October is a beautiful month: falling leaves and a crispness in the air that is usually mild enough, yet hints at winter. It’s also a month with some amazing shows in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, featuring some all-time favourite kawarthaNOW acts and much more. Here are just a few shows that I think are well worth getting out of the house for.
Sarah DeCarlo and Lacey Hill at The Garnet in Peterborough on October 5
A couple of very talented ladies take the stage on Thursday, October 5th at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107).
Peterborough’s Sarah DeCarlo brings her catchy songs that move in and out of rock, folk, and pop, and Six Nations’ songstress Lacey Hill brings her emotionally wide-ranging songs to the stage.
This will be a great double bill of fantastic songwriting. The show begins around 9 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.
VIDEO: “Wind and Feathers” – Lacey Hill
Chloe Charles at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 5
Speaking of talented ladies, another great option on Thursday, October 5th is Canadian singer-songwriter Chloe Charles, who makes her first-ever Peterborough appearance at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
From Uxbridge, Charles has received a lot of critical acclaim overseas and here at home, but isn’t yet well known among the general public. But she’s a huge talent, with her original sound mixing the folk, soul, pop, jazz, and classical genres. She’s also an accomplished guitarist (Guitar World called her one of the “10 female guitarists you should know”).
The show starts at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $25 including fees ($15 including fees for students) or $30 including fees for assigned cabaret seating. You can get them at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org. General admission are also available (cash only) at Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425).
VIDEO: “Black & White” – Chloe Charles
Richard Inman at The Garnet in Peterborough on October 5
Go see Richard Inman on Monday, October 9th at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107).
Just a few words about this show: he’ll inspire you while he breaks your heart. The Winnipeg artist is one of the best young songwriters out there, walking the path that artists like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark have before him.
Tickets are available at the show and it begins around 9 p.m.
VIDEO: “Redemption” – Richard Inman
Peter Katz at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 14
Excellent Toronto singer-songwriter Peter Katz is touring in support of his new sonically rich record We Are The Reckoning and will be coming to Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) on Saturday, October 14th at 8 p.m.
Katz has had Juno nods, been named Best Male Vocalist in NOW Magazine, toured relentlessly, and worked on songs for his new record for two solid years.
Tickets are $25 for general admission seats ($20 for students) and $30 for cabaret table seats. Tickets are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “Brother” – Peter Katz (featuring Royal Wood)
The Silver Hearts at The Red Dog in Peterborough on October 14
Also on Thursday, October 14th will be another great show featuring Peterborough’s own The Silver Hearts at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710).
The legendary local band has gone through some changes over the years, but they still play their rag-tag brand of jazz meets Tin Pan Alley meets rock and roll.
The show begins at 10 p.m. and goes all night. Tickets are available at the door.
VIDEO: “One Kind Favour” – The Silver Hearts
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 21
Only a few tickets are left for Canadian roots-rock supergroup — and one of the best live bands you’ll ever see — Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, who return to Peterborough on Saturday, October 21st to play at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
The band, originally formed as a one-off to make a tribute album of the songs of Willie P. Bennett, includes great Canadian musicians Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond), Stephen Fearing, and producer/guitarist extraordinare Colin Linden. It’s a three-headed monster of roots music.
Their rhythm section, made up of Gary Craig and John Dymond (currently touring with Bruce Cockburn), drive the music home with masterful drums and bass respectively. I can’t say enough god things about this band. Willie P. would be proud.
The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $48 for floor seats. Tickets are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “White Line” – Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
Elliott Brood at The Red Dog in Peterborough on October 21
Starting pretty much as soon as the Blackie show is done, and around the corner on Hunter Street, Canadian stomping roots artists Elliott Brood take the stage on Thursday, October 21st at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710).
The band is touring their latest record Ghost Gardens and they just keep getting better. Opening the show will be Odd Years.
Tickets are $20, available in advance at wwww.ticketscene.ca/events/18330/, and the music starts at 10:30 p.m.
VIDEO: “Dig a Little Hole” – Elliott Brood
Barenaked Ladies at Showplace in Peterborough on October 24
Check out Barenaked Ladies in a relatively intimate atmosphere on Tuesday, October 24th when they perform at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7469), beginning at 8 p.m.
The band is on their “Canada 1 Five 0 Tour” across the country. You can be sure they will play a bunch of their hits and much more, including songs from their 16th studio album Fake Nudes.
The regular ticket price is $95.53 but, if you’re a big BNL fan, VIP tickets are still available for $205.64 and $303.51 which gives you a premium seat, pre-show soundcheck access, swag and more. More details as well as tickets are available at the Showplace Box Office or online at www.showplace.org.
VIDEO: “Bringing It Home” – Barenaked Ladies
Johannes Linstead at Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port HOpe on October 27
Acclaimed guitar player Johannes Linstead brings his genre busting show to Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (20 Queen St., Port Hope, 905-885-1071) on Friday, October 27th at 8 p.m.
Linstead has won a ton of awards, including “Best Album”, Canada’s “Guitarist of the Year” and “People’s Choice” in the UK, and he has had six albums on the top 10 Billboard charts in the U.S.. His music drifts from Afro-Cuban to Spanish and beyond and his band features congas, bongos, accordion, and more.
Tickets are $39 and are available at the Capitol Box Office or online at www.capitoltheatre.com.
VIDEO: “Djunga” – Johannes Linstead
Elton Lammie at The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall in Cobourg on October 29
Fans of country music are in for a treat on Sunday, October 29th at 2 p.m. as British Columbia artist Elton Lammie takes the stage at The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall (55 King St. W., Cobourg, 905-372-2210).
Lammie has a wide background in music, including extensive radio and TV credits. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable at a drum set as he is with a guitar.
Tickets are $20+HST for reserved cabaret-style seating, and can be reserved by calling 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210.
VIDEO: “We Should Find Out” – Elton Lammie