Royal City Beats

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Written by Adam A. Donaldson

Welcome to the first addition of Royal City Beats, which will be a weekly look at some of the musical events and concerts happening in and around Guelph. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you know of a show in the city, and you don’t see it listed here, then feel free to visit thecannon.ca’s “What’s On” calendar listings and add it.

March 12

Holly Springs Disaster with A Textbook Tragedy, Sights and Sounds, Baptized in Blood, Thunderhawks – Club Vinyl

It’s hardcore metal from the heart of the Prairies as Saskatchewan’s Holly Springs Disaster anchors a night of hard rocking at Vinyl. Joining them on this Ontario leg of their cross-country tour is Vancouver’s Textbook Tragedy, the prog-rock four-piece Sights and Sounds and London residents Baptized in Blood, along with special guests, the Thunderhawks.






Cobblestones – River Run Centre

From Newfoundland comes the multi-talented team of The Cobblestones with Bobby Evans. Currently touring across Ontario, the performers have a combined half century of experience between. For classic, East Coast nostalgia, there’s really no better choice.


Madcowboys – Jimmy Jazz

All the way from Calgary and direct to the Jimmy Jazz are the perplexedly named punk rockers Madcowboys. Joining them at the Jazz, coming all the way from where they live here in Guelph, is new outfit on the scene, The Agnosti-Bombs.



March 13

Jenn Grant – UC Courtyard

Canadian folk/pop darling Jenn Grant recently released her third album Echoes, and before heading to big festivals in Toronto (Canadian Music Week) and Austin (South By Southwest) she’ll be making a stop at the U of G as part of the Noon Hour Concert series. The concert will also be broadcast live-to-air on campus radio, CFRU 93.3 fm, if you can’t make it down to the UC.


Maximum RNR, Broadcast Zero & TC and the Greasemarks – Jimmy Jazz

In the tradition of great Canadian punk rock bands of old, Maximum RNR arrives in Guelph, adding another notch to their increasingly hole-filled belt. RNR will appear along with K-W’s Broadcast Zero, who’ll be playing without bassist Sean, who recently stepped down. Rounding out the ticket are TC and the Greasemarks, regular rockabilly performers in town here.



United Steelworkers of Montreal – The Albion

They do indeed hail from Montreal, and they’re currently on a tour that will take them through Ontario and out west. This bluegrass/roots/country band will surely get spirits raised in the down home charm of the Albion.


March 18

Great Big Sea – Sleeman Centre

In what is arguably the biggest show of the season, the East Coast rock titans of Canadian music, Great Big Sea, will raise the roof of the Sleeman Centre with the assistance of the equally legendary Spirit of the West. Tickets are still available.


Luke Michielsen CD Release w/ Stephen Trothen & Chris Yang – Van Gogh’s

Slowking’s former frontman blazes a brave trail on his own with the release of his first solo disc of 10 tunes recorded at The Pawn Shop studio in Kensington Market. Michielsen will be performing with his back-up band The Baby Einsteins, with additional performances by Waterloo funk/punk Stephen Trothen and Guelph breakcore master Chris Yang.




Finally, if you happen to be in Toronto this weekend, then you can check out of the numerous concerts taking place around the city as part of (the above mentioned) Canadian Music Week. There are over 500 artists in 45 venues over five nights, so there’ll be something to suit just about every musical taste. For more information, go to the Festival’s website at http://www.cmw.net/

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