Royal City Beats: November 5-10
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dance Hall Free For All Puts on a party at Vinyl next Tuesday, along with Burn Planetarium and Dinosaur Bones.
The Gertrudes and Jordaan Mason & The Horse Museum populate the ebar Thurday night.
The Most Serene Public joins The Meligrove Band at Albion Friday.
Calgary's Rae Spoon scoops up a gig at the Cornerstone Sunday night.
Pilot Speed joins Misstress Barbara, Tristan Raganan and The Afterparty at Vinyl Monday.
Welcome to full-blown November, kids. There are lots of great shows planned for this weekend… and the Guelph Festival for Moving Media kicks off this Friday, so plan ahead to maximize your fun quotient.
Thursday November 5th
The Gertrudes with Jordaan Mason & The Horse Museum
10 p.m. Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St
This all-ages/licensed show is Kazoo’s 83rd sponsored performance, which means there’s probably a good chance of us hitting show 100 in 2010. I wonder what they’ll do…? The Gertrudes, an impressive 12-piece musical ensemble, is joined by the slightly Jordaan Mason & The Horse Museum, which only has 10. It’s worth the price of admission to see how all those musicians will fit onto ebar’s tiny stage.
10 p.m. Van Gogh's Ear, 10 Wyndham St
This Guelph-based cover band delivers hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today – for only five bucks. I ask you: how could a night with Creeper possibly be considered a loss?
Friday November 6th
Most Serene Republic with The Meligrove Band
9:30 p.m. Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St
The bookers at the Albion have outdone themselves by getting Most Serene Republic and The Meligrove Band on the same stage. Actually, they were already a package deal, touring Ontario together. The Starlight in Kitchener hosts them the night before, in case you can't be in Guelph.
Run With The Kittens
11 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St
Hurray for regularity! The Kittens are back for their monthly Guelph gig, so if you haven’t already, come out and listen to this purr-fectly hilarious Toronto pop rock band.
Saturday November 7th
11 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St
Nero’s lead guitarist strikes out on his own with Envelope 3. He comes to town this week with the signature Lauzon sounds that “form the heart of a new entity that melds man, machine, instrument and music.” Sounds good to me.
Sunday November 8th
Creepshow with Dreadnoughts, Hypnophonics, THIEVES, After the Invasion, District 5
6:30 p.m. Vinyl, 52 Macdonell St.
Popular Toronto punk band Creepshow is currently on a US-Canada tour. For their Guelph stop, they're putting on a huge show at Vinyl that includes touring buddies Dreadnoughts and The Hypnophonics. Kitchener’s After the Invasion and District 5 from Mississauga complete a very tight Sunday night set.
9 p.m. The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St.
Get ready for some homespun Prairie folk with Calgary’s Rae Spoon. This twentysomething folk rocker complements his cross-country tour at the farmer-friendly Cornerstone.
Monday November 9th
Pilot Speed, Misstress Barbara, Tristan Raganan, The Afterparty
7:30 p.m. Vinyl, 52 Macdonell St
Wind down your Monday with a night of music by Toronto’s “not so teenie-bopper” pop rock band Pilot Speed. Bookended by kindred musical spirits The Afterparty, the night also includes the electronica musings by Misstress Barbara (performing with Girls On A Ducati) and the funky soul beats of Guelphite Tristan Raganan.
Tuesday November 10th
Burn Planetarium, Dinosaur Bones & Dancehall Free For All
9 p.m. Vinyl, 52 Macdonell St
It’s time to come out and support local bands again. With talent like this, it’s not exactly a chore: Burn Planetarium and the “Back in Battle Mode” Dancehall Free For All will be joined by the familiar faces of Dinosaur Bones.