Hamilton Live Music Listings for May 10-16


About the listings: Our music listings are lovingly assembled by hand and are based on the information posted by venues on their sites / facebook pages.  So.....errors occur.  If you notice an omission or error please feel free email me.  whatishamiltonon@gmail.com

NB: Listings do not include cover bands, open mics (although I'm working on a separate list for that) or things like karaoke.  


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Wednesday May 10



MARBIN, EARTH'S YELLOW SUN, TEN METER BAND and Altobeelays @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre: Progressive Rock, Jazz, Jazz-hip hop
Time: 8pm
$10 at the door
19+
Why Should I Go?  This will be an interesting night if you like jazz influenced rock and progressive rock.  The 10 meter band from Toronto starts out the night with brass and keys heavy jazz fusion.  Earth's Yellow Sun follows up with their modern progressive rock, The Altobeelays (with new cd in tow) kick in with their rap,funk,jazz, rock thing and finally Marbin, a really great progressive rock band from Chicago round out the night.

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Marbin -  Ol' Neckin'

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Thursday May 11


MOUNTAIN OF WOLVES with DOWDY DAYS & ACADEMY KILLER @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre: Pop Rock/Rock
Time: 8pm
$5
19+
Why Should I Go? Thirty Thursdays...and If you like pop with your rock, Both Mountain of Wolves and Academy Killer should have you bouncing (if you're so inclined).

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The Damn Truth w/ Slo Motions and Sun Kings @The Casbah

Genre:ROCK
Time: 8pm
$10
All ages licensed
Why Should I Go?  If you've ever wanted to see a band with the intensity of Led Zeppelin fronted by a woman with the intensity of Janis Joplin...  The Damn Truth is reeeedoncolis!  This is a truly powerhouse band with an incredible lead singer - they should be playing a stadium full of people, but you have the opportunity to catch them at our own Casbah...and they're playing with Hamilton's Groovy Alt Rock trio Slo Motions and Hamilton's hard rockers Sun Kings who are coming out with a new EP real soon!  You can listen to an upcoming track from that EP below.  For those about to rock - hit up the Casbah on Thursday.

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Then Damn Truth


The Sun Kings






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Miss May I w/ Obey The Brave & Auras @ Club Absinthe

Genre: Hardcore Metal
Time: 7pm
$20 Tickets Link
All ages licensed
Why Should I Go?  Heavy Heavy Hardcore.  Machine Gun Kick Drums, Dark vocals, you'll love it.  Supported by Hamilton's own - Full Dead

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The Abrams @ Mills Hardware

Genre:  Country/Pop
Time:  Doors 7, Show 8
$10
19+
Why Should I Go? I honestly don't know much about this style of music but hey if it's your thing...have at'er

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Friday May 12


Tasseomancy, Mega Bog, ZENA @HAVN

Genre: Ambient Experimental Pop
Time:  8pm
$10
All ages
Why Should I Go?  Tasseomancy, a duo from Toronto creates an ethereal soundscape that reminds of Kate Bush or Tori Amos combined with modern electronic sounds.  Joined by Mega Bog from the original Brooklyn with more jazzy take on the ambient experience as well as Hamilton's Zena who mixes punk and jazz into a basement band experience - very cool line up.

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"Raise the Roof" w The Medicine Hat, Jennifer Budd, Basement Revolver, Coyote Black and The Ollivanders @ Dr. Disc (parking lot)

Set Times:
6pm - Ollivanders (Rock and Roll)
7pm - Coyote Black (Surf Pop)
8pm - Basement Revolver (Alt-Rock)
9pm - Jennifer Budd (R&B)
10pm - The Medicine Hat (Synth / Guitar Experimental Pop)
free all ages event (first Art Crawl parking lot show of the summer!!! woot)
Why Should I Go?  Well, you're going to be at art crawl anyway aren't you? And besides, there are some great bands on this bill and a bit of something for everyone from straight up rock and roll (Ollivanders) and Surf rock (Coyote Black)  and 90's style alt-rock in the vein of cranberries/pixies/yeah yeah yeahs.  Standouts include the powerful soulful R&B from Jennifer Budd and Synth Guitar Pop from The Medicine Hat featuring Sue Birsche on vocals.

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The Medicine Hat - St. Cecelia Video

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DALE MORNINGSTAR with MAN MADE HILL STUPID JUPITER, HOT KID & THOUGHTS ON AIR @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre: This show's a real mix up.  An arty show for art crawl to be sure.
Time: 9pm
$tbd
19+
Why Should I Go? Dale Morningstar is not only a musician and founding member of The Dinner is Ruined but he's also a very prolific producer producing countless indie artists in his Toronto studios (it may not be a coincidence, but I noticed that he produced a record for the band Tasseomancy who are playing at HAVN the same night.  All that is to say that he's probably got a clue about what's interesting and innovative, so go check him out.  Oh yea,  he also backed up Gord Downie on Gord's solo albums and has had a movie made about his studios... I personally am looking forward to seeing hot kid - I reviewed them (if it's the same band) back in 2008, and I really like them then.

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In spite of his involvement in many recordings there is precious little that I can link you to regarding Dale Morningstar except for videos about his work, and old dinner is ruined vids.  Here's something he did for the National Parks Project, recorded in PEI









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GREY \ WATER, Candy Apple Jazz Band, Art The Band, Max Forster 4 @ The Casbah

Genre :Ambient Indie Jazz, New Orleans street jazz, Experimental Jazz
Time:9pm
$10
All ages/licensed
Why Should I Go?  If you listen to their previous releases, Grey \ Water  with members from Toronto, Burlington and Hamilton might strike you as meloncholy and shoegazer, but I think this show, and the upcoming recording may be a bit of a departure - should be interesting.  The Candy Apple Jazz Band is a New Orleans style performing Jazz band.  In the summer you might catch them at Busker Festivals so you you can be sure they'll be entertaining.  and Art The Band will be bringing the funk.  All in all a great line up.

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Saturday May 13


THE SOUL MOTIVATORS @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre: FUNK
9pm
$11.50 link to buy tickets
19+
Why Should I Go? With a unique blend of funk, soulful vocals, hip-hop breaks and psychedelic beat. The Soul Motivators authentic all-live show has moved masses at TD Jazz Festival, TEDxToronto, NXNE and the 2015 PanAm Games - and seen them billed alongside Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Lee Fields and Bernie Worrell . Their debut album release on Do Right Music in 2015 led to international acclaim and airplay on TVO, CBC radio and TV and UK’s BBC 6 Music.

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A Love Electric @ Artword Artbar

Genre:  jazz-rock-psych
Time: 8pm
$ 15 or $12 in advance Get Tickets Online
All ages
Why Should I Go? A Love Electric is a critically acclaimed rock trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. Todd Clouser (guitar/vocals) of Minneapolis, USA, Hernan Hecht (drums), a longtime Mexico resident from Argentina, and Aaron Cruz (bass), a Mexico City native, form a band that over 4 years, 4 records, and nearly 500 concerts, has consistently accomplished the uncommon, making music on their own terms and touring the world.

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Sunday May 14


Raine Hamilton and Piper Hayes Mothers day Matinee @ Artword Artbar

Genre: Singer Songwriter
Time: 2:30pm
$10
All ages
Why Should I Go? Raine Hamilton is on tour from Winnipeg. She teams up with Piper Hayes from Hamilton for a special Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon concert.
Raine‘s music is resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Each song has a story, delivered between songs with humour and grace. Piper Hayes is a critically acclaimed performer, singer- songwriter in the folk-pop mode, now based in Hamilton. In the past few years she has toured all over Canada and the USA, and has headlined three international tours.

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ISOTOPES with THE DISCARDED & FLYING BUTTRESS @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre: Baseball Punk...no really read more below
Time: 8pm
$ TBD
Why Should I Go?  As they say folks, we have a unique opportunity here - an punk band built on baseball.   With punk takes on classics like 'take me out to the ballgame' and 'ok blue jays' you start to get the idea, but isotopes are serious ball fans so songs also include 'rule 21' (which is the rule that prohibits betting on a game by a player or umpire) and their album is called "1994 world series champions".  
Also on this bill Flying Buttress and Discarded









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Beach Bats, Emperor X, Animal Flag, Matt McKinnon @ The Casbah

Genre:  Dark Surf Rock, indie songwriter, indie rock
Time: 8:30
$10
All ages/licensed
Why Should I Go? Indie rockers Animal Flag from Boston combine beautiful lyrics and arrangements into catchy indie rock gems, Emperor X writes about sarkozi at a rave among other thngs, and Beach Bats combine a surf rock sound with moody songwriting for an altogether cool combo meal.  If you like clever songwriting this is a night full of it.

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Harbour w/ Keep Flying @ Absinthe

Genre: Pop Skate Punk
Time: 7pm
$10
All ages/licensed
Why Should I Go?  This is a packed show!  If you love pop punk you'll love Harbour - hooky guitar parts, catchy lyrics, and killer drumming.  likewise for Keep Flying.  Also on the bill:  Brantford's BarTops (think beach boys crossed with Green Day and Barenaked Ladies), Montreal's The Maxwells and Hamilton's own No Heros Allowed!

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Monday May 15






Tuesday May 16 


JONI VOID (Constellation Records) with BLUNT CHUNKS, HUTCHIE, NPND ( solo ) plus DJ SEE THRU @ This Ain't Hollywood

Genre: Experimental Electronic
Time: 8pm
$8 door
Why Should I Go?  This is a really interesting collection of artists (we'd expect no less from Strangewaves...) Joni Void's album "Selfless" is an exploration of sounds, feelings and emotions taking and borrowing. From the voyeuristic song Observer that plays with and around a woman's conversation overheard, to Young Werther that melds into and out of rap/hip hop to and from ethereal soundscapes.  Blunt Chunks (Caitlin Woelfle-O'Brien) weaves vocal and guitar based dreaminess, NPND (Jackson of Persons) will be doing a solo set - not sure if it will be the experimental jazz inspired hip hop vibe of Persons, but it should be interesting, and finally Hutchie will be weaving together accidental collections of sounds.

You can hear them here, then hear them there.









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