Your Week Ahead (May 11-15)
Another killer week of music, as May continues to showcase a great representation of local and national acts taking over the stages of Windsor. It’s proving to be a pretty fertile time as well, as we’ve witnessed a large amount of CD releases in the past month (The Blue Stones, Inoke Errati, One Man’s Opinion, Perpetuate, Faithful Unto Death, City of Roses compilation), with several more in the coming weeks (The Nefidovs, Seven Year Riot, King Misfit). Some critically acclaimed indie bands from many genres are sniffing around Windsor-Essex again, which means that the bands and their booking agents are getting excited by the Windsor crowds – which can only mean we’re doing something good here folks. Continue to support local acts so that they can continue to follow their dreams and represent the musical voice of our city. Continue to support national touring acts, show them that Windsor hospitality that has kept national acts like Holy Fuck, The Pack AD, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Fuck The Facts coming back to Windsor despite playing bigger venues anywhere else in North America.
WEDNESDAY MAY 11
Toronto’s Hunter Valentine returns to Windsor for a Rose City stop on their current North American tour in support of last year’s Lessons from the Late Night, released on New York’s Tommy Boy Records. This all-girl rock band falls somewhere between Hole and The Runaways, or a more sugar coated version of Die Mannequin (but by no means less deadly). They’re being joined for their show at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave.) by Minnesota’s Sick of Sarah and a solo set from Lucas Silveira of The Cliks.
THURSDAY MAY 12
Hamilton metal meisters Threat Signal hit Windsor on Thursday with an all-ages show at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.), with doors at 5:30pm. This show also boasts a top notch representation of some powerful local metal, featuring Goliath, Bloodshoteye (rumoured to be their final performance ever), Cyreene, Blackthorn City and A Dream In The Morning.
FRIDAY MAY 13
The Mark Inside has been a success since they first played Windsor several years ago at The Avalon Front for PA Festival. Now countless packed shows at Phog and a spot on last year’s Phog Phest have garned the Whitby rock and roll outfit a spot in Windsor’s musical heart. They’re hitting Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), bringing another Toronto act, the infectious rock pop of Chang-A-Lang. The show opens with Windsor’s The FourJury, who are coming off some strong opening sets for Grady, The Creepshow and New Country Rehab.
The Nefidovs have become one of the city’s most energetic live shows over the past year with their own brand of “Death Ska”. Playing with an abandon and inserting themselves on a variety of diverse bills has broadened their fan base and created something of a buzz amongst the indie scene in Windsor. They launch their highly anticipated debut album, Set Faces to Stunned, with a huge party at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level), featuring some very talented friends in The Blue Stones, Shared Arms and The Rowley Estate.
British Columbia’s Daniel Wesley brings his rock and roll to The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.), with a bill that also features Toronto urban reggae-folk artist KO, the ska-pop of Toronto’s Rebel Emergency, as well as local representation in the rock of The Mud Lions and the soul stylings of Tony Coates.
Formerly known as Focal Point, local alt. rockers SixtyFirstSecond return to the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), along with Silent Movie Type and [NO SUBJECT].
SATURDAY MAY 14
Gateway Productions, a new Windsor-based concert promotions group, is launching their inaugural Gateway Festival at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) featuring a massive line-up of some of Windsor’s best metal and indie rock bands together in one colossal showcase. This all-ages festival begins at noon and features Inoke Errati, Falling With Glory, The Blue Stones, The Tragedy of Miriam, We Can Be Heroes, Beijing Bike Club, Hello Audio, State of Us, Bleach, Diesel Junkies, Empty Spaces, No Clue, Letterbomb, Thieves in Remand and out-of-town special guests Breaching Vista, Pull Start Rockets and Truth Be Told. That’s a lot of music.
Though they may have relocated to Toronto to continue their quest for greatness, Bulletproof Tiger will always be a hometown band. These prog metal instrumentalists continue to impress and always pack the place when they return home for shows. Expect the same when they hit The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.) with Toronto’s Isoceles Project and Windsor’s Red Rows in tow.
Whenever Lindy plays Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) it feels like he’s from Windsor. Despite being a successful solo musician and member of the national act Major Maker, Lindy always feels so at ease on Phog’s stage and comfortable with Tom behind the bar, that one would assume he was just another regular who also happened to play guitar. That comfortability and familiarity with Windsor always just translates into another great show for the audience. Lindy will actually be playing earlier, with the night closed out by new Windsor funk-soul band The Swillingtones ending the night with a West side dance party. For reals.
Montreal’s Kill Matilda headlines a huge metal showcase at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) that also features powerhouses Gypsy Chief Goliath, Devilz By Definition, The Heat Seeking Moisture Missiles and Chatham’s Davis Block.
If you’re looking for a quieter night, Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) continues to be the nurturing ground for some fantastic singer/songwriters with the Play for Love Show headlined by Samantha Hooey. She’s joined by the voices of Mike Cerveni, Joe Iannicello and Rayven Howard.
SUNDAY MAY 15
One of Windsor’s favourite punk rock sons Orphan Choir return from the road with another show at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), with label mates Shared Arms . As if these two alone wasn’t worth the price of admission, their actually the local support for New York’s Sister Kisser‘s Canadian tour, that also brings two of Montreal’s finest, Prevenge and Laureate along for the ride. Gonna be a barn burner of some great punk rawk.
Upstairs at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level), the instrumental beauty of vibe generators What Seas, What Shores will be playing, alongside the quirky experimental pop of Vancouver’s Alicia Hansen, currently touring in support of her latest release, Fractography.