Royal City Beats, week of March 26th

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Written by Adam A. Donaldson

No preamble this week, let’s just get to the music.

Thursday March 26

Modernboys Moderngirls & the Ghost is Dancing – Jimmy Jazz, 8 pm

It’s all Toronto band night at the Jazz, beginning with the soulful sounds of Modernboys Moderngirls, who’ll be re-releasing their first album, I Might As Well Break It, later this year. Meanwhile, The Ghost is Dancing seems to be bouncing all over the map in preparation for their upcoming album Battles On, being released on April 28th. So catch them live while you can.



Jason Collett & Zeus & Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy – e bar, 9 pm

You all know Jason Collett. You know how he earns a living. He headlines a benefit for the Out on the Shelf Queer resource centre and library with Toronto-based Spanish Pop stars Zeus and our own local folk rockers Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy. Should be a good show, and it’s for a good cause. All ages and licensed.




Harry Manx – Folkway Music, 8 pm

In the mood for something a little more low key and mellow? Then Harry Manx set at Folkway might be the Thursday night show for you. Tickets are a little pricey though, $40 each. But you’re a fan of folk, then it’ll definitely be worth it.


Friday March 27

Diane Nalini – War Memorial Hall, 8 pm

Your favourite physics prof, and mine, will sing songs from her new album Kiss Me Like That as part of the celebration for the International Year of Astronomy. Tickets are available at the University Bookstore, the CSA office and Ground Floor Music. Student tickets are half price.


Dead and Divine – Club Vinyl, 8 pm

Get ready to thrash – hard! – with this post-hardcore crew coming to the Royal City direct from Burlington, ON. They’ll be playing cuts from their forthcoming sophomore CD tentatively to be called The Machines We Are set to drop this summer. This is an all-ages show.


Saturday March 28

Danny Michel with Roxanne Potvin – Dublin Street United Church, 8 pm

It’s impossible not to like the simple charms of Danny Michel, and his return to the Royal City Music scene is indeed a welcome one. Joining him is Toronto’s Roxaane Potvin, whose music is an easy throwback tribute to 50s pop, but synced up and jazzy for a new age. Believe me, her music astounds easily.



The Junction – Shadow, 7 pm

With Another Link in the Chain soon to arrive for your listening pleasure, get a sneak preview of some new tracks from this Brampton, pop-rock trio by heading down into the depths of Shadow.


These Three Cities – Molly Blooms, 8 pm

Great music to settle in and have drink to, these alt-soul boys hail from Toronto and are currently touring all around southern Ontario with shows booked well into August.


Richard Laviolette & the Hollow Hooves and Friends – Family Thrift Store, 8 pm

This is the apex of a weeklong farewell to the Family Thrift Store on Wyndham and its owner Ray Mitchell, who had no small part in launching the careers of The Constantines and The D’Urbervilles. This musical celebration called “Thrift Stock” officially kicked off last night and runs through till Tuesday. There are Facebook events listed for each night, so check it out for full details.

Tuesday March 31

In-Flight Safety with Evil Genius, The Ascot Royals and Crush Luther- Vinyl, 8 pm

Halifax’s own In-Flight Safety headlines a show featuring Guelph-based rockers Evil Genius, house rockers The Ascot Royals and London’s Crush Luther. Advance tickets are $8 and are available in person at The Beat Goes On and Futureshop locations in Guelph, as well as online at ticketscene.ca.





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