December and Beyond
Friday, December 6th - The Unseen Strangers - $7.00 at the door
We’ve been trying for some time to bring this Toronto bluegrass band up to Suds for a party. Finally… The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a relentlessly curious sense of humour. The Strangers draw from the beeps and buzzes of the modern world to create an imaginative, energetic brand of acoustic music that is unmistakably their own. Based out of Toronto, ON, the band has toured Canada, performed showcases at NXNE and OCFF to name a few, and is a favorite at festivals featuring genres spanning Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and Electronic.
The group just released their second full length record, Follow the Sound produced by Andrew Collins. The album includes 11 original songs featuring, “Facebook Waltz”, which won the humorous category for the 2012 OCFF Songs from the Heart songwriting competition and “Rambler’s Plea”, which won the 2012 International Acoustic Music Award for Bluegrass/Country Song of the Year.
Saturday, December 7th - The Tom Waits Birthday night - $7.00 at the door
Since 1995, our house musicians have been gathering each year on December 7th to pay homage to Tom Waits. We’ll have some boozy beat poet Tom, Frank’s Wild Years trilogy Tom, growlers and barkers… weird interpretations, tributes and we’ll all have a good time celebrating the most unique songwriter of the last 75 years.
Wednesday, December 11th – Bryan McNally’s 13th annual 28th birthday (he’s Forty!)
Bryan plays with a cast of many and celebrates officially being past it, over the hill, bereft of life, upon close examination we will find that the only reason he was still standing on stage… was that he had been nailed there.
Friday, December 13th - Boreal Revue II, RIBS, Bad Policy, The Skankroaches - $7.00 at the door.
A straight up rockin' good time and a fundraiser for Northern Lights Festival Boréal - Sudbury. For this great celebration of local music, NLFB has enlisted a variety of fine, local entertainment:
- Bad Policy - fast & furious punk/hardcore https://soundcloud.com/ badpolicy
- RIBS - rock blues, soul, and groove...a tasty mix!
- The Skankroaches - ska, punk and a whole lotta fun!
- DJ Silvertongue (Max will spin some of the best garage rock, punk, rock n' roll & rockabilly records between sets!)
NLFB EARLYBIARD PASSES WILL BE ON-SALE!
NLFB MEMBERSHIPS AND MERCH FOR SALE!
AUCTION & PRIZES - GREAT MUSIC - GREAT FOOD
Northern Lights Festival Boréal: Presenting and Promoting Musical Talent for Northern Ontario
Special thanks to Clayton Drake.
Saturday, December 14th - White Cowbell Oklahoma - $12.00 advance/ $15.00 at the door
Legendary Canadian rock armada White Cowbell Oklahoma return with their most ambitious album to date. Bolstered by a tight new lineup, Buenas Nachas incorporates a breakneck mix of pulverizing riff-rockers and progressive Tex-Mex rollers. Kosmische motorik musik à la Ennio Morricone (via Jacksonville and San Antonio)? Some might say.
Critically-acclaimed earlier WCO releases Cencerro Blanco (2003) and Casa Diablo (2006) drew heavy inspiration from southern/Texas/classic rock traditions, while Bombardero (2009) saw the band entering Space-Prog territory. On Buenas Nachas the band travels further south than ever before, crossing the Nuevo Laredo border without looking back. Countless rock n roll thrills and lurid side-trips ensue. Spirit guide recommended.
White Cowbell Oklahoma, featuring new blood from several well-known Toronto bands, rage across Europe and North America through 2012 and 2013. The band is already known for its unprecedented live show -- which often features extended jams, near-riots, plus unorthodox power tool usage . WCO allegedly have many new aces up their sleeves. Bring protection.
Wednesday, December 18th – Stef Paquette’s 40th birthday party – 9:00pm
The triple threat dynamo known as Stef Paquette is taking on the biggest role of his life... his 40th birthday. The actor and singer will be toasted and roasted tonight party and a whole bunch of his friends will also take the stage to do their magic as we celebrate the milestone with our friend Stef. Mr MD and the Aural Xciters usually consists of Dan Bedard, Shawn Pitzel, Jean Yves Begin, Mark Savard and Sean Perras... a couple sets of Motown and Stax R&B and Funk... Later in the evening we'll party with Matt Foy, Bryan McNally and Don Kunto for a long set of reggae and Dub music. I'm pretty sure that Stef will be convinced during the night to get up for a few numbers here and there as well.
Thursday, December 19th - Dany Laj and the Looks, Echoes the Lion, Live from the Bur - $7.00 at the door
DANY LAJ AND THE LOOKS (MTL) www.danylaj.com
"Dany Laj and the Looks combine the blue collar grit and wry outlook of a young Elvis Costello with the power pop punch of Cheap Trick in their prime. Crunchy, catchy riffs; fresh, tuneful melodies; and a rhythm section that unassumingly kicks the crap out of anything that ever had crap in it. A night with the Looks leaves you with bruises and scabs that you will brag about the day after." -Steve Baur (professor of musicology at Dalhousie University)
“… a budding troubadour who has “raw talent” written all over him. Laj possesses the same visceral moxie that forebearers Ted Leo, Elvis Costello, and Joel Plaskett made their respective calling cards, and just like that trifecta he makes it sound so damn effortless. Beyond quality material if you ask me, but listen for yourself.” – Wilfully Obscure
"There’s a studious quality to Dany Laj’s music: It’s clear that he and his Montreal trio, The Looks—rounded out by Jeanette Dowling and Lewis Handford—own record collections that put most of ours to shame. And that’s because their music unequivocally recalls U.K. power pop of yesteryear — in Laj, you’ll hear bits of Nick Lowe’s rough-and-tumble melodies, Dr. Feelgood’s razor-sharp energy, and Elvis Costello’s early-game snarl. Indeed, Laj’s 2012 LP, the Boppa Do Down-released Telepathic Voices, recreates that corner of British pub rock so authentically—he doesn’t veer into the harder-edged power pop of The Boys or the jangle of the dBs, for example—that it’s hard to believe that yes, he’s Canadian, and no, he wasn’t born sometime in the 1950s. It’s a wonder, really." - Mark Teo, AUX TV
ECHOES THE LIONS (SUDBURY)
LIVE FROM THE BUR (SUDBURY)
"Probably the best shit I've ever heard." - Kelsea Marie
Friday, December 20th - Supertoke - $7.00 at the door
SUPERTOKE (surf maniacs in lucha libre masks) has been one of the elusive legends of River and Sky. their set at the campfire stage this past summer was a trip... it was somewhere between the opening credits of an episode of The Mighty Boosh and if Captain Beefheart was bitten by a zombie Link Wray under a full moon. The only thing that could possibly balance out a psyche-out like that was the completely bitching show from The Minotaurs right after it.
GEYSER (trashy garage rock/post punk nitwits)
Saturday, December 21st - Superstack, Sam Cassio - $7.00 at the door
Sunday, December 22nd - Coast Redwood - w/ guests - $7.00 at the door
Monday, December 23rd - The David Bowie Night - $7.00 at the door
I hope that everyone does see this... we've done The Beatles Night on December 23rd for the last 5 years or so, but this year we are switching up and getting our Beatles fix on Boxing Day. Tonight we fill the air with the music of David Bowie. We did the David Bowie night a few years ago for Hallowe'en and it was one of the best nights we've ever had, so we've been anxious to fly with this one again. The Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, Jareth... Bowie has had his theatrics over the years, but mostly he has given us so many great albums from which to do a great dance party.
Of course, sometimes when you get the itch to have a fun party night like this, you think of all the other great party music you know and before you know it... Ryan is saying, hey, we should do a set of Prince tunes as well! So there we go... a great party to be certain... Ryan and Dan Levecque, Matt Foy, Nick Krawczuk, Anne Boulton, Anita Ansamaa and Paul Loewenberg will dish out a party like you've never seen before.
Thursday, December 26th - The Beatles Night - $10.00 at the door
Our usual December 23rd gig is moved to boxing day this year to make room for all the players busy holiday gig schedules. As it happens, it is the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand/ ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, so we should be celebrating that anyhow. Celebrate with us once again the toppermost of the poppermost... the fab four... their solo careers... we love playing the music, you love to dance... it's really a good combination.
Friday, December 27th – Alun Piggins & the Quitters - $7.00 at the door
Saturday, December 28th - The Strumbellas, Sea Perry, Murder Murder - $7.00 at the door
Hopeful lyrics play across the sweeping bluegrass-inspired indie rock music in The Strumbellas' new single In This Life, from their upcoming October 22nd album, We Still Move On Dance Floors. Full of hand claps and gang- vocal harmonies, the song stays true to The Strumbellas' roots, while giving off a feeling that something new is on the horizon. For their sophomore album, the Lindsay, Ontario band headed to the woods of the pacific north west, settling in at Bear Creek Studio just outside of Seattle to record with Grammy nominated producer, Ryan Hadlock (Metric, Gossip, Moondoggies, The Lumineers). It seemed a natural progression for the band, whose dark lyrics about death and solitude crop up amongst beautiful lyrical mindscapes of trees and lakes and home. “The Strumbellas conjure an alt-country Canadian landscape in which home is a beacon, the graveyard looms large, and it all ends with a piano dirge to carry a body and bury it slowly”- THESTAR PHOENIX
Since the release of The Strumbellas’ eponymous 2009 EP, which was peppered with accolades from Toronto weeklies and prompted a proclamation from the CBC that they are a “band to watch,” the six- piece group has been slogging it out, earning their stripes through residencies at The Cameron House and most recently a month of SOLD OUT Home.Sweet.Home Tuesdays at The Dakota Tavern. The band also left the proverbial nest in 2012, making new fans with cross- country tours as well as playing a plethora of festivals including CMW, NXNE, Pop Montreal, Eaglewood and Hillside in Guelph, which by all accounts was the equivalent of their cotillion ball.“ The album is full of high energy, earnest folk music, coupled with darker-tinged gothic folk” –EXCLAIM! MAGAZINE
The Strumbellas’ 2012 JUNO nominated debut album, My Father And The Hunter, offers a beautiful, harmonious dichotomy between melancholy heartbreak and blow-the-barn-doors-off spunk. The album, produced by Cone McCaslin and recorded at Blue Rodeo’s coveted Woodshed Studio, is the harvest of talented friends, some whisky and a few rounds of euchre. Harmonies, stomps, hollers, claps and gang vocals unabashedly abound as the songs weave compelling stories throughout the entire album.
Sunday, December 29th - The Riot Police - $7.00 at the door
Monday, December 30th - Barry Miles w/ guests - $7.00 at the door
Tuesday, December 31st – The Snotown Revival – New Year’s Eve bash - $15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door.
A non-stop dance party of Motown and Soul music. Doors open at 9:00pm. DJ Music of the greatest soul and funk dance songs of all time, followed by 3 sets of The Snotown Revival… Anita Ansamaa, Joey Fiorino, Don Kunto, Dani Mallette, Ben Wardo, Zach Weill.
DJ Music opens the night from 9pm to 10:30.
Light dinner is served at midnight after party favours and midnight toast.
Light Meal, party favours and 1 serving of bubbly is included in the ticket price.
Dress... lots of people dress up... lots don't, your choice.
The bar is open until 3AM on New Year's Eve.
Must be 19+ to attend. Please be responsible this evening.
Saturday, January 11th - Guilty Pleasures night - $7.00 at the door
Friday, January 17th - Magneta Lane, Swan Song - $7.00 at the door
Thursday, February 6th, 2014 – JP Cormier - $20.00 tickets. 7pm doors.
This will be an early show! 7pm doors. We’ve asked Hugh Jazz’s Jamie Dupuis to warm up the evening. He’ll be on just before 8pm, JP Cormier will hit the stage around 8:30pm and dazzle for 2 sets. This internationally renowned fiddle player and finger-style guitarist will thrill the crowd for the night. Born in London, Ontario, schooled in Tennessee, settled in Cape Breton, he is unequalled in many styles. Whether he is demonstrating his mastery of Chet Atkins style guitar, Scruggs three finger roll Banjo, Appalachan frailing, fiddle, mandolin or delivering a powerful vocal song… JP Cormier is a unique concert experience. He also plays tenor banjo, piano, drums, upright bass, cello, 12 string guitar… and well… probably just about anything else you can imagine. I’d like to have a strange instruments vs prodigy musicians night sometime… Here JP… here’s a Kalimba (the African thumb piano)… you have 15 minutes to figure out a song. Hey JP! Here’s a Tenor Steel Pan from Trinidad, let’s see what you’ve got! Oh, JP? Can you give us a few licks on this Hammered Dulcimer? That would be a fun night. What will most likely happen is JP will dazzle us on guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. He’ll sing a bunch of great songs and demonstrate a few different styles, tell some stories that make you laugh… possibly some slightly risqué jokes and you will walk away wishing he could come back every Saturday. We will have tickets on sale by December 1st.