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.

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 the Saturday evening entertainment held in the historic Opera House.  The Jim Cuddy Family Band would… Continue Reading →

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 Gravenhurst, ON.  With a determined effort to execute her vision of bringing a festival to the… Continue Reading →

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 we had the pleasure of seeing perform on the Main Stage over the course of the… Continue Reading →

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 were two workshops in particular that we had bookmarked for the day, along with a couple… Continue Reading →

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 heart of the city.  Forty-four years of music and arts, and completely unknown to us until… Continue Reading →

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 stretch beyond these borders.  Team GDW have been contemplating for several months now on whether we… Continue Reading →

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 festivities taking place around this milestone anniversary.  Indeed, it was several months ago, when the “Historic… Continue Reading →

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 seldom comes out to share her wonderful brand of music, and thrilled because of all the… Continue Reading →

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 that The Jim Cuddy Band performs annually at Tawse Winery in Vineland, ON for their “Summer… Continue Reading →

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 in the parking lot prior to the show, L was browsing through our Twitter feed when she… Continue Reading →

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 month.  Heading out on a glorious sunny Saturday afternoon, we defied convention and pointed the car… Continue Reading →

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 last autumn.  After kicking ourselves for this missed opportunity, once the sisters announced their most recent… Continue Reading →

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 was to head back home the following morning, but just a few weeks ago, we learned… Continue Reading →

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 due to hearing their music as an opening act on any given show. In the last… Continue Reading →

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 the creation of this blog.  And I fondly recall the announcement of an opening act by… Continue Reading →

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 best and brightest artists from across Canada.  Here are links to several of the provincial showcases…. Continue Reading →

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 wonderful evening with Joel Plaskett at The Studio in Hamilton, ON.  Shortly after the inception of… Continue Reading →

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 an evening of great live music.  With tickets in hand to see Ben Caplan and The… Continue Reading →

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 an energy unrivaled by anybody else out there. When you bring forth that energy on the… Continue Reading →

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 for a ‘major’ artist/band to jump onto our radar.  One such band are The Sadies, who… Continue Reading →

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, then continued south for an evening with blues singer-songwriter Matt Andersen at the Weinberg Center in… Continue Reading →

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 show) in Kitchener, ON, and Team GDW were there to share the experience.  With a sold-out… Continue Reading →

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 a weekend getaway in southern Ontario for our first taste of live music in 2017.   We returned… Continue Reading →

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 stood out from the crowd and gave me a stronger appreciation for a particular artist/song based… Continue Reading →

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 a concert featuring Hannah Georgas and Wintersleep.  Having been a fan of Hannah for a few… Continue Reading →

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 weekend of great live music.  Arriving in London, ON (the furthest point west we’ve yet visited… Continue Reading →

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 our “3 concerts in 3 nights” weekend.  This particular show was a last minute addition to… Continue Reading →

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 Darcys – a new, reinvented Darcys whose sound has progressed from indie-rock to a slick studio… Continue Reading →

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 for a “3 concerts in 3 nights” weekend.  Reviews of all three evenings will follow, but… Continue Reading →

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 offer for the year ahead.  Over the last few days, we have selected several shows for… Continue Reading →

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 the Blue Rodeo 2016 US tour. Upon parking at the rear of the venue, we encountered… Continue Reading →

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 wonderful “alt-country/folk/rock/blues/you name it” band fronted by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy provide one of the… Continue Reading →

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 a road trip back to Ontario.  Finding the right show took no time at all, as… Continue Reading →

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 hearing the debut single “On a Dime” (thanks to satellite radio here in the US), and… Continue Reading →

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 Beautiful Gypsies would be playing at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, during a weekend… Continue Reading →

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 see Justin perform live at Mills Hardware in Hamilton, ON.  Arriving promptly at the “Doors Open… Continue Reading →

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, a band of obscure Newfoundlanders unknown to us, but a cover “that looked interesting.”  Until breaking… Continue Reading →

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 band live in concert.  This time, we made our first-ever pilgrimage to the historic Sanderson Centre… Continue Reading →

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 a four-piece band, he delivered two sets of emotion-charged songs with guitar, ukulele, and haunting piano…. Continue Reading →