For more than a century, Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre has stood a stone’s throw from Georgian Bay on the corner of Meaford’s Sykes and Nelson Streets, echoing with music, drama, and debate—serving as the cultural and social heart of Grey County. Beautifully restored and renovated, with state-of-the-art acoustics, the Hall is adjacent to all amenities in an area well known for its year-round outdoor attractions. As a four-season venue, Meaford Hall plays host to a wide variety of corporate and community events, meetings and social gatherings. Check meafordhall.ca for all events and to buy tickets. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up at Meaford Hall in the coming months:
A Skydiggers’ Christmas, Sat Nov 30, 8pm
More than 25 years after the band’s formation, the roots-rock veterans continue to create and inspire with their unique blend of Canadiana. The Skydiggers bring songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as some holiday favorites, for this special show at Meaford Hall. www.skydiggers.com Presented by Inside the Music.
Good Lovelies, Thurs Dec 12 8pm
Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of four studio albums, a pair of EPs, a live album, and Christmas collection. Through it all, the unmistakable sound of their intertwined voices has been the sonic anchor, and that remains true as the Good Lovelies now look to push further into the mainstream with their most accessible and pop-influenced output to date. Presented by Meaford Hall.
The Arrogant Worms, Sat Jan 11 8pm
The Arrogant Worms began as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on campus radio in the fall of 1991. The songs were written to make fun of a big dumb world. Luckily, the world is still dumb and The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) still have plenty to sing about. The shows are fast, furious and family friendly. The wit is quick, the satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. www.arrogantworms.com Presented by Meaford Hall.
An Evening with 54·40 (acoustic), Thurs Jan 16 8pm
Vancouver’s 54-40 are post-punk icons from the early 1980s with a catalogue of hits that span more than 30 years occupying the airways to this day. Now on tour promoting their latest album Keep on Walking this acoustic concert will feature all the hits from the past along with soon-to-be hits from today. Presented by Meaford Hall. www.5440.com
Madison Violet, Fri Jan 24, 8pm
On tour to promote their new album, Everything’s Shifting, Madison Violet makes a stop at Meaford Hall this fall. After 20 years together, Juno nominated singer-songwriter duo Madison Violet are as much wanderers as they are musicians. It is a career filled with endless roads stretching into the horizon, winding through changing landscapes, each kilometre traveled carrying with it the promise of inspiration. Perhaps that is the secret of what has made Madison Violet such an enduring band. www.madisonviolet.com Presented by Meaford Hall.
Hooking Up with The Second City: Third Base, Sat Jan 25 8pm
The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, Hooking Up with The Second City: Third Base takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, your parents, even your blind date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers…who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category! Presented by Meaford Hall. www.secondcity.com
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings “King of this Town”, Sun Feb 23 8pm (ticket incl. digital download)
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings mark their 25th anniversary as a band with the release of King of This Town. Originally, Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record what was supposed to be a one-off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. The result was High or Hurtin’: The Songs of Willie P. Bennett. The band had no plans to make a subsequent album but something unanticipated happened. “When we play together and sing together as Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, something magical happens. We haven’t asked ourselves what it is all these years and we’re not going to start now,” as Stephen Fearing describes it.
SOLD OUT! – An Evening with The Trews (acoustic), Thurs Feb 27 8pm
The Trews are among the most prolific, electrifying, and innovative rock bands on the planet. The Nova Scotia-bred combo of singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley —songwriters all —has won universal acclaim for both their dazzling live performances and wildly accessible songs. The band’s current, sixth studio album, the towering and multifaceted Civilianaires, was cut in Toronto with fast-rising producer Derek Hoffman. Presented by Meaford Hall. www.thetrewsmusic.com
Ron James… Full Throttle! Fri Feb 28 7:30pm – Second Night Added! – Sun March 1 7:30pm
Award-winning comedian Ron James has been selling out theatres for over 20 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, Ron takes his audience on a breathtaking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery. A stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups’… With nine critically acclaimed one-hour comedy specials under his belt, plus five seasons starring in his own series, The Ron James Show, Canada’s #1 road warrior is back doing what he does best: delivering laughs face to face and coast to coast … a high octane Full Throttle ride! Presented by Shantero Productions. www.ronjames.ca.
A Musical Evening with Sarah Slean and Hawksley Workman, Sat Mar 7, 8pm
For the first time, two of the finest voices in Canadian music are set to share the stage. Sarah Slean and Hawksley Workman will perform together from their respective musical repertoires, and will accompany each other, as both are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Expect the evening to be filled with unforgettable music, storytelling, and soaring voices, as they showcase their extraordinary musical talent. Presented by Meaford Hall. www.sarahslean.com www.hawksleyworkman.com
Meghan Patrick, Tues Mar 11 8pm
Meghan Patrick is one of the most exciting country artists today. In addition to her two-year reign as the CCMA Female Artist of the Year, Meghan has been nominated for 8 CCMA awards including Album of the Year nominations for both of her studio albums. She recently received Juno Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist. Patrick released her sophomore album Country Music Made Me Do It in 2018 to great fanfare. The first single from the album, also titled “Country Music Made Me Do It” reached the Top 5, while the most recent single “Wall Come Down” rocketed to the #1 spot on the country radio charts and “The Bad Guy” was a Top 15 hit. Presented by Meaford Hall. www.meghanpatrickmusic.com
Matt Andersen, Tues Mar 24 8pm
A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over. Andersen nabbed the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and was the first ever Canadian to take home top honours in the solo/duo category at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. www.stubbyfingers.ca Presented by Meaford Hall.
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band- 50th Anniversary Tour, Thur Mar 26 8pm
Hot on the heels of their JUNO-nominated 2017 album Something I’ve Done, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band are on their 50th Anniversary Tour. Downchild launched an unstoppable career that has included 18 albums, countless awards and sold-out shows around the globe. On the band’s 1971 debut Bootleg, they scored their first smash hit with a jumping version of Big Joe Turner’s classic “Flip Flop & Fly.” Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Hollywood stars Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film The Blues Brothers. www.downchild.com Presented by Meaford Hall.
6 Guitars, Fri Apr 3 7:30pm
Written by Chase Padgett & Jay Hopkins
More than a concert, 6 Guitars is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. Just 1 performer portrays 6 unique guitar players each representing their own style of music: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country. As each character shares the anecdotes and songs that define their relationship to music, the audience is treated to breathtaking musicianship, beautiful storytelling and top-notch comedy. Since it premiered in 2010, 6 Guitars has been performed across North America and praised for its universal message that connects the musician to the music lover. www.chasepadgett.com Presented by Meaford Hall.
Brass Transit (Tribute to Chicago), Sat Apr 18 8pm
Since 2008, Brass Transit has toured North America steadily, dazzling audiences with flawless performances and spectacular attention to detail. Hits like “Saturday In The Park”, “25 or 6 To 4”, “If You Leave Me Now”, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” and “You’re The Inspiration” have left crowds in awe, inspiring multiple standing ovations and comments like: “Spine-Tingling!” “Brought me back to my youth!” and “Perfect in every detail!” Brass Transit goes far beyond just replicating the songs; they embody the music. www.brasstransit.com Presented by Meaford Hall.
Glass Tiger, Fri Apr 24 8 pm
Glass Tiger’s latest album “33” proves they’re still going strong as they move through their fourth decade of a phenomenal music career. Just as remarkable, the core band members remain including Alan Frew on vocals and guitar, Sam Reid on keyboards, Al Connelly on guitar, and Wayne Parker on bass, as well as long-time drummer Chris McNeill who joined in 2000. Presented by Blackrose Entertainment.
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