We are having a Rummage Sale for TWO days! Stop on by either on Sat July 24: 8am – 3pm OR Sun July 25: 11am – 3pm. Half of the proceeds will go to Desboro Music Hall.
This is our second fundraiser to make some money for the Music Hall. 2021 will be our second year without holding any concerts. We are crossing our fingers that next year, we will be able to once again have concerts inside the Hall without a limit on numbers. In the meanwhile, we have had to be a little creative in how we pay the bills. We’re lucky as we don’t have to pay rent or layoff any staff. We are looking forward to welcoming people back into the Hall, even if it’s not for a concert. So come out and Support the Desboro Music Hall on July 24 or 25.
We will be following all COVID protocols. Please wear a mask and keep 2m/6′ apart. Patrons inside will be limited.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (519) 377-2358 or email us at [email protected]
We are sad to announce we have decided to postpone our 2020 Season and move it, as much as possible, to 2021. I know things look like they’re opening up, but having an indoor concert will still be a long time in the future. This decision was not taken lightly as it is financially difficult to do so but for the health and safety of our patrons and musicians, it is the only reasonable decision at this time.
Season Pass and gift certificate holders will be contacted. If you have not heard from us in the next week or two, please email us at [email protected]
We will let you know the new dates as soon as we can. And we will continue to keep an eye on restrictions and perhaps do something in the Fall, if possible.
We will continue to share concerts we hear about to share the music. Take care of each other and stay safe and healthy.
The Kelly Song Collective is made up of brothers, Joe and John Kelly. They were born in Toronto. They got into music later in life and then John moved up near Sudbury for a job. So how did they become a band? One of them suggested they do a “Song-a-Week” where they took turns putting up a video of a song they wrote and eventually they formed a band. Then they created an album, “Unless and Until” with assorted friends playing on it including Chris Coole on banjo (who will be here with The Lonesome Ace Stringband in September for a show). They both wrote the songs. As a side note, John was the winner of the Canadian Songwriting Competition 2018 Lyrics Category for his song, “Four Colours”.
But how do they arrange to play together when one is in Sudbury and one is in Toronto? It’s a delicate act of balancing family time with jobs and gigs. A challenge we understand well. Desboro Music Hall is our little venture to share our passion for music with our home community and at times it’s been like juggling: trying to balance our day jobs, our kids, our social occasions, the hall and the commute (Phil and Josephine living 2 1/2 hours away). As a side note, it’s a wonderful experience and a pleasure to be contributing to Desboro and the music community in this way. We are so thankful for the support of our ticket holders and those encouraging us forward. I imagine the Kelly Song Collective runs up against many of these same problems but their passion for their music and their desire to share their musical talent spurs them on. It will be our treat to hear them and encourage them on in their venture.
Here is the song that John won his Canadian Songwriting Competition Award.
Saturday May 12, 2018
Doors Open at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm
If you like reflective, good ole country music sung with a smooth baritone, Zachary Lucky’s music will be perfect you. It’s the kind of music that is ideal for sitting around a campfire at the end of a long week, the kind of music to unwind and relax to. Zach’s deep voice captures you within his storytelling, keeping you mesmerized. It will be a night of “unapologetically old school country” music. In 2017, he was nominated for Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and we’re lucky he’s come to Desboro. Originally from Saskatoon, country music is deep in his bloodlines as his grandfather and grandmother were Smilin’ Johnnie Lucky and Eleanor Dahl, Canadian country legends. Don’t miss your chance to catch him. It’s a great weekend show.
Saturday May 12, 2018
Doors open 7pm
Music starts at 7:30pm
Opener: The Kelly Song Collective
Our opener, Madison may be young but she has been on dozens of stages and has already shared the stage with such names as 54-40 and The Sadies. She’s always been musical and quite talented. Self-taught on harmonica, ukulele and banjo, she can also play the guitar and piano. But don’t forget her voice…she can rock out like Janis Joplin or draw you in like Joni Mitchell with her versatile voice. This is what makes her concerts such fun. This is one girl to watch out for! Check out her two videos below and see how different they can be from each other. Then come join us on Friday April 20 to see this all live!
Get your tickets for a great night of music with Madison and The O’Pears.
Friday April 20, 2018
Doors open 7pm, Music starts at 7:30pm
We’ve added a “Videos” page. This page has videos of past performances. So you can check out an old favourite or find some new music to like. And if you do like it, come out to a live concert. Watching a video is just not the same as experiencing the music live and the moments that can happen between musician and audience. You’ll find the link to the Videos page in the top right hand menu or use this link: http://desboromusichall.com/videos/. Enjoy!
We’ve made it easier to find tickets on our website. It is its own link in the top right hand menu.
We’ve added a ticket button on the right side footer. SO you can buy tickets from any page. At this moment, you can get Season Passes or gift certificates.
Please let us know what else we can do to make navigating through our website easier. Thanks!
We thought it would be appropriate to end our season with the artist who started it all: Mark Reeves. Joe and Phil saw Mark’s concert at Greenbank back in 2015 and after talking with Mogens and Cathy, the folks who started Greenbank Folk Music Society, they thought, “Hey, we could do this” and thus began the dream of The Desboro Music Hall. So since Mark Reeves kind of helped start the beginnings of the idea, it’s fitting to have him come and close our first season at The Desboro Music Hall. Joining him is Jayden Grahlman, a local talented musician.
If you have never been to a Mark Reeves concert, you have missed out. He calls himself a “roots artist” with influences of blues, folk, gospel and rock. (For all those who say they don’t know what “roots” music is, they should come on out to this concert and discover what “roots” is.) He is a one man force. His live shows are high energy with guitar interspersed with harmonica. His connection with the audience is what makes his shows so intimate and enthralling. Those who have seem him come back again and again because they know they’ll be in for a good time.
“Fans of Lovett and Martin Sexton will eat up Reeves’ hard-earned positive vibe, rock solid rhythmic groove and kick-ass Motown horn section which adds a pleasant double-espresso kick to the mix.”
Jayden Grahlman is a local musician from Owen Sound who you might have seen on stages at various places. He loves music and wants to share his love of it and you can feel it when he performs. He’s more than capable of matching the energy of Mark Reeves. You’ll come away from his show feeling happy and glad you spent that time with him.
Don’t miss our last concert of the Season. This is it. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until next year!
So come on out on Saturday October 1, 2016
Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
If you want to read their bios and hear some songs, go to their Events Page
Tickets available: Buy Tickets online
Box office hours (Saturday Sept 24 and Oct 1: 9am – 12pm)
Phone/text Joe Klages (519) 377-2358
At the Door (if there are any left) the day of the concert
Well, we’re at the point where we are going to reveal our 2016 Concert Series Line-up. We’re very excited about it. We will reveal our line-up almost a year from when we bought the building and the adventure began.
Now, the big question, of course, is: How do I buy a ticket? Well, there are many different ways to do this. Remember you can buy tickets for any show at anytime. (like the one in August even though it is April)
You can visit us at the Desboro Music Hall during Box Office Hours (Saturdays 9am – 12pm starting in April – please check our calendar for box office hours)
You can email [email protected] with your name, email address and how many tickets you want and send us an email money transfer and we will email you back your tickets.
Visit us online. On our website here, there is a red “buy ticket” button on each artist’s event page and a “Tickets” button in our menu which will take you to our Tickets page where you can buy tickets for any show.
You can also visit us on our Facebook page and buy tickets there.
Once we release the whole line-up, you can buy a 3 Ticket Package or Season Passes and save a little money (ask us about it).
You can visit www.universe.com and look up events in “Desboro, ON”
You can phone/text Joe Klages at (519) 377-2358.
And finally, you can buy a ticket at the door but as tickets are limited, there is no guarantee there will still be some left come the day. My advice would be to buy your tickets in advance rather than chance it.
Mark is one of those artists who’s been around, building steam, making records and touring in support of some of the world’s best-known roots artists.
The past two decades have seen Mark stream through a journey from busker to seasoned performer with masterful chops and the kind of mesmerizing stage presence that most artists never achieve in a lifetime. Turning heads because of youthful talent, he won a scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music at 19, paid his dues in the blues clubs, made a record with Los Lobos producer Keith Keller’s at Keller’s mansion in New Orleans, won a sackful of awards, and warmed up stages for everyone from Robert Cray and Blue Rodeo to Colin James and Jesse Winchester.
It’s been said that if Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett had a love child, Mark Reeves would be it. Fans of Lovett and Martin Sexton will eat up Reeves’ hard-earned positive vibe, rock solid rhythmic groove and kick-ass Motown horn section which adds a pleasant double-espresso kick to the mix.
Anybody who loves R&B will immediately be inspired by Mark’s infectious, dance-all-night grove thang, but there are profoundly beautiful moments here, and unpretentious lyrical wisdom that makes you sit back while you catch your breath.
Jayden Grahlman is a truly exciting entertainer. His songs can be both genuine and hilarious. Jayden was named “best youth guitar player” in rural Ontario. He was a youth discovery at Summerfolk and continues to grow every year and showcase his innate talent.