Sunday, June 16, 2019

Anvil Concert Video Showcase, Part 2!!

As promised, here's the second half of our video coverage of last week's Anvil-headlined concert at Soo Blaster, this time focusing on Christopher Paci's footage from the concert, with videos uploaded to his excellent YouTube channel shortly thereafter! Compared to Re:Born's six posted videos from this night, Chris uploaded fourteen videos, so there's a lot more to take in here, but give both sources a look for different and very valid looks at the old school metal action on offer! Starting with the headlining Toronto metal legends, Chris filmed five videos from their set, including their songs "Metal on Metal", "Bitch In The Box", "Badass Rock N' Roll", and one video featuring their opening songs "March of the Crabs" & "666". Embedded below is their song "Mothra", complete with extended instrumental jam in the middle of the performance. Compared to Re:Born's videos, these are closer to the "Soo Lounge" stage, and allow for some nice angles of frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow playing to the crowd.

The audio quality comes through well enough on these videos, if harbouring some muffled moments, but fans of Anvil's classic attack should be right at home here. Give these videos a look above & below!



Next up, Chris also filmed five videos of Edmonton classic metal quintet Striker's co-headlining set, including their songs "Fight For Your Life", "Former Glory", "Head First", "Heart of Lies", and as embedded below, both "Out For Blood" & "Full Speed or No Speed". Chris is a little further back here, but Striker's impressive and proficient original onslaught is captured nicely on these videos, and fans of their throwback sound will definitely appreciate the ample Striker footage above and below!



Chris also filmed three videos of local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades' set, capturing them playing "Rise" and their cover of The Ripcordz' "X", but embedded below is their original "To The Left". I won't fault Chris for the more distant camera angle here as fans weren't really on the floor yet, and I can relate to not wanting to be "that guy" in everyone's road. I just wish the camera wasn't so jittery! That said, Jack Spades are on form despite cramped conditions, so give Chris' videos of them a look above also!



Finally, Chris filmed a single solitary video of opening power rock quintet Re:Born (minus Frank) covering Kissin' Dynamite's "Sex Is War" last week. Filmed at a similar angle to Jack Spades, the cover is well done, if with somewhat inaudible vocals, and luckily there's no heckling this time around! Check out Chris' Re:Born clip below, and see more from the show above!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site this week! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Soundcheck & Tym Morrison), Plus New Videos!!

A new standard news post wasn't planned for today, especially with some big one-topic posts in the works, but with some SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS popping up, my hand was forced this way. As such, we have a couple of new videos to round things out, so here's what you should know!

Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck will play at the newly re-opened Reggie's Place on Queen Street East TONIGHT, after previously playing there this afternoon, yesterday and even on Thursday! Profuse apologies for the short notice and for missing most of their bookings there this weekend, they were only acknowledged on their Facebook page last night, after the Thursday nighter took place. As you'll recall from Soundcheck (and Mourning Wood) bookings at the original Reggie's, public advertising of shows there was either on limited notice or non-existent, so in that respect, not much has changed! Drummer Glen Thomas was able to fill in more of the details on his personal Facebook page, noting that today's afternoon matinee was a shorter gig to coincide with the Queen Street Cruise, so hopefully that attracted a good crowd! The Thursday nighter may seem atypical for Soundcheck, but recall that Mourning Wood once played for over a week straight at Reggie's, so this isn't anything new for them.

TONIGHT'S (and yesterday's, and Thursday's) shows are likely 10:00 PM engagements with no announced cover charges and 19+ age limits, while adjust things as expected for this afternoon's gig. Hopefully Terry, Travis, Paul, and Glen have a great gig of hard rocking classics TONIGHT after a 2 year wait for Reggie's return after the fire! Here's Soundcheck live, and again, I severely apologize for missing most of their shows this weekend, we'd have plugged them on Thursday had they given them more notice!



Next up, here's one more surprise matinee gig for local acoustic hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison this weekend, as he'll return to La Terrazza Franzisi in Richards Landing TOMORROW! Again, apologies for the short notice, this concert was only announced via it's Facebook event page yesterday. Fans and regular readers will recall Tym playing frequent weekend gigs at this St. Joseph Island restaurant last August and September, including a few Sunday matinees in the process, so TOMORROW'S show isn't completely out of left field. This wharf-front restaurant proved to be a popular venue for Tym's unplugged covers last year, and while I don't yet know if this is the first of many for him this season, keep TOMORROW'S La Terrazza Franzisi concert in mind if you're on St. Joseph Island or up for an hour's drive east for some supper-time entertainment!

An early 5:00 PM start time is in effect for this show, which has no announced age limits or cover charge, but remember that this is a sit-down restaurant, not a traditional concert venue. Hopefully Tym delivers another fun show of classic hits at La Terraza Franzisi TOMORROW, even with the late notice, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live!



We'll move on to some new videos today, including a new video of defunct local 1960s-centric classic rock quartet The Peace Vibe covering Deep Purple's "Hush" at a car show outside of the new A&W at 659 Great Northern Road last year! A specific date wasn't given, but The Peace Vibe played a couple in August and September. Posted to drummer Glen Thomas' YouTube channel on May 30th, this was filmed on a vertical cell phone camera, but the angle is too distant and top-centric to add up to a decent visual clarity. The cover's solid enough for fans of the Rod Evans era, so give it a look below, and don't miss Glen with Soundcheck TONIGHT at Reggie's!



Finally, here's a somewhat belated write-up on another commercial for an upcoming Loffredo & Associates concert at Soo Blaster, namely the Monster Truck-headlined concert there on June 28th (one week from Friday!) A commercial plugging the Hamilton rockers' shows in Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, along with a contest to win tickets by liking and sharing the video, this is set to clips from the music videos for "Denim Danger", "Sweet Mountain River", and "Don't Tell Me How To Live". Strong way to help promote both shows, so give it a look below, and click here for more details!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site next week! Thanks everyone!

Friday, June 14, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Rotaryfest Stage 1)

The lineup for this year's Stage 1 lineups at Rotaryfest was quietly posted to their website earlier this week, so what should you know about this year's musical entertainment on the main Clergue Park stage? Taking place over the third weekend of July, this year's lineup is largely a reversion in sound and personnel to the regular covers-centric format on the main stage, with a Woodstock theme clearly touted on Rotaryfest's website to go along with the 50th anniversary of that iconic festival. Might there be an implication for bands to cover a few songs from Woodstock artists this year? That said, the Rewind anniversary theme last year was clearly well received, as there will be select original-centric acts on Stage 1 this year (four by my estimation), which is long overdue to see on the big stage! Only five of this year's bands have played the festival four+ times since 2006, so if you ever complained about the same bands year after year, you may want to pay attention.

After years with a jazz or 1950s-1960s centric lineup, the Thursday, July 18th schedule this year will be more varied than usual, and for the first time I can ever recall, it will feature a hard rock band, namely local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck as the 10:00 PM headliners! This will be their second Rotaryfest set after playing Stage 1 in 2017, and they should end night #1 with a bang next month, so don't miss their return then! Classic/pop rock cover band Encore will co-headline at 9:00 PM, while a one-off Beatles tribute band named Beatles '69 will play at 8:00 PM. Not a Woodstock band, but they are definitely an extremely important part of 1960s rock music, and there's a lot of talented artists involved here! A new local classic rock band named SideFX will make their apparent live debut at 7:00 PM, but many of you've seen them before, as their lineup comprises of 3/4ths of defunct 1960s classic rockers The Peace Vibe alongside Griphook/ex-Gsis Murphy drummer Tony Fabiano.

Note that SideFX have no relation to defunct local hard rock band The Side FX beyond the name. The Thursday lineup will be opened by folk/country veterans The Algo Rhythms at 6:00 PM, who like Encore, are returning to Stage 1 after playing in 2017 and missing last year. Strong lineup of familiar faces, and with a rare bit of Thursday heaviness, so keep this bill in mind! As usual, this is FREE and ALL AGES. See above for more details!

Friday, July 19th's lineup will be headlined at 10:00 PM by country cover quartet Bone Yard in their sixth Stage 1 set of the 2010s, and first since closing the Saturday lineup in 2017. Indie rock solo artist Jesse Merineau and his band will join the small group of acts to perform on both Rotaryfest stages when they play at 9:00 PM, following headlining appearances on Stage 2 in the past two years. Another Stage 2 import will hit the stage at 8:00 PM, namely the surprise reunion of local hard rock veterans Sailor's Tongue, who we last saw on the former Queen Street stage in 2012 & 2013. We're treating this as a one-off reunion (Kyle does still live in the Ottawa area, after all), but it's great to see Sailor's Tongue back with their entertaining and catchy originals next month! Jam rock fan favourites Odd Man Out will return from last year's Rewind lineup with a set at 7:00 PM, just one week removed from their own CD release party.

Reunited hard rock cover quartet Griphook will return to Rotaryfest after a two year absence as the 6:00 PM openers, marking their fifth Stage 1 appearance since 2013, and just their second live set of the year. It's great to see Griphook back at last! Finally, classic rock veterans Mid Life Crysis will return to Stage 1 for the first time since 2016 as the 5:00 PM openers, marking their seventh Stage 1 set on record. Like on Thursday, this is a FREE & ALL AGES lineup, and with a selection of talented original acts to boot, this should be even more attractive to many fans! See above for more details!

And of course, Saturday, July 20th has bands all day, including the return of an out of town tribute band as the featured act at 8:30 PM, namely Toronto-based Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute Green River Revival, a fitting choice for the Woodstock theme & for southern rock fans! Note that this is not the C.C.R. tribute that played at The Canadian a couple of weeks back (that was The Cajun Country Rock Band.) For a fifth straight year, the nominal headliners are not the closing band on Saturday, as local Celtic punk quintet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide will play Stage 1 for a second straight year at 10:30 PM. Great to see The Tide back in a prime slot, and hopefully the weather is more cooperative! Sailor's Tongue frontman Kyle McKey will play again at 7:30 PM on Saturday with his Pembroke-based blues rock cover band The Emtees in their local concert debut, while a massive one-off local supergroup called The Woodstock Show will play an extended tribute set to Woodstock artists at 6:00 PM.

I'm not an aficionado of this era of music, but if you love Woodstock, you're in great hands with this ten person collective next month! Kyle McKey will play once more at 5:00 PM in the pop/country rock cover band KT & Kyle with his girlfriend and long-time bandmate KT Antler, who you may recall from their old band KT, Kyle, and The Pocket on Stage 1 from 2012-2014.  Veteran local country musician Mark Tarantini will return with a solo tribute set at 4:00 PM, and after tackling Garth Brooks in 2017, Mark will pay tribute to John Denver alongside a talented backing band including That's Chester alumni. After years as Thursday mainstays, The Northern Jazz Ensemble will surprisingly play at 3:00 PM on Saturday, marking their second straight Stage 1 set after an eight year absence. Young alt-pop rock cover quartet (and Sky's The Limit IV headliners) Lime will make their festival debut at 2:00 PM, while classic rock veterans Obsession will kick off the day at 1:00 PM after missing last year with their 10th Stage 1 set since 2008.

Shockingly, Mustang Heart are not playing Stage 1 this year, ending their lengthy iron man streak dating back at least 15 years, and no bands this year have played three years straight, so is this a new era of sorts? Again, Saturday's lineup is FREE & ALL AGES, and for more details, visit the above links. This should be another exciting music slate at Rotaryfest this year, and with heavy bands each night, more original bands than typical, and some level of Woodstock tributes to take in, there should be lots of entertainment to go around for most tastes! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Go Skate Day & Project 906), Weekend Concert Previews, And More!!

Before we begin today's post, I wanted to apologize for a missed concert, as local acoustic hard rock trio The Wyld Stallyns played at The Whiskey Barrel on Gore Street last Friday, which was announced last Thursday on their Facebook page but slipped us by entirely for our weekend concert previews. I profusely apologize, but hopefully it was a great show, and we will work harder not to miss future Stallyns shows there! Now, today's post features this weekend's (few) hard rock concert previews, new video finds, and leading off, LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for later this month!

Tidal Records will host their seventh annual Go Skateboarding Day festivities on Friday, June 21st at Queen Elizabeth Park outside of the John Rhodes Center, and for a fifth straight year, local bands are on the docket! As finally revealed on their Facebook page this morning, local skateboarders can come down to the skatepark next Friday for skateboarding demonstrations, vendors, refreshments, and more family friendly entertainment as usual, so if you're a past Go Skate Day participant or new to the event, you may want to circle this on your calendars! Musically speaking, this outdoor concert event (presumably back atop the half pipe) has a mostly different lineup from last year, as is usually the case, but online page-less local punk quartet The Cover-Up will join The Din as just the second band to play in consecutive years. Next week, they'll be joined by headlining funk/hard rock quartet The Elements, Distillers tribute band Coral Fang, and surf rock instrumentalists The Dynowaves, all in their Go Skate Day debuts.

Solid lineup of punk and alternative sounds that should provide an ideal soundtrack for the skate action, and hopefully the weather holds out for everything! This FREE & ALL AGES event takes place at a special 4:00 PM start time next Friday, and (Choose) Maxx Entertainment will apparently be handling sound for the day. Another fun lineup of music and extreme sports is just over a week away, so don't miss out on all of the action next week, and visit the above links for more details on next week's events!

Next up, let's take a detour to Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula, as local blues/hard rock quartet Project 906 have announced just their third public show of the year, which will see them return to The Strongs Tavern in nearby Eckerman on Saturday, June 29th! This concert was first announced on their Facebook page on Monday, where the band acknowledged their public hiatus since their last shows in February, blaming it on personal life matters (i.e. new houses, babies, and jobs for their members), but they do have some openings for shows this summer. In a somewhat unusual move, the guys revealed four Fridays in June (including next Friday) & August, plus Sunday, August 25th that they're looking to get shows booked on, and to contact them if you can help set anything up. Hopefully they get some concerts scheduled, it's been too long, but in the interim, they will be back at The Strongs Tavern in a couple of weeks, so you know where to go if you've missed Project 906 over the spring!

The Strongs show on June 29th will be a 10:00 PM affair with no announced cover charge and a 21+ age limit. It's great to see that Dustin, Joe, Billy, and Tommy are still active with the band, but alas, personal lives can throw a wrench into any band's plans, even if they're all positive. At least we'll be seeing Project 906 in a couple of weeks, and see above for more details!

Also today, here's our preview of (surprisingly) this weekend's only publically announced hard rock shows in the Soo area, barring any late notice confirmations, as Sault Ontario hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will continue his long-term arrangement at Gliss Restaurant with solo acoustic concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY! No nighttime shows elsewhere this weekend, so if you want to take in Tym's prolific and proficient brand of classic and hard rock covers, you'll need to come by the Spring Street restaurant around dinner time over these two days. With Tym's well tested and fan approved sound, this should be another solid weekend of live entertainment, so don't miss out tomorrow or on Saturday! As usual for Tym's Gliss shows, expect 6:00 PM start times, no cover charges, and no age limits, but remember that this is a formal sit-down restaurant, not a nightclub. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live!



Finally for today, here's three belateds video hyping up Sunday's Anvil concert at Soo Blaster, and I apologize for these being late, Facebook videos can fly under the radar very easily, especially from sources you don't expect. Soo Blaster's Facebook page posted three videos to hype the Anvil show up last month, confirming the promotional involvement of Thunder Bay's Loffredo & Associates in the process, with the first video being a commercial for Anvil's local and Thunder Bay shows, as set to videos of vintage and modern Anvil, plus teasing a contest to win tickets. The third video is totally devoted to the Soo show, serving as a commercial for just Sunday night's festivities, as set to the "Badass Rock 'N Roll" music video. Tucked in between is the video embedded below, which features an audio recording of Anvil frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow hyping up the concert, oddly over top of a photo of Lars Ulrich. Short but to the point, hopefully this helped get some tickets sold, and give all three a look above and below!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post of some kind tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Anvil Concert Video Showcase, Part 1!!

Before we begin this post, I wanted to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Big Wreck guitarist Brian Doherty, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 51, following a lengthy battle with cancer. A co-founder of Big Wreck who played on all of their albums and tours (as well as the last Thornley tour that led to Big Wreck's reunion in 2010), local fans will have just seen Brian on stage in February 2018 when Big Wreck headlined at The Machine Shop during their "In Loving Memory Of..." anniversary tour. The guys previously played locally in 2001, though potential 1990s shows here are not well archived online. Big Wreck had just released their new single "Too Far Gone" last month and were scheduled for festival dates this summer, so follow along on band or regional news sources for updates on their near future plans. By all accounts, Brian was a kind and generous person who added a lot of skilled playing & songwriting to Big Wreck, and hopefully fans will hold onto the good memories. R.I.P. Brian!

Now, today's post is entirely devoted to videos from Sunday's Anvil-headlined concert at Soo Blaster, as solid quality videos of each band have turned up on two familiar public sources! We'll start with the videos filmed by one of the local opening acts, namely power rock quintet Re:Born, who posted six videos from every band at this concert onto their Facebook page on Monday. Of course, they filmed one video of headlining Toronto metal legends Anvil playing their song "Badass Rock N' Roll", which was also filmed for Chris Paci's YouTube channel (more on his videos in a couple of days.) Filmed in typically solid quality from the floor, the performance is up to Anvil's lively yet heavy standards, and fans definitely seem receptive to the metal on metal action! See more from Anvil's (and every band's) set on Chris' channel linked above, but give Re:Born's Anvil video a look below!



Possibly a sign of how well Re:Born members liked their set, two videos of co-headlining Edmonton metal band Striker made their page, featuring the NWOBHM-inspired quintet playing their songs "The Front" and, as embedded below, "Born To Lose". Here, the filmer got much closer to the stage, and was way happier to zoom in on their intense throwback attack here. Very strong and melodic performances are on display here, and Striker helped make up for lost time after 6 years, so check out their videos above & below!



One video was uploaded of fellow local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades' set on Sunday, with the video in question featuring J.D., Tiffany, Daniel, Rob, and Johnny playing their original "Fear Corps." The filmer got a wider angle of the band like Anvil, but there were less fans on the floor at this juncture. The guys are definitely cramped on stage due to Anvil's setup, but this fast paced and aggressive original comes through just fine, so give Jack Spades' continued planet-jacking a look below!



Finally, we'll actually look at Re:Born's own videos from their opening set, with one video featuring them covering both Kissin' Dynamite's "Sex Is War" (also filmed by Chris) & Motley Crue's "Live Wire", but embedded below is their own original "Die Another Day." While still sans Frank, these performances showcase Re:Born's increasing confidence and chemistry, and the covers come through really well in their own right, but Elly needs to loosen up a bit still to match her stage presence with her vocal ability more. Give Re:Born's videos a look above and below as well!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews and more next! Thanks everyone!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Nowhere Fast & The Mourning Glory

It's now time for this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles, as we continue our monthly spotlighting of defunct and inactive metal, hard rock, and punk bands from the Sault Ste. Marie area for current readers, all as randomly selected from our band links. This month is a double profile due to the first band having no posted material, so we added a second band with little information to round things out. Both are intriguing bands that never realized a fuller potential, so here's what you should know on each group!
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Nowhere Fast

Genre: Alternative/Punk Rock

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Members: (It is unclear whether "Kel" in the band photo on the right is Andrea's replacement or successor in Nowhere Fast, or if that was actually her nickname. Let us know if you can fill in any blanks!)

Andrea Croft, vocals
Rhiannon "Rhi" Jones, guitar/bass
Jess Walls, drums

Audio/Video: No media of Nowhere Fast ever made it's way to the band's Tripod page, but postings there note that they were planning to cover acts ranging from Rise Against & Switchfoot to Sarah MacLachlan and Peter, Paul, and Mary, and they also had plans to write original material. However, as a band without a full time bassist at last update, they may not have been ready to release any recordings when they dissolved.

Info/Analysis: Only visibly active in the spring of 2005, Nowhere Fast never advanced past their Tripod page for public updates, but they did showcase a strong sense of humour throughout, and they did seem to have plans in place to progress the band. It's a shame that Nowhere Fast never got too far off the ground, as an all-female alt-punk band would have been a stand-out attraction in the local scene in the mid-2000s. I'm not familiar with any of the girls from other local bands, but hopefully there's material out there!
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The Mourning Glory

Genre: Progressive/Hard Rock/Blues

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Members:

Glen Thomas (Soundcheck, Flat Stanley, The Peace Vibe), all instruments
Tony Kajnar (Flat Stanley, The Peace Vibe), guitar

Audio/Video: This studio project was intended to focus on Reverbnation & iTunes distributed original material inspired by bands like King's X, Rush, and Porcupine Tree. Plans were to record with a number of guest musicians, but aside from 6 solo demo recordings by Glen on Reverbnation, nothing followed on either platform. That said, Glen did share this video of him playing the Mourning Glory original "Elastic Man" onto his YouTube channel in August 2012, so you can get a rough sense of how the band sounded!



Info/Analysis: Launched by veteran local rock drummer Glen Thomas in March 2012, The Mourning Glory saw a partial return to Glen's hard rock band work of the 1980s. Aside from adding his long-time bandmate Tony Kajnar in 2013, updates were sporadic at best, last coming in January 2016 on Glen's forum. This project is not to be confused with the classic/hard rock cover band Mourning Wood, who Glen drummed for from 2015-2017. Their rough demos showcase a promising brand of bluesy hard rock with some real creativity, but they could have used cleaner recording quality. The ambition was there, hopefully Glen revisits this material!
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I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles! This series will return on or around July 10th when we take a look at another randomly selected local band from the past, but not as far back as you may think, namely local indie/alternative quartet Bizotic! Look for that next month, and for more news and notes on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Oh!No Concert Festival Lineup Information, Plus The Anvil/Striker Concert Preview!!

Today's post features a preview of a big Sunday night concert, but first, here's the full lineup for the third annual Oh!No festival is now out! Returning to Robbie Adamson's church in nearby Leeburn, this year's installment is the biggest yet, as Oh!No III will be a two night event on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th! As such, we're not calling this as a proper local concert alert until daily schedules are revealed, but the odds that there will be a day without heavier acts are basically nil. After having an 18 act marathon last year, the two night structure will allow promoters Six, Two, Oh. to spread this year's 25 acts out, but who all is scheduled for this fall? Eleven of the scheduled performers are from out of town, including 6 returnees from past Oh!No festivals. Sudbury punk quartet Lightmares and Thunder Bay desert rock quintet The Franquilizers will return to Leeburn for a third straight year each, while Peterborough hardcore punk trio Cross Dog (featuring the Soo's own Mark Rand) is among the returning performers from last year.

The other touring attractions back from 2018 include Sudbury "party violence" quintet The Therapists, Peterborough doom rapper Garbageface, and Toronto indie rock quartet Forest City Aurora. No Beaver Slap this year, but the five Oh!No (and Sault Ste. Marie-area) newcomers from afar will include Thunder Bay hardcore-influenced bands Femur & Lord Hidetora, St. Catharine's crossover thrash quintet Pisser, Barrie punk quartet The Speed Humps, and Montreal classic rock solo project Wrecker. Lots of old and new talent here, be sure to check all of these bands out before September! The local performing roster will feature punk/metal quintet Jack Spades and funk/hard rock quartet The Elements back for their own third straight appearances, while surf rock quartet The Dynowaves, hip-hop duo Planet Rock, and indie/folk musician Shae Tull will all return from last year, and Dynowaves bassist Brenton Ellis will bring his online page-less solo project Slumshine back to Oh!No after last playing there in 2017.

Locally based newcomers to Oh!No this fall will include punk trio Stegadeth, cybergrind solo project Malignant Neoplasm, rappers Conika and Kodex, and new pop rock band Dusty Hazelwood (featuring co-promoter Jamie Vincent & Dynowaves members.) A new & yet online page-less punk trio named The Angry Spells are also advertised, though we await information on them beyond a description of their sound. We'll let you know when/if anything is said! Treble Charger guitarist Bill Priddle is advertised with a solo set this year after playing in his drone/noise band Pointless in the past two Oh!No festivals, though note that Oh!No's own 2019 artist bio on him credits him jointly as Pointless. Finally, local lo-fi acoustic punk solo project Telephone & Address are advertised to play this fall, marking their first live appearance since 2017 after being on public hiatus for well over a year. This is very encouraging news, and hopefully Chris has more in the pipeline, so Telephone & Address are back in our active band links!

No sign of A Dire Setback or Winkstinger this year, but still, how's all this for a stacked and nicely varied lineup? Tickets will go on sale for a flat $40 at Case's Music, The Rad Zone, and Dryer Fire's pop-up location on Bruce Street, while camping will be available on site as usual, and while there's no stated age limit, a "B.Y.O.B." policy remains in effect. Doors open at 8:00 AM on Friday and 11:00 AM on Saturday, with daily schedules to be revealed. This should be another excellent time for concert goers able to make the trip an hour east to Leeburn, but there's still a lot to learn, so visit the above links for complete and ongoing details on Oh!No III!

Finally for today, here's our preview of a special Sunday night concert TOMORROW at Soo Blaster, as Toronto metal legends Anvil will return to Sault Ste. Marie for their fourth local show in the 2010s! It's been a long four year wait since we last saw Lips, Robb, and Chris deliver their requisite "metal on metal" to a local audience, and with the momentum of their newest CD "Pounding the Pavement" still ongoing, they should deliver another heavy set of classic hits and newer originals tomorrow night! Co-headlining tomorrow are Edmonton metal quintet Striker in their first local concert appearance since headlining at The Rosie six years ago, and with their finely tuned NWOBHM throwback sound, they should melt many faces in their own right at Soo Blaster! Remember, this was originally advertised as a Striker headlining show before Anvil were confirmed. The aforementioned Jack Spades will join power rock quintet Re:Born as openers, who should set the tone well with their own diverse takes on their genres!

Advance tickets are on sale for $20 at Soo Blaster (or $25 at the door), this is a 19+ event, and a somewhat early 7:30 PM start time is advertised. Also, note the $200 VIP booth option for a party of 6, if you are so inclined for that experience. It's great to have Anvil and Striker back for a night full of old school metal intensity, with Re:Born more than up to the task on another big stage for them, and don't forget about Jack Spades' punk-influenced attack either! Don't miss out on all of tomorrow's action if you can swing it, visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Anvil live!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site next week! Thanks everyone!