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Bill Durst – Canadian Blues Rock
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm

Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Rush, Areosmith, BTO, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Jack de Keyser, Ted Nugent, L.A. Guns, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Slade, Downchild, David Clayton Thomas, Sly And The Family Stone and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario (which is halfway between Toronto and Detroit), Bill was heavily influenced by Motown, R&B, Toronto Psychedelic  Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix.

Bill’s entrance on the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B groups in 1969. By the summer of 1972 the band had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid 1990s) releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.In 2004 he proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band” and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs; The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Live (‘12) and Hard And Heavy (’13) Good Good Lovin (15).

 Awards & Nominations

  • Awarded – Best Canadian Blues Rock Album (Artist) 2014, Blues Underground Network
  • Awarded – Top 10 Blues Rock Albums (International) 2014, Blues Underground Network
  • Fan Voted – “Hard And Heavy” CD voted #2, Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2014, Blind Lemon Blues
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2014
  • Nominated – Electric Act of the Year, Maple Blue Awards 2014
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2013
  • Fan Voted – “Bill Durst Live” CD voted #5, Top 20 Canadian Blues CDs, Blind Lemon Blues 2013
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2013
  • Awarded – Best Canadian Live Blues CD “Bill Durst Live” 2013, Blues Underground Network
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2012
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2012
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2011s CDs 2011 Blind Lemon Blues
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2010
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2010
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2009
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2009
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2008
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2008
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2007
  • Inducted – Jack Richardson Hall of Fame, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
The Rick Robichaud Band
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm

Rick Robichaud

Rick is a local Newmarket boy who has been carving out his name in the Canadian music scene with his own style of guitar work and smooth, to the point vocals. His towering stature, devilish grin, and soulful touch, melts deep into his guitar, producing an amazing flow of pure energy that ripples back and hits you like a wave of emotion. Heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, and David Wilcox,  Rick is ready to take you on, what’s sure to be, a very memorable musical journey…

David G. Rose

Hailing from Detroit Michigan, David honed his unique style of bass playing in and around the Detroit area, being heavily influenced by the Motown sounds of his hometown. David’s career took off as bass guitarist for the band “Champion”, featuring Alex Machin of “A Foot In Coldwater” fame. It was at the suggestion of lead singer Alex that David chose to relocate to Toronto and begin another chapter in his musical life. Management at the time asked David to do a quick tour with another one of their acts, Canadian artist David Wilcox, which led to over twenty years of touring and recording with the Canadian icon. David loves performing and work’s with an array of artists, endlessly perusing his love and passion of music.

Lee Chomiak

Born and raised in Wasaga Beach, Lee’s obsession with drums began at a very young age, and he took full advantage of the local music scene, allowing him to develop the hard hitting style he’s known for today. An opportunity to tech for a high profile band, found Lee relocating to Toronto and working with some of the industries best. Legendary drummers like Pentti “Whitey” Glan, (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper), Joŕn Andersen, (Fludd, Alannah Myles), and Garry Peterson, (The Guess Who). Lee got his opportunity to step into the spotlight as drummer for Alannah Myles touring throughout Europe, and has never looked back.

Hinkel / Buttery Project
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm
Hinkel / Buttery Project @ Harbour Street Fish Bar | Collingwood | Ontario | Canada

Charlie Hinkel, Wayne Buttery and Gabor Szepesi are back together once again.

This time with drummer Steven K Henry and guitarist Joe Huron. The Hinkel/Buttery Project offer elements of funk, blues, jazz, rock and R&B. Their song list consists of a blend featuring their own signature arrangements of covers and originals.

Charlie Hinkel’s unique and funky bass stylings lend it’s self to his clear and natural lead vocals along with his top-drawer song writing abilities. Charlie’s former credits include: West Avenue, Jennette Brantley, Joey Hollingsworth, Paul Christopher, Retro and The Barrel Works Band. Charlie also performed in the CBC production of Catch A Rising Star.

Wayne Buttery began performing during the mid 1960s. Early in Wayne’s career his appreciation of the blues was established. He 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 he went on to perform with MIDDLE AGED CRAZYS and “The Bluenotes”. In 1991 Wayne moved to Central Ontario’s, Orr Lake community near the town of Elmvale where he met up with Charlie Hinkel and shortly thereafter, they formed the Groove Project.

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

Steven K Henry has been performing professionally for 50 years as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Steven plays drums, guitar, piano, bass, Hammond organ, cello lap steal and whatever else he can get his hands on.

Joe Huron is based out of Barrie, Ontario. He’s an accomplished jazz guitarist and has performed with some of the who’s who in and around Ontario including musicians such as Bill McBurney, Pat Labarbera, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky and Bernie Senensky. Joe’s jazz approach offers an interesting contrast to Wayne’s more traditional blues and bottleneck guitar style.

James Anthony Band
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm
James Anthony Band @ Harbour Street Fish Bar

One of Canada’s Finest Guitarists/Singer and Songwriters

James has performed with over 200 Music Legends

“Mamas and Papas”, “Sam and Dave”, “The Platters”, “Johnnie Johnson”, and many more…

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“Soul is Born, Blues is Earned”

“He’s an ‘Italian Segovia’ Wish I met him 30 years ago” – Ronnie Hawkins

“As usual even with just a few solo’s and one or two vocals…he blew the place away…” Donnie Meeker (Sweet Blindness)

“Hey James, Listened to two of your cds on the way down to Texas; both really really good James and the acoustic one I thought was phenomenal, both in picking and singing. James I believe you would have been a star a long time ago in the USA.” – Danny Brooks

“The best!  Do you folks have any idea what you have here?” – Sam Moore (Sam and Dave)

Park Bench & The Mickies
Sep 28 @ 9:00 pm
Park Bench & The Mickies @ Harbour Street Fish Bar | Collingwood | Ontario | Canada

After almost a 10 year hiatus, members of Park Bench & The Mickies are going to once again share the stage together. Wayne Fennel has arranged a reunion show at The Habour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood.

Tony “Wild T” Springer & The Spirit
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm

Tony “Wild T” Springer has hung with the best of them. David Bowie, Jeff Healey, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Arsenio Hall are just some of the musical acts and personalities that have been blown away by Wild T’s guitar.

Wild T is originally from Tunapuna, Trinidad. Though one may find similarities to Jimi Hendrix, ironically it was T’s first exposure to Steve Howe and classic Yes that inspired him to take up guitar.

Moving to Toronto, Canada, T quickly gained a reputation on the local club circuit. Since then he has recorded two albums (Love Crazy 1991 and Givin’ Blood 1995) with his own group, Wild T and the Spirit for Warner Brothers. He has also recorded an album (Black Tie, White Noise) with David Bowie and has appeared with Bowie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall Show.

He has toured with Bon Jovi and Deep Purple throughout North America and has performed thousands of club shows. In ’99 he was asked to portray Jimi Hendrix in Daydream Believers – The Monkees Story because of his resemblance and showmanship.

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Funky Truth
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm
Funky Truth @ Harbour Street Fish Bar

Back In The Day…

It’s great to be making music again after all these years. After living under the same roof in St. Catherine’s back in 2006, writing and touring, The Funky Truth took time off to pursue other projects but the time came where we could wait no more. We’re excited to say that we’ll be performing a full feature show at Harbour St. Fish Bar on Friday October 4th 2019. Come shake it to the Funk, Soul, RnB, Roots, Reggae vibe. Show starts at 8pm.

Larry Kurtz & The Lawbreakers
Oct 5 @ 9:00 pm

Larry Kurtz grew up singing in the church. He started playing harmonica at the age of 15 after hearing Little Walter on the radio. He is a solo artist with his band the Lawbreakers and co-front man in the award winning band Trouble & Strife. They were voted Favourite Blues Band in the Canadian Independent Music Awards and nominated New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Larry is the founder & Artistic Director of The Orangeville Blues Festival. In 2016 he was named Blues Booster of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto.

Larry has play hundreds of shows , events and Festivals including The Southside Shuffle, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Canal Bank Shuffle, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Collingwood Jazz Festival, Blues at Blue Mountain, and Orangeville Rib Fest.

Over the years Larry has opened for or performed with numerous artists including James Cotton, Lee Oskar, Muddy Waters drummer, Willie ” Big Eyes” Smith, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Texas Blues Legend WC Clark, Jeff Healy’s Blues Band, Downchild, Jack DeKeyzer, Fathead, David Gogo and many others.

The Mugs
Oct 11 @ 8:00 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! Come dance to tunes by The Tragically Hip, Dire Straits, Beatles, CCR, Wallflowers, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Men at Work, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Neil Young and many more!