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Tune Up the Parks presents Karen Morand

Jul
16

Date: July 16, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

Genre: Roots, folk

Singer-songwriter Karen Morand likes her gospel gritty and her folk a little feisty. Moving comfortably between instruments, she brings her big, warm vocals to solo and collaboration projects including her Windsor-based acoustic trio, BOSCO.

As a mom, teacher, pre-school folkstar and urban chicken farmer, Karen’s writes songs that celebrate the joys and broken parts of real life.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Fire

Jul
18

Date: July 18, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Rock

Fire is an original rock trio from Essex: Adam McClellan on guitar, Andrew Weins on bass, and Jared Porter on vocals and drums. Fire is the youngest and most impressive band playing in the area and is dedicated to keeping rock alive. Their sets include only original music reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Neil Young, plus a mix of 90s alternative rock. No social media, live performances only! 

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Tom Brough

Jul
20

Date: July 20, 2018

Location: 38 King Street West, Harrow, Ontario

Genre: Rock/Country/Blues

Tom Brough is a singer songwriter who hails from Windsor, Ontario. Playing in clubs and bar bands for over 20 years leaves him comfortable and at ease in front of a crowd or intimate audience.

During this life acoustic performance you can expect to hear original material, an eclectic mix of cover songs from early rock and country blues as well as songs from modern artist, with a little laid back coffee house attitude.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Lawrence Hank

Jul
23

Date: July 23, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

Genre: Blues

Larry Affeldt, also known as Lawrence Hank, comes from a family of musicians. His father, Gord Affeldt, was the first luthier in Canada to be certified by Fender guitars for repair. Gord built guitars with Mr. Bigsby in the 50's and would play with the likes of Johnny Cash and Roy Clark. This set the tone for a childhood surrounded by music. As years past music would change, but the desire to play stayed with Larry and his siblings. He has played everything from Patsy Cline to Iron Maiden and everywhere from Canada to Mexico.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Rio Michaels Trio

Jul
25

Date: July 25, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Country

The Rio Michaels Trio has steadily grown a reputation for their wide variety of modern and classic country music. Their musical influences include Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Carrie Underwood, Patsy Cline and other chart topping artists of today.

The Rio Michaels Trio appeals to everyone with its ever changing list of modern and classic country songs covering all the decades with just enough rock and dance tunes to provide some variety. 

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Steve Morin & Friends

Jul
27

Date: July 27, 2018

Location: 955 Walker Road, McGregor, Ontario

Genre: Folk/Blues/Jazz

Steve Morin has been writing music as a hobby for close to 40 years. After he retired he decided to start playing these songs for live audiences. Steve sings and plays guitar, banjo and harmonica. His passion is the blues but he always throws in some folk and a bit of country music. His "Friends" include Gord Harwood of Kingsville and Joel Westlake of Leamington. Steve lives in Woodslee.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Explore the Shore

Jul
28

Date: July 28, 2018

Location: County Road 50

A weekend event created from a partnership between businesses and organizations to promote tourism on Essex County Road 50 along the shore of Lake Erie south of Harrow, Ontario.

Spend the day reliving that drive along the Lake Road that you may have experienced in your life. Stop by one of the many businesses to sample the local foods, taste the local wine or check out the shops. It is the perfect event for all ages.

Participants offer a variety of unique activities to showcase their businesses. The variety of businesses include: farmers, wineries, road side vegetable stands, restaurants, bed and breakfast hoteliers, outdoor recreation (golf, conservation areas, beaches, harbour/marina), artists, authors, and small business owners.

We encourage you to visit as many locations as possible. At any participating location pick up an Explore The Shore brochure which contains a listing of all businesses’ activities as well as the grand prize passport! To be eligible to win the grand prize, have any 5 businesses stamp or initial on their respective spot on the passport and drop the passport into the grand prize box.

We hope to encourage new visitors and repeat guests to visit businesses and organizations along County Road 50!

Tune Up the Parks presents Lawrence Hank

Jul
30

Date: July 30, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

Genre: Rock

Fire is an original rock trio from Essex: Adam McClellan on guitar, Andrew Weins on bass, and Jared Porter on vocals and drums. Fire is the youngest and most impressive band playing in the area and is dedicated to keeping rock alive. Their sets include only original music reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Neil Young, plus a mix of 90s alternative rock. No social media, live performances only! 

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up The Parks presents Disaster Strike

Aug
01

Date: August 01, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Rock

Disaster Strike is a four-member rock band consisting of Massimo Chiodo, Matt Scalzo, Devin Amyotte and Tyler Hillman. The group plays classic rock from the 50s to the present.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Mike and Tyler

Aug
03

Date: August 03, 2018

Location: 38 King Street West, Harrow, Ontario

Mike & Tyler are an acoustic/electric duo that covers a range of songs from Gary Clark Jr. to Johnny Cash.

They started jamming together just over a year ago, two old friends brought together by a love and passion for music. It started out as a fun thing to do, then quickly became more serious. Mike is the son of Tim McDonald, a local singer/songwriter from the Timmy Mac Band.  Mike learned his craft from his father over his 25+ year career.  Tyler self taught himself guitar over the past 12 years.  Both Mike and Tyler are born and raised in Harrow, ON, and are proud residents of the area.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up The Parks presents Abby Neves

Aug
06

Date: August 06, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

Genre: Country

Abbey Neves is a talented young musician who has an immense passion for music. She began singing at the tender age of four, opening for the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan after winning a competition. Abbey has been invited multiple times to sing for the Toronto Blue Jays in Florida, and she is the American anthem singer with her mom, Margaret Slack, for the OHL Windsor Spitfires, and the 2017 Memorial Cup. Abbey has won many awards such as being the only vocalist to place in the London 2012 Junior Division of Rise to Fame, 1st place at 2014 Mitchell’s Bay Contest, and 1st place in 2014 in Wheatley Idol for both her age division and overall. Abbey has also had the opportunity to audition for The Voice.

You can find Abbey on Twitter: @AbbeyNeves.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Steve Morin & Friends

Aug
08

Date: August 08, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Folk/Blues/Jazz

Steve Morin has been writing music as a hobby for close to 40 years. After he retired he decided to start playing these songs for live audiences. Steve sings and plays guitar, banjo and harmonica. His passion is the blues but he always throws in some folk and a bit of country music. His "Friends" include Gord Harwood of Kingsville and Joel Westlake of Leamington. Steve lives in Woodslee.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

34th Annual Steam and Gas Engine Show

Aug
10

Date: August 10, 2018

Location: 11081 11th Concession, McGregor, ON

Come on out and see us at our 34th annual Steam and Gas Engine show on August 10th, 11th and 12th 2018 Featuring John Deere Tractors and Machinery - We are located at 11081 11th Concession, McGregor (Next to CO-AN Park) Check out our website at http://www.http://essexsteamandgasengine.com/

Tune Up The Parks presents Abby Neves

Aug
10

Date: August 10, 2018

Location: McGregor Parkette, 9557 County Road 11 (Walker Road), McGregor Centre

Genre: Country

Abbey Neves is a talented young musician who has an immense passion for music. She began singing at the tender age of four, opening for the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan after winning a competition. Abbey has been invited multiple times to sing for the Toronto Blue Jays in Florida, and she is the American anthem singer with her mom, Margaret Slack, for the OHL Windsor Spitfires, and the 2017 Memorial Cup. Abbey has won many awards such as being the only vocalist to place in the London 2012 Junior Division of Rise to Fame, 1st place at 2014 Mitchell’s Bay Contest, and 1st place in 2014 in Wheatley Idol for both her age division and overall. Abbey has also had the opportunity to audition for The Voice.

You can find Abbey on Twitter: @AbbeyNeves.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up The Parks presents Essex Community Concert Band

Aug
13

Date: August 13, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

The Essex Community Concert Band was formed in the fall of 2012. Many talented and eager High School musicians gathered at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Essex. The combined efforts of Conductors Dee Shaw and Christopher Ingratta, brought the first down beat to life. The band was quickly expanded to include local musicians to add to the experience and passion. This group has continued to grow with the support of, and cross promotion with, other local musical groups. The dedication of the membership had been able to keep the band growing and functioning. In the fall of 2014 an ad-hoc committee had been created to manage the general operations of the band. In Early 2015 the band completed the process to become a registered Non-Profit Corporation. The First General Meeting of the newly formed Corporation was held in October 2015 to elect the first Board of Directors.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Tom Brough

Aug
15

Date: August 15, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Rock/Country/Blues

Tom Brough is a singer songwriter who hails from Windsor, Ontario. Playing in clubs and bar bands for over 20 years leaves him comfortable and at ease in front of a crowd or intimate audience.

During this life acoustic performance you can expect to hear original material, an eclectic mix of cover songs from early rock and country blues as well as songs from modern artist, with a little laid back coffee house attitude.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Lawrence Hank

Aug
17

Date: August 17, 2018

Location: 38 King Street West, Harrow, Ontario

Genre: Blues

Larry Affeldt, also known as Lawrence Hank, comes from a family of musicians. His father, Gord Affeldt, was the first luthier in Canada to be certified by Fender guitars for repair. Gord built guitars with Mr. Bigsby in the 50's and would play with the likes of Johnny Cash and Roy Clark. This set the tone for a childhood surrounded by music. As years past music would change, but the desire to play stayed with Larry and his siblings. He has played everything from Patsy Cline to Iron Maiden and everywhere from Canada to Mexico.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Southwest Sound

Aug
20

Date: August 20, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

Southwest Sound is a 6-piece band that plays class country and class rock influenced by bands like the Eagles, CCR, Bob Seger, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Members are Abe Quiring (lead vocals), Neil Quiring (lead guitar and steel), Kenny Foote (lead and rhythm guitar), Dave Fortin (rhythm guitar and vocals), Stu Campbell (drums and vocals), and Gord Harwood (bass guitar).

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Justin Latam

Aug
22

Date: August 22, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Folk/Rock/Blues

Justin Latam of Leamington incorporates many styles into his playing, including folk, rock, blues, jazz, and East Coast sounds that merge into his own unique style. He has just released his 5th album, Barefoot.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up The Parks presents Jared Porter

Aug
24

Date: August 24, 2018

Location: McGregor Parkette, 9557 County Road 11 (Walker Road), McGregor Centre

Genre: Acoustic

Jared Porter is a self-taught guitarist, drummer, and vocalist. He got his start at Gosfield North Public School and began playing Open Mic nights at the age of 13. This talented young man is also part of Fire, a rock and roll group playing Tune Up The Parks on July 18 and 30.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Also i shouId ad i went to gosfield north public and used to play at student of the month assembly's from grade 6 to 8. I give credit to those years being useful for cutting my teeth performing infront of the 300 kids packed in that gym. Good times  

 

On Thu, May 24, 2018, 4:53 PM Jared Porter z, <jaredbmx14@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm so sorry I am answering late. Yes the name is just fire.. I myself never took lessons and played guitar and drums since I was 5 or so. I never had much opportunity to see any friends when I was young other then at school because of where I lived so i spent most of my time playing music and learning on my own. Music was my friend and it made the time go by like nothing else. Around 13 I started playing open mics and wherever else i could. The rest is history  

 

Tune Up The Parks presents Kingsville-Essex Associated Band

Aug
27

Date: August 27, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

The Kingsville-Essex Associated Band is Canada's oldest continuously-running community marching band. Founded in 1937, the band celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017. Members of all ages and levels of experience are welcome.

They are the musical ambassadors of the towns of Kingsville and Essex and have represented our region in performances at the Calgary Stampede, Traverse City Cherry Festival, and Walt Disney World. They operate under the philosophy of "once a member, always a member" and new members are always welcome.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up The Parks- Abby Neves

Aug
29

Date: August 29, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Country

Abbey Neves is a talented young musician who has an immense passion for music. She began singing at the tender age of four, opening for the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan after winning a competition. Abbey has been invited multiple times to sing for the Toronto Blue Jays in Florida, and she is the American anthem singer with her mom, Margaret Slack, for the OHL Windsor Spitfires, and the 2017 Memorial Cup. Abbey has won many awards such as being the only vocalist to place in the London 2012 Junior Division of Rise to Fame, 1st place at 2014 Mitchell’s Bay Contest, and 1st place in 2014 in Wheatley Idol for both her age division and overall. Abbey has also had the opportunity to audition for The Voice.

You can find Abbey on Twitter: @AbbeyNeves.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up The Parks presents Macsmusic

Sep
03

Date: September 03, 2018

Location: Colchester Park, 100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre

Ken McLachlin is an acoustic guitar musician, folk singer, songwriter and recording artist.

Hundreds of shows later throughout Ontario, eastern Canada and the U.S., Ken moved on to further explorer his solo, acoustic folk roots – where in fact, it all began.  He has been writing, recording and performing his songs ever since. 

Performing under the moniker, macsmusic, he’s been described as an enjoyable, down-to-earth story-teller.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Tune Up the Parks presents Lawrence Hank

Sep
05

Date: September 05, 2018

Location: Spitfire Memorial, near Historic Essex Train Station, 87 Station Street, Essex Centre

Genre: Blues

Larry Affeldt, also known as Lawrence Hank, comes from a family of musicians. His father, Gord Affeldt, was the first luthier in Canada to be certified by Fender guitars for repair. Gord built guitars with Mr. Bigsby in the 50's and would play with the likes of Johnny Cash and Roy Clark. This set the tone for a childhood surrounded by music. As years past music would change, but the desire to play stayed with Larry and his siblings. He has played everything from Patsy Cline to Iron Maiden and everywhere from Canada to Mexico.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 - Mondays at Colchester Harbour Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre - with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.

Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.

Native Indians- Involvement in Essex County

Sep
29

Date: September 29, 2018

Location: 6155 Arner Townline, Essex, ON

A series of presentations about local history with hour host Chris Carter, an award winning Essex County historian.

Time: 11am to 3pm. Presentation starts at 11:30 and repeats at 1:00.

There will be a small charge for attending the event (price TBD).