Highly Recommended – Stacey Renee Duo, Acoustic Christmas Songs, Helson Gallery, Saturday, Nov 18 at 2 pm, PWYC (sugg. donation $10)

The holiday season is almost upon us! Join recognized performer and singer Stacey Renee Duo for a Christmas Special concert: Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m. in the Helson Gallery. No admission fee (recommended donation of $10).

Stacey has entertained crowds across North America, opening for such artists as The Trews, Treble Charger, Gloria Gaynor, Suzie McNeil, Danny Fernandes, Kardinal Offishall, Chris Brown and more. Stacey’s electric performances, unmistakable talent, and unique vocal styles are impossible to ignore.

Highly Recommended – Bill Craig, Irish/Traditional, Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, Nov 17 @ 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.

Tanglecove, Newfoundland Roots, Loreto Home Concert, Thursday, Nov 16 at 7:30 pm, $20

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Georgetown’s Frank and Ruth Loreto have been hosting house concerts (at 3 Torino Gate) for 5 plus years and have yet to be disappointed by any of the shows.

The cost for the evening is $20 per person, with the full amount going to the performers. They need to know in advance who is coming as they can only hold 25 people comfortably and they must know how many break-time delights to prepare in advance. Now is not too soon to book this or other upcoming shows in the Loreto Home Routes Concert Series. To reserve a spot, contact Frank at: loreto@sympatico.ca.

Bring whatever you would like to drink or you can indulge in the delicious coffees provided by Stephen at Speakeasy’s in Hamiton. AND, you can have that coffee delivered to your door like they do—just go to http://speakeasycoffee.vstore.ca

For a wealth of info on other Live Music events throughout Canada (as re-posted by Frank Loreto) connect on Facebook at earstotheground.ca and on Twitter @ears2dground.

Sharon Dutton, Piano, Candlelit Church, St. Alban’s, Sunday, Nov 12 at 7:30 pm

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A beautiful old church, lit only by candles. An atmosphere of reverence and peace and wonder. Scripture, chanted psalms, slow prayer, beautiful music from a solo musician. Nothing for you to say or do or read – only to enter and receive and experience. To simply BE in the presence of God.

Sharon’s  career has included adult and children’s community choirs, concert and jazz band rehearsals, preschool music programs, conference workshops, research presentations, and a successful private music studio. She also has considerable performance experience as a church musician, as a solo pianist, and as the pianist for The Champagne Trio.

Sharon holds an A. Mus. in piano performance from Conservatory Canada, an ARCT in piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and a Doctorate degree in Holistic Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has a particular interest in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (learning music through movement), and serves as vice-president for Dalcroze Canada.

www.dalcrozecanada.com

http://www.haltonhillspiano.com/

Recommended – Kalyna Rakel, Jazz/Indie Singer/Songwriter, Copper Kettle Pub, Sunday, Nov 12, 3-7 pm

In 2007 ‘Kaleena’ was a 16 year old rising RnB singer with a video featured on Much Music and an album of original songs. At 18 she became severely ill and for three years was left with barely enough energy to go about her days. Bed ridden and disillusioned she let her dreams of music go. After healing she embarked on a life-changing trip to Europe; in her first week everything she had was stolen and she found herself sleeping on the streets. There she met a group of street musicians who inspired her to try music again. On her return she taught herself to play guitar and began busking, writing songs and developing her sound as Kalyna Rakel. Since then she has released 4 albums of original music, performed across Europe, Canada and the United States and been featured in festivals and on radio stations all across the world.

On June 15th 2016 Kalyna released her latest album The Other Side. A brooding, atmospheric journey, the songs tell stories of finding hope in the darkest of times and learning to love yourself and those around you. The album has been featured on CBC’s Here and Now, The Signal and Metro Morning where host Matt Galloway called Kalyna Rakel one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian music.

Kalyna is currently hard at work on her next album and playing with her quintet. She also works regularly with philanthropic causes in Toronto, including The Matthew House (www.matthewhouse.ca), peace activist Emmanuel Jal and a recent commission to write a song raising awareness of the 1932 Ukrainian genocide.