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.

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.

The PussyCat Lounge Literary Salon • Nov 19

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THE PUSSYCAT LOUNGE LITERARY SALON
Featuring NAIRN HOLTZ and BETH MURCH
Saturday November 18, 2016 • Doors 7:00pm • 19+
Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Tickets: $10 (+SC) advance & door
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The PussyCat Lounge is a literary salon for queer women & their friends – all are welcome. Featured guests are Nairne Holtz & Beth Murch. Michael Simlais deejaying.

Nairn Holtz began her writing career in the early 90s with the creation of a queer kinky punk porn ’zine, Pornorama, that generated sales and mail from around the world and interesting personal adventures. A straight couple who ran a fetish group offered to back her financially and elevate Pornorama to magazine status. She pooh-poohed this offer she didn’t think was terribly practical: “Thanks, that’s sweet, but I’m going to library school.” Today she is a librarian and author of two books: The Skin Beneath (Insomniac, 2007), which was shortlisted for Quebec’s McAuslan Prize and This One’s Going to Last Forever (Insomniac, 2009), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her new novel, Femme Confidential, will be published in the fall of 2017.

Debra Anderson is the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers. Her work has been anthologized in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians. Herizons Magazine described her novel, Code White (McGilligan, 2005) as “…a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets.”

Beth Murch is a village wyse womyn, radical reproductive justice activist, birth worker, and nationally competing spoken word artist. She has performed across Canada and in the United States, creating and disturbing peace with her literary craft. A lone, tender-yet-fierce voice that speaks of love, spirituality, feminism, female sexuality, mental health, and loneliness, Murch’s humour and vulnerability lingers with audiences. Her passions include placentae, memento mori, cat memes, herbalism, and religious kitsch.

Post-Season Pitch Talks • Mon Nov 16

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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

Get your tickets here!