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Motivation, Movement & Music @ Sanderson Centre – Sept 29

Joan Minnery Enterprises Motivation, Movement and Music

Get motivated! Get moving!

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.

from joanminnery.com:

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.

Join the Event on facebook!

Joan Minnery
facebook web
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
Cost? $20
Age limit? All Ages

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #motivation #mentalhealth #inspiration

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Hit the Spot: Knee Deep at Manny’s Place

Knee Deep live at Manny's Place

The boys are back in town.

BrantfordBands was live on location at Manny’s Place, one of Brantford’s finest venues for live music in the city, and caught another great performance from the guys in Knee Deep.

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.

Knee Deep rocking out at Manny's Place

We salute you!

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 live at Manny's Place in Brantford

A drummer’s smile makes the world go round.

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).

Nelson = film

Film waves goodbye to the people

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Hit the Spot: Pardi Gras at Take a Break

Pardi Gras live at Take a Break in Brantford

Pardi Gras is in the house tonight. Everybody just have a good time.

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 live in Brantford at Take a Break

“King Kong ain’t got sh*t on them.” – Denzel W.

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.

Live at Take a Break, Pardi Gras

“What they play is life.” -Louis A.

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from BrantfordBands!

Happy St Patrick's day from BrantfordBands

Today we’re all a lil’ Irish

Not just an excuse to over imbibe, St. Paddy’s day is also an awesome excuse to get out and enjoy some great local music!

Happy St. Paddy's!

We’d love you to share your weekend plans, or to hear from you on Sunday while you recover from the fun:  Comment below or head to the BrantfordBands facebook page to post your (fuzzy) memories and photos!


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The George Rose Big Band @ New Covenant Church – April 3

the George Rose Big Band Tunes We All Remember

Sing along with George and the Big Band

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 promotional video

the George Rose Big Band
facebook  web
Who? the George Rose Big Band
Where? New Covenant Church Hall
Date? Sunday, April 3rd
Time? 3pm
Cost? $20 adults
$10 children/students
Age limit? All Ages

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #bigband

Sticks & Stones @ Norfolk Tavern – March 18th

Sticks & Stones rocking out live

🍀 Sticks and Stones will rock your bones 🍀

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.

from facebook:

We’re playing the Erie coast line….at this rockin’ gem!

We rock! You drink!  🍀

Sticks & Stones
facebook

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Sticks & Stones
Where? the Norfolk Tavern
Date? Friday, March 18th
Time? 10pm
Cost? TBA
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands #stpatricksday2016

SueFest: a Celebration of Life @ Knights of Columbus – Sept 12

SueFest a Celebration of Life fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke foundation

Celebrate Life!

Support the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada while having a blast
at the 2015 SueFest: A Celebration of Life!

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:
Blaine Bomberry
Cory Mercer
The Delta Shakers
The Dumpster Bees
The Elmo Combo
Huckleberry Gin
The Lightning Dogs
Mark Leslie Wilson
Nate Friesen
Paul Agriesti
Ruby’s Revenge
Strummers Union

from SueFest.ca

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!

Tickets are available:
Online: Ticketscene.ca
In Person: P.A. Music Shop (139 Charing Cross St)

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

SueFest 2015

click image for Full Schedule

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
Cost? $20 advance
$25 door
free for children 12 years and under

#brantfordrocks #heart&stroke #livemusic

Open Mic w/ Less Than Three – Tuesdays @ Manny’s Place

Open Mic Tuesdays at Manny's Place with Less Than Three

mike check one two

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.

Make Tuesdays memorable with a journey down to Manny’s Place for their Open Mic with Less Than Three.

from facebook:

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
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Tuesdays
Time? 10pm – 2am
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocal #openmic

 

Hit the Spot: Heavy Brantford at Knights of Columbus

KnotSlip and the crowd rocked out at Heavy Brantford

\m/ (◣_◢) \m/

Saturday was a hot day filled with even hotter music at the first (annual?) Heavy Brantford.

Knights of Columbus was host to a pantheon of epic metal bands who tore it up all day long.
From start to finish, it was a day filled with violently pleasurable music that kept the crowd pumped.

In between sets Wally and his crew of comedy misfits kept the show going with their
hilarious Comedy Car Crash (check them out Tuesdays at club NV!)

no name band performing at Heavy brantford

they have no name yet they must METAL!

It was awesome to see bands, volunteers and fans come together to bring Heavy Brantford to life.
Metal-heads may love to smash each other in the pit, but they also love to help each other out of it.
No man, woman or child was left out of the camaraderie.

the Smashing Machine live at Heavy Brantford

smashing the machine, with METAL!

The full line-up of bands:
No Name Band (Oxford County)
From Beyond The Sky (Guelph)
Battery Inc (Brantford)
Zealots Desire (Woodstock)
The Smashing Machine (Brantford)
Enslave The Masses (Brantford)
Door To Door Human Gore (Brantford)
Ending Tyranny (Brantford)
A Rebel Few (Cambridge)
KnotSlip (Brantford)

Enslave the Masses live at Heavy Brantford

the masses were enslaved, by METAL!

The lineup for the Comedy Car Crash side stage:
hosted by Wally Warwick
Tim Kelly
Dylan Hall
Dave MacInnis
Mayce Galoni
James McVicar
Melanie Crawford
Dan Peters
Mathew Ferguson
Isi Commisso
Jason Allen

Door to Door Human Gore live at Heavy Brantford

get the door motherf@#%er. who is it? it’s METAL!

Tributes were the theme of the day.
No Name Band gave it their all (at noon..still amazed) with a number of great covers.
Battery Inc tore it up with their Metallica tributes (who changed up their set-list a bit after hearing No Name Band play an awesome version of Four Horsemen).
Zealots Desire decided to forgo their originals for a sweet tribute set to System of a Down.
Finally, KnotSlip showed us why they’re the greatest Slipknot tribute band around.

Between Zealots Desire and KnotSlip, some frantically fantastic originals slammed upon the crowd.
The Smashing Machine took the music to a decisively darker place, dragging the hardcore out into the light of day,
where we can only assume it received third degree burns from exposure.
Enslave The Masses (with Dusty performing back-to-back drummer duty in both TSM and EtM!) played their deep crawling death metal with a new young singer who belted it out with practiced precision.
Door To Door Human Gore spewed forth some dark and wonderfully nasty metal.  Thick and beefy bass layered upon with the madness of guitar, vocals and drums.
Ending Tyranny
tore through the very fabric of reality with their fast and technical death metal.  Playing new material from their forthcoming release, they sprinkled in a selection of fan-favorites.
A Rebel Few thrashed the crowd like a hooker looking for her money.  Though the sun had by then receded in fear, A Rebel Few proceeded to burn up the stage with their classic metal grooves.

The love of all things heavy was readily apparent today,
there were no sh***y bands, only f@%#ing awesome metal from those who live to rock hard.

Ending Tyranny live at Heavy Brantford

all hail the end of tyranny, bring more METAL!

KnotSlip tied up in the night in a noose of eternal glory.
At first it seemed that there was too much awesome for the stage to handle, with a couple of power issues causing a bit of mayhem.
After a couple tweaks, KnotSlip proceeded to give a stellar performance.
KnotSlip doesn’t just cover Slipknot, they become Slipknot.
Within their full replica costumes stand a crew of metal maniacs who present their love of the band in vivid technicolor.

KnotSlip live at Heavy Brantford

so much power, METAL power!

Just when it seemed the power issues were a thing of the past, it happened again.
This time the power issue led to a once in a lifetime audience participation event:

Power Outages can’t stop KnotSlip!
video courtesy of Media Broadcasting Center

from Paul Webster:

So last night, were playing our set, right;
So the power keeps going out
(not enough sources to support our 20+ plugs and yes, it’s noted lol).
The one time, during Before I Forget, the power cut out
and all the audience could hear was the drums at half volume.
Well the crowd kept on singing it (the chorus, thankfully)
for about 20 seconds+ until it was switched back on.
We all kept playing the parts and when the power came back,
the music did too, right on cue (obviously).
Was quite epic, something I don’t think I’ll forget, ever.

KnotSlip covering SlipKnot live at Heavy Brantford

can’t stop the METAL!

from facebook:

Where to start… so many people to thank for yesterdays amazing event!!
First all the people who came together and made it happen,
people who worked the door, the bbq, the stage,the side stage, the clean up..
just so many to try and list.
The bands came out an a hot ass day and gave it their all,
every hour another and came out and rocked it!!
From opening act No Name Band to Knotslip this day was impressive to say the least!!
I personally want to thank all the guys in the band …
you guys took it to a whole new level last night and I am proud as hell to be a part of it!!
#3

An unforgettable foray into the soul of local metal.
An awesome job-well-done to DoubleBooked Productions, all the bands, all the comedians, all the volunteers,
and all of the fans who brought out the best in each other for a kicka$$ day of heavy metal in the sun!

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Songs for H.O.P.E fundraiser @ Brantford Arts Block – Sept 11

Songs for HOPE fundraiser featuring live acoustic music from Logan Staats and many more

live music for a great cause

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.

Featuring performances by:
Logan Staats
Caleb Turgeon Coates
Chris Strei
Less Than Three
Terry Weaver

from facebook

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.

Tickets are available at:
Starving Artist Cafe (42 Dalhousie)
Neat Stuff (116 Dalhousie)
Brantford Arts Block (111 Sherwood Drive)

What You Love‘ by Logan Staats

Take Your Records‘ by Chris Strei

Caleb Turgeon Coates performing ‘Summertime Sadness‘ by Lana Del Ray

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Caleb Turgeon Coates |   Chris Strei
Less Than Three  |  Logan Staats  |  Terry Weaver
Where? Brantford Arts Block
Date? Friday, September 11th
Time? 7pm-10pm
Cost? $15 minimum donation

#brantfordrocks #hope #acoustic

X-Press Yourself an evening showcasing women in entertainment @ Manny’s Place – Sept 19

xpress yourself an evening showcasing woman in entertainment

Give it up for the ladies!

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.

from facebook

Come out to support our sisters as we take the stage
to bring you live music, comedy, slam poetry and burlesque!

Tickets are $8 in advance and will be available at
Manny’s Place, The Music Academy, or from
Waking Life band members, Dan Taylor or Nikole Taylor.

There will be live music performances from:
High Heels Lo Fi (Toronto)
Sarah Halabecki Band (London)
Waking Life – Band Page (Brantford)
The Ache (Brantford)
Velvet & The Vibe (Brantford)

Stand-up Comedy by:
Abby McWhirter (Brantford)
Rachel Matheson (Toronto)

Slam Poetry by:
Jaded (Paris)

Burlesque by:
Ruby Krueger (Hamilton)

Simple‘ by Sarah Halabecki Band


Happy Purple Unicorn‘ by The Ache


Waking Life performing ‘Love Interruption‘ by Jack White


Join the Event on facebook!

Who? High Heels Lo Fi | Sarah Halabecki Band
Waking Life | The Ache | Velvet & The Vibe
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Saturday, September 19th
Time? 9pm-2am
Cost? $8 (advance)
$10 (door)
Age Limit? 19+

#brantfordrocks #supportlocaltalent #chicksrock

Heavy Brantford ft. 10 Metal Bands @ Knights of Columbus – Sept 5

Prepare yourself for Heavy Brantford

What’s better than watching a heavy metal band here in Brantford?
10 (TEN!) metal bands!
Throw in a side of great comedy and you’ve got yourself one helluva day!

Local hardcore rockers from Brantford and the area are set to tear Brantford a new one on Saturday,
storming the stage out at the Knights of Columbus with a full day of massive music.

A Rebel Few (Cambridge)
Battery Inc (Brantford)
Door To Door Human Gore (Brantford)
Ending Tyranny (Brantford)
Enslave The Masses (Brantford)
From Beyond The Sky (Guelph)
KnotSlip (Brantford)
No Name Band (Oxford County)
Smashing Machine (Brantford)
Zealots Desire (Woodstock)

from facebook

2nd stage featuring stand up comedy brought to you by
COMEDY CAR CRASH Hosted by Wally Warwick
Bring a few extra dollars to help support these great bands …
Buy a CD or T Shirt to show the bands how much the Live music scene means,
Support Local Talent

Get your tickets online to beat the crowds!
Or grab a VIP package
(2 All Day Tickets, 2 Knotslip Tshirts, BBQ Passes & a HEAVY Brantford Poster for just $25!!)

KnotSlip (a Slipknot Cover Band)
video courtesy of VividChimpMedia

We’re All Doomed‘ by Door to Door Human Gore

Continuous Expansion‘ by Ending Tyranny

A Bomb‘ by Enslave the Masses
video courtesy of Jason Roorda

Join the Event on facebook!

Who?  A Rebel Few  |  Battery Inc  |  Door To Door Human Gore
Ending Tyranny  |  Enslave The Masses  |  From Beyond The Sky
KnotSlip  |  No Name Band  |  Smashing Machine  |  Zealots Desire
Where? Knights of Columbus
Date? Saturday, September 5th
Time? 12pm-11pm
Cost? $10

#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #heavymetal

Acoustic Open Mic w/ Trevor Cobb @ Manny’s Place – Tuesdays

Acoustic Open Mic with Trevor Cobb at 9pm at Manny's Place

Acoustic Open Mic w/ Trevor Cobb

Join Trevor Cobb for an Acoustic Open Jam every Tuesday night at Manny’s Place.

For us non-performing listener types it’s always great seeing local musicians let their music free.

Rock, soul, folk, country, blues, death metal (acoustic death metal obviously),
no genre is safe from the Open Jam!

If you’re looking to have some fun jamming out with local musicians
get down to Manny’s and Trevor will get you up on stage.

The Acoustic Open Jam starts at 9pm.


Who? Anyone who wants to jam acoustically
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Tuesdays
Time? 9pm
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #openjam

Hit the Spot: Cory Mercer at BDoggs

Hit the Spot Cory Mercer at BDoggs

Cory Mercer, Fine Street Food and Craft Beer!

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.

from bdoggs.com:

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 jamming out some live tunes at B.Doggs in Brantford

And I hope you like jammin’ too.

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.

Cory Mercer singing and playing some great songs down at B.Doggs

Cory Mercer singing in the shade

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.

Door to Door Human Gore, Harangue, We Are Human, Blastomycosis & Reliving the Prophecy @ Manny’s Place – June 26

metal mayham at Manny's Place featuring Reliving the Prophect, Door to Door Human Gore, Harangue, We Are Human, Blastomycosis live in Brantford

The guy with the rubber glove was surprisingly gentle.

Metal mayhem invades Manny’s Place!
Get musically molested (in the best way possible) by five groups of metal maniacs:

We’re All Doomed‘ by Door to Door Human Gore

covered in flies and afterbirth

Covered in Flies and Afterbirth‘ by Blastomycosis

Door to Door Human Gore facebook music youtube
Harangue facebook music
We Are Human facebook music
Blastomycosis facebook music
Reliving the Prophecy facebook music

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Door to Door Human Gore | Harangue
We Are Human | Blastomycosis | Reliving the Prophecy
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Friday, June 26th
Time? 7pm – 2am
Cost? $10
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #metal

Urban Canals, Street Pharmacy & James-Alphonse @ Club NV – June 19

Street Pharmacy, Urban Canals, James-Alphonse at Club NV Friday June 19th

Live Music Fridays Rock at NV!

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)

Catch Brantford Indie Band Urban Canals
along with rockin’ reggae greats Street Pharmacy
and the genre-bending mutable James-Alphonse.

Like Lightning‘ by Urban Canals

Red Light Midnight‘ by Street Pharmacy

Urban Canals
Artist Spotlight @ BrantfordBands web facebook music youtube
Street Pharmacy
web facebook twitter music youtube
James-Alphonse web facebook twitter music youtube

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Urban Canals | James-Alphonse
Street Pharmacy
Where? Club NV
Date? Friday, June 19th
Time? 8pm
Cost? $5 advance / $8 doors
Age limit? 19+

 


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Hit the Spot: One Year Manniversary at Manny’s Place

Hit the Spot with BrantfordBands

BrantfordBands’ Hit the Spot

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's Place - First Manniversary

Happy Manniversary

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.

Brain Jammage live at Manny's Place.

Jammaging your Brain

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.

Against the Grain hard rockers from Brantford

Hard and fast. just like your mom

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.

Brantford's Chris Strei rocking live

Chris Strei soothes the soul

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 Mulligan, Mikie Bray and John Lama pleasing the crowds

Soulful alternative rockers

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.

McTease rocks

McTeasing the crowds

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.

The Tryst kicking it

The Tryst rock

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.

Crowd rocking out at Manny's Place in Brantford

Great rocking Manniversary

We’ve added a few photo galleries taken at this year’s Manniversary
to the BrantfordBands on facebook.

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 number 9 featuring Planes and Trains, B.A Johnston, Thomas and the Evil Computer, Urban Canals live at the Station

The sleeper series strikes again

ZZZ#9 is rolling into the Station,
loaded up with local (and nearly local) original artists:

from facebook:

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 facebook music
B.A. Johnston facebook twitter music web
Urban Canals facebook music youtube web BrantfordBands
Thomas & The Evil Computer music web

Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Planes & Trains | B.A. Johnston
Urban Canals | Thomas & The Evil Computer
Where? The Station Coffee House & Gallery
Date? Saturday, June 13th
Time? 8pm
Cost? $5

 


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1 Year Anniversary! @ Manny’s Place – June 3rd to June 6th

Manny's Place 1 year anniversary June 3rd to 6th featuring Karaoke, Open Jam, and live music from Brain Jammage, Against the Grain, Dj Fedora, Chris Strei, Carl Mulligan, Trevor Cobb and The Tryst !!!

Great live music plus giveaways and specials!

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.

Friday night BrAiN jAmMaGe and Against the Grain take the stage
with Dj Fedora spinning between sets!

Saturday Chris Strei, Carl Mulligan, Trevor Cobb and The Tryst will be coming out to rock the house
with Dj Fedora to help keep the party going all night!

from facebook:

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
Where? Manny’s Place
Date? Wednesday June 3rd until Saturday June 6th
Time? various (usually 7pm or later)
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


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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!!
**FREE ADMISSION**

Sticks & Stones
facebook email

Join the Event on facebook!

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

 


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