I have been contracted to provide audio, equipment and expertise for the Swift Current Market, every Saturday til the end of season. (Sept 30)

"I have played for two years in a row, for the Wheatland Regional Centre. I must say, they are the most wonderful folks to play for!" 

As I've said recently, it's time to restart my blog. Since my last post, we've seen many changes; starting with our move to Saskatchewan in July of 2013. This move did throw my music operation into complete upheaval. I virtually needed to start over.

Boy it's hot here in south Florida...90F or 33C as I speak.

We did two gigs over the weekend. A 4 hour Saturday night show at Fisherman's village...where we had about 100 people come out..listen and dance. My time at FV this winter has been wonderful. I played there an average of twice per week..both in the Center Stage area and on the main concourse. The winter time here is really busy with snowbirds from all up and down the eastern seaboard of the US and Canada. My music and presentation is very well received and they like my singing and song selection. I love to interact with the folks as they walk by or gather round to listen. We have so much fun. We (my partner Linda and I) have seen people dancing, line dancing, dancing with pots in their hands, dancing on benches..single ladies dancing and single men dancing. Might seem odd..but they just get wrapped up in the music and need to express themselves. It's wonderful and we love to see it. Little kids are very interested and many of them dance too. 

Been awhile eh?

It's been a busy winter here in Florida. I have been able to add a few, new, venues but Fisherman's Village in Punta Gorda and Fleamasters in Fort Myers have been exceptionally solid, leading to lots of work at both RV Parks and restaurants. It seems my brand of entertainment and song selection go well here. I've added a couple of dozen new songs building my total song list to near 300. 

Hi from One Eyed Cat,

Well now, here we are, near the end of July in this hot, hot summer of 2012. I swear that several heat records have been broken, Indeed as we follow the weather in south Florida..it has been hotter here, on most days. Only thing we are very short of is rain!

Music has continued to treat me very well this summer. I have become so busy that I am increasingly turning gigs down. I tell you, that is something I don't like to do but I cannot be in two places at once and I really have to watch my voice. Since I am a single act, I do all the singing...and because I do such a wide variety of songs and artists...my voice does get pushed hard sometimes...especially on rock songs. Believe me, I do not take any of this success for granted. I am most grateful that folks around Orillia, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and now Toronto want to hear my act. As August goes thru and we approach fall, my goal is to add 35 or 40 new songs to my repertoire. These will be 60s and 70s rock and roll mostly because my RV Park friends in Florida really like the old rock songs. 

I've also been working with a voice coach in Toronto, to help me; 1) treat my voice better and 2) improve my technique. I am happy to say that my coach, Ryan, is helping me enormously, on both counts.

Hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer. We will see you soon I know. In the meantime, make sure to Land On Your Feet!

Dwight

Hey there,..Well it's July 15th! About 25% of the summer gone...but still 75% left. Don't know about were you are but it's been hot here!! Whew!  Since we last talked, One Eyed Cat has been real busy..booking new dates and doing the final mixes on my album, Tried & True. Mastering happens on July 25th, then manufacture..so release should be around the middle of August. Stay tuned for that. We took time yesterday to attend a Toronto Blue Jay baseball game with my son, daughter-in-law and their two kids. What a delight and the Blue Jays won too. In the meantime I have added two new venues...Dock of the Bay in Gravenhurst and Inn of the Falls in Bracebridge. Both towns are in Ontario's beautiful Muskokas and they feature wonderful cuisine. Both will be regular or semiregular gigs til the end of August. We've also added two new downtown Orillia dates. If you're planning to be in the Orillia, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge area in July or August...checkout the calender on this website and be sure to drop by for some good food and music. You will hear songs from The Eagles, Elvis,  Beatles, Rolling Stones, Gordon Lightfoot, George Strait and Jimmy Buffet, just to name a few.  In the meantime and until we talk again...Always Land On Your Feet!

Dwight

Hi,

Since my last blog, I've been busy rehearsing new material and playing at West 22, The Bar in Orillia..and oh yes, hustling up new gigs.

Last season for July and August, I played at a place in Gravenhurst called The Regatta Steak and Seafood Grille. Great place and the folks there treated us really well.  I was disappointed to hear this spring that they had gone out of business. But as we were traveling through Gravenhurst today, we thought we would stop in to see if anyone new had taken over...well, low and behold a new owner was on the premises, getting ready to open on July 13th. To make a long story short, he has hired One Eyed Cat for his grand opening on July 13th. The owner's name is Peter Wu and he will call the restaurant Dock Of The Bay! Great name since the outdoor deck overlooks Steamship Bay on Lake Muskoka, in Gravenhurst.

OEC will have to channel Otis Redding at this one, don't you think?

If you plan to be in the Gravenhurst area on July 13th..please stop in. Peter and of course OEC, would be very pleased to see you.

Make sure to land on your feet!

Dwight

Hi from One Eyed Cat,

We had a very rare honor yesterday at our Brechin Legion gig!

As it turns out, earlier in the day, one of the members attended a special ceremony to receive a Queen's Jubilee medal and then he came out to the legion, part way through our set.

His name is Bobby Clayton and he served during the second world war in Hong Kong. As it turns out, he was captured when the Japanese overran the island and spent several years in a Japanese prison camp. These camps are known as being some of the most brutal in history and those who survived are true heros! We were able to meet Bobby and indeed have posted a picture showing off his many medals and his new Queen's Jubilee medal.

We also had a really great gig out there and have been asked to play at another of their functions on July 21st.

In the meantime, we play West 22 this Saturday and Arthur Canada Day celebrations on July 1st!  Hope to see you out at one of our gigs!

Til next time,

Dwight

Hi from One Eyed Cat,

We had just a great few days at the Orillia Spring Boat Show and Blues Festival, this past weekend. Had many old friends and tons of new friends come by, pick up a CD and tell us how much they enjoy our music.

For my part, I simply love these events. Everyone is so excited to be out and about in the nice weather and of course I love to play music for the folks.

We alternated with our friends, Jorge and Laura who are known as Farrucas. They put out a very beautiful South American sound.

Our next turn at the Port of Orillia will be on the weekend of August 10, 11 and 12. So, if you plan to be in the area, please come by.

Until we meet again, take care.

Dwight

Hi again from OEC,

I am very pleased to report that our gigs downtown over this past weekend turned out well with lots of great comments and some new fans.

We also played West 22 Saturday nite and were very pleasantly surprised on a number of levels. 1. The little bar on West Street in Orillia is very upbeat, friendly and accepting of my music. 2. I have been told they downright love what we do. So much so, they have booked us once a month for the rest of the season til we head for Florida.  We'll also be doing their boat cruise on Aug 11. Our hosts, Bonnie (owner), Johnny, Cindy and several others treated us like family and we are most grateful. Make sure you drop in to say hi and tell 'em One Eyed Cat sent ya!

The folks who run the Downtown Street Celebration have also booked OEC for the July 28th version as well.  So, a great weekend with some new friends to boot!

Please take a minute to review the calender on this site in case you will be nearby on any of the dates. As always we are very pleased to say hi to friends, fans and pleasant passersby! :-)

Dwight

Hi,

I'm real pleased to tell you that my early summer schedule in the Orillia area is starting to fill up. I will be playing at the Orillia Downtown Sidewalk Celebration on Friday, May 25th, then West 22 on the 26th. And, One Eyed Cat will be at the Port of Orillia on June 8, 9 and 10 for the annual Spring Boat Show and Blues Festival.  If you're in the area for any or all of these dates, please stop by and say hi. We would love to see you as always!!

Dwight

Hi There,

As you might expect I've been working pretty hard to line up gigs for this summer. Since my last blog I have two or three more and new clients at that. The Lake Country Probus Club and Arthur Optimists to name a couple. I'm also playing at West 22 in downtown Orillia on May 26th...so if they like me there, maybe I'll get a few more. The weather here has not been really warm so all the restaurants haven't thought much about their patios...but that will change over the next couple of weeks.

I've also been working diligently to add new songs to my playlist so lookout for several Motown songs, another from Elton John, lots of new 50s and 60s rock songs and of course a few more country tunes as well.

Another fact of interest is that I've been getting between 2500 and 4500 hits per month on my website...so if you are one of them, many thanks. Also tells me I better get my current album mastered and ready for sale...either as a complete album or individual songs.

All the news for now...so until next time, keep tappin' your toes and singin' along!

Dwight

Hi again,

Since arriving back in Orillia after our tour in Western Canada, we have been quite busy getting lined up for our summer gigs.Our gigs at the North Battleford Legion, and each of Sherbrooke Center and Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon proved to be just wonderful events. They all want us back, so we'll need to see what can be arranged.

Unfortunately one of our gigs last July and August, a restaurant in Gravenhurst, has gone out of business. Too bad! It was a good one. But we have three gigs planned now and working on several others. We are confident it will be a busy summer.

Next studio work will involve my next album and a few tweeks to my demo CD.  Please make sure to check this site from time to time for upcoming gigs and other events.

All the best,

Dwight

Hi from OEC,

After wrapping up our season in Florida, we are on the move thru western Canada. I am very fortunate to be asked to play at Sherbrooke Center in Saskatoon where I've been for three shows now. They always have a very warm welcome for me and I appreciate their friendship. We added a new venue in Saskatoon this spring..Oliver Lodge. Had a full house and they seemed to like what I played for them.  We're at the North Battleford Legion tonight.

On an added note, I have signed an agreement to play once a month at the Ft. Myers Fleamarket Music Hall. This is an exciting development because the fleamarket there is massive with thousands of people coming thru. I will start in Nov. and go thru til the end of March.  When I have dates, I'll post them up on this site and on facebook.

Still working on summer shows and will have more on that as we make progress.

Until next time, stay cool and enjoy your life!!

Dwight

Well, here we are again at long last. Awhile back when I was trying to update my blog..our systems seems to be having a problem...then I got busy and time goes by!! You know how it is, right?

Anyway, here we are in south Florida wrapping up a very busy winter season. Lot's of great stuff to be thankful for. If you have been following my website, you'll get the idea. 

We're headed back in a couple of weeks to Alberta and Sask, with family visits and a few gigs too.  Then, what we hope, will be a busy summer. Finish up my current album and get started on the next one.

We'll try to get at this blog a bit more often.  Oh, by the way, we do have One Eyed Cat T Shirts available. Drop us a line and we can discuss size and color for you.

Dwight

Hi there,

It has been a while since I last talked about OEC goings on.  It has been very busy, I'm happy to say.

First, we have continued with our busy summer schedule...Wednesdays at Regatta Steak and Seafood Grille in Gravenhurst and Friday's at Chef Konstantines in Lagoon City.  I must say that Wednesdays in Gravenhurst have proven to be very exciting. The place is full every week and the comments we get are gratifying. The folks love our music.

We've also played some waterfront shows at both Orillia and Gravenhurst. In both places we sold One Eyed Cat T Shirts and CDs...and met some wonderful fans.  Even picked up a couple of private parties.  The waterfront shows can be hard work...many hours of playing and singing...but the reaction from the people has been so great, that we really enjoy doing them.

I am working hard to my complete second CD and hope to have a finished product sometime in September.  And indeed I'm already thinking about No. 3.  I'll let you know more about that in a few months.

In the meantime, we will keep playing for the people and enjoying our encounters with lovers of good music, over the next few months.

Take care,

Dwight

Hi there,

This is my first blog of any kind, anywhere, so let's hope it meets the criteria of you experienced bloggers out there! :-)

This is proving to be a busy summer for One Eyed Cat. We really just got going last summer with the help of Chef Konstantine in Lagoon City and Ed LaBuick from The Jewel 88.5 fm.  They have been so supportive and helpful as we try to establish a name and following in the Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst area.

Last night I played for the first time at The Regatta Steak and Seafood Grille on the Wharf at Gravenhurst. A large outdoor deck, overlooking beautiful Lake Muskoka.  We even got to see a pretty good water ski show.  My boss and owner of the restaurant, Kevin, really liked my music and so did many of the patrons...sooo, looks like I'll have a few more gigs up that way.  Indeed I will be playing at the Gravenhurst In-Water Boat Show on July 22, 23 and 24th...same general area on the Wharf.

Around Orillia, I'm playing at the waterfront on a few occasions this summer which gets my name out there and hopefully a good impression by folks as they come by.  We have decided to get T Shirts made up with our little cat on the back...so we will offer them for sale at our different gigs and venues. 

If you're ever in the neighborhood when I'm playing, please stop by to say hi.  You can find a calender on this website.

For now,

Dwight Powell

One Eyed Cat

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