All dressed up and nowhere to go? Here’s your musical Halloween week guide!
Halloween is always a festive time in Windsor. People will stretch the costume wearing (although some outfits really push the meaning of “costume” – seriously. Throwing a cowboy hat over your normal weekend attire is not a Halloween costume. It’s an announcement you’re creatively unimaginative) and All Hallowed Eve’s party-going for three or four days, just to avoid re-entering the glum reality of not being able to going out in public dressed like Batman, a zombie or a giant vagina.
Here’s a quick run-down of all the events going on from now until Halloween night for all your costume wearin’, pint raisin’ Halloween goodness.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 28: Metal Massacre Halloween Show (Coach & Horses, 156 Chatham St. West, basement level) Five of Windsor’s finest metal bands of the past year or so – Repetitions, After Ashes, Dead Man’s Will, Reasons Lost and Slaughterhouse on the Prairie – combine for one pure metal devastation with a FREE show at the legendary Coach. Doors at 8pm (with an EARLY start to accommodate all the bands involved), 19+
FRIDAY OCTOBER 28: The Antiques Freakshow (FM Lounge, 156 Chatham St. West, main level) Roots songstress Allison Brown is joined by musical guests Erin Gignac, Chris Crossroads, Richard Dreiger, Tim Swaddling, Kate Romain and many more, singing “classic country and roots music tales from beyond the grave; murder ballads, ill-fated outlaws, deathbed confessions, soul selling, phantom trains, dark dungeons, tragic bar-room brawls, and graveyard ghosts.” Doors at 9pm, 19+
FRIDAY OCTOBER 28: Zombie Appreciation Night (Milk Coffee Bar, 68 University Ave. West) Veteran indie rock darlings Meters To Miles teams up with Mud Lions and Paul Jacobs to throw a rock and roll shin-dig of undead proportions at Milk. Doors at 8pm, All-ages
FRIDAY OCTOBER 28: Eric Welton Kill Them With Kindness CD Release Show (Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. West) Welton returns to release his fourth album (first in 3 years), with special guests, from Chatham, The Long Lots. Read the review here. Doors at 9pm, 19+
FRIDAY OCTOBER 29: The Return of Kenneth MacLeod & The Windsor Salt Band (Villains Beastro, 256 Pelissier Ave.) Roots rockers The Windsor Salt Band, lead by the fire haired wildman Kenneth MacLeod, rips up the Villains stage for a great night. Doors at 9pm, 19+
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29: Anonymous Bosch Halloween HellFest IV (Blind Dog, 671 Ouellette Ave.) One of Windsor’s finest metal outfits, Anonymous Bosch, throw their fourth annual Halloween onslaught, with special guests Perpetuate, Laval and Clutch tribute, 10000 Witnesses. Doors at 7:30pm, 19+, Tickets $7 Advance (contact band members) or $10 at door
SATURDAY OCTOBER 30: Palindrome debuts at the Coach (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) Palindrome – the newest supergroup featuring ex-members of Closed Casket Funeral, Corprophemia, Monolith, Cleansed By Fire, ADHD and more – unleash their new tech metal sound with their debut live performance, joined by guests Dr. Altenhof and a reunited Destroy Thy Will. Doors at 9pm, 19+
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29: Dented Halos and Beijing Bike Club (FM Lounge, 156 Chatham St. West, main level) Gutter-garage punk Hallowgans Dented Halos rock the FM Lounge with local rock newcomers Beijing Bike Club. Doors at 9pm, 19+
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29: Halloween Imposter Night (Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. West) Three of Windsor’s most beloved indie music bands toss aside their originals and play entire sets dressed as and performing music of some of their heroes. This unique event features The Blue Stones performing as The Black Keys, The Hypnotics performing as the Ramones, and The Nefidovs performing as The Specials. Doors at 9pm, 19+
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30: Devilz By Definition’s Devilz Night Massacre (The Coach & Horses, 156 Chatham St. West, basement level) One of Windsor’s finest metal bands, Devilz By Definition, throw their 2nd annual Devilz Night Bash, with guests Go Man Go, NeanderTHRALL and Slaughterhouse on the Prairie. Doors at 9pm, 19+
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30: Library Voices return to Phog (Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. West) Regina’s majestic indie pop darlings Library Voices return to Windsor on tour, with Toronto’s Will Currie and the Country French and Windsor’s Dave Russell & The Precious Stones. Doors at 9pm, 19+
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30: Devil’s Night Bash (Villains Beastro, 256 Pelissier Ave.) The mighty Southern prog crunch of Surdaster meets the undeniable thunder of CELLOS for a night of devilish proportions. Doors 9pm, 19+
MONDAY OCTOBER 31: the unquiet dead Hard Road Single Release Show (FM Lounge, 156 Chatham St. West) The ten-person “hobo symphony” who debuted opening for Yukon Blonde at the Capitol Theatre in early October unveils a 2-song single with their first full show on Halloween night, with special guests James OL & The Villains and Zarasutra opening up. Doors at 9pm, 19+