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Album Review: Please Come Back! I Still Love You!

Posted July 14, 2019 by

Septic Absess of Putrifaction.  Now, there’s a name for you!  That is, if you like the genre of music called “brutal grindcore.”  I’m not sure that I’ve been exposed to such a genre, and I’m glad it was someone I’m friendly with who asked me to review their latest creation;  Please Come Back!  I Still […]

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Musicians of All Ages: Open Jams begin @Royal City Studios

Posted July 7, 2019 by

  On Sunday July 21st, come out and join the first in a series of Open Jams. Meet some new musician friends and jam on some great tunes! $5 or Pay What You Can at the door. Schedule · Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:00-19:15 Guidelines, Hand Out Song Chords, Group Musicians 19:15-20:00 Jam on Song […]

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Royal City Studios is OPEN!!

Posted June 5, 2019 by

Located in the far North West corner of Guelph is the brand new, sparkly, one of a kind, state of the art, holy of all holies… Royal City Studios!  We were asked to come out and take a tour and this place does NOT let down.  Jim Duffield, owner and operator (and saxophonist for Eclectic Vinyl […]

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2019 Hillside Festival Lineup Announced!

Posted April 16, 2019 by

2019 Hillside Festival Line-Up! We called some people and sent some emails and rang some doorbells to get this summer’s line-up all together for you and here’s who’s playing Hillside July 12-14 in twenty nineteen: &More Alan Doyle Altin Gün Alysha Brilla Andrew Craig Bird City Birds of Chicago Bruce Cockburn The Burning Hell Busby Marou Carmanah […]

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GAIN Music & Arts Festival 2019 part 1 by Dana

Posted March 9, 2019 by

  You heard correctly, folks, the 9th annual Gain Music and Arts Festival has begun! This is my second year being involved with the festival, though last year I strictly worked cover at Van Gogh’s Ear, the entrance to three floors of musical magic, in coordination with DSTRCT & DSTRCT Lounge. This year, not unlike […]

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A Subreddit Called r/GuelphOnMusic

Posted February 12, 2019 by

Hey everyone, Cody James McDusa just started a subreddit called r/GuelphOnMusicHis hopes are to try and get a place where all local musicians and fans of music can share their music, or find band/jam members or post about shows or anything of that sort.hope to see a bunch of you over there. Also looking […]

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Submit For The Weakerthans Tribute Album for CAMH

Posted February 5, 2019 by

This Is A Call To Arms The Weakerthans are a beloved Canadian Indie rock band formed in 1997 by John K. Samson in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Our Mandate is simple: We’re putting together a Tribute Album, have gotten the OK from the band and submissions are currently open. We aim to present proceeds both to CAMH […]

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Show Review: Catl/The Namedroppers/Essential Letdowns by Dana

Posted January 14, 2019 by

On Friday, DSTRCT hosted a wild show on its second floor featuring Catl, The Namedroppers and The Essential Letdowns. DSTRCT is a divey 2-floor entertainment venue that brings together a strong community of local and international musicians alike, whose fruits cover the wide spectrum of genres available for consumption. The second floor is usually home […]

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Hillside Inside Announces Lineup!

Posted January 11, 2019 by

HILLSIDE INSIDE ANNOUNCES 2019 SHOWS Featuring Whitehorse! William Prince! Birds of Chicago! Cécile Doo-Kingue! much more TBA! February 8-10, Downtown Guelph TICKETS ON SALE NOW! The Hillside Festival is pleased to announce its initial line-up for our 2019 edition of Hillside Inside! On Friday February 8, acclaimed artists Whitehorse and Birds of Chicago perform at Royal City Church and more information about […]

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The Boo Radley Project @Brothers Brewing by Dana

Posted January 8, 2019 by

To aid in kicking off the first weekend of Downtown Guelph’s Music Weekend Series, The Boo Radley Project put on an excellent show at the Brothers Brewing Company Ale House in the historic Petrie Building this past Sunday afternoon. I arrived a bit late, but was able to watch almost all of The Boo Radley […]

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Guelph Music Scene Loses Prominent, Long Time Member.

Posted December 20, 2018 by With a heavy heart we sadly report the passing of Molly Kurvink of Guelph-based Tamarack.  She passed away Tuesday after her iceboat broke through Guelph Lake.  Harri Palm is still in hospital and I’m sending my best wishes to him.  I only met Molly briefly at Jimmy Jazz, but Harri had a show on CFRU after […]

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Local Musicians Section at Sunrise Records!

Posted November 24, 2018 by

*Correction:  Management at Sunrise Records prefers that you contact Sarah at concerning getting your music on their shelves.  The manager of the Guelph location is Sarah at! Sunrise Records in the Stone Road Mall has a section of music dedicated to local artists!  Bry was perusing the mall during the Black Friday sale to see what […]

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Hellbent/Botfly/The Story Of. Review by Dana

Posted November 21, 2018 by

On Saturday November 17, Pink Lemonade Records debuted three of their recently signed bands. The Story Of…, Botfly and Hellbent took the Jimmy Jazz down a dismal path of tenacious expression and left several people I know bruised and without proper hearing. It was a show that made me dizzy and broke my glasses, so […]

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Music Lives is looking for Music Writers!

Posted November 18, 2018 by

Meet Bryan. Hi.  I’m Bryan. I work 2 jobs often 7 days/week, am involved with environmental issues and keep the calendar updated as well as I think I can (still not as busy as those folks over at GAIN Music), but I’m always striving to do better!  That being said, there are some venues that […]

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The Story Of. Plays Tonight, folks.

Posted November 17, 2018 by

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this explosive downtown Guelph super-group perform a couple of times.  Once it was in this same, intimate Jimmy Jazz venue. This, I’m going to highlight right here.

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Album Review: Kent Vodden’s Hot Chicken Sandwich

Posted October 24, 2018 by

Kent Vodden stood at the bar, holding his excitement back behind his spectacles, under his wool flat cap.  He was talking to the bartender about his lengthy musical endeavours.  The bartender, turning toward me said, “You should probably talk to Bryan, he’s been involved in music promotion for a long time. Kent came over and introduced […]

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Jazz-inspired funk with the Jason Raso Funktet

Posted October 19, 2018 by

Prolific bassist performs at River Run Centre Friday, October 26 GUELPH, ON October 11, 2018 – Throughout eight albums and countless live performances, Jason Raso has proven a masterful musician. The prolific Guelph-based bassist, composer and bandleader is joined on stage by his “funktet” during a performance at River Run Centre on Friday, October 26, at […]

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Revive the Rose Perform Live at Sunrise Records!

Posted October 12, 2018 by

Join us today, Friday October 12th for an in-store acoustic performance by Revive the Rose! Performance will take place inside the Sunrise Records at Stone Road Mall. Don’t miss it! A gutsy, every-man band from Niagara. They’re the kind of band that turn heads when they play live. Revive the Rose provides the party and the most […]

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HOLY SMOKES MUSIC FESTIVAL OCTOBER 12 & 13 2018 in Downtown Guelph!!

Posted October 9, 2018 by

🔥 Holy Smokes Music Festival // October 12 & 13 // Guelph, ON 🔥 Performances from: Witch Prophet, Phèdre, BBQT band, For Esmé, OBUXUM, Falcon Jane, Her Harbour, Savannah Taylor, Nezzy, Tiger Bomb, Annie Sumi, Transstar, BABY CAGES, Frosted Pits, Junglecat, M’Damn D, VERSA Tech Crew: Amanda Parker, Emma Bortolon-Vetter, Steph Yates, Catalina Novoa Carrasco,Hannah […]

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