Saint Lo. w/Matt Paxton • Apr 27, 2019

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SAINT LO. with MATT PAXTON
Saturday Apr 27, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $12 doors • 19+
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Saint Lo. is a Montreal-based band with roots that stretch across the continent. Their songs are nuanced and layered featuring hypnotic vocals, profound lyrics, incredible harmonies and varied instrumentation. They sing about complex emotions – vulnerability, isolation, connection, nostalgia, and loss – always infused with more than just a hint of hope.  Their new album, We Could Be, is a thematic tour-de-force for Saint Lo. The video single “Wounds” is a stunning ode to the long healing process that comes in the wake of the rupture of a relationship. The song is a mix of alt-folk and classical layered with cinematic pop and it’s easy to imagine it as part of the soundtrack of a film or cable series. Filmed on a rainy day in Esquimalt on Vancouver Island, the video for “Wounds” was created in collaboration with Montreal-based film editor Olivia Du Vergier and Vancouver-based videographer Daniel Keen.

BODY DBL w/Dizzy Spells • Apr 26, 2019

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BODY DBL
with DIZZY SPELLS
Friday Apr 27, 2019

Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $12 doors • 19+
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BODY DBL‘s roots lie in punk rock and musical theatre which can be heard in their anthemic power pop songs and witnessed in their wild live shows. Expect risqué dance moves, unexpected smooches and booty shaking when BODY DBL hit the stage.

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Dizzy Spells capture the realities of contemporary, modern life through sardonically bent quips, musings on the anxiety of time, finding happiness, interconnectivity, and the inevitable finality of death. Their lyrics are interlaced with jumpy, skittering guitar lead switchabouts by David Appleyard and Benjamin Schillaci, crunchy kraut-like bass by Ryan Fisher, asymmetrical, schizoid drum playing by Zach Vernon, and Damon Guyett’s moody, form-fitting keyboards.

Mappe Of w/Scott Orr • Apr 25, 2019

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MAPPE OF with SCOTT ORR
Thursday Apr 25, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $20 doors • 19+
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A young Canadian piecing his life together on the other side of the world. A German vagabond clutching a glowing orb in a hippie town in Australia, having disavowed all family ties. An old man dying slowly of Alzheimer’s who can’t recognize his own family. A troubled boy burning his family’s home to the ground. All these characters populate the debut album by Mappe Of, an ethereal avant-folk tour de force that belongs to no time or place. Or perhaps not even of this Earth, judging by the range of haunting vocal textures or some of the interstellar synths that intertwine with trumpets, violins, kalimba, autoharp, and Mappe Of’s own intricate guitar playing. There is no traditional drum kit. No finite template of instrumentation. Maybe the less you know about the man behind the curtain, the more you’ll lose yourself in the music. “I’d like the music to be grounded in reality while simultaneously feel like it’s from somewhere else,” says the sonic architect behind what will be known to the world as Mappe Of. So he scoured up some equipment and set up shop in his friend’s basement in a sleepy university town; she played violin, flute and anything else she had lying around. In the wee hours of the night, she’d sneak him into the studio of the college’s recording arts program, where he’d twiddle knobs until dawn. The administration eventually found out and told him to cease and desist. You’ll notice they’re not credited in the album’s liner notes. He is still a young man; his lyrics are about reckoning with one’s destiny and past, with balancing one’s own mental health with that of loved ones, and the capacity to love. “A handful of these songs are about struggling with putting your weight on another individual, asking them to bear burdens that you can’t,” he muses. “Some are stories I’ve collected over the years from the perspective of others, some are my own firsthand experiences. All of them contain events and emotions that felt universal, but present themselves in unique ways.”

 

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.)

Motherhood w/Gianna Lauren • Apr 12, 2019

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MOTHERHOOD with GIANNA LAUREN
Friday Apr 12, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+
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A trio of deep-thinkin’ rippers, New Brunswick’s Motherhood achieve one very rare and uncomplicated feat: they sound EXCITING on record and stage alike. Unlike so many awkward experiments by peers and ‘adventurous’ contemporary rock outfits, Motherhood’s music explodes with the kind of charm and exuberance you can’t just order. No, it’d take years of late nite couch-crumpled conversations, bathroom stall barfs and parking lot laughter to achieve the kind of chemistry these three exude.  Since their 2013 debut LP Diamonds and Gold, Motherhood’s style has walked a twisted path and meandered from anthemic hooks to darker, grimier riffs, and a much more angular and eclectic sound. Described as widely as avant-country, circus punk or black metal fusion, the band has settled reluctantly on art-rock as a catch-all. But as their genre remains illusory, their aesthetic is palpable – if you get comfortable, you deserve to be duped. If we’re calling this art rock, it’s because, in 2019, commitment is a precious art indeed. And make no mistake, Motherhood is all about commitment. Brydon Crain (guitar, vocals), Penelope Stevens (bass, keys, vocals) and Adam Sipkema (drums) have been linking arms and running into rock n’ roll oblivion repeatedly for the past eight years. Like cowpunk without the jadedness, dust rock without the drymouth; a thinkin’ people’s union for the fearless 21st.

“dark like black boot mud” – Sappy Times       

“exciting and completely unpredictable” – Grid City Magazine

“a tumultuous tumbleweed of country-laced, spitfire rock ’n’ roll, a cathartic circus wrapped in a sheen of heartfeltly-howled emotional hooks” – AUX

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Originally calling Alberta and Ontario home, now-Halifax songwriter Gianna Lauren is a project of atmosphere, guitars, and warm voices. Lush arrangements and measured vocals create a haunting ambiance. Moving Parts is a compelling testament to a band’s chemistry and dedication. Operating a band with 2000km distance in-between members equals a great deal of moving parts. With Lauren in Halifax and the rest of the band in 3 different cities in Ontario, regularly seeing one another and working together wasn’t always easy. As opposed to their previous collaboration which was recorded live-off-the-floor in a couple of days, Moving Parts was recorded in 3 studios, 2 provinces, and sporadically over 5 months. Over 4 years following the release of On Personhood, the band grew apart, took on other projects, pursued other opportunities, making it more and more challenging to come together. As a result of scheduling conflicts, Lauren hesitated to release the album at all. “The challenges to making this band work forced me to re-think whether this band should even be supporting an album,” Lauren says. “So I buried it.” The band is J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, J.J. Ipsen and the Paper Crown), Justin Nace (Andy Shauf, The Wooden Sky, Jenn Grant), and Marshall Bureau (Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers). Each song on Moving Parts channels a measured but mighty groove, to psych-folk on the catchy NPR-embraced “Mistakes” and the techno-punk inspired “Innkeeper.” Lauren’s signature idle vocal cadence is particularly highlighted on “Will You Come” and the dreamy reverb-soaked “Death & Beauty.” Despite the album’s darker material, the band warms up with tropical tones on the downbeat “Tricks.” “Take It Slow” was recorded live-off-the-floor with Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant) moments after Lauren got the news that one of her mentors was jogging hit by a car and killed, but the lyrics tell the story of Lauren’s grandfather’s demise of an early and tragic death. This heartbreaking moment is instilled in the recording. Throughout the changing temperatures of Moving Parts, the band maintains a cohesive state of marvel and Lauren’s voice maintains a cool assurance, delicate but showcasing a new kind of vigour.

“Gianna’s songs are delicate and somber, yet hopeful. She channels the spirits of early Joni Mitchell and contemporary P.J. Harvey.” – Earshot Online

“…songs are writ large with atmospheric sounds that give a heavy mood to observations on life and love in the time of technology.” – Ottawa Citizen

“Equal parts Cocteau Twins, Beth Orton and Sufjan Stevens, this gauzy leadoff track [‘Become What You Can’tBe’} to one of the season’s most intriguing albums is notable for a sonic template that’s unusually adventurous, especially for a singer-songwriter album.” – Toronto Star

Ellevator + Basement Revolver • Apr 6, 2019

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ELLEVATOR + BASEMENT REVOLVER
Saturday Apr 6, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv. • 19+
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Good music seems instantaneous: a decisive rush of expression and dopamine. Hamilton, Ontario’s Ellevator captures 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), was released in the Spring of 2018 by Arts & Crafts. Brick by brick, Ellevator has built a reputation as a band to watch. Ellevator is Mike Boyd, Elliott Gwynne, Nabi Sue Bersche & Tyler Bersche.

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Bringing together the talents of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Jonathon Malström (guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums), Hamilton, Ontario’s Basement Revolver‘s ascent to the spotlight has been a steady trajectory, from the breakout success of their debut single “Johnny”  through to their first full-length, Heavy Eyes. 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. In a relatively short time, Basement Revolver have successfully encapsulated the yearning and hopefulness of their generation, whilst harnessing a unique, yet familiar soundscape.

Saukrates • Apr 5, 2019

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Soul House Live Presents
SAUKRETES w/RE.VERSE
Friday Apr 5, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $18 (+SC) adv., $30 door • 19+
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Saukrates arrived on the hip-hop scene of the early ’90s, a post-Native Tongues rapper and producer who pioneered the Canadian hip-hop scene. He has been awarded multiple JUNO nominations for Best Rap Recording and through his career has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Common, Redman, and Xzibit. A fixture in the top-tiers of the Canadian hip-hop scene, he is present as a rapper or producer on almost every Canadian major label hip-hop release over the past 20 years. Providing the likes of K-os, Swollen Members, Jully Black, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal, and Choclair with his unique style of rapping and production that has become synonymous with the Torontonian hip-hop sound. Recently he has maintained his prevalence working with the best of the new breed of Canadian rappers such as: Classified, Shad, Tre Mission, Son Real, and OB O’Brien. The co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead singer of the hip-hop/R&B group Big Black Lincoln, he is also a member of Redman’s Gilla House collective.  With an ear for music (classically trained in the violin and cello) and a head for business, Saukrates was fed on the late-’80s and early-’90s rap styles of Special Ed, De La Soul, and the Native Tongues movement. 

Re.verse takes you on a vibrant instrumental journey through classic and current urban anthems — hip hop, R&B, future funk, breaks, neo-soul, trap, house, tropical – unforgettable gems that have paved our music’s past, blended with beats that are now shaping our present and future, all recreated in a way you’ve never quite heard by a live band before. Treating their one of a kind trio of drums, 6-string electric bass and guitar (or occasionally keys) as much like a seamless DJ set as they do a live concert, Re.verse is constantly refining and diversifying their signature sound. With years of practice blending and mashing up familiar hits and deeper cuts on the fly while lacing their sets with spontaneous freestyle beats they make up on the spot, re.verse weaves in and out of genres and eras with ease, using their deep knowledge of jazz and improvisation to help connect the dots and draw parallels between sounds both similar and diverse. With a comprehensive ever-growing catalogue of 120+ hand-picked covers, they always manage to capture the essence of timeless songs while reworking them as unique adaptations that carry their unmistakeable instrumental flavour. Re.verse delivers an extraordinary live music experience that will captivate any audience, but also let’s you zone in or out as you please, keeping the flow smooth and the vibe intriguing without skipping a beat. Re.verse is: Damian Matthew (six-string electric bass), Robb Cappelletto (electric guitar) and Chino De Villa (drums).

Mike Edel w/Gareth Inkster • Apr 3, 2019

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MIKE EDEL with GARETH INKSTER
Wednesday Apr 3, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+
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“What is the future, if this is now?” asks Canadian-born Mike Edel on his latest single. This question, echoing throughout groove of the song “Challenger,” similarly echoes throughout Edel’s entire record, produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla.   Thresholds is a compelling departure for Edel and after adopting a consistency is boring mantra and a tireless year in the studio, Edel’s sound has evolved and this is his most intriguing album yet. From the radio rocker ‘Houdini’ to the indie-pop chiller ‘Go With You’ and with the CBC Music Top 10, thirties are the new twenties anthem “31,” Edel presents stand-alone singles that present a uniform theme throughout the 10-song effort. After two million cumulative streams across major platforms, being in rotation on CBC Music, AAA Radio across the United States, and on Sirius XM’s The Loft; after playing hundreds of shows including Rifflandia Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Victoria International Jazz Festival, and Upstream Music Festival; after sharing the stage with Serena Ryder, Foy Vance, Said The Whale and Josh Garrels; and after splitting his time between Seattle, WA and the mountains of British Columbia and getting married, Edel is taking his music in particular and his life in general across a threshold, through an open door, and into the unknown.

For the past year and a half, Gareth Inkster has been gradually establishing himself as a regular in the Hamilton music scene. Having spent the better part of a decade performing extensively with many local artists, he has now focused his attention on his own act. The result is comprised of three singles and an EP, to date,  as well as a second EP slotted for later in 2019. Having mixed up their live arrangement, Inkster, along with his band, have achieved a tight, vibey, yet high-energy set which has been garnering high praise with each showing. It’s early days for this ensemble, but the future is more than promising.

Idioteque • Mar 30, 2019

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IDIOTEQUE 
Saturday Mar 30, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+
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Founded in 2010, Idioteque sees some of Toronto’s best and busiest musicians dare to take on Radiohead’s most challenging material and all the classic hits, accurately recreating true-to-recorded versions, spanning all of Radiohead’s studio albums, plus some B-sides and rarities. Having gained a huge following in a very short time, and selling out the majority of shows they play, Idioteque blows audiences away with their high-energy performances, attention to detail, and passion for the music. Idioteque has also presented several special projects, including performing the entirety of ‘OK Computer’ for its 20th anniversary, all of ‘In Rainbows’ for its 10th anniversary, a tribute to the ’90s “MTV Unplugged” series, featuring all-acoustic arrangements and a string quartet, and much more. Idioteque is  Don Scott (lead vocals, guitar),  Jessica Stuart (guitar, vocals), Charles Tilden (guitar, vocals),  Teri Parker (keyboards), Liam Smith (bass) and Ernesto Cervini (drums, vocals).

Music Trivia Night • Last Tuesdays

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Hosted by Sonja Maurin, Mills Hardware’s Music 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.