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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Brews Willis’ ‘Party’s Over’

Toronto’s Brews Willis have shared the video for the title track from their forthcoming second album Party’s Over, out on July 23 on vinyl.

The Plastik Films-produced clip is a satirical look at the shameful moments that follow a night of regrets. The video features cameos from Peter from Teenage Kicks, Nikki Jumper and more.

“One of my favourite videos is the Foo Fighters – ‘Big Me’ video. You know the Footos video? It’s so cheesy and 90’s and immature but super funny.” drummer Pare Bruce explained in a statement. “I really like the mix of band footage plus the mini stories. The concept of ‘Party’s Over’ was inspired from there… we wanted to do a more modern version that still felt similar. So I think the different meme fails are our versions of the Footos commercial spoofs. It was a pretty fun concept to brainstorm out with friends, the band, guys from Plastik Films – I think we came out with like 30 really dumb different ‘Party’s Over’ fail scenarios and ended up with what you see.”

The new album finds the band a little older, a little wiser and a little worse for the wear. They journeyed to LA to record the album to analog tape with Andrew Schubert (Neighbourhood Brats, Pangea) at Cali Mucho studios. It was mixed at Mix LA (Green Day, Rise Against) and in Hamilton, ON by Matt Gauthier at Attic Sound.

The band also announced that they have joined forces with Vans to produce merch. Details TBA.


NeXT Unleashes a Winter Showstorm

Calvin Love courtesy image

With everyone recovering from the holidays, not to mention Toronto recovering from the Great Ice Storm of 2013, going to see live music may be the last thing on many people’s mind.

But, legendary booker Dan Burke has offered up an absolutely killer line-up of shows in the coming weeks. To RSVP to the events on Facebook, click on the links provided.

Edmonton singer Calvin Love is part of the “Mac (DeMarco) Pack” is playing the Silver Dollar on December 28 with Beams, Henri Faberge and The Folk. Cover is $7.

New Year’s Eve at the Silver Dollar features a killer line-up at a low price, $10, with Bloodshot Bill, Milk Lines, Stella Ella Ola, Brews Willis, Christian Hansen and DJs Sianteuse & Johnny Rankin.

Gino Washington is playing the Horseshoe on January 11 with The BB Guns, Honeyrunners, The Two Times and Pins and Needles. Cover is $10.

NeXT and Elliott Jones will present Alex Calder, another member of the “Mac (DeMarco) Pack” at the Silver Dollar on January 3. The cover is $7.50 in advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes, the Horseshoe and online at Ticketfly. Blonde Elvis and Wish Pet Suns are also on the bill.

Burke will join forces with a number of local promoters for a series of shows called Class of 2014 featuring an “honour role” of up and coming indie artists at the Silver Dollar.

The first show is presented in partnership with Wavelength and features Fresh Snow, Del Bel, Mas and Anamai. Cover is $6.

The second Class of 2014 gig is presented in partnership with Silent Shout on January 17 and features Jef Barbara, Bizzarah, Lido Pimienta, Nyssa and Twist. Cover is $8. 

Mark Pesci presents the third edition with Red Mass, Cellphone, Dirty Frigs, Dilly Dally and Crhymes. The cover is $7.50 in advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online at Ticketfly.

Aaron Miller of Arts & Crafts Records presents the final edition with AKUA, Invasions, Language Arts, Ada Dahli and the Pallbearers and DJ Eytan Tobin. Cover is $7. 


Looking For A Place T.O. Happen, September 20, 21 & 22

Still Life Still courtesy image

Still Life Still are holding the release party for their new album Mourning Trance at The Garrison on September 20. Tickets are $12.

I am planning on attending the gig plus it’s my birthday weekend so if you’d like come and hang out, considering it an unofficial h@tb get-together, I’ll be at Red Light (1185 Dundas St. W) for pre-drinks around 8’ish. Red Light is a very cool little bar with friendly staff and a great atmosphere. At first blush, it looks like your typical Ossington hipster bar but the vibe is more laid back, friendly neighbourhood bar you can hang out at and enjoy a few drinks with friends.

September 21 sees Toronto alt-country stalwarts The Sadies rolling into The Garrison with Shadowy Men From a Shadowy Planet, TV Freaks and Legato Vipers for an Alice Cooper tribute night. Tix are $10 at the door.

There’s also a killer gig at Central, check out the flyer below for deets;

Or, head a couple blocks east to Measure for an equally awesome gig. Check out the flyer below;

The Bloor Ossington Folk Festival is running this weekend, September 20 to 22, at venues along the Bloor/Ossington strip. The three day free festival features a variety of acts including h@tb favourites Little Foot Long Foot and catl as well as The Golden Dogs, Minotaurs, Grand Analog, Sandman Viper Command and many more. For all the details, head here.


Looking For A Place T.O. Happen, August 16 & 17

Image by Reynard Li

The Summerworks Festival is underway and as always, the music component features top-notch talent.

This weekend is no exception with The Wooden Sky and the always amazing Maylee Todd (Pictured) performing. Each night will see the artists playing unique shows that keep with Summerworks’ theme. The Wooden Sky plays Lower Ossington Theatre on August 16 and Todd plays The Great Hall on August 17. For details about The Wooden Sky and Todd’s gigs, head here.

August 16 is a busy night for gigs in Toronto with Inlet Sound, Maladies of Adam Stokes, Fast Romantics and Theatre Crisps playing the Horseshoe.

Or, head a little further up Spadina to The Silver Dollar Room for Michael Rault, Brews Willis, Loi Do and Rough Seas.

If you’re at the CNE on August 17, The New Pornographers and Cuff The Duke are playing the Bandshell. The show is free with admission.

August


Looking For A Place T.O. Happen; Canadian Music Fest Edition

At long last, Canadian Music Fest, or Canadian Music Week as we vets still call it, is upon us.

With over 40 artists from Canada and around the world playing 40 venues around Toronto, it may be tough trying to decide to see. Luckily, h@tb is here with the gigs that are worth checking out.

March 21

Daniella Watters @ Czehoski

The Balconies @ Lee’s Palace

Audio Blood Media’s CMF Showcase (Featuring The Mohawk Lodge, Amos The Transparent & more) @ The Dakota Tavern

Mo Kenney, Mad Ones, PS I Love You, Wildlife & more @ The Great Hall

March 22

The Indies (Featuring Metric, Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Yukon Blonde & More) @ The Kool Haus

Young Rival & Limblifter @ The Horseshoe

Ben Caplan @ The Rivoli

A K U A & Boys Who Say No @ The Silver Dollar

Acres Of Lions @ The Tranzac Club

The Town Heroes & Dearly Beloved @ The Bovine Sex Club

The Cheap Speakers @ Cabin 5

White Ash Falls @ The Cameron House & Supermarket

Pkew Pkew Pkew @ Global Village Backpackers

Parallels @ Hard Luck Bar

The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Revival

Mac DeMarco, Brews Willis & Grounders @ Sneaky Dee’s

We Need Surgery @ The Sister

March 23

Donovan Woods @ The Central

The Buzz Factor Series featuring Suuns, Lioness, Decades, Valleys & Savages @ Lee’s Palace

Papermaps @ Rancho Relaxo

Gabrielle Papillon @ The Rivoli

The Mohawk Lodge @ Shanghai Cowgirl

The Great Wilderness & Revolvers @ The Annex Live

Tin Star Orphans @ The El Mocambo

Shout Out Out Out Out @ The Horseshoe

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Massey Hall

Austra @ The Danforth Music Hall

Fucked Up @ The Great Hall

Diemonds @ The Hideout


Videos For A Lazy Sunday: Brews Willis, ‘Ride The Island Baby’

Toronto’s Brews Willis have created a great summertime video featuring plenty of hijinks, girls in bikinis and warm and fuzzy shots of Toronto Island.

They’re kicking off a tour of of central Canada and the US in support of their EP Nerped by Zircon. It kicks off on August 11 at Wakestock.


Looking For A Place To Happen, July 27 & 28

The last weekend of July is shaping up to be a full one with all kinds of gigs coming up.

Pop With Brains #38 is taking place at the Rivoli with music by HinterlandbandThe Davey Parker Radio Sound, Joseph And The Mercurials and Patti Cake with FranDiscos spinning tunes between sets.

Art will be provided by Devon Sioui, Aime Blanchette, Andi Social’s Twist and Kaotic Ekko’s Curiosities.

Cover is only $5 and all proceeds go to CAMH.

Pop Montreal’s POP Off! 2 tour is rolling into the Silver Dollar with sets by Canailles, The Unseen Strangers, The Modern Grass and Sin & Swoon.

Brews Willis, The Lava and Ash, Spectre and The Walls Are Blonde are playing at The Annex Live.

There are a couple great choices on Saturday night, plus they’re close so you could try to do both!

The always amazing Ruby Spirit are playing Lee’s Palace with Rye, Desperate Executives and Avery Island.

I’ve got RS pegged as the next Toronto band to make it big and Paige Boy, their lead singer, is going to be the next Emily Haines. After this show, they’re heading to Buffalo to play with The Jesus And Mary Chain.

Or, there’s always Modernboys Moderngirls, one of the best bands in TO at the moment, at the Silver Dollar. They’ll be joined by Mercy Now, Elvyn and Blue Stones.