Hayloft challenges Kee for cottage country rock crown

The Hayloft, a concert venue brought to Prince Edward County by the fine folks at T.O.’s Dakota Tavern, has cranked up the volume on the quiet cottage country area that is becoming the spot for hip locals to vacation. After launching in May, the venue has already booked some serious talent, including the opening night band Elliott Brood. This month, the calendar includes Peirson Ross, legendary cat-came-back crooner Fred Penner and 54-40. 


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In long-running official Toronto vacation spot Muskoka, the Kee to Bala has been the primo source of live music since 1930, first as Dunn’s Pavilion and then the Kee since the ’60s. The concert hall on the shores of Lake Muskoka in the idyllic hamlet of Bala has hosted everyone from Louis Armstrong to the Ramones. This month, the Kee hosts the Arkells, Monster Truck, David Wilcox and, yes, 54-40. 

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