (their third) is 2013’s “Has It All Been Said”. Magnolia is the perfect place for a meal and a show. Due to the intimate size of the venue, reservations are recommended. Call 519-766-4663 to reserve. For more information visit tealandjoyce.ca. Music: Teal and Joyce, Same Damn Door from Has It all Been Said (2013, Self)
Kitchener-based singer-songwriter Lynn Jackson releases her new album (with Chris Boyne), “The Acoustic Sessions” on September 7 2014 at The Jane Bond in Waterloo. Admission is just $10 for the show which also gets you copy of the CD, which is an amazing deal. Special guests include Joe Dunn, Scott Fitzpatrick, Andy Miller, Steve Wood and Wendy Wright. Opening set on the night will be by Ottawa’s Slo Tom.
London, ON duo Jane Carmichael and Kevin Kennedy officially became The Marrieds in 2010 when they posted three snow day songs on YouTube during London’s “Snowmageddon”, an act which while garnering tens of thousands views a day, also caught the imagination of Canada’s national broadcaster CBC who named them the ‘Sound of The Day’. Known for their beautiful melodies, sweet harmonies and clever lyrics alongside their charming husband & wife stage banter they will be in Guelph in July for a Thursday night residency at Magnolia Café. Sharing the stage with them will be Shannon Kingsbury (July 10), Vanessa Tiganelli (July 17), Ian Reid (July 24) and Peter Light (July 31). All the shows are Pay What You Can events and they start at 8:00 p.m. Due to the intimate size of the venue, reservations are recommended. Magnolia Café is also a great place to have supper before the show. Call 519-766-4663 to reserve.
The 3rd Annual Sounds of Summer Bluesfest takes place on June 21 2014 at the Arena Bar & Grill, 96 Gordon St., Guelph. Featuring Mo Kauffey, Ian Taylor, Andre Bisson and the J Tones and Chuck Jackson and the Big Bad Blues Band it promises to be a great day out. The MC for the day will be Gayle Ackroyd, who will also play a few tunes between the acts. There will also be a silent auction, a live auction, outdoor patio and a BBQ. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Arena Bar & Grill. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.
Order of Acts
12:30-2:00 Mo Kauffey
2:30-4:00 Ian Taylor
4:00-6:00 Andre Bisson and the J Tones
7:00-10:00 Chuck Jackson and the Big Bad Blues Band
St. John’s NF singer-songwriter Ian Foster visits Guelph on Thursday June 19 2014 as part of the CD release tour for his exciting new album “The Great Wave”. The show takes place at the ANAF Club, 32 Gordon Street, Guelph. Joining Ian on the bill will be Graydon James & Laura Spink from Toronto based folksters Graydon James and the Young Novelists. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are just $10. For more information, visit ianfoster.ca.
Toronto based jazz pianist Mike Janzen brings his trio to the New Life Christian Reformed Church, 400 Victoria Road N, Guelph on Saturday June 7 2014. The show, a CD release for new album “Metronome”, will feature Mike joined by George Koller on bass and Larnell Lewis on drums. Local storyteller Brad Woods completes the bill for what promises to be a fun evening of jazz and stories. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered online here.
Jess Rae Ayre, Michelle Anderson and Amber Quesnel are Sweet Alibi. They write beautiful folk-pop songs with gorgeous harmonies and they’ll be in Guelph for two shows. Friday June 13 and Saturday June 14 2014 at Magnolia Café. Tickets are just $10. Due to the intimate size of the venue, reservations are recommended. Call 519-766-4663 to book your place. It promises to be a great night. Check out the video if you don’t believe us!