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Sticks & Stones @ McGonagall’s Pub – June 20th

Sticks & Stones rocking out live

Sticks and Stones may rock your Bones

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.

from facebook:

What better way to kick off the Summer
with a LIVE Rock show!
Have a few pints and enjoy some live tunes!!

Sticks & Stones
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Who? Sticks & Stones
Where? McGonagall’s Pub
Date? Saturday, June 20th
Time? 9pm – 2am
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands


Thee Empty Hours, Chris Strei, Waking Life, Gag Order and MANY MORE! @ Manny’s Place – June 13

Future for Scott's Legacy Lives On fundraiser featuring waking life, chris strei, thee empty hours, pay no mind, gag order, Synchronized Silence, High Heels Lo Fi , The Whatever Device, Familiar Fiends, The Dirty Kulprits

Future for Molly

Future for Molly, Scott’s Legacy Lives On.

Ten (10!) great bands
all coming together to remember Scott Randall
and raise what they can for his daughter Molly.

Tickets are available now at

from facebook:

The sudden passing of our dear family member and friend Scott Randall, has left our hearts with an emptiness that words can’t explain.

Scott’s beautiful, amazing and extraordinarily intelligent eleven year old daughter lives on without the companionship, fun and financial aid that her father provided.

Let’s come together for a fun night of music, food, prizes and camaraderie in Scott’s memory and get the lovely Molly a giant start on her education fund!

Also, many of you have asked, “what can I do to help?”
As you know, Scott was a chef (and a very good one, at that!!), and he loved food.
We would love to have people bring something they love to eat to share.

We’ll have live music right from 4:00pm on.

Thee Empty Hours 4:00 – 4:45
Chris Strei 5:00 – 5:45
Pay No Mind 6:00 – 6:45
Gag Order 7:00 – 7:45
Synchronized Silence 8:00 – 8:45
Waking Life 9:00 – 9:45
High Heels Lo Fi 10:00 – 10:45
The Whatever Device 11:00 – 11:45
Familiar Fiends 12:00 – 12:45
The Dirty Kulprits 1:00 – 1:45

Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei

Feed the Greed‘ by Gag Order

You Win Again, Tequila‘ by High Heels Lo Fi

Thee Empty Hours facebook music youtube
Chris Strei facebook twitter music youtube web
Pay No Mind facebook youtube
Gag Order facebook twitter music youtube
Synchronized Silence facebook twitter music youtube
Waking Life facebook music
High Heels Lo Fi facebook twitter music youtube web
The Whatever Device facebook youtube web
Familiar Fiends facebook music
The Dirty Kulprits facebook music youtube

Join the Event on facebook!

Future for Molly fundraiser

Who? Thee Empty Hours, Chris Strei, Pay No Mind, Gag Order,
Synchronized Silence, Waking Life, High Heels Lo Fi
The Whatever Device, Familiar Fiends, The Dirty Kulprits
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Saturday, June 13th
Time? 3pm – 2am
Cost? Adults $10
Kids 6-12 $5 at door, 5 and under free,
Age limit? All Ages until 9pm
19+ after 9pm


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #futureformolly

Frisky Business @ Paris Fairgrounds – May 9th

Frisky Business

Classic rock for a good cause!

Conquer Cancer Concert at the Paris Fairgrounds on Saturday May 9th.
In support of Hoog’s Hikers and the Princess Margaret Hospital!
Food, prizes and entertainment by Classic Rock Band  Frisky Business!


Our genre consists of classic rock songs from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s and also includes a few more recent classics.
The band has been together since 2007 and have played at various venues around Brantford and Brant County.
We cover artists such as Bob Seger, Poison, Lynryd Skynyrd, as well as Canadian bands such as April Wine and Trooper.

Frisky Business
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Who? Frisky Business
Where? Paris Fairgrounds
Date? Saturday, May 9th
Time? 8pm
Cost? $20
Age limit? 19+


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

John Ladds @ Arlington Hotel – April 18

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and fine music with John Ladds at the Arlington Hotel Paris.

John and is sure to entertain with his classic covers and modern greats.

Steve Todd & John Ladds performing ‘Moondance‘ by Van Morrison

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John Ladds
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Who? John Ladds
Where? the Arlington Hotel Paris
Date? Saturday, April 18th
Time? 7pm


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #acoustic

Bethany Schultz @ the Station – April 17

Bethany Schults & Mikie Bray

photo courtesy of J.Roorda photography

There will be a going away party for Bethany Shultz (of Bethany & Mikie)
as she is about to leave Brantford to serve our country proud.
See Bethany (possibly with Mikee) live at the Station for one last show.

from facebook:

As you may or may not have heard, I’ve joined the military!
I am having a going away party for my family, friends, and fans to come together and send me off in a big way!
The first two hours are open mic style, for anyone who would like to play a few tunes, tell a few jokes, or say a few words.
From 7-8pm I’ll be playing a set for those who would like to hear one last show
(hopefully with Mikie Bray)!
After that, we’ll mingle and hug and all that jazz…
but I have an early morning and long drive after,
so the party will come to a close around 9pm.
Beer & Wine, Coffee & Tea, Quick Dinner Foods & Treats..
available for purchase throughout (support the venue!)
As always, a donation jar will be there (support local musicians!)

Don’t Want to Be Alone‘ by Bethany Schultz

Bethany Schultz
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Who? Bethany Schultz
and friends
Where? The Station Coffee House
Date? Friday, April 17th
Time? 5pm – 9pm
Cost? $5 suggested donation
Age limit? All Ages


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

Mike Dowson @ Arlington Hotel – April 17

Mike Dowson

Retro covers and modern acoustic greats

Playing the greatest hits and forgotten gems,
Mike Dowson will be giving another great live performance
down at the Arlington Hotel.

from facebook:

Playing the finest in Retro, Post Retro, and Meta Retro
by artists including:
Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, The Dandy Warhols,
Cat Stevens, Bruce Springstein, Neil Diamond,
Neil Young, OKGo, The Flaming Lips.
Buddy Holly, Okkervil River, aHa, Depeche Mode,
Nick Drake, Belle & Sebastien, Simon & Garfunkel,
CCR, Bright Eyes, Poison, Guns n Roses,
Foreigner, Johnny Cash, The Darkness,
The Violent Femmes, The Grateful Dead
and many others.

Mike Dowson performing ‘Sam Stone‘ by John Prine

Who? Mike Dowson
Where? Arlington Hotel (Paris)
Date? Friday, April 17th
Time? 7pm


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #classicrock

The George Rose Big Band @ New Covenant Church – April 12

the George Rose Big Band

Big band music with style.

From swing to R&B, rock to jazz, show tunes to pop hits
Brantford’s own the George Rose Big Band makes it Big.

Guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hands clapping,
catch this unique musical experience live in Brantford!

Tickets are available at PA Music (formerly LA Music) 136 Charing Cross Street,
and if any tickets remain they will be available at the door on the day of.
$20 for adults, $10 for students and children.


Starting out as an extremely fine swing band
the band’s recordings trace the music from the original swing
to contemporary R&B, soul, and a bit of rock in the 1997 recordings.
This progression led to the present stage where the band is playing more jazz-flavoured
arrangements, show tunes and famous vocalist hits.

the George Rose Big Band promotional video
video courtesy of CeeObe

the George Rose Big Band
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Who? the George Rose Big Band
Where? New Covenant Church Hall
Date? Sunday, April 12th
Time? 7:30pm
Cost? $20 adults
$10 children/students
Age limit? All Ages


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #bigband

Mctease @ Therapy Lounge – April 11

Brantford's own Mctease

Deep jams at a frantic pace.

Trevor and Mick are bringing their frantically fun band Mctease down to Therapy Lounge!

Mctease don’t take themselves too seriously, but they do seriously rock!

Playing their instruments like men possessed, their passion pours through with each note.
Let them draw you in to their musical good times!


Trevor Cobb is a welcoming and charismatic guy and this comes through brilliantly in his music. His husky voice, energetic strumming and humourous nature make him seem like the long lost third member of Tenacious D. That same vibrant energy and love of music are apparent when Mick Montgomery starts rhythmically walloping his conga drum.
Mctease play a blend of rock, country and generally upbeat tunes. Whatever genre they flowed through, Mick and Trevor made each song seem completely theirs, even when they play a covers. Their original songs are wonderfully frivolous, with lyrics that cause bursts of joyous laughter and a rousing cadence that makes it impossible not to stomp along to the beat.

Mctease facebook
Who? Mctease
Where? Therapy Lounge
Date? Saturday, April 11th
Time? 10pm – 2am


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands #acoustic

The Elmo Combo @ Brantford Casino – April 11

the Elmo Combo at Zander's on Saturday, March 7th

the Elmo Combo hits again

A whirlwind of Homegrown, Roots Rock, Funky jams, and Reggae grooves,
the Elmo Combo always put on an excellent show.

From Brantford (and the Norfolk area), the Elmo Combo
(who have recently made another TV appearance,
this time on CHCH morning live),
are back in town to play for us hometown folks.

from by Jamz M.H. Maher:

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!

Odds and Ends‘ by Steven Elmo Murphy and Friends
video courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

The Elmo Combo
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Who? the Elmo Combo
Where? OLG Casino Brantford
Date? Saturday, April 11th
Time? 8pm – 12am
Age limit? 19+

#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock #brantfordbands

Thee Empty Hours @ McGonagall’s – April 11

Listen to Thee Empty Hours

Rhythmically haunting pop rock.

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


Thee Empty Hours are an explosive three-piece band that have been consistently pleasing audiences around Southern Ontario for the last 6 years.
Combining energy and talent with a dash of humour, the band have set themselves apart from other bands in their delivery of upbeat and danceable modern and vintage rock ‘n’ roll classics.
Over the years, Thee Empty Hours and it’s members have had the pleasure to share the stage with the following artists:
Our Lady Peace, The Doughboys, Sum 41, Tea Party, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Lowest of the Low, The Watchmen, Snow, Bowling For Soup, Planet Smashers, Alun Pigguns, Headstones, Agent Orange, Bon Jovi (seriously, Rob’s band The Luminols won a contest!), Junkhouse, The Killjoys, Supergarage, Chesterfield Kings and many others that have been forgotten, but still count.

Thee Empty Hours performing ‘I Melt With You‘ by Modern English

Thee Empty Hours
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Who? Thee Empty Hours
Where? Mcgonagall’s Pub
Date? Saturday, April 11th
Time? 8pm


#classicrock #alternativerock #brantfordbands #supportlocalmusic

Knee Deep @ Manny’s Place – April 11

Knee Deep live

Music you love played by guys who love to play it

Brantford band Knee Deep were born from a love of the 90’s Alternative Rock
and a general passion for rock and roll.

Knee Deep rocks across Southern Ontario,
bringing the crowds alive whenever they take the stage.
Playing the greatest from the 90’s as well as modern jams,
they’ll be jamming out some new tunes this Saturday at Manny’s!


Bringing back all the 90’s alternative rock you remember and love…

Knee Deep (with their previous singer) covering ‘Thunderkiss ’65‘ by White Zombie

Knee Deep facebook twitter music youtube
Who? Knee Deep
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Saturday, April 11th
Time? 10pm – 2am


#brantfordbands #90s #alternative

The Tryst @ Therapy Lounge – April 10

The Tryst

These girls rock!

The Tryst aren’t just a “chick band”
They’re a kick-a** all-girl band from Brantford who’ll rock you to your core!

These ladies have spent years mastering your favorites,
complete with flute solos!

Check them out live to see what everyone’s been raving about.


We are musicians with a professional demeanour, and a good sense of humour.
We like to have a good time, and our goal is to be sure that anyone who can hear us is having a good time too!
The Tryst will play parties, patios, bars, corporate functions, fundraisers, festivals, etc.
Music styles include new and classic rock, pop, and we even throw in a little country. We have something for everyone, with a great mix of music ranging from the 70s through today.

The Tryst performing ‘Locomotive Breath‘ by Jethro Tull

The Tryst
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Who? The Tryst
Where? Therapy Lounge
Date? Friday, April 10th
Time? 10pm


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands

Squeeler @ the Liquid Lounge – April 10

Squeeler ACDC tribute

Dirty deeds done with pigs

For those about to rock

horns up

We salute you!

Squeeler is one of the greatest AC/DC tribute bands in Canada,

these guys bring all the heavy rock and high energy that you’d expect to see at an AC/DC concert.

Hailing from Brantford, Squeeler has been rocking crowds for years,

bringing the spirit of AC/DC along with all the lighting, visuals and props!

Don’t forget to wish Brett a happy birthday while you’re out there rocking out!


Squeeler breaks out the best of old school AC/DC

from the Bon Scott era.

You will not find a better Bon Scott style singer

than our vocalist, Walt Duffy.

We also toss in a few Brian Johnson songs

just to keep everyone happy.

Add a solid rhythm section that takes pride in duplicating

the original sound of AC/DC & plays it note for note.

Squeeler performing ‘Squeeler‘ by AC/DC

Squeeler facebook music youtube web

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Who? Squeeler
Where? the Liquid Lounge
Date? Friday, April 10th
Time? 10:30pm
Age limit? 19+


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

Ruby’s Revenge @ Eagle’s Nest – April 10

Ruby's Revenge, Made Outta Myth, Cheese & Rice at Eagles Nest

Ruby’s Revenge EP Release Party!

Local Alternative Rock Theatre (A.R.T) rockers Ruby’s Revenge
are unveiling their brand-new EP!

After a lot of work and a successful kick-starter campaign,
the fruits of their love of music has manifested itself
and it is Kinetic!
Showcasing the unique spirit that is Ruby’s Revenge,
head down to the Eagles Nest and scoop up your copy!

Join in the celebratory rock with:

from facebook:

Finally it’s here!
After lots of work and fundraising we’re finally able to debut our 5 song EP and now it’s time to celebrate!!!!
Put on your party shoes and come celebrate with us
and some very talented friends!
You’ll need to get there early as this place will get packed fast!
❤️❤️❤️ No Cover!
If you want a sneak peek at the songs in advance
so you can sing along please visit CDBaby

Ruby’s Revenge debut EP Kinetic promo video

Made Outta Myth facebook itunes
Ruby’s Revenge
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Who? Ruby’s Revenge
Made Outta Myth | Cheese & Rice
Where? Eagle’s Nest Tap & Grill
Date? Friday, April 10th
Time? 9:30pm – 1am
Cost? No Cover (free)


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands

Evan Champagne @ Buck’s Tavern – April 9

Evan Champagne

Awesome originals and unique covers.

Multi-instrumentalist live-looper Evan Champagne,
with his soulful originals and unique covers,
is bringing his live show to Buck’s!


He sells hundreds of copies of yearly, bootleg-style.
A live show is actually the only place you can purchase his hand-made album!
Ever grateful for his loyal audience of fans and friends,
he strives to be a positive force musically and in his community.
Having found success creating an original solo performance over the past decade,
Evan Champagne continues to be one of the busiest independent Canadian touring artists, performing over 200 times each year at festivals, music venues & private events.

Jamaica‘ by Evan Champagne

Evan Champagne
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Who? Evan Champagne
Where? Buck’s Tavern
Date? Thursday, April 9th
Time? 9:30pm – 1:30am
Cost? No Cover (free)


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #livedub #acoustic

Innesence & Maloney @ Studio Bar (Toronto) – April 9

Innesence, Maloney, D-Sisive and Adam Bomb at the Studio Bar in Toronto

Bell City boys are headed to T.O

Breaking Wreckords‘ rappers Innesence and Maloney
will be repping the 519 in the 416.

Joining Juno award winner Adam Bomb and Juno nominated D-Sisive (both out of Toronto)
as well as a veritable butt-load of other great Canadian acts
(Dustin Wareham, Pengeah, Swishop Stylez, SkyDome Collective,
Lakes, Spidey Jackson, Soul & Thronetheif)
Innesence and MLNY / Maloney are going to make this an epic night of tight rhymes.

Right now you can grab Innesence‘s latest releases and help out a worthy cause!
50% of all sales through reverbnation
will be donated to the Keep a Child Alive (KCA) charity
to help support the children and families impacted by HIV.

Download some killer local hip hop and support a good cause!

That’s OK‘ by MLNY / Maloney

Let Your Feet Stomp‘ by Innesence feat/ Maloney & O.B.1

MLNY / Maloney
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Grab your tickets now!

Who? Innesence, MLNY / Maloney,
Adam Bomb, D-Sisive and MORE
Where? Studio Bar (Toronto)
Date? Thursday, April 9th
Time? 10pm
Cost? $10
Age limit? 19+


#brantfordrocks #hiphop #brantfordbands

InnerViews: Dan Taylor & Nikole Taylor

BrantfordBands presents InnerViews

BrantfordBands presents:

I recently had the chance to sit down with Dan Taylor and Nikole Taylor of Less Than Three and Waking Life. It was a wonderful afternoon chat over a delicious cup of java down at Blue Dog Coffee Roasters.  Dan and Nikole were awesome.  We got to talking about Brantford, music, relationships, food, and which pop group Dan thinks they’re most comparable to. 😉

Without further ado, InnerViews with Less Than Three / Waking Life


Chuck from BrantfordBands: What do you love most about the movie Waking Life?

Dan Taylor: I love Ethan Hawke. One of the most under-rated actors.
I like the director. He’s always got a vision.
That’s the same thing that we want.
Something that’s quirky, but works because he puts a lot of hard work into it.
It’s not just quirky for quirkiness sake.

Nikole Taylor: I found the dialogue through that whole movie to be really thought provoking.
That movie stuck with me.

Dan: I wasn’t thinking about the movie when Nikole brought up the name.
I’m not allowed to make up band names, because I make up Rotary Octopus or Toast Bonanza, high-school punk band names.
I come up with the names but we don’t use them.

CBB: Save those for song titles later?

Nikole: He picked Hate-filled Heart.

CBB: Did you write Hate-filled Heart Dan?

Dan: I wrote the music, Nikole wrote the lyrics.

CBB: Really? I would have thought because it seems to be about a break-up with a wife..

Dan: It could be from the wife’s perspective, reflecting back on it. It can read a few ways.
The emotion in the song cuts through. Ending relationships and the bitterness.

Nikole: It is about a relationship ending.
There’s a lot of reflecting that gets done after you end a relationship.
You reflect on your own behaviour.
How you acted. How you contributed to what was wrong with the relationship.
You fall into that place where you’re thinking ‘Oh they’re just doing it to be mean’
and you kind of forget that that person is a person.
They have their own thoughts and feelings about what’s going on and it’s not about you.
You’re not necessarily doing something to each other, you’re feeling your own feelings and working through them your own way.
A lot of people are surprised to find out that I wrote the words, but it was, for me, very reflective to write that song.

CBB: I did find that even though it has fairly dark lyrics, overall it’s a very positive song.

Nikole: Ya, the whole idea was to make it have the really dark, kind of miserable lyrics but have it be really upbeat and kind of fun.
Like with the line from the chorus ‘everything is better now that you’ve left.’
It’s a song about moving on and being OK with moving on.
People don’t like to break up, people don’t like the relationship to end, even when that’s the right answer. Because it’s safe, and it’s what you know. We don’t like change.

Dan: It’s like that food that’s in the fridge that you know has gone bad but you just don’t want to throw it out, because you wanted to eat it so badly.
You don’t want to waste that food but it has to be thrown out.

CBB: You should buy a new food.

Dan & Nikole: You need to buy a new food.


Dan: Wow, that’s very profound. You should buy a new food…

CBB: How did you meet each other?

Nikole: We were both playing with different bands at the time, we had a gig at Therapy Lounge.
He came up to me after my set, and he said “somebody take the pipes out of St..”

Dan: Somebody took the pipes out of St. John’s cathedral and put them inside you.
The way that she sang just filled up the whole place. Amazing voice. That’s what hooked me first.

Nikole: About a month or so later we were both at Therapy Lounge to see Pay No Mind play and we started hanging out and talking. One day we just started practicing songs together.

Dan: I was obsessed with a song.

Nikole: “The One That I Want” from Grease. I was like ‘No I hate that!’

Dan: The thing is, I like hits.
I teach music all day, the music is sort of all the same to me, I just like songs that make people feel good.
She likes songs that are very deep and obscure and are B-sides. The ones that have an edge to them.

Nikole: I like a lot of music that not everyone knows.
When we come together and try and pick songs that we’re going to play, for both Waking Life and Less Than Three, we try and have a good mix of both.
We do want to appeal to the crowd. They don’t want to hear a bunch of stuff they haven’t heard before, they like hearing what they know.
I would prefer, that if we’re going to play songs that people know that we’re trying to find songs that not everybody’s already played.
So they’re like “oh, I haven’t heard this song in so long, I love this!”
I want people to feel nostalgia when they hear our music, whether it’s because they love Johnny Cash and June Carter or it’s because we played some song from the 90’s like Elastica.
Every single song we pick, it’s a song that we like.

Dan: We’ll Waking Life-atize it.
Whatever the melody and the chords are, we play it our way.
We don’t try and do a copy of what’s on the album.
We just take it as a story and we tell it in our words.
Some people end up thinking “Did you write this?” because they’re obscure and we do it our own way so they don’t know.
Except for when we do Depeche Mode songs, people know it’s by Depeche Mode.

Nikole: Songs that people often ask if we wrote them are “Born on the FM Waves of Heart” by Against Me, or even the Jack White song “Love Interruption”

CBB: How did you guys meet up with Eric Davis?

Nikole: We had been doing the Less Than Three stuff for a while, and we decided we also wanted to try and put together a full band.
So we put a Kijiji ad out and Eric was one of the people that responded to it.

Dan: We tried a few more drummers, he wasn’t the first one, we had auditions.

Nikole: Eric sent me the reverbnation link for D.B Cooper.
They mostly do originals, some covers, even more obscure covers. They’re really good.
He came to practice at the Academy, because it just makes sense, everything’s there even a drum kit.  That’s why he loves being in our band, he can just show up with his symbols and high hat.
So he shows up, Dan was in teaching a lesson, Eric and I were talking in the waiting room.
I mentioned that Dan was a drum teacher and his face just dropped.
“I have to audition in front of a drum teacher?”
I was like, ‘don’t worry, he’s really nice.’

CBB: He didn’t have to call you Mr. Taylor?

Dan: Just sir is fine.


Nikole: He came in and we jammed a bunch of songs.

Dan: He just fell right in.

Nikole: We clicked right away. As we got to know him better, he really fits in.

Dan: He’s a real solid guy. He’s both sick and solid. We love him.
We try to think about including him in everything.
I’ve been in a band that was just a couple, and then me. But we really want to build a band.

CBB: Will future songs be a written as a group effort or is there a designated writer?

Nikole: It’ll likely be Dan and I. Eric does offer a lot, and comes up with a lot of drum lines.

Dan: We’re thinking of another original. We’re coming up with ideas all the time.

Nikole: That sound that we went with for Hate-filled Heart, that’s not necessarily the sound we want to go for as an overall sound.

CBB: When do you first remember discovering your love of music?

Nikole: Do you remember the brown fisher-price tape recorder?
I had that, I used to record myself singing when I was like five years old.
I found an old tape of me singing my hardest “don’t put the credit on me!”

Dan: What song is that?

Nikole: Don’t put the credit on me. It was an original from five-year old Nikole.
I always loved singing. I didn’t think of it as an actual thing to do.
When I was in grade nine, I decided to try out for the school musical.
I got one of the main roles.
After that the music teacher basically told me I had to join the choir and had to take vocal music the following year. So I took vocal music every year after that, stayed in the choir.
Now I’m teaching singing.

CBB: How about you Dan?

Dan: Always. When I was younger we just experimented with stuff.
We had a VCR and plugged our mixer into it and record onto VHS tapes because it was better quality than the little cassette tapes. Or just get a ghetto blaster and put in the middle of the room, hit record and we’d all just play when I was fourteen.
I went to university for music.
It always felt like just playing, like a kid in a sandbox.
It never felt like work, I’ve never worked a day in my life.
All I’ve ever done is just play music and teach music.
It’s the easiest way to play like a kid, but still be a grown up.
Still be able to buy a new food when necessary.
I was in a couple bands in Brantford that didn’t pan out.
This one is really fun. It sounds good and we do it our way.
We get have the vocal harmonies that I like, we get to have the hardness.
Some bands will have the vocal harmonies but they won’t want to have the metal chugging part.
Some bands will get to have the different time signatures, some the pretty picking but they won’t get to have a real pop song.
This takes all of our weird stuff and glued together in one package.

Nikole: When we do our set list, I have to put a lot of thought into those set lists because of how different all of the music is.
We want to make sure that there’s still a good flow.
I remember before the show at NV, I wrote up the set list and Dan said,
‘let’s just see how that looks on the staff.’
So we draw up the staff, because we’re just nerdy like that, we drew the key of each song on the staff and it basically went perfectly.

Dan: Each key, turned into a note, made a melody that was an interesting melody.
It swooped up and down.

Nikole: We’re even considering writing an original using that.

Dan: Everything we want, all the hard rock, all the nerdiness, all the obscurity.

Nikole: We could basically say ‘that song is every song we play.’
Our original is every cover we play.
Another idea we talked about came when a friend of mine did one of those facebook quizzes..

CBB: I saw that, you guys were June Carter and Johnny Cash!

Nikole: Which we found really amusing because we do cover one of their songs.
So then we decided we’re going to watch Walk the Line.
By the end of it we were smiling like our faces hurt.

Both: Aww, they’re so cute!

Nikole: Then we decided we want to do a Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute set.
We want to do an hour set of that.

Dan: There are so many great songs by them.

CBB: You both really portray that same spirit really well.

Dan: It’s really the most fun thing to do.
To play these songs together, to sing the harmonies together.
It really brings you closer. I recommend it highly for everyone.
To do something. Take a cooking class together.

Nikole: Yeah, do a thing together. As adults our lives are so busy.
When we’re in a relationship, every relationship starts off one way, everything’s exciting.
And then you start to get into a comfort zone together.
And then you’re past the comfort zone to the point that you’re just like everything is the same every day.

Dan: You’ve become furniture.

Nikole: You’re not doing anything anymore. You’re doing the same things.
Even if it’s you’re going to such and such bar because we like this band that plays every week or whatever. But doing an actual activity together where you have to interact.

Dan: It brings you together. I couldn’t do alone. I need her organized mind, and she needs me to carry stuff.


Nikole: I need someone to pick me up at the door when it’s cold or raining.

Dan: I like doing things.
I want to just be out in the world just eating up life as much as possible.

Nikole: We kind of treat every day like that.
Every day that we have stuff to do we treat it just like
‘ok, these are things we have to tackle today.’
And we tackle everything in our life as a team.
This is what we’re getting done and we’re not super perfect.
We’re not perfect at all.
We fight probably just as much as anybody else does but we also know that getting through that fight is another one of those things we have to do. We have to work on that.
We have to communicate and sometimes it’s hard but we do it because it’s worth it.
Because then we get to go back to doing things and being a band.
And every time it happens we grow together.
Then the next time an argument happens, it’s not going to be about the same thing because we worked that out, we’ve done the things to try and avoid it happening again.

Dan: We’re like Kanye and Kim Kardashian.

Nikole: My butt is almost that big. *laughing*
No we’re not!

CBB: I would’ve went more Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Dan: I’m not a business man though. I’m more of just a wild dude.

CBB: So you guys switch. Nikole is Jay-Z and Dan is Beyoncé.

Nikole: That is more accurate. Dan is the dancer.


CBB: What’s do you love most about the Brantford music scene?

Dan: We really feel like we’re part of a scene in Brantford now.
There’s so many good musicians and they’re so thankful and so passionate.
I feel so welcome. I’m not from Brantford, I’m from Hamilton, but I’ve been living here fifteen years.
I’ve never felt more a part of a community.
Musicians who are helping each other and not digging at each other.
It’s a really good feeling.

Nikole: Everybody is so welcoming and kind.
A band from Cambridge, they’ve been here a few times to play and they’re friends of ours, and I remember the one guy from the band saying to me that the music scene here was so different from other places that they’ve played.
There’s not that snideness. The people in the bands get along band to band.
It’s not this band sitting over here and not talking to that band.
That’s another thing, there’s so many of us and we can network with the people we enjoy spending time with to make a good event.
At no point is it ever awkward.
I really noticed that too, for the most part, in my experience, I’m not getting a feel of any negativity.

CBB: What would you change about the local scene?

Dan: We want more people to come out and see shows.

Nikole: I would see more bands not playing with the same bands.

CBB: Like get out of their genre?

Nikole: Get out, yes, and you wouldn’t just be playing to your friends every week.
We’re not going to get new fans if every time we do a show we play with the same people.
You get into a comfort zone and you know you’re guaranteed a gig if you play at the same place with the same people.
I want to get out of that and I would love to see other bands in town start doing that.
Like when we went to Pi Day with Chris Strei at Buck’s.
They let us go up and do a few songs, we ended up meeting Jason Inberg and I thought maybe Waking Life and Innersha doing a show together.

CBB: That’d be awesome.

Nikole: I really like to see more bands play together that haven’t played together before.
That’s something that’s maybe in the works, a Waking Life and Innersha show.
That’s how the crowds are going to start growing, and that’s how the crowds are going to see new music.

Dan: That’s why Taylor Swift brought One Direction on tour with her.
They’re doing the same thing.
We’re just like Taylor Swift and One Direction.


Nikole: No! You don’t get to make the references any more either!

CBB: So you’re stranded on an island, yes I’m going for the old cliché, and you find a magical lamp, a genie pops out and the only wish he’ll grant is a record player and five albums.
What would you choose?

Dan: The one by the guy. *laugh* Phil Collins – Face Value.
Just so I could loop the “doo-dum doo-dum doo-dum”
That gated reverb on those huge toms.

Nikole: I would say The Big Come Up by the Black Keys.
Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.
Clutch – From Beale Street to Oblivion.
And our own recording. How else can we still listen to ourselves?
We won’t be able to record.


CBB: When do you hope to have more music available, and where should fans watch for your newest songs to drop?

Nikole: Reverbnation & Facebook.
We are seeing that we may have a need sooner rather than later to actually have a website, but for now it’s pretty much facebook where we post everything.
All of our contact information is on the facebook page.

Dan: I would say spring.
Now that spring is happening, a new original song.
As I was falling asleep last night I heard it playing in my mind.
So it’s in there now.
It’s going to be this very straight-ahead hard rock.
White Stripes mixed with Jack White. And some Meg White. *laugh*

Nikole: It’s going to be White Stripes mixed with Jack White, eh?


Dan: Yeah. A little bit more full of the sound because we usually put more on it than just a guitar.

Nikole: We joke and we say we White Stripe-atized Love Interruption.

Dan: Yeah

Nikole: Have you heard the original? It’s done with a piano.

Dan: And the oboes.

Nikole: And it’s beautiful. I love that song.
We just made it rock. We made it rock!

Dan: I play it Jack White style.

Nikole: I feel like we’re doing it his way, but in our own way.
We had a lot of fun with that song.
That was one of the first songs that we started playing together.
It was my nemesis. It was a sword in my side.
I taught Dan the song, but I couldn’t get my harmonies right.
I battled with that song for months and months.
There were times when we went to perform the song and I would have to back out of the whole song and let Dan just go. I would maybe sing the chorus with him, because I just couldn’t find the note anywhere.
Now I have a new nemesis.

Dan: The Shakey Graves song.

Nikole: Shakey Graves is awesome. I really like him a lot. He did this song called

Both: Dear Departed

Nikole: He’s soul. He did this duet with this girl, Esmé Patterson, and it’s so awesome.
My friend Brandy was the one that told me about it.
She loves Shakey Graves, they’re like her favorite artist.
I fell in love with this song. We decided we’re going to do it.
Then it came down to doing the Brantford Music Centre and I crapped out.
We were practicing and I was like,
“I don’t know what’s happened! We were doing it right or a week and now nothing.”
It’ll be fine for an upcoming show.
We were just going to do it with Less Than Three because it fit’s perfectly within that.
Then we decided to kind of jam it out with Eric.
It’s so awesome with the drums and the electric guitar.
That’s the next cover we’re working on that actually needs work.
I guess sometimes we have to find one that’s difficult for us.
They all seem to come so easily. We’ve been kind of spoiled.

CBB: You’re going out and challenging yourselves?

Nikole: Yes, and that’s what I always teach my students.
The only way you’re going to get better at something is if you do something you’re not good at.
Over and over and over again.

Dan: Right. You have to push yourself past your comfort zone and go towards what you’re scared of.
Then just do it and do it and do it until you’re comfortable with it.
If someone was asking me,
“How do I make it as a musician?”
or “How do I make it as an artist?”
or “How do I make it as a truck driver?”
or “How do I make it and be what I want?”

Both: Keep Doing It.

Dan: How do you get better at lifting weights? Well, lift a lot of weights.
No one digs a hole by taking one shovel full and saying,
“This hole’s not dug! I quit! I’m no good at this.”
Just keep digging and eventually…you have a grave.


Dan: Or, something nice.

Nikole: We got so much support from the community, from the newspaper, from your site.
But that came from working every day at this.
We spent the time trying hard and putting ourselves out there, booking gigs and playing gigs, networking with other musicians and doing all those things.
Right now, we’re up here floating since we had the show on Saturday and meeting Glen.
We haven’t come back down.
This is what we’ve been working towards.
Having people know about us and coming out to see our shows.
Everybody who comes to our gigs has a good time and we want more people to come out and have a good time.

CBB: Do you plan on staying local, or how far would you travel for a gig at this point?

Nikole: We talked with Waking Life, maybe an hour or two out of town.
Less Than Three we’ve played in Toronto, we’ve played in Niagara Falls and Simcoe.
We want to do some more out of town stuff.
Chris Strei is working on a Toronto gig now.
Waking Life is going to be playing in Toronto for the We Love Boobies event.
That’s going to be July or August.

CBB: You covered most of my questions without me having to ask, so that’s awesome, thank you.
It’s been a pleasure sitting down with you. Thank you both.

BrantfordBands would like to give another sincere thank you to Dan Taylor and Nikole Taylor for taking the time out of their busy schedules to sit down for a great chat.
We look forward to catching more of their live gigs in and around Brantford and suggest you do the same.
Watch (real soon, promise 🙂 ) for an Artist Spotlight on both of Dan and Nikole’s bands, Waking Life and Less Than Three.

McTease @ the Tub – April 3

Brantford's own Mctease

Deep jams at a frantic pace.

Trevor and Mick are bringing their frantically fun band Mctease down to the Tub!

Mctease don’t take themselves too seriously, but they do seriously rock!

Playing their instruments like men possessed, their passion pours through with each note.
Let them draw you in to their musical good times!


Trevor Cobb is a welcoming and charismatic guy and this comes through brilliantly in his music. His husky voice, energetic strumming and humourous nature make him seem like the long lost third member of Tenacious D. That same vibrant energy and love of music are apparent when Mick Montgomery starts rhythmically walloping his conga drum.
Mctease play a blend of rock, country and generally upbeat tunes. Whatever genre they flowed through, Mick and Trevor made each song seem completely theirs, even when they play a covers. Their original songs are wonderfully frivolous, with lyrics that cause bursts of joyous laughter and a rousing cadence that makes it impossible not to stomp along to the beat.

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Who? Mctease
Where? The Tub
Date? Friday, April 3rd
Time? 9pm
Cost? No Cover (FREE)


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Chris Strei @ Manny’s Place – April 2

Chris Strei Formal '15 Announcement at Manny's Place

Folk-rock originals and classic covers

Folk rocker Chris Strei will be belting out his smooth originals and classic covers down at Manny’s, with possible special guests and a special announcement!
Be the first Strei fan to find out details about this year’s Strei Formal!

Chris has invited his fellow musicians to get up and jam (or marmalade) with him, anyone interested should get in touch, or surprise him the night of.  Everyone loves surprises.


Sporting a slightly disheveled dedicated artist look, Chris Strei‘s smooth and vibrantly melodic voice lends itself beautifully to his pop-tinged folk rock originals.
Chris eats, sleeps and breathes music and it certainly shows.  His commitment to the craft comes through in each composition, musical expressions of the vast tapestry of emotion and life experiences.

Wrong‘ written and composed by Chris Strei

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Who? Chris Strei
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Thursday, April 2nd
Time? 9pm
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+


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Bar Code @ Sherwood Restaurant – April 2

BarCode bunny hop at the Sherwood

Delicious meal and rocking music!

Get ready to rock the night away with a great meal to fuel your dancing moves!

BarCode is hosting a special Bunny Hop at the Sherwood on Thursday, with prizes, a dance contest, and “the Best Live Music, Bar None!


We’re thrilled to be introducing a brand new special event this spring, the BarCode Bunny Hop – a semi-formal sock hop dinner and dance!
Join us Easter weekend, Thursday, April 2nd, in the Nottingham Room at the landmark Sherwood Restaurant for an evening of entertainment, with dance contests, door prizes, a 50/50 draw and the sensational sounds of BarCode!
The Sherwood will be serving their famous perch, pickerel and roast beef smorgasbord starting at 7pm and providing the cash bar.
Remember, it’s always hip to tip!
$40 per person; advance tickets only.
Available from
the band, Brantford Music Centre and the Sherwood.

BarCode performing ‘That’ll Be the Day‘ by Buddy Holly

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Join the Event on facebook!

Who? BarCode
Where? Sherwood Restaurant
Date? Thursday, April 2nd
Time? 6:30pm – 12am
Cost? $40 (advance tickets)


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