Upcoming Concerts and Events
Saturday, May 18th
, 8:00 PM
ROCK N' ROLL FOR THE MODERN AGE
Rock rebooted for the 21st century!
The Canadian duo that tips a hat to the classic rock riffs of BLACK SABBATH and LED ZEPPELIN while still maintaining the adventurous spirit, energy and emotion of FUGAZI, TURBONEGRO and the BLACK HALOS.
Sunday, May 19th
, 7:00 PM
ADAMS RIB/ !!!!SHOW CANCELLED !!!!
adams rib, initially began in 1996, as a concept in the basement studio of founding member Derek Lathrop in Mississauga, Ontario. A recent graduate from Humber College’s renowned Music Program, Derek was a talented multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer looking for a new outlet for his musical endeavors as a singer/songwriter. His experience in numerous musical projects inspired the idea to form a collective - a musical environment where he could play and record his music, drawing from the plethora of musical talent in his surrounding area, without being tied down by the baggage that can come with being in a “band”.
The resulting "SCENES FROM A CORNER STORE" was produced, engineered, written, and performed by Derek with guest appearances by a long list of local musiciains (a.k.a. his friends) and released independently in 1998. Derek assembled a band of friends and spent the next two years in a series of cross-Canada tours, T.V. and radio appearances, festival dates, and more than a few insanely wild gatherings with the fans adams rib made. “The baby years of adams rib touring history were riddled with some really insane adventures. It would make a great book. Maybe someday I’ll write it all down”, says Derek.
During the next few years Derek was prolific and wrote incessantly on the road. Many of the songs would find their way onto to subsequent releases: NEVADA (1999), HOLLOW BODIES (2000), FOREVER CAFÉ (2001) and PUSHING FORWARD LOOKING BACK (2003). Along with the music, Derek produced a number of adams rib videos which can be found at www.youtube.com/adamsribvideo . Many of which have been featured on a variety of T.V. programs.
adams rib continued touring Canada and a twist of fate took them “on the water” in 2001. This change resulted in adams rib spending the winter months performing on Cruise Ships around the world, which greatly affected the bands sound. During breaks they toured and added appearances at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto with SANTANA, STING, STEVIE NICKS, GOO GOO DOLLS and COUNTING CROWS to festival dates with LOVERBOY, JUDAS PRIEST and NICKELBACK.
Then came "BLUE" (2007), a work-in-progress since September 2003. “I wanted the songs to come together naturally. Doing a lot of the work at home enabled me to really take my time and hone the songs”, Derek explains. BLUE was recorded in a variety of locations in Southern Ontario, with the help of Derek’s longtime musical friends Chris MacNeil (drums), Curtis Freeman (bass), and Tamara Allers (keyboards). BLUE marked the first time someone other than Derek sat in the producer’s chair. Dan Brodbeck (Holly McNarland, Deloris O’Riordan, CRANBERRIES) produced two tracks including the good time, laid-back reggae vibed “High” which entered the Canadian top 200 in 2007.
2008 began with the release of the second single "water" from the "Blue" CD which charted in markets across Canada. Derek also finished producing the first spanish adams rib recording at the same time. The new compilation was entitled "perdido en traduccion". Which means "lost in translation". The songs were selected and translated from the adams rib back catalogue. Derek also wrote two new songs in spanish for this release. adams rib released this recording in online in May of 2008. With the ever changing market Derek planed to change the adams rib approach to releasing music by embracing the digital release format.
Which brings us to September of 2008 when Derek and touring band members Dave Buland (bass) , Bruce McCarthy (drums) and long time collaborator Peter Grant (guitar), set out to try to capture the essence of a live adams rib show. The end result after a quick week of recording was the adams rib offering "FREE MUSIC". The recording was produced and engineered by Derek in his home studio at Derek's. "We wanted to capture the spirit of our live show so we played the tracks live off the floor. We also tried to capture the variety of musical styles we tackle in an adams rib show", says Derek. Thus reflected in the recordings diverse musical offerings drawing from folk, latino, reggae, funk and rock elements. "We spent a lot of time working these songs on the road before recording them", says Derek. The recording was released online in October 2008 and in the spirit of the recordings title “FREE MUSIC” adams rib gave away the music for free, utilizing the various adams rib websites.
February 2009 saw adams rib perform for the first time in Chile the country in which Derek was born. The show was at the famous Renaca Beach in Vina del Mar. adams rib was promoting the new spanish recording which was very well received. adams rib came back to Canada to spend the spring, summer and fall of the year touring Canada. More media more T.V. more gigs more parties. "No such thing as having too much fun" has become a band modo. 2009 saw Sam Sino (drums) and Marcus Walker (bass) enter the fold for some touring and recording. The recording session entitled "after august", was the result of that collaboration. Much like free music the songs were mostly honed on the road and then recorded in Derek's home studio. The recording was released online in November of 2010.
2011 marked the 14th anniversary of adams rib. The band hit the road again with a new single "souvenir" which charted in the top 100 on the Canadian rock charts. A new online store has been set up to meet the demands of the fans along with a mobile phone app which can be found by searching adamsrib at the itunes store or android market. adams rib did press a limited edition 14th anniversary CD which included the bands entire catalogue in mp3 format as well as the bands entire video catalogue. This compilation was only available at live shows and sold out quickly as has the bands entire back catalogue.
2012 saw the band back on the road and in the studio working hard on new music. The band has taken on a world music approach to it's sound and it is coming out in the new music which the band will test on the road. In the mean time adams rib has released "the mix tape" a collection of the band most loved tunes. "Free Music" was released as the first single and it quickly entered the top 100. The band will tour Canada for the remainder of this year with plans to go to Europe and America in early 2013.
"Passionate, driving, and very personal", is what EYE MAGAZINE in Toronto has said about the band. "Two things caught my attention - the singer must have written the music and his unique sound will soon be catching a bigger audience." posted the CAMBRIDGE TIMES.
Monday, May 20th
, 8:00 PM
Rock and Roll from the Prairies. I stomp on a stomp box and play a harmonica and acoustic guitar.. It's as rock as one guy can get by himself.
Thursday, May 23rd
, 8:00 PM
he Ontario based Sean Burns is a singer/songwriter with a real knack for a catchy chorus and memorable melody. While constantly performing live and writing music in the tradition of the traveling singer/songwriter, Sean Burns is a real weapon on the stage, delivering a unique brand of humour with an extensive repertoire of both original and cover songs.
Friday, May 24th
, 8:00 PM
As well as making solo music, Ill Tone is formerly part of the hip hop group Broken Logic, which he co-founded in 2004 on Vancouver Island. He’s known for bringing a very energetic, high octane set, and now has hundreds of performances around BC under his belt, with attendance ranging from smaller bar shows to larger outdoor festival shows of 5,000+ listeners. With a blend of consciously motivated, comedic, self reflective, and astoundingly honest lyrics, he has tailored his live set to appeal to a wide audience. In addition to performing live with his DJ, Tone also rocks a lot of his shows with a live band (electric guitarist, bassist). Together, the band is known as “KING’S LANDING”. They are based in Vancouver.
Throughout his time spent as a live performer, Ill Tone has had the opportunity to open for and share the stage with such artists / groups as Rakim, Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko, Xzibit, Digable Planets, Maestro Fresh Wes, Masta Ace / Wordsworth / Stricklin, Tha Alkaholiks, Jeru the Damaja, Swollen Members, The Steadies (members of ‘Mobadass’ / ‘Wide Mouth Mason’), The Boom Booms, Tipper, Sweatshop Union, Kyprios, Moka Only, PAC DIV, Sir Michael Rocks, bassist Rick May (Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Taj Mahal), & Chin Injeti… among many others.
In addition to writing rhymes and performing, Ill Tone makes beats, records / engineers his own music, and also produces for himself and others. After attending school at Pacific Audio Visual Institute in Vancouver, he obtained his certificate in Audio Engineering & Production in 2011. While at PAVI, he also studied career management. To this day, he has remained self-managed, and also does a lot of his own radio tracking and handles a lot of his own press coverage.
Sunday, May 26th
, 8:00 PM
Stone Iris is a brotherhood of like-minded musicians. Playing music everyday and touring are what they live and breathe for. From humble beginnings in Edmonton, Canada, their initial brand of music, a fusion of blues rock with a hint of reggae was created. From there, a common dream was followed and Stone Iris has been blazing their own trail ever since.
Consistent touring, busking, jamming and writing, have allowed the undeniable, yet un-classifiable spectacle known as Stone Iris to fearlessly pursue their craft and passion. With a love for performing, their live show is as honest and original, as it is part of who and what they are. Driven by groove, it makes you move.
Much is in store for Stone Iris in the coming year; including extensive touring, two full length albums and plenty of video footage, so keep your eyes and ears open!
Thursday, May 30th
, 8:00 PM
SILENT ALARM, WHITE DRESS STAR, COUNT ME IN, THE MADDIGANS AND LIONS LIONS
Friday, May 31st
, 7:00 PM
Young, brilliant, and unique; The Shrugs are amongst Canada’s most promising pop-rock acts. Caitlin Connelly (Vocals), Brandon Johnas (Guitars) and Stephanie Cole (Bass) compose emotionally charged songs inspired by hyperactive imaginations and a passion for creativity. While their music reflects influences of Amy Winehouse, Mother Mother, and Arcade Fire - the band has etched its own distinct mark on their genre; best experienced live in concert.
The Shrugs are hitting the studio late fall of 2011 to team up with critically acclaimed Producer/Engineer, Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, Kelly Rowland, State Of Shock). The resulting EP will showcase the bands' superstar talents, bringing to light a polished product that will have major labels begging for more.
Hard work ethic coupled with a strong sense of community inspires The Shrugs to make regular charitable contributions while connecting with their fans on the closest personal level. Exhibiting a level of maturity rarely seen in today’s music industry has fueled fan allure, capturing the attention of a number of industry executives along the way.
With a series of professional and articulate music videos, pending festival dates, a Cross Canada Tour and (follow-up) Western Canadian Tour in the works, along with their highly anticipated EP Release / Industry Showcase - continued successes are on the horizon in the coming years for The Shrugs.
Saturday, June 1st
, 7:00 PM
RABBIT HOLE & KIERAN STRANGE
Rabbit Hole is an alternative/progressive rock 3 piece from Kelowna, BC. Formed in 2011, the band had one simple goal from its inception, to write music they would listen to. Fortunately, the members didn’t want to create music that sounded like anything that already existed. Without being imitations, they weigh heavily on the dynamics of progressive and alternative rock to make something distinctively their own. Members James Greenough, Brendon Pommier, and Mike Bickert share an eclectic group of influences including Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Tool, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Through this common ground Rabbit Hole is able to create a musical focus that is self perpetuating, not manufactured. It is not very often such young musicians are able to arrange lengthy rock songs with solos, dynamics, and experimental rhythms.
Kieran Strange is a pop-rock artist, originally from southern England, who has travelled to Canada to record her first demo and EP. Her passion to bring a message of self-acceptance through music is apparent in how she communicates with her fans, always encouraging them to share their talents with the world via YouTube just like she has done. “So many people tore me down and said I’d never make anything of myself, never succeed in music, and I’ll be damned if I’m ever gonna let anyone else feel that way,” she says, of the way she supports her fans and other musicians like her.
The pink-haired rocker, who was bullied throughout high school, has found a way to accept her quirks and channel them into her music rather than being ashamed and embarrassed of them. Through her vow to stay strange, she is determined to just live life being herself, and encourage others to do the same rather than surrender to the pressure of having to be like everyone else. “I was bullied through high school,” she says, with humour rather than resentment. “It’s the traditional sad, bullied-kid story. I spent my break times picking chewing gum out of my hair. But that’s behind me now, and I’m proud of who I am. Just as everyone else should be proud of who they are too, weirdness and all.”
Tuesday, June 4th
, 7:00 PM
FIRE NEXT TIME and guests TBA
I used to lust over whiskey and women. Now i write songs about cocaine.
Long dark winters in Northern Alberta have a way of tearing at your soul. Fire Next Time provide the soundtrack to cold, desolate landscapes, dark prairie nights and whiskey fueled nights at the local honky tonk. Their catchy choruses will have the saddest sap singing along, happy to have company in their misery. Now, that isn't to say that the bearded bards come across as another dreary emo band. In fact, Fire Next Time are the perfect live band, singing songs along with the crowd, creating a genuine performance that contains all of the energy and religious fervor of a Southern revival. The most cynical attendee will leave feeling rejuvenated, all of their darkest sins absolved by the church of FNT.
Saturday, June 8th
, 8:00 PM
DEAR ROUGE and guests
Dear Rouge is an alt-electro-dance-rock duo that creates music you can move to.
Upon hearing their song, You Step Out Of Nowhere, one has to wonder if Dear Rouge is referring to themselves. With the release of their debut EP, Heads Up Watch Out (released in April 2012), Vancouver-based husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart hit the scene with an incredibly accomplished set of songs, production and presence. Now, only six months after their debut release, Dear Rouge have followed up with the five track, Kids Wanna Know EP (released in October 2012).
If this infectious one-two combo wasn’t enough to punch their way into the hearts of alternative music fans, they’re also a 2012 finalist in The PEAK Performance Project, the biggest radio station artist development project in Canada .
It doesn’t take long to see that Dear Rouge is a fully realized project, from conception to execution, created and crafted from a perspective only years of professional touring, performing and writing can bring.
The group got its start in the summer of 2009 while Danielle & Drew were touring across Canada, each pursuing their own separate music projects. Finding they had a true connection, they decided to collaborate in a Vancouver studio where their very first song, the single “Heads Up. Watch Out.” was born. From that one session, and the overwhelming response they received after posting it on SoundCloud, it was obvious they had stumbled upon something special.
One could be tempted to classify Dear Rouge as pop/rock, but it’s an unfitting misnomer that doesn’t quite do justice to their grandiose songs or their world class aspirations. Their alt-electro-dance-rock vibe provides a positive and up-beat shot in the arm, screaming at you to stand up and get lost in the feel-good energy of the moment. They’ve crafted an instantly recognizable sound that is familiar and comfortable, yet all their own.
Danielle’s soft and sultry, whispering vocals pulse on top of driving bass lines while irresistible beats breathe life into infectious pop songs with big choruses, oozing and swelling with hooks while Drew’s guitar weaves organic textures, punctuating tasty electronic flourishes that flavour each song.
Dear Rouge craft a warmth that feels like a welcome embrace from a friend, a sound that draws you in and pulls you near. It’s music you simply can’t ignore once you hear it.
Saturday, June 15th
, 8:00 PM
MOONSHINE EXPRESS & JUSTINE COLLINS
Friday, June 21st
, 7:00 PM
TANNER JAMES SHOW
I learned to write songs on a beach in Maryland when I was twenty-years-old. I was sleeping in a hammock in the woods on the edge of town trying to make a girl fall in love with me. Busking for change on a boardwalk on the beach will almost certainly put words in your mouth.
Riding horses and driving tractors in Southern Alberta was my childhood. I was a farm boy and I spent my days wandering with my dog, humming the songs I heard on the a.m. radio. My grandpa could spin a story out of anything and I hung off of his every word. He taught me how to do the same.
I started an indie rock band and we were together five years. We had an old red van and we toured the country. I fell in love with every town and city we ever played in and every highway line we passed.
My roots caught up to me as they often do as a person grows. I remembered all my time on the farm and all the stories my grandpa told. Folk and country music started to call my name.
My name is Tanner James and I am a singer, a runner, a traveller, a dreamer, a troubadour and a guitar picker. Most of all - I'm a storyteller. This is my life now.
Saturday, June 22nd
, 8:00 PM
BELL TOWER & DOMESTIC BEAR
Thursday, June 27th
, 7:00 PM
BLACK EARTH and guests
Evil Pop Punk
Friday, June 28th
NO MORE MOMENTS
“We have been waiting for you.”
How many more moments do we all have? And how many of those moments will be considered substantial? The Calgary Alberta based band No More Moments makes sure that with every time you see them perform, it is a moment to be valued.
Named after the Misfits song of the same name, the aboriginal band started in 2012 when Carlin Black Rabbit, former drummer of horror rock group Frightenstein and bass player of A Bloodshed Nightmare got behind the kit once again with the desire to start a Misfits, Ramones and Blitzkid influenced rock and roll act with an aspiration of setting a good example for the kids on his First Nations reserve.
Recruiting Ty Maguire (vocals, guitars) and William Mcginnis (bass – formerly of Decimate the Silence), No More Moments quickly established themselves as a work horse band, performing in various venues around Western Canada and opening for the likes of SNFU this past June and DOA in February.
Recently releasing Moments Reborn and subsequently winning the Calgary Beer Core award for Best New Band of 2012, there looks to be many more moments on the horizon for Black Rabbit and company. The question is, will you be sharing them with them?
“I'm still waiting for you
Those sick dead eyes tell me, tell me you are mine
I am afraid that the end is here
No more moments of moonlight”
No More Moments uses: pearl drums, sabian cymbols, iron cobra pebals, vic firth sticks, Randall amps, Blackberry Bold cellphones, red bull energy drinks, pabst blue ribbon, more than ice cream, warlock guitars, fender guitars, monster energy drink, rockstar energy drink, arizonas.
Friday, July 5th
, 7:00 PM