november  2023

live music lives on

“Live music has got something special going on: the energy of the performance, the connection between the musicians and the crowd, the thrill of recognizing the first few beats of a favourite song. We didn’t know what we had ‘til it was gone…and thankfully live music is back! In this 12th annual music issue of The Walleye, we salute Thunder Bay’s hard-working performers, promotors, venues, and everyone else who makes the magic happen. Rock on.”

– Bonnie Schiedel


Interactive digital edition

IN concert

I’ve been told that my first concert was seeing Fred Penner perform at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium when I was around four or five years old. I only vaguely remember the show, which is why seeing him some 30 years later at Kenora’s Oktoberfest (I’m serious!), playing a mixture of more adult-oriented fare and, yes, some of those childhood favourites, was a real trip.

There’s something about being immersed in live music that really stimulates the senses, and with that aspect of our lives having effectively been put on ice for two-plus years, in our November issue we’re taking a look at the current local scene. Our cover story will feature seven bands and artists who are storming the stages in town, as well as a look at 14 venues that welcome musicians, both local and from away. Also, Kelsey Raynard speaks with several TBay promoters to get a sense of how they’ve managed the past few years, and we delve into the history of the iconic Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

 -Matt Prokopchuk





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