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The Sheepdogs: Retro Rockers Make a Triumphant Return to Niagara

Team GDW were very excited last year when The Sheepdogs were announced as one of the events on the annual Jackson-Triggs summer concert series calendar.  As one of our concert-going highlights in 2017, we were amazed at the live experience… Continue Reading →

Friday Night Music at Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

When given the opportunity for a long weekend (the latter half of the US Independence Day holiday), Team GDW jumped into the car and ventured north across the Peace Bridge and into southern Ontario.  Armed with the knowledge that three… Continue Reading →

The Marrieds: Live at The Painted Lady

It was during our previous visit to The Painted Lady in Toronto, for a matinee performance with Melanie Brulee, that we received word from The Marrieds that they would be playing at this venue later this summer.  Naturally, the date… Continue Reading →

Highlights from The Sound of Music Festival, Burlington, ON

Having enjoyed catching up with The Once during their Friday evening performance at the Sound Of Music Festival, Team GDW took delight in seeing plenty of artists over the course of the weekend.  What we found particularly impressive about the… Continue Reading →

Catching Up With The Once in Burlington, ON

As we officially welcomed the arrival of summer, Team GDW hit the road once again to sample our first taste of the annual “Sound Of Music” festival in Burlington, ON. Taking place along the shores of Lake Ontario, we naturally… Continue Reading →

Review: The Savilles, “Something Strange”

We recently attended the “Grilled Cheese Challenge” in western Toronto and randomly encountered some great live music from The Savilles, a four-piece local indie-rock band that quickly caught my attention. Virtually impossible to not notice the band in their very… Continue Reading →

Terra Lightfoot: Live in Harrisburg, PA

Whenever one of our favorite Canadian artists tours in PA, we try our best to get to the show when the venue is a little closer to home than Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.  Living here in the PA mid-state, we have… Continue Reading →

Tom Wilson: A Literary Recital in Grimsby, ON

We recently started a new recurring feature here at Great Dark Wonder titled “Doors at 8, Show at 9,” which focuses solely on smaller music venues that are ideal for concerts of a much more intimate nature.  Our debut feature… Continue Reading →

Stephen Stanley: Live Music With Grilled Cheese on the Side

Team GDW recently reviewed and very much enjoyed “Jimmy and the Moon,” the latest full-length album from The Stephen Stanley Band.  Hoping to one day have the opportunity to catch a live set from Stephen, L very recently discovered the… Continue Reading →

Trent Severn: Matinee Performance in Kitchener

After our Saturday evening in Toronto for a show with Steel Rail and Over The Moon, our travels took us to The Registry Theatre in Kitchener on Sunday afternoon, for a matinee show with Trent Severn.  Indeed, the concept of… Continue Reading →

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