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Thursday, February 18, 2010

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  • The CSA and KYEO presents C’Mon frontman Ian Blurton, Huran and Evan Gordon at ebar. A fundraiser for Guelph’s queer

    The CSA and KYEO presents C’Mon frontman Ian Blurton, Huran and Evan Gordon at ebar. A fundraiser for Guelph’s queer

  • Jeff Bird of Cowboy Junkies performs an acoustic set at the River Run on Friday.

    Jeff Bird of Cowboy Junkies performs an acoustic set at the River Run on Friday.

  • The incomparable Molly Johnson sings jazz and blues at the River Run on Saturday.

    The incomparable Molly Johnson sings jazz and blues at the River Run on Saturday.

  • Vancouver's C. R. Avery will work up a sweat at Van Gogh's on Monday.

    Vancouver's C. R. Avery will work up a sweat at Van Gogh's on Monday.

Written by Adam Donaldson

Whether you’re getting back early from Reading Week or never left, there’s plenty of music this week to put you back in a learning mood.

 

Thursday February 18th

Ian Blurton + Huron = Happy Endings and Evan Gordon & The Sad Clowns

9:30 p.m. Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St.

Listen to some great music while raising money for Guelph’s queer resource centre, Out on the Shelf. C’Mon frontman Ian Blurton and Hamilton-based rockers Huron provide a musical Happy Ending for the crowd. Local boy Evan Gordon and his Sad Clowns warm up them up. Brought to you by the CSA and KYEO.

Mike Sharp and Zach Leighton

11 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St.

Guelph-based R&B maestro Mike Sharp soothes the savage beast at The Jazz. Dancehall Free for All’s Zach Leighton takes some time off from the sextet to play solo.

 

Friday February 19th

Garnet Rogers

8 p.m. Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W.

You haven't heard Canadian folk until you've heard Garnet Rogers. With his dark baritone voice, his incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. Remember to bring a non-perishable food or personal care item for donation to the Guelph Food bank.

Jeff Bird

8 p.m. River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St.

Guelphite Jeff Bird from the legendary Canadian rockers Cowboy Junkies performs an intimate acoustic set in the Co-Operators’ Hall at the River Run. Part of the Borealis Music Series running Fridays at the Centre. Tickets are only $20 with student ID.

Alun Piggins

11 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St.

The Jazz plays host to a laid back set for this Friday night, featuring the cool, acoustic jams of Toronto’s Alun Piggins. If you miss him this month, then mark your calendar because he’ll be back on March 19th.

 

Saturday February 20th

Molly Johnson

8 p.m. River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St.

The incomparable Molly Johnson sings jazz and blues standards as well as her own original songs on the main stage of the River Run. It should be a great night of great music, especially if you want to expand your knowledge of Canadian jazz beyond Diana Krall. Only $20 with student ID.

Campfire Sessions with Mark & Greg

9 p.m. Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St.

Mark Rodford and Greg Denton return to host their monthly acoustic jam at the Cornerstone. Bring an instrument of your choice and a song in your heart.

Noise and The Ghost with Slocomotion

11 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St.

It’s two great Guelph bands for one low price as funk/roots quartet Slocomotion meet pop/folk act Noise and The Ghost at the Jazz.

 

Sunday February 21st

Singalong with Sam & Jane!

 8 p.m. Woolwich Arms, 176 Woolwich St.

Sam and Jane return for back-to-back weekly shows in their home town, starting with this tonight's gig at the Wooly. Wind down your Reading Week by taking part in this popular sing-a-long show covering traditional tunes from the Old World and fan favourites from the New.

The Brat Attack, Broadcast Zero, You Yourselves, Kobra Kobra

9 p.m. The Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St.

A local music showcase for the rock set with three hometown-ish bands, plus one guest from way out of town. Guelph’s own You Yourselves and Kobra Kobra and Waterloo punks Broadcast Zero join Winnipeg based political punks Brat Attack for the Guelph stop on their Ontario tour.

Monday February 22nd

C.R. Avery

8:30 p.m. Van Gogh's Ear (main floor), 10 Wyndham St. N.

To quote one source: “C.R. Avery is a one-man hip hop beatbox blues harmonica Americana iconoclast.” With a list of celebrity fans to his credit, this will definitely be a show not to be missed. The Vancouver-based Avery will be backed up by the Legal Tender String Quartet.

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