See the holiday concerts Apt613 contributors look forward to most.
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is back with a series of six shows just in time for the holidays. As the name would suggest, generally the festival’s shows take place in small venues in rural Eastern Ontario, and this time they’ll visit Burritts Rapids, Athens, Pakenham, Chaffey’s Lock, Tweed, Westmeath, and… the National Arts Centre!
A special televised show will feature performances by the Downchild Blues Band (with special guests Dan Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer, David Wilcox, Kenny Neal, Gene Taylor, and Erja Lyytinen), Colin James, Big Sugar, Sass Jordan, Matt Andersen, MonkeyJunk, and Dawn Tyler Watson.
As usual, Saturdays are chock-full of artists, both local and beyond, with the prime focus on some of the biggest names in hip-hop history on the main stage.
Day 2 at Bluesfest saw a mix of country, DJs, and local favourites. Melissa Ethridge, Eddie Quotez, Old Whiskey Road, Too Slim and The Taildraggers, and more played to an enthusiastic Friday night crowd.
Imagine if you will, a booming soulful voice somewhere between that of Joe Cocker and the warm tone of Jeff Healey. And then try to imagine that voice being backed up by a 9-piece band of amazing proportions, complete with a full horn section, and some great vocal harmonies. Matt Andersen’s songs are soulful tales […]