Jeff Aul, Soft Acoustic Covers, The Helson Gallery, Saturday, January 10 around 1:30 pm

imageYou can drift, relax, unwind, chat, do whatever you want. The music is soft, relaxing, background, and will coexist just as easily with your best friend as with your favorite Group of Seven artist.

Take it Aul in.

Visit Georgetown’s library again today, sparkling after its multi-million dollar renovation. One of the main features is the Helson Gallery, named after a local philanthropist who gave the town $700,000 of art, which is hanging on the walls of an old Methodist church that became the town’s library 100 years ago, and is now neatly integrated into the new building. The gallery is dominated by a magnificent stained glass window, dedicated in 1876 to Maria Barber, wife of the town’s founder.

Highly Recommended – Juneyt, Nuevo Flamenco Guitar, Uncorked, Saturday, January 3 at 7 pm

He didn’t even pick up a guitar until the age of 18 – but it seems that Juneyt was destined from birth to be a musician. His name means “Soldier of Music” in his native tongue, and has proven to be a true foreshadowing of his life path.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Juneyt is self-taught and has been playing Flamenco guitar for 13 years. Drawn to the passion and raw emotion of the music, Juneyt plays mostly in the Nuevo Flamenco style popularized by Jesse Cook while staying true to the techniques of the more traditional flamenco guitarists. He has been especially influenced by Paco de Lucia, Tomatito and Vincente Amigo.

Juneyt got his start playing alongside many well-known musicians in Europe and performing as a studio guitarist on more than 15 albums. Since moving to Canada in 1999, Juneyt has composed music for two television documentaries, and has built his career as a professional musician playing in and around his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo and the GTA. He is very active in the community, regularly donating his time and talent to worthwhile organizations like the United Way, Parkinson Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

An impressive guitarist, held in high esteem by his peers, Juneyt possesses a rare talent and an energy that electrifies the audience making him an exceptional performer to watch. His charismatic style and incredible finger work have earned him an enthusiastic following throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Ambre McLean, Singer/Songwriter, Uncorked, New Years Eve, Wednesday, December 31, $60 with …

ambreAmbre McLean is an undiscovered gem in a sea of music mediocrity.
Her lyrics are dripped with tales of love, loss and struggle. If you want to hear one of Canada’s truly independent singer/songwriters look no further.
Ambre can seem small on stage, but it doesn’t take long for her talent to make her seem larger than life, a giant filling the room with the kind of songs that make you remember lost loves and abandoned dreams.
Uncorked on Main: Ambre McLean Live. Three Seatings – 6, 8 and 10 pm – $60 per person includes 4 course menu and glass of bubbly. Open late.

Bill Craig, Irish/Traditional, The Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, January 2 @ 8 pm

bill craigBill Craig, the Irish Musician and Entertainer, has been well received by audiences at The Shepherd’s Crook.

From his Website:

“Bill Craig’s performance is relaxed eclectic, thought provoking, goofy and entertaining. His casual attitude is designed to include, not exclude his audience, be it eight or eight hundred people. Bill puts all his energy into his songs and makes a point of having a good time on stage. This usually translates to his audience having a similar experience.”

Recommended – David Cavan Fraser, Celtic/Pop, Uncorked, Friday, January 2 at 8 pm

David Cavan Fraser’s StoryDavid Cavan Fraser photo

David Cavan Fraser is a young professional artist that has been performing full-time around Ontario, Canada since 2007. His fun and energetic show consists of a combination of music, audience participation and comedy that leaves a lasting impression with the audience.

With over 1400 paid performances on his resume, David has begun to master the art of entertaining a crowd. David is not a musician playing music in the background, but rather a powerful entertainer who commands the audience’s attention and creates moments that will be remembered for a life-time.

David’s song writing is honest and straight-forward and his songs connect with people in such a way to make them laugh, cry and think about their lives in new ways.

In addition to an enormous repertoire of music from age-old Celtic Music all the way to 50s, 60s, 70s music up to today David has independently released 4 Studio Albums and 1 Live Album of his original compositions. click on Albums to see what he’s released

NEW YEARS EVE IN GEORGETOWN

NewYearOPEN LATE

McGibbon Hotel: Larry Melton Live, 8:30 pm start, Tickets Required and still available as of Dec 23, includes: party favours, munchies, nibbles, champagne at midnight!

The St. George Pub: The Gigawatts Live at 10 pm, No Cover

The Cellar Restaurant: $100 per person includes Prix Fixe 6 course menu

Georgetown Legion: SOLD OUT

Uncorked on Main: Ambre McLean Live. Three Seatings – 6, 8 and 10 pm – $60 per person includes 4 course menu and glass of bubbly. Open late.

CLOSING BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Boston Pizza – 11 pm

Kelseys – 10 pm

The Shepherd’s Crook – 5:30 pm

Shoeless Joe’s – 9 pm

Wild Wing – 10 pm

The Copper Kettle – Closed

Organic Funk, Funk Rock, The McGibbon, Friday/Saturday, December 26/27 at 9:30 pm

ORGANIC FUNK

ORGANIC; Having an organization similar in its complexity to that of living things.

FUNK; An earthy quality appreciated in music such as jazz or soul, down-to-earth soulfully expressed sound, related to the real nitty-gritty or
fundamental essence of life, soul to the max.

Toronto based band Organic Funk launched their latest CD entitled “Speak Now” on February 10, 2011 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada to an enthusiastic crowd. The first single from the album entitled “For Today” was pre-released to radio and the immediate reaction was excellent garnering airplay coast to coast in Canada. The band has been compared to “a pre-popular Maroon 5”. The comments from radio have been very encouraging… “There is something very pure and raw about them…” “They may be on to something…” “Definitely a winner…” “Absolutely love it“.

The funk/rock quartet composes, produces and performs music that has been described as “contemporary rock with a funky groove and a hint of retro”. Although the group aspires to perform their own original material, they win approval for their original songs by interspersing well known musical titles that blend with their originals, elevating their songs alongside the classic hits. They have built a strong following in their home territory and have an excellent web presence through their profile on My Space: http://www.myspace.com/organicfunk .

Perhaps Canadian reviewer Ryan Stephenson Price sums it up best in a recent review of an Organic Funk concert in Toronto – here is an excerpt:
“…If you’ll take anything away from this review though – see them live if ever given the opportunity: they have a way of playing off each other that really emotes to the crowd. You can tell just how much fun they’re having, and they want you to join in too. They’ll leave you grooving in your shoes all night long, you’ll be singing along with their covers, and you just might get an invite to a party from some random attractive Europeans that were enticed to enter the venue from off the street because they heard some funky tunes as they happened to be walking by. What, that doesn’t happen to everybody? Well, clearly you were at the wrong concert that night…” RYAN STEPHENSON PRICE, THE INDIE MACHINE May 13, 2011