arts-report-fullBy Brent Jeffries

Guitarist and music teacher Paul Danard will perform with Brian O'Rourke and host an open-mic performance by some of his students on Friday night from 6-8pm. Jazz, Blues, Folk and Rock will be served up with a side order of classics. PWYC for the artist.

Singer/Songwriter Kunle from Nigeria will perform an afternoon concert at the Frog Ponds Café. Back by popular demand, Kunle will be back at The Frog Ponds Cafe in Owen Sound Saturday February 28th for a lunch hour concert starting at 12pm. Join Kunle, Nigerian singer/songwriter, for his music with no boundaries - acoustic folk in English and Yoruba, with nods to soul, blues, celtic, rock and jazz. He'll bring along his West African talking drum and harmonicas. PWYC jar for the artist. Join us for lunch and another fine afternoon show at the Café.

Plan to attend the "Good Neighbours Benefit Concert" on Friday March 6 at the Harmony Centre at the Corner of 9th street and 4th Ave East in Owen Sound. On Thursday, February 6, 2015, a devastating fire destroyed two houses and badly damaged a third on 2nd Avenue East in Owen Sound. The Good Neighbours Concert is a benefit for the survivors of the fire. Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 7:30pm. Admission to this very special event is Pay-what-you-can. There will be a silent auction, and an intermission with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Owen Sound's musical community is pulling together to support one of its own, Steve Kenny, who lost his house in the fire, along with his neighbours.



Confirmed to perform so far: Coco Love Alcorn, Larry Jensen, ET Rhino, The Down Right, Our Shotgun Wedding, and the Sons of Perry. More names will be added when confirmed. Every one of these performers is donating their time for this important and personal cause. For more information email [email protected] to the Attention of Dave or Trevor and or call the store at 519-371-9662.

The Owen Sound Artists' Co-op offers bright, fresh talent during the cold winter months. The Legacy Gallery is exhibiting work from the Next Generation group of emerging youth artists. From a 16-year-old bookbinder to a 30-year-old potter, with many diverse ages and medias in between, this show embodies the breadth of talent living within the boundaries of Grey and Bruce Counties. Along with our 40 regular Co-op members, and our guest artist for February, knitter Patti McMeekin, the Artists' Co-op provides a warm haven of art and craft. Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 5:30, an artist is always in attendance!

Well-known Owen Sound artist Tom Bunce, presents a showing of his bright, colourful landscape paintings in the Griffin Gallery in the Roxy Theatre. This display of his art hangs from now until March 12. Stop in and see his work, when you visit the Roxy box office or take in a show at the Roxy.

arts-report-featbSanta Fe Gallery presents Mexicolores, a group show of many artists, full of the warmth and colours of sunny climes! Just what the doctor ordered to chase away those winter blues. The Exhibit will run till Saturday March 14th. The Gallery is open to all, free of charge and is located on the 2nd Floor of the Grassroots Solar Building, 828 3rd Ave East in downtown Owen Sound.

Students and teachers from the 8th Street Music Factory perform at the Frog Ponds Café on Saturday, March 7 from 12-1:30pm. Rock, Folk, Jazz and Blues performed in an open-mic setting. Come out and support local music.

Bishop House: Museum, Archives & National Historic Site invites you to view our new temporary display, 'Pte. Arthur John Mackey' curated and installed by OSCVI co-op student, Melanie Pledger. The display tells of the life of Arthur Mackey, a local Collingwood township boy, who enlisted in 1917 and made the ultimate sacrifice in 1918. Arthur's story is told through his letters to and from his family, personal items and interpretive panels. The groundwork for this display began when Melanie volunteered to transcribe Arthur's letters over the summer after they had been scanned for the OSCVI History Department. Knowing that her co-op would begin at Bishop House in September, she chose to create a display based on the letters and additional research she conducted. The 'Pte. Arthur John Mackey' display will be visible in Bishop House's Education Centre until April 26th, 2015.

Owen Sound Little Theatre presents the Western Ontario Drama League Theatre Festival 2015 at the historic Roxy Theatre from March 16th - 20th. From Monday to Friday respectively the playbill features Mrs. Parliament's Night Out by Aylmer Community Players, Of Mice & Men by Theatre Kent (Chatham), Love, Loss and What I Wore by Paris Performers Theatre, The Clean House by Theatre Sarnie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by London Community Players. Curtain: 8:00 PM. Each performance is followed by an Encore Reception with complimentary hors d'ouvres and cash bar. Tickets: $22 for single night(s) or $100 for the 5 play series. Contact the Roxy Box Office (519-371-2833) or online at

Mudtown Music & Arts Series presents Toronto bluegrass phenoms the Foggy Hogtown Boys with hometown pride-and-joys Linsey & John Beckett of the Beckett Family Band on Saturday, March 28th at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and available at the Roxy Theatre box office, by phoning (519) 371- 2833, or online at

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