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Mea Culpa!

As the title says, I must apologize for the lapse in keeping you up to date with our band doings. Perhaps when you read what we've been up to you'll forgive me! For those who have not seen us, even lately, but love us from afar, we have had a few major personnel changes: Our longtime Dog and original member Mark "MVP" Rice made the difficult but honourable decision to leave the band to spend more time with his young family. We miss him but better our feeling that way than his children. Ricer was a key player in the band establishing a hard-rocking performance reputation and he will never be forgotten. This led to a brave move from our drummer, Matt "Mc2" McCreadie, taking on bass duties. Matt is almost vaudevillian in his multiple musical skills, John Oliver doppleganger notwithstanding. He is also a threat on the keyboards and has a keen set of ears and surprising sense of rhythm, given his appearance as the innocent boy next door. Now - how to complete the rhythm section? Enter Northumberland's hardest working philantropist, Mr. Doug Bates. Doug had pinched hit for us on drums already but now became a full fledged member of the band. He is a hard working team member and we are grateful for the fundraising opportunities he has opened us for us. You might think that was enough movment for any given band this side of Axl Rose, but you would be wrong. Our longtime friend and occasional performing-partner-in-crime, Todd Garrison, sadly found himself without a band when his former group disbanded. After multiple meetings between his people and ours, a kind-of-friendly arrangement was worked out. It was good for everyone, except Mike W. owes him a couple of guitars if we don't play the ACC by 2017. Todd brings his impressive vocal chops to our little family affording us a chance to open up our repetoire to more complicated and layered songs, emphasizing harmonies and duets. Not to mention he's one of the good guys. So - there's the lineup changes. We have continued to play about 30-40 shows each year and we still haven't hit our full potential. From bars to weddings, from anniversaries to birthday parties, from festivals to benefits, we continue to work hard at bring honest, sweaty, danceable rock and roll to those pure enough of spirit to join our barnstorming party. If you have the chance to see us, dance with us, or just leave us a note on Facebook or this site, please do. We are making sure we aren't going to wake up 10 years from now wishing we had busted out of our comfort zones (or off the couch!) - have you?

Take care and see ya down the road a bit.


The Northumberland Musical Family

We are exactly three weeks from Christmas Day but the spirit of giving has been in action for the last few months with our special family in Northumberland.

Spearheaded by Doug Bates, with over 20 musical acts, a CD was compiled and was kicked off with a magical night at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope.

Our contribution to the CD was our first professionally recorded original, "What s Handed Down," recorded, engineered and co-produced by Scott Harris at this Church St. studio in Port Hope.

All proceeds from this CD will go towards the Northumberland United Way - here is the link: http://www.artistsfornorthumberlandcountyunitedway.ca. Would make a fantastic stocking stuffer for the local music philanthropist in your family!

Next week we are stoked to take part in two more worthy causes, both striking close to home. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, we are taking part in the Northumberland Gives event being held to support 6 vital community organizations in our county. There will be 15 musical performers who have generously and graciously offered up their time and talent to show that they care about their brothers and sisters. We are supported by a still-growing number of sponsors, primarily Ali and Sabir, owner and manager of Franks Pasta and Grill, 426 King St. E. The magic and overall positive vibe starts at 4 pm and rolls on until 11ish. We would love and appreciate any of our Dog Pound friends who could make it out to contribute to the evening and our goal by giving their time as well. FBers can check out the official site at https://www.facebook.com/pages/FNV-Events/341722528478?id=341722528478&sk=events#!/pages/Northumberland-Gives/541346339287845.

Two days later we have the deepest honour to provide some live dance tunes at a benefit for our friends Sara and James Matheson. Sara is fighting cancer but not fighting it alone. Family, friends and colleagues are rallying around the Mathesons to show love and support in a tangible manner. This fundraising event will happen at the Masonic Lodge in Port Hope and all are welcome who want to help. The FB site is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/FNV-Events/341722528478?id=341722528478&sk=events#!/events/695373677147361/. As if this was not enough activity, please join us in welcoming our newest Garage Puppy to the family - Miss Ella Woods has made her stage entrance and we are sending much love to beaming parents, Christine and Mike Woods.

Well, that is enough to give all of you an idea of where we are at right now. Thank you for taking the time to read this and more importantly, joining us at our live shows. Sometimes dancing on our problems is all we need at any given moment and we could not do it without you. Stay tuned for news about our new single release and have a rockin Christmas and New Year!

Summer is still alive!

Dog Pound!

Still plenty of summer left but a lot has been accomplished on this end of the GDog family. We have played close to 20 gigs this year and half since May! As with the summer weather we still have some big shows left to go. On Aug. 17 we are playing the Cobourg Ribfest for the first time, from 4 -7 pm. As if that wasn't enough, we are scooting from Victoria Park to a private party with minutes to spare. We have also just booked our return engagements to Caseys and Franks in September and October respectively. At the end of August we are working with a local businessman who has graciously donated his time and property to host a family and friends only fundraiser for the Northumberland Humane Society. Anyone interested should message the band website for more info. This is yet another first for the band and we are humbled to have been asked to spearhead this event. A new batch of band tshirts are on their way as well and we are still working on originals, just to keep things brewing. On a sidebar, Mike and Dean have just completed more work on their upcoming radio show to be aired in September - more on that later. The band is stronger and more vital than ever. We would be nothing without the support of our families and our friends in the Dog Pound. Thanks for sticking with us and hope to see you at any or all of these upcoming shows. Take care and give each other a proper sniff, the Garage Dog way. Cheers, Dean

Summer's in the Air

Evening Friends, Long time no sniff! Don't take it personally, things have been moving in the Garage Dog camp and I'll bring you up to speed as an apology.

Our show this Saturday, May 18, marks the first of 5 in 7 consecutive weeks. We are extremely honoured to have been asked to contribute to the show this Saturday for our brother in music, Tom Payton of Summerhouse. There might be a few tickets left if you want to come out and see a range of acts coming together to help one of our own. This upcoming show will also be the debut of our new drummer, Mr. Coltrane Faragher. Ricer is moving on to bass for the next while but for this performance Cole's dad and our friend, Sweet Pete Faragher will form the family rhythm section! Dave Savage had to leave for personal reasons and we wish him luck with whatever could be more important than treading the boards with us - lol. Saturday, May 25 we are returning to the Port Hope Legion. This is a fantastic spot for a late afternoon drink and dance to get your weekend off to an excellent start. Great crowd last time and looking forward to some more fun this time around. We are playing our first wedding on June 1 and personally, I am looking forward to life imitating art as last season's Wedding Band was a favorite of mine. Saturday, June 8 we get back to Warkworth's Park Pub and Grill. This is a fantastic watering hole with locals that want to dance, drink, dance some more and don't care what anyone else thinks - definitely our kind of people. We then have a couple of weeks off which might see us fine tuning some originals we've been working on with the plan of recording this summer. Best laid plans... Then, the big one to announce the summer - Friday, June 28 we jump, jive and wail at Casey's in Cobourg. For our teacher comrades this is the last official day of work for a bit and what better reason to get a little K-razy to bring in the summer. Whew! More to come in July and August but that's enough for now. Take care of yourselves and make sure you say hi when you come out to live a little at our next show. Lick & a sniff from the band - Dean

Ruff and Roll!

Evening all! Hitting the mid-summer stride now and we have had a busy time of it til now and still not done. We announced summer with a bang with about 10 shows from mid-June till end of July. Was a spicy mix of regular bar gigs, parades, bandshells and private parties - not much moss growing on our end. The best part is always the people we are playing for, whether they are dancing in front of or with us we always get a charge from that energy. We are grateful each and every time for that participation. Our high times have been balanced with some more sobering developments. Our long time friend and bassist, Eric Roberts, has had to leave the band due to family obligations. Enriques will always be welcome with his Dog mates on stage and hopefully you will see him make a guest appearance from time to time. Stepping in for Eric is long time local phenom, Mr. Dave Savage. Dave and Dean played together in Diana and Those Guys many moons ago, with Roxie too, and despite that Dave was ready and willing to join the Dogs. We are honoured to have him on board and hope we are not too much of a let down for his high expectations! With all of our gigging thus far it is hard to believe we are not yet finished for the summer. On Saturday, August 25 we are pleased to be part of a bill of local artists coming together for a World Vision fundraising concert. This event has been put together under the leadership of Steven Schill, a Cobourg high school student. It is impressive that Steve has seen his initial vision through to completion and we hope that our community comes together to support all of our youth involved. There is plenty of complaining about our young people but here is a chance to support and encourage those same young adults who are acting on behalf of a worthy cause. I sincerely hope that their peers and the town adults recognize their collective efforts and give up a few hours of their Saturday night to support them. Tickets can be purchased at Party LInes on Elgin St. at $10 a piece. Well, that is quite a mouthful for now and so I will let you go - thanks for reading this far! Hope to see you at a show down the road. Cheers, Dean

Late night danger

Writing late at night always offers an element of danger as the self-edit button doesn't always work as it should. WTH, here goes! Summer is around the corner and GD is looking at its third fun in the sun circuit of live shows. Hard to believe. Check out our listings, public and private, on any of our three sites and try to come out and have some fun with us. We are way past the wanting-to-be-famous stage and now just want to suck the marrow out of every live opportunity we have. Life's tough enough as it is so why not join us and forget about it for awhile - that's why we're doing it! We're still trying to find the time to polish up our originals and we have a plan afoot. Hopefully it comes to fruition before summer's out. Plan #2 is to branch our shows beyond Northumberland (yes, we have dabbled in Campbellford a few times) and into Peterborough. A hard nut to crack but stay tuned for some road trip possibilities. New merch will be ready by June as our first few orders of t-shirts sold out - not just to family in the way of birthday and Christmas presents either. So far so good and no profanity which is makes for a good curtain call. We are playing at The Mill tomorrow night (Thursday, May 24) and back at Casey's in June. We are lining up some guests for each one and if you can escape from the domestic madness have a drink and dance with us - we won't tell. Cheers and stay golden. Dean (GD)


So it hasn't been quite two months and I'm checking back in with all of you - not bad....not good, either, but ah well. The winter was a good one for all of us. We managed to make some new friends at our shows and have made the semi-regular rotation at Casey's. It's a great venue for the few night crawlers in Cobourg to come out to and it's satisfying to play late to a crew that gets it. As a matter of fact why don't you join us this Friday?! Even though it isn't officially Spring yet we are lining up shows through to Summer. Looks like we might crack the Peterborough bubble in an unlikely fashion, but more on that when it's confirmed. We are already booked at the Cobourg Mill into the beautiful weather and some private parties are getting into the books as well so we are pleased to know there's some fun to be had down the road. New tunes are always appearing at rehearsal and we are trying to pull out at least one new one per show. Our first appearance at Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny in a few weeks warrants more than a couple of new tunes so that's keeping us on our toes. Originals are still on the burners and the shoe-making elves are busy behind the scenes working on them. Our day jobs keep getting in the way. We genuinely appreciate all your support, from near and far, and hope to see all of your beautiful faces at an upcoming show. You're never to old to hop on the dream train and we are testifying to that. Take care and see you down the road. DS

The Dog Pound Rockin' Casey's

Would like to thank all our friends (The Dog Pound!) for coming out last night and filling up Casey's. We deeply appreciate your spending Friday night with us right till the bitter end. The Pound is made up of quite a diverse crowd and you are the juice we're living for! The good people at Casey's take great care of us and we are grateful that we could all have some fun together - during a fairly heavy snowfall to boot. Hope to see you next at our Monday musical support of the Literacy Night at the Cougars game or at The Mill next month. Keep howling Pound! (DS)

The True Eastmas Spirit

So - thanks to some caring and rockin' students at Cobourg East Garage Dog might be making an appearance at the school's Christmas Concert. At least one hundred items need to be raised for our local food bank, women's shelter and humane shelter by December 16. GD will play at least one rockin' Cool Yule tune for each 100 items donated. Stay tuned - even better, get involved!

New season, new tunes for the Dog.

This will be short and sweet as I'm just back from rehearsal and feeling it. In order to get about 6 new tunes ready for this Friday at Casey's, including an original, we've had two rehearsals this week. It'll be worth it. We are really looking forward to our first show at Casey's and hope to help make their Friday Night Live Music a solid option for going out in Cobourg. Our summer finished off well and we worked our tails off to have as much fun as possible - oxymoron? We played over a dozen shows from Spring to August and had a ball. We all have our hobbies and I am quite fortunate to have this one. Had a some great moments tonight where I felt extremely lucky to be doing this with such a solid bunch of mates - no, I haven't been drinking that much! The next best thing to our playing music together is sharing it with our friends. Our tried and true from the Dog Pound are continuing to come and play and we've made some new ones on our travels this summer....could be a butt-sniffing joke there but I'll leave it. So, that's really it for now. Please come out and join us with our scheduled shows over the next couple of months. We'd love to see you.

Cheers, Dean/GD