It’s Victoria Day. , which means the long weekend kicking of summer is coming to a close, and everyone’s back to work tomorrow.
But here in Windsor, we believe in partying until the last minute, and that there’s nothing wrong with going to work a bit tired the next day. In addition to the arrival of summer, we’re celebrating the season of weekday shows. So here’s what you can find around town for the next four days.
Monday May 21st
At Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier Ave.) there’s a solid lineup of bands ready be loud and throw one hell of a party. Kicking off the night at 10 pm we’ve got locals Jeffrey David’s Blue Connection, featuring past and present members of Omnisyn and Wicked Angel. These guys have a tight presentation of some crunching blues tunes. Joining them from London, and making their Windsor debut, is Ghostship Victoria. These guys blend progressive and hardcore into a violent pool of squealing, raging guitars, aggressive vocals, thunderous drums, and punchy, growling bass. Rounding out this night will be Anchoress from B.C., who are currently on tour and have just released a new album, available via their Bandcamp page. This is a band that I highly recommend catching. High-energy tunes presented with vigor, a sound that blends British hardcore punk band Gallows with Alkaline Trio’s jumpy vibe and various influences from rockabilly to southern metal. This show is 19+ and there is no cover.
Over on the west end at The Dominion House Tavern (3140 Sandwich St.) it’s hardcore bands all night long. New York hardcore band Dr. Acula will be making an appearance. Signed to Victory Records these guys make a party of their music on their records, so I can’t even fathom the excitement to be found at their live show. Joined by metal band Bermuda from California, hardcore outfit The Last Ten Seconds of Life from Pennsylvania, and locals Always a New Day (who are debuting a their new second guitarist) and We Sleep At Dawn this show promises some nasty pits, great music, and an all around awesome time. Doors are at 6 pm, all ages are licensed, and if you didn’t manage to pick up an advance ticket for $12, they will be available for $15 at the door.
Tuesday May 22nd
I’ve been waiting almost a year for these guys to come back, and I couldn’t be more excited now that the time is finally here. Five Alarm Funk is a 10-piece party funk band from Vancouver who make it impossible to resist the temptation to dance. They always pack Phog with an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd, blasting out a high-energy show that get’s everyone moving. Rock solid performances each and every time, and a brand new album to boot, there’s no way music lovers can afford to miss the spectacle that will be taking over Windsor’s coziest of venues. Advance tickets for $12 are still available, or you can hope to find a few leftovers for $15 tomorrow night (but I wouldn’t count on it).
Thursday May 24th
After the recent release and success of their first EP, The Cities Will Fall, Falling With Glory is ready to release their first music video, and will be doing so Thursday night at Loft Nightclub (20 Chatham St. E) with help from Windsorites Bleach and Torontonians Riding Shotgun. The video was filmed by Glenn Fricker, and you’re likely to notice a few faces on the screen wile you follow the story that the song has to tell. An all ages show that starts at 5pm, even kids who have to go to school the next day should have no problem making it out to this one. Advance tickets are available for $8, or you can pay $10 at the door.