Meet Cody Zevenbergen

With a last name like “Zevenbergen”, it’s easy to stand out and be remembered in this area.  (although getting the name actually “right” doesn’t always happen)  So it’ll be easy for you to remember Cody Zevenbergen.  He’s our third performer at our Friday August 25 concert.

Cody has his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Guitar from York University and moved back to this area to be a music instructor while also performing in many local festivals including Summerfolk and Lupercalia.  He has a wide variety of influences, including rock, blues, country and jazz.  So you won’t know what you’ll get in a concert setting!  (making it half the fun).  He is hoping to record an album of his solo material soon but in the meanwhile, he performs with his band, “Frankie & the Wild Years” and teaches in the Grey-Bruce area.

Come on out to support a local up-and-coming musician.  Check out his video below.

Desboro Music Hall 2017 Concert Series
Friday August 25, 2017
All Ages
Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets: Advance: $20 ($17.70 +HST), Regular: $25 ($22.12 +HST)
Get Tickets

*Advance tickets are only available up to the Box Office hours the weekend before the show or we run out (Note: there is a limit of 25 advance price tickets)

Meet Carter & Ben

We tried to get Ben Turcotte to open one of our shows last year and it just never worked out.  We’re glad that things finally lined up this year and we’re happy to bring this duo to the Desboro Music Hall stage to open for The Redhill Valleys.

Carter Rolland and Ben Turcotte met when they were still in elementary school in Port Elgin.  They played together, with two other friends for a talent show and thus it began.  For the next 8 years, they played as a band and as a duo.  Last year, Carter and Ben decided to lock themselves in Ben’s basement until they had an album.  Sleep, oxygen, and vitamin-d deprived, they emerged in August just in time for Summerfolk (the folk festival in Owen Sound) where their album—“Basement Folk”—made its debut appearance.  Their music is based on their two voices and guitars but expanded to a full band including a horn section for their studio recordings. They love to mix tradition with their own experiences and tastes. This is reflected in their music.

Check out their cover of JJ Cale’s “Lies” and we know you’ll want to come out to see these Port Elgin boys.

Desboro Music Hall 2017 Concert Series

All Ages Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm

Get Tickets

Tickets: Advance: $20 ($17.70 +HST), Regular: $25 ($22.12 +HST)

*Advance tickets are only available up to the Box Office hours the weekend before the show or we run out (Note: there is a limit of 25 advance price tickets)

Rob Elder is back!

There’s nothing more to say except our favourite local musician is back!  We’re excited to have Rob Elder back to open a show this year.  Last year you’ll remember he opened up our Season for us.  This year, when we were tossing around names for musicians, we knew that our community liked to support local artists.   As we wanted to show our support for our friends, the first name that came up was of course Rob’s name and when we asked him, it worked out nicely that he was able to do this concert, opening for Ben Kunder & Sarah MacDougall.

Check out the video where he plays ALL the instruments!  Talk about multi-talented!  Don’t. Miss. Out.  Support our local musicians and come out on June 17 and catch it all live.


Desboro Music Hall 2017 Concert Series

All Ages Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm

Get Tickets

Tickets: Advance: $20 ($17.70 +HST), Regular: $25 ($22.12 +HST)

*Advance tickets are only available up to the Box Office hours the weekend before the show or we run out (Note: there is a limit of 25 advance price tickets)


It’s here!  It’s here!  The first box office of the year!  Why are we so excited about this?  Because it means our first concert is in A WEEK!  We’ve been working hard over the winter: fixing things, making things better and finding our amazing acts.  We think we’ve improved the Hall.  (See if you can figure out what we’ve done.)  We also think we’ve found ourselves some world class musicians.

We are very proud of our opening show, consisting of My Sweet Patootie, a local band and Alicia Toner, from the East Coast.  Both feature fiddle players but with different styles.  Come on out for the first concert of the Season to check out My Sweet Patootie and Alicia Toner on Sat April 22, 2107.

See you at our first Box Office on Sat Apr 15, 10am – 12pm.  Then we’ll see you at our first show in A WEEK!  In the meanwhile, here’s a little more about our acts to get a taste of what you’ll hear on Opening Night.

My Sweet Patootie is made up of Sandra Swannell on fiddle, Terry Young on guitar and Paul Clifford on drums.  Their style can vary from traditional Irish reel to contemporary ragtime swing.  “Swing, folk, country and nostalgia collide head-on in a most pleasing fashion”, Maverick Magazine gives My Sweet Patootie 4 out of 4 stars! The band is heavily influenced by the likes of Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, Les Paul & Mary Ford and the Andrews Sisters. Throw in a penchant for light-hearted satire and their love of artists like Patsy Cline and Hank Williams and you get a sound that Young likes to call “Green Acres for the New Millennium”.  “MSP released their Latest album “Pandemonium” in August 2016. The CD was produced, arranged, engineered and mastered by Young & Swannell at their own Nowheresville Studio located in an historic one-room school house near Meaford, Ontario. “Pandemonium” is their most ambitious project to date and features each member’s skills as multi-instrumentalists, yet still remains true to their live sound as a trio.”  No matter what music they’re playing, you know you’re in for a fun time.

Opening for them is Alicia Toner who is also a master of everything she tries.  “A critically acclaimed singer, fiddler, actor, musician, Alicia Toner has been wowing audiences with her diverse skill set for years. An East Coaster at heart, Alicia felt the pull of the Maritimes and, in 2014, made Charlottetown her home. Since then, she has shifted her attention to her first love; music. In June of 2015, Alicia went into the studio with Stuart Cameron, Peter Fusco and Blake Manning to record her first four track EP. The following Spring, with the help of FACTOR Canada, she completed her full-length debut album “I Learned the Hard Way” to be released this September, 2017.”

It’s going to be a great start to our Season.

May: Oh Susanna and Our Shotgun Wedding

May is going to be a great month.  The weather is warming up as spring arrives.  And in only two more weeks, we have Oh Susanna and Our Shotgun Wedding stopping by to share their music with us.


If you haven’t heard Oh Susanna before, check her out.  Oh Susanna draws you in with her lyrics and her voice.  She has previously released 7 records.  Her latest, Namedropper, was delayed as Suzie spent a year fighting breast cancer.  This gives the record an energy and a joy that is precious and special.  It is built on a great premise: other singer-songwriters wrote songs for her to sing.  It’s the kind of collaboration that makes music great.  You can hear the essence of the song-writer, who happen to be some of Canada’s great musicians like Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, Amelia Curran and the Good Lovelies, to name just a couple.  Mix that with the magic of Oh Susanna’s voice and you want to listen to the songs over and over.

“This project is about friendship. Through music we want to express our admiration, gratitude and respect for our fellow Canadian songwriters. They kick us in the ass. They break our hearts. They inspire.”


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Opening for Oh Susanna is Our Shotgun Wedding.  They are from Owen Sound and have those irresistible catchy tunes that you can’t help tapping your feet or bopping your head along with.  Listening to them just makes you feel happy.  They’ve got a pretty interesting story, too.  They met at Summerfolk (right in Owen Sound) on the dance floor and have been making beautiful music since.  [I know…that was cheesy but I just couldn’t resist!]  They’ve even played the Desboro Fall Fair!  Check them out.

“Our Shotgun Wedding a duo with an infectious energy, clever, well-written songs and a ton of charisma. On festival workshops they are a great spark-plug who can kick start an onstage jam and make everybody feel welcome.”
-James Keelaghan, Artistic Director, Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival

Saturday May 14, 2016
Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
All Ages

Get your tickets and come support us in the May show in our Desboro Music Concert Series.

If you want to read their bios and hear some songs, go to their Events Page

Tickets available:
Buy Tickets online
Box office hours (Saturdays 9am – 12pm)
Phone/text Joe Klages (519) 377-2358
At the Door (if there are any left) the day of the concert