Royal City Beats - May 14-20
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Guelph Musicfest – Guelph Youth Music Centre, 8 pm
This year's theme is “Happy Birthday, Mendelssohn” in celebration of the composer’s 200th birthday. If you don’t know who Mendelssohn is, look him up on Wikipedia. Then head down to the GYMC for two days of great classical music. Programs are for both Thursday and Friday shows.
Mt. Royal with The Sad Clowns, Rah Rah and Crystal Sticks – Jimmy Jazz, 11 pm
All the way from Medicine Hat comes the ghetto-tech/indie rock kicks of Mt. Royal. Currently on a cross-country tour, they’ll be heading out east before swinging back to Toronto in early June. On their way to Guelph, they'll pick up Regina’s alt rockers Rah Rah. Once they arrive, they’ll be joined by local blues rockers The Sad Clowns. Oh, and did I mention it’s a free show?
Friday May 15th
The Idlers – Jimmy Jazz, 11 pm
From the opposite end of the country comes The Idlers, an 11 piece reggae/dub/ska band. They're not half-bad, either. It should be a good, high-energy night.
King Roller with Chris Roberts – Albion, 8 pm
King Roller just released his first album back in March, and now he'll do it live with a stop over in Guelph. His music is southern rock with country seasoning.
Tuesday May 19th
Misery Signals with Haste the Day, Dead and Divine, Architects and Sights & Sounds – Vinyl, 7 pm
Misery Signals hails from Milwaukee, the land of Jeffrey Dahmer and Laverne & Shirley. Making the trip cross-border with them is Haste the Day from Indianapolis, who are promoting their new album dreamer. Burlington bands Dead & Devine and Sights & Sounds are also driving down, while the Architects are flying all the way from Brighton, UK. It’s going to be a good mix for the discerning hardcore rocker, part of the Weight of the World tour. Just remember to bring your earplugs .
Wednesday May 20th
Apostle of Hustle – ebar, 9:30 pm
A good mix of styles and genres, this Juno award winning group from is a must see. Before seeing this show Wednesday, you can buy their new album, Eats Darkness, on Tuesday. Now that’s synergy.
Cynthia Dale – River Run Centre, 8 pm
You may know her best as Olivia Novak from the CBC legal drama Street Legal, but anyone that’s seen her perform at the Stratford Festival will tell you: Cynthia Dale’s got pipes. Dale will sing some of her favourite songs, from Broadway show tunes to time-tested classics.