Since 1919, Grand Bend’s Main Beach has been a popular venue for live music. First with the Lakeview Casino, which operated for five decades until 1969, then with Canada Day Celebration events and now with the addition of Summer Sunset Sounds. Since 2014, this successful and popular concert series has offered beach-goers Sunday and holiday Monday performances in July and August. The beach now boasts a permanent stage – the Rotary Community Stage.
Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks (Grand Bend): Headliner band takes the stage from 8pm until the fireworks display at 10pm. FREE event – donations welcome. canadadaygrandbend.ca, 519-238-2001.
Summer Sunset Sounds (Grand Bend): Popular and up-and-coming Canadian performers take the stage at 7pm every Sunday and holiday Monday. The series features original music in a variety of genres, including rock, folk, celtic, jazz and blues. Each concert features an opening act followed by a headliner performance. FREE event – donations welcome. summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472.
Familiar Favourites (Grand Bend): Concerts feature well-loved cover songs performed by area musicians every other Wednesday night in July and August. entertainthisthought.com, 519-933-0142 .
Jam Sessions, Open Mics & Other Musical Offerings
Patio dining while enjoying live musical performances is a popular summertime activity.
Look for performance announcements posted on flyers and signs around town and plan to attend: Midori Sushi (midorigrandbend.squarespace.com), Oakwood Resort (oakwoodresort.ca), Pinery Market (pinerymarket.com), Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse (smackwaterjacks.ca), The Sandbar & Grill (sandbargrandbend.ca), The Lake Hound (thelakehound.ca), Gables in the Bend (facebook.com/GablesinGB/) and The Colonial Hotel (facebook.com/colonialhotelgrandbend/).
One of the area’s finest restaurants now combines food with music on the patio during summer months. Check Eddington’s (eddingtons.ca) website for events and dates.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Summer Sunset Sounds (Grand Bend) – July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 3, 9, 16 & 23, 2020
See Festivals & Events for more events, dates, times and details.