NORTHCOTE with JORDAN KLASSEN & JOSIAHHOPE IS MADE OF STEEL TOUR. PRESENTED BY MRG CONCERTS.
Matt Goud (aka Northcote) may take you by surprise when he steps up to the mic. Though the soft-spoken Goud is known by friends and family as a gentle giant, he infuses his original songs with a uniquely powerful and confident voice. Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, his early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn't until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing and therapeutic power.
Over the past 8 years, few young musicians in Canada have put on as many miles as Goud who toured for years as a member of a post-hardcore band and has more recently transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew of guests and friend musicians.
Northcote returned to centre stage in 2013 with a self-titled album via Black Box Recordings (Canada). Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers, Dan Mangan) at The Hive in Vancouver, the album is Northcote’s most forthcoming and confident album to date, reflecting this young songwriter’s increasing maturity and experience. Breaking the stereotype of the reserved and solemn cafe singer/songwriter, the album entices both the performers and the listeners to come out of their shell.
BLITZEN TRAPPER with QUIET LIFE **EARLY SHOW**DOORS 7PM. SHOW 8PM.
Over the course of 15 years and seven full-length albums, Blitzen Trapper has crafted one of the more compelling and varied catalogs in contemporary rock and roll. Indeed, singer and guitarist Eric Earley, who is also the Portland, Oregon-based band's primary songwriter, is possessed of a musical and lyrical sensibility that is remarkably deep and wide; big ideas and universal emotions are wrung from the seemingly plainspoken details of small-screen and often highly personal stories, and set to music that reaches way, way back to old-timey folk and bluegrass, travels through everything from country, psychedelia and soul to prog, garage and metal, indulges gloriously in the classic rock of the 70s and 80s, and makes occasional side trips into hip-hop, skewed pop and noisey freakouts.
CHIXDIGGIT 25TH ANNIVERSARY with THE SHIVERETTESEARLY SHOW. DOORS 7PM. SHOW 8PM.
Okay, quick history lesson: Chixdiggit! was originally conceived by four guys who couldn’t play instruments after they made enough money selling tee shirts around their high school (for an at-the-time fictional band called Chixdiggit!) to purchase some drums. If that doesn’t make sense, read on, because that’s just how stuff works in Chixdiggit! land. That was in 1991. Since then, Chixdiggit! have toured the world, put out records on indie juggernaut Sub Pop, wacky Fat Wreck subsidiary Honest Dons, Bad Taste (where they re-recorded and re-released a new version of their very first album…Weird, right?) and most recently Fat Wreck Chords proper. They’ve got more releases than a minimum-security prison in Holland and they’ve been on hiatus at least once, or maybe even twice, depending on who you ask, or maybe they’ve just been up to other shit. Hell, who knows? This is Canadian style pop, punk, comedy, social commentary, all rolled into one. Between doing whatever it is these former runaways turned punk-rock-wisecrackers turned dudes-that-will-show-up-two-hours-late-to-their-show-in-Berlin-because-they’re-just-as-interested-in-checking-out-the-local-culture-as-they-are-getting-sweaty-for-a-bunch-of-blue-haired-weirdos do back at home, Chixdiggit! is hitting the road this year in support of a new release and going as far and as wide as their grueling work schedules permit. Come for the rock or come for the jokes or come and just marvel at the fact that four dudes that look this young have been doing this for twenty-five years. Is it the genes? Is it that clean Canadian air?
10 at 10A HIP HOP SHOWCASE OF BEATS AND RHYMES
At its root, 10 at 10 is a monthly hip-hop music showcase where 10 artists perform 10 minute sets starting at 10 PM. However, in the 3 years since its inception it has become the leading platform for building the hip-hop community in Calgary through Events, Promotion and Philanthropy. Their motto is #letsBuild, and that's exactly what they aim to do.
GANG SIGNS with SPECIAL GUESTS **EARLY SHOW**DOORS 7PM. GANG SIGNS 8:30PM
Peter Ricq is a creative work-a-holic. He's made a career by bringing dreams to reality as the creator of animated television series, as a visual artist and the right brain of the electronic musical duo, Humans. With his latest project, Gang Signs' Geist, Ricq is bringing other peoples nightmares to life as dance floor romances.
HIP-HOP KARAOKEHOSTED BY GSD, RUBIX & ILL MOVEMENTS
We're going to be doing it up big once a month with hosts RUBIX, GSD and ILL MOVEMENTS.
The format for HHK is straightforward, and designed to create a positive environment for guests and performers alike. Starting at 10 pm, we run 'sets' of 4-5 people every 15-20 minutes with the DJ spinning in between to keep things poppin off. We want this to be an inclusive and un-intimidating event, that embraces more than the usual freestyle backpacker open mic type cats. We hope to get lots of these proper emcees out, but more importantly draw all the closet hip hop heads out to share that track they kill in the shower every morning. So rally your crew, get your shit together and come to a unique and super bumpin party.
Email HHK@commonwealthbar.ca for more info or to sign up.
METZ with WARES, EMPTY HEADS & THE LBJsHOSTED BY JOSH RUCK. STAMPEDE 2016.
What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music METZ creates, both live and on record. Now behold II, the concussive new full-length from what is arguably North America’s finest touring rock band. Written and recorded in 2014, after two years of constant touring behind their rightly adored self-titled debut, II is METZ at their most true to form—as pure an expression of what they do as can currently be committed to tape. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. Though they incorporated new instruments, (baritone guitar, tape loops, piano, synth, found sounds) and stretched out the arrangements, they still managed to “stay true to what made us tick in the first place: that immediacy,” Edkins calls it. “If it punches you in the gut.”
BOB MOSES with SPECIAL GUESTSPRESENTED BY BLUEPRINT ALBERTA
Canadian grown (legally), New York formed duo Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie are one of the latest acts to release on the boutique label Scissor and Thread. Although only cordially discussing music and life in the same high school art class in Vancouver BC, it wasn't until several years later that they bumped into each other at a Lowe's parking lot and teamed up to make the act now known as Bob Moses.
Music that will make you want to build a highway through a low income neighbourhood.
Friday 2/3 at 8:00PM
w/ DISORIENTAL (upstairs) & YUNG NINO (downstairs)
Saturday 2/4 at 8:00PM
w/ IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ (upstairs) & ROY LT (downstairs)
Thursday 6/2 at 9:00PM
HOPE IS MADE OF STEEL TOUR. PRESENTED BY MRG CONCERTS.
Friday 6/3 at 7:00PM
DOORS 7PM. SHOW 8PM.