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 and Familiar Favourites Concerts.
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. facebook.com/wed.familiarfavourites.
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), The Lake Hound (thelakehound.ca), and The White Squirrel Golf Club (whitesquirrelgolfclub.com).
Bayfield’s charming town hall (bayfieldtownhall.com) is the venue for many a concert and performance. Concert organizers announce dates on Facebook (@BayfieldTownHall) and their website thebayfieldconcertseries.com. Tickets available through ticketscene.ca.
One of the area’s finest restaurants now combines food with music on the patio during summer months. Check Eddington’s (eddingtons.ca ; @Eddingtonsofexeter) website for events and dates. Eddington’s even has an outdoor dog-run for patrons’ pooches.
This year Huron Waves Music Festival will showcase the best of Canadian and visiting international musical artists at the annual springtime (May) music festival in our region. Check the website (huronwavesmusicfestival.ca) and Facebook page (@HuronWavesMusicFestival1) for concert and performer announcements.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Summer Sunset Sounds (Grand Bend) – July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 2, 8, 15 & 22, 2021
- Familiar Favourites – Michael Vanhevel (Grand Bend) – July 7, 2021, 7pm
- Familiar Favourites – Yuri Pool (Grand Bend) – July 21, 2021, 7pm
- Bayfield Town Hall – “Swagger” (Bayfield) – July 31, 2021
- Familiar Favourites – Liesa Way (Grand Bend) – August 4, 2021, 7pm
- Familiar Favourites – “Monday At Mikes ” (Grand Bend) – August 18, 2021, 7pm
See Festivals & Events for more events, dates, times and details.