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Hit the Spot: Heavy Brantford at Knights of Columbus

KnotSlip and the crowd rocked out at Heavy Brantford

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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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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.

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
facebook music youtube

Join the Event on facebook!

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

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.

from brantfordbands.com:

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.

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Wrong‘ written and composed by Chris Strei

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

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

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