Royal City Beats: March 18-24

Thursday, March 18, 2010

  • Serena Ryder returns to Guelph for her first appearance in three years at the River Run Center on Wednesday.

    Serena Ryder returns to Guelph for her first appearance in three years at the River Run Center on Wednesday.

Written by Greg Beneteau

With the warmer weather now outside, it’s a good time to check out some cool tunes inside one of Guelph’s various musical establishments. So once again, let Royal City Beats be your guide.


Thursday March 18th

Ascot Royals with The Dirty Love

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

Never checked out this Brantford-by-way-of-Hamilton band? You’re really missing something. The Royals are one of the most energetic and engaging regional bands to hit the local pubs the last few years. They’re are joined by London’s Dirty Love for the Guelph stop of a multi-night, multi-city set.


Friday March 19th

Kenny Phelps

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

Kenny Phelps takes a break from his band mates in the Speakeasies with a solo and acoustic at the Cornerstone. If you love the band, then you should check out how Phelps, their bassist and vocalist, does without the other three guys.

Alun Piggins

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

In case you missed him last month, The Jazz will play host to Toronto’s Alun Piggins for a laid back Friday night session featuring the singer’s cool, acoustic jams.


Saturday March 20th

A Wilhelm Scream, Outbreak, Life Like Rockets, Greyawake, Rifkin

6 p.m. Vinyl, 52 Macdonell St.

And now for something loud, courtesy of Vinyl. First up is A Wilhelm Scream and Outbreak, who are touring together across Canada until the end of May. (Outbreak is from Maine so be sure to give them a friendly, Canadian welcome). Local bands Life Like Rockets, Greyawake and Rifkin complete the set.

Kent MacMillan

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

Don’t know Kent MacMillan? How about Max Bent? Because they are one and the same. Chill out at The Cornerstone with the blues, as only Max Bent can provide.


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

All the way from Cape Breton comes this funk-rock-hip-hop-jazz Afro-Cuban-reggae grooves trio. You’d best your dancing shoes, because Slowcoaster doesn’t coast, or go slow.


Sunday March 21st

Singalong with Sam & Jane

8 p.m. Woolwich Arms, 176 Woolwich St.

Sam and Jane play their regular gig the Wooly. Wind down your weekend by taking part in this popular sing-a-long covering traditional tunes from the Old World and fan favourites from the New.

Campfire Sessions with Mark and Greg

9 p.m. Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St.

Mark Rodford and Greg Denton return to host their monthly, acoustic, Sunday night jam at the Cornerstone. Bring the instrument of your choice and a song in your heart.


Monday March 22nd

The Dreadnoughts

7 p.m. Shadow, 72 Macdonnell St.

Direct from Vancouver, and on their way to destinations across Canada, Europe and the U.S., folk punks The Dreadnoughts give a farewell before they depart these shores.


Wednesday March 24th

Serena Ryder with Royal Wood

7:30 p.m. River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St.

It’s been about three years since Serena Ryder last graced the Royal City with her presence (and her voice), which easily makes this the most anticipated show of the week. Opening for Ryder is fellow Hillside alum Royal Wood, who will probably be offering selections from his new EP Lost and Found, coincidentally released the same day.

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