Live Music Events Calendar

The Collective featuring Donnie Meeker
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm

The Collective featuring Donnie Meeker

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!

Park Bench & The Mickies
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

PARK BENCH & THE MICKIES· is a six-piece Rhythm and Blues band with a wealth of experience playing throughout Simcoe County, Muskoka and Toronto. Formed in the late 80’s, the Mickies have been known as a band that features strong vocals, saxophones, guitar, drums and bass. This band has performed at all of the local ski clubs, including Blue Mountain, Osler Bluff, Craiglieth, Toronto Ski Club and Georgian Peaks. Park Bench and the Mickies were hired as the house band in Founders Lounge at The Georgian Peaks Club for many years.

Park Bench has also played at several Lobsterfests and street dances in Thornbury and Collingwood. Toronto venues include the St Lawrence Market, Rosedale Golf Club, The Cricket Club, The Granite Club, Toronto Music Hall and Queen’s Quay & Ash Bridges Bay Yacht Clubs.

The high energy, dance-able music played by this band is suitable for a wide range of ages and musical tastes. Spanning genres from Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Reggae, Ska and Rock and Roll, this band plays it all. All members are seasoned veterans and are well known in the area.

Brandon Besharah– Acoustic finger style guitar, saxophone, hurdy gurdy, clarinet and banjo player extraordinaire. Brandon has performed with Don Thompson, Oliver Schroer, Don Ross, Haygood Hardy, Guido Basso, Marie Moore, Pat LaBarbara, to name but a few. He has also shared performances with Jeff Healey, Colin James, Lighthouse, Albert King, Michelle Wright, Jane Bennet and many other well-established artists. Judy and Dave also featured Brandon’s instrumental prowess on the 1998 Juno Award winning album.

Darrell Dennis – Drummer – One of the original Mickies, Darrell is an accomplished percussionist and has a wealth of experience with many musical collaborators over the last 30 years. Versed in several varying musical styles, including Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Raggae and Rock and Roll. He is known for his creative fills and rock steady meter. Darrell has been seen sitting in on drums with bands such as Touch Of Vinyl, Strange Potatoes, River & Rock, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, The Sportswriters, Jamie Ciotka & Friends, The Jason Redman Band, Ian Halworth and is regularly involved in musical projects throughout Grey & Bruce County.

Peter Montgomery – Baritone Sax, Bass. Peter is an accomplished baritone Sax player who has many years of performing experience. A founding member of Park Bench and the Mickies, he also was a member of the Baytown Big Band, out of Owen Sound.

John Miller is an accomplished guitar player who also is adept at playing the violin, banjo, harmonica, accordian and penny whistle. John is one of the founding members of the band and he also plays with local band Strange Potatoes.

Wayne Fennell – Vocals. Known for his powerful vocals and musical diversity. An accomplished singer for 40 years in the area and founding member of Park Bench and the Mickies and local band Frankie and the Favorites.

Erik Vandeweerdhof– Bass and guitar player. Erik is a competent player who can keep the rhythm and heartbeat of a song beating strong. Erik has performed on bass for many local groups, including The Jason Redman Band, Craig Smith Band, David Russel, Karla Crawford, the Aaron Garner Band, Jamie Ciotka & Friends, The Gators & Ian Hallworth.

Park Bench and the Mickies derived their name from the late Teddy Grimes. A member of Eugene Smith’s Warm up Band, Teddy was a very talented trumpet player who organized a jam at the Comfortable Pew restaurant in Heathcote. Many of the members jammed at this location on Saturday nights and developed a love for Rhythm and Blues. Inspired by Mr. Grimes, a horn section was assembled to give the band it’s unique sound.

The Band’s Logo was designed and developed by fellow Mickie Bandon Besharah.

Rob Elder Trio
Nov 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Owen Sound’s Rob Elder caught the music bug as a kid on the family farm where classic country & western songs, the Beach Boys, and Bob Seeger were the sound track to barn chores. Back then, picking up a guitar was an easy way to wind down at the end of a long day. Turned to music, his farm boy’s work ethic led to quick growth and an early creative blossoming, his festival debut at the age of 20, and the release of two self produced albums shortly afterwards.

Eventually, Rob moved to Toronto where he gigged every weekend and hosted an open mic for two and a half years. All that playing and networking exposed him to a world of musicians and sounds well beyond his parents record collection. Those influences fused into a style that playfully mixes blue-eyed soul, slick guitar, and crooning country rhythms and serves them with a voice that surfs from solid depths to groovy falsetto highs.

By his mid-twenties, Rob was chasing the Canadian dream. He got married, had two kids, and was advancing in a straight-laced career while gigging tirelessly in Toronto. There wasn’t much time for recording back then and  Rob and his wife knew that they didn’t want to raise children in the city.  So in 2012 they moved back to Grey County where a vibrant musical community welcomed them wholeheartedly. Rob put together a band, started mentoring younger musicians through the Georgian Bay Folk Society, and – as  always – filled every available moment with music. Now with the release of ‘Changer‘ 12 years after his sophomore record, Rob self-identifies as a re-emerging artist. But make no mistake, his musical growth has never faltered and his roots have only dug deeper in the intervening years.

2018’s ‘Changer’ shows off how much Rob has grown and what he’s learned along the way. Where his first two albums ploughed popular themes of young love and heartbreak, Changer explores more mature themes of social unrest and inequality, solidarity, and the deep love that carries a relationship decades on.  Don’t think that serious themes make the music less fun, though. With thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies, Changer proves that Rob Elder still knows how to get audiences dancing.

SB Trio
Nov 13 @ 8:00 pm

SB Trio (the core of 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 SB Trio are accomplished, pro-level musicians, each with more than a decade of performance experience across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

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The Mugs
Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm

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!

Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm

The Ayden Jacobs Band is heavily influenced by Classic Rock, Blues, and Funk

Ayden picked up his first guitar when he was 4 years old. He has always loved listening to music and playing his guitar. When he was 7 years old, on a camping trip with his family, he was able to play his first gig at the local bar. He has always been a fan of classic rock and continued to learn on his own. When he was 9 years old he asked for guitar lessons. His first guitar teach was Earl Johnson (Moxy) and Earl quickly realized that Ayden would be bored learning the basics from a simple book and started to teach him how to play all his favourite classic rock tunes. Ayden’s early influence and first inspiration was Slash. Soon after that first lesson he began attending weekly jams at the local pub where he met many great musicians over the years. He has jammed weekly since and over the last 5 years he has jammed weekly with Juggernaut Jam Band, which is led by Andy Narsingh. Andy, who plays bass and produced Ayden’s first EP took Ayden under his wing and has not only mentored him but encouraged him to record his first EP. This has been an incredible experience and an amazing way to learn and grow as a musician. In 2013 he was selected by Kim Mitchell as the lead guitarist for the “Kid Mitchell Band”. They opened for Kim Mitchell in May 2014 and Ayden continued to play with them for the next couple of years. He has since started writing his own music and started The Ayden Jacobs Band, which features not only his original tunes but many covers as well. In 2016 he was featured in the Discovery Winter 2016 podcast by Al Joynes as an up and coming young artist. One of his original songs “Mood Swings” was featured on the show. Ayden has had the opportunity to fill in as guitarist for a few bands over the years (Jackson X, Marc Joseph Band). He has also worked with Dave Langguth (Nelly Furtado, Kim Mitchell) as well as Michale Vassos. Ayden released his first EP on August 1, 2016 with Andy Narsingh(Dave Barrett Trio) and Mike Thorne (SAGA). He has been lucky enough in life to have found his passion at a very young age. He would love to be the next generation of rock and bring this genre of music back to the forefront.

The Rick Robichaud Band
Nov 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Great licks, warm melodies, and a rock solid foundation, that’s what the band was built on. A night of Electrifying Rockin’ Blues, that’ll leave you wanting more.

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.

Everyday People – The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
Nov 27 @ 8:30 pm


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Everyday People – The Music of Sly and the Family Stone

Lance Anderson and QW Productions Inc presents:

EVERYDAY PEOPLE – The Music of SLY and the Family STONE’

Sly Stewart put Soul and Rock music together and created FUNK.
The hit 2021 movie ’Summer of Soul’ documented the series of concerts in Harlem in 1969. Sly and the Family were a game changer and a highlight of the film.

And 50 years after performing at Woodstock, this San Francisco Band is still one of the most influential bands in North America.
Artists like Prince, Herbie Hancock and even Miles Davis considered him to be a major influence and inspiration.

It was always a dance party at a Family Stone Concert.

Musical director Lance Anderson, has assembled an incredible cast of Canadian Blues and Funk all-stars for this show led by Toronto prodigy Quincy Bullen, soul sensation Quisha Wint and an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Shamakah Ali (Al Green, Barkays) drums, Calvin Beale (Johnny Reid) bass, Rohan Staton, guitar, Selena Evangeline (Matchedash Parish) Calvin Beale vocals and sax, and Marie Goudy (Michael Buble) trumpet.

They will play the hits from Sly’s influential playlist like:

Dance To The Music, Everyday People, Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), I Want To Take You Higher, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Family Affair, Stand and many more!

Sly and the Family Stone were known for being a killer live performance band, and Everyday People bring that same energy to every show that they perform.

In 2019 they were headliners at the CNE bandshell, 2021 Headlined the main Stage at the Southside Shuffle, and will be on the Main Stage at the Toronto Beaches Jazz fest July 2022 and Kitchener Blues Fest Aug. 2022.

This is where Funk began, this is where funk is at!