Where's Wendell Now
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September
Sept.1 It’s Ed Smith and the Even Squares back at Corners Bar & Grill in Richmond Hill by popular demand. Oops! That’s poplar demand. There’s a tree up there that likes us. I’d do more tree puns, but you’d be sycamore. We start at 7 and go to 11 and the band is always hot. Sometimes even special guests come out and join us. There’s a small cover to cover the band. Here’s the address: 10593 Yonge St #3, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3C5 and here’s their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cornersrichmondhill/
Sept. 5-9 I’ll be out in Cowtown (Calgary) Alberta doing Canadian Country Music Week. I’m helming the Legends Show on Thursday night at Jack Singer Hall. Always a killer band and always some... well…legendary performers. For full details go to: https://www.ccma.org/cgi/page.cgi/_article.html/CCMA_AWARDS/Tickets_for_the_2019_CCMA_Awards_
Sept.  26 I’m getting together with David Gillis to do an evening of acoustic guitar at the Moonshine Cafe. (137 Kerr St. Oakville On. L6K 3A6) An intimate little club in Oakville. The sparks always fly when we get together and it’s been a long time since we’ve played with each other. (That doesn’t sound right?) For tickets visit the Moonshine Cafe site at: http://www.themoonshinecafe.com
Sept. 28 I’m sitting in with Rick Cleveland’s band at the Milton Legion. (127 Mill St. Georgetown, On. L7G 2C7I’m not sure what they play but I’m betting it’s classic rock and country with a few wild things thrown in. There isn’t a website for the Georgetown Legion but here’s their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Royal-Canadian-Legion-GTown-563209300435434/
October
October 2 I’m subbing in for the great Mike McCurlie at Judy Marsales gig at the Coach and Lantern in Ancaster, Ontario. This is a 'live karaoke' situation, but instead of a tape machine, there’s a four-piece live band plus our fearless leader Judy. If you can sing it… we’ll try and play it. Lots of regulars, lots of songs you haven’t heard win a long while and lots of fun! We start at 8:30 on the dot and we go until 11:00PM. It’s always crowded so come early and stay late and sing your heart out. Here’s the website and address: https://www.coachandlantern.ca
October 13  I join Ed Smith and the Even Squares for a night of traditional country music. This time we’re back at Corner’s Bar and Grill in Richmond Hill. 10593 Yonge St. We start at 8:00PM as it’s a holiday Monday. $5 at the door.
Happy Thanksgiving!
October 17  I did a guest appearance this summer at the Midland Cultural Centre and I had such a wonderful time. It was a packed house and a great line-up of guests. Now I’m returning for a solo show. I got to thinking, it’s such a beautiful venue that it might be nice to film and record the show… not for a record, but to make a good promotional video I can peddle my wares to festivals and theaters. So I’ve hired a film crew and a recording engineer to come in and capture the proceedings. It makes me a little on edge, but hopefully I can channel that into the energy the room already gives me. I can guarantee a fun night, some good belly laughs and some awesome picking. If you want to be part of it all get tickets at: http://www.midlandculturalcentre.com/page.php?page=Events&pageType=events&eventid=100050333
It’ll be a fun show for sure!
October 19  I’m the musical director for Shawn Brush. If you don’t know Shawn you should. He’s a fantastic songwriter and guitarist with many albums under his belt. (That’s why he walks so funny?) and he’s put together a wonderful evening of music with himself, myself, country legends Harold McIntyre (I Wish That I Had Learned to Walk, Before She Made Me Crawl), Dallas Harms (Paper Rosie), Mark LaForme (The Road I Walk)  and hosting is the wonderful Ginger St. James  https://www.gingerstjames.com. Plus I’ve put together a crack band of seasoned players. (or was that a band of crack users…?) Anyway it all takes place at the Burlington Royal Canadian Legion 828 Legion Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1T6. They’re having bluegrass performers all afternoon and then a dinner break. The country show starts at 7:30. For tickets and directions list the legions Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/events/royal-canadian-legion-burlington-ontario/burlington-legion/765776370271144/
October 20 IWendell & Wheat ride again. It’s far too seldom that Katherine Wheatley and I get together and play shows. We did a 6 day tour of northern Ontario earlier this summer, but this is the first time in a while. So we’re gigging together TWICE this week! First in McDonald’s Corners. Tom Shoebridge saw us at a Betty and there Bobs show in Almonte a few months ago and asked us to come do a house concert show for him and his folk crowd. It takes place own the afternoon in a beautiful part of our province. More details and a contact once we get closer to the date.
October 20 While Ms. Wheatley and I are entertaining today up in McDonald’s Corners there’s a very important gig going on at Rockwood at the Legion. The Good Brothers have assembled fantastic group of entertainers to raise some funds for an equally important cause. Our good friend, John P. Allen (fiddler, mandolinist and vocalist for Prairie Oyster, Sylvia Tyson, Good Brothers, Big Red Ford, along with many others) needs a heart transplant and is in dire condition. We all want to support him as 'musicians are their own workman’s compensation board’. Appearing will be the Good Brothers, Sylvia Tyson, Russell deCarle, Keith Glass, Joan Besen, Lou Moore, The Allen Family and many more. There will be silent auctions, 50/50 Draws, and a pasta bar. This all takes place in the Rockmosa Community Hall in rock wood Ontario. Doors at 2:00 and the show starts at 4:00PM and goes until about 10:00. The cost of a ticket is $50. If you can attend, you’ll be thoroughly delighted and hear some songs from the folks that wrote them. If you can’t (like me) you can donate a little something to help a beautiful person and a worthy cause.
October 25 Wendell and Wheat again! This time back at the Old Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Viagra-on-the-make?) The Old Winery is a top notch Italian restaurant and the Old Wino’s play there every Friday night. Katherine and I will be their special guests. They’ve learned all our material and we always try out new songs. It’s adventurous and very musical with The Niagara Rhythm Section behind us.  We start around 9:00 and it’s a classy joint. Trey the pizza… I will. Here’s the website: http://www.theoldwineryrestaurant.com
October 26 Ed Smith and the Even Squares are back in action. Last time at Corners Bar we were on fire and had an excellent time. This time we’re back at Cavan’s Alley Bar in Mississauga. It’s an almost hidden club but the patrons like good traditional country and that’s all we do. Always A-team players and always fun. No cover and the beer is cold! Here’s Cavan’s directions and details: https://www.facebook.com/Cavens-Alley-352169684931188/
November
November 3 or December 8? -  Yes that’s a weird listing… but I’m not sure which date I’ll be appearing at Purple Hill Country Hall just outside of London Ontario. I’ve appeared here many times and always had a warm crowd and a great time. They know they want me, but haven’t decided on a date yet… so it will be one of these two. Check back to my site and see what date it lands on.
November 10 I’m doing a show with Granite Hill. They’re a bluegrass band who’s members I’ve worked with many times before. We’re sharing a show in Maryhill ON. at the Commercial Tavern. Going to the Commercial is like getting into a time machine and going back to 1958-1965. Old wagon wheels, barn board, memorabilia on the walls, bar stools, colored lights, neon signs, cold beer and great entertainment. Paul Weber’s been running the place since the Dead Sea was merely sick. Nearly a quarter century. It’s a Sunday afternoon show. They’ll do a set, I’ll do a set and I’m sure we’ll do something together. Fun, fun, fun!
Here’s the Commercial website: http://www.commercialtavern.ca
November 21 This is a gig you gotta come to. Just so you can say, “I was at their first gig”. I’ve put together an excellent band of musicians and we’re going to do all Beatle material. I’m calling us "The FABricated FORged!” I always loved the Lads from Liverpool and now we’re gonna do a tribute show to their music. No wigs, no suits, no phony English accents. Just the tunes. We’ll do some of it ‘off the record’ just the way they played it. And other tunes we’ll do ‘off the cuff’ and put our own spin on it. And the players! Get this: Myself and David Celia on guitars and vocals, drummer Gary Taylor, bassist Rodney St.Amand, keyboardist Rob Gusevs. (I know the Beatles didn’t technically have a keyboardist...but both John and Paul did play keyboards) We have a great repertoire of big hit classics and little known b-sides. Some instrumental, some completely re-imagined. it’s al happening at the Moonshine Cafe 137 Kerr St, Oakville, ON L6K 3A6 http://www.themoonshinecafe.com Yeah, Yeah Yeah!
E-mail: wendell@wendellferguson.com
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