September always has a special feeling to it. The days remain are but the nights get cooler, students of all ages head back to school, and the everyday hustle and bustle returns after a relaxed summer.
Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve been here your whole life, there’s a ton of great live music to experience in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here are just a few of the events to get out and enjoy:
Brooke Wylie at the Red Dog in Peterborough on September 5
All the way from Alberta, singer and songwriter Brooke Wylie will be performing at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710) on Thursday, September 5th as part of The Weber Brothers’ WE Thursdays concert series.
Wylie can make you smile, cry, and smile again within a couple songs and her presence on stage and pure voice are not to be missed. The show begins at 8 p.m. and costs $10 at the door.
VIDEO: “If I Had A Little Girl” – Brooke Wylie
The Tebworth Brothers at the Orono Fair on September 5
There is nothing like a fall fair to really usher in the autumn vibes. Head on out to the Orono Fairgrounds (2 Princess St., Orono) for the Orono Fair from Thursday, September 5th to Sunday, September 8th. The theme for 2019 is “Connecting Country and Community.”
The fair is a cornucopia of livestock shows, a midway, horse pulls, cultural expressions, culinary arts, visual arts, and of course live music. On Thursday night, The Tebworth Brothers — headed by teenage brothers Wyatt and Marshal — will be performing their traditional bluegrass music in the area. There’s also a fiddle contest on Friday evening.
For a listing of all of the events and prices, visit www.oronofair.com,
VIDEO: The Tebworth Brothers
The Sadies, The Good Brothers, and more at the Creekside Music Festival in Apsley on September 6 and 7
You might think all music festivals are done by September, but that’s not true: check out the 2nd annual Creekside Music Festival on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th at Eel’s Creek near Apsley.
There is an excellent array of music including surf/western/garage rock heroes The Sadies featuring Travis and Dallas Good. The father and uncles of those two, The Good Brothers, will also be there. There’s also the Melissa Payne Band, Mayhemingways, Ace and the Kid and more!
For all of the schedule details and pricing information, head to creeksidemusicfestival.ca
VIDEO: Pretty Polly/Sunset To Dawn – The Sadies
The Silver Hearts trio at Keene Centre for the Arts on September 13
The tiny village of Keene is starting to heat up as a happening music spot. Muddy’s Pit BBQ hosts Sunday afternoon shows throughout the summer and now the Keene Centre for the Arts (12 First St., Keene) hosts regular concerts of local and touring acts.
On Friday, September 13th, a trio of members from legendary Peterborough band The Silver Hearts performing there. Charlie Glasspool, Tiny Davis, and Wyatt Burton will take the stage performing their jazzy/rootsy/old blues music. Opening the show will be true artist and avant-garde performer Saskia Crescentia from Gore’s Landing.
The show begins at 7 p.m. and costs $20. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com/e/the-silver-hearts-tickets-66890436095.
VIDEO: “No Grave” – The Silver Hearts
Jill Barber at the Market Hall in Peterborough on September 17
Two-time Juno award winner Jill Barber returns to town with her classy jazz-tinged music on Tuesday, September 17th at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
One of her shows is a little like stepping back in time to a bygone era. Her latest record Fool’s Gold has been critically acclaimed and is another solid effort by the Canadian artist.
This concert is a little different: as part of her “Dedicated To You” tour, Jill will be performing songs requested by her fans. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $38, all fees included.
Tickets are available atthe Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: Jill Barber on her “Dedicated to You” tour
Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band at The Garnet in Peterborough on September 18
Peterborough Pride has a ton of events in mid-September, and one of the great live music evenings will feature Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band on Wednesday, September 18th at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107).
Nagoda is a Toronto LGBT bluesman born with cerebral palsy who plays double slide guitar and brings his own brand of self-described ‘queer electric blues’ to the stage. The show begins at 8 p.m. and costs $10 at the door.
For a full listing of Peterborough Pride events, visit our special Pride events column.
Busker’s Blues – Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band
The Sheepdogs at Cultivate Festival in Port Hope on September 20
Cultivate Festival, one of Port Hope and area’s favourite events, returns for another year from Friday, September 20th to Sunday, September 22nd. The annual festival features music, local food, and fun for the entire family.
Live music on Friday includes Canadian vintage rock and roll stars The Sheepdogs (including Bailieboro’s own Jimmy Bowskill), country band Johnson Crook, ethereal rocker Kate Boothman, and bluesy/rock artist Conor Gains. On Saturday, performers include Lemon Bucket Orchestra, DJ NDN, Elliott Brood, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Northern Hearts, Andrew Queen, and the Ganaraska Sheiks. Sunday’s lineup features Tanika Charles & The Wonderful, Craig Cardiff, Hill & Landing, David Newland, and Kim Doolittle and Emily Burgess.
There is literally something for everyone — a great weekend await!. For tickets and more information, visit cultivatefestival.ca.
VIDEO: “Saturday Night” – The Sheepdogs
Mayhemingways at The Garnet in Peterborough on September 21
Time for some shameless self-promotion: Peterborough fuzz-folk duo Mayhemingways (featuring Benj Rowland and myself) will be back at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107) on Saturday, September 21st for a pair of intimate shows.
Benj and I have toured Canada extensively, including opening for and backing up Joel Plaskett and his father Bill in 2017 — a tour that included venues like Massey Hall in Toronto and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
This is a rare chance to see Mayhemingways in Peterborough in a small room, performing some new songs and old favourites. There will be a matinee show at 3 p.m. and an evening show at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. There are limited tickets for each show available at The Garnet or online at www.ticketscene.ca/venues/2728/.
VIDEO: “Atlantic City” – Mayhemingways
Angie Hilts at The Silver Bean in Peterborough on September 28
Excellent Peterborough-born singer-songwriter Angie Hilts will release her new record Great Escape at The Silver Bean (130 King St., Peterborough) from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th.
Earlier in the month, Hilts and her band are performing a release show at The Burdock in Toronto, and the Sliver Bean show is a great chance for Peterborough folks to take in her tunes.
Admission is $15, or $25 for a copy of her new CD.
VIDEO: “I’ll Wait” – Angie Hilts