Beat the winter 'Blues' with some great music

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Graham Greer, part of the Kealey-Greer All Star Band, who will be performing at the annual Italian Night fundraiser, in support of MS Society of Canada – Cornwall and District Chapter, on Jan. 17.

Roxanne Delage

CORNWALL, Ontario - I certainly hope that everyone enjoyed a music-filled holiday season. The cold weather hasn’t slowed down the local music scene, with a great selection of live shows for everyone’s taste. Let’s get to it.

The annual Italian Night supporting the MS Society of Canada - Cornwall & District Chapter, will be held on Friday, January 17, at the Royal Canadian Legion, branch 297. Tickets are now on sale for $25 and include a great Italian dinner, music by the fantastic The Kealey-Greer All Star Band, and the continuing antics of the Italian Night “Boys.” For further information email or call (613) 938-6777.

Live at Lola’s, this month, will be, Dany Laj and The Looks, Saturday, Jan. 18; The Trench Town Duo, on Thursday, Jan. 23; Union Duke will be rocking the annual staff and regulars party, Saturday, Jan 25; and The StandStills will be there on Saturday, Feb 1.

Seaway Winds Concert Band is kicking off its new year with an intensive weekend of reading through 45 selections for year's concerts. Rehearsals begin on Friday, January 31, from 7 to 9 pm and resume the next morning from 10 to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Musicians come from as far as Ottawa and Kingston, said Raymond Lacroix, associate conductor, who explained that the skill-level requires sight-reading from easy to advanced pieces. Anyone interested in sitting in on the rehearsal is welcome to register at .

On the most fabulous St Lawrence Acoustic Stage will be, guitarist extraordinaire, Maneli Jamal, on Saturday, Jan. 25. He is the winner of the 2010 Taylor Guitars Showdown, and third place winner in the 2011 International Guitar Idol competition, among a long list of other accolades. Visit him at  

Opening for Maneli, with one of the 'sweetest voices on the Canadian music scene,’ will be Amy Campbell. Her sophomore CD, Letters from Home, has received rave reviews since its 2012 release, with the UK's Maverick Magazine describing it as a 'lyrical masterpiece'. Visit her at Tickets for this show - $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets general admission) – are available at Basket Case, Morrisburg and Strung Out Guitars, Cornwall or online via the link below (service charges apply for paypal orders; online orders available only up to day prior to show).

Seaway Valley Theatre Company is in full rehearsal for its upcoming production of the beloved musical, Les Miserables, which runs February 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15,  at 7:30 pm, as well as a matinée on Feb. 9, at 1:30 pm. Visit, for further details.

Can you believe it’s not too early to talk about Valentine’s Day? Local jazz guitarist, Robert Cote, will be setting the tone for a romantic night on February 14, at Schnitzel’s, from 6 to 9.

“Sweet Home Chicago – Canada’s Ultimate Blues Brothers Showband and Review will be performing live at La Maison on Saturday, Feb.  15. That should be great fun.

However you decide to beat your winter blues, I encourage you to get out and support live music. We really appreciate it, you know!

Organizations: MS Society of Canada, Cornwall District Chapter, Royal Canadian Legion Union Duke Maverick Magazine Valley Theatre Company Ultimate Blues Brothers Showband

Geographic location: Ontario, Ottawa, Kingston Canada La Maison

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