CANADALAND Book Tour • May 23

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CANADALAND BOOK TOUR
Tuesday May 23, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $15 (+SC) advance, $20 door

CANADALAND has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. Its crowdfunded model means fierce independence and in a few short years CANADALAND has broken major news stories, exposed scandals, and held the media to account. Host Jesse Brown has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting. He is also a co-founder of Bitstrips, makers of Bitmoji, a cartooning app used by millions.

To celebrate the release of CANADALAND’s book of dick jokes about prime ministers, Jesse Brown will be performing live across this country. Join him for a slideshow journey through the past, present and future of Canada. Through stories, cartoons, music, video, and possibly interpretive dance, Jesse will shed light on the things that are actually interesting about Canada, most of which are awful. A book-signing will follow each performance.

Shooter Jennings • Apr 27

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SHOOTER JENNINGS
With Special Guest Kelly Prescott
Thursday April 27, 2017 •
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $30 (+SC) advance, $35 door • 19+

>> BUY TICKETS HERE <<

The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright Jennings, Shooter was playing drums by the time he was five years old and had already begun taking piano lessons, only to break them off and follow his own path to an understanding of the instrument. He discovered guitar at 14 and rock & roll (particularly Southern rock and the loose-limbed hard rock of Guns ‘n’ Roses) at 16. Soon he moved from Nashville to L.A., where he assembled a rock band called Stargunn. Stargunn earned a strong local reputation for its live shows, and enjoyed a six- or seven-year run on the L.A. circuit before Jennings rediscovered his outlaw country roots and dissolved the band.

Kelly Prescott is a “from-the-cradle” country singer.  She hails from two musically renowned family lines, spanning three generations. Naturally, she inherited the foundation to follow her musical heart. There were few doubts about the direction her life might take. When her voice is blended with steel guitars and fiddles, country music lovers from way-back-when hear a kindred soul. When she spins the dial forward a few decades, it’s clear she’s part of a new generation that’s making new sounds and big waves.

Road to CMW w/Ascot Royals • Apr 8

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ROAD TO CMW w/ASCORT ROYALS, THE BLUE STONES & YOUNGBLOOD
Saturday, April 8, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM 
Tickets: $10 (+SC) advance, $13 door • 19+
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At its core, music is supposed to generate a feeling worth grasping onto and holding tight. Whether that feeling is comfort, rage, solidarity, fear, love, or something in between, any music worth a listen finds a way to connect. Toronto, Ontario-based rock quintet Ascot Royals – Jimmy Chauveau (vocals), Ben Chauveau (keys), Scott Page (bass), Sam Stark (drums) and Tal Vaisman (guitars) – exemplify this with their “New Skin” EP (Slaight Music/Sony Music Canada), a body of work that’s not unlike the best shoulder you’ve ever leaned on. The EP’s title track and first single, “New Skin,” features a danceable brand of alternative arena rock with feverish pop hooks, along with motivational lyrical work that stresses the importance of not being afraid to forget about the negativity that haunts us and embracing a fresh start in life – definitely a fitting vibe for an EP’s opening number.  Last year’s debut single, “The Best is Yet to Come” (which entered the Top 25 at Canadian Rock Radio) offers a message of not giving up in times of struggle and finding a light at the end of the tunnel. Paced with goose bump-inducing instrumentation and soaring vocals, “The Best is Yet to Come,” already feels anthemic. Meanwhile, EP closer “Empires” includes an impassioned performance by Gianni Luminati of JUNO Award-winning band, Walk Off the Earth. Here, listeners are given one last chance to raise their fists and feel galvanized. Featuring collaborations with Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace), Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Arkells, Billy Talent), Gianni Luminati (Walk of the Earth, Steve Aoki) and Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace), to name a few, “New Skin” has positively displayed the versatility of Ascot Royals, a band that’s put in the work and continues to reach new lyrical and musical heights.

•   Hailing from Windsor, Ontario, The Blue Stones consist of Tarek Jafar (lead vocals, guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums, backing vocals) – a tandem that have been syncing their sounds since early high school in 2008. By producing such a massive and dynamic sound, these guys have set themselves apart and constantly leave people wondering how there are only two of them. The Blue Stones first released a self-titled EP in 2011, which quickly became a hit throughout Ontario and surrounding parts of Canada as they toured the club scene in support of the record. The guys got back in the studio during University and recorded How’s That Sound in 2013, releasing it later that year. The album was sold on Bandcamp both as a physical and digital format, making its way onto Bandcamp’s best-selling list in 2013. Following this release, the Blue Stones hit the road again and performed shows with Fitz and the Tantrums, The Stone Foxes, Justin Nozuka and others all throughout Canada and the Detroit area. And then in April of 2016, The Blue Stones released their debut full-length album internationally, Black Holes. This record features a darker and more dynamic side of the group, showing listeners their progression into the alternative/blues-blended sound they possess today. The title track, “Black Holes (Solid Ground)“, has been featured on multiple Rock playlists curated by Spotify, as well as being featured in a week-long ESPN Monday Night Football advertisement during the 2016 NFL season.

Owen Pallett • Apr 7 [ SOLD OUT ]

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Supercrawl Presents
OWEN PALLETT with Avṛha (members of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan)
Friday, April 7, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM 
Tickets: $20 (+SC) advance, $30 door • 19+
>> SOLD OUT <<

“To see Pallett live is to be equally dazzled and mowed over — looping violin lines in real time, singing and playing and stomping pedals and band leading and dryly joking, all at once.” – Pitchfork

“Pallett’s live shows have always been his showpiece” – The Line of Best Fit

Owen Pallett is a composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. His violin-looping live project spawned several records under the moniker Final Fantasy, including 2006’s He Poos Clouds, which won the Polaris Prize. He currently makes universally acclaimed records under his own name, including 2010’s Heartland, and most recently, 2014’s In Conflict (released by Secret City Records and Domino Recording Co.)

Pallett has written string, brass and orchestral arrangements for numerous bands, including Caribou, The National, Taylor Swift, R.E.M., Pet Shop Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Mountain Goats, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, Linkin Park, Snow Patrol, Titus Andronicus, and Arcade Fire. He has scored several films, including Richard Kelly’s The Box, with Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, and The New York Times Magazine‘s Emmy Award-winning Fourteen Actors Acting. Owen recently completed the film scores for Anton Corbjin’s Life and M Blash’s The Wait, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the original score of Spike Jonze’s latest film, Her.

Pallett’s violin concerto written for Pekka Kuusisto, co-commissioned by the Barbican and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was performed as part of the 2013 New Creations Festival. He has also composed works for the CBC Radio, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Luminato Festival, and the Kaufman Center as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Owen recently collaborated with choreographer Robert Binet, on the ballet Unearth, which premiered as part of Innovation presented by The National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre, Toronto. As a soloist, he has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Noord Nederlands Orkest, yMusic and the Britten Sinfonia. He was a member of the original ensemble enlisted to perform David Lang’s death speaks at Carnegie Hall.

Owen is, at most times, joined on stage by drummer Robbie Gordon and bassist Matt Smith.

 

Hollerado • May 27 [ SOLD OUT ]

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Supercrawl Presents
HOLLERADO
Saturday May 27, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:30pm
Tickets $20 (+SC) advance, $25 door • 19+
>> SOLD OUT <<

“Crazy-catchy melodies, raging hooks and riffs seal the deal” — SPIN
Originally hailing from Ottawa, Hollerado burst onto the world stage in 2010 with their debut Record In A Bag. The LP introduced music fans to Hollerado’s irresistible guitar-pop and earned them a 2011 JUNO nomination for Best New Artist. Their savvy DIY approach, along with their incredible talent and tenacity, saw the band gain international attention in short order. Hollerado’s penchant for making super creative and share-worthy music videos like uber-viral “Americanarama“, which with over a million YouTube views, helped solidify the bands’ popularity. Tours in China and Brazil, and shows with Flaming Lips, Weezer and Jack White’s The Dead Weather soon followed.In February 2013, Hollerado released their highly anticipated sophomore album White Paint. The 11 tracks stand out as a reflection of the sheer volume of life experience and the hundreds of shows members Menno Versteeg, Dean Baxter and brothers Nixon and Jake Boyd have played since forming in 2007. The lead single “Pick Me Up” hit #3 at Modern Rock and was the #1 most added track at Alternative after only three weeks at radio. “So It Goes” followed, quickly storming into Top 20 on the Alternative radio chart and Top 20 on the BDS Modern Rock chart.In keeping with their boundless creativity and DIY approach the band invited friends to a warehouse party in a suburb of Toronto where they hand painted every single physical copy of the record with a signature stroke of white paint. The LP earned the band further critical acclaim and a chance to cross Canada in support of Canadian rock legends Billy Talent.On July 31, 2013, Hollerado released a video for the single “So It Goes” from their most recent LP White Paint on the band’s own label, Royal Mountain Records. Directed by award-winning video director Marc Ricciardelli (Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Hedley) the documentary-esque video captures an incredible “reunion” and story of forgiveness. The song is written about lead singer Menno Versteeg’s Dutch grandfather and the incredible story of how his life was spared by a Nazi officer during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in WWII. After the war, Menno’s “Opa” who was part of the Dutch Resistance, testified on behalf of the former SS soldier during a tribunal and recounted how the man had compassionately spared his life. In doing so, Menno’s grandfather help spare the German’s life in return. With the help of the Dutch government, the band was actually able to track down the German’s grandson, and Menno and the grandson – who are alive today because of both of their grandfathers’ compassion and courage – have an emotional meeting in Munich while Hollerado was in Rotterdam shooting the music video. The best part is the incredible meet-up, documented in a special long version of the video. The video premiered on Huffington Post (USA/CAN), instantly became front-page news and the story has spread to national TV news, talk shows and appearances.

Following the release of 2015’s imposing 111 Songs project (an epic five-hour set of custom tracks written for the first 111 fans to pre-order White Paint as a bundle), the beloved pop-rock imps return with a new single and video for “Born Yesterday“, described as a “breath-of-fresh-air rock tune that forces you to roll down the winter windows and sing along.”

“The four of us have never had as much fun playing music together than we’ve been having since we made this record,” the band notes. “Lately we’ve felt as if we are a bunch of 17-year-olds jamming together in a garage for the first time.”

Choir! Choir! Choir! • Mar 24 [ SOLD OUT ]

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Supercrawl Presents
CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! 
Friday, March 24, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00PM, Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 9:30PM)
Tickets: $20 (+SC) advance, $25 door
>> SOLD OUT! <<

“Choir! Choir! Choir! has fashioned a profound way for people to connect and interact” – The New Yorker, June 2016

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube. The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

Joey Landreth w/Max Wray • Mar 17

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Supercrawl Presents
JOEY LANDRETH with guest MAX WRAY
Friday March 17, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 8:00PM, Show: 9:30PM (event ends at 1:00AM)
Tickets: $15 (+SC) advance, $20 door
>> Buy Tickets Here <<

Joey Landreth is the lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of JUNO Award winners The Bros. Landreth. Anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars and vocal prowess, Joey has recently found himself being featured in top music publications around the globe. In a rare appearance as a solo performer, Joey explores his deeper catalogue of songs and puts new interpretations into some of his favourites.

Lori Yates w/Danny Marks • Mar 30 [CANCELLED]

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LORI YATES & THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
with guest DANNY MARKS
Thursday March 30, 2017

>> CANCELLED – REFUNDS VIA TICKETFLY <<

“A dark alt-country masterpiece… .Lori Yates reclaims her title as Queen of Canada’s country singer-songwriters.” – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

“A cross between a twanged-out Cowboy Junkies and a bluesy Emmylou Harris.” – A. Murray, comedian

“Her finest work yet.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music

Lori Yates is a renaissance artist. Her life provides ample source material for her art. Her evolution as a singer/songwriter echoes her journey as a human being. At the top of her game lyrically and vocally, it’s no surprise her recent recording, “Sweetheart of the Valley” is being called her best work. Her lyrical observations are gritty, tender, and poignant, sung through a voice that few can equal. Some call her Canada’s answer to Emmylou Harris.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Yates grew up in a working class suburb of Toronto called Downsview. She’s the kid who quit school at 15 to work in a gas station while secretly taking singing lessons. The kid who listened to Tanya Tucker, Patti Smith and Dolly Parton while dreaming of a career in music, who’d never been on a plane until Sony Music bigshots sent her a ticket. Maturing into an artist whose scrappy spirit carried her through the peaks and valleys of the music business, she kept singing, writing and performing no matter what life threw at her. Lori’s a lifer.

Lori has the same determination as when she burst onto the Toronto Queen West roots/cow punk scene of the late ’80s as the “cowgirl singing her heart out in the punk clubs.” This enigmatic, rebellious and hard-to-pin-down veteran singer/songwriter adeptly blends country, roots and rockabilly to create her own sound, eventually getting her signed to Sony Nashville. Long recognized by her peers and respected as one of Canada’s top talents, Lori was called “alt-country” long before the phrase existed – the pioneer of a genre in the making. This is as artist who met Johnny Cash, hung out with Tammy Wynette, wrote with Guy Clark and Colin Linden, jammed with Jerry Jeff Walker, drank with Harlan Howard, sang with Greg Allman and Rick Danko, and ate jelly beans with Roy Acuff. As the saying goes, she’s “been to the show.”

Danny Marks‘ roots go back to the ’60s as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group Edward Bear. After a span as a journeyman session musician throughout the ’70s, the iconic rocker settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humour. A house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall led him to host his own nationwide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the ’80s, Danny starred in CBC radio’s hit series the Hum Line. Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny is in his thirteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm. In 2006, Danny was given the “Blues with a Feeling Award” for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast.

Michelle Willis w/Maz • Mar 1

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MICHELLE WILLIS with guest MAZ
Wednesday March 1 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM) • 19+
Tickets: $15 (+SC) advance, $20 door
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Toronto-based songwriter Michelle Willis fuses the nuance of early 70s soul, singer-songwriter, and modern folk / jazz. Her lyrics are set to almost hymnal harmony, warm, rich and lush tones, and a sea of background vocals. She spent the last five years touring and recording with artists such as Zac Brown Band, Iggy & The Stooges, Laura Mvula, Three Metre Day and Nikki Yanofsky to name a few. After touring with Snarky Puppy across Europe, Michelle’s debut solo record “See Us Through” comes out on May 13 on Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP label, distributed by Universal.

Mike ‘Maz’ Maher has made a name for himself as a founding member of the multi-Grammy award winning group Snarky Puppy. Although he functions as a trumpeter with the pups, it would be remiss to categorize Maz as a ‘closet singer-songwriter.’ His songs incorporate folk, rock, soul and jazz traditions with a seamless mastery that is perhaps only overshadowed by his ability to captivate audiences with the soulful intimacy of his voice.

My Will w/F.I.X. • Feb 25

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DEM Studios Presents
MY WILL + F.I.X. (EP Release Party)
with B.O.S., Illin, Morris, DJ Zeek the One, Vettor, PlsntRees & Fresh King
Saturday February 25, 2017 
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC) advance, $20 door

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DEM Studios presents two of Hamilton’s freshest and most raw hip-hop artists — My Will and F.I.X — hosting their first live EP release party . Miss the old school vibes but want the new school attitude? DEM studios featured artists intend on bringing back that genuine hip hop environment — F.I.X. with three awards from 93.3FM CFMU’s Live n Direct, and My Will with only a year under her belt has already conquered an Ontario-wide university tour. These two up-and-coming artists are ready to be heard.