Shooter Jennings • Apr 27

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SHOOTER JENNINGS
With Special Guest Kelly Prescott
Thursday April 27, 2017 •
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $30 (+SC) advance, $35 door • 19+

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The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright Jennings, Shooter was playing drums by the time he was five years old and had already begun taking piano lessons, only to break them off and follow his own path to an understanding of the instrument. He discovered guitar at 14 and rock & roll (particularly Southern rock and the loose-limbed hard rock of Guns ‘n’ Roses) at 16. Soon he moved from Nashville to L.A., where he assembled a rock band called Stargunn. Stargunn earned a strong local reputation for its live shows, and enjoyed a six- or seven-year run on the L.A. circuit before Jennings rediscovered his outlaw country roots and dissolved the band.

Kelly Prescott is a “from-the-cradle” country singer.  She hails from two musically renowned family lines, spanning three generations. Naturally, she inherited the foundation to follow her musical heart. There were few doubts about the direction her life might take. When her voice is blended with steel guitars and fiddles, country music lovers from way-back-when hear a kindred soul. When she spins the dial forward a few decades, it’s clear she’s part of a new generation that’s making new sounds and big waves.

Road to CMW w/Ascot Royals • Apr 8

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ROAD TO CMW w/ASCORT ROYALS, THE BLUE STONES & YOUNGBLOOD
Saturday, April 8, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM 
Tickets: $10 (+SC) advance, $13 door • 19+
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At its core, music is supposed to generate a feeling worth grasping onto and holding tight. Whether that feeling is comfort, rage, solidarity, fear, love, or something in between, any music worth a listen finds a way to connect. Toronto, Ontario-based rock quintet Ascot Royals – Jimmy Chauveau (vocals), Ben Chauveau (keys), Scott Page (bass), Sam Stark (drums) and Tal Vaisman (guitars) – exemplify this with their “New Skin” EP (Slaight Music/Sony Music Canada), a body of work that’s not unlike the best shoulder you’ve ever leaned on. The EP’s title track and first single, “New Skin,” features a danceable brand of alternative arena rock with feverish pop hooks, along with motivational lyrical work that stresses the importance of not being afraid to forget about the negativity that haunts us and embracing a fresh start in life – definitely a fitting vibe for an EP’s opening number.  Last year’s debut single, “The Best is Yet to Come” (which entered the Top 25 at Canadian Rock Radio) offers a message of not giving up in times of struggle and finding a light at the end of the tunnel. Paced with goose bump-inducing instrumentation and soaring vocals, “The Best is Yet to Come,” already feels anthemic. Meanwhile, EP closer “Empires” includes an impassioned performance by Gianni Luminati of JUNO Award-winning band, Walk Off the Earth. Here, listeners are given one last chance to raise their fists and feel galvanized. Featuring collaborations with Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace), Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Arkells, Billy Talent), Gianni Luminati (Walk of the Earth, Steve Aoki) and Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace), to name a few, “New Skin” has positively displayed the versatility of Ascot Royals, a band that’s put in the work and continues to reach new lyrical and musical heights.

•   Hailing from Windsor, Ontario, The Blue Stones consist of Tarek Jafar (lead vocals, guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums, backing vocals) – a tandem that have been syncing their sounds since early high school in 2008. By producing such a massive and dynamic sound, these guys have set themselves apart and constantly leave people wondering how there are only two of them. The Blue Stones first released a self-titled EP in 2011, which quickly became a hit throughout Ontario and surrounding parts of Canada as they toured the club scene in support of the record. The guys got back in the studio during University and recorded How’s That Sound in 2013, releasing it later that year. The album was sold on Bandcamp both as a physical and digital format, making its way onto Bandcamp’s best-selling list in 2013. Following this release, the Blue Stones hit the road again and performed shows with Fitz and the Tantrums, The Stone Foxes, Justin Nozuka and others all throughout Canada and the Detroit area. And then in April of 2016, The Blue Stones released their debut full-length album internationally, Black Holes. This record features a darker and more dynamic side of the group, showing listeners their progression into the alternative/blues-blended sound they possess today. The title track, “Black Holes (Solid Ground)“, has been featured on multiple Rock playlists curated by Spotify, as well as being featured in a week-long ESPN Monday Night Football advertisement during the 2016 NFL season.

Owen Pallett • Apr 7 [ 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.

 

Hollerado • May 27 [ SOLD OUT ]

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Supercrawl Presents
HOLLERADO
Saturday May 27, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:30pm
Tickets $20 (+SC) advance, $25 door • 19+
>> SOLD OUT <<

“Crazy-catchy melodies, raging hooks and riffs seal the deal” — SPIN
Originally hailing from Ottawa, Hollerado burst onto the world stage in 2010 with their debut Record In A Bag. The LP introduced music fans to Hollerado’s irresistible guitar-pop and earned them a 2011 JUNO nomination for Best New Artist. Their savvy DIY approach, along with their incredible talent and tenacity, saw the band gain international attention in short order. Hollerado’s penchant for making super creative and share-worthy music videos like uber-viral “Americanarama“, which with over a million YouTube views, helped solidify the bands’ popularity. Tours in China and Brazil, and shows with Flaming Lips, Weezer and Jack White’s The Dead Weather soon followed.In February 2013, Hollerado released their highly anticipated sophomore album White Paint. The 11 tracks stand out as a reflection of the sheer volume of life experience and the hundreds of shows members Menno Versteeg, Dean Baxter and brothers Nixon and Jake Boyd have played since forming in 2007. The lead single “Pick Me Up” hit #3 at Modern Rock and was the #1 most added track at Alternative after only three weeks at radio. “So It Goes” followed, quickly storming into Top 20 on the Alternative radio chart and Top 20 on the BDS Modern Rock chart.In keeping with their boundless creativity and DIY approach the band invited friends to a warehouse party in a suburb of Toronto where they hand painted every single physical copy of the record with a signature stroke of white paint. The LP earned the band further critical acclaim and a chance to cross Canada in support of Canadian rock legends Billy Talent.On July 31, 2013, Hollerado released a video for the single “So It Goes” from their most recent LP White Paint on the band’s own label, Royal Mountain Records. Directed by award-winning video director Marc Ricciardelli (Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Hedley) the documentary-esque video captures an incredible “reunion” and story of forgiveness. The song is written about lead singer Menno Versteeg’s Dutch grandfather and the incredible story of how his life was spared by a Nazi officer during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in WWII. After the war, Menno’s “Opa” who was part of the Dutch Resistance, testified on behalf of the former SS soldier during a tribunal and recounted how the man had compassionately spared his life. In doing so, Menno’s grandfather help spare the German’s life in return. With the help of the Dutch government, the band was actually able to track down the German’s grandson, and Menno and the grandson – who are alive today because of both of their grandfathers’ compassion and courage – have an emotional meeting in Munich while Hollerado was in Rotterdam shooting the music video. The best part is the incredible meet-up, documented in a special long version of the video. The video premiered on Huffington Post (USA/CAN), instantly became front-page news and the story has spread to national TV news, talk shows and appearances.

Following the release of 2015’s imposing 111 Songs project (an epic five-hour set of custom tracks written for the first 111 fans to pre-order White Paint as a bundle), the beloved pop-rock imps return with a new single and video for “Born Yesterday“, described as a “breath-of-fresh-air rock tune that forces you to roll down the winter windows and sing along.”

“The four of us have never had as much fun playing music together than we’ve been having since we made this record,” the band notes. “Lately we’ve felt as if we are a bunch of 17-year-olds jamming together in a garage for the first time.”

Choir! Choir! Choir! • Mar 24 [ SOLD OUT ]

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Supercrawl Presents
CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! 
Friday, March 24, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00PM, Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 9:30PM)
Tickets: $20 (+SC) advance, $25 door
>> SOLD OUT! <<

“Choir! Choir! Choir! has fashioned a profound way for people to connect and interact” – The New Yorker, June 2016

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube. The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

Joey Landreth w/Max Wray • Mar 17

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Supercrawl Presents
JOEY LANDRETH with guest MAX WRAY
Friday March 17, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 8:00PM, Show: 9:30PM (event ends at 1:00AM)
Tickets: $15 (+SC) advance, $20 door
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Joey Landreth is the lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of JUNO Award winners The Bros. Landreth. Anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars and vocal prowess, Joey has recently found himself being featured in top music publications around the globe. In a rare appearance as a solo performer, Joey explores his deeper catalogue of songs and puts new interpretations into some of his favourites.

Lori Yates w/Danny Marks • Mar 30 [CANCELLED]

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LORI YATES & THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
with guest DANNY MARKS
Thursday March 30, 2017

>> CANCELLED – REFUNDS VIA TICKETFLY <<

“A dark alt-country masterpiece… .Lori Yates reclaims her title as Queen of Canada’s country singer-songwriters.” – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

“A cross between a twanged-out Cowboy Junkies and a bluesy Emmylou Harris.” – A. Murray, comedian

“Her finest work yet.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music

Lori Yates is a renaissance artist. Her life provides ample source material for her art. Her evolution as a singer/songwriter echoes her journey as a human being. At the top of her game lyrically and vocally, it’s no surprise her recent recording, “Sweetheart of the Valley” is being called her best work. Her lyrical observations are gritty, tender, and poignant, sung through a voice that few can equal. Some call her Canada’s answer to Emmylou Harris.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Yates grew up in a working class suburb of Toronto called Downsview. She’s the kid who quit school at 15 to work in a gas station while secretly taking singing lessons. The kid who listened to Tanya Tucker, Patti Smith and Dolly Parton while dreaming of a career in music, who’d never been on a plane until Sony Music bigshots sent her a ticket. Maturing into an artist whose scrappy spirit carried her through the peaks and valleys of the music business, she kept singing, writing and performing no matter what life threw at her. Lori’s a lifer.

Lori has the same determination as when she burst onto the Toronto Queen West roots/cow punk scene of the late ’80s as the “cowgirl singing her heart out in the punk clubs.” This enigmatic, rebellious and hard-to-pin-down veteran singer/songwriter adeptly blends country, roots and rockabilly to create her own sound, eventually getting her signed to Sony Nashville. Long recognized by her peers and respected as one of Canada’s top talents, Lori was called “alt-country” long before the phrase existed – the pioneer of a genre in the making. This is as artist who met Johnny Cash, hung out with Tammy Wynette, wrote with Guy Clark and Colin Linden, jammed with Jerry Jeff Walker, drank with Harlan Howard, sang with Greg Allman and Rick Danko, and ate jelly beans with Roy Acuff. As the saying goes, she’s “been to the show.”

Danny Marks‘ roots go back to the ’60s as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group Edward Bear. After a span as a journeyman session musician throughout the ’70s, the iconic rocker settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humour. A house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall led him to host his own nationwide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the ’80s, Danny starred in CBC radio’s hit series the Hum Line. Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny is in his thirteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm. In 2006, Danny was given the “Blues with a Feeling Award” for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast.

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer • Apr 15

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Supercrawl Presents
THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER with guest RYAN McNALLY
Saturday April 15, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 8:00pm, show 10:00pm • 19+
Tickets: $12.00 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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“With a name like the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-­based duo is some sort of concept group, based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.“ — Chris Oke, Yukon News



In reality, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer stir up a lot more than just violent nautical imagery. Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a road-­‐worn Telecaster, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers kick out raw and primal blues; continuing in the tradition of a ‘decades-­‐deep blues style’ (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while electrifying the genre a with a lightning bolt of new life. Their sound pays homage to influences ranging from Robert Johnson to Jack White, but its smothered in greasy, gritty soul, and punched with funk. Early on in their career, Hall and Rogers made the choice to limit their sound to whatever they could play between them, using only their mouths, hands and feet, and eventually the sound became larger than the band itself. Shawn Hall provides soul-­‐tinged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and foot percussion simultaneously. Their music is not polite; it slaps you on the face and refuses to apologize. It somehow manages to cut through all the layers of clutter, all the anxieties, tensions and phobias and hit people directly at their core. It is how the blues are meant to be played.

The two met and bonded over music while in a recording session for a radio jingle, and named their new project after the blues harp reference lyric ‘I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana’ from Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby Mcgee”, as well as the common reference to a guitar as an ‘axe’. And while their name may lose HAM some gigs at senior’s homes and community halls, the band has made their peace with that. The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer released their inaugural album The Blues Can Kill in 2007, and have enjoyed a steady climb up to the widely acclaimed 2011 release, Checkered Past. They were top 20 finalists out of hundreds of bands in the 2012 Peak Performance Project in British Columbia, and rocked on to garner a Blues Recording of the Year nomination at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards, the 2013 SiriusXM Indie Awards and the Maple Blues Awards, where they were also nominated for New Artist of the Year. They have recently created a big buzz by jetting around to showcases such as Breakout West, The Toronto Blues Summit, Folk Alliance and South by Southwest. Shawn and Matthew have also seen their fair share of festival stages including Live At Squamish (2012), North Country Fair (2012), The Beaumont Blues Fest (2011), and Kaslo Jazz Festival (2012). Along the way, they’ve been honoured to share the stage with some of the world’s finest blues acts, including Taj Mahal, Colin Linden and Carlos del Junco.

The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer show no signs of wear and tear despite the fact that in every show, before the end of the first song, the pair is already drenched in sweat. In fact, they are preparing to record the next down and dirty collection of tunes for release next year, and have a chock-­‐a-­‐block full summer 2013 festival season. So whether you’re listening to The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer at a festival, in a bar or on record there is an unquestionable connection, passion, and groove. As one fan put it: ‘this is blues that gets you in the crotch’.

“The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer add a fresh take to the roots music genre via contemporary lyrics and arrangements, but maintain traditional structures and emotion. A welcome addition to the Canadian blues and roots music scene.” – Holger Peterson, CBC Saturday Night Blues

Whether he’s playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, Ryan McNally can’t be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music. This led him to spending a winter in New Orleans where he wrote the majority of the material featured on Steppin’ Down South. This album is saturated with the sounds and rhythm of New Orleans streets.

Steppin’ Down South captures the sound of hillbilly blues and jug band jazz. Recorded live off the floor by Bob Hamilton at Old Crow Studios in Whitehorse, Yukon. With Patrick Hamilton on banjo, kick drum and vocals. Kieran Poile on fiddle, Justin Rubenstein doubling on trombone and trumpet and Christian Leclerc on tuba. Ryan McNally’s genuine style and performance is a breath of fresh air.

McNally was raised in rural Quebec, south of Montreal along the U.S. boarder. He began pursuing music at the age of ten when he first picked up the guitar. In his late teens and early twenties he would seek out musicians he would hear at cafes and bars for lessons in finger style blues. He continues to work in studying with teachers into his schedule while he is performing on the road.

 Currently McNally is experimenting with scoring music to films as well as musical direction for theatre — all while keeping up a busy solo career and a steady touring schedule.

CANADALAND’s The Imposter • Feb 3

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CANADALAND’s The Imposter presents Hamilton, The Musical
Friday Feb 3, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 8:30pm, show 9:30pm (event ends at 11:30pm)
Tickets: $15.00 (+SC) advance, $20 at the door

Direct from CANADALAND comes The Imposter — a show about love for music, comic books, movies, video games, novels, comedy and everything else. Named one of The Onion AV Club’s best podcasts of 2016, The Imposter is celebrating Steeltown with a live taping: Hamilton, The Musical. It’s a night of music, stories and interviews, with writer, actor and self-professed “drag queen extraordinaire” Sky Gilbert, performance artist Kiera Boult, and Sally McKay, who was making GIFs before GIFs were cool.

Music throughout the night is provided by sax punk band Zena.

Lizabett Russo w/Matt Paxton • Mar 8

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LIZABETT RUSSO with MATT PAXTON
Wednesday March 8, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 9:00pm • All-Ages
Tickets: $10.00 (+SC) advance, $12 at the door
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Lizabett Russo is a singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The artist stands out in the most cluttered of genres, marked out by her Romanian heritage and her wealth of travelling experience. She brings a diverse and eclectic range of influences to her tracks, which move from traditional acoustic ballads to up-tempo jazz — and just about everything else in between. Currently touring throughout Canada as a trio with the jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen (Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scottish Jazz Awards in 2011 and Innovation Awards 2013) and Toronto-based percussionist Chris Wallace (Alison Young Quartet). Lizabett’s first EP, The Traveller’s Song, was released in 2013, and received great reviews from across Europe, the US and Canada. In 2015 she released her first album Running with the Wolves which toured in Europe, Japan and South Korea. Throughout the years, Lizabett has played with acclaimed musicians such as Rachel Sermani, Rozi Plain, Tim Edey and Trembling Bells. 2016 saw Lizabett back in Asia touring her latest album The Burning Mountain.