Jackob Franiczek, Jazz Guitar, Uncorked, Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 7 pm

Jackob-styled1Jackob began playing the guitar at the age of 13. His early musical influences include classic rock guitar heroes such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page as well as more modern musicians. While in high school his musical focus was directed towards different punk rock and heavy metal bands while at the same time studying with different teachers who showed him the importance of reading music and understanding theory.

Jackob now spends most of his time familiarizing himself with the jazz tradition while playing and gigging with a band that plays a variety of styles ranging from swing to jazz fusion to hip-hop. He is also playing dinner music / jazz gigs with a variety of musicians that are studying in different post-secondary music programs in Ontario.

Ambre McLean, Singer/Songwriter, Uncorked, Saturday, December 27 at 8 pm

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. Joined on this night by Jazz drummer, Ian MacLean.

Recommended – Taylor Abrahamse and Bryn Scott-Grimes, Beatboxing Guitar Duo, Uncorked, Saturday, December 20 around about 7 or 8 pm

Taylor and Bryn took its sweet time to form, simmering towards perfection since 2010, when they met while pursuing their BA Music Degrees from York University. In 2014 it occured to them to solidify their musical energies in a tight, powerful duo. It is now clear that these boys are on a musical journey to make tasteful, elaborate and enduring pop music.

Despite their distinctly different songwriting styles, both are passionate about making songs the best they can be, and grew up being fascinated by all forms of music that resonate with pure imagination.

There is an uncanny similarity in the elements that comprise their sound – innovation, musicianship, and unforgettable melodies. Each song swirls with shades of anything from Jazz Standards, to 70’s Pop, to Hip Hop, and beyond – creating a sound that is tremendously refreshing – and yet, still accessible to any set of 21st Century ears.

Taylor & Bryn’s live shows are exciting, accessible, unpredictable, humorous, and uplifting–enough to garner the attention of reputable musical judges and label A&R representatives. Recently picked for 1st place in the Ontario-wide Landmark Events Showcase Competition out of hundreds of entrants, Taylor & Bryn are gearing up to release their first EP in 2015.

With 2 acoustic guitars, 20 harmonicas, beatboxing chops, and two voices of distinct blend at their disposal, Taylor & Bryn are poised for launch.

Recommended – The Dualing Divas, Party Hardy Music, The McGibbon Hotel, Friday and Saturday, Dec 19/20 @ 9:30 pm

I have it on high authority that The Dualing Divas are “fantastic”.

So they are fantastic.

And it is very difficult to find information on them, so I would say they are mysterious.

So they are mysterious.

And it seems they just returned from an extensive cruise gig.

So ..

Anyway. This much I do have on them ….

Dayfoot CD Release, Folk, The Shepherd’s Crook, Saturday, December 20 at 9:30 pm

Dayfoot to release self-titled album on Dec. 20

Local band, named after a street in Georgetown, will launch a CD at Shepherd’s Crook on Main St. S. in Georgetown this Saturday.

After a short hiatus from writing music, Doug Sinclair and his friend Keith Henderson decided to pick up their acoustic guitars and take a shot at writing folk music. After many months of writing and arranging songs the two had amassed a large repertoire of songs, and Sinclair sought out to find a band to help him make the songs a reality.

Long-time friend and drummer, Stephen Dayfoot was onboard to help fill out the rhythm section.  Shortly after, Matt Wittmann joined the group to play bass along with Danen Sloan on the guitar. Susannah McKenzie-Sutter later joined and provided the violin sound the band needed to achieve the soundscape the group was looking for.

One year after its inception, Dayfoot will be releasing their full-length debut self-titled album on Dec. 20 at the Shepherd’s Crook. The first 50 limited edition CD’s will each feature a unique photograph (photography and art work by Andrew Fasken) of local people, places, and things in Halton Hills. The limited edition CD’s will also come with a frame for fans to display the art work. Access to the CD release show is free, encouraging anyone who likes the album to purchase the CD for $15.

Check out the group at dayfootband.com

Georgetown Bach Chorale, Celtic Christmas, 157 Main Street, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec 19/20/21 at 8 pm, $45

celticchristmasSnow-covered trees, icicles glistening in the moonlight, cool

grey-blue skies hovering at dusk, and birds lamenting the loss of

summer…Let the GBC and guest handbell artist Barbara Cooper

set the mood for Christmas just right, with the best in food,

decor, music and delight.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 8 pm

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8 pm

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8 pm

157 Main Street, Georgetown ON    $45


Adam Gesjorskyj, Fingerstyle Guitarist, Uncorked, Friday, December 19 at 8 pm

Adam Gesjorskyj’s experience as a guitarist spans a wide variety of musical styles.  Frequently composing, arranging and performing in the fingerstyle acoustic genre, he released his first original recording, entitled Nostalgia, in 2000.  As a classical guitarist, Adam has showcased his talents with numerous groups, including Arcady and Duo Acorde, and appears regularly as a solo performer.  He frequently takes the stage as a guitarist of popular styles with Allemande, Phill Botting and Williamson Drive.

Adam furthered his classical guitar education at McMaster University under the instruction of celebrated guitarist and pedagogue Jeffrey McFadden.  His musicality and technical capacity were immensely refined and expanded over his four years of study with McFadden, during which time he simultaneously earned bachelor’s degrees in Science (Honours Mathematics and Statistics) and Arts (Music, Summa Cum Laude).  While continuing his practice and performance in the modern and classical guitar genres, Adam began his self-study of the fingerstyle steel string acoustic guitar style.  Tommy Emmanuel, Billy McLachlan and Stephen Fearing have been major influences on his learning, performance and composition of music in this genre.

Over the years, Adam has been honoured to receive several awards of recognition. Among these achievements are two Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal Awards, a Patricia Majcher Award for the Arts, numerous awards from local music competitions and a Hamilton Arts Awards nomination as an Emerging Artist.  He was also the recipient of a Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Teacher of the Year).
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Matt Powell, Jazz Keyboard and Vocals, The Helson Gallery, Saturday, December 20 at 1:30 pm

Matt Powell brings a tasty cross-section of signature jazzy tunes, spiced with a smorgasbord of vocals in the ambient sound chamber that is The Helson Gallery.

Matt has a non-musical day job, but lives it up after hours playing and singing at the Silver Creek Cafe and for local charities such as the Optimist Club and the Saturday Centre, at retirement homes during the holidays and really wherever he can get his hands on a piano.

chateau marmontOnce, he took it upon himself to play the old grand piano in the middle of West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont.  That night, his Beatles covers attracted all sorts of new and great friends, and led to his being invited to an awesome party in the Hollywood Hills.

Come check this guy out – wethinks you’ll like him.