You can watch it from a lawn chair or perch on a rock, you can watch it from a boat or a canoe, you can watch it with a beverage in hand at an adjacent restaurant. However you choose to watch it, Concerts on the Dock promises another summer full of entertaining and diverse performances.
The series, which runs every Wednesday night in July and August from 7:00-8:00 p.m., features a wide range of local artists. Algonquin Theatre Manager, Matt Huddlestone, announced the line up at the Town Dock today, accompanied by some of this year’s performers.
Crowd favourite the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra will be back on July 17 with their smooth Caribbean sounds. Cameron of Lochiel Pipes and Drums returns with another night of rousing Scottish tunes on August 21. The Muskoka Concert Band, under the direction of Neil Barlow, brings its diverse repertoire on July 24.
An assortment of other local performers round out the line up, some taking the Concerts on the Dock stage (er…dock) for the first time, but none are strangers to sharing their talents with local audiences.
Look for Nicole Lisa Craig (folk/alternative/classical guitar and vocals) on July 3, The Hillbirds (indie folk/pop band with Nicole Duquette on vocals, Nick Duquette on guitar/trumpet, Dave Rakusin on bass, and Jacob Richards on drums) on July 10, Jack Nickalls and Josie Robinson (jazz guitar and vocals) on July 31, Billy MacPherson (rock, pop, folk, country and blues tunes from the ’50s to the ’80s) on August 7, Veronica Leonard and Friends (many of whom you’ll recognize from the Huntsville Theatre Company) on August 14, and Luke Murphy (contemporary) on August 28.
“We are thrilled to have so many young local performers this year,” said Huddlestone. “We love to be able to support local talent and are always excited to see so many people coming out to listen and watch and support them, too.”
Lauren Saunders from Huntsville Theatre Company was at the announcement on behalf of Veronica Leonard, who is away on vacation. She said they’re looking forward to singing some more popular music along with some of the show tunes that they’re well known for in theatre circles. “It’s going to be so much fun!” she said.
Jack Nickalls and Josie Robinson, who performed for the first time at Concerts on the Dock last year, said they’re excited to return. The pair, who are both still in high school, have been making a name for themselves on the local music scene. Nickalls is an instrumental guitar player and said he loves jazz because “you can’t run out of things to learn…it’s a great thing to dive into, especially when you’re young. It’s a really cool thing to understand and listen to.” His love for the genre inspired Robinson to expand her vocal range to include jazz. They’ll both showcase their considerable skills at the end of July.
“(Concerts on the Dock) was lots of fun last year,” said Nickalls. “It’s really pleasing to all the senses. You’re hearing music, you’re seeing beautiful things, and you’ve got all these great restaurants down here. There’s not a lot that can go wrong.”
Robinson added, “It’s really awesome to be able to do this for the community and it’s definitely a lot of fun for the people who come and watch too because they always end up having a great night.”
Concerts on the Dock begins Wednesday, July 3 at the Town Dock (next to the swing bridge). Bring a toonie (or more) to drop in the bucket that circulates through the crowd—all proceeds go directly to the artists performing that night.
Check the Algonquin Theatre Facebook page for any updates on concert dates. “Don’t let the weather fool you. It can be raining at 6:30 and like this by 7:00,” said Huddlestone, gesturing to the sunny, blue sky.
For more information about Concerts on the Dock, visit algonquintheatre.ca.
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