Where's Wendell Now
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March
March 2  I’m playing a private Birthday party at an undisclosed location. So unless you’re a private, I can’t disclose it.
March 16  Myself and Aaron Solomon and his band are rocking out at Harpers Landing in Oakville. Well not really rocking out… although we do at times rock. It’s part of their St. Patty’s Day Celebration so I guess we’ll be Penny-whistling out? Mandolin-ing out? Fife-ing out? Whatever we’re doing it’ll be fun. Starting at 8:00 and going until 11:00PM. And we’re also gearing up for the marathon the following day. See below for that info: Here’s Harpers Landing’s site: http://harperslanding.ca 
March 17  It’s officially St. Patricks Day so to celebrate Aaron Solomon and his band (including me) are hitting a few gigs in the area. Like 3 in one day! At this point I know we’re doing Fionn MacCools in Heartland Mississauga (825 Britannia Road Mississauga), Fionn MacCools in Oakville (350 Dundas Street East0 and then somewhere else….? https://www.fionnmaccools.com/en/locations.html I’ll find out where and post it here before too long. C’mon out the the nearest gig and have some green beer or I’ll hit you with my shillelagh. Leprechaun not only allowed… they’re welcome.
March 21  I’m back up in Newmarket at Colonel Mustards sitting in with the one and only Lou Moore. Lou and I got to cut it up last week in Stouffville and I always look forward to picking with him. Always a world class rhythm section too. (And the food there rocks!) Here’s the website: http://www.colmustards.ca
March 22 Once more Johnny Sheard and myself embark on a musical journey that could end up anywhere. I bring some of my material, John brings his, we add in bassist Dennis Pendrith and a special guest and the result is always a surprise. Even to us. That’s what makes ‘Sheard Wendellful Music' so much fun. Anything can happen. And it does. Musical brilliance, lots of belly laughs and a warm entertaining show is what we promise. This show is entitled ‘Best of the West’ so I can only imagine we’ll be doing some country classics… but in our own style. It takes place at the Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church Street Aurora ON. L4G 1G4. Here’s their website:  http://auroraculturalcentre.ca/events/john-sheard-presents-best-of-the-west/
March 23 Betty and the Bobs are starting their tour. Well it’s 2 gigs on consecutive weekends so it’s not really a tour. But when you play as infrequently as we do… we’re calling it a damn tour! We kick it off at the Almonte Old Town Hall (near Ottawa) as part of the Folkus Group’s concert series. They sponsor a monthly series and we’re the entertainment for March. Well, us and Beth Tufts from Elphin Ontario (home of multiple Juno winners… must be something in the water?) Tickets are $30 and available at https://folkusalmonte.com  More info at: http://www.davidwoodhead.com/BettyandtheBobs.html 
March 29 It’s the Ed Smith Duo. Wait a minute! If we call it that… then my name won’t get mentioned… The Ed Smith Duo featuring WENDELL FERGUSON! There! That sounds better. Anyway we’re doing a little two piece at The Queens Legs (Their motto is ‘Always Open”) It’s located at: 286 Eglinton Ave. near Avenue Road. We start around 9:30. And they’re recently partnered with a Chinese restaurant called ‘Wok of Art’ So c’mon down for some ‘country' music and some different ‘country' cuisine. Here’s their site: http://www.lotusinn.ca
March 30 Betty and the Bobs continue their tour. This time we’re in Orillia as part of the ‘Mariposa In Concert’ series. We love Orillia and we love playing for these folks. And think how tight we’ll be... as we just faked our way through the material the previous week. As Ronnie Hawkins used to say, “You guys are tighter than a frog's ass stretched over a boxcar. I couldn’t slip a cigarette paper between ya’s!’ The venue is Best Western Mariposa Inn 400 Memorial Drive, Orillia. For tickets and info go to this site: www.mariposafolk.com Scroll down and hit ‘Concerts’… maybe?
April
April 9  Lou Moore and me and a whole bunch of cool musicians are doing a secret corporate gig in downtown Toronto. It’s all hush-hush. But if you want to roadie for me… and lift my amp and equipment…..well I’m taking bids.
April 13 Wendell & Wheat are at it again. This time we’re totally honored to be playing again at Auer-House! That’s George and Monica’s Auerbach’s house concert series. They’ve been presenting fantastic acts for years now. This marks not only our 3rd time there… but they’re celebrating their 100th show! That’s pretty impressive. But don’t worry. We’ll live up to the honor. Better book tickets early as it’s a tight squeeze and everyone will want to be at the 100th show. Just think of the cake! It’s in Thornhill and here’s a link:  http://toronto.eventful.com/venues/auer-house-concerts-/V0-001-003873390-6 
April 27  Ed Smith and the Even Squares are back for another round at Cavan’s Alley Bar in Mississauga. This is a well hidden bar, but the crowd loves it. It has a Legion vibe in that the beer’s reasonably priced and the patrons get up and dance. The dancing gets wilder as the night progresses. Here’s the address: 585 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga, and their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/Cavens-Alley-352169684931188/
May
May 3  I’m heading to Kingston for another concert with a trio of lovely singing ladies, Debbie. Kim and Roxy...the 'Daughters of the King’. I’ve worked with them before and we always put together a killer band. This time featuring Andrew Affleck on bass, Frank Woodcock on drums, Shawn Kellet on fiddle, Andy Schick on steel guitar and me on electric//acoustic guitar.this time we’re appearing at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on 130 Clergy Street, East, Kingston Ontario. For more info and ticket prices go to: http://www.standrewskingston.org
May 25  The NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) is having it’s annual Tin Pan North May 23-25. The gala night is at Hugh’s Room again this year. The lineup has not yet been revealed but yours truly will be on it. It’s a wonderful night of songs and stories and you’ll hear at least 6 or more different artists. Full details at either the NSAI site : https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/nsai-ontario-toronto-canada-chapter or at Hugh’s Room Live site: https://hughsroomlive.com/calendar/list/?tribe_paged=5&tribe_event_display=list 
May 31 Wendell and Wheat once again grace the stage at The Old Winery with the Old Winos (AKA The Niagara Rhythm Section) Wheat and I really enjoy this gig. We get to do some of our own material and some standards (and sub-standards) with a fine bunch of players. There’s no cover, the food is awesome (traditional Italian) and there’s a fine selection of wines and scotches. What could be more fun? We start around 9:00pm. Here’s their website: http://www.theoldwineryrestaurant.com
June
June 1  Every few years I do a marvelous house concert up in Innisfil Beach. It’s a real nice room, holds about 60-80 comfortably and I get an amazing dinner with my hosts Peter and Marlene. Now Peter has his own invite list and generally fills the place. This is my 3rd time back so he must like me for some unknown reason? Here’s the link: https://musicupclose.com/3/events.htm
June 7, 8, 9  I may be heading up to the near north for some shows in Huntsville, Parry Sound and South River. Check back soon and it will be confirmed…or not?
June 14-16 I’m heading up to our nations capital (Ottawa! In case you were home-schooled) for the annual Country Music Association of Ontario Awards weekend. This year we’ll be at the NAC (National Arts Centre, or Fort Culture as we call it). I’m not sure what my duties will be, but it’s always fun. Generally I lead the back up band at the awards show on Sunday night (a killer band comprised of me and the Western Swing Authority) and usually there’s some sort of showcasing or other events they utilize me for. For all the info on the whole weekend check out their website. https://cmaontario.ca/2019-awards/ And book your rooms early, as they host hotel always sells out. 
June 22  I’m doing another private house concert in the Meaford region. If you live up that-a-way and want to see me, better let me know and I’ll see if I can get you access? It might be private?
June 27 Once again I’m heading to northern Manitoba for Dauphin’s Countryfest. It’s the largest festival in Manitoba. Everyone raves about the Winnipeg Folk Festival, but this place gets 40,000 people through the gates. It’s wall to wall people. And tons of entertainment. In every walk of music. Lots of country, but also classic rock, Alt. country, R & B, folk, acoustic, blues. They got it all in Dauphin. I generally host the Songwriters Circle Saturday afternoon on the main stage as well as nightly hosting the VIP tent. They work me hard and put me away wet. But it’s a fun weekend. https://countryfest.ca
July
July 27  Ed Smith and the Even Squares are back at Cavan’s Alley Bar. Maybe I better rent an apartment there? https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/Cavens-Alley-352169684931188/
August
August 17 The cottagers up at White Lake in the Kawartha’s must’ve liked what I did (or they were so drunk, they don’t remember what I did?) because they asked me back again. Go figure. Seriously nice folks and a great time .
August 31 Cavan’s Alley Bar! The best kept secret in Mr. and Mrs Saugga. Ed Smith and the Even Squares swerve up old, vintage country music the way they used to do it. No cover. We start at 9:00. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/Cavens-Alley-352169684931188/
E-mail: wendell@wendellferguson.com
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