Here's one more auto-posted Christmas post for you guys on this holiday occasion, and there's a huge LOCAL CONCERT ALERT that will be a nice Christmas surprise for many readers, along with the last two (advance notice) local concert alerts for the weekend, and one more Christmas surprise! Read on below for what you should know, and check out our first weekend concert preview post below this one!
Juno nominated local/Toronto indie punk rockers Treble Charger will return home for a special headlining concert on Friday, February 6th as part of the opening ceremonies for next year's Bon Soo Winter Carnival! Last seen locally at a Searchmont Resort fundraiser in January (though they've played in Southern Ontario since), Treble Charger will be the featured entertainment at a big concert at The Machine Shop, the newer local concert/live event venue at Mill Square (the former St. Mary's Paper site) at 75 Huron Street, which is the new host location for Bon Soo. The Machine Shop's grand opening is slated to be in June, but they've hosted select events prior to then (like the Gino Vanelli concert), and it'll be interesting to see how things look and hold up in February! Of course, Greig, Bill, and company are very well known locally for their extensive work and albums together since the mid-1990s, and they're picked up where they left off since their 2012 reunion, so don't miss songs like "Red" and "American Psycho" at Bon Soo for what might be their biggest local show in over a decade!
According to the SooToday press release, local support will come via local grunge/alternative rock trio The Pixo Control and local folk/roots veterans Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect, and while neither are outwardly great fits in terms of genre, both have more than enough talent and strong resumes, so they should do fine! I wonder if this was the exciting news that The Pixo Control couldn't spoil from earlier this month? Also, I should clarify that this does not appear to be the same event as the condensed version of The Marquee, which is also slated to take place on February 6th, but was announced as being held at Mill Market (a different building on the same site) and starting earlier in the day. If they are in fact the same event, we will clarify that on here! The Treble Charger concert itself will take place on February 6th at 7:30 PM, it is ALL AGES, and tickets will cost $39.95, which may seem high, but they're less than half the price of the tickets from January's Searchmont Fundraiser, so it could be a lot worse! Tickets can be bought at the aforementioned Mill Market and at the LIFEforia Wellness Club at 681 Pine Street starting on January 10th, along with Bon Soo buttons for the festival itself.
If you're interested too, there will be 50 limited edition VIP tickets for the Treble Charger show, which will cost $69.50 and will allow you to have a meet & greet with the guys and attend the sound check party, so if if you want the extra experience, bring extra cash when buying tickets! All ticket prices include taxes., and check the above links for complete current details! It's great to have Treble Charger back once again for what should be a huge concert next year, and it's sure a great way to kick off Bon Soo 2015! Stay tuned for potential updates as they roll in!
Next up, here's the remaining weekend concert previews for this weekend (barring any late notice confirmations), as Sault Michigan classic/hard rock quartet Highway 63 will play their last concerts of the year (I believe) at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino THIS WEEKEND! Coming three weeks after their most recent shows, the newer band featuring Monkey's Uncle, Analog Deficiency, Power Slug, and RamWagon alumni have been learning a few new covers for this weekend's shows, and hopefully there's a solid turnout for Highway 63's shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT over the post-Christmas weekend! Like usual for Rapids Lounge gigs, these shows have 9:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and 21+ age limits. For more details, visit the above links! Hopefully the Switzers and company have a great weekend of hard rocking covers over the next few nights, and here's Highway 63 live this fall!
Finally, here's a continuation of past years on the site, minor though it may be, as here's a news/profile-less Christmas surprise! Because of the concert previews, major news, and upcoming busy schedule, I reluctantly didn't prepare a Christmas surprise post with seasonal videos and archive surprise "presents", but I will cap this one off with a seasonal rendition that we've never had on the site before as a consolation! This comes from local Celtic punk favourites Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide, and while the vast majority of their studio output can be found on their three CDs, one unique track of theirs found it's way to a compilation release in 2011, that being "Christmas With The Salads & Friends"! Released by Toronto ska punk veterans The Salads, this is a collection of 17 Christmas carol adaptations from bands like illScarlett, The Johnstones, The Killing Time Band, and even The Fairmounts (as fronted by Rising Tide drummer Mikey Hawdon), among many others.
The Rising Tide themselves submitted a lyrically adjusted cover of "The 12 Daze Of Christmas" ("Days" is misspelled intentionally) which switches the gifts for alcoholic beverages (i.e. on the first day, Dustin got a straight shot of warm whiskey.) Lyrics aside, it's a straightforward cover that's nicely adapted to their Celtic punk sound, and it's a nice seasonal addition to your punk playlists! Remember though, this song is not on their CDs, only on The Salads' compilation, but you can stream it below, and don't miss them at The Rockstar Bar TOMORROW NIGHT!
That's all for today, but I hope you guys have a merry Christmas, enjoy the holiday with the ones you love, and we'll be back in short order with more news and special posts to end the month & year with! Thanks everyone!