Great Dark Wonder Concert Recaps

Here is our growing collection of concert recaps – read through and add to your own concert wishlist.  Where will Team GDW be next?  See our roll call of upcoming concerts.

Commonwealth Connections: Billy Liar Live, Local, and (just a little) Loud in PA

Okay, so here at Team GDW, Canadian artists are our primary focus, but long time readers know that there are always exceptions.  As the…

Kaia Kater: Live at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

Fresh off the release of her third and most recent album, “Grenades,” Kaia Kater has embarked on a small tour of the Eastern US…

Jill Barber: “Metaphora” Album Tour at the Aeolian Hall

Our most recent musical excursion to Ontario ended with a return visit to London, and a stop at The Aeolian Hall; always one of…

Erin Costelo: Album Launch at The Dakota Tavern

We very recently had the pleasure of reviewing an advance copy of “Sweet Marie,” the fifth album from Nova Scotia’s Erin Costelo, and kicked…

Melanie Brulée: Album Launch at the Cadillac Lounge

In the short space of time that we have gotten to know alt-country artist Melanie Brulée, we have taken great pleasure in witnessing her…

Great Lake Swimmers Make a Much Anticipated Return to Pittsburgh

Following the release of his most recent “The Waves, The Wake” album, Tony Dekker once again brought his band, Great Lake Swimmers, back to…

Matthew Byrne & The Fretless: Live in Westminster, MD

Team GDW had purchased tickets to see this show with The Fretless (featuring Matthew Byrne) when first announced back in early September.  After all,…

The Slocan Ramblers: Live in Frederick, MD

One great thing about the fall season is the anticipation of the schedule releases from our favorite music venues and theaters in close proximity…

Matt Mays: Live in Vienna, VA

Last Thursday was the final day of summer for 2018, so what better way for the season to bow out than with some live…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Steel Rail & Over The Moon: Live in Toronto

In just the short space of two weeks, Team GDW would embark once more on a road trip to Canada that offered up plenty…

Madison Violet: Live in Toronto

Since catching a live set by Madison Violet last summer at the Home County Music and Art Festival in London, ON, we knew that…

Melanie Brulée: Live at The Painted Lady

After spending a couple of seasons south of the Canadian border in Nashville, TN, singer-songwriter Melanie Brulée recently returned to her current home city…

Oh Susanna & The Sunparlour Players: Live in Stratford, ON

Nothing beats starting the weekend a little early, taking a Friday as a vacation day from work, and heading up to Canada once again…

Justin Rutledge: Intimate House Concert in Toronto

Every now and then, a unique opportunity presents itself that proves impossible to resist.  Take, for example, the recent announcement of an intimate house…

Partaking in the “Bitches Brew”

A couple of weeks ago, we were privileged to post an interview with jazz musicians Aline Homzy and Emma Smith about their April 28…

Stars: Live in Tarrytown, NY

Wrapping up our third consecutive night of live music from Canadian artists on tour here in the US, Team GDW left PA on Saturday…

Whitehorse: Live at The Sanctuary

With plans to head to Southern Ontario this past weekend, the last minute announcement of severe ice storms making their way to the province…

Current Swell: Much Anticipated Return to VA

After spending a Saturday evening recently at “Jammin’ Java” for an evening of live music from The Weather Station, Team GDW would return to…

The Weather Station: Live at Jammin’ Java

With her most recent 2017 self-titled album, Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) has received plenty of well-deserved attention on both sides of the Canadian…

Matthew Byrne: Winter Tour Finale in London, ON

Following our recent Sunday afternoon matinee “EcoFolk” benefit concert at The Aeolian Hall, we made our way to downtown London for an evening performance…

EcoFolk 2018: Promoting Environmentalism Through Music

Team GDW returned to London, ON recently to attend the third annual “EcoFolk” benefit concert held at The Aeolian Hall (one of our favorite…

Saturday Night With The Mercenaries

It has already been firmly established that Team GDW are fans of all things Blue Rodeo, and this extends beyond the music of co-founders…

Steel City Rovers: Live in Maryland

Following our recent interview with The Steel City Rovers (SCR), we had been eagerly counting down the days until this Hamilton based band visited…

Jim Cuddy Band – Constellation Tour, Hamilton, ON

Following our wonderful Saturday evening in Belleville, we headed west on Highway 401 the next morning for the second show in consecutive nights.  Arriving…

Elliott BROOD: Live in Pittsburgh

Team GDW spent another evening in Pittsburgh last Thursday, returning to Club Café  for an eagerly awaited night of live music with Elliott BROOD. …

Sam Polley & The Old Tomorrows Live

Our first encounter with Sam Polley took place last year at The Sawdust City Music and Arts festival, in which he formed part of…

The Fugitives: Live at the Sanderson Centre

Just 24 hours after The Fugitives officially released their new album “The Promise Of Strangers,” Team GDW returned to the Sanderson Centre in Brantford,…

Ron Hawkins: Live at the Mule Spinner

Hitting the road to Southern Ontario for our first concert weekend north of the border this year, our journey was accompanied by clear skies,…

Ben Caplan and Harrow Fair: Live in Pittsburgh, PA

With our scaled down travel schedule through December, we were definitely fighting the effects of ‘cabin fever’ (also known as ‘no live music’), and…

2017 Year-End Roundup: 10 Memorable Live Moments

Around this time last year I compiled 10 tracks that were experienced live that stood out for me personally and gave a stronger appreciation…

Lily & Madeleine: Live in Vienna, VA

While we remain dedicated to promoting the wonderful Canadian music scene to a much wider audience, sometimes we also want to share other artists…

A Saturday Night With Matt Mays and The Arkells in London, ON

Continuing our series of the ‘Thanksgiving Weekend 3 concerts in 3 nights,’ we found ourselves in London, ON for the third consecutive evening of…

The Fortunate Ones: An Intimate Evening at The Sanderson Centre

It is well known that Team GDW has a strong bond with The Sanderson Centre in Brantford, ON.  Retuning once again to this wonderful…

Emm Gryner: Live in Forest, ON

One of the wonderful things about the US Thanksgiving Holiday is that it gives Team GDW a great opportunity to savor one last ‘long’…

Le Vent du Nord: Live in Pennsylvania

We are incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful folk music society here in Central Pennsylvania that has an uncanny knack for bringing traditional Canadian…

David Myles Brings Real Love to The Sanctuary

We have been fans of David Myles for a long time now, and naturally become very excited when we see him announce tour dates…

Trent Severn: Live at the Burlington PAC

Having been fans of Trent Severn since their debut self-titled 2012 album release, it would take several years before we had an opportunity to…

The Karpinka Brothers Live in Kingston

There have been many instances in our blog articles about how important it is to support live music, and to get out and attend…

An Enjoyable Midweek Evening With Whitehorse

It is amazing, given the frequency of our visits to the GTA, how there are a handful of well-established musical acts from that part…

Elliott BROOD: Live at Avening Hall

Team GDW were incredibly eager to hit the road once again during the final weekend of October, armed with a pair of tickets to…

Julian Taylor Band: Live at Mills Hardware

Having enjoyed a handful of great Canadian music festivals over the summer, Team GDW became exposed to several new artists previously unknown to us. …

Commonwealth Connections: Bastille in Philadelphia

Not only is this a new entry in our Commonwealth Connections series, but it’s our first post by a guest writer!  Martina Keogan brings…

Canadian Artists Impress at the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem

The historic city of Bethlehem, PA held the annual ‘Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival’ during the first official autumn weekend of the year. …

Starting a New Adventure: Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Toronto

Wanting to enjoy yet another later summer weekend in southern Ontario, we had the good fortune of spending some quality time on Saturday afternoon/evening…

Shawn William Clarke: Album Release Party

As we approach the first birthday of Great Dark Wonder, one of the founding principles upon which we based this blog was to connect…

Lowest Of The Low: Album Release Show

Team GDW have learned of many new artists over the last year, some truly ‘new’, and others quite firmly established.  We have been incredibly…

Last Minute Live Music Events (Jane’s Party, The Sadies, NQ Arbuckle)

Having enjoyed our previous evening in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Team GDW had originally planned to have a day of…

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Live at Jackson-Triggs

Concert season has been in full swing this summer for Team GDW.  With our previous weekend taking in The Sheepdogs at Jackson-Triggs and Blue…

Harrow Fair and Ian Foster: Live in Exton, PA

We wrote recently about our wonderful experience at The Sawdust City Music Festival in Gravenhurst, ON.  During this all-weekend event, we had the opportunity…

Blue Rodeo and Friends: Live at Budweiser Stage

Within the Blue Rodeo community, the annual summer concert in Toronto is an absolute must for those in and around the GTA.  Having not…

The Sheepdogs: Live at Jackson-Triggs Winery

Team GDW tend to get a little excited when the Jackson-Triggs summer concert series is formally announced each April.  This venue has a solid…

Sawdust City Music Festival 2017: The Jim Cuddy Family Band

Having outlined our appreciation of the public events at the inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival in Gravenhurst, ON, our attention is now focused on…

Sawdust City Music Festival 2017: Public Events

Earlier this year, we learned that the first Sawdust City Music Festival would take place over the first August weekend in the town of…

Home County Music and Art Festival: The Main Stage

For this final article recounting our experience at the Home County Music and Art Festival in London, ON, we focus on the artists whom…

Home County Music and Art Festival: The Sunday Workshops and Performances

Team GDW returned early to Victoria Park on Sunday for another day of live music at the Home County Music and Art Festival.  There…

Home County Music and Art Festival: The Saturday Workshops

The city of London, Ontario, recently held its 44th annual Home County Music and Art Festival on the grounds of Victoria Park in the…

Commonwealth Connections: The Mae Trio

Although the focus of this blog has been, and remains, dedicated to the Canadian music scene, there is just too much good music that…

Canada 150: Historic Homecoming Concert at Niagara-on-the-Lake

With the buzz and anticipation for the Canadian 150 year celebration this past weekend, Team GDW were not likely to miss out on the…

Kathleen Edwards: Live at The Birchmere

Team GDW were both shocked and thrilled when Kathleen Edwards announced her plans to perform in the USA last month.  Shocked because she so…

Summer Solstice With The Jim Cuddy Band (and Other Impromptu Entertainment)

After returning from an extended weekend in Montreal, Team GDW would once again head back north just one week later.  We learned last year…

Harrow Fair: An Impromptu Stop in Virginia

As mentioned in my previous concert review, we spent time last Saturday in VA to enjoy Leif Vollebekk perform at Jammin’ Java.  Sitting outside…

Leif Vollebekk: Live in a Town Near Us!

As May gave way to June, and the weekend rolled around, Team GDW had tickets in hand to our first concert of the new…

Cassie and Maggie: Spring US Tour Finale in Corning, NY

Team GDW were unfortunately out of town and committed to another event when sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald performed in our part of Pennsylvania…

The Wilderness of Manitoba: Live in St. Catharines, ON

Our most recent stop in Ontario was for the Matthew and Jill Barber concert in Oakville, as reviewed earlier this week.  The original plan…

The Writes of Spring: Music, Conversation, and Comedy

We have mentioned several times lately that no matter who we’ve seen live, we have been fortunate to find new artists to explore simply…

Hanging on Hunter St. With Ron Hawkins

Many references have been made previously about the Blue Rodeo concert last September in Brantford, ON, and how the show became an inspiration for…

CMW 2017: Provincial Showcases

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to CMW 2017 (Canadian Music Week) in Toronto, you’ll have the opportunity to hear some of the…

Bill & Joel Plaskett Bring Solidarity to Hamilton

Fresh off our return journey from London, ON, the prior weekend, Team GDW were back on the road  last Friday in anticipation of a…

A Riveting Evening With Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers

As we bid farewell to March and welcomed April, Team GDW once again packed up the car and headed north of the border for…

Alan Doyle Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With a Kitchen Party in Pennsylvania

Whenever Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies come to town (or in this case, our home state), you know that the band will bring…

The Sadies: Album Release Party at Toronto’s Royal Cinema

Team GDW have been following the Canadian music scene for several years now, yet every once in a while it seems to take forever…

Matt Andersen: A Night of Maritimes-Inspired Blues

Team GDW bid farewell to Southern Ontario on a snowy Thursday morning, made a quick stop to feed the feline members of the team,…

Blue Rodeo Hold Nothing Back in Kitchener

Having performed numerous shows across Canada over the last two months, Blue Rodeo wound up their current tour with a ‘make-up’ date (previously postponed…

Hometown Heroes: Laura Cole and Tomi Swick, Live and Loud

Having spent considerable time in “concert hibernation,” Team GDW were certainly ready and willing to grab the passports, load up the car, and enjoy…

2016 Concerts: Looking Back at 10 Memorable Live Tracks

Given that Team GDW have enjoyed a decent volume of live concert material throughout 2016, I wanted to share some of the performances that…

Wintersleep Show No Signs of Hibernation at Guelph Concert Theatre

After our wonderful experience in London, ON, with Elliott Brood and the Great Lake Swimmers, the next evening found us travelling to Guelph for…

Elliott Brood & The Great Lake Swimmers Live in London, ON

As we moved into the final month of 2016, we hit the road north of the US border once again for our most recent…

Lowlands With Groenland: Album Release Party at Elora Brewing Company

On an unusually mild late November evening in Elora, ON, we made our way to the Elora Brewery Co. for the final leg of…

The Darcys Rocked the Casbah, Without Any Clash in Sight

The second night of our “3 concerts in 3 nights” weekend took us to The Casbah in Hamilton, ON, for an evening with The…

The Franklin Electric: No One Left ‘Unsatisfied’ at Horseshoe Tavern

While most American families prepared to tuck into their turkey dinners on Thanksgiving, Team GDW hit the road and headed back to southern Ontario…

Already Planning for the 2017 Concert Season!

  With our 2016 concert season winding down into the last remaining weeks of the year, we are looking forward to the shows on…

Blue Rodeo Returns to the US: Ardmore Music Hall

We arrived at the Ardmore Music Hall (just outside of Philadelphia, PA) on a beautiful fall evening for the highly anticipated opening night for…

One Day and Counting to Blue Rodeo in Pennsylvania!

It is probably impossible for us to hide the fact that we are, and remain, devoted fans to the music of Blue Rodeo.  That…

Musings: Tokyo Police Club Have “An Awesome Day” at the Burlington PAC

A few weeks ago we noticed that we had a music-free weekend on the horizon, and needed to find a good excuse to take…

Musings: #tbt A Blast From the P.A.S.T.

Rewind back to spring 2015, when singer/songwriter Joel Plaskett released his most recent (to date) studio album “The Park Avenue Sobriety Test” (P.A.S.T.).  After…

GDW Musings: Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, Mississauga, 21 Oct. 2016

After whetting our appetite with a performance during the Harvest Picnic festival in August, we were excited to learn that Alan Doyle and The…

GDW Musings: Justin Rutledge, Hamilton, 20 Oct. 2016

Inspired by the terrific new album “East” by Justin Rutledge, we made the rainy road trip back across the Peace Bridge into Ontario to…

GDW Musings: #tbt This Canadian Music Thing: a Retrospective

It was back around 2007 when, on a whim, L picked up a copy of “Courage & Patience & Grit” by Great Big Sea,…

GDW Musings: Blue Rodeo, Brantford, 23 Sept. 2016

Blue Rodeo – always a great excuse for a road trip.  For the third time this year, Team GDW traveled north to hear the…

GDW Musings: Royal Wood at Burlington PAC, 1 Oct. 2016

Five years after his performance opening the stunning Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Royal Wood returned Saturday night to mark the facility’s anniversary.  Backed by…