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Eatdrink #65 May/June 2017

The LOCAL food and drink magazine serving London, Stratford & Southwestern Ontario since 2007

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48 | May/June 2017 Various Musical Notes eatdrink.ca |@eatdrinkmag Celtic, Québecois, and Iconic Upcoming Highlights on the Music Scene By GERRY BLACKWELL John McDermott Oh, to be in Ontario now that spring is here! Unless of course we skip spring this year and go straight to summer, always a possibility. Either way, it’s a good time for music fans. Bob Dylan is coming, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt. And a bunch of much younger folk. If you’ve got Celtic blood in your veins, the next couple of months will be particularly good. It starts Friday, May 12 at the Grand Theatre with John McDermott — Mr. “Danny Boy” himself — and his Raised on Songs and Stories show (7:30 p.m., $47.50). The self-trained balladeer and former member of the Irish Tenors is in fact Scottish by birth, but no matter. The man has over 25 albums to his credit. He’s big. If you miss him at the Grand, he’s at the Capitol Theatre in Chatham the next night (7:30 p.m., $47.50). From big and experienced to young and fresh. Up the street at the London Music Hall, a trio of local freshman folkies play the LMH’s Rosewood Room that same Saturday night: Karen Emeny and Ian Raeburn from London, and Justine Chantale of Stratford (8:00pm, $10). If you want to know what the next generation of singer-songwriters sounds like, come listen. (FYI, you can hear previews of all three at music-sharing site soundcloud.com.) With Home County only a couple of months away, folk music, Celtic and otherwise, is very big this season. The Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club continues its series of concerts at Chaucer’s Pub on Sunday, May 14 with dueling fiddlers Maja & David (7:30pm, $20/$25). David is David Boulanger of La Bottine Souriante, the Quebecois folk band. Maja is Maja Kjær Jacobsen from the Danish fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak. Holy catgut, Batman! Revival House in Stratford has another of its dinner-and-show concerts on Friday, May 19, this time featuring the Juno-winning Digging Roots ($25 concert only, $35 with prix fixe dinner). It’s a return engagement for the indigenous blues ‘n’ roots outfit. Last time they “blew the roof off,” receiving a standing ovation in the middle of their set. Digging Roots is Barrie-based husband and wife Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish. The London Music Club, coincidentally, has another Raven the same night. Folk-rockers The Wilderness of Manitoba, Maja & David Digging Roots with singer Raven Shields,

Raven Shields and Will Whitwham of The Wilderness of Manitoba are playing the club (7:30pm/8:30pm, $10/$12). Front-liners Shields and Will Whitwham are in duet mode for this show. The full band meanwhile has a new album due any day. There’s more Quebecois folk music — which, let’s face it, isn’t so different from Celtic folk music — at Aeolian Hall on Friday, May 26. Sunfest is bringing in Bon Débarras (7:00pm/8:00pm, $25/$30.) The group plays original compositions FREE ADMISSION July 6 - 9, 2017 Victoria Park, London, Ontario, Canada 5 Stages Over 35 World Music & Jazz Groups 225 Food & Craft Vendors Canada's Premier Celebration of World Cultures Over 220,000 Visitors in 2016! INTERNATIONAL Gabacho Maroc GUEST PERFORMERS Bareto (Peru) Bixiga 70 (Brazil) Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe) Coreyah (South Korea) DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) Delgres (Guadalupe) Djmawi Africa (Algeria) Gabacho Maroc (Morocco/France) Gustavito (Brazil) Korrontzi (Spain) Marutyri (The Netherlands) • ODE (Sweden) Tanghetto (Argentina) WÖR (Belgium) plus more to be announced soon! New This Year! SUN Nation Under a Groove & Suntario150 Delhi 2 Dublin (BC) Five Alarm Funk (BC) Diyet (Yukon) The Jerry Cans (Nunavut) Lazo (ON) Rosie & the Riveters (SK) plus more to be announced soon! Bon Débarras sunfest.on.ca ~ info@sunfest.on.ca ~ tel. 519-672-1522 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Fun, fine dining, & funky finds? Win weekly prizes up to $ 400, or the Canadian Country Music Week Ultimate Grand Prize! Post ’em to win! On Twitter & Instagram, share your experience with #GetDTL & #LDNENT 128 likes Get Downtown! #GetDTL #LDNENT GET DOWN IS AN INITIATIVE OF DOWNTOWN LONDON AND IS SUPPORTED BY TOURISM LONDON