for The Sun Times
The pace of live music locally has quickened. It’s been an exceptionally busy winter season.
One weekend recently, the Georgian Bay Folk Society staged its annual Last Chance Saloon selection concerts at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. It’s basically an afternoon and evening of auditions for the society’s annual August Summerfolk Festival.
The Lumley-Bayshore is the same venue attracting people lately for Major Junior playoff hockey. So, it’s worth noting in a relatively small Canadian city, there have been big crowds for both hockey and music.
That same weekend, downtown, a few blocks south of the city’s major arena, Owen Sound Little Theatre’s Roxy Theatre was booked three of four nights for live music events. Country music’s Rowdy Boys, Gord Bamford and Aaron Pritchett kicked off their current Canadian tour at The Roxy on the Friday night to a sold-out crowd.
Bamford and Pritchett had followed a performance on Thursday by the rock band, Benjamin, and were followed in turn by the Sunday evening premier performance of an exciting new 18-piece jazz band, The Canadian Big Band, led by venerable trumpeter and music educator, Don Johnson, who happens to live nearby in Sauble Beach.
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