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Manitoba Music’s New Music Night

By Samuel Stevens

I found myself at Manitoba Music’s New Music Night on December 6th, a cold Wednesday night, at The Good Will Social Club, which is located at 625 Portage Avenue. Manitoba Music’s New Music Night occurs on the first Wednesday night of every month showcasing up-and-coming musicians of any genre from all around Manitoba. This month’s New Music Night featured the local talents of PeshxHavs, Ndu, and Malcolm-Jay.

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PeshxHavs. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

Starting New Music Night off was the duo of PeshxHavs, a collaboration between local musicians Nicole Havs and Peshanakwut. The duo this year broke on to the scene opening for the likes of SonReal, Snak the Ripper, Bliss N Eso, and among others through the course of the year. The group performed for the first time with a drummer on this night. Their set seemed well received by the room and I especially. I’ve seen the two of them perform before and I’m glad I can say I’m a fan of these two. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what 2018 will bring them.

As well this year, PeshxHavs released their mixtape, “The Leviathan” in March, which is available for streaming and download on DatPiff and their debut album “Not an EP”, released in August. “Not an EP” consists of 16 tracks, most of which are also produced by Peshanakwut and features the duo’s single, “Dangerous” feat. White Rhino. “Not an EP” can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and anywhere else you get your music from.

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Ndu. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

Following PeshxHavs was local Hip-Hop artist Ndu. It’s safe to say Ndu has made a name for himself over the last several years on the scene with a few album and mixtape releases under his belt. Ndu has opened for many notable acts such as Sean Paul, T-Pain, Nas, and Boyz II Men just to name a few.

Ndu had a very strong and energetic stage presence throughout his set. I can’t fully speak for the whole crowd, but they sure seemed to be into his performance, including myself. Ndu has a particularly fresh sound mixing an assortment of different genres. Notably on stage with him was a guitarist to stage left performing very melodically.

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Malcolm-Jay. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

To close New Music Night was the local Hip-Hop artist, Malcolm-Jay. For the night Malcolm-Jay was joined on stage by local R&B artist, Cisha (aka DJ Smoke). The nickname “DJ Smoke” was a running gag throughout the set for when Cisha, who on occasion would control the fog machine. Nearing the end of the set, Malcolm-Jay was joined by local beatboxer, MC Woke to perform their song, “Colours”. I was thoroughly surprised to have witnessed live beatboxing during Malcolm-Jay’s performance, something far off from what I was expecting to see at all. Malcolm-Jay made a fan out of me with his performance.

Malcolm-Jay has been prominent in the local Hip-Hop scene for a little while now. He has released an EP, “Missed Connections” in 2016 and just recently in September, he released his brand new album, “The Enemy Within”. “The Enemy Within” is centered around the problems still being faced in 2017 and as well as being conscious to other issues around us as a society. The album can be found on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.

Each performance by PeshxHavs, Ndu, and Malcolm-Jay flew by quite quickly because how invested I was into everyone’s set. Each performer is talented in their own right and I enjoyed my time at the show. I wish I didn’t have to leave so abruptly after the show to speak to each musician individually to let them know I enjoyed their music, performances, and hoped to see them all live again sometime soon. This was the first ever local Hip-Hop show I’ve ever experienced. Secondly, this was my first all locals show, embarrassingly since 2015. I enjoyed both the music and the atmosphere of the venue. It was my second time ever seeing a show at The Good Will Social Club and I hope to be back very soon. Maybe in fact, another New Music Night?

Made In The Name of Rock N Roll Tour: One Bad Son

By Samuel Stevens

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Shane Volk, One Bad Son Vocalist. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography

One Bad Son, who hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan started the night with the most appropriate song, “Made In The Name of Rock N Roll”. The song shares the name of their brand new studio album and the band’s current and very thorough Canadian fall tour. One Bad Son’s new LP, “Made In The Name of Rock N Roll” was released back on October 13th 2017 through 604 Records.

One Bad Son performed a very impressive set featuring many new songs off their newest LP and such singles as “Raging Bull”, “Satellite Hotel”, “Retribution Blues”, “Scream For Me” to just name a few. The band also performed their infamous cover of the Talking Heads’ 1977 hit, “Psycho Killer” and Soundgarden’s 1994 hit “Spoonman”. Mentioned by vocalist, Shane Volk that Soundgarden/Audioslave front man, Chris Cornell among other of the bands influences were taken this year.

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Kurt Dahl, One Bad Son drummer. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

One Bad Son’s 90’s Seattle Grunge influence shines through their sound prominently with their mix of Grunge and Hard Rock. Shane Volk’s powerful vocals are essential in One Bad Son’s unique sound that makes them stick out in the huge cluster of the current Rock bands. The band try to push the envelope on the Rock genre with their 13 years of experience as a band, especially heard on their new released album.

Notability in the front row at the show were a few young fans which vocalist, Shane Volk made a remark that Rock N Roll isn’t dead and the younger fans at the show is proof to it as they will keep the music genre alive for the next generation.

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Adam Hicks, One Bad Son guitarist. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

One Bad Son will be going on tour in the new year in Europe/UK and the United States of America which was talked about on stage after Shane said the “Made In The Name of Rock N Roll Fall Canadian Tour” was great and that the band want to take Canada with them everywhere they go to tour.

In conclusion, I personally think Rock N Roll isn’t dead, especially in Canada. As much as those kids at the show are going to be a part of it not dying. I think One Bad Son are part of many bands currently in Canada, honestly the whole world even, that create a massive proof that Rock N Roll isn’t dead.

Just For Laughs Alternative Comedy Tour

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By Samuel Stevens

“Welcome to the Just For Laughs Alternative Comedy Tour” rang out through the Burton Cummings Theatre followed by Nick Vatterott, the host of the evening making his way on stage. Nick begin making jokes about restaurants for about approximately 10 minutes that I personally didn’t find too funny. I’ll admit I did chuckle at a few, so maybe I did enjoy them to some extent. Nick ended his routine by sharing a plethora of texts he and a wrong number exchanged recently. A majority of these texts are what really started to give me some good laughs just as Nick brought the first main act of the night, Rhys Darby, to the stage.

Rhys Darby is best known for his roles in Yes Man, Flight of the Conchords, Wrecked, voice roles such as Bibbly in Trolls, and Coron in Voltron: Legendary Defender. He will also be starring in the upcoming remake Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, in theatres this December. Rhys’ routine was full of physical comedy and the use of sound effects. Rhys has a talent to do sound effects with his mouth. Rhys’ miming of a robot and his sound effects of the robot were an instant classic for me. Rhys’ miming of a robot was more robotic than an actual robot could manage. What seemed like only a matter of minutes, Rhys finished his routine.

Nick Vatterott returned to the stage for about 5 minutes. I wasn’t able to make much out of what he was saying, but it was something to do with a journal. Nick finished up quick to introduce the man of the hour to the stage, T.J. Miller!

T.J. Miller is best known for his roles in Yogi Bear, Deadpool, Silicon Valley, voice rolls such as Tuffnut Thorston in How to Train Your Dragon 1& 2 , Fred in Big Hero 6, and Gene in The Emoji Movie to name a select few. His most recent release is his brand new and second stand up special, Meticulously Ridiculous on HBO. T.J. will be starring in the upcoming films, Ready Player One, Underwater, Deadpool 2, and How to Train Your Dragon 3.

T.J. Miller’s routine was something else. It was hysterical, he entertained the crowd in many ways. Telling simple jokes, physical comedy by constantly bringing out a trombone, which he just purchased two days prior to the Winnipeg show, on stage to use as his rimshot sound effect, as well as constantly joking around with the guy working the spotlight that night. T.J. was heckled by a few people in the crowd throughout the evening, but he handled each one well and would heckle them right back.

I noticed during T.J.’s routine, he would get lost from his jokes quite easy, by just going off subject or just all the heckling. He would noticeably try to get back to the subject he was on at some point as soon as he could. T.J. ended his routine with a little miming skit, which involved drinking and pouring beer all over himself.

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Rhys Darby, Nick Vatterott, and T.J. Miller (left to right). November 10th 2017.

After T.J. left the stage, a voice over the P.A. system announced Nick Vatterott, Rhys Darby, and T.J. Miller back to the stage. They requested the crowd to take some pictures to post on social media and posed in ways they did previously in the evening during their routines. This lasted about 2 minutes before Rhys walked up to the mic, to jokely announce he is going to be doing additional 20 minutes. Rhys then specified, “I’ll definitely be coming back and hopefully during your Summer!”

After the show a group of people, myself included, met Rhys Darby and T.J. Miller. Both guys were classy to us all. They even posed for pictures with everyone, signed some stuff for some others. T.J. and Rhys took as much time as they could handle the not so seasonally cold wind.

In conclusion the whole night was a blast! All the laughs I had and even getting to meet the comedians after the show was an incredible experience. I’ll be waiting over here bundled up and staying warm until Rhys Darby and T.J. Miller make their way back to Winterpeg.

Halloween With JIVETOWN

By Matt Harrison

Hidden away in a basement apartment watching the night go by is where I found myself Halloween night. A few good people who’d had their plans collapse like a House of Cards -a phrase that now harnesses two meanings- were primed for something to do and extended an invitation to come around the corner to The Toad in the Hole Pub. Clad in my best White Guy in a Sport Coat costume, I stood up from Garfield’s Halloween and walked over.

There were two bands playing that night, one upstairs, one downstairs. As I walked up to the building I heard a raucous bluesy twang flowing past the cigarette smokers and out into the streets as patrons streamed in and out the bar’s front door.

I walked past the inviting aroma of sound I heard from the street and to the basement. The downstairs show came at a cover charge of $5 and earned listeners a spider shaped stamp on the wrist that, from a certain angle, looked like a cross eyed sun.

Within minutes of walking into the music, with it’s brass section likely in no need of amplification, I found myself wondering about the upstairs commotion that I’d walked past on my way in. With that thought, I trudged up the stairs and, as I neared the top, the snap of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’ overtook the now faint murmur of brass that fell into the background with each step.

As I came through the entrance atop the steps, which opened up to the top floor, ‘Stand By Me’ had transitioned seamlessly first into Sean Kingston’s ‘Beautiful Girls’, and then, after one or two chorus’, ‘The Monster Mash’. Already the decision to migrate North of the floorboards seemed to payoff.

The set finished soon after I entered the room with ‘Pretty Woman’ by Roy Orbison and, after the approximate time it takes to acquire and half consume a plate of nachos, the members of JIVETOWN returned to the stage for another set.

Upon the second time I saw them onstage that night they came out with a rendition of ‘Come Together’ sung with a venomous rip to the lead singer’s voice. Psychedelic flares of well timed wah made the momentarily mistimed bass almost undetectable as they played as well as it must have sounded in the minds of Lennon and McCartney once upon a time.

They followed this phenomenal rendition with a show of Canadianity, busting out the Sheepdogs ‘Keep to Your Own’ that turned into the Ghostbusters theme song before going back to the Sheepdogs again. A timely nod to one of the great lost songwriters came with ‘You Wreck Me’ by Tom Petty, followed by what I found to be the best song of the night, ‘The Weight’ by The Band.

Once ‘The Weight’ was over, I was ready to go. My drink was empty, my nachos were stowed away in a capsule of styrofoam. At this point, I was ready for sleep. Each blink had become longer than the last and my bed had filled my voicemail box calling me.

“You’ve all heard this one too many times,” the front man meandered between sips of beer. “But we’re gonna make sure you hear it way too many times.”

With that, a thunder of humming and boot stomping roared the start of ‘S.O.B’ by Nathaniel Ratliff and the slice of dancefloor in front of the stage filled with people in an endless array of costumes. It seemed as if someone had opened the door to Tim Burton’s dreams and had let all the characters out for a night of dancing, hidden among the mass of costumed humans. Monsters and ambiguous creatures all gathered to dance and sing together. A clown with one giant shoe nearly danced the red out of her nose while a man with a briefcase full of fake money rained giant $10 bills onto the crowd in which at least a couple people must have thought it strange that he’d chosen to print bills of such a modest value. The energy of the crowd peaked with each yell of “Son of a Bitch!” before falling away in wait of the next burst of chorus. The room was electric, the energy of the crowd was palpable.

When the song finished, the floor cleared, and I grabbed my coat. My chair was pushed in when they began playing the last song of the set; ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ by Joe Walsh. They had me again. I couldn’t leave. With music this good, I simply couldn’t leave.

At the conclusion of this last song, their set had finished and I could finally let myself leave. They promised more music and I can only take their word that it was ever played. What leaving early left me with was the feeling that I will see them play again, I simply have to.

Anywhere JIVETOWN is playing is a place worth being, if only for the night. They bring life to the music and flood energy through the room, the crowd. The basement performance had cost $5 but the show worth paying to see was upstairs.

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Silverstein, Seaway, Cedar Green – The Dead Reflection Tour

By Samuel Stevens

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Cedar Green Vocalist, Joey Volpe. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

The recent drop of temperature in Winnipeg, plus the recent snowfall wasn’t stopping fans from coming out to see some of their favorite bands perform on a Tuesday night. The show was opened up by the debuting local band, Nice Cops. Nice Cops delivered a fun set full of powerful and catchy Pop Punk tunes.

Second band of the night to hit the stage was Cedar Green hailing from Philadelphia, PA. They sure did get the crowd warmed up for Seaway and Silverstein. The band stood out boldly on stage because of vocalist, Joey Volpe’s brightly coloured shirt full of flowers. Cedar Green played a solid Pop Punk set.

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Seaway vocalist, Ryan Locke & guitarist, Andrew Eichinger. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

Canadian’s own, Seaway were the next to perform Tuesday night. Opening right up with their hit, “Slam” from their 2nd album, “Colour Blind” before performing a few new tunes for the Winnipeg crowd. Seaway seemingly knew what the crowd wanted to hear.

Seaway is currently on the road touring their recently released 3rd album, “Vacation”. Vocalist Ryan Locke, before their set came to an end was sure to inform the crowd that the band will be back again in the Spring.

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Silverstein members Josh Bradford, Paul Koehler, & Shane Told (left to right). Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

Lastly Silverstein, also hailing out of Canada are currently on the road touring their 9th studio album, “Dead Reflection” which was released all the way back in July. Silverstein belted out fan favorites such as, “Bleed No More”, “Your Sword Versus My Dagger”, “Ghost”, and “My Heroine” to name a few of plenty. Many songs on Tuesday night’s setlist sure pleased the crowd. The band tried to perform something off every one of their previous releases while playing some new ones as well. The one that stuck out most to me was, “The Afterglow”. About to go on 18 years as a band, Silverstein proved that they’re here to stay and that there’s much more to come in the future.

Silverstein will almost immediately be hitting the road again after their current North American tour to return to the UK to end the year off. At the beginning of 2018 they have a big tour lined up with Tonight Alive, Picturesque, and Broadside of the United States.