The Madness Tour: All That Remains, Throw The Fight, & Tyrants Demise

By Samuel Stevens

On the night of December 19th, you could feel Winnipeg’s annual holiday cold snap starting outdoors and I had the pleasure of staying in warm to take in the Madness Tour at The Garrick. The night’s bill included touring acts, All That Remains, Throw The Fight, and locals, Tyrants Demise. All That Remains is currently wrapping up their current tour with Throw The Fight, through Canada and a few United States cities for their recent album release, “Madness.”

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Tyrants Demise vocalist, Keith “Kut” Proulx. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

First to hit the stage was local Death Metal band, Tyrants Demise. The band has been on the Canadian Death Metal scene now for I believe approximately ten years. Tyrants Demise has opened up for a plethora of bands such as DevilDriver, The Faceless, Three Inches of Blood, and Dying Fetus to name a few. They can now add All That Remains and Throw The Fight to the list.

I can’t speak for everyone in attendance, but Tyrants Demise’s set seemed well received by the Winnipeg audience. Plenty of people in the crowd were headbanging, moshing, and I even witnessed some singing along with the band. The band has six releases under their belt, three demos and three EPs. Hopefully soon Tyrants Demise will be releasing their debut album.

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Throw The Fight bassist and vocalist, Kade Kastelitz. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography. 

Taking the stage after Tyrants Demise was the Alternative Metal band, Throw The Fight. Throw The Fight was conceived 14 years ago and hail out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band are currently touring their third album, “Transmissions”. Which was released back in 2016. This was Throw The Fight’s second time in Winnipeg, the first being four years ago on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour with Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, and Stars in Stereo in the fall of 2013.

The most notable song that Throw The Fight performed during the night was their song, “Gallows”. “Gallows” is one of the heavier songs Throw The Fight performed during their set that the audience was able to mosh to. Another notable track performed was their cover of “(I Just) Died In Your Arms”, the massive 1986 hit single by British Rock band, Cutting Crew. Vocalist James Clark introduced their cover of “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” by telling everyone in attendance that there was no way they didn’t at least know the chorus of this massively popular song. After performing this cover it was more than safe to say the band was well received by the room.

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All That Remains vocalist, Phil Labonte. Photo by Samuel Stevens Photography.

To close the night off was who everyone came to see, All That Remains. All That Remains are a Metal band who have dabbled with various subgenres over the years such as Metalcore, Heavy Metal, and in the early years, Melodic Death Metal. The band reside from Springfield, Massachusetts and are currently on tour for the eighth studio album, “Madness”. Marking 20 years as a band in 2018, All That Remains aren’t strangers to Winnipeg. Over the years they’ve toured through Winnipeg, if I counted correctly, five times. Every time the band has been to Winnipeg, they’ve always played The Garrick. Either as an opener for such acts as Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, and In Flames or headlining, now two tours at The Garrick one of which featured Italian Alternative Metal band, Lacuna Coil.

The crowd was visibly energetic during All That Remains performance by singing along, moshing, and headbanging to each and every song performed. What I loved most out of the set was how the band tried to perform at least one song from each previous album release. The audience also seemed to enjoy this as they loved when vocalist, Phil Labonte screamed, “Do you guys want something old? Something off “The Fall of Ideals”? then proceeded to perform, “The Air That I Breathe”, which brought the whole room into loud cheer. All That Remains played a beautiful version of Garth Brooks’, “The Thunder Rolls” mid-set. It was not a shocker that the audience were waiting for the band to perform fan favorites “This Calling” and the set closing, “Two Weeks” to set the mosh pit into an even bigger craze.

Each performance by Tyrants Demise, Throw The Fight, and All That Remains flew by as quick as a drum stick hits a snare. I’m not crazy into Death Metal, but Tyrants Demise are quite the local act that I’ve seen a few times before and I’m sure will see live again soon. Throw The Fight sure made a fan out of me with their music and by talking with some of the members after the show. I purchased their CD, “Transmission” on the way out for $10, came home and put it on right away. The songs “Bury Me Alive” and “Scream Out Your Name” have been stuck in my head since. Lastly, All That Remains never fail to entertain when in town, or anywhere in that matter. I hope it isn’t long before they make their way through the Canadian prairies many more times to play The Garrick again and again.

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.