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Royal City Beats - Oct. 1-4

Thursday, October 1, 2009

  • Kenny Phelp, lead vocalist with the Speakeasies. The band performs at the Ward Skate Park on Saturday. (Josh Gabriel)

    Kenny Phelp, lead vocalist with the Speakeasies. The band performs at the Ward Skate Park on Saturday. (Josh Gabriel)

Written by Adam Donaldson

It may be part of a new-looking cannon, but it’s the same old Royal City Beats as we look at the weekend in musical shows.

 

Thursday October 1st

Alert The Medic with Ketch Harbour Wolves

Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnel St. @ 11 pm

Coming in all the way from Halifax is the cool hard rocking sounds of Alert the Medic, and they’re bringing the buzzed filled Ketch Harbour Wolves, whose latest album Dead Calm has made them one of the hottest indie bands currently making the rounds. This is a show to drop studying for midterms for.

id elixir - a kinky cocktail

Bookshelf ebar, 41 Quebec St @ 9 pm

This is a queer/kink/sex positive night of music, performances and education that will double as a fundraiser for the Queer library and resource centre Out on the Shelf as well as AIDS Guelph. Johnny Hollow, Squid Lid, DJ Ricky Bionix and guest performers are on the bill. Tickets range between $10 and $12.

 

Friday October 2nd

Run With The Kittens

Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnel St @ 11 pm

If you’re not yet running with The Kittens then what’s keeping you. In a testament to the band’s consistency, they return for their monthly show at the Jazz. If you can make it out, they really are a band worth the cover charge.

 

Sunparlour Players and Bruce Peninsula

Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St @ 9:30 pm

Sunparlour Players make their last Ontario stop the Albion before heading off to tour the East Coast. Bruce Peninsula should need no introduction thanks to a strong following for their unique blend of experimental folk. After doing several shows with Sunparlour they part ways for the time being after leaving Guelph.

 

Saturday October 3rd

The Speakeasies, Split the Skye, Sons of Demise, The Canned Goods, The Cat's Pyjamas

The Ward Skate Park, 199 Victoria Rd South @ 6 pm

Apparently this show is a long time in coming as those local bootleggers of fine music host a number of up-and-coming, and local, bands for an all ages show in a south end skate part. You’re encouraged to bring family, friends and your skateboard for this packed musical line-up. If the weather holds, it should be a good show. The show’s docket includes The Speakeasies, Split the Skye, Sons of Demise, The Canned Goods and The Cat’s Pyjamas.

Telfer with The Free Press

Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnel St @ 11 pm

It must be Halifax week in the clubs as Telfer comes to town and hooks up for a show with Toronto’s The Free Press. Come out and see these pop/funk masters or the terrorists win. Or I assume since The Free Press says “Download our music or the terrorists win!” on their MySpace page.

Sunday October 4th

Blind Witness, A Textbook Tragedy, Warcrimes, The Intake of Glass, Die Atlantic!

Shadow, 72 Macdonell St @ 6:30 pm

Finally a Montreal band! I was starting to worry because it’s hard to believe that we here in Guelph could go a whole week without someone from La Belle Ville. Everybody welcome Blind Witness. Also from far-flung places is A Textbook Tragedy from Vancouver. Local boys Warcrimes, The Intake of Glass, Die Atlantic! make up the rest of the bill for this early one at Shadow.

Matthew De Zoete

The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St N @ 9 pm

Hamilton folk-smith Matthew De Zoete plays an intimate show at the Cornerstone coffee shop. Can’t make it out? That’s okay, De Zoete will be back at the end of the month at the Jimmy Jazz.

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