Royal City Beats: January 21-27

Friday, January 21, 2011

  • The Sadies play Guelph Little Theatre on Friday night

    The Sadies play Guelph Little Theatre on Friday night

Written by Sara Everson

Friday, January 21


The Sadies w/ Innes Wilson

7:30 p.m. door, shows starts at 8 p.m. Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris St.

Tickets $20 general, $18 U of G students - $24/$22 at the door

2010 was a busy year for The Sadies; they released a critically-acclaimed new album (Darker Circles), were short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and toured across Canada, the U.S and Europe. Now they’re coming to the Royal City for an intimate one-night jam fest, joined by Guelph grunge rockers Innes Wilson and his Opposition. Tickets are available in advance from Ground Floor Music (13 Quebec St) and the CSA Office, or can be reserved by emailing


Albion Hotel’s 155th Anniversary + CFRU Fresh Friday Fundraiser Night

9 p.m. Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St.

No cover.

There are two reasons why this listing is up: (1) It’s a fundraiser for community radio station CFRU, a source of for great local music and spoken word programming. (b) It’s part of The Albion’s 155th Anniversary. The Albion is the second oldest licensed drinking establishment in the province, and we all know beer and music go together like peanut butter and jam.


Saturday, January 22


AUX OUT: Polydactyl Hearts Collective w/ Jeff Bird and Lazy Architects

8 p.m. Ed Video, 40 Baker St.

$10, $12 at the door

Polydactyl Hearts, the Guelph-based visual arts and music collective that made waves with its bike-powered spectacular Le Cyc, is back with a brand new show. RGB is an improvised performance in which the conductor controls the music by altering the colour patterns of projected animations, created by artist David Willekes. If that wasn’t enough, the evening also features multimedia performances by Jeff Bird (1000 fiddle tunes) and Lazy Architects. Advance tickets for the show are available at Ed Video or The Bookshelf (41 Quebec St.)


The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington presents: Souls of Our Shoes

7:30 p.m. door, show starts at 8 p.m. Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave.

$15 adults ($20 at the door), $15 students and seniors, $5 children under 12

Now in its 16th season, this LGBT and friend chorus continues to entertain audiences in Guelph and Waterloo region with its message of harmony and tolerance. In Souls of Our Shoes, The Rainbow Chorus explores the joys and sorrows of the human condition using a wide variety of singing styles, including 60's folk, gospel, traditional, classical choral and acapella arrangements.


Subterranean Collective

8 p.m. The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N.

No cover

Formed in 2003 by the meeting of minds at a lakeside jam in Burlington, Subterranean Collective is the folksy, bluesy and refreshingly hip-sounding collaboration of Jay Baggett, Dave Reed, David Abbey and Jess Stone The band released its first independent album, The Sinking Ship, in November 2010; expect to hear more whole from these artists in the future.



Sunday, January 23


Lucas Stagg

9 p.m. The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St.

No cover

Toronto roots artist Lucas Stagg (of the trio Lucas Stagg Band) goes stag, playing a solo gig Sunday night at the Cornerstone coffee shop. It should be a cozy and intimate show for a January evening.



Monday, January 24


Canyon City

10 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St.

No cover

Canyon City rocks out at the Jazz, foreshadowing more great acts to come. You see, Canyon City opened for Dinosaur Bone last March in Peterborough, and Dinosaur Bones repays the favour later in the week. You’ll see



Wednesday, January 26


Off the Floor Fest feat. Dinosaur Bones, Boys Who Say No, Adverteyes and more

8 p.m. Van Gogh's Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N.

$7, 19+

Holy decibels, Batman! The third annual Off the Floor Fest packs talent inside Van Gogh’s Ear tighter than sardines, with two floors’ worth of performances going all night long. Headlined by Dinosaur Bones, Toronto’s hot new indie band, and featuring performances by Boys Who Say No, Adverteyes, From East to Exit, Wayfarer, Teen Violence, Topanga & Single Mothers, this is a show not to be missed.



Thursday, January 27


Kazoo #110 feat. The Phonemes, Your Neck of the Woods and Betty Burke

9:30 p.m. doors, show 10 p.m. eBar 41 Quebec St.

$6-$10 PWYC, AA LIC

Kazoo starts the year off with an inspired and eclectic mix. Accomplished and versatile vocalist Magali Meagher and her band The Phonemes are at times haunting, upbeat and delightfully quirky, while Guelph-based newcomers Your Neck of the Woods inject a unique blend of alt-country and folk into the proceedings. Top it off with the melodramatic musings of female rockers Betty Burke and you’ve got an musical smorgasbord in one nice, ebar-shaped package.

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