There's a surprising lot of interesting stuff going on around here, and this space is devoted to discovering and sharing it. We'll post regular updates on merchants, activities and events. Look in often and soon you'll see why Meaford calls itself "The other Big Apple".


posted July 19th, 2016
Rock with Meaford’s Summer Concert Series at Market Square

This summer, enjoy songs by the setting sun and under the stars, as Meaford’s Summer Concert Series comes to Market Square on select Friday evenings. The free concerts feature local young and rising stars, and kick off off at 7 p.m. till 10. Here’s what’s coming up.

July 22, Rob Elder & The Shed Shakers, featuring some of Grey County’s best musicians playing a mix of originals and hits with a rocking, funky beat. Featuring special guest, Emma Page.

August 12, The Honeyrunners featuring special guest Victoria Yeh This Toronto band plays feel-good rock fused with soul, and at this show they’re featuring one of Canada’s premier acoustic and electric violinists.

August 26, Marshall Dane Country fuelled by rock and roll brings Marshall’s songs of hope, love and kindness home in a big way.

Bring non-perishable food items to support Golden Town Outreach, and settle down in your campchair to enjoy the sounds.

Meaford Summer Concert Series


posted December 4th, 2015
Christmas events this weekend

You can begin to enjoy the spirit of the season this weekend. On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., get some Christmas shopping done at the Meaford Farmer’s Market’s annual Christmas Market. More than 30 local artisans will have a huge variety of items on display at Meaford Hall.

Gift ideas include beautiful handcrafted products and local produce, including children’s books, apples, honey and maple syrup, baking, fudge, preserves, knitted products, handmade teddy bears, doll’s clothing, jewellery, soaps, lotions, ceramics, wreaths, and much more. And a local musician will provide a suitable soundtrack for your shopping expedition.

Then, on Sunday, enjoy the gift of music while helping to support a great cause. The Goldenaires, under musical director Jennifer Potter, present their annual Songs of the Season concert at the Meaford United Church, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Goldenaires women’s choir was formed in 1969, and ever since they’ve used the concert to raise money for community projects.

Enjoy a selection of contemporary and traditional holiday favourites, jazz pieces, and two special arrangements by A.G. “Bert” Hood – a selection that is certain to delight and set the scene for a festive holiday season.

Tickets for the Songs of the Season concert are available at Stuff to Read or from choir members. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.


posted December 2nd, 2015
Children’s theatre group onstage in Meaford

Aladdin in MeafordThe kids are back in town! On Friday, Meaford Hall hosts the Kids in the Meaford Hall in their seventh annual play featuring school-age actors from local elementary and high schools. This year, they bring to life Alladin And The Wonderful Lamp, written by the late Chicago playwright Michele L. Vacca. You’ll join Aladdin on his adventures after discovering a magic lamp and befriending the genie who’s sleep he’s disrupted.

Back in 2009, Meaford businessman, politician and tireless volunteer decided to launch a theatre group to perform kids’ plays with kid actors. It took awhile. At first, adults had to be enlisted to play about half of the roles. But by last year, the production became a showcase for an all-youth cast, as kids who’d performed in earlier productions brought their experience and confidence to the group.

Every year, the ensemble performs a free show for about a thousand school kids from the local area – alternating a Christmas play with a dramatized folk tale from one year to the next.

There’s a show at 4 p.m and 7 p.m on Friday, December 4. Learn more at Meaford Hall.


posted April 29th, 2015
Hike and help our local hospice

With spring seriously here, it’s time to get out and hike the local trails and byways. Here’s a hike that will do more than help your heart; the funds you raise will support the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce.

The hospice, in Owen Sound, provides compassionate, dignified, patient-centered care to people with a progressive life-limiting illness, allowing them to live well while dying. “A few short years ago residential hospice care was not an option,” says Executive Director Scott Lovell. “This Hike sends a powerful message about how important this service is to our region.”

In Ontario, residential hospices are funded by the provincial government for only a portion of their operation – making their contribution specific to the costs associated with the salaries for nursing and personal support work at the bedside. This means all other aspects of the hospice’s operation, such as medical equipment, patient meals and other comforts, are supported by the community.

Get your pledge forms at the website above, and plan on heading out this Sunday, May 3. The Meaford hike registration begins at 1 p.m. at the St. Vincent Roman Catholic Church, at the corner of Cook and Collingwood streets. For more information, visit the site or call Wes Sparling at 519-538-3196.


posted April 21st, 2015
Bid on fun and help Meaford youth programs

Support a great cause and come away with an adventure, a night out or one of dozens of exciting auction items. The Meaford Rotary Club’s annual silent auction is sure to offer something that will pique your interest: outdoor adventures, fine dining, theatre, film festival passes, musical events, a relaxing spa day, fitness memberships, golf, and more – including Pickleball lessons. Yes, Pickleball.

The funds raised go toward Meaford Rotary youth projects in literacy, leadership, bursaries, music and sports.

Check out many of the items in RBA Financial’s window display on Sykes Street, or the Chamber of Commerce’s display on Trowbridge, then starting on Thursday, April 23, visit Meaford Hall to see more and get your bids in. Open noon to 7 p.m. Thursday April 23 and Friday April 24, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Last bids by 2 p.m.


posted February 9th, 2015
Ambitious plans for the Market “barn” on Highway 26

Meaford MarketThe barn which currently houses The Market and EcoInhabit east of Meaford may soon be offering much more. The Market Co-operative Transition Team plans to turn the beautifully renovated structure into a one-stop shop for locally-grown and organic food market, holistic arts clinics, infrared yoga classes, a gallery, café, gardens, a not-for-profit ECO school, as well as workshop and rental spaces.

The plan is to form a co-op, which will buy the building and operate the expanded facility. Funding will come from members of the co-op as well as investors/shareholders.

The more-than-century-old barn features a lower floor currently occupied by The Market, and two upper floors occupied by EcoInhabit. Read more in the Meaford Express.


posted November 29th, 2014
Local “Kids in Meaford Hall” journey to Narnia for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

A few years back, a group of dedicated local theatre aficionados, including some parents with school-age children, decided to give kids in Meaford the opportunity to experience the magical experience of theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes. Even more special, that stage and backstage would be at Meaford Hall, where professional theatre and entertainers perform regularly.

Kids in Meaford Hall perform The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeThe ensemble kicked off with “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 2010, and now, the fifth season features “The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe”, C.S. Lewis’s classic tale come to life on stage. Local kids make up the cast, and take care of many of the behind-the-scenes tasks, along with adult volunteers who build sets, props, create the wardrobe and more.

Tickets are only $15, and kids 13 and under get in free. Get yours for the performance next Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m.


posted November 22nd, 2014
More Meaford charities

While you can give at any time of the year, helping those in need at this time of year can bring an extra glow.

Home Horizon now has a Meaford office. The organization, which provides transitional housing to families in crisis, launched in Collingwood in 2006, and has helped dozens of local families with housing and counselling. Located at 36 Trowbridge Street East, Unit 7, the Meaford office offers transitional housing support, crisis counseling for local women in need, life skills workshops, and the Strong Women Mentoring Rural Outreach Program.

The Meaford Community Fund exists to enrich the quality of life for the people of the Municipality of Meaford by supporting projects of not-for-profit charitable organizations. All donations to the Fund are invested in a pool of funds under the umbrella of the Community Foundation Grey Bruce. The income earned from the capital is distributed through grants to applicable not-for-profit organizations only within the Municipality of Meaford.

The Meaford Hospital Foundation was established to raise, receive, and manage money for the purpose of purchasing capital equipment and building improvements at the Meaford Hospital . This funding role is critical to the hospital’s viability since the government provides few funds for capital purchases. Funds are derived from a variety of sources including gifts from individuals, clubs, associations and businesses; bequests; memorials; mail campaign and investment interest. All funds are spent exclusively for the Meaford site.


posted November 15th, 2014
‘Tis the season for giving

Here are some ways you can help out deserving local charitable groups.

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Adopt a Pet

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHC) harbours more animals in need of assistance as the weather grows colder, and you can help by adopting one of these animals. To view animals currently up for adoption, visit www.gths.ca. You may also help by donating to the GTHS which operates solely on donations and money from fundraising efforts.

Donate a coat

Safe ‘n Sound Grey Bruce collects outerwear during a winter coat drive. Partnered with the United Way of Grey Bruce, the organization collects winter coats, boots, mittens and other cold weather gear for those in need.

Donate to the local food bank

You’ll find many opportunities to donate to Golden Town Outreach, including a drive next Saturday (November 22) by the Georgian Shores Bantam Rep hockey players, who’ll be out and about collecting items.

Buy a calendar

The 2015 Meaford Rotary Cash Calendar features a year’s worth of works by the Meaford Creative Arts Association – and you can win a monthly draw for $200. But best of all, you support the good work Meaford Rotary does in our community.

More worthy local charities in the spotlight next time.


posted October 11th, 2014
Works by local artists usher in Autumn

As Meaford itself becomes a vibrant display of autumn foliage, the Meaford Creative Arts Association (MCAA) displays work by all of its members at the annual Changing Colours art show and sale at Meaford Hall. From now through November 16, you can view – and purchase (well in time for Christmas) – paintings, pottery, jewellery and fabric art by dozens of local artists and artisans. This year, look for a new addition: “miniature paintings”, highly detailed works perfect for small spaces. The show, in the Hall Galleries, is free to visit.

Changing Colours Exhibit

The MCAA, launched in 2002, brings together local artists working in a variety of media. The group organizes juried art exhibits and sales, a summer youth art camp, and was behind a project to turn ceiling tiles at the Meaford Hospital into works of art, providing welcome colour and beauty for patients.

If you’re interested in joining the MCAA, call Judy Shield at 519.599.3817, or drop by the Terrace Room at Meaford Hall any Monday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The group meets there weekly to paint and participate in workshops and discussions, heading outside in July and August to sketch or paint en plein air.

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