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Toronto musician hitting the Owl

Posted on January 22, 2020 by Richard Amery

January is almost over, thankfully. You can tell that because The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s poetry open mic with Teri Petz is on deck, Thursday, Jan. 23.
Sandman Signature hosts a fun fundraiser for University of Lethbridge fine arts scholarships on Friday, Jan. 24. Abbondanza features a night of Italian entertainment including theatre and music. The evening runs from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $150 including a $60 tax receipt.
Also on Jan. 24, there will be a night of mentalism, magic and sideshow stunts with Ben Price Magic who brings a new show to Didi’s Playhaus for two shows at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is $16.
Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns has several shows this week including two at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. For local music, local rock band 21st Avenue return to the Slice. And local roots/country band Dark Wrangler hit the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 24 as well.
For the young’uns, Princess singalong returns to Casa, Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 adults and $14 for children aged 3-12. The fun begins at 2 p.m.
The Slice will be hopping with the country sounds of Petunia and Nathan M Godfrey, Jan. 25. They begin at 9:30 p.m.
If you want to bang your head, Average Joe’s has a massive metal show Jan. 25 with Calgary melodic thrash metal band Hyperia plus prog/power metal band Balrogath plus Gepetto, who open at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
Average Joe’s also welcomes back Saskatoon-based rockers One Bad Son, Jan. 30, making up for a show they cancelled in December due to family issues. Tickets are $25.
Another sign of January is Robbie Burns Day.
Local jazz/ celtic/folk band Junkman’s Quire will be holding court at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 25.
As always, there is laughter at Good Times with Lori Ferguson performing Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Further down the line, the Geomatic Attic has a couple of excellent shows planned. Blues/alt rock duo Whitehorse play the Empress Theatre just down the road in Fort Macleod with Ryland Moranz opening the show at 7:3 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 on the main floor and $39.50 in the balcony.
And they kick off February at the Geomatic Attic with Levon Helm’s daughter, Amy Helm, making her Lethbridge debut on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members, $45 for non members.

Toronto musician Eamon McGrath returns to Lethbridge in the dead of winter, Jan. 31, when he plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge with local band Starpainter, a rebranded Utilities.
“Winter is a good time to tour because people really appreciate live music,” said McGrath, who had a busy year last year, releasing a book and two albums including his most recent “Guts,” which came out in September.
“I thought the last album cycle would be two and a half years, but grant money came in so I recorded another album,” he said, taking the Edmonton-born musician, taking a brief break at home in Toronto, where he has been living for the past 10 years.
He released “Tantramar” in June 2018 and less than a year later, released “Guts” in May, which continues to explore alt country music.
He is touring with his longtime band pedal steel guitarist Darrek Sanderson, drummer Connor Ellinger and bassist Tavo de Bonilla. Half of the band live in Edmonton, which he noted isn’t a problem as they spend most of the year touring.
“We play a lot on the road and that is how we grow to make it better,” he continued. “We’ve probably played 600 shows since Tantramar was released. It’s really been non-stop. It’s been relentless.”
He tends to spend a good 300 days a year on the road.
“But I’m going to be a little more focused this year. Before I’d play any dot on the map with a name next to it,” he said.
The two most recent CDs show his continued evolution from punk rocker to alternative country musician.
“I wanted to move away from the punk rock label,” he said.
“There is a lot of darkness on ‘Tantramar.’ It is the type of CD you want to listen to alone in the dark with your headphones on. It is definitely more cynical. It’s a little quieter and introspective. ‘Guts’ has some of those residual emotions left over. But it is a little more hopeful. It is more they type of CD you want to blast on your stereo at a party,” he described.
He said the Lethbridge show will include music from both CDs.
“There will be the quieter stuff and louder songs, and some punk rock and some old school covers that we play,” he said.
Eamon McGrath and his band play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. with Starpainter. Admission is by donation.
Jan 22
Beaches — open mic
Jan. 23
Slice — open mic with Taylor Ackerman
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Poetry open mic with Teri Petz
Jan. 24
Sandman Signature — Abbondanza 6 p.m. $150/each (includes $60 tax receipt).
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Slice — 21st Avenue
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Dark Wrangler
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Vic Brown
Didi’s Playhaus — Ben Price Magic $16 6 p.m., 9 p.m.
Jan. 25
Average Joe’s — Hyperia, Balrogath, Gepetto 9 p.m. $10
Slice — Petunia and Nathan m Godfrey
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Good Times — Lori Ferguson
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Junkman’s Quire Robbie Burns night
Casa — Princess singalong
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic with Paul Kype
Jan. 26
Old Firehall — Bavuru Brunch
Jan. 27
Owl Acoustic lounge — open mic
Onion — open mic
Jan. 28
Good Times — comedy open mic
Jan. 29
Empress (Fort Macleod) — Whitehorse
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — standup comedy open mic
Jan. 30
Average Joe’s — One Bad Son rescheduled
Slice — open mic with Makiisma
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Sean Burns
Jan. 31
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra/U of L Opera Workshop Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Eamon McGrath with Starpainter
Casino Lethbridge — Old School
Slice — Rancho Deluxe
Sterndale Bennett Theatres/Yates Theatre — Snowed-in Comedy Tour
Honker’s Pub — open mic with Aaron Landry
Mocha Cabana — Herb Hicks Quartet with Sheena Lawson
Feb. 1
Owl Acoustic Lounge — MetrikJazztet 3 p.m.
Casino Lethbridge — Old School
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra/U of L Opera Workshop Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers
Streatside Eatery — Paul Holden, James Oldenburg 5:30 p.m.
Enmax Centre — Jim Gaffigan the Pale tourist
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic with the Trippy Hippys
Feb. 2
Old Firehall Bavura Brunch — Reid and Writes
Feb. 3
Owl Acoustic Lounge— open mic
Feb. 4
Geomatic Attic — Amy Helm
Good Times — comedy open mic

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