Royal City Beats: October 3-9

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Written by Sara Everson

With temperatures plummeting, the music scene in Guelph is starting to heat up. Here's what's on tap for this week.


Sunday October 3rd

K’NAAN and Shad

8 p.m.  Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph

$32 UoG students, $38 general

Two young and vibrant hip hop artists -  K'NAAN of "Wavin' Flag" phenomenon and 2008 Polaris Prize nominee Shad - make a stop in Guelph as part of their Canadian tour. Loaded with uplifting and energetic tunes, this set is sure to please.

Women/ Electronluminescent

Doors open at 9 p.m. The Synemma, 121 Wyndham St. N.


Indie band Women released their first album in 2008 with the help of prolific Canadian artist Chad Van Gaalen. This tour celebrates the release of their second album, Public Strain, which features lyrics and a sound characteristic of the band’s hometown of Calgary. Hamilton-based Ryan Ferguson, AKA Electroluminescent, opens the set with his trademark waves of electric, ambient goodness.


Wednesday October 6th

C’mon w/ Daniel Francis Doyle

The Synemma, 121 Wyndham St. N.

Fresh from New Orleans, tried and true rock ‘n’ roll band C'mon visits Guelph as part of an eastern Canada tour supporting the release of their new album, Beyond the Pale Horse. The members of this band each bring a wide range of musical experiences to the stage, which makes for a dynamic and entertaining show. Austin, Texas rocker Daniel Francis Doyle joins them briefly before disappearing south of the border.


Thursday October 7th

The Grass

10 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St.

No cover

Rock/psychedelic/garage band The Grass plays a wide variety of styles, being greatly influenced by old legends like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Sly and the Family Stone, as well as newcomers like the 13th Floor Elevators and Waxmannequin. A few new members have recently joined the band, completing their upbeat and unique sound.

Kazoo! #104: Allie Hughes w/ Light Fires & Rouge

10 p.m. ebar, 41 Quebec St.

$5-$8 sliding scale

The venerable Guelph institution known as Kazoo hasen't slowed down after a century (we assume) of bringing the best bands to the Royal City. It certainly delivers this time, bringing together the theatrical punk/rock/opera flare of Allie Hughes with the catchy beats of Light Fires (Reg Vermue of Gentleman Reg and James Bunton of Ohbijou.) The show opens with Kelly McMichael of Gentleman Reg and Jess Tollefsen of Green Go, who combine to form the 80's psychedelic club duo Rouge.


Friday October 8th

Lucas Stagg Band

10 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St.

No cover

The Lucas Stagg Band is a powerful trio bringing a compelling mix of rock and roots music to the stage. The boys are a fixture at the Jazz - if you miss them this time around, they'll be at the Cornerstone on Halloween.


Saturday October 9th

Alann Gurr

9 p.m. The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St.

No cover

Local songstress Alann Gurr plays a laid-back acoustic set at the Cornerstone, a great way to spend a chilly autumn night.

Dead Souls w/ the Beat Downs

10 p.m. Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St.

No cover

Coming all the way from San Francisco, Dead Souls plays tribute to the short-lived 1970s English rock band, Joy Division. They're joined at the Jazz by Columbus, Ohio powerpop rockers, The Beatdowns.

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