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Friday, February 4, 2011

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Written by Sara Everson

Friday, February 4

 

Hillside Inside: Sarah Harmer and the Rural Alberta Advantage

8:00 p.m. River Run Centre (Main stage), 35 Woolwich St.

$39.50, Tickets Available at RiverRun.ca or by phoning 519-837-5662

One day of jam-packed musical talent not good enough? How about two? Hillside Inside adjusts the format for its mid-winter jam fest, spreading the fun across different venues and times. First up is the irrepressible Sarah Harmer, who recently emerged from an extended reprieve from recording with her latest album. Oh Little Fire, which was nominated for three Juno Awards this year. She’s joined by three-man, Edmonton/Toronto indie mash-up that is the Rural Alberta Advantage.

 

Run With The Kittens

9:30 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St.

No cover

If you’re not yet running with The Kittens, what’s keeping you? In a testament to the band’s resilience (cats always land on their feet, you see) they return for another regular show at the Jazz.

 

 Saturday, February 5

 

Hillside Inside: Matt Anderson and Shane Koyczan

3-5 p.m. St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St.

$24, Tickets available online at TicketPro.ca or by phone 1-888-655-9090, or at Ground Floor Music, Encore Records, Soundscapes

Part two of Hillside Inside draws its inspiration from Canada’s coasts. New Brunswick’s Matt Anderson brings his sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid to the mainland. And for something a little different, critically acclaimed poet and “folk talk rocker” Shane Koyczan, whose distinct style of rhythmic verse wowed crowds at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, joins him.

 

Hillside: the Arkells and Jim Bryson & the Weakerthans

8-11 p.m. St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St.

$24, Tickets available online at TicketPro.ca or by phone 1-888-655-9090, or at Ground Floor Music, Encore Records, Soundscapes

Capping off a weekend of amazing performances from Hillside Inside, Hamilton up-and-comers (and Hillside favourites) The Arkells play what is certain to be a well-received set. They're joined by Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans, currently touring together to promote Bryson’s new album, The Falcon Lake Incident.


Wednesday, February 9

 

DemoCamp 15 feat. Kenny Phelps

7 p.m. Ebar, 41 Quebec St.

$10 PWYC

DemoCamp is a unique networking and social event for tech entrepreneurs, startup junkies, software engineers and the like. However, you don’t have to know Fortran from a hole in the ground to enjoy the evening’s entertainment, provided by Speakeasies’ bassist Kenny Phelps.

 

Jodi King, Amy Savin, and Amy Nodwell

8 p.m. Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St.

No cover

Ladies rule the evening at Albion, with a selection of heartfelt pop-rock to get you thinking about Valentine’s Day. Jodi King, a rising young star from Winnipeg whose recent release Little Smile has attracted a fair bit of attention, joins newcomers Amy Savin and Amy Nodwell, both of whom are in the process of recording their first albums.

 

Thursday, February 10

 

Fortnight presents: Kae Sun and Random Recipe

7 p.m. ebar, 41 Quebec St.

Fortnight has tossed together another inspired line-up for a Friday night. Part K’naan, part Bob Marley, Hamilton’s Kae Sun doesn’t just strum the guitar when he sings, he attacks it like a Lion on a Leash (which coincidentally is also the name of his 2009 album). Montreal hip-hop artists Random Recipe round out the evening.

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