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WelliWednesday Returns to Pat MacLeod Community Stage (Parkdale Park)

The weekly, free, hyper-local concert series is back! Running this Wednesday until the end of September

Back by popular demand: WelliWednesday begins this week and runs until the end of September; on every Wednesday evening from 5:00pm-9:00pm! This free, hyper-local music showcase series —brought to you by the Friends of Parkdale Market in collaboration with Wellington West Improvement Area and Wellington West businesses— features talents from artists of various ages and musical styles who live, work and play in our neighbourhood.

WelliWednesday Details:

  • Date: Every Wednesday (June 8th – September 28th) from 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Location: Parkdale Park, 366 Parkdale Avenue – Pat MacLeod Community Stage
  • Who: Local musicians from the neighbourhood, including singer-songwriters, jazz aficionados, folkies and more!

The first lineup of WelliWednesday ’22 on Wednesday, June 8th includes…

7:00pm – Doug Stewart

Doug Stewart has been playing guitar for over 25 years. It all began when a fourteen year old boy was inspired by the music of Jimmy Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Later on it was gravitating to the music of John Fogerty, John Mayer and The Black Keys.

Doug has received formal guitar training over the years in addition to his experience playing in several bands and as a one man show. More recently, he has become his young son’s birthday party entertainment as a singing and guitar playing banana. “Banaman….Bamanaman discount party Banaman. He’ll play a crowd of any size, his only fear is fruit flies. Watch out! Here comes Banaman.” 

He believes music to be a great communication tool and enjoys teaching adults and children alike. Doug loves to get out and play as much as he can contributing to a few local charities and in his hometown of Deep River.

Doug owns more guitars than he has admitted to his wife and brings his baby Taylor guitar everywhere because he can’t bear to be away from playing even for one day.

5:30pm – Colleen Searson

Colleen Searson has toured Canada, the U.S, Europe and the Caribbean for the past 23+ years performing at festivals, concert halls, concert series and various live music venues.

Throughout her career, Colleen has performed at many Canadian events such as Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa Beer Fest, private events at the Museum of Civilization, Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Festival and tours across the country.

Every year Colleen travels to First Nations communities to perform and teach step dance lessons to the youth in Kuujjuaq and Puvurnituq, QC. She performs original songs and fiddle tunes as well as traditional Ottawa Valley fiddle music.

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