Royal City Beats - October 8-14

Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • Canadian fiddling treasure Natalie McMaster plays the River Run Centre on Friday, October 9.

    Canadian fiddling treasure Natalie McMaster plays the River Run Centre on Friday, October 9.

Written by Adam Donaldson

If you’re not headed home for turkey, we now present you with the Thanksgiving edition of Royal City Beats.


Thursday October 8th

Gentleman Reg with Copilots and Ford Pier

Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St.

10 pm

It’s a homecoming of sorts as the ebar welcomes back Gentleman Reg. Though perhaps not as well-known as some of his label-mates on Arts & Crafts Reg is no less talented, with his distinct vocals and inspired songwriting guaranteed to enthrall you. And keep in mind that November takes him state-side, so he may not be back for a while. Vancouver’s Copilots and Ford Pier join him.


Friday October 9th


Natalie MacMaster

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St.

8 pm

Direct from the East Coast, Canadian fiddling treasure Natalie MacMaster will bring spunk, soul and high-energy to the River Run stage. MacMaster will be joined by fellow fiddle virtuoso Donnell Leahy who also happens to be Mr. Natalie MacMaster. Student prices are available if you’re interested in buying tickets. Go to the River Run’s online box office for more information.


The Warped 45s

Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnel St.

11 pm

Eye Weekly said that The Warped 45s were destined for greatness in 2009. Did they find it? See for yourself when this five-piece outfit from Toronto roots-rocks out at the Jazz.


Saturday October 10th


Chinese Food

Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnel St.

11 pm

Chinese Food returns to town, still riding high from their critically acclaimed EP When the Future Caught on Fire. This band’s got a lot of fans from all over North America. Do you count yourself among them?


Sunday October 10th


Acres & Acres with John McKiel

The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham Street N.

9 pm

Acres & Acres just released their new album All Nations, and they’re currently rocking the VIA Rail Show from coast to coast and back again. Check out A&A’s stop in Guelph, conveniently across the road from the Guelph train station at the Cornerstone. John McKiel from Halifax joins them.


Wednesday October 14th


Clothes Make the Man, You Yourselves, Black Hat Brigade & the Music Box

Van Gogh's Ear, 10 Wyndham St.

10 pm

It’s a night of old favourites headlined by tango rockers Clothes Make the Man. Local boys You Yourselves are up next followed by punk genre blend bands Black Hat Brigade from Brampton and The Music Box from Waterloo. Come out and welcome some good friends back to town, or in the case of You Yourselves, remind them why this town’s great to be in.


Construction & Deconstruction with Baird Brothers and Jenny Omnichord

Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St.

10 pm

It’s another Nova Scotia band in the form of Construction & Deconstruction, but the real question is: Where’s this week’s Montreal pick? Don’t know, but C&D are being backed up by two of the best the indie scene has to offer, including regular show mates Baird Brothers and Guelph’s own Jenny Mitchell (as Jenny Omnichord) of The Barmitzvah Brothers fame.

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