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Get ready for a Musical Motivational Story!
Find out how one woman’s crusade to a healthier lifestyle inspired a community and transformed her personal journey into a self empowerment revolution.
Starring Joan Minnery the Inpirational Powerhouse!
She’ll be taking the stage by storm with her friends and fellow artists to get you moving, grooving and hopefully making positive changes in your life!
Joan Minnery original “Walking My Way Back to Me”
video courtesy of Joan Minnery
The Relay for Mental Health Awareness proudly presents this All Ages show
at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 29th at 7pm.
Tickets are only $20 and are available by phone
(local 519-758-8090 or toll free 1-800-265-0710)
or through the Sanderson Centre website.
Joan Minnery is a one woman force of inspiration.
She is a genuine go-getter with an indomitable spark plug of contagious effervescence. The pint-sized energizer bunny is a beacon of energy as she instructs her fitness classes and entertains crowds all over North America.
Joan wears many hats as a Mother, Music Educator, Motivational Speaker, Zumba Instructor, Professional Entertainer, Dance Teacher, Weight Management Consultant, Drama Coach and Health Journalist.
Joan is also the author of WALKING MY WAY BACK TO ME, her personal transformation autobiography.
|Who?||Joan Minnery, Alicia Skoretz, Christina Harper
The Waistliners Dance Team, Claire Collins, Ashley Leblanc
Morgan Whitcroft, Victoria McCulloch, SIVLE
|Where?||Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts|
|Date?||Friday, September 29th|
|Time?||7:00pm – 10:00pm
|Age limit?||All Ages|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #motivation #mentalhealth #inspiration
Manny’s Place hosts many of the greatest bands in the city; with a top-notch sound system, a flashback inducing light setup and plenty of space to get your groove on while the entertainers entertain; there’s no shortage of talent taking the stage. Manny designed his Place to cater to live music, and his attention to detail shows.
Knee Deep proceeded to play a plethora of prime picks from the 1990’s, with just enough modern hits mixed in to keep the party going all night long.
They say if you remember the 90’s, you probably smoked sh**ty weed. Regardless of whether or not you recall the 90’s (or were even born yet, you young whipper-snappers) the undeniable truth is that a lot of wicked music came out of that particular era. Whether it was grunge, alternative rock, punk rock or hip-hop, the 90’s were a time when some of the greatest songs ever were presented to our eager ears by bands who transformed the music scene.
How doth one of the modern era go forth and enjoy the live experience of such a wide selection of great music? Knee Deep is the answer.
(bonus question: where in the world is Carmen Santiago?*)
Knee Deep took to the stage with a fervor and proceeded to burn the damn building down.
(metaphorically burned it down: no Colborne Street insurance “accidents” here).
Singer Eric Mills brought a raw intensity that rode magnificently upon duel guitarists Jay Cutaia and JM Singaram’s pure power, with Vinnie Milosevich’s precision percussion and Chris Kowalsky’s deep melodic bass providing the perfect stream to keep the flow flowing and the crowd dancing.
The musicians of Knee Deep have a deep rooted respect for music and it shine’s through in their cut-for-cut reproduction of great songs such as Lenny Kravitz’ Are You Gonna Go My Way, Finger 11’s Paralyzer or The Clash’s London Calling.
Knee Deep in talent and head over heels in love with playing awesome live music to entertain the people. But don’t take my word for it, check out their facebook, their ReverbNation page, or just get off your keister and watch Knee Deep live the next time they take the stage in a venue near you.
Head over to BrantfordBands facebook page for some more great shots of the band captured on film
(hah, film, there’s a pain in the rear we’ll never have to deal with again).
Two keyboards and a microphone (where it’s at) plus a set of drums, a guitar and a bass; not to mention five musicians looking for a good time; bibbidy-bobbity-boo you’ve got yourself a Pardi Gras.
Recently BrantfordBands was down at Take a Break to catch a great band in a great new venue.
“But wait,” I hear you object, “Take a Break isn’t new, and since when do bands go there?” Since new owners Bill and Lisa took over, that’s when. Renovations have transmogrified the inside of the bar into a brand new place; with league quality pool tables
(for those of the billiard ball smacking persuasion: there’s also free pool on Friday nights)
a new clean sports theme and an open stage area for bands to ply their trade;
Take a Break just ain’t what she used to be – It’s better.
Pardi Gras took full advantage of the new-and-improved Take a Break and proceeded to lay down some smooth rock, funky blues and a little bit of Wu-Tang Clan (for the ladies).
No genre is safe; hide yo blues, hide yo rock, hide yo pop, cause Pardi Gras playin’ everything out here!
Their style transformed the sports bar into an old saloon; dueling pianos (keyboards, same difference) faced off within the confines of the four yellow walls, not fighting each other but working together to create a wonderful musical barrage of sound-bullets which fire off rapidly to compel you to dance.
Whether belting out classic rock hits or getting down with some bluesy New Orléans flavored rock, Pardi Gras is a force to be reckoned with. Three lead singers take turns at the helm of the rock-it ship; each with their own distinct sound and style; and it allows the band to journey across a vast musical landscape. The juicy bass and rambunctious drums carry each song forth like Valkyries in the night. Pardi Gras is a group of five talented musicians who meld into one massive group with a singular mission: get you Pardi-ing.
Like Pardi Gras! Do it now! It will fill your facebook with shiny happy rainbows and kittens will shoot forth from the bowels of the internet into your fb feed whence joy will spread like peanut-butter on your face. Or it will keep you updated on upcoming Pardi Gras shows and the latest Pardi Gras news. One of the above will surely happen if you Like Pardi Gras on the book of faces.
Guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hands clapping,
catch this unique musical experience live in Brantford!
Since 1982 Brantford’s own the George Rose Big Band
have been taking their favorite music and making it Bigger.
A big band jazz & swing band at heart, their musical passion also leads them down many paths
including forays into pop, R&B, soul and rock.
Tickets are available at PA Music (formerly LA Music).
from the George Rose Big Band:
On April 3rd, The George Rose Big Band presents
its 6th annual concert at New Covenant Church Hall,
22 Holiday Dr. Brantford. [next to Home Depot]
This series of concerts has been very popular with big band fans
in the area as it always brings back memories of years gone by,
as well as presenting some exciting newer tunes presented
in the big band style.
This year the band will feature guest vibraphonist Dave O’Neill.
Each concert is highlighted by a “sing along” (song sheets supplied)
allowing audience participation.
This year’s concert will be a matinée, commencing at 3.00pm,
so as to avoid night driving and be finished in time for dinner.
Tickets are available at PA Music (139 Charing Cross St.),
from band members, or at the door,
and the price is still $20.00.
For further information or large ticket orders,
call George at 519-752-4013.
|the George Rose Big Band
|Who?||the George Rose Big Band|
|Where?||New Covenant Church Hall|
|Date?||Sunday, April 3rd|
|Age limit?||All Ages|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #bigband
Dust off your blarney stones and head down to Dover on Friday the 18th.
More green beer than you can throw a leprechaun at, plus some great live music!
Brantford’s own Sticks & Stones are keeping the St Paddy’s party going at the Norfolk Tavern.
We’re playing the Erie coast line….at this rockin’ gem!
We rock! You drink! 🍀
|Sticks & Stones
|Who?||Sticks & Stones|
|Where?||the Norfolk Tavern|
|Date?||Friday, March 18th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands #stpatricksday2016
A day full of celebration featuring two stages of live music, family fun, carnival entertainment,
BBQ, bake sale, live art, prizes and MORE!
On September 12th the Knights of Columbus Hall will be filled with life-affirming joy.
Featuring performances by:
The Delta Shakers
The Dumpster Bees
The Elmo Combo
The Lightning Dogs
Mark Leslie Wilson
The idea for SueFest was born in late 2013 after
the sudden passing of an incredible community member
known for her gentle kindness, musical ability and
commitment to the deaf blind community.
Susan Elaine Wallbank-Maher was a local teacher who
spent a lot of her time fundraising for charitable causes.
That is why we are excited to boast that in the festivals first
year we raised nearly $10.000 for continued research for
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada!
‘Ready‘ by Tomi Swick (of Strummers Union)
Blaine Bomberry w/ Retrofit Blues Band performing ‘The Lovin’ I Miss‘ by the Tommy Z Band
Nate Friesen performing ‘Hearts on Fire‘ by Passenger
|Who?||Nate Friesen | Huckleberry Gin | Blaine Bomberry
Cory Mercer | The Dumpster Bees | Paul Agriesti
Ruby’s Revenge | Mark Leslie Wilson | The Lightning Dogs
Strummers Union | The Delta Shakers | The Elmo Combo
|Where?||Knights of Columbus Hall|
|Date?||Saturday, September 12th|
|Time?||2pm – 10pm|
free for children 12 years and under
#brantfordrocks #heart&stroke #livemusic
Whatever your entertainment needs may be,
you’re going to have a great time at the acoustic Open Mic.
Comedians, acoustic musicians, poets and more are all welcome to take to their turn presenting their art.
Many people ask what the difference is between “open mic” and “open jam.”
An open jam will typically have a drum kit, musicians will band together and rock out together on stage.
Sometimes bands will entertain you.
An open mic is typically acoustic acts, stand up comedy, slam poetry, etc.
Come out and play some tunes, maybe make people laugh or think a little!
Whatever it is you do, if you’re looking for some stage time, we’ve got it!
Don’t forget!! The final Tuesday of each month is your chance to win a cash prize for your awesomeness!
Interested in booking YOUR act? Just email Less Than Three to grab a spot for an upcoming night.
|Who?||Less Than Three
plus special guests
|Time?||10pm – 2am|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocal #openmic
Help support Brantford’s local H.O.P.E. organization while enjoying some excellent acoustic music!
Brantford Arts Block is hosting this wonderful evening
with local musicians coming together to foster hope and charity within the community.
H.O.P.E. is a Not for Profit organization with the aim of helping and hiring those with long term health difficulties reintegrate back into the workforce on a part time basis with the goal of them gradually building to full time employment elsewhere in the community.
‘What You Love‘ by Logan Staats
‘Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei
Caleb Turgeon Coates performing ‘Summertime Sadness‘ by Lana Del Ray
|Who?|| Caleb Turgeon Coates | Chris Strei
Less Than Three | Logan Staats | Terry Weaver
|Where?||Brantford Arts Block|
|Date?||Friday, September 11th|
|Cost?||$15 minimum donation|
#brantfordrocks #hope #acoustic
Fantastic music, hilarious comedy, captivating slam poetry,
burlesque dancing and henna body art
all under one roof!
One night only at Manny’s Place!
Local females are coming together on Saturday, September 19th
to rock your socks, paint your hands, tickle your funny bone,
electrify your mind and do other things to your body that I won’t get into detail about.
Come out to support our sisters as we take the stage
to bring you live music, comedy, slam poetry and burlesque!
Stand-up Comedy by:
Abby McWhirter (Brantford)
Rachel Matheson (Toronto)
Slam Poetry by:
Ruby Krueger (Hamilton)
Simple‘ by Sarah Halabecki Band
‘Happy Purple Unicorn‘ by The Ache
Waking Life performing ‘Love Interruption‘ by Jack White
|Who?||High Heels Lo Fi | Sarah Halabecki Band
Waking Life | The Ache | Velvet & The Vibe
|Date?||Saturday, September 19th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocaltalent #chicksrock
On Thursday, June 11th I strode into B●Doggs Fine Street Foods and quickly saw the creative local entrepreneurial spirit continuing to thrive in Brantford.
Serving up deliciously elegant “street food” alongside craft beers from the area with some smooth live music for desert.
The patio, or “beer garden” is a great place to enjoy some live acoustic jams. It’s split into sections with greenery all around. There are plenty of tables and benches that surround the perimeter with a clear view of the performance area from any angle.
What makes one patio better than the next?
We believe it’s in the vibe, the tunes, the greenery and the name.
Doesn’t a “beer garden” sound much more inviting than “a patio?”
Ours is certainly worth a visit, or two or three.
Don’t be surprised if our play list jumps from a reggae one-drop to 80’s yacht rock or indie top hits.
Cory Mercer delivered some awesome original songs, along with a slew of great cover tunes.
Flowing through the genres, effortlessly switching from rock to folk, pop to alternative, again and again.
His melodic voice lent itself perfectly to any song.
Cory took a number of requests during his performance, including more Paul Simon than you could shake a stick at.
Unless you had a fairly large-sized stick, of course.
Cory had fun with the crowd, always friendly and engaging.
His bohemian style and attitude were perfectly aligned with the general vibe of the venue, very free-spirited.
His originals were beautiful hand-crafted songs straight from the heart, with plenty of hooks to keep the crowd grooving.
A great time, a great place, a great band. It was a damn great time for everyone.
It was also quite tremendous, wicked, exquisite, copacetic and excellent.
But mostly, it was great.
Every Thursday from 6pm – 10pm: live local music & fresh local cuisine at B●Doggs Fine Street Foods.
1st Manniversary featuring BrAiN jAmMaGe, Chris Strei, Mctease and MORE! – New Pictures and Videos from BrantfordBands
Many of you may have noticed pics have been online for a while now, but the videos were…in need of adjustments.
Most of the video are now online, though I did have to bring a few outback and put them out of their misery.
I apologize in advance to anyone and everyone for the quality, fuzziness, sound pops, random monkeys, rain on your parade, and various other inexcusable excuses.
All photos / videos were taken at Manny’s Place in Brantford on June 5th & 6th 2015.
Club NV presents another great live Friday night!
Great bands, good food & plenty of libations to go around.
(try saying libations three times fast the next time you’re drunk)
‘Like Lightning‘ by Urban Canals
‘Red Light Midnight‘ by Street Pharmacy
|Who?||Urban Canals | James-Alphonse
|Date?||Friday, June 19th|
|Cost?||$5 advance / $8 doors|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #indierock
From June 3rd – 6th, 2015, Manny celebrated the first anniversary of his haven for local live music.
Opening in 2014, Manny’s Place has been consistently showcasing local bands from Brantford.
From Open Jams (every Thursday) to rocking Saturday nights (and often Friday nights as well), this has quickly become one of the best venues in the area to catch some great live music.
If you haven’t made your way down to the corner of Grey and Stanley yet, you damn well should.
Gone for good is Goodfellas, in fact it’s barely recognizable as the same place. Completely renovated from the get go, Manny has continued to make improvements to an already great setup.
Manny has poured his soul into every aspect of the establishment, the awesome stage and PA system, the custom-made tables and chairs, the lighting system and smoke machine, and every detail in between.
Manny Capinding has had a long tour in the music scene, from DJing to running nightclubs, but his true passion is live local music. All of the performers I spoke with agreed that he is one of the most helpful and caring hosts, always making sure that the bands are happy and doing all he can to improve their experience, while always working to make sure the crowds have a fantastic time out.
This year saw a number of upgrades and changes, but Manny isn’t done yet. He already has plans to continue to improve, always taking the suggestions of his patrons and performers to heart.
On Friday night we caught the reunion of BrAiN jAmMaGe as part of the ongoing Manniversary celebrations. As soon as I saw the unique (and ever-evolving) stand-up drum set that Rich Wilkes set up I knew this was going to be a great set, and they did not disappoint. With Chris Brown’s killer guitar work on acoustic and electric guitar, Chris Mulligan smacking out the deep bass riffs and Rich smashing out the drum lines (so violently in fact that he managed to break a couple pieces of his kit), BrAiN jAmMaGe delivers favorites from a wide variety of rock genres with a passion that had me floored.
The bass lines are consistently tight, the guitar solos are awe inspiring, the drums are energetically booming, while Chris’ vocals are rich and full. Occasionally, Rich took the vocals into the deep guttural bowels of hardcore for their excursions into the world of punk, which gave the audience an idea what to expect from the next band.
Against the Grain is a decidedly harder musical offering, presenting metal legends in their thrash and burn entirety. They rocked. Hard! Bringing out the headbanger in all of us.
Their driving force changed the dance floor into a veritable mosh pit, with plenty of deep bass lines, rapid drums and epic guitar work. They held back nothing, and delivered a smashing show for those of us who love some hardcore rock.
Saturday started off early, with the sun still shining outside as Chris Strei climbed up on the stage with his acoustic guitar and delivered his brand of smooth rock to the masses filtering in from Brantford’s crooks and crannies.
Chris Strei‘s originals are crowd favorites, soulful experiences that he shares with the world.
Delivered in his crooner meets pop-star style, he transports you into a beautiful meadow of sound where he gently takes your hand and puts it on his heart.
Carl Mulligan was next to rock the crowds, initially alone with his guitar and soothing voice but soon joined by John Lama on guitar and Mikie Bray on conga drum. They presented a number of beautiful renditions of their favorite songs, all superbly executed.
Carl’s energy and excitement was consistent as he strode about the stage, at times hanging from the rafters while delivering his uniquely masculine and sonically superb vocals. Mikie kept up a steady pace on the drums, perfectly accenting the fervent style of John’s guitar.
Up next on Manny’s Stage was the crowd favorite McTease.
With Trevor Cobb on acoustic guitar and singing while Mick Montgomery bashed out the feverish drums lines on the conga drum, their unity and passion had everyone stomping along with them.
Funky southern fried originals and an eclectic mix of cover songs temporarily transformed Manny’s Place into a big ol’ bonfire party, Mick’s rapidly pulsating beats along with Trevor’s impassioned vocals and guitar work feeding the fires ever higher.
The Tryst took the stage for the grand finale, their devoted Tryster-Sisters in the crowd screaming in excitement and the rest of the audience soon joining in.
Those who hadn’t yet witnessed the epic female-powered rock show that The Tryst consistently delivers were blown away.
Every member of the band is dedicated to bringing the rock to life, with more than enough talent and passion to get the job done. This is obviously more than a job for these ladies, this is a passion that they transfer into each and every note of their classic rock and pop tributes.
It was a fantastic weekend full to the brim with excited local music aficionados celebrating the first year of Manny’s Place. After having already built up a great venue for local artists, we’re excited to see what the future holds.
We’ve added a few photo galleries taken at this year’s Manniversary
to the BrantfordBands on facebook.
- Photos of the One Year Manniversary
- BrAiN jAmMaGe live at Manny’s
- Against the Grain live at Manny’s
- Chris Strei live at Manny’s
- The Carl Mulligan Experience live at Manny’s
- McTease live at Manny’s
- The Tryst live at Manny’s
Watch the BrantfordBands youtube channel for upcoming videos from the event!
ZZZ#9 – Planes & Trains, BA Johnston, Urban Canals, Thomas & The Evil Computer @ the Station – June 13
ZZZ#9 is rolling into the Station,
loaded up with local (and nearly local) original artists:
- alt. rockers Planes & Trains
- the man who defies all couche-tards B.A. Johnston
- indie-rock outfit Urban Canals
- midi/math rocker Thomas & The Evil Computer
this show is on a SATURDAY!
i know that’s weird for us, but let’s give’r a try, right?
the trains will still be rolling in,
the beer will still be flowing
and the tunes will still be rocking.
(official) WTFest after-party event!
DJ > sp5000
‘Headless == Wealthy‘ by Thomas and the Evil Computer
video courtesy of MOTIONEER
[vimeo 44357490 w=420]
‘Deep Fryer in My Bedroom‘ by B.A. Johnston
video courtesy of CriticalDistanceVids
‘See You On The Other Side‘ EP preview by Urban Canals
video courtesy of U.Canals
|Planes & Trains|
|Thomas & The Evil Computer|
|Who?||Planes & Trains | B.A. Johnston
Urban Canals | Thomas & The Evil Computer
|Where?||The Station Coffee House & Gallery|
|Date?||Saturday, June 13th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #zzz
How all anniversary’s should be celebrated: with great live local music!
Add in nightly drink specials and giveaways (including a raffle for a Corona fridge!)
and you’re gonna have a good time.
The party gets started when Manny’s Place re-opens on Wednesday, June 3rd with Dj Shrek hosting the Wacky Wednesday Karaoke.
Thursday Trevor Cobb will be hosting a special Mannyversary Loud & Proud Open Jam.
Our first year has come to an end and now the fun begins.
Thank you to everyone that has supported us especially our staff, regulars and all the talented musicians that have rocked our stage.
Tuesday, June 2nd we are closed for the day to give a little TLC and you will all love the changes.
For those that haven’t been here, come out to see what you’ve missed.
Wednesday is the beginning of the next phase and will definitely be a wicked party.
Anniversary celebrations all week with nightly drink specials and giveaways. For every Corona you get a raffle ticket for a Special edition Corona fridge giveaway which will be drawn Saturday night.
Video courtesy of Paul Divitio
Please note this video is almost as old as Manny’s Place and
the information contained within may not be valid at this time (ie: kitchen being open until 1am)
|Who?||Dj Shrek | BrAiN jAmMaGe | Against the Grain
Chris Strei | Carl Mulligan | Trevor Cobb
The Tryst | Dj Fedora
|Date?||Wednesday June 3rd until Saturday June 6th|
|Time?||various (usually 7pm or later)|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #Mannyversary
Jamming out all your rock favorites,
from Classic Rock to Blues, Funk Rock to Fusion.
Brantford’s own Sticks & Stones kick out the live jams to get the crowd grooving.
What better way to kick off the Summer
with a LIVE Rock show!
Have a few pints and enjoy some live tunes!!
|Sticks & Stones
|Who?||Sticks & Stones|
|Date?||Saturday, June 20th|
|Time?||9pm – 2am|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands