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Sonic Unyon: Now We Are 25 • Apr 13, 2019

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Sonic Unyon: Now We Are 25 Documentary Screening
Saturday, April 13 • Doors 7pm, Screening 8pm, Q&A following
Mills Hardware (95 King. St. E., Hamilton ON)
Pay What You Can

A quarter-century in the making, Sonic Unyon: Now We Are 25 recaps the illustrious history of Hamilton’s iconic independent record label, from its bootstrap beginnings through numerous reinventions and on to the present day, with cameos from many of the players who’ve been part of the incredible Sonic Unyon saga.

The documentary includes appearances from Sonic Unyon artists like Hayden, Joel Plaskett (Thrush Hermit), Sean Ramsay (SIANspheric), Mike Bell (Chore) and Terra Lightfoot, as well as Mark Milne, Tim Potocic and Sandy McIntosh of Tristan Psionic, plus indie rock contemporaries like Jay Ferguson and Chris Murphy (Sloan), and a galaxy of industry supporters.

Whether you’re a die-hard from the cassette-only era, a fan of the radio hits, or a total newcomer, you won’t want to miss this special celebration of independent music. The film was directed by Chris Paco (the filmmaker responsible for If It’s Not Something It’s Something Else: The Story of the Reason) in concert with Nick Mirka, Mark Rauwerda and Drew Williams of Mitchell Reilly Pictures.

Sonic Unyon: Now We Are 25 premieres Saturday April 13 at Mills Hardware. Doors open at 7pm, with screening at 8pm and Q&A session following the film. Admission is PWYC.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sonic Unyon founders Mark MilneTim Potocic and Sandy McIntosh, as well as filmmakers Nick Mirka and Mark Rauwerda of Mitchell Reilly Pictures.

The panel session will be hosted by esteemed music journalist and rock scholar Michael Barclay, author of the 2018 national bestseller The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip (out in paperback May 7), and co-author of 2001’s Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-95. Michael has worked for Maclean’s, CBC’s Brave New Waves, and Exclaim!, and his most formative years were spent as Music Editor at Id Magazine — an alt-weekly serving Hamilton, K-W, Guelph, London and St. Catharines —between 1993-99, at which he wrote cover stories about both Sonic Unyon and Tristan Psionic. (He doesn’t listen to rock music anymore, with the sole exception of Terra Lightfoot, because, c’mon.)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Night • Last Tuesdays

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Hosted by Sonja Maurin, Mills Hardware’s Rock N Roll Trivia Night is a solid jam — packed with skill-testing music trivia, bonkers fun, great prizes and awesome times. Assemble your team and join us on the last Tuesday of every month. 7:30pm doors, 8:00pm trivia. Free to play! Sponsored by Because Beer Craft Beer Festival and presented by Hub of the Hammer.

The Be Sharps • Feb 16, 2019

 

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THE BE SHARPS with GARETH INKSTER
Saturday February 16, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) advance • 19+
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The Be Sharps is a perfectly cromulent tribute to The Simpsons, playing all the hits from Evergreen Terrace — an evening of songs in the key of Springfield, from Canyonero to Kamp Krusty.

Gareth Inkster is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. Having spent the past six years recording extensively for other various local artists, he recently released his debut single, “Last Year”, the title track to his first full-length album. A sonic tip of the hat to many of his influences, Last Year offers listeners eclectic mix of musical styles.

Wild Rivers w/ Cat Clyde • Feb 28, 2019

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WILD RIVERS with CAT CLYDE 
Thursday February 28, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With over 30 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band — Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), Devan Glover (vocals),  Andrew Oliver (guitar, bass) and Julien Laferriere (drums) — effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting, and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.

Cat Clyde, a brand new artist out of Stratford, Ontario. A fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear; breathing new life into the velvety vocal, tack-piano, slide-guitar-style that can instantly walk you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon. With influences ranging from Etta James to Janis Joplin to Lead Belly; hers is a mix that goes down smoother than a neat glass of mellow Kentucky bourbon. No longer do you need to reach for your trusty sifting pan and river boots to find gold. You just need to know one name.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan w/Pucumber • Feb 8, 2019

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YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN with PUCUMBER
Friday February 8, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC) advance • 19+
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There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been. Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows the group’s most significant evolution in years. Now totally Toronto-based, they’ve added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka and bassist Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B, singer/theatre artist Ange Loft and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group into a driving engine of sound. Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony. DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo. They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far-reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous influences and perspectives. The album was conceived as the soundtrack for an unreleased Haudenosaunee and Buddhist themed Anime produced in 1987. Like UZU, it takes place on the planet Pureland, now 10,000 years after the planet has flooded. The surviving people live within bubble domes floating in orbit. A team of mercenaries descends into the drowned wreckage of the world to receive the last sample of uncorrupted soil. Never abandoning their irreverent edge, the band pushes further into madness and finds clarity in it, combining Kanien(‘kehá:ka) creation story and Buddhist principles with classic sci-fi themes to show how humanity continues to succumb to its worst impulses: madness, hubris and greed. With a sarcastic sigh that crosses political spectrums, DIRT confronts the lies that we tell ourselves and each other and asks what it means to push forward for an ideal just to die anyway. Narratively, it’s the most ambitious project they’ve ever done. Musically, though, they’ve streamlined their sound, digging into both heavy and poppy influences like Judas Priest, Killing Joke, and Jordan Knight and translating them into their own unmistakable aesthetic. The live show is still a sensory overload of makeup and costumes that falls somewhere between Boredoms and Kiss, but the focus now is on their sound – the fullest, most killer version they’ve put on record yet. They think big, but they’re not a thought experiment. They’re a force. Similar to Sun Ra’s take on Afrofuturism, the band resist being pigeonholed into any one idea, sound or cultural perspective. Instead, they burst their references apart, creating something entirely new. No matter what direction they go in, it can only come from Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band was born in the deep freeze at an orchestra boot camp virtuoso vegetable instrumental secret Santa pool in Hamilton, OntarioA bunch of vintage sprouts fell into an enormous sauce and dissolved into a cacophony of riffs picante. Nobody was looking and the pizza oven barfed a buffet of compost-math-punk dance party dementia. A bizarre seizure of frenetic flash fry smileicons lets a chakratic tickle-fest win in an arm-wrestle while the dishwasher breakdances on a giant electric fruit roll-up that’s on sale.,

Birds of Bellwoods • Dec 16, 2018

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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS
Sunday December 16, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Toronto-based alt-rock outfit Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, having amassed an impressive pile of achievements and accolades in a few short years on the back of their boisterous blend of anthemic alternative, folk, and pop music. Now signed with eOne Music Canada, Birds of Bellwoods released their highly anticipated debut LP, Victoria, in late 2018. The album invites listeners to join the band’s high-energy musical parade built on honest, emotive songwriting and laced with sweet, sticky hooks. Much of the attention to come their way thus far has stemmed from the band’s energetic and engaging live performances. They’ve crossed Canada and dipped into the U.S. for all kinds of dates, including a slew of major Canadian music festivals, support slots with the likes of Arkells and Wintersleep, and some high-profile headlining sets of their own.

Bernice w/Carmen • Dec 15, 2018

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BERNICE with CARMEN
Saturday December 15, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Bernice, the project of Toronto-based vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann, blends “melodies reminiscent of artists like Sade with the playful sounds of artists like Deerhoof and Dirty Projectors” (Pigeons & Planes). Dann, the daughter of two symphony orchestra performers, is a trained vocalist with a Masters in Music from Goldsmiths, University of London, and her band — Thom Gill (keyboards/samples), Felicity Williams (vocals), Phil Melanson (percussion), and Dan Fortin (bass) – features active members of Bahamas, Owen Pallett, Leif Vollebekk, and DIANA. Formed in 2010, the band’s first release, What Was That , landed in 2011 and saw critical praise from Exclaim Magazine and Globe & Mail. Bernice performed shows with Colin Stetson and supported Tegan & Sara on tour. In 2016, the band returned from a residency at the Banff Centre, and supported the release of two singles, “St Lucia” and “Don’t Wanna Be European”, with a series of performances at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Bernice started 2017 by supporting Martha Wainwright on tour across the UK before returning to Toronto for the Toronto Dance Theatre’s production of NOISY where the band performed a bespoke composition for the show. The band was then invited to Miami to support Angel Olsen for Red Bull Sound Select’s 3 Days In Miami festival. Puff , a 5-song EP, was released in June ‘17 to resounding critical acclaim from Pitchfork, NPR, Zane Lowe, and The Fader. Stereogum and Exclaim named the release as one of the ‘Best EPs of 2017. Puff was produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius) and Matt Smith (Owen Pallett). The release was supported on tours with Charlotte Day Wilson and The Weather Station. Bernice followed the maximalist EP with minimalist sophomore album Puff: In The Air Without A Shape released in May ’18 on Arts & Crafts. Continuing their enigmatic exploration of pop, jazz, and R&B, the new album attempted to mimic the playful intimacy of the band’s live show. The album was called “a monument to ephemerality” by the New York Times and received a long-list nomination for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Basement Revolver w/Lost Cousins • Dec 13, 2018

 

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BASEMENT REVOLVER with LOST COUSINS
Thursday December 13, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Heavy Eyes is the debut album from Canadian indie-rock trio Basement Revolver. There’s an air of weariness pervading the album, with the sleepy title Heavy Eyes summing up a general exhaustion right down to the bone, as well as hinting at a heavier direction as they deftly merge 90s infused indie rock with fuzzy dreamy pop and poignant, yearning lyrics. Unable to disguise the emotion in her voice, songwriter Chrisy Hurn shares intimate stories and personal wounds from her past, revealing a deeply affecting and rewarding set of songs. Bringing together the talents of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums), the band hail from Hamilton, Ontario and were named Basement Revolver due to Chrisy’s basement apartment, rather than any trigger happy leanings. Their ascent to the spotlight has been a steady trajectory, capitalising on the success of their debut single “Johnny” in 2016. The band has racked up over one million plays on Spotify across their first two EPs. To record their debut full-length, the band returned to local studio TAPE (Memoryhouse, Dirty Nil, Edgar Breau), where they had recorded their first two EPs. They had build up a solid relationship with producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell, as they continued to hone their signature sound.

 

The O’Pears w/Twin Within • Dec 6, 2018

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THE O’PEARS with TWIN WITHIN
Thursday December 6, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door • 19+
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The O’Pears are a Toronto-based contemporary folk trio made up of Lydia Persaud, Jill Harris and Meg Contini, three songwriters who weave stories that stir the spirit and capture the timeless character of folk music. Like Those Nights, their debut album, captures soaring harmonies and a seamless blend, evoking the profound intimacy of Nick Drake, the sister-like blend of The Staves and the dynamic harmony of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Live performances turn the loudest bar into the warmest house concert, with their endearing, unabashed personalities balancing the intimate sincerity of the songwriting. They recently performed to high acclaim at festivals such as Summerfolk, Great Heart Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, garnered radio play across Canada, including CBC, and have been featured live with Royal Wood, Good Lovelies, Michelle Willis, and Coco Love Alcorn. Each band member a distinctly talented musician with a stand-alone voice, style, and stage presence, when these three come together it is breathtaking. A striking mix of tight a cappella and rootsy instrumentation, Like Those Nights explores lessons learned about love and loss through the eyes and hearts of young Canadian storytellers. The O’Pears continue to bring a strong, honest voice to the modern female perspective.

Caamp w/Savannah Conley • Dec 4, 2018

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CAAMP with SAVANNAH CONLEY
Tuesday December 4, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $17.50 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Caamp is a folk trio from Ohio, making beautiful noise. Started by boyhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier, Caamp came to life in Athens, Ohio. Taylor began penning and playing original songs at coffeeshops around Athens in 2013.Evan moved down a couple of years later and together in a hazy attic, enjoying light beers, they would find the heartfelt sound that became Caamp. Since independently releasing their self-titled first record in 2016, they have climbed Spotify charts, headlined the US, purchased denim jackets and added a bass-playing buddy, Matt Vinson – who also enjoys light beers and denim. With their sophomore album“Boys” on the horizon, the Ohioan folk trio have high hopes and no reservations.

Emerging singer-songwriter Savannah Conley release her new EP, Twenty-Twenty (featuring “All I Wanted” and “Never Be Ourselves”) in February 2018. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the EP is Conley’s first release in partnership with Cobb’s Low Country Sound imprint at Elektra Records