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.
Important note: although these musical events we list here are regular events for this year, because of Covid-19 all musical events and concerts have been cancelled for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to call ahead to determine if the event is now virtual or cancelled.
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. Cancelled for 2021.
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. Beginning Sunday, August 8, 2021.
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. Cancelled for 2021.
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; cancelled for 2021. ), 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.