As the weather gets cool and the leaves begin to turn, there is a lot of special music coming up indoors in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
From country to synth, from homegrown talent to Newfoundland comedy, to pop/folk from Winnipeg, we are so lucky to have so much quality music around us. Get out and check out these shows and more!
Jenny Whiteley at The Loft in Cobourg on October 1
Fans of folk and roots will love Jenny Whiteley‘s new record The Original Jenny Whiteley and they will have a chance to see her play at The Loft (201 Division Street, Cobourg, 416-895-1234) on Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m.
The two-time Juno winner teamed up with the members of Sheesham and Lotus (Sam Allison and Teillard Frost) to create a stripped-down album full of country charm.
Tickets are $20 plus service fees. Call 905-372-2210 for more information and to reserve tickets.
“Morning Blues” – Jenny Whitely
Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers at the Capitol in Port Hope on October 2
Newfoundland’s Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers will provide laughs a plenty in Port Hope at the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (20 Queen St., Port Hope, 905-885-1071) on Sunday, October 2nd at 3 p.m.
The legendary musical comedy group are known for highlighting eccentricities of their homeland and even the occasional serious tune about home. Their family-friendly show has made them fans all across Canada.
Tickets are $39 (including fees) and are available at the Capitol Box Office or online at www.capitoltheatre.com.
“The Truck” – Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers
Oxford Blue and Kenny James at The Garnet in Peterborough on October 2
Sunday, October 2nd will feature the alt-country stylings of two really cool dudes at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107).
Oxford Blue and Kenny James are both examples of artists working to reinvent country music. They each take elements from the greats and add twists and lyrical turns of their own. I highly recommend getting to The Garnet for this show.
Tickets are available at the door and the music begins around 9 p.m.
“Lead Me Away” – Oxford Blue
“Truck Stop” – Kenny James
Snowblink with Nick Procyshyn and the Bad Milk at The Garnet in Peterborough on October 7
Genre-bending duo Snowblink, who are on the Arts & Crafts label, are making their way to The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107) on Friday, October 7th.
Their music is layered with synths, drum loops, lovely vocals and an intangible dash of creativity. Opening the show will be local band and Peterborough Folk Festival Emerging Artist Nick Procyshyn and the Bad Milk.
Tickets are available at the door with the show beginning around 10 p.m.
“Goodbye Eyes” – Snowblink
“Upon” – Nick Procyshyn and The Bad Milk
The Lonely Parade with Casper Skulls and Stacey Green Jumps at The Spill in Peterborough on October 7
Just a short stroll from The Garnet there’s another great show on Friday, October 7th at The Spill (414 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-748-6167) as Peterborough lady rockers The Lonely Parade release their brand new album No Shade.
Their music can be described as “art punk” and the album will be available on CD and on cassette (with download).
Joining these talented women will be Toronto’s Casper Skulls, who play ‘sweet post punk’, and another Peterborough band Stacey Green Jumps, who venture into riffy power pop.
Tickets are $8 or pay what you can at the door and the all-ages show begins at 9:30 p.m., with doors opening at 9 p.m.
“Window” – The Lonely Parade
“King Of Gold” – Casper Skulls
Stacey Green Jumps – Cold Tea Sessions
Johannes Linstead at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 14
Craving music with some worldly influences? Johannes Linstead‘s show is full of Afro-Cuban beats and fiery Spanish guitar work by Canada’s “Guitarist of the Year”. He will be in Peterborough at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) on Friday, October 14th.
For his “Guitar of Fire!” show, the Juno nominee will arrive with a great band featuring accordion along with a red hot rhythm section.
General admission tickets start at $32 for adults and $23 for students (table seating is also available). Order tickets at the Market Hall Box Office or online at www.markethall.org. Tickets are also available (cash only) at Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425).
Johannes Linstead at 2015 Toronto Beaches Jazz StreetFest
Djunga – Johannes Linstead
Al Tuck at Catalina’s in Peterborough on October 15
The brilliant song-writing of Prince Edward Island’s Al Tuck will be on display at a matinee on Saturday, October 15th at Catalina’s (131 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-5972) beginning at 3 p.m.
Tuck’s writing ranges from the personal to the universal to songs about Canadian icons on numerous albums over a couple decades. His latest album Fair Country has been praised by critics and has had a ton of airplay on Canadian campus and community radio.
Tickets will be available at the door. You don’t want to miss this show.
“Always on my Mind” performed by Al Tuck
Devan and Khalid at Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault in Lindsay on October 16
There’s a new cozy spot for music in Lindsay, as Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault (148 Kent St. W., Lindsay, 705-878-8884) presents music occasionally. On Sunday, October 16th, the coffee shop will have Toronto’s Devan and Khalid performing.
The duo, who also go by Wild Rivers, have a sweet pop/folk sensibility — akin to something you might hear on a satellite radio coffee channel. A perfect fit really.
The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.
No Ribbons – Devan and Khalid
Jadea Kelly with Sweet Alibi at the Gordon Best in Peterborough on October 19
A lovely double bill is coming to Peterborough on Wednesday, October 19th at the Gordon Best Theatre (216 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-876-8884).
Peterborough Folk Festival presents the beautiful voice and songs of Jadea Kelly, who will be joined by Winnipeg’s sweethearts Sweet Alibi. Both acts have received accolades for their newest albums.
Tickets are only $15 plus fees and are available through the Peterborough Folk Festival website at www.peterboroughfolkfest.com.
“Good Girl” – Jadea Kelly
“Middle Ground” – Sweet Alibi
Heart of the Gold: The Songs of Neil Young at Market Hall in Peterborough on October 22
I don’t usually write about tribute shows but since October is my ideal time to listen to Neil Young’s catalog, I recommend Heart of the Gold: The Songs of Neil Young at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) on Saturday, October 22nd.
The show is presented by Brian Risk Music and will include classic Neil tunes like “After The Gold Rush”, “Southern Man”, “Cinnamon Girl”, “The Needle and the Damage Done”, “Old Man”, and more.
Tickets are $28 for general admission and $33 for assigned cabaret seating, available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at www.markethall.org. Tickets are also available (cash only) at Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425).
Donovan Woods and Joey Landreth at the Gordon Best in Peterborough on October 23
On Sunday, October 23rd, just days after the Jadea Kelly/Sweet Alibi show, Peterborough Folk Festival will present another great show at the Gordon Best Theatre (216 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-876-8884) as smooth-voiced Donovan Woods and Bros. Landreth member Joey Landreth take the stage.
Donovan Woods (originally from Sarnia) was nominated for a Juno this past year and has been riding high as his star is on the rise. Joey Landreth is the lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of the Juno award winning The Bros. Landreth.
Tickets are $15 and available at the Peterborough Folk Festival website at www.peterboroughfolkfest.com. The show begins at 8 p.m.
“On the Nights You Stay Home” – Donovan Woods
“Made Up Mind” – Joey Landreth
TUNS with Young Rival at the Red Dog in Peterborough on October 27
The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710) will host a Canadian supergroup on Thursday, October 27th as TUNS comes to town.
The band features Sloan bassist/vocalist Chris Murphy, Super Friendz/Flashing Lights Matt Murphy, and Inbreds frontman Mike O’Neill. It’s indie rock stuff with hints of power-pop. Opening the show will be up and comers Young Rival.
Tickets are $10, available in advance online at ticketscene.ca and at the Red Dog, or at the door. The show begins around 10 p.m.
“Mind Over Matter” – TUNS
“Interior Light” – Young Rival
Bobby Watson album release at the Red Dog in Peterborough on October 28
Hometown hero Bobby Watson‘s new album will be released on Friday, October 28th at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710) in a show presented by another hometown hero, and the album’s producer, Greg Wells.
The evening kicks off at 8 p.m. with the album being played in its entirety, and afterwards Bobby and a band will play tunes all night long.
Admission is free.
“Since I Fell for You” performed by Bobby Watson
Willie Stratton with Mayhemingways at Catalina’s on October 30
Ghosts and ghouls (and those dressed like Super Mario), get ready for an all-ages Halloween Matinee on Sunday, October 30th at Catalina’s (131 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-5972) featuring Halifax’s Willie Stratton and local duo Mayhemingways.
Bring your costume, and bring your child or grandchild in their costume. There will be a costume contest and beverages and snacks available.
Tickets are $10 (get on the list at Catalina’s) in advance or $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free! The show begins around 3 p.m.
“Sittin’ Here a-Waitin'” – Willie Stratton
“Finnish Polka/Salmontails Up The Water” – Mayhemingways