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Feb
17
Sat
Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show
Feb 17 @ 9:00 pm

Meet the Maple blues award-winning Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and an imaginative harmonica player that has been a strong force in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he’s crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.

Over the years Harpdog, yes that is his real name as his passport will attest, has issued 4 CD’s to critical acclaim.  Back in 1995 his Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the Best North West Blues Release, from the Cascade Blues Association in Portland.  He is still the only Canadian to do so.  A Juno Nomination for the best Blues Release in Canada followed that same year.  Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturally was voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.  Most recently Harpdog was honoured with his second consecutive Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society. Add to that a second consecutive nomination for Blues Artist of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards.  These are outstanding accomplishments that clearly solidify his rise in popularity and a new beginning in his career.

The album that delivered his first Maple Blues Award, titled What It Is, maintained status in the blues and roots charts throughout the year and in fact was ranked #20 worldwide Roots Music Report: Top 100 Blues Albums of 2014.  Two songs on that album, Whiskey Bottle and In My Younger Days remained in the TOP 100 Songs for that same year.  It is a great collection of live, off the floor originals and a few well placed covers that resonate well with blues fans of every vintage.  Harpdog’s original How Come is a fan favourite and earned regular rotation on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM.

It is clear that Harpdog rules the blues scene in the Vancouver, BC area where his current project, Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show is poised to launch a new album September 1, 2016 followed by a North American Tour.   After mounting their cross-Canada tour in the fall of 2015, this will be another a collaboration project with none other than Little Victor Mac. In fact Victor is producing the album and will also make a guest appearance.  Labeled the Beale Street Blues Bopper and the King of Grit, Victor has played with Hubert Sumlin, Louisianna Red, RL Burnside and is working on his 9th album, Buzzed, Busted & Broke with Kim Wilson, Carl Sonny Leyland and Big John Atkinson.

As Harpdog recently put it, “After more than 30 years of blood, sweat and tears, it feels like I’m just getting started.  I’m only 54 – that’s young in the blues world!

Harpdog Brown is bringing his authentic Travelin’ Blues Show

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Feb
22
Thu
Lisa Hutchinson Band
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm

_mg_9334blown-out-jpg-opt383x574o00s383x574Lisa 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.

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Feb
23
Fri
Wayne Buttery with The Collective
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Wayne Buttery with The Collective @ Harbour Street Fish Bar

The Collective All-Star Band

Check out the amazing bios of this week’s top-notch musicians:

Wayne Buttery 

From the mid to late 1960s, Wayne performed with a number of local bands at high school dances, parties, etc. It wasn’t until early 1970 when Wayne became one of the founding members of the popular Toronto based nostalgia show band, BANANAS. Later in the mid 1980’s he went on to perform with MIDDLE AGED CRAZYS and in 1989 founded “The Bluenotes”. In 1991 Wayne moved to Central Ontario’s, Orr Lake community near the town of Elmvale where he often performs solo in local venues and resorts.

Danny Weis

Raised in San Diego, California, where he was taught guitar by his father Johnny Weis, a well-known country jazz guitarist who performed with many Grand Ole Opry stars including Johnny Cash and Tex Ritter. At their home, legendary jazz guitar great Barney Kessel was frequently found jamming and trading guitar licks in the living room with Danny and his dad. These early influences formed the foundation of Danny’s strong sense of melody, bluesy lines, and the unique funky rhythmic style that define his trademark guitar sound.

At 18 Danny co-founded Iron Butterfly and performed at famous Sunset Strip clubs like The Whiskey Au Go Go and The Troubadour. He caught the eye of Elektra Records producer Paul Rothchild who presented Danny with an offer to join super group, Rhinoceros. He accepted and went on to record three albums with the group and co-wrote their instrumental hit Apricot Brandy. Danny has shared the stage with musical legends Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby, Ray Charles, The Bee Gees, The Who, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears and Jimi Hendrix. He as toured and recorded with The Everly Brothers, Burton Cummings, The Rascals, Lou Reed, Melissa Manchester and others.

In 1979 he was musical director and performed in the movie The Rose, starring Bette Midler, for which he received gold and platinum American Music Awards. In 2005, Marshmellow Records recorded and released Danny’s first solo project Sweet Spot which features an exciting mix of smooth jazz, funk and R & B originals.

Now living in the Georgian Bay area, Danny is kept busy in his studio writing, arranging and recording his own projects as well as recording and performing with other Canadian, US and International artists.

For additional info, please see his website at dannyweis.com

Gabor Szepesi

Gabor went on the road, after graduation to pursue a career in music. Touring for years with bands like Bloodstone, Mango, Justin Paige, Grant Smith, Lenny Solomon, Charity Brown, Janet Harper, The Ryan Brothers, Laurie Schedler, Atlantis, Better Late, Ultrasound and Sweet Blindness.

In the 70’s and 80’s Gabor did many recording sessions at Toronto’s premiere recording studios as well as “live to air” television music series productions on CHCH and CTV.

In the mid 80’s he decided to follow another passion and created a very successful audio production company, PA+ Productions Inc.

PA+ had house rigs in the most prestigious live music venues in the city. These included The Jarvis House, Lee’s Palace, The Diamond Club, Rock’Roll Heaven, RPM, The Government, and on and on.

In the early 90’s PA+ was awarded the status of “preferred supplier” to some or Toronto’s most prestigious live performance venues. These included: Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The Sony Centre and The Harbourfront Centre.

Our services division also established itself as a player in world class theatre production. In 1992 we launched the world premiere of the Live Entertainment production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, a theatre production that toured the world after the Toronto launch.

PA+ also had a very successful integration division that was very respected by the leading consultants. It did projects that encompassed an enormous scope. Some of our installations include: Fallsview Casino, Lakehead University, University of Windsor, Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, Bruce Power, Legislative Assembly of Beijing, Copps Coliseum, Halifax Legislature, Molson Barrie Arena, Celebration Square, and on and on.

Gabor sold PA+ in 2014 and still runs a local tour support company, Backline Plus Inc. BL+ is a world class supplier of professional musical instrument rentals and still services all of the preferred supplier contracts that were serviced by PA+.

Gabor moved to Wasaga Beach in 2016 and is playing every week at local bars. He is actively playing with Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project, Lisa Hutchinson, Dean McTaggart, The Collective, and Mike Roberts, as well as traveling to Toronto to do periodic session work.

Today Gabor concentrates on managing Backline Plus and is the VP of Integration at Metalworks Production Group. But he still makes time to follow his passion for playing music.

Joey “Drums” DiMarco 

Joey has been a major force on the Canadian music scene for close to 40 years. By playing solid grooves with control and precision, he has been the meat and potatoes of many bands here at home and in the United States. He has worked with a lengthy list of notable players including: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (Juno Winner) currently, Bruce Conte (Tower of Power), Jack de Keyzer (Juno Winner), Harpdog Brown (Maple Blues Award Winner), and Studebaker John, And a host of others.

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Neil Numminen

Neil has been fully engaged in all aspects of the Entertainment Industry.

As a musician, Neil has been seen across North America in many venues from the smallest to some of the largest, performing an eclectic mix of music styles, sharing the stage with a veritable who’s who of Canadian and North American musical talent. 

Neil has been active as a session player, with the Electric bass as his main instrument, with a truly eclectic mastering of varied styles. Neil has appeared on many CD releases over the years.  

Neil has worked with The Good Brothers, John Allen Cameron, Sylvia Tyson, Lance Anderson, Cameo Blues Band, Jack De Keyser, Jerome Godboo, Chuck Jackson,  
Danny B, Rita Chiarelli, Dylan Wickens, Tony Springer ( Wild T and the Spirit), George Olliver, and many others.

Dalton Music has been Neil’s main base of operations all these years , a sound reinforcement, installation and contracting business.

Through this business, Neil has worked with many of the legends of Canadian music, including Natalie McMaster, Arrogant Worms, Willie P. Bennet, Valdi, Leahy, The Barra MacNeils, Sylvia Tyson, PFM, Bill Frisell, Ian Thomas, Prairie Oyster, Michael Burgess, Garnet Rogers, Buddy Wasisname, Jimmy Flynn, Doug and the Slugs, Men of the Deeps as well as Pierre Berton, Jeff Healey and his Jazz wizards among countless others.

Neil’s primary musical passion has always been recording.

Feb
24
Sat
The Mugs
Feb 24 @ 9:00 pm
The Mugs @ Harbour Street Fish Bar | Collingwood | Ontario | Canada

When The Mugs hit the stage, you’ll know that classic rock is alive and well with tunes guaranteed to get the crowd on their feet and yelling for more! If top 40 rock with great harmonies from the 60’s to the 90’s is your thing, look no further than The Mugs for a night you won’t soon forget!

Mar
1
Thu
Donnie Meeker with The Collective
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm
Donnie Meeker with The Collective @ Harbour Street Fish Bar

The Collective All-Star Band

Check out the amazing bios of this week’s top-notch musicians:

Donnie Meeker

Back in the day, Donnie began as a front man for a few west end R & B bands and then later on teamed up with Bobby Dupont as singers of the well known 70’s Rock Band “Sweet Blindness” based in Toronto and toured throughout Canada.  He also used to do a tribute to the Blues Brothers with his brother “Dirty Bertie”, while going under the assumed name of “Downtown Donnie”.  Over the years Donnie has had much success as leader of several groups and does many guest spots with existing bands …and continues to deliver each and every night!

Danny Weis

Raised in San Diego, California, where he was taught guitar by his father Johnny Weis, a well-known country jazz guitarist who performed with many Grand Ole Opry stars including Johnny Cash and Tex Ritter. At their home, legendary jazz guitar great Barney Kessel was frequently found jamming and trading guitar licks in the living room with Danny and his dad. These early influences formed the foundation of Danny’s strong sense of melody, bluesy lines, and the unique funky rhythmic style that define his trademark guitar sound.

At 18 Danny co-founded Iron Butterfly and performed at famous Sunset Strip clubs like The Whiskey Au Go Go and The Troubadour. He caught the eye of Elektra Records producer Paul Rothchild who presented Danny with an offer to join super group, Rhinoceros. He accepted and went on to record three albums with the group and co-wrote their instrumental hit Apricot Brandy. Danny has shared the stage with musical legends Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby, Ray Charles, The Bee Gees, The Who, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears and Jimi Hendrix. He as toured and recorded with The Everly Brothers, Burton Cummings, The Rascals, Lou Reed, Melissa Manchester and others.

In 1979 he was musical director and performed in the movie The Rose, starring Bette Midler, for which he received gold and platinum American Music Awards. In 2005, Marshmellow Records recorded and released Danny’s first solo project Sweet Spot which features an exciting mix of smooth jazz, funk and R & B originals.

Now living in the Georgian Bay area, Danny is kept busy in his studio writing, arranging and recording his own projects as well as recording and performing with other Canadian, US and International artists.

For additional info, please see his website at dannyweis.com

Gabor Szepesi

Gabor went on the road, after graduation to pursue a career in music. Touring for years with bands like Bloodstone, Mango, Justin Paige, Grant Smith, Lenny Solomon, Charity Brown, Janet Harper, The Ryan Brothers, Laurie Schedler, Atlantis, Better Late, Ultrasound and Sweet Blindness.

In the 70’s and 80’s Gabor did many recording sessions at Toronto’s premiere recording studios as well as “live to air” television music series productions on CHCH and CTV.

In the mid 80’s he decided to follow another passion and created a very successful audio production company, PA+ Productions Inc.

PA+ had house rigs in the most prestigious live music venues in the city. These included The Jarvis House, Lee’s Palace, The Diamond Club, Rock’Roll Heaven, RPM, The Government, and on and on.

In the early 90’s PA+ was awarded the status of “preferred supplier” to some or Toronto’s most prestigious live performance venues. These included: Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The Sony Centre and The Harbourfront Centre.

Our services division also established itself as a player in world class theatre production. In 1992 we launched the world premiere of the Live Entertainment production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, a theatre production that toured the world after the Toronto launch.

PA+ also had a very successful integration division that was very respected by the leading consultants. It did projects that encompassed an enormous scope. Some of our installations include: Fallsview Casino, Lakehead University, University of Windsor, Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, Bruce Power, Legislative Assembly of Beijing, Copps Coliseum, Halifax Legislature, Molson Barrie Arena, Celebration Square, and on and on.

Gabor sold PA+ in 2014 and still runs a local tour support company, Backline Plus Inc. BL+ is a world class supplier of professional musical instrument rentals and still services all of the preferred supplier contracts that were serviced by PA+.

Gabor moved to Wasaga Beach in 2016 and is playing every week at local bars. He is actively playing with Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project, Lisa Hutchinson, Dean McTaggart, The Collective, and Mike Roberts, as well as traveling to Toronto to do periodic session work.

Today Gabor concentrates on managing Backline Plus and is the VP of Integration at Metalworks Production Group. But he still makes time to follow his passion for playing music.

Joey “Drums” DiMarco 

Joey has been a major force on the Canadian music scene for close to 40 years. By playing solid grooves with control and precision, he has been the meat and potatoes of many bands here at home and in the United States. He has worked with a lengthy list of notable players including: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (Juno Winner) currently, Bruce Conte (Tower of Power), Jack de Keyzer (Juno Winner), Harpdog Brown (Maple Blues Award Winner), and Studebaker John, And a host of others.

joeydrumsdimarco.com

Neil Numminen

Neil has been fully engaged in all aspects of the Entertainment Industry.

As a musician, Neil has been seen across North America in many venues from the smallest to some of the largest, performing an eclectic mix of music styles, sharing the stage with a veritable who’s who of Canadian and North American musical talent. 

Neil has been active as a session player, with the Electric bass as his main instrument, with a truly eclectic mastering of varied styles. Neil has appeared on many CD releases over the years.  

Neil has worked with The Good Brothers, John Allen Cameron, Sylvia Tyson, Lance Anderson, Cameo Blues Band, Jack De Keyser, Jerome Godboo, Chuck Jackson,  
Danny B, Rita Chiarelli, Dylan Wickens, Tony Springer ( Wild T and the Spirit), George Olliver, and many others.

Dalton Music has been Neil’s main base of operations all these years , a sound reinforcement, installation and contracting business.

Through this business, Neil has worked with many of the legends of Canadian music, including Natalie McMaster, Arrogant Worms, Willie P. Bennet, Valdi, Leahy, The Barra MacNeils, Sylvia Tyson, PFM, Bill Frisell, Ian Thomas, Prairie Oyster, Michael Burgess, Garnet Rogers, Buddy Wasisname, Jimmy Flynn, Doug and the Slugs, Men of the Deeps as well as Pierre Berton, Jeff Healey and his Jazz wizards among countless others.

Neil’s primary musical passion has always been recording.

Mar
2
Fri
Fraser Melvin Band
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm

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.

Mar
3
Sat
Jordan John
Mar 3 @ 9:00 pm

To say that vocal sensation Jordan John is a more powerful and polished lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist than many players twice his age would tell just a fraction of the story.  Adept on drums, keyboards, guitar and bass, he has already compiled a longer list of credits, and displays more assuredness and maturity, than many performers twice his age.

Be it performing in front of 20,000 + as a lead singing, guitar wielding frontman, opening for The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (at her personal request), jamming at age 16 on drums with the artist formally known as Prince, singing the American National Anthem at the 2011 Toronto Honda Indy, performing as interim bassist for famed Canadian rock trio, Wide Mouth Mason, Jordan’s talent and energy is sure to delight and amaze both avid and casual music listeners.

Garnering praise from the who’s who of the music industry such as world renown producer David Foster, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, John Mayall, Steve Jordan, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, you may begin to register the proper amount of astonishment his musicality can command.

In addition to his work as a frontman in the U.S. & overseas in Europe, Jordan’s diverse multi-instrumental ability has allowed him to perform and/or record at the highest level on drums, guitar, bass & B3 hammond organ for the following Canadian, American & U.K. artists…

Johnny Reid, Colin James, Jeff Healey, Burton Cummings,  Wide Mouth Mason, Ronnie Spector, The Trailer Park Boys, Deborah Cox, Divine Brown, Lucky Peterson, Matt Schofield, Pinetop Perkins, Elise LeGrow to name but a few……

www.jordanjohn.com

Prakash John – Bass

Prakash John is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of “Funkadelic/Parliament.” Legendary bassist for Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, James Brown, The Blues Brothers, Paul Shaffer, Junior Wells, Murray McLaughlin, Gene McLelland, Rory Block. He has recorded and toured with Bush, Domenic Troiano, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper and Parliament.

In his early days in Toronto, he played with Bush and Mandala before graduating to George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic bands. There were those great tours and albums in the early ’70s with Lou Reed, including that historic bass solo during the intro to Sweet Jane on Rock ’n’ Roll Animal. He was the man who called the musical cues for Alice Cooper on Welcome To My Nightmare and, more recently, was leader of The Lincolns, one of Canada’s greatest R&B bands.

Dylan Burchell – Guitar

Up ‘n Coming 19 year old guitar wiz from Collingwood.

Julian Psihogios – Drums

21 year old drummer extraordinaire.

www.jordanjohn. com

Mar
8
Thu
Lisa Hutchinson Band
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm

_mg_9334blown-out-jpg-opt383x574o00s383x574Lisa 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.

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