Where's Wendell Now
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July
July 20 I’m playing a private party for a bunch of old friends. The 'Old Streetsville' crowd, myself along with Brad Welland, Sean O’Grady and Gene Falbo. Let the burgers and beer begin! Sorry, it’s a private affair.
July 23 Wendell and Wheat hit the near north this week with a plethora of gigs up in beautiful Northern Ontario. Tuesday July 23. Dinner at 6:00 Show at 7:00PM The Country Gourmet Cafe, 65 James Street, Parry Sound P2A 1T4 Tickets for dinner and concert: $40.00 contact: (705) 745-5907 website: http://countrygourmet.ca/index.php?route=common/home Or contact: michelebateman3@gmail.com
July 24 The Highlander Brew Company 309 Hwy 124 South River Ontario P0A 1X0 (705) 792-0808 Doors: 6:30, Concert 7:00PM. Tickets: $20.00 available at door or contact https://highlanderbrewco.com/ Call/Text: (705) 303-7387 email: store@highlanderbrewco.com or Contact: Michele Bateman: (705) 386-7678 michelebateman3@gmail.com
July 25 Wendell and Wheat go back to school. Algoma University to be exact. It’s part of their Great Lakes Summer Festival ‘Showcase 1’ at Shingwauk Auditorium. 1520 Queen St. E. Sault Sainte Marie Ontario P6B 2B5? Note there are many other acts on this evening and for the following Thursday as well. Katherine and I will only be playing for one 30 minute set. Tickets are $20 and available at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/great-lakes-international-summer-music-institute-summer-concert-series-tickets-63397867729
July 26 Wendell & Wheat in Wawa! Enough alliteration for you? Well? We’re at the Rock Island Lodge (outside of Wawa On.) Naturally Superior Adventures 10 Government Dock Road, Wawa On. P0S 1K0. Here are detailed directions because a train would need a roadmap to get here. The show starts around 7:30? For tickets or reservations contact: (705) 856-2939 or info@naturallysuperior.com (North of Lake Superior Park and after crossing the Michipicoten River, turn left and head west on the Michipicoten River Village Road. Follow for about one kilometer (0.6 miles) and turn right at the intersection. Travel north about 500 meters (1/4-mile), crossing a bridge. Then make a left hand turn at the T-intersection. Follow this road west for about a kilometer (0.6 miles). The road becomes gravel, crosses another bridge, and curves past a cemetery to a hydroelectric generating facility at the base of a large hill. Turn left just before the hill, and drive about one kilometer (0.6 miles) to Rock Island Lodge.)
July 27 Wendell & Wheat play a private gig in Sault Ste. Marie. Sorry but you can’t go.
July 28 Mark Robinson Elliott Lake On. Show at 2:00. For tickets and directions contact: Mark Robinson mrbnsn31@gmail.com (705) 261-0999
August
August 7 I’m subbing for the great Roly Platt. It’s a band called The Wranglers and they’re playing (where else?) Wranglers Barn and Grill in Barrie Ontario. It’s an early night. We start at 6 and go until 9:00PM. And it’s half price wing night. Since we’re winging it, you might as well too. No cover and the wings are great (and cheap).
August 9 I’m performing a concert along with another great guitarist, Terry Tufts. I’ve known Terry for years and he’s formidable talent both on the guitar and in his singing and songwriting. This time we’ll be in Gananoque at the Joel Stone Park. It’s a free event and I believe there’s an opening act as well. It’s being organized by the talented Kevin Head. (Another formidable guitarist). For details check back soon..
August 10 Wendell and his Smokin’ Section were supposed to be at Spot One in Brampton but due to unforeseen circumstances they’ve had to postpone the gig. Wendell will still be playing there… but not until Dec. The 16th to be exact. So sorry for the inconvenience.
August 17 The cottagers up at White Lake in the Kawartha’s must’ve liked what I did (or they were so drunk, they don’t remember what I did?) because they asked me back again. Go figure. Seriously nice folks and a great time .
August 22 Wendell is doing a fundraiser for the Midland Cultural Centre in where else, Midland. This will be a high rolling, variety night with many acts and a surprise guest. Visit the Midland Cultural Centre site for details: http://www.midlandculturalcentre.com
August 28  I’m back up in Wasaga Beach with the Freakin’ Beacon Band. For those of you who have attended this gig you’ll know it’s a fun evening of music and laughter. (They laugh at my music). Virgil Scott and hi gang of R&B professionals take the stage for the first set, I join them for a long set of my material and then there’s an open jam at the end of the night. And there’s plethora of talent in the Wasaga/Collingwood region. And the food is excellent. I’ve had burgers, fish, liver, steak and it's all great. Starts at 7:00 and goes to 11:00PM. The Beacon Restaurant 146 45th St N, Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 1Z2 http://www.thebeaconrestaurant.com
August 29 It’s Lou Moore’s Birthday Bash. (It’s not actually his birthday, that’s the following week) but he celebrates it this Thursday night. We get started at 8:00PM and the first set is always a barn burner. Lou teaches all day so he comes to the gig hot and ready to get hotter. I usually warm up by 10:50 or so…. No cover. Again, great food. 16925 Yonge St. In Newmarket. http://www.colmustards.ca/daily-events/
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 17 I’m heading at the Midland Cultural Centre in Midland. It’s a beautiful venue and I was just up there last week making a special appearance at their annual fundraiser. What a great night. This is a warm friendly venue with great acoustics, a warm and friendly staff and a wonderful audience. Come and see me if you find yourself feeling ‘fair to midland’. For details and tickets go to their web site:  http://www.midlandculturalcentre.com/page.php?page=Events&pageType=events&eventid=100050333
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 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
November
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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