Royal City Beats: July 16-21

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Written by Adam A. Donaldson

Thursday July 16th

Sewing With Nancie (reunion), PDH, Some Other Influence, Cobrahawks – Shadow, 72 Macdonell St. 7 pm

The Shadow hosts an all ages’ hardcore show made up of some of your favourite local rockers. You’ve got local boys The Piss Drunk Hooligans, Cambridge’s Some Other Influence and Kitchener’s Cobrahawks. The main event, though, is the reunion of Sewing with Nancie, a tour that’s been a long time in coming for its fans. It should be good show, and worth catching for the reunion alone.

The Cavaliers & Mary Milne – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm

Newmarket’s The Cavaliers are so folksy that their MySpace has a flannel background. Needless to say, it should be a great evening. Mary Milne also plays tunes from her new CD, released Tuesday.


Friday July 17th

Prince Bamidele – St. George’s Square, Noon

Check out some excellent African drumming in the hands of the master, Prince Bamidele. Put some bounce into your lunch hour and get your head into the weekend a little early.

Birthday Cakes, Honest I’s, Rival Boys – Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St. 9 pm

Sudbury newwavers and self-described “Greatest Band in the World,” The Birthday Cakes come to town to prove it to Guelph fans as part of the Friday Fortnight show at the Albion. Honest I’s, they of the recently released new EP, will be joining The Birthday Cake along with the Rival Boys.

Bradleyboy – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm

The Jazz welcomes a great one-man act, BradleyBoy from beautiful Orono Ontario (where David Cronenberg shot The Dead Zone, I might add). Come watch him as he tackles suitcase bass drum, hi-hat, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals... all at once.


Saturday July 18th

Subb, Good Enuff, The Bosswich, The Metro Heroes, Skank Divine – Shadow, 72 Macdonell St. 7 pm

Saturday is punk at Shadow. Leading this week’s line-up are Quebec imports Subb, with back-up from Waterloo’s The Bosswich, Ancaster’s Skank Divine and up-and-coming ska punks The Metro Heroes of no fixed address (at least according to their My Space page). The show also features the reunion of Good Enuff, which is good enough for me... ba dum dum!

Burn Planetarium & Black Hat Brigade – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 10:30 pm

Fresh off their Friday EP release party in Toronto, Burn Planetarium will play a hometown gig Saturday night to what I’m sure will be thrilled crowds.  BHB made an impression at North By Northeast and now they’re returning to Guelph for their first show since January.


Sunday July 19th

Kelly and the Kellygirls with Jennifer LFO – Vinyl, 52 Macdonell St. 8 pm

Vinyl gives us an early bird special. Come for power pop/alternative outfit Kelly and the Kellygirls, whose 7-piece band includes a horn section, and stay for Jennifer LFO in celebration of her recently released album Songs From the Alien Beacon. If you buy the disc, listen for Chris Stringer (D'Urbervilles, We're Marching On) and Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Rheostatics), who sing backup.

The Wooden Sky with Modern Field Recordings - The Gazebo in Royal City Park, 1 pm

The Wooden Sky have been touring heavily in preparation for the release of their new album, If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone, at the end of August. This unique open air show in Royal City Park is completely free, so take a picnic lunch down by the river and enjoy. The Wooden Sky will be joined by local group Modern Field Recordings.


Tuesday July 21st

Natalie MacMaster - Elora Quarry, Elora, 8:30 pm

Canada’s First Lady of the fiddle is coming to Elora for what should be a  unique outdoor show as part of the Elora Festival's “Concerts in the Quarry” series. If you have the means, a drive up to Elora may be in order. Serena Ryder plays the Quarry next Thursday.


Author's note: Keep in mind that this weekend is also Art on the Street in Guelph. Be sure to head downtown and check out some great local artisans.

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