Community Music returns this Friday with three solid bands to start your weekend off right. Kicking off at 8 p.m. at 7 Bagot Street (fondly referred to as the Onean House), for your listening pleasure, we present Harlan Pepper, Tear Away Tusa and Rose Brokenshire.
Harlan Pepper has been described as alt-country, hard rock, blues and folk all rolled into one. Hailing from Hamilton, the four young men have shared the stage with the Sadles, Born Ruffians, Elliot Brood, Lee Harvey Osmond, Huron, the Arlells and Feist. After they play our intimate house show they hit the road with shows lined up in Hamilton, London, Guelph and Peterborough.
Check out their website at harlanpepper.com where you can sample a good assortment of their music - both live at past shows or from their new CD, Young and Old.
Tear Away Tusa is no stranger to the Guelph music scene. A frequent performer at the Red Brick Cafe, the five-piece group has had a busy past year, playing shows in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Waterloo and all around Guelph. Last June, the band released a slick music video that gives you a little taste of their sound. Check it out:
Rose Brokenshire is a last minute add to the bill, but we’re so glad she can play! Check out her Bandcamp page to sample tracks from her three different albums.
Here’s an excerpt describing Rose from her Facebook page:
“Rose Brokenshire is an ethereal lofi singer songwriter project all the way from Toronto. The songs are simple, unashamedly executed with all too natural starts and stops like the imperfections of breathing. The songs rest very self assured on the loveliness of this woman’s gentle voice.”
Come on out at 8 p.m. for some sweet, sweet tunes. And don’t forget to bring some dolla’s for the pay what you can jar.
Although the arrival of spring has yet to dial back the icy bite of winter, don’t worry - a double dose of Community Music will warm your toes!
We have an amazing musical lineup prepared for both Thursday and Friday. That’s TWO NIGHTS of house shows this week!
On Thursday evening, beginning at 7:30 and running until 11 p.m. we’ve got: Peter Katz: “2012 JUNO Nominee, Emerging Artist of the Year nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Winner of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, recording artist Peter Katz captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music.” Listen to Peter here.
Ben Cosgrove: “Ben Cosgrove is a composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. He performs regularly both as a solo artist and as a sideman and has written scores for films, plays, radio, and television, toured widely across the US and Canada, and produced several well-received albums of his original, often geographically-inspired work.” Hear more of Ben here.
Jungle Jym and the Monkey Bards: “Made up of musical mutts, Humber jazz students and members of the wild suns, Jungle Jym & the Monkey Bards were formerly on a train bound for glory. Unfortunately they went off the rails somewhere between Nashville and New Orleans.” Jym’s music here.
Also, Guelph’s Kat MacGregor is going to be doing some live painting at the show! Check out her stuff here.
Thursday’s show will be held at 111 Waterloo Avenue. See the Facebook event page here.
On Friday evening, also beginning at 7:30 and finishing up around 11 p.m., we’ve got a special treat for you. Presenting the Improvised Edition - a show full of Guelph music students, block-rocking beats and lots of improvisation. Check out the roster:
Manatee: A nine-piece afro-beat/free improvising ensemble. Lots of horns, lots of cool rhythms, lots of improvising.
Episteme Ensemble: This ensemble is full of Guelph music students who rock out to funk/jazz/r&b fusion jams. And again, tons of improvising.
Callan Furlong: Callan plays honky-tonk, spanish-tinge, folk, old-time, ragtime, alternative country, and good old fashioned rock’n’roll. All in one set… that’s impressive.
Friday’s show will take place at 161 Neeve Street, a short walk from downtown. Check out the Facebook event page here.
Come out on Thursday. Come out on Friday. Better yet, come out to both! As always, delicious warm soup will be available, so come a bit early and warm up!
And also, these shows are a pay-what-you-can deal. All the money goes to the bands, helping them out with their travel costs, allowing them to come play music for you! Bring your change (cash is good too!) and help these artists out.
It’s pouring rain today, and while I listen to the steady rhythm on my window, I’m getting more and more excited for the musical rhythms CMC has in store for everybody this evening. This will be the second show of the fall, and it’s set to be a fantastic one. We have a few returning musicians and a few new ones, including some spoken word - a rare but exciting occurrence for us. Here’s who we’ve got lined up:
Jos. Fortin - The warmth and melodies of this music will prepare us all for the chill of fall. Jos. Fortin will fill the room with his poetic lyrics and sweet sound and, for a moment, we will all forget about the cold and dark nights that are to come. Take a listen right here.
Zachary Lucky and Carly Maicher - Zachary and Carley graced us with their presence at a show last fall. Zachary and Carly have crossed the country countless times and shared their music with communities across Canada. Their soft folk jams saved us from a noise complaint ticket last year, and we’re thrilled to host them again. Take a listen to Zachary here and Carly here.
Eitan “Tunny” Gallant - a long-time resident of Guelph and an active member of our social fabric, Tunny’s spoken word performances are legendary for their flow and their profundity. They’ll fill you with love and fire at the same time. Watch out once Tunny takes the mic…
Our Collective will be busy this afternoon making soup for your enjoyment! So bring a bowl and a spoon and you can partake in the consumption of said soup.
Remember that this is a pay-what-you-can event with all money collected going to the artists. Bring some coins/cash! And see y’all tonight!
Well, it is that time of year again. Time to catch-up with old friends, dust off those notebooks (if you still use them), and try to catch a bus before it gets too full. For us as CMC it means starting a new season of house shows. We are hoping to have them every two weeks this semester, so make sure you keep an eye on our page. We have a really exciting line-up to start the season off. In no particular order, here is what will be in store for you:
The Blackwood Two - This folk duo will treat your ears with a masterful collection of banjo, fiddle, and guitar and combine it with sweet vocal harmonies. You can check out their music here - http://www.myspace.com/theblackwoodtwo
Rob Moir - Rob is visiting us from Toronto where he was formerly the frontman of the indie-punk band Dead Letter Department. Now a solo artist, Rob has traveled North America and Europe, gracing listeners with his honest lyrics. He even played a house show in Germany! If you want to check out his music you can do so here: http://www.robmoir.com/ and here: http://robmoir.bandcamp.com/
The Good for Naughts - Contrary to their name, this four pice indie[rock band from the Guelph/Kitchener area are good for a lot of things, including their music. The Good for Naughts have played all over Guelph and we are excited to have them join us. You can take a listen to their music here: http://thegoodfornaughts.bandcamp.com/
Remember, this is a pay-what-you-can event with all the money going straight to the artists. So brings some coin or cash and a bunch of your friends and come out to kick-off the season of community music!