Your Weekly Round-Up (May 17-22)

Posted: May 16, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Previews, Weekly Round Up

Once again, a busy week in Windsor music, with not one but two huge CD release parties, not to mention the Windsor stop for the legendary Anvil. Read on to find out what’s up and what’s going down this week in live music in Windsor…


Toronto’s Wilderness of Manitoba return for another stop at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) while touring to promote their latest, When You Left The Fire. Fans of Fleet Foxes or Yukon Blonde will be in for a huge treat with this one, as Wilderness of Manitoba is another bringing back the huge tight harmonies that made Crosby, Stills & Nash (and for a time, Young) famous, but with a darker tone.


Windsor’s Seven Year Riot unveil their new CD with a release party at LOFT (20 Chatham St. East). These guys have been playing primarily on the road the past year, including a show during Canadian Music Week in Toronto, bringing their high energy alternative rock sounds to great crowds out of town.

Halifax songstress Mary Stewart brings her sweet voice to Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) for an intimate night of singer-songwriting. Stewart’s style is like a more minimal Kathleen Edwards, and this young musician has already shared the stage with such Canadian artists as Blue Rodeo, By Divine Right, Wintersleep and In-Flight Safety. She’s joined by Windsor’s own (by way of Halifax) Crissi Cochrane as well as Den-igan.


The legendary Poughboy unleash their opus, End of Men, at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) for what is sure to be a writhing, reptilian sold out show. These heavy rock deconstructionists have developed a cult status that borders on frightening and rumour has it that this latest CD comes with a huge coffee table book. These guys are guaranteed to disgust and delight. Opening the show are Toronto’s The Mad Ones and Windsor’s (wh)y.m.e.(??).

In the world of Canadian heavy metal, perhaps none have been as legendary and influential as they were commercially unsuccessful as Anvil. But thanks to a remarkable and emotionally powerful documentary a few years back, they’re finally getting the credit and success they’ve so richly deserved. They make a long awaited stop in Windsor at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) on Friday, backed up by Windsor’s own metal legends, Betrayer. Perpetuate and Final Stage are also opening the show.

Meters to Miles, who seemed to have disbanded a year ago after a promising single (“American Primate”) leaked, have returned with a force over the past six months. Said single is available on the new compilation disc City of Roses and their live shows have become memorable rock and roll events. They’re playing at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level), and are joined by Years of Ernest, arguably one of Windsor’s best new rock bands of the past few years. Solid classic 70’s rock feel with great licks and vocals.

Instrumental rock has always been a form that Windsor has embraced and last year saw a boom in the genre with acts like Bulletproof Tiger and Red Rows. Another act that quietly began to attract a legion of fans was Red Red Run (who have a new album in Rejoyce), who are playing at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), along with Greater Than Gatsby and Diesel Junkies.

Post-grunge band Sophist returns to Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) with an intimate show at Windsor’s best cafe for music, coffee and absinthe (what a combo!). Opening the show is the classic rock stylings of Acousticfire.


Villains Beastro (256 Pellissier Ave.) unveil their first night of live music with two of Windsor’s finest. The mighty Surdaster are headlining the party with their dirty Southern prog rock and are joined by the infectiously energetic Alex Carruthers & The Rhythm Brothers.

Toronto’s Frailfragment brings their neo-grunge hard rock for a showcase at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.).

Toronto indie-pop darlings The Ruby Spirit swing through Windsor on tour with a stop at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West). Windsor’s The Rheostats and London’s Say Domino warm up the crowds.

The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) bring in the metal thunder with a three band attack featuring Bullet Tooth Tony, Edge of Existance and Starbucket.

Joe Pasco performs at Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West).


Sudbury’s dreamy folk pop band Meadowlark Five stop by Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) with special guests, Windsor’s Ontario Plates.

  1. […] 7 Year Riot and Poughboy are releasing albums this weekend as well, for more details on these and other shows, try TWZ’s Weekly Roundup. […]

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