Saturday, October 19th - 9pm - #Stonehammersessions presents: Promise, Matt Dorgan Project & Stacey Y - $Free!
Three Awesome Sets - One Even Better Price
Sorry for the late announcement on this one folks, it took us a lot longer than it should have to put this bill together. That being said, it's a humdinger.
We teamed up with Sonicbids, to showcase some of their artists. Give them a listen, and better yet, come on down and support good, independent music.
Matt Dorgan Project
Extreme DIY is the vision for the MATT dorgan PROJECT. Looping, mixing and DJing 5 different instruments by himself live. Think Big Gigantic meets Mr. Woodnote. - Jazzy Electronic Fuzz
Musically, the MATT dorgan PROJECT fuses analogue and electric sounds together to create a unique alternative/electronic/jazz style of music.
“I’m really just stealing from two art forms; pop and jazz,” says Dorgan. “Mash these two concepts together and you have the basis for the most recent MATT dorgan PROJECT album - New York City Soundtrack. (Feb 2012)”
One of the best music journalists in the city, Alan Cross has some very nice things to say about Matt right here.
"Some of us will be able to say we knew Stacey when she was discovering herself as an artist. We got to witness the birth of her dynamic, dramatic, emotional range. Plenty of others are going to discover it now, too." - Rik Emmett (Triumph)
This week sees the return of Anthony from his sojourn in which he claims to have "learned a lot."
"With great knowledge comes great responsibility," and Anthony's responsibility will be to write some super entertaining questions for you all to ponder over.
This week marks the first time Anthony will team up with Kirk to host 3030 trivia, and it should be a real doozy! Some topics this week include Scapegoats, Writers, and Money! Put on that thinking cap, grab some friends, and head over to 3030!
NUA is an innovative new trad trio, bringing a fresh and unique sound to traditional music, creating their own distinctive flavour with both original and traditional compositions from Ireland and Scotland. Based in Toronto, Canada, NUA consists of three award-winning members: fiddle player James M Law, guitarist Graeme McGillivray and bodhrán player Jacob McCauley. The interaction between the three is what really makes the music shine, whether it be their soaring melodies or tasteful grooves. The trio is also well known for their exciting incorporation of odd time signatures and polyrhythms, which give the music an electrifying lift and spontaneity.
Each member adds their own distinctive sound and influence to the music. Although they are a trio with a sole melody player, the brilliant multi-tasking of each member is demonstrated countless times with perhaps a guitar-driven flat-picked melody, rhythmic fiddle playing, or melodic bodhrán playing to add to the mix. The ability for each member to take on multiple roles is one of the staples of NUA. This adds to a thrilling live experience, and a “you just don’t know what’s coming next” approach!
If you want to find out even more about the band, give this link a gander.
There is a lot of great coffee in this 'hood
For those good Junction folks who appreciate an exceptional esspresso, there's a plethora of awesome choices in the hood, a list too long put here, but regardless of what style you prefer, within a five minute walk of 3030, your itch will assuredly be scratched.
This week, I'm going to recommend you walk an extra five minutes, and give Amani Earls a chance. Justin's a good dude, and there's usually some funk on the stereo, but I've met few people as passionate as Justin is about his pull. Don't worry, you'll still see me hanging out at Locomotive (phenomenal European short pulls by the way), Crema and Full Stop, but once in a while, when I want the most legit west-coast style espresso I've had in this city, Amani Earls is my ticket.
If you haven't been in to the space over the past few weeks, then you don't know that our Chef Adisa Glasgow came back from Peru, with a ton of fresh food ideas, and we've got ourselves a brand new menu for the fall. Fear not, our $5 plates & menu aren't going anywhere, but if you're in the mood for something a little extra special, make tracks down to 3030 while we still have the current menu. It's pretty exceptional.
Oven roasted, sesame crusted mahi mahi with candied mango, buttered baby bok choy, grilled endive...yeah, it's 'the bomb'.
Love Bourbon, or are you bourbon curious? Well if you are, make some plans for Thursday night, as we're proud to be the host location for the grand finale of Toronto's Bourbon Week - 'The Bourbon Derby'. You'll get to meet our man Lucas Twyman, a native Kentuckian (so he has to know his bourbon!), great guy and awesome bar-tender. The event is free, and as an added bonus, there is a phenomenal bluegrass band playing a couple of sets starting at 10pm.
I'd be remiss, if I didn't also feature a beer in this edition of 'What's On Tap', and this week, we've got one of the highly sought after Amsterdam Brewing Adventure beers, specifically 'Calm Before The Storm'.
Via Amsterdam - "For this edition of our Adventure Brews Series, we experiment with our highly sought after Tempest Imperial Stout. When brewing Tempest we had the opportunity to use the same complex malt bill to create a completely different beer. The result is Calm Before the Storm – an English mild with a pleasant noble hop aroma and subtle notes of cocoa and rye. This beer gives you a unique chance to try two completely different beers that originally began as one."
The past couple of weeks have had some exceptional shows, including two nights where we not only had a line-up out the door, but some truly memorable gigs from Union Duke & The Peptides. If you were there, you know what we're talking about. Let's check out the stuff going down at 3030 this week.
On Wednesday, it's our regular @3030Trivia night, brought to you by Junction Craft Brewing.
Thursday, it's the aforementioned Bourbon Derby, with The Barrel Boys.
Friday, Soul fans had better come and check out La-Nai & The Free People, brought to you by Amsterdam Brewing.
On Saturday, we're stoked to be working with Sanction Snow & Skateboards, to bring you two video premieres, followed by DJ Corey Dawkins.
Saturday, September 28th - 10pm - The Pinball Sessions Presents: Samantha Martin & The Haggard w. Dani Nash - this FREE! show brought to you by Kensington Brewery
The Pinball Crawl - You want to be part of this - brought to you by Kensington Brewery
The first ever Kensington Brewery Pinball Crawl will be happening throughout the day. Should be an absolute blast, and to keep in the loop, just click on this link right here to get your map!
The Pinball Sessions @3030 brought to you by Kensington Brewery
We're really stoked to team up with The Pinball Sessions and Kensington Brewery, to put on a series of monthly shows here at 3030. It's going to be an especially cool night, as Kensington will be brewing a special one-off beer, appropriately entitled 'Tilt', as well as helping us to put together a Pinball Scavenger Hunt throughout the city of Toronto (details to follow very soon).
About The Pinball Sessions
Pinball sessions is a project about music (and pinball). In a studio in Guelph, Ontario in Canada; that also houses a pinball club, we came up with an idea to record artists of all different genres and make those recordings available, to spread the word about some music that we want people to know about. We got excited about it. We talked about the idea, we played a lot of pinball when we met at the studio. We talked to other people about it, to artists and music fans and friends and strangers and it got some momentum and the idea started to grow. Then we needed a name, so… we played more pinball, drank more coffee and talked about music. It seemed fitting to call it, Pinball Sessions.
Pinball has a long and interesting social history. The arcade, a place for kids to gather and define themselves. Music has and always will have an intrinsic role in defining societies, cultures and people. What was your first concert? What was an album that became entwined in the history of your life? We all have these, to some extent they define us as generations, the albums we identify with from various times in our lives as socio – cultural references. Some music easily crosses generations and cultures…its all pretty tremendous.
Here, on pinballsessions.com we present to you many genres of music. Recorded “live off the floor” exclusively for this website. Alternative versions of songs already recorded, some songs that have never been recorded before. You may be familiar with some of the artists and others you may have never heard of. Many, but not all of the artists, are Canadian. Each artist recommends 3 artists that they are listening to. Some of the artists play pinball. We took the idea to FACTOR and we are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received to be able to make this available to you, the listeners.
What can I say about Samantha Martin. If you lived in the 'hood a few years back, you'd have probably seen her wandering around, or if you came to the first ever show at 3030, you got to see her blow everyone away. Simply put, she's great, and you'll want to catch her sooner rather than later in a venue our size, as she's destined for much, much bigger things than 3030.
Straight out of the gates, Dani Nash is one of those finely formed musicians who’s voice and stage presence reveals the fearlessness of a truly authentic talent. The leather pant wearing rock and roll machine delivers a performance like no other, carving a place of her own with her distinctive voice and authentic drum styling. Mastering her work, she brings her boundless musical talent onto every stage she can jump onto.
Her literary voice creates a sound of influences paying tribute to Wanda Jackson, Lucinda Williams, JJ Cale and Levon Helm, all the while throwing a little hitch in her giddy-up and creating a cohesive sound all her own.
Thursday, October 31st - Steamwhistle presents...Dia De Los Muertos w. Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils $12 or $10 w. Costume
Friday, October 18th - 9pm - It's a Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up! w. Cousin Harley & Tennessee Voodoo Coupe and DJ's Rockin' Dave Faris & Tim Hanna - $10
Friday, October 25th - 9pm - Beau's 613 in the 416 presents The Goodluck Assembly w. Loon Choir - $Free!
Beau's All Natural Brewing Presents: 613 in the 416
Each month, thank's to the great folks at Beau's All Natural Brewing, 3030 is proud to bring in some of the best music from the 613 area code, which for the uninitiated, encompassess Ottawa and its surrounding environs. If you're ever down near Vankleek Hill, we heartily recommend paying the folks at Beau's a visit, as they make phenomenal beer, and most importantly are huge supporters of great live music.
The Goodluck Assembly
GLA has always wanted to leave listeners with something to think about. Theirs is a sound that makes you pay attention. Subtle, yet melodically complex, there is a freshness to The GLA that speaks of immediacy.
The group originally grew out of time brothers Bruce and Mike spent on Scotland's west coast, traveling and making music together. Torrential rains and handy guitars helped breed an original rock sound driven by dark, emotional lyrics that pretty accurately reflected their damp, sunlight-deprived environs. They found that unique musical chemistry that helped their songs transform, deepen and mature.
Sonically significant, lyrically relevant, and full of hooks and layers. The Goodluck Assembly released “Demonstrations” in May of 2013, the follow up to the 2011 record, “Glowscape.” Demonstrations was the result of GLA’s quick sojourn to Brooklyn, NY in the Fall of ’12. It was recorded leading up to, during, and in the wake of Hurricance Sandy.
From Canada’s parliamentary hub and capital city comes Loon Choir, an urgent pulse of fresh sonic air orchestrating textured guitar, synth, and violin hooks backed by a sometimes groovy, sometimes four to the floor backline, laying the foundation for powerfully delivered choral-esque male and female vocals, singing about social and political injustices alongside the manmade destruction of nature. It’s a big order to fill and these musicians deliver with an acclaimed live set that is packed full of energy, spontaneity, sincerity, and above all, good times spent with your comrades old and new, listening to good music.
Deja Vu & The Last Ones Video Premieres
Look folks, I know the weather is absolutely goregeous right now, and snow is about the last thing that you are thinking about, but whether you like it or not, winter's right around the corner.
So if snow IS your thing, and you like to do things with it, like wearing some oversized boots and strapping a board to the bottom of it as you careen down a mountain, you probably already know about Sanction Skate & Snowboards just down the street from us. If you don't, you should pop your head in, they are great guys who sell cool swag. Check them out.
We're stoked to be the home of not one, but two video premieres for Deja Vu & The Last Ones. And even if you don't like video premieres, you might like free stuff, and guess what, we'll be giving away some cool merch at the premiere, which happens to be free.
DJ Corey Dawkins
While video premieres are cool, it's not a party until you've got one of the city's best DJ's (Corey Dawkins), giving you a sneak preview of a monthly that we have planned for 2014. Introducing 'Corey Dawkins Open Mind', the night at 3030 where you'll hear some of the best hip-hop, soca, dancehall, reggae, house and big beat all night long.
So come on in, with your dancing shoes, and an open mind, and you just might be surprised at how much fun you have.