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FRI NOV 16 Graham Van Pelt w/TTWWRRSS $12 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

WED NOV 21 The Once w/Megan Bonnell $25 (+SC) adv, $30 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

FRI NOV 23 Tami Neilson $14 (+SC) adv, $18 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SAT NOV 24 Jessica Mitchell w/Sons of Daughters $15 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SUN NOV 25 Valley, Wyland $11 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

WED NOV 28 Fast Romantics $12 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

DEC

SAT DEC 1 Look Vibrant w/Fon Fur $12 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

TUE DEC 4 Caamp w/Savannah Conley $17.50 (+SC) adv | 19+ SOLD OUT!

THU DEC 6 The O’Pears w/Twin Within $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door| 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

THU DEC 13 Ellevator w/Basement Revolver $15 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

SAT DEC 15 Bernice w/Carmen$12 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

FEB

FRI FEB 8 Yamantaka//Sonic Titan $15 (+SC) adv., $18 door | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan w/Pucumber • Feb 8

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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

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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

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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.

Ellevator w/Basement Revolver • Dec 13

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ELLEVATOR with BASEMENT REVOLVER
Thursday December 13, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Good music seems instantaneous: a decisive rush of expression and dopamine. Hamilton, Ontario’s Ellevator capture that direct hit of immediacy, with a closer listen revealing the meticulous design of their muscular pop songs. Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche delivers raw lyricism with quiet power. Her nimble melodies anchor the electric hooks and cinematic timbres Ellevator has refined on countless stages. Their striking debut EP – recorded in Hamilton with Michael Keire (Arkells, The Dirty Nil, Wildlife) – is set to be released in the Spring of 2018 by Arts & Crafts. Brick by brick, Ellevator has built an international reputation as a band to watch, and are poised to break new ground in 2018. Formerly known as The Medicine Hat, Ellevator is Mike Boyd, Elliott Gwynne, Nabi Sue Bersche, and Tyler Bersche.

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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

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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

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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

Look Vibrant w/Fon Fur • Dec 1

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LOOK VIBRANT with FON FUR
Friday December 1, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $11.99 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Using unconventional arrangements and thoughtfully fashioned sonic maximalism to contrast their vulnerable lyrics and playful melodic sensibility, Look Vibrant create a cathartic listening experience reminiscent of youthful incertitude and boiling ambition. After performing together in a number of different outfits over the years, founding members, Matt Murphy and Justin Lazarus, created Look Vibrant during their journey across Western Europe where they played tunes to make ends meet. Recently Look Vibrant has performed alongside notable acts, including Anderson. Paak, Wild Nothing, Micachu and the Shapes, Alvvays, and Will Butler (Arcade Fire).

Fast Romantics • Nov 28

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FAST ROMANTICS with OH GERONIMO
Wednesday November 28, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Fast Romantics are a Toronto-based band first formed in Calgary by Matthew Angus and Jerey Lewis. The son of a piano teacher, Angus drifted in the
margins of the Calgary music scene before forming the band with Lewis in 2008. Following some early independent releases the band began work on
their first LP, Afterlife Blues (2013), shortly after moving to Toronto, with producer Howard Redekopp (New Pornographers, Teagan & Sara). The album
was in some sense a process of discovery for the band, as they grew into their sound, encompassing new influences as Angus began to refine his
songwriting. The album’s first single, “Funeral Song,” was an early culmination of this process, and rapidly garnered an audience via heavy radio play,
propelling the band into a year of consistent touring highlighted by prominent slots at Virgin Fest, SXSW and CMJ. Despite this early success the band found themselves at a crossroads as they considered their next step, and Angus began to question the band’s direction. “There was a disconnect,” says Angus, “we’d go out and make loud party music but that wasn’t what I was listening to when I got home, so there was a disparity and I wanted to figure it out.” To this end Angus began considering bringing another songwriter into the project and contacted Kirty, who at the time was focused on her own music. “Kirty was one of the first people I wrote to because I was just captivated by what she was doing,” he says, “it’s the first time I’ve ever had another songwriter in the band. I’m still writing these songs but Kirty is the counterweight to the whole thing and she’s going to call bullshit on me. She will tell me when things ring false, when the songs don’t reflect me, and I think now the songs are coming from a more genuine place.” This new approached yielded “Julia,” a track produced with Gus Van Go and Werner F (Michael Rault, Hollerado, Whitehorse) that attracted the attention of NPR, KEXP and the CBC, among others, with Angus’ deft pop songwriting drawing comparisons to Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Bruce Springsteen.

Oh Geronimo is a project that provides its band members an escape from the daily rigours of adult life. In order to fully express ourselves, we ignore all of the distractions and free-fall into the moment. After the release of our debut 7-inch and an East Coast Canadian tour, from Toronto to Newfoundland and back, the group released its debut full-length album, Sleep Rhythms, in March 2016. Since then, Oh Geronimo was selected as one of the top 25 National Finalists in the CBC Searchlight 2016 competition. Oh Geronimo is excited to explore the many roads yet travelled.

Valley x Wyland • Nov 25

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 WYLAND
Sunday November 25, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10.99 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Valley is a pop band from Toronto whose ambitions are even bigger than their sound. Forged from two bands who were accidentally double-booked for studio time, the born-and-raised Canadians seized the opportunity in disguise and began developing what would ultimately become one of the most refreshing, engaging, and promising new bands of the decade. The immediate Top 200 chart success of Valley’s debut EP “Car Test” catapulted the band to sold out shows, festival appearances, and nominations in the Toronto Independent Music Awards, establishing them as a worthy compatriot of influences such as The 1975, St Lucia, Arkells, and Walk The Moon. Their second EP, which dropped in June 2016, represents enormous growth for Valley in both sound and stature, seeing the band garner features on several blogs and sharing the stage with A Great Big World among others. The timeless, anthemic songcraft for which Valley has become known unequivocally marks them as the next great North American band to watch.

Wyland are a four-piece alternative rock band based in a small town outside of the Meadowlands. Their sound, a blend of atmospheric rock and indie singer-songwriter influence, has received praise for being “Coldplay-esque” and “intense and tasteful melodic rock [that] will resonate with the most endearing Lumineer fan.”

Jessica Mitchell w/Sons Of Daughters • Nov 24

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JESSICA MITCHELL with SONS OF DAUGHTERS
Saturday November 24, 2018
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC) advance • 19+
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Singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell has been lauded as “country’s Adele” and likened to Sheryl Crow, and much like them, her genre-bending vocals and tone are universally appealing. She is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book, inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the genre. Mitchell’s much anticipated debut album Heart of Glass was released in spring 2018 to much critical acclaim, and inclusion on Hello Magazine’s Most Beautiful Issue. She has spent the last decade travelling between Toronto and Nashville, collaborating with top-notch songwriters, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, culminating in an a raw, relatable record that embodies powerful and soulful melodies and lyrical brilliance. Mitchell has recently toured with the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Terri Clark, Johnny Reid, Bonnie Raitt, and was recently asked to perform at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame to honour Neil Young. Over the course of the last two years, Mitchell has toured with iconic names across varied genres, including; Kiefer Sutherland, Royal Wood, Ron Sexsmith, Terri Clark, Bonnie Raitt. In 2018, she hit the road on a cross-country tour with Canadian icon, Johnny Reid, which is soon be book ended with tours alongside Glass Tiger and Dean Brody, on his Dirt Road Acoustic Tour. All roads have led to her first-ever solo tour which kicks-off in Calgary on November 14, and includes legendary venues such as The Great Hall in Toronto.  Mitchell’s “Workin’ on Whiskey” was the top added song to radio at the time of release. 2016 and 2017 were ground-breaking years for the rising star, which saw Mitchell snag a coveted Guild Sponsorship, take to the stage at major festivals, and honour Neil Young with a Tribute at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala at Massey Hall.  Mitchell believes that pain and loss are oftentimes at the heart of every relatable piece of music. As she puts it, “You’ll never see the light until it’s completely dark, and it got dark for a while.” After losing her mother to a long battle with cancer, Mitchell had her own epiphany about what kind of artist she wanted to become. Her hope is that by sharing grief, and other personal experiences through her music, she will forge genuine bonds with her audience. When listening to Mitchell’s music, she makes it very easy for you to latch on to her genuine, powerful lyrics – while making just anyone realize they are not alone.