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May
23
Wed
Be a Gator Jam Night!
May 23 @ 7:00 pm

Gators, Guests, & Jammers

SPECIAL GUEST – MAY 23

Jason Redman

THE GATORS

The Gators will kick off the evening with Jump Blues and danceable Classic Rock, followed by the night’s Special Guest & Jammers.  Come enjoy some great food, beverages and way too much fun!! Featuring, Al Partridge, Paul Young, Skip Wamsteeker, Randy Ball, and GUESTS.  Come early!

May
24
Thu
Donnie Meeker with The Collective
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Donnie Meeker with The Collective @ Harbour Street Fish Bar

The Collective All-Star Band

Check out the amazing bios for this line up of 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

Grant Slater

Grant carries with him over 25 years of experience in the music business, which has taken him throughout North America and Europe during his illustrious career as a pianist, composer and performer.         

Performing on some of the most respectable stages in the world, Grant has played at the always revered Carnegie Hall in NYC, renowned Massey Hall in Toronto and The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. His long run of credentials include accompanying many great and diverse musical artists such as: Etta James, David Clayton-Thomas, Martha Reeves, Colm Wilkinson, Long John Baldry, Petula Clark, Matt Dusk, Natalie MacMaster, Denny Doherty, Jackie Richardson, Robert Pilon, Carol Welsman and Alfie Zappacosta to name a few.

In the 1980’s Grant began a lengthy club date at the Club Bluenote in Toronto with George Olliver. Every week the band accompanied a different guest singer. Sam & Dave, Martha Reeves, Etta James, Aubrey Mann, Liberty Silver, Ben E. King and Mary Wells were just a few of them. Even Stevie Wonder came in one night unannounced and sang with the band.

Grant has been able to use his creativity and talent in music to succeed in an eclectic range of performances. This has allowed him to work with renowned Canadian children’s entertainers Sharon Lois & Bram as their musical director of touring shows for nearly 20 years. Another notable aspect of his career was playing with the musical orchestra for the Toronto production of “Hairspray” , as an alternate for keyboard two at the Princess of Wales theatre throughout 2004.            

In addition to his performing experiences, Grant has received a Juno Award for the album entitled “The Rugrats” in which he co-wrote the 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.

May
25
Fri
SwitchBeat
May 25 @ 8:00 pm

SWITCHBEAT is a dynamic group of young musicians committed to providing the best in live music. Their diverse repertoire includes pop, r&b, dance, retro, disco, funk, rock, and much more.

Mainstays of the Toronto live music circuit, the members of SWITCHBEAT are accomplished, pro-level musicians, each with more than a decade of performance experience across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

May
26
Sat
Gary Cain Band
May 26 @ 9:00 pm

With one foot planted firmly in the Blues, and the other foot planted in seemingly everything else, The Gary Cain Band bring a fresh and unique musical style defined by their debut release, “Twangadelic Bluesophunk”.  The band were Semi-Finalists in The Blues Foundation’s 2018 International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis.

Cain’s guitar work on stage has been described by reviewers as “genre-bending”, “jaw-dropping”and “the real deal”, but the foundation of his virtuosic style was laid via marathon practice sessions as a youngster in his parents’ basement.  “Back then it’s all I would do some days – sometimes 13, 14 hours a day. I’d have to be reminded to eat.” says Cain.  Long days poring over the musical styles of blues legends gave him a deep respect for the music, but he’s not beholden to it. “I’m not a purist.” he says, “What made those players so great was what they brought ot the music to make it their own.  Albert King was the best Albert King there’ll ever be.  You gotta do your own thing with it.”  That ethos is in full effect on Twangadelic Bluesophunk, a ten-track tour-de-force that is anything but traditional.

Providing the launch-pad for Cain’s fretboard pyrotechnics are the veteran rhythm section of Tom Nagy on bass and Donnie MacDougall on drums. Both players bring a vast experience in a variety of musical styles, shifting effortlessly between genres all the while remaining as tight as any band you’ve ever heard.

Gary Cain Band live at the Richmond Tavern in London, ON, Aug 26, 2017. Song is Albert King’s “Don’t Lie To Me”

Gary Cain: guitar / vocals
Tom Nagy: bass
Donnie McDougall: drums

Published on May 14, 2017

Our May guest is the Gary Cain Band. In 2016 Gary was named one of the best unsigned Blues Rock guitarists in the world. In this episode, we learn the story behind the release of Gary’s first album “Twangadelic Bluesophunk”, his musical journeys around the world, and he shows us his gear. Turn up your speakers and enjoy the songs performed: “Thought I Heard You Say” and “Twang Strut”.

Artist’s Website

May
30
Wed
Be a Gator Jam Night!
May 30 @ 7:00 pm

Gators, Guests, & Jammers

SPECIAL GUEST – MAY 30

STEVEN ‘BANDS’ HANSMORE

Bands is known for his contributions as a sound technician as well as a successful performing artist with bands such as the Mugs and Mike McCarthy Band. Always a treat to hear whether as a guitar sideman or fronting his own show.

THE GATORS

The Gators will kick off the evening with Jump Blues and danceable Classic Rock, followed by the night’s Special Guest & Jammers.  Come enjoy some great food, beverages and way too much fun!! Featuring, Al Partridge, Paul Young, Skip Wamsteeker, Randy Ball, and GUESTS.  Come early!

May
31
Thu
Sean Cotton Band
May 31 @ 7:00 pm

Sean Cotton won the 2006 Toronto Blues Society’s New Blues Talent Search with his duo The Undesirables. He has been sideman to a handful of Maple Blues award winners from Treasa Levasseur to Jerome Godboo, as well as short stints with Canadian stars such as Robbie Lane & The Disciples and Suzie McNeil. He has backed up a tune or two with Canadian Blues Icons Jeff Healey, Chuck Jackson, Jack De Keyzer, Michael Pickett, Tyler Yarema, Paul Reddick, 24th Street Wailers, Coco Love Alcorn, as well as Collingwood favorites Tamica Herod and Lisa Hutchison.

When Sean takes center stage he does not leave the band behind. Drawing from all of his Canadian Blues travels, Sean utilizes the unique talents of his band members, bringing an organic experience to the “one night only” audience.

Jun
1
Fri
High Court County
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm
High Court County @ Harbour Street Fish Bar

High Court County is an original Country and Roots Rock band from Southern Ontario that released their debut EP in 2017, featured on Country 107.3 with Randy Owen.  Their follow up EP titled  “Here We Go Again”  will be released shortly on all platforms.   Like their debut, the songs embody the feel of Country, Blues and Americana.   The lyrics have meaning, and often paint a vibrant picture that keeps you listening and toes tapping.

HCC came together through the miracles of Facebook in the fall of 2016.   Arie Papernick (lead guitar) discovered Stephen Court’s soulful vocals online from a local open mic.    Together they reached out to Andrew Bennett for Bass whom brought in Brian Cruickshank on Drums.  They all knew after the first jam that they had something special.   With a long list of diverse playing credentials including rock star Sebastian Bach, to studying with many of Nashville’s greats, High Court County keeps audiences asking for more!

In addition to their originals,  High Court County frequently covers Authentic and New Country hits along with favorite Roots Rock timeless classics.  Famed Canadian group The Band continues to have a major influence on HCC’s sound and writing.

This past summer they performed numerous Ribfests, Georgetown Craft Beer festival, the Newmarket Music Festival as well as sharing the stage with Gord Bamford and Aaron Pritchett at the Boothill Jamboree.

 

Jun
2
Sat
The Rick Robichaud Band
Jun 2 @ 9:00 pm

Rick Robichaud is a local Newmarket boy, home of World renowned ” Glass Tiger” and is one of those great guitar players whom all the great local players have jammed with at one time or another or will.

Rick is one of those guys with his 6 foot 6 stature that just melts into the guitar with a cool grin and ripples his energy back out to you and blows your lovin mind.

AIN’T THAT JUST WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT, GOOD LICKS AND WARM MELODIES THAT BUILD ON A SOLID ROCKIN BLUES STYLE!