October is a perfect month for getting out to live music. It’s not yet winter, but the weather is just cool enough to cozy up with your favourite beverage while listening to some tunes.
This month, there’s a lot of great music happening in Peterborough and the Kawarthas — in particular at the Market Hall in Peterborough. Enjoy!
Choir! Choir! Choir! at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 5
Choir! Choir! Choir! is not your average show, and definitely not your average choir. It’s a community choir established in 2011 in Toronto by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman and, on Friday, October 5th at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146), it can include you!
Audience members arrive and are taught to sing parts of original arrangements of some beloved tunes. “It’s interacive theatre. It’s stand up comedy. It’s a concert like you’ve never seen before.” Choir! Choir! Choir! has performed with artists such as Patti Smith, David Byrne, Joel Plaskett, and much more.
Tickets are $35 at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org. The show begins at 8 p.m.
VIDEO: Choir! Choir! Choir! sings “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith
Steve Hill at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 6
There are one-man bands, and then there are really impressive one-man bands. Steve Hill is definitely in the second category. His music is driving electric-based blues and he does it well. On Saturday, October 6th, he will bring his show to Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
Hill delivers excellent guitar chops and strong vocals, while he also provides some great drumming. He won the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year in 2015 and multiple Maple Blues Awards this year.
Tickets for the show are $45 and are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “Rollin’ & Tumblin / Stop Breaking Down / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Steve Hill
Mock Deer at The Garnet in Peterborough on October 7
Alt-folk artist Mock Deer (Ricky Damiani) from the UK is performing at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107) on Sunday, October 7th.
His tunes are meaningful and expressive, and his selt-taught guitar style adds lush layers to his songwriting. Get out and suport an artist who has travelled a long way from hom to bring his tunes to us.
Tickets are $7 and are available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting close to 8 p.m.
VIDEO: “Pork Chop Suites” – Mock Deer
The Music of ABBA at Showplace in Peterborough on October 12, 13, and 14
A special fundraiser for Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7469) this month features a made-in-Peterborough show featuring your favourite tunes from Swedish pop music icons ABBA.
Showplace Celebrates The Music of ABBA includes 12 local singers (Bill Crane, Rosemarie Barnes, Roy Braun, Karen Ruth Brown, Kevin Carter, Christie Freeman, Gillian Harknett, Tim Jeffries, Heather Knetchel, Theresa McMullen, Darcy Mullen, and Kristin Taylor) and six dancers (Susie Cox, Heather Boyd, Madie Earle, Jake Roberts, and Melissa Earle).
You can expect to hear (and sing along to) famous tunes like “Dancing Queen”, “S.O.S.”, “Mamma Mia”, “The Name of the Game”, “Super Trouper”, “Fernando”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “The Winner Takes It All”, and many more.
There are three performances, at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 14th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34, with proceeds going to the not-for-profit organization’s campaign to raise funds to purchase new seating for the main theatre.
You can get tickets at the Showplace Box Office or online at www.showplace.org.
VIDEO: The ABBA Top 40: Their Greatest Hits
A Folk Song History at Lang Pioneer Village in Keene on October 12 and 13
Lang Pioneer Village (104 Lang Rd., Keene, 705-295-6694) plays host to two evenings of local music history and performance on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th, with both performances at 7:30 p.m.
A Folk Song History of the Peterborough Region in Words & Music will highlight the huge number of folk songs originating and coming through the area during the 20th century. These tunes were orally transmitted over the years and music scholar Edith Fowke is accredited with being an important figure in documenting these tunes.
The performers will be Dr. Allan Kirby, Cheryl Casslemand, Howard Baer, and Michael O’Toole. This should be a very interesting show for music lovers as well as those with an interest in local history.
Tickets are $25 per person and you must order them in advance online at www.langpioneervillage.ca.
VIDEO: “By the Hush, Me Boys” sung by 0. J. Abbott, Hull, Quebec, 1957
The Young’uns at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 14
Folk Under the Clock opens its 32nd season with a fantastic matinee show featuring English trio The Young’uns at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) on Sunday, October 14th.
Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes, and David Eagle hail from the Teeside area in northeast England. Their music is primarily acapella with great three-part harmonies and their show is a mix of quick-fire banter and social commentary along with those excellent harmonies.
They have played some pretty big festivals in Canada over the past couple years including Vancouver, Mariposa, Canmore. and Calgary Folk Fest.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 are available the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “John Hill” – The Young’uns
Rick Fines at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 19
Rick Fines is a homegrown Peterborough artist who has been performing in Canada and world-wide for several decades now. On Friday, October 19th, Rick brings his blues and folk and beyond sound to Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) for a hometown show.
This show will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Rick’s most popular album Riley Wants His Life Back. He will also be performing some brand new tunes from his upcoming record. The band will feature Rob Phillips on keys, Richard Simpkins on bass, and John Crown on drums.
Tickets are $35 for general admission seats and $43 for assigned cabaret seating. Tickets are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “Riley Wants His Life Back” – Rick Fines
Moon vs Sun (Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida) at Showplace in Peterborough on October 23
Two voices of the 1990s (and beyond) combine on Tuesday, October 23rd at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7469).
Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) are partners off stage and they have endeavoured upon a project together on stage. Moon vs Sun is a combination of new originals, and pre-existing Our Lady Peace and Kreviazuk tunes.
Tickets are $53 and are available at the Showplace Box Office or online at www.showplace.org.
VIDEO: “I Love It When You Make Me Beg” – Moon vs Sun
Oysters 3 at the Market Hall in Peterborough on October 27
Folk Under the Clock presents a second show in October, with a performance by Oysters 3 will perform on Saturday, October 27th at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
The trio (John Jones, Alan Prosser, and Ian Telfer) is made up of the founding members of Oysterband, a critically acclaimed British folk rock and folk punk band that has been touring since 1976. Their tune “When I’m Up I Can’t Get Down” was famously coverd by Canada’s Great Big Sea.
Tickets are $45 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Get your tickets at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “Bury Me Standing” – Oysters 3