by Lorraine Payette, written October 21, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Name your music, and Gananoque will see to it that you can have it live on the weekend of October 25-27. Jammin’ In The 1,000 Islands is back for its fifth sizzling year, bringing all your favourites from throughout the area.
Every possible venue throughout the town will be filled with live music, from restaurants to storefronts, to fabulous feature cabaret performances at the Firehall Theatre.
“There’s something for everyone, a mix of Jazz, Swing, Folk, Pop and Rock music, featuring mostly local Artists,” says organizer Cliff Edwards. “You can do some fall shopping while enjoying the town in fall – take a walk on one of our many trails, enjoy a drive along the scenic 1000 Island parkway, or a boat tour of the beautiful 1000 Islands.”
Sponsored by several local businesses and organizations, the event is a three day musical feast. Started in 2009, it was originally a mix of jazz, swing and blues tried out to see how people would respond.
And each year it has become bigger, and the musical styles broader and more eclectic. Everything becomes available, from show tunes to Celtic to folk to classics. Artists well known and new appear and if you don’t like what you hear in one location, just go next door and see what they have to offer.
“It’s a music lover’s dream come true,” said Georgina Sutherland. “I can’t wait to see who’s coming out this year.”
This year’s line up promises to be better than ever. The programme reads:
Friday Oct. 25
RAPUNZEL – Michael K. Myers: 1 – 4 pm
YOUR DOLLAR STORE PLUS MORE – Norbert LePage: 4 – 7 pm
SOCIALIST PIG – TBA: 6 – 8:30 pm
MAPLE LEAF – Smith & Brady: 5 – 8 pm
MORONI’S WEST SIDE – Wayne Huff:10 pm -1:00 am
OLD ENGLISH PUB – TBA: 8 – 11pm
Saturday Oct. 26
YOUR DOLLAR STORE PLUS MORE – John Wilburforce; TBA; Tanya Trombetta: 4 -7 pm
PANACHÉ – Diane Stapley & Doug Gifford: 1 – 4 pm
MAGNOLIA – Billesemo: 1 – 4 pm
MAPLE LEAF – Czech Schnitzelhouse Orchestra: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
ANTHONY’S – Jay Mittler with Erica Bradley: 4 – 7 pm
SOCIALIST PIG – Head Over Heels: 2 – 4:30 pm
HOT ROAST COMPANY – Community Musical Friends: 5 – 7 pm
EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAL SERVICES – Dave Rankine, Kirkhams & Friends: 1 – 5 pm
OLD ENGLISH PUB – The Dash Trio: 8 – 11 pm
MORONI’S WEST SIDE – Higher Ground: 10 pm -1 AM
OTHER VENUES (Saturday, Sunday)
Saturday – HOME HARDWARE – Jeff Callery: 1 – 4 pm
Sunday – CANADIAN LEGION – Lasalle Causeway Big Band: 12 – 1:30 pm
Saturday – ARTHUR CHILDS HERITAGE MUSEUM – Flower & The Wannabees: Noon – 2 pm
Saturday – STONEWATER IRISH PUB – Jeff Gaulton: 8 – 11 pm
Saturday – CANADIAN TIRE – Teagan McLaren: 1 – 3:30 pm
Sunday – CHRIST ANGLICAN CHURCH – Melodia Monday’s Jazz Mass: 10:30 am
1000 ISLANDS ACCOMMODATION PARTNERS
Friday – MUSKIE JAKES at GANANOQUE INN – The Wilkins: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturday – MUSKIE JAKES at GANANOQUE INN – Cliff Edwards & Friends: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Friday – COUSIN’S ON KING Bar & Grill – Trevor Walsh: 8 pm – 12 am
Saturday – COUSIN’S ON KING Bar & Grill – Kent Nicholson: 8 pm – 12 am
Saturday – QUALITY INN LOBSTER TRAP – TBA: 8 – 12 am; 4:30 -7:30 pm
Friday/Saturday – GLEN HOUSE RESORT – Tom Savage & Kevin Davidson: 7 – 11 pm
THE FIREHALL THEATRE
Friday – Calamity Janes: 8 – 10:30 pm
Saturday – Chantal Thompson’s Siren & Stars, opening act Street 52s Easy Jazz: 8 – 10:30 pm
Sunday – Mauricio’s Classical, Spanish Latin Trio: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
All events & venues are subject to change. In the event of a change, every effort will be made to update the website (and the Twitter & Facebook feeds). The right to make any changes whatsoever is reserved in the event of unforeseen/unavoidable circumstances; as is the right to cancel the event without notice for reasons beyond our control.
*Location and Artist times are subject to change
*Some new locations and Artists could (and probably will!) be added.
As is to be expected with Jammin’, nothing is carved in stone.
“It’s a wild and crazy time!” said singer Diane Stapley. “Artists are everywhere – the shops, the restaurants, the parks, the theatres. And the music is so alive! Show tunes, folk songs, blue grass, country rock, classical – you name it! Sometimes they just appear unannounced and start in, sometimes they move it around, but it’s always amazing!”
The best advice is to start with the programme to get a rough idea of what’s happening, then just let loose. Around every corner, through every door – there is bound to be music and a good time happening. And if you don’t like what you hear in one place, just go next door. It will be something completely fresh, completely different. It’s very hard not to find what you want musically at Jammin’.