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.,

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

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

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

SAT DEC 22 25th Annual Sonic Unyon Holiday Bash ft. Tristan Psionic, Night Court & Special Friends TBA $15 (+SC) adv., 420 door | 6pm doors, 7pm show | 19+

FEB

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

SAT FEB 16 The Be Sharps w/Gareth Inkster $10 (+SC) adv.| 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

THU FEB 21 Reuben and the Dark $18 (+SC) adv | 7pm doors, 8pm show | 19+

THU FEB 28 Wild Rivers $15 (+SC) adv | 6pm doors, 7pm show | 19+

 

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Ted Basciano • Mar 10-May 5

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TED BASCIANO
Carve Me a Picture, Darling: Mosaics & Prints
Mar 10-May 5 2018
Opening Reception Sat Mar 10, 6-10pm

 

Ted Basciano had his first solo art exhibit at the age of 16. Now at almost 30 solo exhibits, he brings his art to Mills Hardware.

Since 1984, Basciano has worked in 4 mediums: Small soapstone and serpentine sculptures, print, watercolour pencil drawings, and mosaic wall sculptures. With a degree in fine arts from McMaster University, the artist went on to earn a teaching degree in Windsor, Ontario, and from there onward to Korea to teach English and work in guest houses.

Having worked with cultural institutions such as the Carnagie Gallery, Dundas valley School of Art, Hamilton Military Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Hamilton Artists Inc., & Staircase Cafe Theatre, Basciano now brings his next show to Mills Hardware.

Rich Aucoin • Feb 23, 2018

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RICH AUCOIN
Friday February 23, 2018
Doors 8:00PM, Show 9:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) advance, $20 door • 19+
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Rich Aucoin has never been one to do things normally. You know the stories by now: How he toured across Canada on a bike — confirming the next night’s show from the green room of the venue he was currently sound-checking in. On that bike tour, he ran a half-marathon in every city, raised money, donated every cent to Leukemia research. On the next tour, he ran half-marathons for Heart And Stroke while at the same time recording 2011’s We’re All Dying To Live, featuring over 500 players. And his first EP, Personal Publication, syncs up perfectly with How The Grinch Stole Christmas and 2014’s Ephemeral with The Little Prince. How every show features a custom video opening and a party under a parachute and at the end of that show, he puts his phone number up and you texted him.

Well, Rich saved all those numbers in his rolodex (totalling almost 16,000 friends and strangers), so if you’ve received a text from Rich today, or saw a poster around town, or on social media, asking Rich to text you, then you’ve likely already heard the news that there’s a new EP coming out on March 16. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that when Aucoin’s computer was stolen on a surf trip in Costa Rica in 2016, along with it went most of the recordings for the new EP. Gone. All but one completely finished new song which he had sent to his manager. That song was to be the last song of the new EP. And that record? He didn’t just start over — he made his best work ever: spanning through electro-jungle variations to joyous and catchy orchestral pop.

Below the Line 2 • Sept 8-10, 2017

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Curated by artists Gary Pullin and Sara Deck, Below The Line 2: An Exhibition of Modern Film Posters is a pop culture exhibition of stunning silk-screened poster art. The posters in the show are limited edition prints of movie classics from yesterday to the present. The show coincides with Hamilton’s Supercrawl 2017 and runs Sept 8-10 at Mills Hardware. Opening reception Sept 8, 6:30pm-10:30pm.
Sponsored by Grey Matter Art, HorrorHound Magazine, Fright-Rags, Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six, Mills Hardware and Supercrawl.

Owen Pallett • Apr 7, 2017 [ 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.

 

Echo Artist Talks: Gord Bond • Feb 23, 2017

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ECHO ARTIST TALKS: GORD BOND
Thursday, February 23 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7pm, Talk 7:30pm • Free

The Echo Artist Talks series continues on Thursday February 23, when the Hamilton Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee welcomes Hamilton-based painter Gord Bond to Mills Hardware. Bond recently presented his solo exhibition of new paintings, Almost Human Nature, his recent exhibition at Dundas’ Carnegie Gallery. 

Gord Bond was born in Hamilton, Ontario, where he still lives and exhibits his paintings today. While doing an undergraduate in Science at McMaster University, Bond’s love of drawing and painting compelled him to switch majors to the Fine Arts. Bond received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at McMaster University in 2012. Upon completion of his Undergraduate Degree, Gord immediately applied and gained acceptance to York University to work towards his Masters in Fine Art. Since completing his Masters in 2014, Bond has continued to create paintings focusing on his interest in the human figure coupled with an urge to experiment with form, colour and mark-making.

Echo Artist Talks is a project of the Hamilton Arts Council Visual Arts Committee that provides a forum for both local and visiting artists exhibiting in Hamilton galleries to share their experiences with the local community. Hosted monthly at Mills Hardware in downtown Hamilton, each talk includes a Q&A session and opportunity for informal networking before and after the talk with a cash bar available on site. Doors open at 7:00 in advance of the start of the artist’s talk at 7:30.

 

Echo Artist Talks: Jody Joseph • Nov 17

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ECHO ARTIST TALKS: JODY JOSEPH
Thu Nov 17, 2016 / 7:00pm doors, 7:30pm talk / Free

Chicago-born, Dundas-based painter-collagist Jody Joseph talks about her paintings and collages rooted in the quarter-century she has spent as an student, painter, teacher & resident of  Montecastello di Vibio, a small hill town in Umbria, Italy. The works form the exhibition Montecastello a Memoria, running Nov 18-Dec 18 at Gallery on the Bay.  

Echo Artist Talks is a project of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee that provides a forum for both local and visiting artists exhibiting in Hamilton galleries to share their experiences with the local community. Hosted monthly at Mills Hardware, each talk includes a Q&A session and opportunity for informal networking before and after the talk, with a cash bar available. Doors open at 7pm in advance of the start of the artist’s talk at 7:30pm.

The next Echo Artist Talk, featuring sculptor Paul Cvetich, will take place Thursday January 19, presented by the McMaster Museum of Art.