Royal City Beats: March 11-17

Thursday, March 11, 2010

  • Put your hands in the air for Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene, who joins Bahamas and Zeus for a wildly anticipated show at

    Put your hands in the air for Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene, who joins Bahamas and Zeus for a wildly anticipated show at

Written by Adam Donaldson

There are a couple of big shows in town this week, and a few that are more intimate too if you don’t like the crowds. Regardless your mood, here are this week’s Royal City Beats.


Thursday March 11th

Jason Collett with Zeus and Bahamas

9:30 p.m. Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St.

KYEO and the CSA are your hosts for this awesome line-up, anchored by Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett. Collett is sure to play new tunes off his very recently released album Rat a Tat Tat. Arts & Crafts label mates Zeus will also be in attendance, along with Collett’s splinter band Bahamas (remember them from Hillside Inside?) Advance tickets are sold out, so line up early at ebar to grab the last passes.

JFK with Saint Mandrew

10 p.m. The Palace, 100 Carden St.

In what’s surely to be one of the biggest shows of the season, JFK of MSTRKRFT brings electronic-flavoured goodness to the Palace tonight. Opening up is the equally spark-ful Saint Mandrew. This is another show where tickets are flying fast.

The Music Box, Jean-Paul De Roover, Banquet

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

Three cool acts for the price of one at Jimmy Jazz. Waterloo’s folk-punks The Music Box join the more experimentally minded Jean-Paul De Roover from Thunder Bay. Guelph artist Banquet round out the night, playing tracks from his recently released album Swing Low.


Friday March 12th


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

With members from far-flung locals, including Toronto, Winnipeg, St. John’s and, yes, even Guelph, the Protozoans have developed a sound that is nowhere near prehistoric. Check them out at the Jazz, and check out their recently released debut vinyl album simply called $.


Saturday March 13th

Ron Hawkins with Stephen Stanley

10 p.m. Carden Street Café, 40 Carden St.

Lowest of the Low frontman Ron Hawkins gets all intimate and interactive with the Guelph crowd promoting his fourth solo album 10 Kinds of Lonely. Toronto acoustic rock crooner Stephen Stanley opens.

Chinese Food

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

Back again for their monthly gig at Jimmy Jazz, Chinese Food, offers some guilt-free takeout from the band’s highly successful album When the Future Caught on Fire.


Sunday March 14th

St. Patrick's Day Ceili

7:30 p.m. Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St.

Get a jump on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with the Riverside Celtic College as they present a traditional Irish Ceili (or country dance) with live celtic band WhirlyGig. Featuring fiddler Dan MacDonald, bodhran player Jacob McCauley and banjo player Philip McMahon and caller Siobhan Harrop. Tickets are sold on reserve by phone at 519-823-2206

Cursed Arrows

9 p.m. Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St.

Waterloo post-punk duo The Stanleys (AKA: Cursed Arrows) put on what I can only imagine will be an interesting convergence of musical style and venue at the Cornerstone café.


Wednesday March 17th

The Speakeasies, Remnants

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

Those bootleggers of fine music have kept pretty busy with an assortment of shows throughout south western Ontario. But tonight, The Speakeasies mount a triumphant return at Albion with fellow local boys Remnants. Not bad for Saint Patty’s Day show.

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