What’s Coming Up In Ontario.

*Note: All prices are in Canadian funds.

 

I was thinking recently about two things.

1: We don’t have much of the year left.

2: I haven’t written recently about upcoming shows.

So I decided to gather up a bunch of dates that I knew about and put them up. I’ve seen a lot of the local bands before, so when I say a show by them would be worth seeing, take a woman at her word.

 

In the Legendary category, the Misfits play Toronto. Tonight. The venue is the Opera House, and if you feel like trying to get in, go for it! I have the start time at 6:30pm, and there are quite a few opening bands. (I only know tickets are available at Rotate This. I don’t have any information on prices.)

 

On October 26th, Witch Mountain, Swords Of Texas, Quiet Lakes, and Castle play the Doors Pub. Tickets are $10 in advance, (you can get them at Hammer City Records or Dr Disc) or $15 at the door. The show starts at 10pm.

 

Also on October 26th, there is Hallowpunk at the 460 in Toronto. Bourbon DK, The Skullians, The Rebel Arms and more play the event. It’s a 19+ show and admission is $5.

 

October 27th is this year’s Zombie Walk date!  There’s the walk, a public wedding, and more; so please check out hamiltonzombiewalk.com to plan your day! Also, please remember food for the food drive. There’s admission for some activities. (But it’s mostly under $20.)

 

Sunday Slamfest 16 happens on October 28th at This Ain’t Hollywood. It’s $6 to get in, bands go on at 3pm, and it’s All-Ages. This will be a bittersweet show, as this is Web Society’s last before they take a hiatus. They play alongside Social Divorce, The Noble Savages, and Slender Loris.

 

To celebrate Halloween, the folks at the Bovine Sex Club are throwing a Punk show. Costumes are welcome, it’s 19+, doors open at 9pm, and it’s FREE! Who’s playing? The Skullians, Black Cat Attack, and a few more.

 

Another awesome, completely FREE show takes place the same night. (Why does that always happen?)  Frankie and Jimmy, Lab Rats Assemble, and D*Files play This Ain’t Hollywood on October 30th. Show is 19+ and costumes are welcome.

 

The actual day, (and appropriately, night), of Halloween, there are at least 3 different shows to go to. Doors Pub is having a Goth/Fetish party; with candy, a horror movie marathon, and prizes for best costumes. It’s $10 admission, things kick off at 8pm, and the event is 19+.

 

This Ain’t Hollywood hosts an electronica dance party for Halloween, with Ark Analog, Dex, and more. It’s $5 to get in before 10pm, $8 after. I don’t know if this event is All-Ages or 19+.

 

Napalm Death play the Opera House on the 1st of November with municipal Waste, Vektor, and Exhumed. That’s about all I know right now though, so if you’re heading out, Go*gle the bands or check the venue for things like prices, age requirements, etc.

 

Gatling play the All-Star Bar and Grill in Brampton November 3rd. (The address is 73 Bramalea Road, Brampton. For those of you like me, that know their hometown; but after that get hopelessly lost.) Joining them is Skatalyst, Ravyn’s Fall, and quite a few more. Tickets are $10, and I don’t know if this is All-Ages or not. As always, check before you head out.

 

Also happening November 3rd, Hangman Pinata play the Doors Pub with Meathook, Miner69er, and Bad Logic. (For now. More bands are to be announced, according to my information.)  This show is 19+, costs $5, and gets started at 9pm.

 

November the 10th, Gag Order play Charlie’s in Brantford. (43 Oak Street, Brantford.) This is their bass player’s last show, so it’s sort of a send-off party/show, too. Playing alongside them are End Program, Hangman Pinata, and Hooker Spit. This show is 19+, and things get started 9pm. Admission is $5.

 

Punk and New Wave legends The Rezillos play This Ain’t Hollywood November 23rd. Rounding out the show are Wiggler!?! and The Tiny Humans, and The Fuckholes. I don’t know how much tickets will be, or if the show is All-Ages or 19+, so definitely check This Ain’t Hollywood’s site.

 

What’s better than an awesome Punk show?  Helping to give a kid a holiday.                                                                                                                       Burly Calling is having it’s annual Toy Drive on the 6th of December, and if you donate a new toy; you get to see The Spicoli’s, Adelleda, and more!  (Admission is $5 without a toy. This event is 19+. Things kick off at 9pm at Joe Dog’s Burlington. 531 Brant Street, Burlington.)

 

That’s all I know about for now. I hope everyone gets out and enjoys themselves!

 

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Here, There, Everywhere, and Nowhere. All The Music I’ll Be Taking In The Next Few Weeks.

Tonight continues my massive intake of music. (3 out of 4 days at Burlington Sound Of Music was awesome.)

I’m seeing Crystaline at the Casbah. They’re a new band, and it will be interesting to take in their sound.

Then tomorrow, I head to St. Catharines for the S.C.E.N.E music festival.

In a lot of ways, I’m excited. I’ve never been to S.C.E.N.E, or St. Catharines for that matter.

I’ll be interviewing 10 bands tomorrow for the paper zine Thunder and this blog; it’s virtual copy. And of course I’ll be taking photos.

The bands I’ll be meeting range from well-known Canadian favorites (Die Mannequin) to recent up-and-comers (The Rebel Arms.)

It’s going to be an amazing day, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Then next weekend, I have assigned myself two tasks:

1. Cover It’s Your Festival in Gage Park.

2. Cover the Destroy Music 7 hour concert that celebrates the release of the comp, and the life of Imants Krumins.

I feel grateful that I get to take in this music, and that it’s happening in Ontario.

Show Listings That Herald The Beginning Of Summer.

Almost everybody and everything goes through a financial tight spot. The official version of Thunder, which is printed and distributed in Hamilton, is no exception. I recently had two birthdays and a Mother’s day to celebrate. I love to celebrate, but of course; as a student, there is a budget to consider.

So this post, which is made up of the listings that would normally go into an issue, will be published on here and on my Facebook. This is what I consider the blog/ electronic portion of Thunder, so I’m also toying with the idea of posting the latest 2 issues here. If I do, everyone will be notified because I am really excited for the upcoming ones.

Listings:

May 25th. The Nailheads, At What Cost, And Beta 58’s play the Devil’s Cellar. (Downstairs of the Celts’s pub.) $5 and All Ages because of a preceding event. The event listing says that there are more bands to be announced.

May 26th. The Nailheads, Web Society, The Rebel Arms, Beta 58’s and At What Cost play the Doors Pub. Show starts at 9:00pm, and admission is $5. 19+.

May 27th. Skatalyst, Not, Ghetto Blaster, and Small Town Get Up play This Ain’t Hollywood in Sunday skaSlamfest 11. Show starts at 3:00pm, and it’s $6 to get in.

May 29th. Rackula, The Brixton Robbers, Maladroit, Bourbon DK, and At What Cost play the Casbah Lounge. It’s $5 admission, and bands start at 8:30.

May 31st. Adelleda, Useless ID, and Fortune Cookie play the Casbah Lounge. Bands start at 8:00pm, and it’s $10.

June 1st. The Coven are playing as part of the series A Gothic and Industrial Night. The show takes place at Doors Pub, and cover is $5. Must 19 or over.

June 2nd. Ab Irato, The Pre-Nods, At What Cost, and Jenkum play City Lights. Doors open at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10, and it’s a 19+ event.

Also on June 2nd: Volk, Dimensions, Quiet Lakes, Unbowed, and Argus Panoptes play the Doors Pub. It’s $10 to get in, bands start at 8:15pm, and it’s 19+.

June 3rd. The Southern Famine Tour comes to Hamilton. This event will be held at Doors Pub, and features Swords Of Texas, Eyeswithoutaface, Lung, and The Blind Surgeons Operation. Event poster says more bands to be announced. $5 admission. Must be 19 or over.  Start time is 8:00pm.

June 9th. The ‘Real’ Royal Tour comes to Hamilton. The Royal Crowns are celebrating their CD release with this tour, and opening for them are blues two-piece Frankie and Jimmy; and The Hellbent Rockers. There is a workshop before the performances, entitled ‘Rockabilly Jive.’ All I know right now is the price, which is $10.

June 10th. Meh, The Rebel Arms, Bourbon DK, and The Blind Cats play Crash Landing Basement. $5 at the door and All Ages. Starts at 3:00pm.

June 14th-17th. Burlington Sound Of Music Festival. This year’s line-up features the Arkells, Wintersleep, Mother Mother, and more. Admission is free. I recommend going to soundofmusic.ca for details, as there are quite a few.

June 15th and 16th. Invasion Infernale Fest. A Two Day Black/ Viking Metal Festival.  Day 1 is at The Doors Pub and kicks off at 7:00pm. Bands featured are Korrupt and Pagan Ritual. Day 2 is at The Corktown. Bands playing that day include Unbowed and Volk. This day also starts at 7:00pm. Must 19 or older to attend. Now, you can pay separately both days, which totals to $25, or buy a pass for $20. Passes go on sell today at Books and Beats; and at Dr. Disc. Only 50 passes are available.

Also on June 15th. As part of NXNE, Daps Records is putting on a showcase at Sneaky Dee’s. Bands will include Hussy, Cartoons, and Odonis Odonis. There is not a ticket price listed, but start time  is listed as 7:00pm.

June 24th. Endow, Snakecharmer, Dismantle, and Laid To Rest play Sunday Slamfest 12. No further details at this time.

June 29th-July 2nd. It’s Your Festival. No word on who will be performing for 2012. But I attended last year and saw Rackula and Spoiled Rotten. It says on their website to check back for performers and schedule, so here is the site: itsyourfestival.ca

July 20th. Class Assassins play Crash Landing. More information as it becomes available.

July 28th. Grim City Punk Rock Party and Skate Jam. Features Adelleda, Web Society, Rebel Arms, and more. This event will be held at Grimsby Skate Park. No monetary admission, but there is a food drive that needs donations. Everything kicks off at 1:00pm.

July 29th. Skullians play Crash Landing. More information as it becomes available.

It’s summer to me when it’s warm and there are lots of shows. So be sure to head out while it’s nice and support the music in this province.