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 September 22nd, 2015
A new John Muir day in Meaford – events

While April 21 has been designated and celebrated as John Muir Day in many parts of the world, including California and Scotland, Meaford has dubbed this Saturday, September 26 as our own, homegrown John Muir Day.

As we’ve written before, famed naturalist, author and environmentalist, John Muir spent a productive couple of years in Meaford, working at the Trout Hollow Mill. On Saturday, the Meaford Museum will celebrate Muir and his Meaford connection with a guided tour of the Trout Hollow Trail, including a visit to the site of his cabin and information about the archeological dig that determined its location more than a decade ago. The tour begins at 10 a.m., and admission is $5, with tickets available at the museum.

With the leaves beginning to turn and the weather freshening, it’s the perfect time for a hike along the river trail, which also follows an old elevated mill race and visits the concrete ruins of one of Meaford’s early power stations.

Back at the museum at noon, an open house begins with a scavenger hunt and displays by local artisans at the newly expanded museum gift shop.

At 3 p.m., enjoy a talk on “John Muir in Canada – Contributions to a Philosophy of Nature”, by Connie Simmons, an Alberta Muir scholar who completed her dissertation on John Muir in Canada at the University of Alberta in 2007.

The day wraps up with a series of musical performances at the Harbour Pavilion, including Bambalamb on percussion, Billy Fairley on drums, the Celts, Seamus the Piper and more.

posted March 27th, 2015
Enjoy a night out in Meaford

Meaford, Bruce Grey Simcoe, and the Ontario government have released an ad which takes you on a night on the town. Warm gatherings, great food and exciting culture warm up this beautiful, snowy winter’s night. The video was shot at George’s on Main and Meaford Hall and Culture Centre in downtown Meaford.

Posted by Georges on Main on Thursday, March 26, 2015

posted March 24th, 2015
Around the Bay and Back Again – Stompin’ Tom visits Meaford

After 23 years in Meaford, you’d I’d’ve come across this Stompin’ Tom gem, but I only discovered it today.

From Espanola to Manitoulin
‘Cross the channel I’m bound
I heard a story in Tobermory
That my baby’s in Owen Sound
I was close behind her
But couldn’t find her
So to Meaford, I’m away
Down to Collingwood, that’s where I stood
At the bottom of the Georgian Bay

That’s the first verse of “Around the Bay and Back Again”, which appeared first on Tom’s 1969 LP, “On Tragedy Trail”. It must have been a favourite, because he released it again on “Stompin’ Tom Meets Big Joe Mufferraw” a year later.

Here’s the legend performing the song in 1973, and again, nearly 40 years later, in 2010.

Buy the song on Amazon.

posted July 19th, 2014
Outdoor Summer music in Meaford

Sun and song… what could be better. Check out these outdoor music events coming up this summer.

Next weekend, starting Friday, the King(s) come to Collingwood. The Collingwood Elvis Festival features lots of outdoor entertainment that will have you “all shook up”.

Once you’ve recovered from the retro rockin’, you might just be ready for some avant-garde audio and art. Electric Eclectics comes to the Funny Farm on Scotch Mountain for the August long weekend.

Two weeks after that on the third weekend in August, Summerfolk brings a real variety of sounds to Owen Sound’s Kelso Park.

But you don’t need to wait for the festivals. Head down to the Meaford Farmer’s Market every Friday and you’ll likely catch a little live music along with the delicious 100-mile wares on display.

And what could be better than seeing the sun set from Meaford Harbour while enjoying some great music? At 7 p.m. each Sunday till August 24, the Friends of the Library Summer Concert Series lets you do just that.

posted May 17th, 2014
Stay tuned for Meaford’s new radio station

Last summer, we told you that Meaford might soon have its own radio station. Well, by mid July, you’ll be able to tune in to “Jewel 99.3 FM” to hear a very broad selection of easy listening music and local news throughout the week.

Jewel 99.3 Meaford

Speaking informally to a business gathering this week, Glenn Stewart said the station’s rotation will feature about 1,800 songs a week, compared to the 300 to 500 you’ll find on most other stations. “Everything from Beyoncé to Tony Bennet, Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Nana Mouskouri,” says Stewart. “Not as old as the oldies station, and not as young as some others. It will be the perfect mix for our area.”

While the “Apple FM” moniker has been replaced by the established “Jewel FM” brand, the station will have a strong local flavour. A local morning team will deliver live news, weather and happenings, and you’ll also hear live local news in the afternoon. The midday slot will feature the syndicated John Tesh Radio Show, and his popular “Intelligence For Your Life” bits.

The station will begin testing its transmitter within the next couple of weeks, and tests will continue through June. Sometime in July, they’ll flip the switch, so stay tuned!

posted September 25th, 2013
Stomp your heart out in Meaford this weekend

Here’s a free event that fits right in with Culture Days this weekend – the 100 Mile Stomp. Head down to Meaford Harbour on Sunday, September 29, any time after 1 p.m., and enjoy entertainment, crafts, food and fun from local businesses. That local focus explains the 100 mile part. What about the “Stomp”.

While the artists will perform a lot of their own music, at least 50 percent of the performance will be the songs of Stompin’ Tom Conners. It’s a tremendous Stompin’ Tom Tribute festival!

Enjoy the music, buy CDs, crafts and other goods, and enjoy food from local merchants.

Visit the 100 Mile Stomp website to learn more.

posted August 10th, 2013
Apple FM could be coming to Meaford

On September 12, we’ll learn whether Meaford has its own radio station. A Toronto communications company has applied to the CRTC to launch easy listening Apple FM at 99.3 FM.

For small-town residents, Meaford folks have a lot of options when it comes to local radio, including Owen Sound’s Bayshore Broadcasting (owned by a proud Meaford resident), which operates two FM stations and one AM station in Owen Sound (along with stations in other regional communities). But Evanov Radio Group suggests the new station would be very Meaford-centric, reports The Meaford Independent. “[It will] deliver bundles of local spoken word content specifically focusing on events and news that is relevant to residents of Meaford including community updates, recreation reports, traffic, sports, weather, news coverage and everything one may need to take advantage of the area’s massive apple harvest,” Carmela Laurignano, VP and Radio Group Manager for Evanov, told TMI. (That apple harvest reference has us scratching our heads a bit.) 50 percent of the news coverage will be local, according to the CRTC application.

Evanov Radio Group’s radio outlets include stations in Brantford, Hawkesbury, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Halifax.

So, stay “tuned” to hear the news.

posted September 28th, 2012
Craft show, canning demos, and live music round out the weekend

Meaford’s Scarecrow Parade is just the beginning of a busy weekend in Meaford. The weekend traditionally anchored by the Apple Harvest Craft Show – a show of carefully selected artisans and craftspeople from near and far offering everything from toys to tinware to needlework to folk art to stained glass and much more – has grown busier every year, as events and exhibits appear to tempt tourists and locals alike.

This year, the Meaford Museum is open with free admission all weekend – and on Saturday, you can can. That is, you can learn to can. Well, let’s see how the museum puts it. “Learn the steps to effective and safe canning with Isobel McInnis as she does on-site demonstrations at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3pm. Printed material will be available and you are invited to ask Isobel any questions you may have. Each demonstration will take approximately 30 minutes.”

Meanwhile, the Heatlamp at the Harbour Music Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday with a vendors market opening, followed by a music show for the kids, a Tex-Mex food bar featuring chili, pulled pork, nachos and a selection of hot sauces, and a series of three performances offering gutsy blues, folk, and more through the afternoon.

That’s a taste of this weekend’s events. To learn more, just head to Meaford.

posted June 22nd, 2012
Rolling Stones: Rollin’ into retirement? Or rockin’ on the road?

Mick turns 69 next month. Keith will join him in December. Charlie just turned 71. And Ronnie Wood’s a spry(?) 65. Are they ready for retirement?

Apparently not.

The Rolling Stones

The latest word in this speculation-denied story (in which the press first generates a rumour, and then reports the denial of the rumour, thus getting two stories about nothing, really) is that the Stones aren’t going to retire after headlining the Glastonbury Festival in England later this summer.

Apparently they were “said” to be planning to strut off the stage into a well deserved retirement after celebrating their 50th anniversary with a few gigs this summer, culminating with Glastonbury.

“But representatives of the band have since told NME there is no truth to the reports,” The Sudbury Star reported this week.

Here are Mick’s and Keith’s takes on the road versus retirement (from the official Rolling Stones website):

“If we were bored to death, honestly I don’t think we would do it,” says Mick. “We do enjoy ourselves doing it. Everyone has been saying, How come they can enjoy themselves? They should be bored to death doing this. We’re still having a lot of fun.”

“My question [to those who wonder why the Stones are still on the road] would be, Why not?” asks Keith. “Come up with a reason why not. This is what we love to do. And quite honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without it. It’s almost a duty. How many millions are there out there [who want to see the Stones]? Who am I to deny you me?”

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