Royal City Beats, week of April 2nd

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Written by Adam A. Donaldson

As the semester winds down, there’s still some fine music to be heard in and around the Royal City. Here’s this week’s picks, and keep posting your events of all kinds to thecannon.ca’s events calendar.

Thursday April 2nd

Brasstronaut with Violet Lyal – Jimmy Jazz, 11 pm

Coming straight out of Vancouver with a bizarrely hypnotic combination of jazz, soul and live electric sounds, Brasstronaut lands with what’s sure to be a very cool show at the Jazz. Returning from out west themselves is Guelph’s own Violet Lyal, who’ll play some good old Canadian rock for the first of two shows in town this month.



Thunderheist w/ Winter Gloves – ebar, 9:30 pm

Criss-crossing the country on the Exclaim Canadian tour, the electro/powerpop sound machine Thunderheist lands at e-bar for a sold out show. In case you’re not one of the lucky ones with a ticket all ready, then you should know that you’re also going to miss complementary tour mates Winter Gloves from Montreal.



Friday April 3rd

Run With The Kittens – Jimmy Jazz, 11 pm

Their name may be a little off-kilter, but the music is solid cool. You can enjoy the beatniky sounds of “Like a Leonard Cohen Novel” or dance your socks off to “Rhythm is a Techno.” No one song sounds quite like the other and you can check out this unique band live at the Jazz.


Jay Crocker – Carden Street Café, 8 pm

If you’re looking for a countrier Randy Newman, then you’ve just made a friend in Jay Crocker. The Calgary crooner will play the Carden Street Café, which is an interesting choice of venue but it’ll likely be a small and intimate set.


Saturday April 4th

Hooded Fang, The Whitsundays & Xanthan Gun – Wally’s, 10:30 pm

I think this description from Hooded Fang’s MySpace page says it all, “In the winter of 2008, six friends, roommates, and lovers decided to start playing music together. Inspired by Canadian literary genius Mordecai Richler – and undeterred by their lack of formal training or the fact that ‘Barney’s Version’ is a $#!tty name for a band – they settled on ‘Hooded Fang’.” They’ll be joined by Edmonton natives The Whitsundays, who’ll perform their special blend of garage rock and Guelph’s own Xanthan Gun, who’s a punk rocker and not some kind of futuristic laser weapon.




Andrew Hunter and The Gatherers with Mike Barrett – Jimmy Jazz, 11 pm

Another week, another band from Halifax passes through town. This week it’s the whimsically named pop/rock group Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers. Mike Barrett is also from Halifax, and he’ll be bringing some Eastern folk rock flavour to open.



AMP Daddy – Woolwich Arms, 9:30 pm

The lovely and talented singer/songwriter/artist/actress Ann Marie Pincivero will play with partner-in-music Kevin Brown for a set said to include songs old and new, along with original material and audience requests. Also expected, a few cuts off Pincivero’s hit CD Magnetic. It should be a good show.


Weakerthans and Constantines – River Run Centre, 7 pm

Both bands need no introduction. The Constantines return home to play posher digs then their still infamous basement sessions and team-up with Winnipeg folk rocker The Weakerthans for several shows. Opening is the mellow yellow sounds of Bahamas. Shockingly, tickets are still available and only $27.05 a piece.


Sunday April 5th

Howie Beck with Wayne Petti – Vinyl, 8 pm

Howie Beck’s back with a new album and he’s touring cross-Canada to support it. After a four year absence, Beck recent delivered his fourth album, How To Fall Down, featuring collaborations with Sarah Harmer, Feist and Gonzales. None of them will be there, but Beck will share the stage with Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke fame.



Two more suggestions if you’re looking for something non-musical. One, there’s the results of the Ed Video 24 Hour Filmmaking challenge at 4 pm this Saturday at the Bookshelf Cinema. Tickets will be extremely limited so come out early for best results, and keep your eyes peeled for your’s truly. Second, the Trailer Park Boys Ricky, Bubbles and Julian will blow through town Wednesday at the River Run. Help them fill their community service hours by coming out to watch the show.

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