Music Lovers

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. 

Summer Sunset Sounds (Photo: J. Baillie)
Summer Sunset Sounds (Photo: J. Baillie)

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.

Grand Bend

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), Gables in the Bend (facebook.com/GablesinGB/) and The White Squirrel Golf Club (whitesquirrelgolfclub.com).

Bayfield

Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro (Photo: J. Baillie)
Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro (Photo: J. Baillie)

Bayfield’s charming town hall (bayfieldtownhall.com) is the venue for many a concert and performance. Concert organizers announce dates on Facebook and their website. Tickets available through ticketscene.ca.

Look for performance announcements from ZAZ Bistro Lobby Bar & Patio (theashwood.com), Black Dog Pub & Bistro (blackdogpubbistro.ca) and The Docks Restaurant (docksrestaurantbar.com).

Exeter

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. Eddington’s even has an outdoor dog-run for patrons’ pooches.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

  • Elysian Music Festival (Grand Bend) – June 26-30, 2020
  • 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.