Are you an avid show-goer? Are you constantly looking for concerts in the Hamilton area? Do you like supporting local artists and venues? Do you find yourself too lazy to do the research? We’ve been there. That’s why we started ‘Steel Jams’.
With help from our music department, we’ll be keeping you up to date on some great shows happening right here in The Hammer. This month, music volunteer Ibti Dewan and Music Director Erica Commisso have picked a handful of shows they’d love for you to check out. Here are your hand-picked listings for the month of December.
Thursday December 5th, 2019
Miles from Nowhere. @ This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
$10, Doors at 8:00PM, Show at 9:00PM, 19+
Hamilton-based Miles Evans-Branagh, a.k.a. miles from nowhere., will be showcasing his new Indie-Soul project at the release of his new self-titled EP. Miles recently took part in Canadian Music Week and opened for Crowbar among a variety of local performers. This multi-instrumentalist songwriter is an emerging artist which you should definitely be on the look out for!
Newest Album: miles from nowhere.
Album Hit(s): "High"
Personal Fav: "Brotherhood" instantly puts you in a state of relaxation with its smooth r&b and soul composition. On his debut single, Miles immediately shows his magical ability to put you in a dream you won't want to wake up from.
WATCH: "High" by Miles Evans-Branagh
Friday December 6th, 2019
$12, Doors at 7:00PM, Show at 8:00PM, 19+
Patiohawk, from Toronto's West End, boldly distorts the alternative rock sounds we’ve come to know and love. Guided by singer/songwriter Liam Colbert’s velvety tones, it’s extremely impressive how the band creates a sophisticated union of vintage and modern sounds that underscores every track off their new album. Definitely worth checking out!
Newest Album: Toastmaker
Album Hit(s): "In Lieu of the Sun"
Personal Fav: On "In Lieu of the Sun", Patiohawk pairs carefully-created abstract visuals with an effortless manipulation of their psychedelic-rock sound and soulful melodies – leaving you feeling nostalgic for better (and probably sunnier) days.
WATCH: "In Lieu of the Sun" by Patiohawk
Saturday December 7th, 2019
TIM BAKER Fall 2019 Tour with special guests The Franklin Electric and Evangeline Gentle @ New Vision United Church, Hamilton, ON.
$30, Doors at 7:00PM, Show at 8:00PM, All Ages.
After the hiatus of Hey Rosetta!, Tim Baker, the band's frontman, began his solo journey. His debut solo album, Forever Overhead, shows his inspiration from artists of the ‘70’s with his poetic lyricism and sonic appeal. With featured guests The Franklin Electric and Evangeline Gentle, this is one talented bill.
Label: Arts & Crafts
Newest Album: Forever Overhead
Album Hit(s): "Dance"
Personal Fav: "Hideaway" will make you want to sway along with Baker's hypnotizing vocals. The song's steady incline turns this ballad into an anthem, and you’ll find yourself singing along in no time.
WATCH: "Hideaway" by Tim Baker
Sunday December 15th, 2019
P.W.Y.C. (Pay What You Can)/$10, Doors at 7PM, 19+
Beamer, a.k.a. Lawren Helder, is an electronic pop artist based out of Hamilton, ON. With acts like Cue Crickets, Elise Arsenault and Jordanna Laman on the bill, this is an evening that won’t disappoint.
Newest Album: Ride With Me (Single)
Album Hit(s): "Ride With Me"
Personal Fav: "I don't know where I'm going, Is that what it means to be free?”. On "Ride With Me" (released 2017), Helder touches on personal relationships and the hardships we find in letting go.
Friday December 20th, 2019
Made up of Damian Matthew (6-string bass), Robb Cappelletto (guitar) and Chino De Villa (drums), re.verse plays current and classic urban and world music with freedom…their style ranges anywhere from hop, soul and funk to house, trap, jazz and more. Their return to Sous Bas is highly anticipated - you don’t want to miss this one! Check out their SoundCloud for some recent recordings.
Newest Album: N/A
Album Hit(s): N/A
Personal Fav: "Re.verse Tape Sessions 3 - Flying Lotus 'Tea Leaf Dancers'" can be found on the group's SoundCloud. This recording keeps the grime of the original track, while adding flavour by incorporating a modern jazz spin, making it a certified jam.
Saturday December 28th, 2019
Little Nerves @ Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
$15, Doors at 7:00PM, Show at 8:00PM, 19+
Little Nerves is an indie-soul band based in Niagara. As a collective, the four group members fuse their talents to blend bits and pieces of a variety of genres to ultimately create feel-good music. You won’t be disappointed!
Newest Album: StoneHouse Sessions
Album Hit(s): "No Time Like The Present"
Personal Fav: "Paradise" is extremely catchy and definitely stays true to the artist's indie/neo-soul brand. It starts off slowly and builds – filled with guitar solos and vocal acrobatics flawlessly tackled without ever sounding overdone. This one definitely makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
WATCH: "No Time Like The Present" by Little Nerves
Ibti Dewan is in her final year of English & Cultural Studies at McMaster and is interested in pursuing Public Relations. She loves soul, R&B, and house music.