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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

 


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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.

from thegeorgerosebigband.com:

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!

from brantfordbands.com:

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 elmocombo.com 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.

from reverbnation.com:

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.

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O1uVSPJNoY&theme=dark&w=420%5D
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!

from reverbnation.com:

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

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!

from squeeler.ca:

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

Join the Event on facebook!

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

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

Rich and the Poor Boys @ Warmington’s – April 10

Rich and the Poor Boys

Great rockin’ blues

Local Niagara Falls legend Rockin’ Rich has been kickin’ out the blues since the 70’s.
His awesome harmonica skills, unique vocals and dynamic stage presence are a wonder to behold.
Rich and the Poor Boys continue to wow audiences across Canada.
This Friday catch them live right here in Brantford!

from richandthepoorboys.com:

When you see Rich and the Poor Boys perform you are immediately aware of the raw energy and passion that emanates from the stage.
They inject a vibrant new life into classic blues material while still remaining true to the historic roots of the blues.


Walking Blues‘ by Rich and the Poor Boys

Rich and the Poor Boys
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Who? Rich and the Poor Boys
Where? Warmington’s Bistro
Date? Friday, April 10th
Time? 8pm

 


#brantfordrocks #supportyourlocal #blues

BarSlap @ Buck’s – April 10

Barslap at Buck's Tavern

Classic rock, rock & more rock!

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!

from barslap.ca:

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

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Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Barslap
Where? Buck’s Tavern
Date? Friday, April 10th
Time? 10pm
Cost? No Cover (free)
Age limit? 19+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportyourlocal #rock

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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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

Less Than Three are under the Spotlight at BrantfordBands.com

Brantford’s romantically inclined rockers Less Than Three
are now under the Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!

They have joined rocking indie band Urban Canals
soulful roots/folk man Benjamin Rogers
and turntabilist extraordinaire NMEdj
under the Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!

Clickity clickity click for our InnerView with Dan Taylor & Nikole Taylor of Less Than Three!

NMEdj

NME
[turntabilism/EDM]

Would you or your local band (or both?) like a feature on the Artist Spotlight?
Contact BrantfordBands!
Please include any videos, photos, links, and info that you’d like us to share.

Slick Brothers @ Zanders – April 3

the Slickbrothers

Smoothly sliding into your subconscious.

Rhythm and Blues, Classic rock with a touch of Country, folk, and more;
oozing with attitude and dripping with skill;
don’t forget to bring a towel.

from facebook.com:

When asked the question “where have u played “
his best answer is “everywhere there’s AC current flowing.”
He was greatly influenced in the beginning of his career by
Prakash John, Tim Bogart, and Donald Duck Dunn.
This collaboration resulted in the forming of the Slickbrothers.
He has played the blues circuit in Canada and the United States
and the country circuit in Canada .
It even resulted in a pat on the head from Buddy Guy after playing a burnin’ 12 bar.
He has had the pleasure of teaming up with Donnie Bernardie as a rhythm section for 5 yrs.
Mel Brown, Jack Dekeyzer, Richard Newell (the King Biscuit Boy), Don Walsh, Chuck Jackson, Tom Wilson, T-bone Big John Little and the last 5 yrs with Steve Burnside & the Marquis are just few of the other musicians he’s worked with.
All of this certainly raises the bar.
Ultimately he aspires to the Lincolns led by Prakash John!
The heart of his music is R&B but is always looking for a challenge playing anything else. Which has included country, new country, classic rock, celtic, folk and even pirate music!


The Slickbrothers performing ‘Hurts So Good‘ by John Mellencamp

the Slickbrothers
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Who? the Slickbrothers
Where? Zander’s Fire Grill and Brew Lounge
Date? Friday, April 3rd
Time? 10pm

 


#brantfordrocks #supportyourlocal #rock&roll

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!

from brantfordbands.com:

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

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #brantfordbands

Ian Andrews & the Smokin’ Scoundrels @ Brando’s – April 3

Ian Andrews and the smokin' scoundrels at Brando's

Blues so hot they’re smoking.

Rolling into Brando’s, Ian Andrews and his crew of scoundrels are heading to Brantford with their signature rockabilly blues.

Ian surrounds himself with similarly dedicated musicians.
The roster may change but the rock and roll spirit is always constant.

from brandos.ca:

One of our crowd favourites is back to party it up at The Beach House!
Friday April 3rd starting at 8:30pm, Ian Andrews and the Smokin’ Scoundrels hit the Coors Light Mainstage supported by resident Dj m2 between sets and after their performance.


Bring Me Down Woman‘ by Ian Andrews

Ian Andrews & the Smokin’ Scoundrels
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Join the Event on facebook!

Who? Ian Andrews & the Smokin’ Scoundrels
Where? Brando’s on Market
Date? Friday, April 3rd
Time? 8:30pm

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #blues

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.

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oai-zqK9ymQ&theme=dark&w=420%5D
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+

 


#brantfordrocks #supportlocalmusic #folkrock

Benjamin Rogers is under the Spotlight at BrantfordBands

Local folk singer / songwriter / guitarist / fiddler Benjamin Rogers has been added to the Artist Spotlight at BrantfordBands!  Check it out to learn more about Benjamin and peruse his musical fare.

He has joined rocking indie band Urban Canals under the Artist Spotlight as BrantfordBands continues to shine the light on local musicians.

Would you or your local band (or both?) like to be featured on the Artist Spotlight?
Contact BrantfordBands!
Please include any photos, links, and info that you’d like us to share.

Unsigned artists, submit your music to Hota Rex!

Hot Rex Reckords is looking for unsigned bands

Submit your band!

Hota Rex Reckords, out of Philadelphia, PA, are currently accepting unsigned artists for their End of the Year Mixtape.  A great chance for some international exposure!

from hotarex.com:

What genres of music are we looking for on this tape? 
Heavy Metal, Black, Death, Thrash, Crossover, Doom, Gore, Grind, D- beat, Occult Crust, Instrumental Rock, Stoner Rock, Experimental, Ambient and Hallways in-between.

How it works?
You simply choose the best track that represents the current direction of your music/album you want to promote and send it to us in a high quality, uncompressed .wav format. We also put a link to your bandcamp of course in the liner notes.
Details:

  • International compilation featuring the best of premium unsigned underground artists.
  • This is pro-pressed on cobalt cassette tapes limited to 500 w/ a J-card, imprint ink on the shell and shrinkwrapped.
  • Each band receives a % of the press as payment for use of their material – excellent way for promotion/to sell a physical release on your Bandcamp or at shows.
  • We send 33 of the mixtapes for promotion to only the most relevant/cult print zines in the world for review.

Fill out the Hota Rex Kontact page to submit your band and be a part of a kicka** Hota Rex mixtape!

Hit the Spot: Intervals at The Station

Hit the Spot with BrantfordBands at the Station for Intervals

BrantfordBands’ Hit the Spot

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.
Stay tuned!

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:

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Hit the Spot – Waking Life at Club NV

Hit the Spot with BrantfordBands

BrantfordBands’ Hit the Spot

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!

Email us at or shoot us a message through our facebook page.

To hear their new song “Hate Filled Heart” check out their reverbnation page.

Check out some sweet shots taken by J.Roorda Photography.

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!

 

 

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FM: “Urban Canals – See You On the Other Side”

Urban Canals - See You On The Other Side

New EP from Urban Canals available now!

Today on FreshlyMinted[FM] we review
Urban Canals‘ new EP “See You On the Other Side

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!

 

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