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50 | May/June 2017 Sean McCann but in a traditional style — lots of fiddle, guitar, step dancing, body percussion. The title of the new album may be an apt description of the evening in store — En panne de silence (a shortage of silence.) Special guest this night: Juno-nominated pop-folkster Andrew McPherson. On Sunday May 28, there’s a choice of Celtic fare. Bud Gardens has Irish balladeer Daniel O’Donnell, the wildly popular star of a string of PBS specials, and the only artist to have a new album on the UK charts every year since 1988 (7:30pm, $61.50-$127.) A few blocks away, The Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club at Chaucer’s Pub is bringing in Caim, a vocal-instrumental duo, “direct from Scotland”: Heather Innes, vocals and bodhrán (the big drum-tambourine thing) and Pauline Vallance, harp, flute and vocals (May 28, 7:30pm, $20/$25.) On Saturday, June 3 we get a short break from non-stop Celtic. Blues troubadour Bonnie Raitt comes to Centennial Hall (8:00pm, $79.50–$95.50+.) Raitt is best known for the 1991 hit, “Something to Talk About.” She’s currently touring her 2016 album — her 17th — Dig in Deep. Canadian favourite Royal Wood opens. If you miss them in London, Kitchener’s Centre In The Square has the same show Buddy Guy Wednesday, June 7 ($72.50–$118.) Meanwhile, back in Celtic town, Bayfield Town Hall has Sean McCann — okay, not strictly or exclusively Celtic, but close enough — on Sunday, June 4 (7pm.) The ex-Great Big Sea Neema Children’s Choir (Photo: Ian Davies) frontman, always an engaging performer, has been touring solo for awhile. On Friday, June 16 at Aeolian Hall, Home County is bringing in Irish Mythen (7:00pm/8:00pm, $25/$30.) Don’t know Mythen? The Irish-born Canadian performer, now based in PEI, plays her own compositions: contemporary folk meets traditional Celtic. Irish Mythen She’s played with greats (Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, Lucinda Williams), graced festival bills the world over, and wows audiences everywhere. Then we get seriously un-Celtic with a pair of music legends to herald the coming of summer. Budweiser Gardens has ageless bluesman Buddy Guy on Wednesday, June 21 (7:30pm, $64.50–$109.50.) What can you say about Buddy Guy? He is a giant. Guy, 80, didn’t invent the blues, but he surely helped define it. Two weeks later, on Thursday, July 6, the Bud follows up with Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan (8pm, $59.50– $89.50.) Dylan, 75, helped define an era. Legends don’t last forever folks: catch ’em while you can. GERRY BLACKWELL is a London-based freelance writer. TD Sunfest celebrates 23 years of transfiguring Downtown London’s Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel for 220,000+ devoted visitors. More than 35 stellar world music & jazz ensembles from around the planet will perform on five stages, while 225 exhibitors whet festivalgoers’ appetites for scrumptious global cuisine and one-of-a-kind crafts & visual art. Acts include iconic bands like Kiev’s DakhaBrakha and Brazil’s Bixiga 70 and returning favourites like Ontario’s Samba Squad and BC’s Five Alarm Funk. July 6-9, Victoria Park, free admission.
The LOCAL Food & Drink Magazine May/June 2017 | 51 The Classical Beat Happy Birthday, Canada! It’s All About Us By NICOLE LAIDLER A party just isn’t a party without some great tunes. And with Canada’s 150 th birthday celebration in full swing, music groups across our region are pulling out all the stops to mark the occasion. Stratford Symphony Orchestra Stratford Symphony Orchestra celebrates Canada’s 150th on May 13 with a concert that showcases Canadian composers and shines a spotlight on local talent. The program is a mix of light Canadian classics and Canadian folk, and features special guest artists from nearby St. Marys performing together as Trent Severn. This acclaimed trio, comprised of singerssongwriters Dayna Manning, Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler, performs original, contemporary folk songs with a distinctly Canadian flavour. “This is the first time Trent Severn has performed with an orchestra,” says SSO’s David Murray. In addition to Trent Severn debuting orchestrations of current hits and new songs, the three will step out on their own to present a set of new songs from their latest recording, Portage. SSO’s final event of the season will be the annual Cows and Classics concert, to be held June 25 at a farm just west of Stratford. A hayshed, lawn chairs, refreshments, and music. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that. The London Concert Band The London Concert Band wants to pack the house at the historic Beal Auditorium, June 18, for a free musical birthday bash. CBC news anchor Heather Hiscox will act as emcee. The London Concert Band “Expanding the availability of music to young and old alike is very important to us,” says LCB conductor, Robert Kennedy. “So we embarked on developing a concert that would be available to all — equally — and then set out to find a venue that could hold many people.” “With Glowing Hearts: Canada 150 features a program that celebrates our country’s music and diversity,” says Kennedy. “Highlights for me would be the performances of our many guests. The riveting clarity and fun provided by the Percussion Trio, the colour of our visiting Bhutanese dancers, the poignant honesty of the folk-singing couple The Married, and the historical significance of Ojibway Storyteller, Aaron Bell, speaking on the history of the drums in their Nation.” The matinee concert also features The London Concert Band’s premier of a medley of music by Guy and Carmen Lombardo and their Royal Canadians.