Royal City Beats - September 24-27

Friday, September 25, 2009

  • Burn Planetarium joins Sandman Viper Comman at the ebar on Friday. (Peter Vroun)

    Burn Planetarium joins Sandman Viper Comman at the ebar on Friday. (Peter Vroun)

Written by Adam Donaldson

Thursday September 24th

Burn Planetarium with Sandman Viper Command

Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St @9:30 pm

Raise the roof and light it up as Guelph’s own Burn Planetarium celebrates the release of what’s sure to be another great record. They will be joined by Burlington’s own Sandman Viper Command. It should be a good night of solid rock.

Open Mic Night

Molly Bloom's Guelph, 91 Wyndham St @10 pm

Don’t feel like going out to see a band but would rather make your own music? Then head on over to Molly’s and try your hand at finding the musical you. Whether you’re planning on being a full-fledged musician or simply trying it out after some liquid courage, it’s free for anyone to willing to step to the mic.

Friday September 25th

Bouncing Souls with Youth Brigade, Saint Alvia and Off With Their Heads

Vinyl, 52 Macdonell St @7 pm

It’s time to toast staying power as Bouncing Souls brings their 20th anniversary tour through the Royal City for an early show at Vinyl. This is a great chance to see some US bands live that don’t normally make it up to Ontario to play a regular gig. I presume though that the sole Canadian act, Burlington’s Saint Alvia, might be able to come back sometime soon.

The Mahones

Cowboy's Guelph, 166 Wyndham St. N @10pm

Self-described as Canada’s only Irish punk rockers, The Mahones are headlining what they’re call the Bouncing Souls after party, which is conveniently scheduled to begin as the Vinyl show winds down at 10 pm. Proof you were at the Souls show gets you in for half price.


Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St @11pm

Guelph’s own Humanzees have reappeared again. Come on out and support the three J’s: Jeremiah, Josh and Jon. They’ve got a really funky rock sound that deserves to be enjoyed by a wider audience.

Lefty Singer

Dublin St. United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W @8pm

eccodek’s Andrew McPherson tries his hand at going solo with this new endeavour called Lefty Singer. Chances are that if you liked any of McPherson’s past works as either a musician or a producer, than this is definitely a show you’ll want to check out. Tockets are $15 at the door.

The Monster Show with Arctic

Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St @10pm

Waterloo’s The Monster Show is coming down Highway 7 this weekend to wrap us up in their brand of “Happy Hardcore.” And it’ll be a bit of case of East meets West as Vancouver’s Arctic joins them on the Albion stage. To give you taste of things to come, you can pick up a copy of Monster Show’s first full-length album And In Our Final Days As Archipelago at Ground Floor Music on Quebec Street.


The Guelph Googenheim, 129 Woolwich St @ 9pm

It’s electronica from Italy as Bottin helps Guelphites cut a rug at the brand new downtown hot spot, The Guelph Googenheim.


Saturday September 26th

The Fast Romantics

Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St

It’s a first CD and a new tour for the Calgary band Fast Romantics as they pass through Guelph on their way back out west. These “cowboy rockers” are generating a lot of press from one end of the country to the other, so they’re well worth checking out while here in town.

Sunday September 27

Silver Starling with Final Flash

Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk S @ 9:30 pm

This week’s “From Montreal” slot on the Beat’s playlist is this five-person indie pop band celebrating the release of their new album. Fellow Quebecers, the psychedelic folk rockers Final Flash, come along for the ride.

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