With the weather turning towards winter, there’s a lot of great music to warm you up at venues across Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
It’s a great month for music! Here are just a few of the great concerts that are in store for music lovers in the area, from folk music to rock and beyond.
Washboard Hank and Reverend Ken with the McDonnel Street Gospel Quartet at the Market Hall in Peterborough on November 3
It will be a blast from the past on Sunday, November 3rd at 7 p.m. as Reverend Ken (Ramsden) and Washboard Hank (Fisher) bring their ‘Church of the Open Bottle’ reunion to Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146)
This show will be a revival of the “Red Dog Howls” that used to take place every Wednesday night in the late 1980s and early 1990s at the Red Dog Tavern in downtown Peterborough. Ken and Hank will perform lively songs, both original and traditional, along with Washboard’s band The Wringers featuring guitarist Sean Conway and bassist Tyson Galloway.
The evening will feature an opening set by Curtis Driedger’s McDonnel Street Gospel Quartet, and a special screening of Terry McEvoy’s 1980 film Amateur Night: A True Story about the Red Dog. Radio personality “Sunshine” Sean Eyre, who just celebrated his 80th birthday on November 1st, will be the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $25 including fees and can be purchased at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “Amelia Earhart” – Washboard Hank and Reverend Ken
Daniel Romano with Steve Lambke at The Garnet in Peterborough on November 8
Few Canadian artists have been as prolific over the last 10 years as Welland’s Juno-nominated Daniel Romano. Having steered his career through eclectic musical styles like country, folk, and rock, he continues to produce original and mind-blowing albums.
On Friday, November 8th, Romano takes to the stage at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107). Opening the show is singer-songwriter Steve Lambke, from the Guelph-based indie rock band Constantines.
Tickets are available for $15 in advance at The Garnet, or $20 at the door on the night of the show. This is a a great opportunity to check out what Romano is up to now as his career continues to evolve.
VIDEO: “When I Learned Your Name” – Daniel Romano
VIDEO: “Fireworks” – Steve Lambke
Annie Lou at Colborne Street Gallery in Fenelon Falls on November 10
Head to Fenelon Falls on Sunday, November 10th for a concert with Annie Lou at the Colborne Street Gallery (44 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls, 705-887-0997).
Annie Lou is the stage name of Anne Louise Genest, a composer, songwriter and performer steeped in the traditional of vintage folk traditions.
The late afternoon show begins at 5 p.m. and costs $20 in advance at the gallery. There is limited seating.
VIDEO: “Tried and True” – Annie Lou
Cassie Noble with Blond Wolf at the Cork and Bean in Peterborough on November 12
Free show alert!
Head to downtown Peterborough to the Cork and Bean (382 George St. N., Peterborough, 705- 742-0144) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th when up-and-comer Cassie Noble brings her mellow folk-rock tunes full of thought and feeling.
Opening the show will be the modern folk music of Blonde Wolf (Brandon Patitucci).
This show is sure to feature tunes perfect for a chilly November evening in a coffee house-like atmosphere.
VIDEO: “Lost At Sea” – Cassie Noble
VIDEO: “Truth” – Blond Wolf
Hollerado at The Red Dog in Peterborough on November 14
Formed in Ottawa in 2007, indie rockers Hollerado are touring one last time before they disband for good.
The Juno-nominated band’s final show in Peterborough will be at 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710).
Full on rock and roll anthems will be the order of the night. Tickets are $20 available in advance at www.ticketscene.ca/events/24633/ and at the door.
VIDEO: “Americanarama” – Hollerado
Corin Raymond with Mike Kerr at The Garnet in Peterborough on November 17
Corin Raymond, one of Canada’s great songwriters and deliverers of beautiful and clever narratives, returns to The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107) on Sunday, November 17th.
Raymond has been making records for almost two decades, and his latest album Dirty Mansions has just been released along with a beautiful accompanying book. His songs take you from tears to laughter in the turn of a phrase and the switch of a chord.
Joining Raymond will be the great Mike T. Kerr, who is an excellent lead player and a gifted songwriter himself.
Tickets are $20 plus fees in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4415391 and $25 at the door. The show begins around 7:30 p.m.
VIDEO: “Hamilton” – Corin Raymond
VIDEO: “Working On It” – Mike Kerr
Colin Linden at the Market Hall in Peterborough on November 20
A kawarthaNOW favourite, Canadian blues/roots musician Colin Linden comes to Peterborough on Wednesday, November 20th at 8 p.m. to perform at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
The singer-songwriter and slide guitar virtuoso, who performs in Blackie and the Rodeo Kings along with his friends Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing, is also an accomplished producer having over 70 albums to his credit as producer. He has been a sideman to such talented folks as Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and more.
VIDEO: “Sometimes It Comes So Easy” – Colin Linden with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Linden has won nine Junos and multiple Maple Blues Awards, and was nominated for a Grammy. He was also the musical director during all six seasons of the hit TV show Nashville, where he has lived since the 1990s.
Excellent guitar work and spirited tunes drive Linden’s live show to high heights. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Canada’s true musical icons.
Tickets are $28 general admission or $33 for assigned cabaret table seats (all fees included). Tickets are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: “Smoke ‘Em All” – Colin Linden
VIDEO: “Rich in Love” – Colin Linden
Countermeasure at Showplace in Peterborough on November 29
If you’re a fan of a capella music, you won’t want to miss the Toronto group Countermeasure, who perform for the first time in Peterborough at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7469) at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 29th.
Led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, Countermeasure features 13 of Canada’s top vocal talents — including two members from Peterborough — who have received critical acclaim and standing ovations around the world for their innovative arrangements of pop favourites, classic jazz standards, and original songs.
Their shows also incorporate live looping, instrument imitation, and vocal percussion, as well as flawless harmonies and dramatic choreography.
Tickets are $34 and are available now in person at the Showplace box office, by phone at 705-742-7469, and online.
VIDEO: “Life Is Fine” – Countermeasure
The Traveling Milburys at the Market Hall in Peterborough on November 29
I don’t often promote tribute shows in this column, however I’m pretty excited about one on Friday, November 29th at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146), as The Traveling Milburys take the stage at 8 p.m.
This is of course a tribute to one of the music’s best supergroups, The Traveling Wilburys, who were originally made up of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne.
With members selected from the best tribute bands in Canada (Jerry Boyer as George Harrison, Roy Leblanc as Roy Orbison, Gerry Parsons as Tom Petty, John Cassano as Jeff Lynne, and Matt Greenberg as Bob Dylan), The Traveling Milburys recreates the look and sound of the Wilburys, backed up by Danny Sandwell on drums, Rick Hyatt on keyboards, and Mike Berardelli on bass.
This show will feature a collection of the Wilburys’ best-known tunes, along with hit songs from the individual artists who made up the band. Tickets are $35 including fees and are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at markethall.org.
VIDEO: The Traveling Milburys