Benefit for Rick Young
Moondance now has tickets on sale for the benefit for Rick Young at The Venue on Sunday November 19 from 1-10pm. Peterborough musician Rick Young needs a "little help from his friends". He has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and requires chemotherapy. While he undergoes and recovers from cancer treatment, he is taking a hiatus from performing music — his livelihood — with his musical partner and wife Gailie. Friends and supporters of Rick & Gailie have come together to host a benefit concert to show their support for Rick and raise funds to help him replace his lost income.
PERFORMERS TO DATE (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE): THE QUICKSHIFTERS, GROOVE AUTHORITY. MAX MOUSE & THE GORILLAS, HOUSE BRAND, ROB PHILLIPS BAND, AL BLACK & THE STEADY BAND, THE FABULOUS TONEMASTERS, THE BOBBY WATSON BAND, AND JACKSON DELTA ELECTRIC.
Sun Nov 19
Writing as Resistance: A Public Talk by Chris Hedges
Moondance now has tickets on sale for Writing as Resistance: A Public Talk by Chris Hedges at the Market Hall on Monday November 20 at 7:30 pm, presented by Public Energy. The outspoken American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges will speak on his life and work as a writer, engaging head on with some of the most contentious issues of our time. The talk is held in partnership with the Precarious Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival and is a fundraising event for Public Energy and the festival, with Hedges donating his fee to these causes. Chris will engage in a Q&A with the audience following the talk.
Mon Nov 20
Sultans of String Christmas
Moondance now has tickets on sale for the Sultans of String Christmas show at the Market Hall on Sunday November 26 at 8pm. 3x JUNO Award nominees and Billboard Charting band Sultans of String creates “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick Magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
Sun Nov 26
Moondance now has tickets on sale for Jeremy Fisher at the Market Hall on Tuesday November 28 at 8pm. Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time JUNO Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter. Since 1998 he has completed the journey across North America an astonishing three time, and in 2010 he launched a unique tour of the west coast called The Malahat Revue with fellow artists Said the Whale, Hannah Georgas, and Aidan Knight. Together, they travelled by bike with gear in tow, and pedaled roughly 500km across British Columbia. That sort of DIY attitude that infuses Fisher’s touring ethos replicates itself in the strong visual component of his music. Having become renowned for his hand-crafted music videos, he has produced animated works for artists including Adam Cohen, Hannah Georgas, Xavier Rudd, and Hawksley Workman. Call him a renaissance man, or even a modern-day folk hero. Whatever you call him, it’s clear that Jeremy Fisher is bringing back the nearly forgotten art of making a great record from start to finish, and forging a career path that is built to endure.
Tues Nov 28
Moondance now has tickets on sale for The Skydiggers at the Market Hall on Wednesday November 29 at 8pm. Chemistry, passion, energy and evolution are a few words that come to mind when Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson talk about twenty-five years together in Skydiggers. “It all started in the beverage room of the Spadina Hotel. That is essentially when the band came together.” says Josh. “Andy and I performed there as a duo as part of Andrew Cash’s Monday night series called Acoustic Meltdown. When Andrew released his debut album and could no longer host the night, we took it over. We put an ad in Now Magazine answered by Ron Macey, and together with Wayne Stokes and Andrew’s brother Peter Cash, who was quietly writing some amazing songs, Skydiggers were born.” A quarter of a century later, thanks to years on the road and in the studio, Skydiggers are not only riding all of those years of momentum but continuing to evolve as well. According to Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson one of the keys is chemistry. “You can spend your life searching for chemistry” Andy muses. “For any relationship to remain vital and continue to grow you need chemistry. We were lucky to have found that early on with each other. We were also fortunate to play four very big shows before our first record even came out” remembers Andy. “We opened for 54-40, The Tragically Hip, Cowboy Junkies and Blue Rodeo early on and I think we learned a thing or two about chemistry from those experiences. After all, those four bands are also still together.” Josh agrees and also points out that in order to stay creative and pertinent you need to constantly challenge yourself. “Change and evolution are imperative. To bring a visible energy to the stage every night, you need to remain passionate by pushing yourself as songwriters and performers. You need to be constantly evolving yet trying to remain timeless at the same time.”
Wed Nov 29
Moondance now has tickets on sale for Micah Barnes at the Market Hall on Thursday November 30 at 8pm. Having cut his teeth in the cabarets and jazz clubs of Toronto while still a teenager Micah became a well loved singer songwriter on the Queen Street scene before joining The Nylons and touring the world. Recording with the A Capella Pop act brought Micah into the global music scene and landed him in Venice Beach, California where he launched a solo career touring the U.S.which led to his #1 international club hit “Welcome To My Head” and coverage in Rolling Stone Magazine as “an Indie artist to watch”. Returning to the jazz oriented songwriting of his earlier years has resulted in a series of critically acclaimed solo recordings including his most recent “Domesticated”, which saw Micah returning to tour across Canada solo and with his trio. Micah’s new collection “New York Stories” pays homage to the rich musical history of the Big Apple with songs that describe a long distance romance using the rhythms of the Cotton Club, the Brill Building, The Apollo Theatre and classic Broadway. The recordings are stripped down in classic jazz style with Micah at the piano performing live off the floor with his trio featuring Daniel Barnes on drums and Russ Boswell on bass. On this recording The Micah Barnes Trio is joined by special guest Michael Shand on keys and features a duet with the legendary Jackie Richardson. The results are an assured collection of deeply personal and sophisticated songs that remind us that the deepest of musical traditions are always contemporary.
Thurs Nov 30
Moondance now has tickets on sale for The Once, a Christmas concert presented by Folk Under the Clock at the Market Hall on Friday December 1 at 8pm. The Once are a modern indie folk trio from Newfoundland. The members are Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale whose beautiful harmonies and tasteful instruments are the trademark of this band. They have collected three Canadian Folk Awards, numerous ECMA Awards and named artist of the year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council. Two JUNO nominations for best Roots/Traditional album, the most recent in acknowledgement of Departures (2014). The Once’s newest collection of songs on, We Win some We Lose, encompass an arresting sense of loss, emphasized musically by Geraldine’s bewitching delivery of beautiful haunting melodies. Expect a rousing, sing along, kitchen party/christmas concert, filled with Newfoundland charm and wit. They last played Folk Under The Clock 5 years ago!
Fri Dec 1
A Swingin' Christmas
Moondance now has tickets on sale for A Swingin' Christmas with the Toronto All-Star Big Band at the Market Hall on Sunday December 3 at 3pm. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year Big Band Style with swinging renditions of seasonal, as well as all time favourites, from the “GOLDEN AGE OF SWING.” This vibrant, exciting young band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, capturing the warmth, joy and magic of the holiday season. Fashioned in the tradition of a classic “Christmas Special”, this festive revue will bring back memories and create new ones. It is a genuine time capsule that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
Sun Dec 3
In From the Cold
Moondance now has tickets on sale for the 18th annual In From The Cold Christmas Concert at the Market Hall on Friday December 8 and Saturday December 9. Both shows begin at 8pm. Enjoy Celtic and contemporary carols and seasonal songs featuring Carried Away, The Convivio Chorus, Curtis Driedger, Michael Ketemer and Tanah Haney. All proceeds for both shows go to the YES Shelter for Youth and Families.
Fri Dec 8
Sat Dec 9
Pearls - A Tribute to Carole King
Moondance now has tickets on sale for Pearls - A Tribute to Carole King on Friday December 15 at 8pm. Carole King is without a doubt, one of the most successful female singersongwriters in pop music history. Pearls will take you back to the 1970s with their custom tribute to her widely loved lyrics and melodies. Experience a ‘Beautiful’ re-creation of the 3-time Grammy Award winning “Tapestry” album, plus chart-toppers written by Carole King, made famous by the Drifters, Monkees, Chiffons, James Taylor and many more!
Fri Dec 15