Canada’s favourite songs com­ing to Wel­land

The Welland Tribune - - ENTERTAINMENT - LAURA BAR­TON lbar­ton@post­media.com

For its sec­ond show of the 201718 sea­son, Wel­land- Port Col­borne Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion is fea­tur­ing some of Canada’s favourite songs, with The Great Cana­dian Song­book.

The show — fea­tur­ing per­form­ers Ken Lav­i­gne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet — comes to the J. W. En­nis Au­di­to­rium at Wel­land Cen­ten­nial Sec­ondary School on Sat­ur­day.

“First and fore­most, ( au­di­ences) can ex­pect spec­tac­u­lar mu­sic that they’ve prob­a­bly grown up with,” Lav­i­gne said.

He said the show high­lights a lot of mu­sic from big name per­form­ers in the 1960s and ’ 70s, when Canada was really start­ing to make its mark in the mu­sic scene. The show doesn’t fea­ture only tunes from those decades, how­ever. There’s an ar­ray of songs and artists cov­ered, in­clud­ing the likes of Leonard Co­hen, Neil Young, Bare­naked Ladies and Blue Rodeo.

Lav­i­gne and the other two groups got to pick the mu­sic for the show, which Lav­i­gne said was no easy feat. Not only did they each have artists they very much liked, but they made sure to cover as many as the favourites as pos­si­ble.

He said a lot of it was gut in­stinct and rec­og­niz­ing what has been pop­u­lar with au­di­ences in other per­for­mances. In some in­stances, he said, they’ve cre­ated med­leys be­cause there were so many great tracks to choose from.

“It’s all done with a lot of in­tegrity and style,” he said.

Au­di­ences so far are lov­ing the show, he said. Singing and clap­ping along, cheer­ing and ask­ing for en­cores are reg­u­lar oc­cur­rences with au­di­ences.

He’s hop­ing peo­ple who come to the show in Wel­land will have an equally good time. He said he and the per­form­ers are look­ing for­ward to be­ing in Wel­land, adding he came to the city a few years ago to per­form as well and re­mem­bers hav­ing a great time.

Tick­ets are avail­able for the 7: 30 p. m. show by vis­it­ing welland­port­col­bornecon­cert.org or by call­ing 905- 788- 1648. Mem­ber­ship in­for­ma­tion to have the op­por­tu­nity to see each of the con­cert as­so­ci­a­tion’s shows is also avail­able through the web­site and phone num­ber.

LYNDA ALLEN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY/ SPE­CIAL TO POST­MEDIA NEWS

Per­form­ers Tiller's Folly, Ken Lav­i­gne and Diyet, pic­tured from left, take the stage for The Great Cana­dian Song­book, fea­tur­ing songs from hit Cana­dian artists. The per­form­ers are com­ing to Wel­land Cen­ten­nial Sec­ondary School's au­di­to­rium Sat­ur­day as part of the Wel­land- Port Col­borne Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion lineup.

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