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Posted August 6, 2020 by

As people start to make their way out of lockdown, the craving for live music can finally start to be satisfied! Royal City Studios has set up a licensed patio which has a special outdoor licensed patio setup which exceeds all recommended precautions for concert venues this summer. They’re kicking off the belated summer concert […]

Posted March 13, 2020 by

Guy and a Half are a great band, with questionable math skills, but incredible musical skills, and when’s the last time you saw a great band play and say “I wish they were better at long division”? The trio (so there’s at least two times as many as you’d think) is made up of Chad […]

Posted March 13, 2020 by

The troubadour lifestyle is a fine tradition, and one of it’s finest Canadian practitioners, Lucas Stagg, along with the Lucas Stagg Band, will be extolling its virtues on Friday night at the SIP Club from 6-9 PM.  The Kitchener native has released a dozen albums over the last decade, with each being a reflection on […]

Posted February 14, 2020 by

Darren Hancock started making music at an early age, teaching himself to play guitar and sing. He found his way into country music, with his first band being nominated twice as Bar Band of the Year by the Ontario Country Music Association (OCMA). Since then, he won a Rising Country Star contest, formed the Darren […]

Posted February 4, 2020 by

This Friday, at Harcourt Memorial United Church (87 Dean Avenue), local virtuoso guitarist  Adrian Raso celebrates the release of his latest CD, Gypsybilly King. The record contains Raso’s signature Gypsy Jazz style, but this time he’s brought something new to the table, a fusion of Gypsy Jazz and Rockabilly. He calls it Gypsybilly. The Gypsybilly […]

Posted January 21, 2020 by

I’ve never been a person that really got into bluegrass music. While I could appreciate the musicianship, the overall package wasn’t my cup of tea. When I received a ticket for Friday night’s performance by The Slocan Ramblers, one may have thought that it would be wasted on the likes of me. I’m pleased to […]

Posted January 15, 2020 by

I still vividly remember the first album I bought with my own money as a kid. It was the first record that I owned that didn’t have a Muppet on the cover. The record was Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police, and from that moment, they had my money, whatever they did! Of course, they would […]

Posted January 7, 2020 by

The Stampede Ranch plays host to two great country acts for a three night booking this weekend. Kitchener’s Jessie T will be performing this Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 1:30. She’ll be joined by frequent collaborators Galley West for what Jessie describes as “a night of your favourite country songs.” It’s been nearly […]

Posted December 16, 2019 by

For years, local musician Nate Coles has been putting an annual event together at the Cornerstone. This year’s show, which he refers to as “the annual”, taking place on Saturday, December 21st, is a special one for Coles. “Well, the 21st is offering up 8 separate acts that have never shared a bill,” Coles says.  […]

Posted December 12, 2019 by

They started playing together in the Queen Street/OCA Punk/New Wave scene back in 1976, blending roots, rock and garage music. As Johnny and the G-Rays, John MacLeod and Harri Palm helped set the pace for the Queen Street West indie bands that followed them. This Saturday,  Harri Palm and John MacLeod bring their songs and […]

Posted November 25, 2019 by

I wrote about Bailey Jordan-Neil back in September, describing him as a percussive guitar player with a terrific musical sense in how he builds the loops to perform his incredibly catchy songs. He’s back in town Monday, and it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Jordan-Neil is touring in support of his Lucky EP, […]

Posted November 22, 2019 by

There’s a kind of romantic notion to the idea of the troubadour lifestyle. In fact the term troubadour dates back to the Middle Ages, when they were considered the shining knights of poetry. They made chivalry a high art, writing poems and singing about love, refined damsels and the glory of the gallant knight on […]

Posted November 11, 2019 by

“We’ve got three rules,” said Arkells frontman, Max Kerman. The band had just   finished their opening song, Hand Me Downs, at the Sleeman Centre on Friday night. “Rule number one: You have to dance. Rule number two: You have to sing. Rule number three: you have to look out for each other.” With that, […]

Posted October 25, 2019 by

Local musician Kent McMillan has a busy weekend happening. After playing last night at the Bronte Sports Kitchen in Oakville, he’ll be spending the rest of the weekend playing closer to home. Tonight, from 6pm to 9:30, MacMillan plays at the Insomnia Trattoria and Wine Bar, on Scottsdale Drive.  “I have performing there for 8 […]

Posted October 24, 2019 by

There’s a great time on tap at Royal City Studios at 7:30 pm Friday October 25, and it’s not just what Rhythm and Brews Brewing Company will be pouring! Toronto band catl. brings their high-energy show to Guelph, with local band The Breaking English opening. Catl. is supporting their latest recording, Bide my Time until I Die, […]

Posted October 18, 2019 by

Whether you’re taking part in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word or not (and you definitely should!  There has been a week of great performances, and there’s still a chance!), the after party at the Red Papaya is not to be missed! The Soul Motivators will take the stage with their infectious funk groove. The […]

Loyal Sun Dogs
Posted October 18, 2019 by

This Saturday at the Wooly, be prepared for a blast of rootsy rock n roll from Guelph’s own Loyal Sun Dogs. The band will be playing the best in classic rock as well as songs from their upcoming album. Jason Henderson’s voice carries depth and soul, and fits the tone of the band like a […]

Posted October 4, 2019 by

The Holy Smokes Music Festival is bringing several great musicians to Guelph this week. One name leaped out at me. Hamilton’s Terra LightfootTerra Lightfoot will be playing the Royal EMC Church (50 Quebec St) at 8:30 PM Saturday October 5th. Terra is a fiery guitar player with a killer voice and songs that stick in […]

Posted September 26, 2019 by

For those who love an eclectic musical mix, the Wooly is the place to be this Saturday night. The Strother Martins hit the stage at 8:30, with songs that run the gamut from The Beatles to 100 year old jazz standards, and all points in between. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the Fergus […]

Posted September 9, 2019 by

The Gin Mill Speakeasy is the perfect venue to see performers like Saturdae Jonez and Bailey Jordan-Neil. You walk into the building and see one thing, and walk around behind the bar and see something else entirely. The same thing can be said about Saturdae Jonez (aka D’eve Archer) and Bailey Jordan-Neil. Both performers in […]