NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 164 

This week, I’m just proud and happy to be a dad, to be honest. I love my kids and feel so lucky to have them in my life. It really makes everyday special however cheesy that may sound to some of you. As I type away here in my house, I just love the fact that we have a healthy set of boys upstairs getting their nightly rest. It only makes sense when you are a parent, this kind of stuff (cheese). I love it. I’m happy to see other friends out there watching their young ones grow too. The old line, “they grow up so fast” is really hitting hard right now we are closing in on a month away when Sam hits elementary school. What? Well…He will be 4 years old in a few days too. It’s been a choose your own adventure ride with that little guy. He is the bid brudder now and his sponge brain is about to soak up everything they throw at him in school. I can’t even imagine going back through the whole thing like he is about to but I’m excited for him. He is! 
 
The North Crosby Fun Day is taking place on Saturday, July 28th from 11am to 3pm at Shillington Park.  There will be games, mini putt, shuffle board, face painting, bake sale, BBQ and a silent auction  You are invited to put together a team of 5 people for the tug-of-war competition (entry $20). At 2pm they will be drawing the winner of the Cadbury bike that was donated by Guy and Cathy Davison of Circle K, followed by the draw for the Food Bank raffle (prizes are a Weber table top BBQ, a locally made quilt, gift certificates from Scheuermann’s Winery and Herlehy’s Building Centre and a brunch basket with 2 litres of maple syrup).  Come for a great old fashioned community get together.  All proceeds going to the Westport Food Bank.
More information available from Cait Maloney at “cait.maloney@gmail.com“.
 
Nolan Hubbard is coming back to The Cove, this time on the patio from 6-9pm this Friday! This kid has talent! If you love Jack Johnson and John Mayer, this is your guy. He really has control and like to sing a dreamy, smooth style. His high tenor has a melodic reach that compliments his “bad” guitar playing! Don’t miss him. He is one of those acts perfect for summer nights.
 
Next weekend is a solid mix of talent, import, gruff…all on the patio all weekend at The Cove, starting with Fri.Aug.3, Ottawa’s Matty “Graven” McKechnie will bring his brand of concrete campfire rock to the stage. His sound has always been weighty, wordy, introspective and rocking. Graven has made strides in the Ottawa scene over the last few years and has released all kinds of works. If you love Matt Mays, The Hip, off-the-beaten-track indie, you will love him! 6-9pm. Sat.Aug.4 is Hamilton’s Pat Maloney. He is a first timer here and has been working the Ontario scene hard. His heart on his sleeve style and super deep voice seems larger than life. He has a knack for arranging classic tunes with his own stamp and his a huge log of catchy originals in the indie folk pop vein. Looking forward to hearing this cat live. 6-9pm. Jesse Stone from Montreal is back on Sun.Aug.6 6-9pm. His old school rock and roll approach, super stylish swagger and respect for the troubadours and the blues masters keeps you listening with your mouth open. All in all, this will be a super enjoyable trio of nightly tunes from some serious songwriters and characterful singers.
 
Young Petty Stones enjoyed playing the revilatized Joel Stone Heritage Park stage this past Friday. An honour to be hired by Kevin Head for this concert series and thanks to Doug Reansbury for the great sound on the outdoor stage! The stage is about 7 years old I understand. It looks like a massive Pringle potato chip. It’s worth catching outdoor shows there but bring bug spray as the shows go into dusk! Melanie Hilmi’s voice was incredible as she opened solo acoustic. Thanks for that! Loved the photos from Miss V and looking forward to some video from John Huffman…Gananoque and the splash pad/beach/marina/boardwalk area shows incredibly this time of year! Eric and I hadn’t played there since we were Bullmoose opening for Wide Mouth Mason, Theory of a Deadman, etc. at the Festival of the Islands.
 
MUSICwestport Festival is almost back! 3 weeks away! Thanks to all the volunteers and the incredibly hard working board members and the of course, the sponsors of the festival. This festival is supported solely by local businesses and patrons!!!
Yuk Yuk’s show at the Cove was rough, ready, real and wow, was it off colour. BUT, it was hilarious, as advertised and we all had a blast. I looked around the room, and I ain’t lyin’! Thanks so much to the incredibly pro talents of comedians Ryan Dillon, Cedric Newman and Patrick Haye (who is an old high school schoolmate of Miss V…). Can’t wait to have a comedy night back in the middle of winter when we all need it the most!
 
This doesn’t happen that often folk. The Proverbs in concert, Everyone Welcome! Promoting their new record, Good Things. Had a chat with Dave Daw in Kudrinko’s parking lot the other day with dad and he told us of some attrocities in Africa that happened to their son’s friend’s family. Huge condolences to the family. Sat.Aug.11 is the date at the Presbyterian Church.
 
Congratulations to Mike “Honey Bee” Dier and Kyra Merkley on their engagement in PEI a couple days back! Couldn’t be happier for you kids!
 
Congrats and good luck to the Seed boys who have been invited to play at Canada U17 hockey camp! Honourable! Your folks must be so proud!
 
Congrats to James McKenty! James had a band called The Spades that used to play a bit with Bullmoose back in the day. He has since gone on to produce and be the recording engineer of great records in his studio. Notably, Blue Rodeo, Miss Emily and a record with Ronnie Hawkins, Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson. He is full on now. Check him out! www.jamesmckenty.com

Congrats to the release of the In Between Official Video by Miss Emily. All done at Gord Sinclair’s house. Slick stuff!
Give a hand to my cousin Sean Casey as he gets read to compete in Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia! Go Sean Bear!
 
Thanks to Gaye Henniger for funnelling me this info from Chaffey’s Lock. They have Sean McCann of Great Big Sea coming Saturday September 1st to Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00am. online.  www.onstagedirect.com/chaffeyslock.  Hard tickets will be at Brown’s Marina August 1st. I’m sure his “Face to Face” approach is the perfect match for the Community Hall.  It is a concert, not a dance and is part of the Chaffey’s Lock Heritage Weekend. 
 
Enjoy the rain everyone…And I wonder, still I wonder…