• James Armstrong

Local bars and restaurants promise an upbeat summer music season


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The One Love Project with its repertoire of rock, funk, blues and reggae is one of the many local acts who grace the stages of both McKibbin’s Irish Pub in Vaudreuil-Dorion and the Château du Lac in Hudson.

With the longer sunny days of summer upon us and the season of annual road and highway destruction/construction in full swing, traveling from Vaudreuil-Soulanges into the urbanity of Montreal for music, entertainment and meals doesn’t have to be your only choice. There are many easily accessible local venues across the region offering first-class entertainment and free parking.

Vaudreuil-Dorion

For example, McKibbin’s Irish Pub in Vaudreuil-Dorion offers music from solo performers and groups Wednesday through Saturday evenings alongside their menu of all things Irish to eat and drink.

“We have live music five or six nights per week. We’ve been doing this for the past 22 years and always without a cover charge,” said Nicolas Pichereau who co-owns the establishment with Sean O’Connell.

Monthly music menu

Kicking off the McKibbin’s Canada Day week-end celebrations on Friday, June 29 is the Dwane Dixon Band with their signature ‘Rockin’ Roadhouse Blues’ sound. The entertainment continues on Saturday with Blusabilly King Matt Rock. Throughout July, the shows continue with Jason Howell, The Grinders (Leela and Tom from the Damn Truth), Money and the Honey$, Byrd of Prey, Nathan Wilson, Take 2, Rock and Roll Casualties, Good Time Charlie, Citizen Kane, and One Love Project. Wednesday and Thursday nights shows run from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday the shows start at 10 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. For more details about the events at McKibbin’s, consult their web site at www.mckibbinsirishpub.com.

Hudson

For a more intimate dining with music experience, Le Cozy Café in Hudson offers a jam session every second Wednesday of the month.

“That’s for anyone that wants to participate,” said Jessika Ménard who co-owns the establishment with Christine Booth. “We weren’t open on Wednesday but the jam session is doing well, so now we are open from Wednesday to Sunday on that week,” she added. According to Ménard, the jam session begins at around 6 p.m. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Le Cozy Café features guitarist/singer Eric Calder from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“He plays all kinds of music going back to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. He’s been with us about two years,” said Ménard. For more information regarding Le Cozy Café, consult their web site at www.lecozycafe.com.

A longtime member of the Hudson music scene, the venerable Château du Lac, an entertainment landmark since 1876, features a mix of live music, bar, terrace, games, yoga, cycling and fitness classes. Centrally located in the heart of Hudson, Château du Lac also collaborates with the annual Hudson Music Festival in early August.

Canada Day weekend events start Friday, June 29 with Grizzly Anderson’s Home Grown Party, a monthly event showcasing local talent. Saturday night is a reunion event for staff and previous clients of the former Foxes Run venue that was located near the corner of Harwood and Saint-Charles. Entertainment for the evening provided by See Spot Run. Throughout July and August, Château du Lac is offering a full schedule of events featuring Backtraxx, Kali and Dub, Blues Gator, The Hopping Penguins, Double Take, El Proyecto Colectivo, and Brian Greenway’s Blues Bus. Tickets are required and are available online by following the links at www.chateaudulac.ca.

Rigaud

Restaurant Rubes is the perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy a delicious classic menu ranging from their specialty in-house burgers to ribs, steaks and homemade soups. A new addition to the menu is a musical jam session.

“It happens every second Wednesday,” said owner Lee Michaelson, noting the sessions have a life of their own as they depend upon who shows up for dinner and what instruments they bring with them.

“It’s very low-key contemporary, there’s no loud rock and roll type of music,” said Michaelson. “Customers show up, order their meal and maybe play a few songs,” he added emphasizing that it’s all very impromptu and spontaneous.

Serving the surrounding area of Rigaud, Hudson and Vaudreuil-Dorion since 1978, Restaurant Rubes is nestled in a natural woodland setting at 147 Highway 201 within easy reach of Exit 17 on Autoroute 40. Stop by on Wednesday, July 4 for dinner and the next jam session. There’s plenty of free parking and no traffic congestion.