Neil Cotton and Hawk’s Nest, Country Rock, The St. George Pub, Saturday, December 13 at 9:30 pm

Hawks-Nest-600-2Guess who’s back at The St. George… our own Neil Cotton and Hawk’s Nest. Named after rockabilly hero Ronnie Hawkins, the band proudly bears the country rock banner.

Neil took his first music lesson (lap-steel) when he was 8 years old but didn’t take up performing until he was 27. He has been with three bands over the years, and we’re lucky to call him one of our own. Pop in and tip your cap to a local music legend.

Recommended – David Leask, Roots Rock & Celtic Country Soul, Uncorked, Friday, December 12 @ 8 pm

david leaskDavid Leask is a two-time International Songwriting Competition winner. A musical lifer who’s enjoyed comparisons to such master storytellers as John Prine and John Hiatt, his is an adventurous, strongly independent and continually evolving career path.

Long before American Idol brought the excitement of talent competitions into our living rooms, Leask and his band won the BBC-televised National Rock School Competition in his native Scotland and his musical die was cast. Twenty years later, his polished, yet rootsy performances garnered him the Mississauga Performing Artist of the Year Award.

Following 3 critically acclaimed releases garnering national airplay on radio and CMT, Leask has gathered numerous honours for his songwriting, most recently in the USA Songwriting Competition. Songwriters Magazine called him “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner.”

Leask takes his innate ability to connect with an audience into the classroom as well, teaching songwriting in schools as a mentor for the School Alliance of Student Songwriters as well as the Songwriters’ Association of Canada.

With meticulously-crafted, vigorously road-tested songs, David is on a genre-surfing journey that traverses rhythm and bluegrass, country and soul, roots and rock.

  • “Dave was such a rare treat to discover – one of those genuine talents with a truly natural connection between his guitar, his voice and his lyrics – a rare original.” Shari Ulrich


Kev Morse, Singer Songwriter, Uncorked on Main, Wednesday, December 10 at 8 pm

kev morse 2Kev Morse writes from experience, sings from the heart and plays the guitar like it was meant for him to play. An evening spent listening to Kev play his guitar and sing his songs is like an evening spent with an old friend. His songs reach out, grab you, they hold on tight and they stay with you.

Check out the outstanding “Happy Ever After” at the :45 mark here. This one should be in rotation on CBC Radio.

Take in Kev performing tracks from his new  “In The Blood” CD at Uncorked on Main.

4PLAY, Top 40, The McGibbon Hotel, Saturday, December 13 @ 9:30 pm

Formed in 2010, 4Play have steadily built themselves a following all over Southern Ontario through hard work and an abundance of passion.

At its core, 4Play is a blistering mass of driving riffs, energetic drums, technically diverse bass lines and captivating vocals, perfect for large venues with the amazing ability to be intense and musical at a lower volume for smaller venues.

Covering everything from Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, to Foo Fighters and Sublime, 4Play is bound to give you a taste of what you’re craving!

Richard Ebbs, Advanced Guitar, Silvercreek Cafe & Espresso Bar, Friday, December 12 at 8 pm

Our resident acoustic chameleon returns.richard ebbs British Folk, Classic Rock, Ravi Shankar discovering the spanish guitar … the door’s open and the ride is free. Enjoy the many dimensions of an evening with Richard Ebbs. Click right here:, scan through some of Richard’s material, and I think you will agree the music speaks for itself.

Messy Christmas, Norval United Church, Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm


Messy Christmas

Saturday December 13, 3pm to 5pm, at Norval United Church. Get messy and have fun with the Christmas story during this fun family event, featuring crafts, music, creative story-telling and gift sharing.

Based on the Messy Church concept of all ages engagement, this event promises to be fun and meaningful for babies right on up to grandparents, and a great thing to experience with friends, neighbours and family.  Self-guided activity stations, a fun celebration, time to visit and make friends, and a light kid-friendly dinner to end, are all part of the Messy Christmas experience.

Very fun and accessible, no matter if you’ve been to church before or not.  A great way to enter into the Christmas story.

To RSVP, call the church office (905 877 6122) or email

Waterdown Blues Band, The Blues at Christmas, St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall, Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 pm

waterdown bluesThe Blues at Christmas: featuring the Waterdown Blues Band

7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall, 16 Adamson St., Norval.

Late night buffet, 50/50 games, cash bar (wine and beer), wear your holiday best. Tickets: Connie Karlsson, 905-877-2436 or Holly Thomson, 905-872-2805.

Fundraiser for the St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Inuit Outreach Project.