Live Music Events Calendar
Lisa has had the great pleasure of “learning on the job” while performing with many of the area’s finest players. She has played in the International Blues Challenge 2014, Southside Shuffle, Durham West Blues Festival, Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Kempenfest, Orillia Jazz Festival and Spring Blues Festival, Jazzmania Festival, Collingwood Summer Jazz and Blues Concert Series and the Canadian Big Band Festival along with many gigs at local venues and at private parties. Lisa has enjoyed performing with such notables as Chuck Jackson, Roly Platt and Wayne Buttery. She has gained a great deal of knowledge and inspiration from Ronnie Douglas and his band.
Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay area soul band Tower of Power. The funk, the excitement and the soul. Based in Toronto, Canada.
OAKLAND STROKE IS A TEN PIECE FUNK & SOUL BAND:
Lou Pomanti – organ
Tony Carlucci – trumpet
George St. Kitts – vocals
John Johnson – tenor sax
Marc Rogers – bass
Lou Bartolomucci – guitar
Chris Howells – trumpet
John Panchyshyn – tenor sax, vocals
Simon Wallis – baritone sax
Steve Heathcote – drums
Bernie Sandor – sound
The band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci.
Composer, producer, musician, Gemini Award winner and 5 time nominee, Lou Pomanti is highly respected nationwide as one of the country’s finest musical talents. With over 25 years of credits in scoring, songwriting and performing his expertise has awarded him hundreds of musical projects for film, television and album work.
In 1980, Lou received a call from David Clayton-Thomas asking him to join Blood, Sweat and Tears on their world tour. This kickstarted him into a whirlwind period over the next 2 decades of playing with a who’s who of the North American music scene, from Anne Murray to Kim Mitchell, from Gordon Lightfoot to Platinum Blonde, from Triumph to Leonard Cohen, from Jeff Healey to Michael Bublé. Lou has just finished producing and arranging Clayton’s new CD for Universal … “Soul Ballads”.
Started when his father introduced him to the trumpet. He was nine. By the age of eleven, he was playing in weekend bands and studying under Canada’s premier trumpet teacher, Dr. Don Johnson. By fifteen, Tony was a regular in Toronto’s music theater scene, performing in such shows as “West Side Story,” “The Pajama Game” and “A little Night Music,” and held a chair in Canada’s Youth Orchestra.
At age 22, Tony landed his first musical director job for New Zealand’s top show singer, Frankie Stevens, touring Canada’s top show rooms for six months.
Working regularly on the CBC Television Network in the eighties, Tony played with such artist as Corey Hart, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Frozen Ghost, Percy Sledge, the Drifters, Sam and Dave, the Spoons, Zappacosta, Rita McNeil, Don Rickles and Paul Anka.
In 1989, Tony started his own group, Synthetic Earth, and began composing music. The group was runner up in the Hennessy Jazz Search in Los Angeles that year. His Amarosa Music production company provides live and original recorded music for large corporate functions worldwide, including exotic destinations like Thailand and Hong Kong.
Jack is Back..!!
Jack de Keyzer is a “United Kingdom”-born Canadian blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. He has twice won the Juno Award, Canada’s highest musical honour, and seven times received Maple Blues Awards, including for Blues Album of the Year in 2000 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Real Blues Magazine crowned him Live Act Of The Year in 2001, and has twice named him Guitarist of the Year.
The finest blues guitarist in Canada” Jeff Healey
If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” Bob Dylan
From the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC, virtuoso guitarist, Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 8 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. An incendiary live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 180 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World class.
Led by accomplished frontman Fraser Melvin (Guitar & Vocals), this remarkable 4-piece band performs a mixture of Blues, Roots, and R&B. Formed in 2008, the Fraser Melvin Band rounded out their lineup when Alex Furlott (Bass) and Fraser met Jonathan Hyde (Drums) and Andrew Moljgun (Saxes & Tambourine) in college. This tight group quickly earned its popularity with crowds across Ontario and Quebec with their energetic live performances and musicianship displayed through a diversified repertoire of tunes. From their countryfied covers of Jimi Hendrix, to their funk interpretations of Bob Dylan, to their own soulful originals, the FMB draws on a wide variety of influences throughout their set. The quartet has performed at numerous festivals including the Kitchener Blues Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Norfolk ’N’ Blues Festival. In 2012 they competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. With a lead singer that sounds 30 years his senior, a honkin’ sax man, and a rhythm section that grooves, the exciting and entertaining Fraser Melvin Band will get you out of your seat, shaking a hip, and singing along.
Attracting rave reviews as “Outta Control”- the highly successful Dance Music Trio – She topped the charts with music videos and singles in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States.
Kimberley Wetmore’s powerfull and dynamic voice has captivated audiences worldwide!
COMING OF AGE is Collingwood’s best classic rock band.
Coming of Age is a group of musicians with over 30 years of experience in playing venues throughout Canada. With a set list covering Classic Rock, New Rock, Funk and Pop, Coming of Age performs songs to engage audiences of various ages and musical tastes.
Led by the powerhouse vocals of Ted Wright, Coming of Age features the lead guitar prowess of Darren Whalen, the outstanding harmony vocals and rhythm guitar work of John Gabriele, and the thunderous and solid backbeat provided by bassist Ron Pretli and drummer Rich Sherkin.
Sharing a love and respect for Rock music, Coming of Age features a set list of well-loved but not over-played rock and roll. You’ll hear many classics, old and new, but you will also be surprised by songs that you haven’t heard in a long time. Coming of Age’s set list includes songs by Deep Purple, Foreigner, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Billy Idol, The Cult, Bruno Mars, Tragically Hip, the Talking Heads, and many more songs guaranteed to get people up and on their feet.