First up, I wanted to apologize for a missed concert, as local classic/hard rock trio Mourning Wood apparently played a show on Tuesday night at Reggie's West (formerly The Roosevelt Hotel.) The only mention of the show that I found was via bassist Steven Flint's personal Facebook page that evening, and neither the band or venue plugged it online that I saw. I'm unsure if the Tuesday booking was for a special reason, but I sincerely apologize for missing it! We'll cover their Toystock set on the site in the coming days, but for now, here's the first of this weekend's hard rock concert previews on a busy weekend, so here's what you should know for your concert plans!
Local hard rock/alternative trio The Pixo Control will headline a rare heavier show at The Speak Easy at Algoma University TONIGHT! Fresh off of their successful set at Sault Band-O-Rama, this will be the guys' second show of the month, and will mark the first public Speak Easy show featuring a hard rock band that we've heard about all year, so if you like that venue, keep TONIGHT'S show in mind! No word on if the Thursday booking has any special ties, or if it's just the day that it was scheduled for. Support tonight will come via Boxes of Boom, the local/Toronto techno rock project led by musician Sam Decter, who will have an interesting set of lo-fi rock mixed with electronic beats that turned heads when both bands opened for Castle at a private gig earlier this month, so don't miss their set either! TONIGHT'S show has a 10:00 PM start time and no announced cover charge, and while The Speak Easy is usually a 19+ venue, they can and do have all ages shows, so keep that in mind just in case.
For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This is a unique show for at least recent months (I'm surprised The Speak Easy isn't used more often), but it's great to see these guys getting together TONIGHT, so don't miss out if you want some Thursday night action! For a preview, here's The Pixo Control live at Superior Heights Collegiate!
Next up, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will cap off November with solo acoustic gigs at The Harp Bar & Grill TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Though he has yet to post a Facebook event page for this weekend's shows, his website confirms that his ongoing (mostly) weekly concert arrangement at the former Madison's Pub will continue with his usual hosted jam night TOMORROW followed by Saturday night's usual solo unplugged show, and either way, he should have lots of entertaining hard rock concert previews this weekend for fans and bar regulars alike, so don't bypass his shows either! Admission should be free for this weekend's 19+ shows at The Harp, and there's 10:00 PM start times in effect. For more details, visit the above links, remember Tym's prolific Harp run for this weekend, and here he is at The Service Grill!
Northwest and pageless funk/hard rock quartet Late Shift will join forces for a special cause THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! Postponed a week due to the Santa Claus Parade, this show is to raise money to help Tiffany Maj, a friend of both bands who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Hopefully she can beat this, as cancer sucks, and it's great to see the bands joining forces to help Tiffany out at this time of need! Promoted by Northwest guitarist Greg Callaghan, this show will be a rare punk/hard rock event at Coch's Corner, which has been generally an acoustic venue since moving to the former Foggy Notions location, but it's unclear whether this will be an unplugged show or will have electric instruments. There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend the benefit concert, which will have an earlier start time of 8:00 PM, but will likely still be a 19+ event. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, our best wishes go out to Tiffany (especially over the holidays), and here's Northwest at The Rockstar Bar!
Finally for these previews, local death metal favourites The Bear Hunters will finally release their long awaited debut studio album "Eternal Hibernation" THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at their long anticipated CD release concert at The Canadian Nightclub! Postponed six weeks from the original date (and moved from The Algonquin Pub), Saturday's concert will see the guys finally launch their first full album in their first concert since opening for Archspire in August, and in honour of the release, their entire first set will be comprised of the album's tracks in order! For their second set, The Bear Hunters (including relocated guitarist Josh Stephney) will play songs from their planned second album, to be called "The Dead Testament", plus select covers, so your favourite era is covered either way! Support bands will include Brampton deathcore quintet Livid & The Bloodthirsty in their local concert debut, and they should brutalize with their energetic hybrid sound, so be sure to get there in time for their set!
The opening set will come courtesy of local grunge/hard rockers Haggith (replacing Destroilet), who are currently in the midst of a bassist search, so how will their set look and sound on Saturday? Be there to find out! They're on at 10:00 PM for this ALL AGES show, which has admission fees of $5 via advance ticket purchases at The Rad Zone or through band members, but the price jumps to $7 at the door. CDs will cost $10, and for every 10 tickets sold, there will be a prize pack drawn featuring Bear Hunters merchandise, so keep that offer in mind as well! For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This will be an awesome concert, and about time given all of the CD release delays, so I hope to see you guys at The Canadian on Saturday night! For a preview, here's The Bear Hunters live in Echo Bay last year!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for this month's last feature posts, our previews of Sunday night concerts, news and notes, and more in the coming days! Thanks everyone!