What We've Done

A list of the wonderful events we've had the pleasure of collaborating on.

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Cory M. Coons

Cory Coons has been nominated three years in a row at the 2016 "Producer's Choice Awards" in the Male Singer/Songwriter and Solo Single categories, as well as the Rock Artist of the Year category in 2015. Cory also won the prestigious "Producer's Choice" for Studio Album of the Year in 2014 for his independent EP "Share a Little Time". Cory has been influenced by melodic rock, roots rock, and country rock.

NYE 2018

New Year's Eve was here!! We got our groove on and celebrated!! We rang in the New Year with our friends at McCloskeys!! The Bordertowne Boys and DJs Soundtastic Productions graced our stage. There were complimentary party favours and champagne at midnight, and the New Year's Eve dinner in our beautiful dining room was spectacular!!

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Steve Gravel Band

We got a head start on our holiday partying...what  a great show!! The Steve Gravel Band will knocked our holidays socks off!


Slo' Tom and the Handsome Devils

Chesterville trembled under the hootch-fueled fury of The Handsome Devils! "Killer" Kiely wielded his deadly crossbow of booze! JJ Higgs dished out the hot licks! Our man CHOPS layed down the rollickin' bottom end. High lonesome heartbreakers! Novelty knee-slappers! Timeless tear jerkers! ALL THIS AND MORE! 

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The Bargaining Unit

The Bargaining Unit is a lively and eclectic musical force made up of local talents: Andrew McAughey (bass, vocals); Brandon Murray (acoustic guitar, vocals); Brian Farquhar (electric guitar, vocals); Bucky Cook (drum kit); Kelly Latimer (vocals, acoustic guitar); and Harmony Koiter (congas, djembe, harmonica). The group of six formed through friendship, chance, and the catalyst that is Chesterville’s historic McCloskey Hotel. This event was sponsored by Nita Beer Company.


That was fun!!

Bordertowne Boys

We rocked again with the Bordertowne Boys!! Plenty of folks came on over, enjoyed a few beer, and game of pool, brought friends, and listened to some sweet, sweet tunes.

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Brock Zeman

When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it.

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Country Rocks

The name says it all! These rounded and seasoned players will had us kickin' up dust and stompin' our feet all night!! We welcomed them in a big way for their first of many appearances to come at McCloskeys!!


The punks came back. Ya'heard?!

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We all enjoyed a couple drinks, savoured some pizzas, played a round of pool, and heard these local favourites punch out the classic rock!! Tonnes of talent, tonnes fun!

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Classic Soul

Classic Soul is an incredible blend of creativity and sheer musical chops! This duo brings a unique take to covering classic rock and soul. We were happy to have them return to the McCloskey Hotel!

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Chris Ronald with Widow Yokum

Chris Ronald is an international touring artist from Vancouver by way of England. In live performance, he draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is captivating and unique.

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Howl'Oween 2017

We got ghoulish and freaky at McCloskeys with Mad Anthony! These ultimate rockers visited us from Cinicinatti, Ohio and gave one helluva' show at this year's Howl'Oween Party! There were drink specials and prizes for best costumes!!

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The Bargaining Unit

The Bargaining Unit is a lively and eclectic musical force combining folk, rock, alt-country, and bluegrass hits to get you singing, and your feet stomping, at McCloskey's!

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Rory Taillon

The power and intensity of this man's voice does nothing but fuel and bring life to his densely crafted music and lyrics. Rory's roots folk essence is heavy with blues desperation and drive. Truly a master in the making, if he isn't already there.

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Weber Brothers

Between The Weber Brothers renowned musical ability, high-energy, awe-inspiring performances and lessons learned first hand from rock n’ roll pioneers, a reputation as the “baddest band in the land”, “heroes of this generation” and “the future in the big shoes of the past” now precedes them.

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Bordertowne Boys

On Saturday 14th, we rocked!! Plenty of folks came on over, enjoyed a few beer, and game of pool!! Brought friends, and listened to the sweet, sweet tunes of the Bordertowne Boys.

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Dangerfield Band

Formed in early 2017, Dangerfield brought together four musicians with diverse experience across many genres of music. Known for their classic, 90’s and original rock songs, Dangerfield was a must see at McCloskey's. Many came out to support these local musicians, and were entertained by this great band!

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The Kings of Lowertown with James Cave

Pembroke native, singer, songwriter, guitarist Mike Mackey brought his band's gritty, rural blues to The McCloskey stage on October 7th, 2017. The band welcomed multi-instrumentalist Jon Christlink, who also hails from Pembroke.  Opening the night was special guest, incredible local singer, songwriter James Cave.

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Furious Gord

Local gems, Furious Gord, tore through a musical journey that consisted of rock, alt country, rockabilly, and oh so much more! These boys are as talented as they are diverse. 

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Grumpy Old Men

It's was a big ol' night at McCloskeys with the "really not so" Grumpy Old Men ripping through classic rock hits. These ol' boys know their way 'round the skins and the axes. Oh ya!! And even the accordion!

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Tyler Kealey

Tyler Kealey is a versatile singer, songwriter and piano player. With influences like Elton John and Supertramp, his energy, talent, and story-telling ability have made him a favourite within the Ottawa music scene. 

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Marleen Fawcett Soul Sounds Trio

The McCloskey Project was pleased to present the cool mix of Blues and Americana by the Marleen Fawcett Soul Sounds Trio.


Jason Wilson and The Perennials

Once again, two time Juno award nominee and best selling author, Jason Wison, graced the stage at McCloskey's! Along with The Perennnials, he incorporated jazz and Scottish influences atop a reggae foundation. Hope you were there for this!! This event was sponsored by Waterloo Brewery.

Classic Soul

The McCloskey Project was pleased to announce the return of Classic Soul to the stage of The McCloskey Hotel! All of you who came down and listened to the sounds of this classic band grooved into the night!

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Figure Drawing Workshop

Figure Drawing Workshop for beginners! Participants learnt how to sketch and draw the human form in this one day intensive workshop. They explored different media; pencil, charcoal, and conté, and discovered artisic tools such as positive and negative space. Taught by Toronto artist Julia Shure (juliashure.com), this intensive course included lunch, as well as some materials. Can't wait for the next one!!

Bordertowne Boys

Once again the Bordertowne Boys returned to The McCloskey Hotel! The Kings of Southern Fried Rock kept us shaking' into the night!

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We celebrated Canada's 150th at McCloskey's with the Grumpy Old Men and guests.

Mena Hardy

Southern rock singer-songwriter Mena Hardy thrilled us with her appealing retro groove. Her music can be heard on commercial radio, television and the film ‘Club Utopia’. She was the runner up for the coveted rock category in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2012.

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Originally from Australia and now based in Berlin, The Sunpilots have earned a reputation as a killer live act. The single ‘Spotlight in the Sun’ became the #1 most added song on Australian radio, and Apple featured another track as an iTunes Single of the Week. The band also won ‘Best International Artist’ at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and ‘Single of the Year’ at the LA Independent Music Awards.

Brock Zeman

Brock Zeman came back by popular demand! He once again thrilled his audience at The McCloskey Hotel. We're glad to have had this talent, with his smoky folk roots rock return to our stage!

Three Brothers Twice

Three Brothers Twice is grounded by an old folk tradition that extends fully into blues and rock. The band members believe in smiling, having fun and extending that joy to their audiences. We welcomed Three Brothers Twice!

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Furious Gord

Furious Gord charmed the audience at The McCloskey Hotel for Art on the Waterfront's opening night! Man, they were great!!

The Weber Brothers

Over the past 15 years the Weber Brother have recorded 10 independent albums and toured extensively. In 2012 they were invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Tribute to Chuck Berry, where they shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and the father of Rock and Roll himself, Chuck Berry.

The Joe Gaspar Band

We rocked the house down with the powerhouse blues trio, The Joe Gaspar Band!


If you were looking for a mellow classic rock night... then you would have had to stay well away from McCloskey's! The boys came back, and it was furious!!

Waterloo Beer Tasting

A bunch of lucky folk got to sample a delicious Waterloo line-up, coupled with a tasting from McCloskey's upcoming menu.

Classic Soul

Another great evening was had at The McCloskey Hotel! Classic Soul rocked the house down, churning out quintessential vintage tunes.

Bella Cat

Bella Cat hails from Chelsea, Quebec. After her first independent release (Bella Cat Corrupted) she has been compared to a unique combination of Janis Joplin meets Eartha Kit, and is instantly recognizable as an original powerhouse that should be a contender on the international stage.

Sunday in the Country

DJs Soundtastic Productions entertained with classic country tunes all afternoon; proceeds went to the Food Bank. We supported a good cause, and had a great Sunday at the same time!

Signe Miranda & Rory Taillon

The brilliant melodies of Signe Miranda and Rory Taillon filled The McCloskey Hotel. Guitar, singing, and good times! Who could have asked for more?

Jimmy Tri-Tone

We listened to the melodious and resonant sounds of Jimmy TriTone; his folk and roots rock left the audience wanting more. Happy to have seen you there!

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Trevor Alguire

"One of the most underrated songwriters in Canada and can easily be placed amongst Jackson Browne and James Taylor." -Rootsville.

Michel DeQuevedo with Chris O'Neill

All the way from the T-Dot, we were honoured to have Michel DeQuevedo with Chris O'Neill grace our stage with their sexy and vibrant Latin and African rhythms; we partied until 5am!

Beach Party

There were prizes for best beachwear! Were you with us sporting your craziest flip-flops, sunhat, and using your umbrella as an accessory? If you weren't, you missed-out, because DJs Soundtastic Productions brought down the house!


Timeless CD Release Party

An intimate evening with Cory M. Coons and his special guest Michelle Arthurs. Cory debuted his new CD 'Timeless'; definitely was not a show to miss.

Blair Hogan & Ken Workman

Classic Soul

Another great evening was had at The McCloskey Hotel! Classic Soul rocked the house down, churning out quintessential vintage tunes.

St. Patrick's Day

We had a rocking' good time on St Paddy's Day! We partied with the Bordertowne Boys well into the night; there was fine music, good company and plenty of St Paddy's cheer.

An 80's Valentine's Day Thing

The bangles went on and the mullets were let down! The crowd at McCloskey's on 11 February cut loose! That was an exceptional 80's Valentine's party!

Elementals, The Haig, A Staggering Pace

This was a super killer show. Really. Greasy as hell! If you weren't there, you missed out!

Bordertowne Boys

The Kings of Southern Fried Rock came to visit! A rocking' good time was had with the Bordertowne Boys.

Brock Zeman

What an absolute pleasure it was to have Carleton Place's Brock Zeman, accompanied by Chesterville's own Dylan Roberts on drums, grace McCloskey's stage. The standing room only, full house was enthralled by Brock's smokey folk roots rock. Watch for a repeat performance to give those who couldn't make it a chance to take part!