He has joined rocking indie band Urban Canals under the Artist Spotlight as BrantfordBands continues to shine the light on local musicians.
On Thursday, June 11th I strode into B●Doggs Fine Street Foods and quickly saw the creative local entrepreneurial spirit continuing to thrive in Brantford.
Serving up deliciously elegant “street food” alongside craft beers from the area with some smooth live music for desert.
The patio, or “beer garden” is a great place to enjoy some live acoustic jams. It’s split into sections with greenery all around. There are plenty of tables and benches that surround the perimeter with a clear view of the performance area from any angle.
What makes one patio better than the next?
We believe it’s in the vibe, the tunes, the greenery and the name.
Doesn’t a “beer garden” sound much more inviting than “a patio?”
Ours is certainly worth a visit, or two or three.
Don’t be surprised if our play list jumps from a reggae one-drop to 80’s yacht rock or indie top hits.
Cory Mercer delivered some awesome original songs, along with a slew of great cover tunes.
Flowing through the genres, effortlessly switching from rock to folk, pop to alternative, again and again.
His melodic voice lent itself perfectly to any song.
Cory took a number of requests during his performance, including more Paul Simon than you could shake a stick at.
Unless you had a fairly large-sized stick, of course.
Cory had fun with the crowd, always friendly and engaging.
His bohemian style and attitude were perfectly aligned with the general vibe of the venue, very free-spirited.
His originals were beautiful hand-crafted songs straight from the heart, with plenty of hooks to keep the crowd grooving.
A great time, a great place, a great band. It was a damn great time for everyone.
It was also quite tremendous, wicked, exquisite, copacetic and excellent.
But mostly, it was great.
Every Thursday from 6pm – 10pm: live local music & fresh local cuisine at B●Doggs Fine Street Foods.
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
ZZZ#9 – Planes & Trains, BA Johnston, Urban Canals, Thomas & The Evil Computer @ the Station – June 13
ZZZ#9 is rolling into the Station,
loaded up with local (and nearly local) original artists:
- alt. rockers Planes & Trains
- the man who defies all couche-tards B.A. Johnston
- indie-rock outfit Urban Canals
- midi/math rocker Thomas & The Evil Computer
this show is on a SATURDAY!
i know that’s weird for us, but let’s give’r a try, right?
the trains will still be rolling in,
the beer will still be flowing
and the tunes will still be rocking.
(official) WTFest after-party event!
DJ > sp5000
‘Headless == Wealthy‘ by Thomas and the Evil Computer
video courtesy of MOTIONEER
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‘Deep Fryer in My Bedroom‘ by B.A. Johnston
video courtesy of CriticalDistanceVids
‘See You On The Other Side‘ EP preview by Urban Canals
video courtesy of U.Canals
|Planes & Trains|
|Thomas & The Evil Computer|
|Who?||Planes & Trains | B.A. Johnston
Urban Canals | Thomas & The Evil Computer
|Where?||The Station Coffee House & Gallery|
|Date?||Saturday, June 13th|
#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #zzz
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!