JANE’S PARTY with SATE
Thursday, May 5, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 9:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $9.99 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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Though they’ve been playing together since 2006, the members of Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party – Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton – feel like they’re just starting to gather steam.
Ready to take off after years roving Toronto’s vibrant bar scene and touring great swaths of Canada, their third full-length album, Tunnel Visions, arrives as their most confident and mature effort to date. Produced by Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and recorded at his remote farm in Southern Ontario,it’s comprised of songs about being on the road, about losing loved ones, about growing up and coming to grips with life.
Even while running the gamut of emotions and themes, the bandmates never lose the buoyant, hooky songwriting or soulful harmonies they’ve honed over nearly a decade of collaboration, and their hard-won chemistry is evident in how effortless the execution comes off. With Tunnel Visions, they offer an original take on a classic sound, with compositions that feel at once familiar and fresh. Their diverse array of sounds jumps across and often fuses genres – from folk to funk to stripped-down guitar rock, with synth-pop flourishes and splashes of grunge. These are plaintive songs and gritty songs, songs that strike a tonal balance between chip-on-the-shoulder tenacity and Sunday morning malaise, between small-town intimacy and big-city bravado.
The production, too, is polished to a sheen, with input from outside voices entering the picture for the first time. Lead single “Coming on Strong” is co-produced by The Darcys and features legendary singer/songwriter Jim Cuddy on backing vocals. The album, mixed by Chris Stringer and mastered by Joao Carvalho, showcases a sound that’s more layered and sonically rich than anything the band has created thus far. This is a long way from the Jane’s Party that recorded and self-produced their debut album in a garage in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood.
Since then, they’ve collaborated and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Wintersleep, Matt Mays, The Maccabees, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tom Odell, Lights, Manic Street Preachers, and others. They’ve come up in the world, and people are starting to take notice.
Two years in the making, Tunnel Visions speaks of a band that’s found itself, and of one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets stepping out of the shadows.
SATE is blues and SATE is rock. SATE is raw power, out to satisfy and empower a nation. Armed with her ferocious soulful wails, relentless guitars & a dirty low end, pulsating organs and greasy grooves to satisfy earhole, SATE has learned at the feet of masters, and incorporated those lessons into what are, beyond a doubt, some of the most electrifying sounds to come from anyone this year.
At the forefront of it all is empowerment, strength and sexiness personified by the indelible image of a woman on stage, her fist in the air, and an entire audience raising its hands in communal acknowledgment. The full spectrums of emotions, channeled into a fight for what is right, as bodies and spirits are moved, and souls are satisfied.
SATE has her feet firmly planted in the 21st century, but the passing of the torch is fully evident on this primordial scream of a debut record that balances huge riffs with swaggering vocals, like a lost collaboration between Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix.
This ballsy and fearless attitude fueled by vulnerability, rage and joy are the sparks that ignite SATE’s songwriting and explosive live energy – taking all that life throws at you and turning it into great art. It’s a catharsis and a discovery of one’s true voice. SATE is a product of the live experience, with a sound that has taken shape over the course of several years of intense live shows.
In the end, the SATE experience is fueled by one lyric – “Don’t let them demons pull the trigger, don’t let them kick you down”…because, onstage SATE fights until everyone is empowered, connected in sweat and everyone is sated.
Fri Apr 29, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm • 19+
Tickets $19.99 (+SC) advance, $25 at the door
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“By this point, singer/songwriter Danny Michel must be a bit weary of being ranked as one of this country’s undiscovered musical treasures. But it’s true” – The Toronto Star
“Every time we hear a new Danny Michel album, we end up asking the same question: Why isn’t he rich, famous and beloved by the masses? Criminally overlooked” – The Winnipeg Sun
With nominations for three JUNO Awards, The Polaris Prize, The CBC’s “Heart Of Gold” AND a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. “An adventurous & fearless artist”. “A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over”.
Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. His environmental song “Feather, Fur & Fin” landed on both CBC’s “Global Goals Playlist” & David Suzuki’s “Playlist For The Planet”. Other songs ask big questions like “If Gods’ on your side, then who’s on mine” and “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right or did you live it wrong?”
In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize and founded the Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he’s raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can.
Later he tracked down one of his favorite bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them to make an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboards Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the “World Music” category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.
At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure”
COLOUR FILM with guest LES COOPER
Release Party for Colour Film’s Super 8 EP
Sat Apr 9, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30PM • All-Ages
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Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck.
Looking back in order to look ahead. Drawing from memories to open up new possibilities. That, in many respects, sums up Colour Film, the new identity of Hamilton, Ontario’s Matthew de Zoete. Having released three albums of dreamy folk-pop under his own name, de Zoete (pronounced “duh-ZOO-tuh”) has channeled the various sounds and influences from those records into Super 8, a six-song EP that will reintroduce his melodic gifts and poignant lyricism when it is released April 8, 2016 on Ship Records.
The overarching concept behind Colour Film grew out of a song that de Zoete wrote by that name which became the title track of his last album from 2012. It explored his fascination with his family’s history but also embodied his idea of songs as “little films,” wherein a combination of characters, stories, and emotions create a visual element in the listener’s mind. The six songs on Super 8 achieve de Zoete’s ends brilliantly, with his voice and the shimmering arrangements often echoing the glorious melancholy of Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, and the Pernice Brothers.
Produced by Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), who also adds his dynamically nuanced guitar playing, the EP features harmony vocals from Julie Fader (Etiquette, Great Lake Swimmers), Robbie Grunwald (Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge) on keyboards, bassist Mark McIntyre (Danny Michel, Roxanne Potvin), and drummer Joel Stouffer (Dragonette, The New Deal).
Call it a new voice, a new philosophy, or simply the discovery of a gift he never knew he possessed, Colour Film’s Super 8 is the first taste of a re-born singer/songwriter whose body of work is sure to remain as timeless as its subject matter.
On the heels of an heroic Blue Jays season, baseball lovers’ delight Pitch Talks returns to Mills Hardware on Monday, November 16.
This fan favourite, which wowed SRO crowds at Mills during its September debut, promises to deliver a night of baseball storytelling, analysis & debate! And after the past month in Jays land, there’s definitely a lot to talk about!
Pitch Talks will offer the faithful a breakdown of what’s next for the Blue Jays with an esteemed panel of insiders:
- Stephen Brunt (Sportsnet)
- Jeff Blair (Sportsnet)
- Steve Milton (Hamilton Spectator)
- Ben Nicholson-Smith (Sportsnet)
The night will also feature Ashley Stephenson from the Canadian women’s national baseball team to talk about her experiences in the game!
The Pitch Talks team has also called up a Blue Jays “Fanel” of baseball diehards to talk about the postseason and what lies beyond:
- Chris Johnston Sportsnet
- Nick Dika bassist for The Arkells
- Kieran Roy co-owner, Arts & Crafts
- Scott Crawford Director of Operations, Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame