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Garage Dog / Press

“Garage Dog has been entertaining audiences for years with their energetic live shows covering the hits of others. Now the local band is unleashing its own original music with a six-song EP that will be released Thursday night at The Mill in Cobourg. “It’s not a part of us people would expect based on the cover selection that we do, which is exciting,” says Dean Smith, of Hamilton Township, who is on co-lead vocals and rhythm guitar. “Some of the cover songs we do because we are driven to put on a performance-based show. We come out with these originals and I think it’s going to surprise people that we have this in us.” The name of the EP is Ghost, which guitarist Mike Woods of Port Hope believes is a fitting title. “These songs have been around for a long time and nobody has actually seen them, but might have heard them here or there,” Woods said. “They’ve never really been brought to life, but they’ve been sitting around.””

“Local band Garage Dog members are inviting their friends and family, aka the Dog Pound, to share in the celebration of the release of their first EP – Ghost. The band will bring their live performance to the Cobourg Mill Pub on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. where they have played many shows to a room packed with loyal supporters who love to dance to sweaty rock ‘n’ roll mixed with soul, rockabilly and a vintage era vibe. Garage Dog, comprised of Joe Azzarello, Todd Garrison, Roxy Milne, Phil Taylor, Dean Smith and Mike Woods, have been in Head North studios working with engineer and co-producer Matt Azzarello for several months and are proud of this collaboration and excited to see its release. “We continue to strive to bring a truly memorable experience to our shows, but now we are adding a new level with our originals,” Smith said. “The Dog Pound have been enjoying these new tunes in a live format and we hope this new CD will show our combined growth.” Garage Dog’s EP Ghost w”

"One thing is for certain; Garage Dog knows how to rock and the band has been entertaining audiences around Northumberland County since their formation in 2009"...(Todd Garrison)"Number one is to have fun and entertain and grow as a band..."(Doug Bates)"We're always trying to grow, to get to the next level..." (Mike Woods)" There's an energy around us that's contagious..." (Dean Smith) " The trick is trying to still stay true to why we originally put the band together..."

“The weather cleared in time for Garage Dog to be able to perform on the outdoor stage Saturday at the Port Hope Fair. Due to the heavy rain early in the day, other musical acts were moved indoors to the Recreation Centre.”

“Garage Dogs entertains the people along the route. Alnwick/Haldimand Township celebrated their Canada Day festivities with a parade down County Road 2 in Grafton, Ont. on June 29, 2014. The parade made its way to the Grafton arena where the community celebrated Canada Day with free hot dogs, pop, and five birthday cakes.”

“She’s only 19 months old, but Kristin Carriere's daughter Arianna has already been fighting a long battle with congenital heart disease. Asking Carriere how little Ari is doing never brings an easy answer. The best she can offer is a snapshot of what's happening at this point in time. Arianna was 10 months old, when doctors brought bad news to her parents, Carriere and Adam Yarema: something was wrong with her heart. A diagnosis followed of Tetralogy of Fallot, widely known as Blue Baby Syndrome. That's when they made her first appointment at the Hospital for Sick Children. "Her journey will never end. Unfortunately, it's a life-long battle." The family is hoping the community will rally around this little fighter at their fundraiser-concert April 12 at the Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope. The entertainment will come from the bands Garage Dog, Storm Crows and Jack Hammer plus DJ Bill Fulton (a member of Jack Hammer)”

“Northumberland Gives On Dec 11th, Dean Smith, of FNV Events, held "Northumberland Gives 2013", at Frank's Pasta and Grill, in Cobourg. The fundraiser included 15 musical acts providing a wide range of styles as well as ages. Funds and awareness were raised for the following organizations: Northumberland United Way, Northumberland Humane Society, Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig Women's Shelter, Northumberland FareShare Food Bank, and the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre. A fantastic time was had by the music loving patrons who attended and made donations, as did the musicians themselves. We hope that this be the first of many!”

“Local musicians will be giving back to Northumberland-based organizations on Wednesday, Dec.11 2013. Dean Smith, organizer of the Northumberland Gives event, which will be held at Frank's Pasta & Grill in Cobourg from 4 to 11 p.m. that day, hopes there will be a good turnout to help support those organziations as well. Northumberland Gives will support the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Northumberland Humane Society, Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig Women's Shelter, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre and Northumberland United Way. “My hope is that people show up to enjoy this gift of music that people are providing and they are going to respond by making a donation to at least one of these organizations,” said Smith, a teacher at Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East as well as a member of local band Garage Dog. "These other bands stepped up - Summerhouse, Urban Angel, Mike Kelly, Shaun Savoy - so gracious with their time for the right causes,”

“Good summer eatin' is on the menu this weekend, as the Rotary Club of Cobourg invites you to its seventh annual Northumberland Ribfest. It's not just about the ribs, chicken and pulled pork, of course. The event will also feature bandshell entertainment and a number of vendors to provide the extra fixin's that turn a simple rib dinner into a feast. The ribbers who have set up shop in Victoria Park make a regular circuit of fairs and festivals across North America to compete for best-ribber and people's-choice titles, and a number of favourites are back. • Saturday — Cedarail Band at 11 a.m., PHLO at 1:15 p.m., Garage Dog at 4 p.m. and Rufbukl at 7 p.m. Along with the recent Waterfront Festival, this is one of the three big Cobourg Rotary fundraisers held each year to raise money for important causes both at home and abroad. Admission and entertainment are free all weekend — from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.”

“We have finally posted some photos taken by Russell Boate of the 2012 event. You will find them under the photos section. ”

“There was a rockin’ good time at the Port Hope Public Library on Monday evening, courtesy of local band Garage Dog and students from the Northumberland Rock and Roll Experience’s guitar program. Students of instructor Mike Woods, who is also the owner of the Northumberland Rock and Roll Experience located at 27 Walton St. in Port Hope, had the opportunity to showcase their skills at Monday’s event. There are two Student Showcase Concerts held each year; one in June and the other at Christmas. Each student that participates in the concert gets up to perform a song with local band Garage Dog (Joey Sakuma substituted for Savage on Monday). “It gives them a chance to really feel what it’s like to play in a band and perform in front of an audience,” Woods said. “It’s why all of the band members are into supporting it because we all would have loved something like this when we were that age. For us, we remember the first time we got on stage and this is just a fun show”

“A Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East student is holding a local event this weekend for a global cause. Steven Schill, who is soon entering Grade 12, has organized the World Vision Charity Concert on Saturday night at the Park Theatre in Cobourg. Admission is $10. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the local music of headliner Garage Dog, R&H Squared, Make Us Heroes and Cale Crowe. “Garage Dog has always been enthusiastic about getting involved with charitable causes, including an Anti-Bullying concert last year. Four of our five members are teachers with KPR and one as an independent music teacher,” Smith said. “We recognize, and want to support, our local youth when possible and this concert affords us the chance to share the bill with present and former students alike. This is happening because that's what live music can bring to the table and we are pretty pumped about it. We hope our loyal Dog Pound will throw their support behind Steve as well.”

“Concert to Celebrate Anti-Bullying Week On Nov 19th Students of the Northumberland Youth Advisory Council held a concert to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week at the Port Hope Rec Centre. There were 3 great performances from The Straight Faces, Garage Dog and The Mark Hanson Band. Everybody had a wonderful time and what great initiative to address such a series issue. ”

“Members of Garage Dog perform in the Santa Claus Parade on November 26, 2011 (photo caption).”

“Squirming around inside the local Facebook culture of Port Hope, there is a gooey web station for those who wish to proclaim their positive feelings about the town -- nay, their undying love for the joint. Most purge themselves of their strong feelings with hearty chest beating and displays of feelings fit for dinner plates that hang on the wall in Randall's on Walton Street. Others spend their moment banging a pan about an event, raising their flag for a cause. Yeah, Mike Woods and your wonderful band! ”

“The Grafton Canada Day Parade is celebrating its 20th anniversary with more music, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Grafton's 20th annual Canada Day Parade will start at 1:30 p.m. with Cobourg's Town Crier, Tom MacMillan, leading the parade. It begins at Aird Street and travels west along County Rd. 2 to the Haldimand Memorial Arena where festivities will continue. As in previous years, the Cobourg Pipe Band and Sea Cadets will perform. New this year, Grafton will hold an Inaugural Strong Man Competition from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The band Garage Dog will perform at the arena for entertainment. The display and information booth area has expanded and welcomes six new groups. "The Grafton Canada Day celebrations have gone from just a handful of people coming out to participation from all four corners of the township," says Alnwick Haldimand Councillor Sandra Jaynes. "Our attendance is always really good and the community spirit is second to none."”

“Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Port Hope Kinsmen. Calithumpian Parade commencing at 11am at the corner of Ridout and Bramley streets and continuing down Heritage Main Street, Walton Street, onto Queen Street into Memorial Park. Antique Car Show in town hall parking lot and Rotary Park 9am. Live local entertainment in the Bandshell from noon to 10pm. 12pm-2pm-Joe Harvey and Crusin' 2pm-4pm-North Side Gang 4pm-6pm-Summerhouse 6pm-8pm-Garage Dog 8pm-10pm-Marty and the Mojos ”

“The Lions Community Centre in Cobourg will rock Saturday night, as Garage Dog performs a benefit concert for the new community centre. The local band features a rock/R&B sound made for dancing. Playing tunes from the very roots of rock-and-roll, their name comes from a love of the '60s garage sound. Their songs are drawn from a catalogue of neglected but still loveable tunes -- sort of like a garage dog that needs some love. Sharing the stage will be the Straight Faces, a youth band formed at the Northumberland Rock and Roll Experience under the watchful eye of owner/operator Mike Woods. Event organizer Paul Gruntz wanted to have an night where everyone could come out and enjoy themselves, and also raise some money for a good cause by supporting the Cobourg Community Centre. Tickets are $15, available through Gruntz (905-376-6797) and at Gig's Music. Come out and dance your troubles away while supporting a good cause.”

“February 26 - Benefit Concert For The Cobourg Community Center Cobourg Rocks!! A Classic Rock show featuring "The Staightfaces" { members range in age from 13 to 16 } and "Garage Dog" {adult Band} To benefit the New Cobourg Community Center. February 26 Cobourg Lions Hall Tickets $15 each Available at Gigs music cobourg or call 905 376 6797 Come celebrate the upcoming construction completion and raise some funds!!!! ”

“Municipality's throughout Northumberland County are planning celebrations honouring Canada's 143rd birthday. The party began in Grafton on Sunday with a special breakfast at the Legion, a parade, entertainment by local band Garage Dog ”

“Five members of local band Garage Dog have been dusting off some classic hits. Expect tunes that mostly tend to be neglected. Tonight, April 1, Garage Dog will perform at Kelly's Homelike Inn. On April 29, they'll be at the The Mill Restaurant and Pub. "We try to avoid the cliché bar set," Woods noted. "The public response to it has been really good." It's a refreshing change for members to spotlight different material. "We've all been in other bands, so I think it's kind of a must," Rice said. "I have a great time doing this. I hope I have as a good a time as our supporters do." Boycott likes that the songs are "rhythmically driven." "If we're doing a good job, we're up there moving around and hope that people will move around with us." They also share enthusiasm, which was evident in the way they performed a rockin' rendition of Pink Cadillac the other night during their sound check. ”