Royal City Beats - July 23-29

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Written by Adam A. Donaldson

Author's Note: Most of the action in town, musically speaking, is happening at Guelph Lake this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do if you aren’t one of the lucky bums with  a day pass. But if you’re at all masochistic, head over to the Hillside website to see what you’ll be missing.


Thursday July 23rd

Serena Ryder – Elora Quarry, 8:30 pm

A lady who really needs no introduction, Serena Ryder plays the second of two fundraisers for the Elora Festival at the unique outdoor setting at the Elora Quarry. TTickets are $40 each and you’ll have to hoof it to Elora, but a show like this doesn’t happen everyday, so it cmight be worth it.


5 Star Trailer Park – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm

They’ve received some high praise from Gordon Downey, AKA front man for the Tragically Hip. Now you can see for yourself whether it’s justified. 5 Star Trailer Park is playing the first of two shows in 8 days in Guelph. Show number two will take place on Friday July 31st at the Albion.


Friday July 24th

Jason Sheffield – St. George’s Square, Noon

Eden Mills’ own Jason Sheffield will fill the downtown with his folky, blue grass vibe over the lunch hour as part of the free summer concert series.

 The Free Press – Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St. 11 pm

Not a benefit for our flailing newspapers, The Free Press are actually a talented indie rock band from Toronto. With most music fans at the Lake, things should be cool and laid back in the downtown.


Saturday July 25th

Straight Reads the Line, Anneliese, Beyond a Broken World, Contagion – Shadow, 72 Macdonell St. 8 pm

Clearly, Hillside’s not the place for the hardcore loving among us, so the Shadow continues its Saturday night summer tradition with a hard rocking evening led by Stoney Creek’s Straight Reads the Line. Guelph’s Beyond a Broken World, Waterloo’s Contagion and Anneliese provide back-up. Most of these bands will be playing again together on August 15th at Vinyl.


Sunday July 26th

Folk Session – Woolwich Arms, 176 Woolwich St. 1 pm

Spend a lazy, hazy Sunday afternoon listening to an Irish/Scottish Session with the Riverside CC faculty.

Nathan Day Project – Manhattans, 951 Gordon St. 8 pm

Manhattans rounds out a weekend of cool jazz. The Tristan Raghunan Duo and the Nathan Strong Duo make up the Friday and Saturday night sets.


Wednesday July 29th

Ambre McLean – Manhattans, 951 Gordon St. 8 pm

Ambre McLean blesses all those that couldn’t see her play at Hillside, by playing one of her semi-regular shows at Manhattans for the bistro’s Ladies Night In concert series.

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