Highly Recommended – Bill Craig, Irish/Traditional, Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, Oct 13 @ 8 pm

You won’t want to miss the music and wit of  Bill Craig.

Bill was born and raised in Ireland, and lived in London in 1973. He moved to Toronto in 1974. He first performed as a vocalist for various Rock ‘n Roll bands in Ireland in 1967.

In 1969, Bill began playing guitar on stage and has stayed with it as his main instrument ever since. Throughout this period, he maintained an interest in the music of his native Ireland, and would occasionally confuse, and usually please, rock audiences with a solo voice guitar rendition. Bill fills The Crook with a wide variety of sounds and a larger than life personality that works well in the room.

Cead Mile Failte…A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.

Recommended – Roxanne de Bastion, Singer/Songwriter, Uncorked on Main, Thursday, Oct 19 at 7 pm

Roxanne de Bastion reminds us that great lyrics do have a place in pop music. With a nod to 1960’s psychedelia, Roxanne delivers thoughtful social and personal commentary soaked in piano & cello arrangements.

One of the most perfect voices I’ve ever heard”
(Tom Whalley, BBC6)

“Standout number…astonishingly assured”
The Sunday Times)

“If you ever get a chance to see her live – definitely do!”
(BBC Introducing)

Born in Berlin to a musical, bilingual family, she started composing and performing at the age of 15. Soon after, Roxanne moved to London, equipped with her guitar, her songs and a one-way ticket.

Glastonbury’s legendary acoustic stage, a showcase at Folk Alliance in the USA, opening for Martha Wainwright, Ricky Ross and Thea Gilmore as well as touring in her own right across Europe only account for a handful of events filled by Roxanne’s diary over the past twelve months. Her debut album and follow-up EP garnered support from BBC6, Xfm, The Sunday Times, R2 Magazine to name a few. In Germany, Roxanne has even made the prime time news together with Taylor Swift in a feature on the future of music as well as receiving national press in FAZ and Intro Magazine. Roxanne de Bastion is no stranger to the independent music scene supporters across Europe.

In addition to her own music, Roxanne is an advocate of artist rights and represents independent artists on the board of the FAC.

“I was completely bowled over by Roxanne. As well as performing, she converses with the audience, charming everyone in the room. If you ever get the chance to go and see her live – definitely do!”

-BBC Introducing Coventry and Warwickshire

Recommended – Rock The Hills, Youth Bands, Downtown Georgetown, Saturday, Sep 30, 7-11 pm

Rock the Hills 2017
The Alcoves, above, will be one of the performers at this year's annual Rock the Hills event, taking place this Saturday, Sept. 30.

The third annual Rock the Hills is making its way back to Downtown Georgetown this weekend.

On Sept. 30, Rock the Hills, a youth-run initiative, will be taking place at a number of venues in downtown Georgetown, including the Helson Gallery, the McGibbon Hotel, Silvercreek Coffee House, Center Stage, Couture Cupcake Boutique, and My Fit Little Foodie.

The event, which coincides with Culture Days, is featuring several local youth bands and is run primarily by youth of the community.

The idea came from local youth bands looking for a more representative space in the area.

“It’s really cool,” Beatrice Sharkey, co-lead for the event planning team, said. “When we first started working on Rock the Hills, we searched through Canada and there was no music event that was run by youth for youth and focused on youth performers.”

Performances include Rikashay, Minivan, Little Berlin, The Tradition, Vivian Hicks, Wilson and the Cast Aways, and more. There will also be a spoken-word performance by Harrison Jedan.

The first two years took place at the Georgetown Fairgrounds, and although the space could accommodate the guests, it wasn’t appropriate for some of the bands.

“It wasn’t a benefit to them to being on the really big stage,” Sharkey said. “Financially, it meant that [we] needed to charge for the gate.”

After last year’s event wrapped up, Sharkey and the youth involved decided to go smaller scale and feature a number of different venues.

“We’re calling it a band-crawl,” she explained. “Basically, it’s in one area, you can walk to all the settings, there’s multiple variety of genres on, and it’s still being planned by youth and led by youth on the day.”

“We’re pretty excited about it.”

The event is free, and wristbands are being distributed at the local high schools this week, and will be available starting at 5 p.m. at the McGibbon on Saturday. Youth, high school students, and young adults are welcome to join in the festivities.

“There’s lots of variety and lots of options and there will be some really great music,” Sharkey said.

The event takes place this Saturday, Sept. 30 with bands performing from 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit rockthehills.ca.