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May
May 2 I’m sitting in with a fun band called Moo’d Swing and just as the name implies it’s swing material from the 20’s to the 40’s and a portion of ‘Moo' thrown in for good measure (Western Music).  Donna Green fronts the band along with Bob Bernie on banjo, Mike Sanderson on guitars, ukes and you name it, and Rachel Melas on stand up bass. And me on guitar. I love the old material. (What great melodies they used to write. Tunes you can hum or whistle. You don’t hear that much nowadays.) We go on at 7:00 and play until 9:00pm. The website for the Freetimes Cafe (320 College St. Toronto) is here: https://www.freetimescafe.com and Moo’d Swing site is here: http://www.moodswing.ca
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 4 Cadillac Lounge with Ed Smith and the Even Squares. This is just a great traditional country band that plays Lefty, Merle, Hank, Patsy, Willie, Johnny…etc. The soloists are exemplary and Ed’s singing is spot on and passionate. If real country music is your thing, c’mon down to a great venue and catch a great band. 9:00PM start. Likely a cover charge.
May 8 I’m subbing for Mike McCurlie at the Coach and Lantern at 384 Wilson St. East in Ancaster Ontario. This is a fun night where the audience is the entertainment. Judy Marsales kicks it off with a few songs and then the crowd takes over. It’s like a live karaoke experience. And since Mike’s away for a month, I’m just gonna cut and paste this same notice in every Wednesday of May. Here’s the Coach website: http://www.coachandlantern.ca
May 15 I’m subbing for Mike McCurlie at the Coach and Lantern at 384 Wilson St. East in Ancaster Ontario. This is a fun night where the audience is the entertainment. Judy Marsales kicks it off with a few songs and then the crowd takes over. It’s like a live karaoke experience. And since Mike’s away for a month, I’m just gonna cut and paste this same notice in every Wednesday of May. Here’s the Coach website: http://www.coachandlantern.ca
May 22 I’m subbing for Mike McCurlie at the Coach and Lantern at 384 Wilson St. East in Ancaster Ontario. This is a fun night where the audience is the entertainment. Judy Marsales kicks it off with a few songs and then the crowd takes over. It’s like a live karaoke experience. And since Mike’s away for a month, I’m just gonna cut and paste this same notice in every Wednesday of May. Here’s the Coach website: http://www.coachandlantern.ca
May 25  I’m taking part in the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International’s annual Tin Pan North festival of songwriters. It was to be at Hugh’s Room but I just heard they’re changing venues. At this point I’m not sure where it will be but check their website and they should have all the info there once it’s decided. https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/nsai-ontario-toronto-canada-chapter
May 29  I’m subbing for Mike McCurlie at the Coach and Lantern at 384 Wilson St. East in Ancaster Ontario. This is a fun night where the audience is the entertainment. Judy Marsales kicks it off with a few songs and then the crowd takes over. It’s like a live karaoke experience. And since Mike’s away for a month, and tonight’s my last night subbing.. Here’s the Coach website: http://www.coachandlantern.ca
May 31 Old Winery Every 4 months or so Katherine Wheatley and I (known professionally as ‘Wendell & Wheat’) do a gig with a masterful band, The Niagara Rhythm Section at the Old Winery Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake. These guys make us sound better than we normally do, and we normally sound pretty good. We start around 9:00PM and the food is top notch. So is the Scotch, so if you live down there offer me a bed. No, I'm just kidding, I don’t drink and drive. Well... only if I’m golfing. Here’s the link: 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 6 I’m once again playing at Colonel Mustards (16925 Yonge St. Newmarket) with the one and only Lou Moore. The sparks fly when we start picking’ on the guitars and he always kicks my ass and makes me play better than I actually can. Always a world class rhythm section too. The music starts at 8:00 PM and the food there is terrific! It’s like my wifes' cooking…it’s to die from! HAHA! Here’s the website with directions: http://www.colmustards.ca
June 8 I’m in Parry Sound (or Party Sound as some call it) at the Country Gourmet Cafe. Sounds fancy does’t it? Well it’s just plain good down home cooking. Wheat and I often eat there when we’re playing or passing through the Sound. I’m doing a solo show of my own material starting around 8:00PM. 65 James Street in Parry Sound. There’s a small cover charge. For details and tickets go to: http://www.countrygourmet.ca
June 14-16 I’ll be heading up to Ottawa for the Country Music Association of Ontario’s annual award show. On top of performing with the Western Swing Authority at the awards I’ll also be hosting and performing at the songwriters circle on the Friday evening. Both events take place at the National Arts Centre. For full details and a list of events and performers visit: https://cmaontario.ca/2019-awards/
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 25  I’m taking part in the 20th Annual Tin Pan North presented by the Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. I’m at the Trebas Institute (543 Yonge St.)in the afternoon from 2:00-4:30pm doing a live song evaluation panel with expert songwriters Margie Evans and Ronney Abramson. Then that evening at 8:30pm I’ll be at Hugh’s Room Live. I’ll be on stage (playing my ridiculous songs) along with Ronney Abramson, Sylvia Tyson, Joan Besen, David Celia and Diane Chase. For tickets you can either go to the Hughs Room Live site at: https://hughsroomlive.com  Or to the NASI site is http://nsaitoronto.com/tinpannorth20/musicrownorth.html
July
July 20 I’m playing a private party for a bunch of old friends. The 'Old Streetsville' crowd, myself along with Brad Welland, Sean O’Grady and Gene Falbo. Let the burgers and beer begin! Sorry, it’s a private affair.
July 23-29 Wendell & Wheat are heading up to Ontario's beautiful north country. We’re still piecing together the tour but we’ll be at the Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute held at Algoma University’s on Thursday July 25th. The festival features 2 full weeks of entertainment and it’s organized by Ed Turgeon. Well likely be performing at the university’s Shingwauk Auditorium. Other dates possibly include Goulet River, Wawa, Sudbury, Little Current and others. Check back closer to the date for a finalized itinerary.
August
August 9 I’m performing a concert along with another great guitarist, Terry Tufts. I’ve known Terry for years and he’s formidable talent both on the guitar and in his singing and songwriting. This time we’ll be in Gananoque at the Joel Stone Park. It’s a free event and I believe there’s an opening act as well. It’s being organized by the talented Kevin Head. (Another formidable guitarist). For details check back soon..
August 10 I’m playing my own gig with the Smoking’ Section at Spot One Grill and Music Hall in Brampton. I will be playing the dumb songs I’m known for as well as some standards, some dance tunes and some instrumentals. along with a great band. Gene Falbo on bass and Al Cross on the drums. There’s few special musical guests going to be dropping in to get up with us as well. And if you’re a country person there’s line dancing lessons from 7:00-9:30 and then we hit the stage and play until the wee hours. It’s a $10 cover but totally worth it. Here’s Spot One’s web site:  http://spot1live.ca 
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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