World Series [metal / progressive / rock]
to the ever-growing Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!
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
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
to the ever-growing Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!
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
Eric Mills, Big Shiny Two, Heckle the Band and Knee Deep are under the Spotlight at BrantfordBands.com
- Guitarist / singer Eric Mills
- Rock duo Big Shiny Two
- Alt-rock trio Heckle the Band
- Alternative rock band Knee Deep
to the ever-growing Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!
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
|Date?||Saturday, April 11th|
|Time?||10pm – 2am|
#brantfordbands #90s #alternative
Covering a wide variety of rock & roll from recent hits to legendary classics,
Barslap, out of Hamilton / Burlington, have spent years bringing crowds to their feet.
On Friday they bring the rock to Brantford!
Barslap is a hard working, local band that thrives on
playing the music you would love to hear,
but rarely do, in a live setting.
Having a wide range of interests influenced by hard rock,
classic rock, blues and alternative they are sure to hit
everyone with the right notes.
Barslap performing ‘Roller‘ by April Wine
|Date?||Friday, April 10th|
|Cost?||No Cover (free)|
#brantfordrocks #supportyourlocal #rock
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:
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|
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
An awesome new series debuted at The Station Coffee House & Gallery on Saturday, March 7th.
The first “Intervals a Songwriters’ Showcase” featured local acoustic singer songwriters performing (primarily) original material in a relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by fans and fellow artists. Organized by local music aficionado and performer Chris Strei, Intervals is a wonderful monthly series that encapsulates the thriving creative spirit of Brantford.
Down at the train station might not be one of the first places you think of when you want to check out some great live music, but it should be. Since 2008, The Station (it’s the building on the far left, not the main train station building) has been allowing travelers and locals a place to enjoy various cultural arts. Beautiful art adorns every wall inside, most of which is available for purchase. Monthly updates bring a fresh collection of photographs, paintings and various other art forms to dazzle the eyes. March brought us the wonderful madness of Dean F. Ellis and his eccentric paintings, pen and ink, photos and sculptures.
The space is not vast, but there is a plethora of seating available. The building allows an unique sonic connection to each artist, as the entire space fills with lucious sound, allowing you to experience subtle nuances of the music you may have missed at a larger venue. The occasional passing train really adds to the mood, as though we were riding in the back of a boxcar with a menagerie of songwriters free to openly express their craft. Fortunately this train ride had a well stocked bar area, with libations and coffee served up by the friendly co-founder / bartender Jeff Sauble.
The first performer of the night was Andrew Bradbury. Andrew has a strong vocal presence and great skill on the guitar. He played along with a backing track which may not have been necessary, as his songwriting talent shone acoustically. His original songs spoke from a place of passion, and his love of music was displayed quite proficiently. We were able to make a recording of Bradbury performing his original song No Regrets (the video is embedded at the bottom of this post), which sounded even better live. Andrew is an artist to keep an eye on, and we can’t wait to see how his talent continues to evolve.
Intervals was set to feature hour long sets by each artist. Due to a last minute change in performers, there was also a ‘free jam’ which allowed everyone a chance to perform a few additional songs.
The ‘free jam’ brought us some great songs performed by Chris Strei, a solo performance by Jason Inberg, and an extra Innersha performance. Trevor Cobb performed a fun little freestyle acoustic performance before being joined by Mick Montgomery and jumping into a great Mctease performance.
Mctease had not expected to perform tonight, but it was a happy little accident that allowed BrantfordBands to witness their unique and thoroughly entertaining set. 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 walloping his conga drum. During softer moments Mick played the tambourine in a building credsendo which would inevitably lead back into the massive conga rhythms. Mctease played 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 jammed a few 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. While we can’t share too much of the lyrical content from songs like ‘Pig’ and ‘Pu**y’, it’s safe to say that McTease pushed the all-ages content to the limit (and beyond).
Check out No Cash (Trevor’s now-defunct country band) on soundcloud for a taste of the unique flavour inherent in Trevor and Mick’s music. Viewer discretion is advised.
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. His driving song ‘QEW’ cruises down the highway of life on a bright sunny day, with breezy traffic full of happy commuters waving and smiling as you pass them by. Each song has a similar spirit, of triumphantly overcoming adversity, staying positive even in the bleakest moments.
For a brief look into the artistry of Chris Strei check out his profile on ReverbNation.
The final set, Innersha‘s acoustic set, was the cherry on a guilt-free sundae. Huge sultry vocals and soaring guitar lift the listener to new heights. Jason Inberg and Kristen Bezemer are both passionate singer/songwriters. After hearing Kristen’s soft speaking voice it’s a shock when she starts singing. She has a true country diva sound, filled with authentic emotion and charm. Her voice embraces like a warm hug on a cold day, with a range that lends itself to any genre but really shines on boot-stomping country tunes. Jason is no slouch himself, as not only does he play a mean guitar but also has a wonderful voice. Deep, rough and contradictorily gentle, bringing to mind a soulful Matthew Good.
Innersha‘s original songs are buoyant and uplifting, and catchy in a way that has you singing along the first time you hear them. It’s impossible not to clap and stomp along to the infectious rhythms. Their newest release, ‘Know Where Your Heart Is’ makes the crowd eager to answer, “Our heart is in your hands!”. ‘Chills run down your spine‘ indeed, as this is a song that calls you out to the dance floor to embrace your sweetie, thanking the heavens for the chance to experience life connected with another person. Any cover songs they perform are transformed, creating brand new Innersha songs. When Jason and K-Bez join together for duets there’s a definitive unity and shared passion for music that carries the songs to new levels of greatness.
For a preview of the driving tempo and stimulating nature of Innersha head over to their youtube channel.
from Chris Strei:
I want to thank everyone who came out for #Intervals last night. Trevor Cobb & Mick Montgomery of Mctease, Andrew Bradbury, and Jason Inberg & Kristen Bezemer of Innersha did a great job on stage. Jeff Sauble at the bar always makes the night complete. Our audience made all our efforts worth the time we put into our music. Last night also gave me some good ideas for next month’s instalment of the #intervalsSeries.
We can’t wait to see what next month’s Intervals brings to the Station, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted when more details are released!
We’ve created a gallery of photos from the event on 500px.
Please note that the original red lighting has somewhat distorted all of the images. We attempted to colour-correct the photos, but as a result everybody looks like they had sever sunburns in early March.
We sincerely hope that we’ve not offended any performers by posting these photos,
contact us and we will remove any unwelcome photos immediately.
As promised, here’s the video we recorded of Andrew Bradbury performing
his original song No Regrets:
A great night was had by all who made it out to Club NV on Friday, March 6th. Two great bands made the end of winter feel that much closer, despite the chilly weather.
Situated in the heart of downtown Brantford (or is it the spleen of downtown? it’s been awhile since my last biogeography lesson) Club NV is a uniquely engaging venue to catch live music. And it’s still open. I swear. They could perhaps use a nice sign indicating when they are open, but I digress.
The sound system they have in place is great, penetrating throughout the building beautifully. The lighting is very nightclub, dancing around like an inebriated break-dancer (in a good way). There’s a sparkling fountain of joy that welcomes you to the bar area, where great food and cold drinks are served at very reasonable prices.
A fantastic row of couches directly in front of the stage (pretty much a part of the stage) provide a very immersive experience.
The night opened with North Bay rocker’s Break the Trend who tore it up with their rambunctious attitude and tight musical fortitude. Though the band has only recently re-formed after a hiatus of several years, they have an awesome unity that is wonderful to hear. Settling comfortably somewhere between hard rock and alternative, it’s hard not to love Break the Trend. Patrick Pharand, on bass, was especially energetic throughout their set, jumping around with a contagious enthusiasm that was felt in their music.
The driving rhythms set down by Alex Lajambe’s wicked drumming and Patrick’s funky bass lines are the perfect setup for John Fournier and Lucas Mullins killer guitar riffs. John Fournier’s voice sends chills down the spine, especially on softer more expressive songs. There’s a great harmony between lead singer John and back up vocals from Alex and Lucas, and in general a strong unity amongst the band that makes all of their tracks sound fantastic.
Break the Trend have a great sense of humour which bleeds into their set-list, following up their hard rocking track “Cocaine” with their cover of Bad Company’s “Feel Like Making Love” did make perfect sense admittedly.
Every track they played was awesome, I especially enjoyed the previously mentioned “Cocaine” which evoked a rush of energy similar to…a nice cup of coffee. Alongside softer melodic tracks such as “Fight Another Day” they really showcased the diverse musical spirit of the band.
Here’s hoping that Break the Trend will make their way back to Brantford soon, but in the meantime check out their website, their facebook, and their youtube channel.
Finishing off the night was Brantford’s own Waking Life. While they may be new on the scene, Waking Life already performs at a level that blew me away.
In spite of having a last minute replacement bass player (Lukasz Gralewicz, former member of Gag Order, who had to learn a selection of 20 songs in less than two weeks!) they displayed a rock-solid musical cohesion that some bands only dream of achieving.
Not only musically wondrous, Nikole and Dan also dress to impress. Nikole’s heelless heels (apparently called gravity heels; you learn something new everyday) were the cherry on her impressive heroine look which melded well with Dan’s urban cowboy take on a rustic classic. This not only occurred visually, but audibly their vocals were also a wonderful combination of rocking female edge and soulful male attitude.
Dan Taylor was a charismatic showman, using comedy and audience interaction to let us know the band was here to rock our metaphorical socks off and tickle our toes. His strong vocal style lends itself well to various genres and his guitar playing is absolutely on the mark no matter what he’s playing.
Lukasz Gralewicz more than filled the bassist vacancy tonight, he brought his energetic style and laid down some fat grooves that rolled out of his bass in a tsunami of thick luscious sound.
A true lyrical vixen, Nikole Taylor throws her heart and soul into her singing. From soft and sensual to rough and wild, she sings with a fiery passion throughout.
On drums Eric Davis rolled out the beats harder and faster than an octopus on steroids. He drives the tempo out from a bottomless well of talent and effortlessly holds up the wall of sound created by Lukasz and Dan.
The harmony of Dan and Nikole is breathtaking. There’s a chemistry that can’t be faked, a feeling that we’re almost invading their privacy just listening to them sing such beautiful melodies together.
Tonight marked the public début of Waking Life‘s new original song “Hate Filled Heart.” Unfortunately, due to a bit of a SNAFU regarding ride arrangements, I had to cut out early and was unable to hear it live. Having listened online, I’m even more disappointed to have missed out on such a dark and emotional yet upbeat and harmonic song. Hopefully we’ll be able to see them live again soon to experience more of the unity and passion that is Waking Life.
from Waking Life:
We guarantee to make you feel the feels of nostalgia!
We’re currently looking to book at events and with other bands, if you’re interested or looking, make sure you check out the recordings we posted in our videos section.
We are looking to start playing outside of Brantford too! So if you aren’t from our hometown, and are looking for a band to play, contact us!
To hear their new song “Hate Filled Heart” check out their reverbnation page.
To hear some of the great harmony of their cover songs go to their facebook.
And don’t forget to like Waking Life to stay updated on any tour dates, new songs, appearances, and related Waking Life news!
This album is an emotionally vulnerable trip through the dark passages of our ethos with experienced guides showing us the true beauty shining through.
It’s like sailing a raft down a river of sound. The turbulence constantly growing the further you venture, providing a rollicking good time that only occasionally slows to allow us to catch a breath.
Jamie’s vocals tear through the psyche like a mournful spirit, crying out with an absolute tenderness that smolders with passion. Even when delivering lines such as “we didn’t give a f**k what other people had to say” there’s a feeling that she really cares about she’s singing. I hope they weren’t right, and this is a band that was “meant to last“.
Urban Canals displays a harmony and fellowship that is rarely seen in a first release. They play off each others strengths to create a soundscape that dazzles the mind. There’s a clearly audible passion amongst them that is wonderful to hear.
From the beginning to end, the cohesion is solid between Alex Hindriks’ guitar work, Alex Rolstons’ driving drums and Jamie Stoneman’s soothing bass and keys.
I love the outro on ‘First Time Flying.’ It’s moments like this that really showcase the kicking vibe that makes Urban Canal‘s stand out from other indie bands.
At times, such as during the first track ‘Eye Contact,’ there’s a groove that reminds me of early 60’s pop bands, funky yet refined.
“Balconies,” as short as it is at only 48 seconds long, is a tender expose that highlights the variety of sentiment expressed throughout the album.
A truly Brantfordian track, “Back to the Factories” speaks to the confinement we all feel in an urban decaying sprawl. Alex Hindriks adeptly takes the lead on this track, with Jamie providing backup vocals and an introductory joyful shout. I had flashbacks of “breaking windows and smashing walls…back there in the factories.” “It’s all we’ve ever known,” indeed.
From beginning to end, this is a very strong album from Brantford’s Urban Canals that we at BrantfordBands highly recommend picking up today.
A word from the band:
We encourage you to go to our Band Camp and download it for free!
[ BB Edit: Love Urban Canals? You can also name your own price and pay as much as you’re able 😉 ]
We would like to thank Dan Taylor and Nikole Taylor at CCSound Studios for all their hard work and time in and out of the studio. We would also like to thank Jesus Maza and Breanne Mackenzie whom have taken all the photos you see associated with the album’s design. Thank you all so much! We couldn’t have done it without you
Have a listen for yourself,
and download Urban Canals‘ “See You On the Other Side” NOW!