A season made for music

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From left, on a stroll down memory lane, is the cast of The Rat Pack tribute act (as Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra), at the Port Theatre on Friday, Dec. 4. Locals, The Moe Lemieux Quintet, opened the show. Help support The Port by attending one of their events.

The sounds of the season are abound in the city these past few weeks. Whether you’re a fan of the classics, country or rock, this is certainly is a time of year for some of the best music ever written.

Among my favourites, O Holy Night, by composer Adolphe Adam, originally to the lyrics of Placide Cappeau’s Minuit, cretiens; Baby Please Come Home, by Darlene Love and Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton. But really, how can you choose among the stars. 

If you’re looking for some new Christmas music, might I recommend, local singer/songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, who has released a new Christmas CD, the charming, Fa la la, available at www.nancybeaudette.com or on itunes, amazon and cdbaby.

Here’s what’s going on in the local music scene, this holiday season… There are couple of ongoing open mic events in town, hosted by the congenial Chuck Leclair. The Glengarrian open Mic Mondays happens every Monday at the Glengarrian (http://www.facebook.com/ManMusic13#!/events/457571527621751) and happening monthly, the next Grind Open Mic, will be on Thursday, Dec. 13, (http://www.facebook.com/ManMusic13#!/events/299944580124790) If you’re a metal or rock fan, Murphy’s Inn is the place to be on Saturday, Dec. 15, when Frontline Assault Entertainment presents Metallization 4 Doomsday, featuring Erebos, Endyium, Slyde.

Also on the bill are two up and coming bands, Birdhouse On Lock-down and the band formerly known as The Mini Lunch Progress, now called Satan's Daughters. This event promises to “blast your face off.” How can you go wrong? For more info, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/282689041850262/?ref=ts&fref=ts.

In a complete 180 degree turn from the Rat Pack Tribute Show, up next at The Port Theatre, Helix Heavy Mental Christmas will grace the stage, on Dec. 16, with opening act, local rockers, The Trench-Town Oddities. (

http://www.facebook.com/events/309090305870335/?fref=ts)  

Spirit of a Season 2012 will host a night of rock and acoustic music for all ages at Vu Night Spot (113 ½ Pitt Street), on December 26, featuring performer from Montreal, Cornwall and Kingston. 

Acts will include Coldrift, Elly May, Montreal singer/songwriter Anna Marie Newton, Jamie Maracle & Friends, Justin from Kingston’s acoustic-pop Mancub and more. Cornwall’s Boozehound will be filming an upcomingfull-length album and live concert DVD. Doors open at 6:30; bring a non-perishable food donation for Agape and get a discount on admission.

For further information contact Ben “Dynamite” Poitras, event organizer and Boozehound singer/guitarist at: bendynamite@boozehound.biz. There’s an eclectic selection of music going on New Year’s Eve in the city. Among the many, The Lost Boyz will be at La Maison; The Cornwall River Kings present New Year’s Eve with Winston Marley and SwitchGear at the Civic Complex (http://www.facebook.com/events/251780358281400); and yours truly (me) with Rod Robillard at Katerina’s Restaurant (http://www.facebook.com/events/317279121720452/?ref=ts&fref=ts). Have a very, very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Organizations: The Mini Lunch Progress, Port Theatre

Geographic location: Montreal, Kingston, Murphy Pitt Street

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