Monthly Archives: February 2015

Thee Empty Hours @ Norfolk Tavern – Feb 28

Brantford's Thee Empty Hours rocking around Ontario

Rhythmically haunting pop rockers Thee Empty Hours.

Brantford’s own Thee Empty Hours are bringing their unique blend of tranquil harmonies and driving rock force to Norfolk Tavern in Port Dover.


Saturday February 28th Port Dover gets treated to some stunning Brantford rock.

Head on out and catch them Thee Empty Hours the stage and experience the wonder for yourself.


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Mammoth Seed @ Two Doors Down – Feb 28

Brantford heavy rockers Mammoth Seed

Brantford boys Mammoth Seed are back in town.

A night of heavy rock in the intimate setting of Two Doors Down,
brought to you by local metal aficionados Mammoth Seed.

Saturday, February 28th, have your ears ready to get pounded; pleasantly pounded by the mammoth sounds of Mammoth Seed.
Show starts when it starts, and it’s over when it’s over. rock on

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Freedom Train @ the Liquid Lounge – Feb 28 @ 10pm

Freedom Train are bringing their show to Brantford

Classic rock + R&B + funk = Freedom Train.

Saturday February 28th check out seasoned rockers Freedom Train at the Liquid Lounge.


Few bands are as committed and dedicated to their craft as Freedom Train.

Freedom Train is proud to make music their living since 1989!

This power-trio features the four octave vocal range of vocalist / bassist Carl Jennings, the inventive two-piece kit drumming of Tim Jennings and the creative guitar stylings of Ed Mitchell.

Freedom Train continues to entertain audiences with their spin on classic rock, R&B, funk and original music. Performing over 200 shows annually, Freedom Train plays clubs, casinos, weddings, private parties and corporate events across Canada.

10pm check out this Hamilton band right here in Brantford.  A night of excellent tunes is *almost* guaranteed.


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Peeler @ Zanders – Feb 28th @ 9pm

Brantford's own: Peeler

Peeler prepared to mellifluously pounce.

Zander’s Fire Grill and Brew Lounge
Saturday, February 28th at 9pm
Peeler not only rocks in a sublimely satisfying manner,
they also happen hail from bloomin’ Brantford.


“Music that will change your life… that’s the goal.”
Tremendous Vocals, Songs BIGGER than Canada’s land-mass and a wonderful live show… that’s the difference… that’s what makes PEELER a contender…
“I want my music to make a difference in the lives of the people that listen to it… the way the music I cherish has changed my life…”

Peeler‘s debut full length release
‘Evils of the Modern Pleasure Dance’ [ download now from iTunes / IACmusic ]
garnered airplay on rock radio across Canada and some attention south of the border.
Peeler was nominated for ‘Best Male Artist’ and WON ‘Rock Song of the Year’ for Half Past High as awarded by the US based International Academy of Independent Artists. Two Peeler tracks have charted to #1 on KIAC in Kansas City, MO (Half Past High & Perfect).

Peeler is working on a follow up release – of which Woo Hoo is the first track to see the light of day and has quickly become a crowd fav at solo acoustic and full band live shows.

“I’m excited about the material that is forthcoming…  hope to get lots more people excited!”

Show is 19+, there is no cover charge.

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Chelsea Crites @ Therapy Lounge – Feb 28th @ 9pm

Chelsea Crites is coming to the Therapy Lounge

See Chelsea live on Saturday.

Chelsea Crites will be playing the Therapy Lounge.


For a girl from the small town of Port Colborne, Ontario, she has been amazing fans from the Niagara region and beyond since she was seven years old. Chelsea dreamed of being a country singer since she was a little girl, and now her dreams are coming true. Spokesperson for Oscar’s Roadhouse Lisette Stauch said the following of Chelsea Crites “She’s this amazing country singer and she’s been all over the place, and now we are thrilled to have her at Oscar’s.” It is Chelsea’s growing reputation from amazing performances that enables venue owners speak so highly of her.

Saturday @ 9:30pm see Chelsea’s live country show and join the growing
number of fans following her rise to fame.

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Brant Men of Song @ St. Pius X – Feb 28th @ 7:30pm

The Brant Men of Song will be singing for charity

The Brant Men of Song sing for charity.

For over 50 years the Brant Men of Song have been uplifting people with their vocal stylings, and on Saturday, February 28th they’re bringing the show to the St. Pius X Parish Community Church.


In many ways the Brant Men of Song have returned to their roots. Outside events have helped to precipitate this. The Associated of Male Choruses of American went bankrupt and has yet to recover. The Associated Male Choruses of Ontario has become less active. At the same time the Brant Men of Song and the Brant Belle’ A’ Dears [now the Brant Country Singers] have refocused on entertaining people in Brant County and surrounding communities. The two choirs have been able to create a flexible program in which audiences are treated to the music of a male chorus, a ladies chorus and a mixed choir. The music continues to be a versatile mix of sacred, folk, show, movie and popular music with a dash of classical.

This event will be supporting the Stedman Community Hospice, free will donations will be accepted in lieu of cover charges.  Show starts at 7:30pm.

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Caffrey @ Brantford Music Centre – Feb 28th @ 2pm

Caffrey is coming to the Brantford Music Centre

Free coffee with Caffrey.

This Saturday at the Brantford Music Centre alt-folk locals Caffrey
are bringing their melodies to your eager ears.


Caffrey is an alterative-folk band surging onto the Ontario music scene. Since their conception in 2012 they have been surprising listeners with their skilful instrumentals, heartfelt lyrics and captivating vocals. Caffrey’s musical repertoire ranges from melodic and playful, to deep and contemplative, to edgy with a driving beat.

Caffrey comprises of Cassie Racine on lead vocals, shaker and tambourine, and Geoffrey O’Donnell on guitar and backup vocals. The band was formed in 2012 after O’Donnell was put in contact with Racine by mutual friends. Since then the duo have worked with several talented musicians to add instrumental layers to their music, like percussion and fiddle. The band originates from Brantford, Ont.

Performance starts at 2pm, admission and coffee is free.


It looks like Caffrey may not be appearing this Saturday after all.  A recent facebook post by Brantford Music Centre says the multi-talented singer and guitarist C-Vox will be playing on February 28th.  Either way you’re in for a treat, perhaps even several treats.
Performance to start at 2pm, with free coffee and admission.

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Vivid Eye @ Therapy Lounge – Feb 27th @ 10pm

Vivid Eye is coming to the Therapy Lounge

Vivid Eye will be playing at Therapy Lounge.

Hamilton’s own Vivid Eye will be rocking Therapy Lounge on Friday.


Could you explain your music to someone that haven’t heard you?
Our music basically combines the elements of Hard Rock, Grunge, and Metal.
Fan reviews have told us we sound like Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Cheap Trick.
Some of our songs are slow and drony like Black Sabbath. Vocally Ken has been referenced to Layne Staley of Alice in Chains several times. Some of the softer dynamic sections of their music got the Def Leppard, Cheap Trick and Nirvana. And overall the power and attitude got the Motley Crue reference.

Friday, February 27th at 10pm catch them rocking live, right here in downtown Brantford.

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Thee Empty Hours @ Riffs Music Lounge – Feb 27 @ 9pm

Brantford's Thee Empty Hours rocking around Ontario

Rhythmically haunting pop rockers Thee Empty Hours.

Brantford’s own Thee Empty Hours are bringing their unique blend of tranquil harmonies and driving rock force to Riff’s Music Lounge in Woodstock.


Friday February 27th Woodstock gets treated to some stunning Brantford rock.
Head on out and catch them take the stage at 9pm to experience the wonder for yourself.


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NMEdj @ Manny’s Place – Friday Nights

FOMO Fridays with NMEdj

FOMO Fridays with NMEdj


Thanks to everybody who is helping make this Brantford’s fastest growing weekly Friday night party. Come see what all the hype is about and experience what you’ve been missing! With our weekly resident NMEdj this is a sure fire way to kick your weekend off right! See you tonight!

Come down to Manny’s Place Friday to check out NMEdj spinning EDM, Turntablism, Trap, Drum & Bass, Dubstep and whatever else makes you move.

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Dj Stevie P @ the Alex – Fridays @ 10pm

Electric Fridays at The Alex Nightclub & Bar in Brantford

Electric Fridays at The Alex.

Fridays are bouncing at the Alex on Friday nights with Dj Stevie P.


Every Friday “feel the electricity in the air”
DJ Stevie P in the mix with Top 40, Dance, new & old school.
Electric Fridays at The Alex is Brantford’s BEST FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY in the city.
(No joking, we’re packed every Friday night, come feel the experience)
NO COVER before 11:00pm.
19+, I.D. required.

Show up before 11 and hear your favorite hits for free.

Ladies, the Alex’ facebook page ensures you’ll get in for free, even if you’re running a little late.

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the Hot Machine and Dj m2 @ Brando’s – Feb 27th @ 8:30pm

the hot machine (aka 40 sons) are coming to Brando's

Aloha Friday with the Hot Machine and Dj m2.


We kicked off the month with this great band, it’s only fitting that we finish up with them as well! The Hot Machine (aka 40 Sons) are back Friday February 27th at 8:30pm with resident Dj m2 spinning your favorite rock and frosh tunes between sets, and then switching it up club style after 12!


Pulling from a variety of musical authorities to create a matchless amalgam of alternative, rock and metal, 40 Sons is forged on being veracious, tenacious and credible.

“A lot of bands are driving the rock sound to be pretty stale,” says Repic. “There’s not enough energy and excitement in it anymore. With this band, you have four guys sitting around writing music they actually feel something from, rather than a team of writers churning out vacuous pop.”

“Who you’re influenced by and what you sound like are two very different things,” asserts Spik. “A band like this takes inspiration from The Beatles or Led Zeppelin. Do we sound anything like them? No. Some of us like Queens of the Stone Age and some of us like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but we still don’t fit their mold.”

“We take bits of inspiration from a lot of different places but when you hear us, you won’t be calling us, ‘the band that sounds like this band or that band'” offers Repic. “We take their drive; the idea of what made bands we love distinct and apply it to ourselves.”

Come down to Brando’s at Market to check out Hamilton natives 40 Sons the Hot Machine kick moderate to extreme levels of arse Friday February 27th at 8:30pm.


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Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther @ Eagles Nest – Feb 27 @ 9:30pm

Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther at Eagles Nest Tap and Grill

Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther are playing Eagles Nest Tap and Grill on Friday.

This Friday, February 27th at Eagles Nest Tap and Grill:
Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther will be playing at 9:30pm.


After years of playing in a variety of cover bands he had struck out on his own and written a huge cache of emotionally charged rock songs and ballads. His influences run the gamut from James Taylor to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley to the Beatles. The thirteen songs he wrote for his debut, Stalled Out in the Doorway, tell honest tales of some of the harsh realities or relationships. His beautiful and lilting melodies sometimes belying the dark subject matter in many of his songs.

Tomi Swick is a song writer and story teller but most of all
he’s a rock ‘n’ roll troubadour

Check out Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther on Friday.

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ZZZ#5 @ Station Coffee House – Feb 27th @ 9pm

Brantford Monthly Music Series @ Station Coffee House

Brantford Monthly Music Series – ZZZ#5 at the Station Coffee House

Friday, February 27th at 9m come down to the Brantford Station Gallery to catch the monthly music series ZZZ#5 featuring The Racoon Wedding, Crosss, Whoop-Szo, Rob Michalchuk and Mammoth Seed.

A great night of rock & roll, psychedelic jams, kicking jazz, art displays and more for just $5!


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Hairy Mulligan @ Liquid Lounge – Feb 27th

Hairy Mulligan at the Liquid Lounge

Hairy Mulligan set to rock the Liquid Lounge.

Prepare for night of classic rock hits, grunge grooves, and alternative rock vibes as Hairy Mulligan are set to play the Liquid Lounge on Friday, February 27th.

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the Elmo Combo @ Two Doors Down – Feb 27 @ 10pm

The Elmo Combo

Brantford’s own: The Elmo Combo.

Straight outta Brantford (and the Norfolk area), The Elmo Combo are fresh off of another TV appearance (this time on CHCH morning live) to play for us hometown folks.

from by Jamz M.H. Maher:

What began as a side project many years ago, “The Elmo Combo” has become the main focus for 4 musicians from the Brantford & Norfolk County area. Fronted by singer/songwriter Steven Elmo Murphy (guitar, vocals), and backed by eDDie mAx (drums,
vocals) with Jon Edwards (keys, vocals) and Gabe Atkinson (bass) The Elmo Combo have become a notable force on the indie music front and are riding the cusp of their break out year.
For years “The Elmo Combo” have been entertaining audiences of all sizes from coast to coast! With an appearance on Breakfast Television Calgary, Three Western Canada Tours and 10 years of consistent shows in Ontario, it’s no wonder that the group received an invitation to play La Tour De Norfolk 2014. They have also landed such high profile gigs as The Festival of Friends, in Hamilton On. also sharing some bills along side large Canadian acts such as Blue Rodeo, Matthew Good and The 24th Street Wailers!
The Elmo Combo has developed a well rounded following as a result of their unwavering commitment to their art, their passion and dedication to provide quality entertainment. The group has also collected a vast and diverse musical catalogue that can cater to any crowd at any time. With 4 albums worth of originals written by Steve (one of which being nominated for a Hamilton Music Award) there is no shortage of material!

Friday, February 27th at 10pm they’ll take Two Doors Down stage by storm, a whirlwind of Homegrown, Roots Rock, Funky jams, and Reggae grooves.

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Bent by Elephants @ Brantford Arts Block – Feb 24th @ 10pm

Bent By Elephants is coming to Brantford Arts Block

Bent by Elephants is coming to Brantford Arts Block


Bent By Elephants released their debut EP in 2009, in their (the band’s at least) birthplace Montreal. This Is Water, the debut LP released 2010, embodies the band’s unique approach to songwriting, traversing a musical landscape from minimalist lines of melody to overlapping cacophonies. The live presence of the band has a fullness and acoustic breadth, created by six (sometimes seven) skilled musicians, in which various influences take aim to create a rhythmic folk, with warm blues inspired harmonies and orchestral layering.

Come on down to the Brantford Arts Block to check out Bent By Elephantssure-to-be epic live performance Tuesday the 24th at 8pm.

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Open Jam @ Brando’s – Tuesdays @ 10pm

Open Jam with Trevor Cobb at Brando's every Tuesday

Brando’s Amazing Mid-Week Open jam!


Feel a need to play or sing?
Brando’s on Market is now offering all musicians and singers a great stage with a professionally run open stage night. Hosted by rocker Trevor Cobb, we are inviting all local musicians to come and jam out with us!

This mid-week jam has a great intimate atmosphere for performers of all types and a great place to come and soak in all the local talent the area has to offer! This is the only truly open stage in the city!

Each week Trevor Cobb hosts our open jam as a number of extremely talented musicians come through and rock the house. Bring your voice, guitar, or any other instrument you’d like to jam with and show us what you got! There will be a drum kit available on stage and a full sound system in place.

Join Trevor Cobb for another awesome open jam this Tuesday @ 10pm.

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