July 14, 2022 0 comments
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery has built a new bandshell for the 2022 concert season
By Zachary Roman
Live music and local cider are the focus of Spirit Tree Estate Cidery’s live music series this summer.
The Cider House, located at 1137 Boston Mills Rd. in Caledon, offers live music every Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. this summer. Sarah Rutka, Marketing and Events Manager at Spirit Tree, explained that Spirit Tree began hosting live music last summer. She said it was great fun, it brought in customers and something to do in Caledon on a Saturday night.
“This summer, we decided to do it again, but we extended it to Friday and Saturday evenings. And what’s exciting this year is that we’ve built a new bandshell. So we have a new stage, a much better performing place for our musicians,” Rutka said. “We have a whole bunch of different local musicians [of] all different styles: we have rock bands, we have folk and indie singers…no reservations needed…many people bring a blanket or a lawn chair.
Spirit Tree appealed to musicians on its Instagram page last year, and Rutka said that soon after posting word of mouth was enough for musicians to start reaching out to them.
She explained that some artists have albums and are on tour, and some are locals who just performed and had a good time.
Since the pandemic restrictions were lifted, Rutka said the musicians were really excited to play live gigs again.
Trevor Cape, a local musician who has played Spirit Tree several times, will play there again this weekend. In an interview with the Citizen, Cape said he loved playing Spirit Tree and that the return of live music was a pleasure.
“Live music is a different experience than pre-recorded music…we as a human race are coming back to life and live music has something to do with that,” Cape said. “I put together bands of all sizes, like anything from one piece to a 10 piece. I play original music and music from the Grateful Dead, the Beatles and Dylan and the Stones…”
Whenever he plays with a band, Cape is known as Trevor Cape and the Field, he explained. “I love making music, and I love seeing what happens to the evolution of songs with different musicians as they play,” Cape said. “Last week I did a duo show at the cider house with a guy I just met in Orangeville…this week I have two lifelong friends I’ve jammed with since high school. So it’s going to be a really interesting trio dynamic.
Cape said he loved how, at Spirit Tree, people watching his show could take off their shoes, enjoy the beauty of nature, enjoy food and cider, and connect to the music. “As a bandleader, I like to create an experience and my experience is often described as kind of relaxing…some people say it’s like I really felt like I was bringing them a concert from 1971 because that it’s an authentic and original sound.” said Cap.
He said Caledon has an amazing creative culture and he’s proud to be part of it.
Caledon’s music is defined by getting out there and doing it, Cape added.
To check out Cape’s music before his shows, you can find him on Spotify and YouTube by searching for “Trevor Cape”.