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 discovering a great show and excitedly looking it up...only to find it's already happened? 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, Community Outreach Coordinator Olivia Fava and CFMU Picks: On-Air host Natalie Clark have picked 10 great shows for you to look forward to. Here are your hand-picked listings for the month of February. Good things come in threes? Nah. Good things come in tens!
Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Girlfriend Material w/PONY @ Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
$12 at the door, Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm, 19+
Girlfriend Material is a Toronto-based rock band that features members of Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado. Joining them on stage is Sam Bielanski, bass player Eva Link, drummer Matt Sandrin and guitarist Stephen Giroux of Toronto-based grunge pop group PONY.
Label: Buzz Records
Newest Album: N/A
Album Hits: N/A
Personal Fave: “Small Things”- Bielanski’s voice is classic female rock and roll! - Natalie
Friday, February 7th, 2020
LTTheMonk + Wooly Mantis w/Basic White @ Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
$15 advance, $20 at door, Doors at 7:00 PM, 19+
LTTheMonk is a Hamilton-based emcee and vocalist born in London, UK. He moved to Hamilton in 2017. Drawing inspiration from both reggae and rock, he released his first EP at the age of 17. He also recently signed to local label Sonic Unyon Records. You may also recognize him from our Supercrawl 2019 video, in which he chatted with Erica after his performance! This show will also mark the premiere of the music video for his hit song "Mixed Kobe".
Label: Sonic Unyon Records
Newest Album: Kinks, Drinks & Hip-hop (2019)
Album Hits: “Oscar (Still Stuck in La La)” and “Mixed Kobe”
Personal Fave: “33 Three’s” – A good piano riff on a hip-hop track is always and forever the way to my heart. - Olivia
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
CAPITOL @ The Casbah, Hamilton, ON
$13 at the door, Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 8:30pm
CAPITOL is a five person Hamilton-based indie band and one of my all-time favourites! Opening for them are bands Sahara, Tripper and the Wild Things, and The Beach Bats. This is a Hamilton must-see!
Label: Candle Recording
Newest Album: Dream Noise (2019)
Album Hits: “Wish I Was Here” and “In Ceremony”
Personal Fave: “Blondie”- This song immediately gives me summertime beach vibes! It is a great song to chill out to. – Natalie
Sunday, February 9th, 2020
$15 students/$35 general/$30 seniors (65+), Doors at 1:30 PM, Music at 2:00 PM, All Ages
Founded in 1994, the internationally-acclaimed Pacifica Quartet is the recipient of a Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The Quartet consists of violinist Simin Ganatra, violinist Austin Hartman, violist Mark Holloway, and cellist Brandon Vamos. They live in Bloomington, Indiana, and are full-time faculty at Indiana U’s Jacobs School of Music.
Label: Cedille Records
Newest Album: Souvenirs of Spain & Italy (2019)
Album Hits: “Chamber Concerto in D Major, RV 93 III. Allegro”
Personal Fave: “La oración del torero, Op. 34” – I love the sinuous yet suspenseful flow of this piece. There are also some gorgeous, straining high notes in the middle. – Olivia
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Craig Cardiff @ Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
$20 at the door, Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm, 19+
Craig Cardiff is a Canadian singer-songwriter and Juno and CFMA nominee. His slow, soft, romantic, country music will put you in a trance. This is the perfect Valentine's Day date for you and your special someone!
Label: Antifragile Music
Newest Album: Cut to Ribbons (2019)
Album Hits: “Lake Michigan” and “Dirty Old Town”
Personal Fave: “Dirty Old Town”- Being a fan of Craig Cardiff, this song amazes me everytime I hear it! The lyrics are beautiful and the melody is extremely smooth. - Natalie
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
Kasador w/Patiohawk @ Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
$15 at the door, Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm, 19+
Kasador is originally from Kingston, Ontario, and feature alt-rock songs with a groovy twist. If you’re looking for an exciting, groovy show to attend, this is it! They'll be joined by Toronto's Patiohawk.
Label: Culvert Music
Newest Album: Brood and Bloom (2019)
Album Hits: “Givin it Up” and “Brood and Bloom”
Personal Fave: “Brood and Bloom”- There's a reason this song has the same title as the album! This song is extremely chill. Give it a listen! – Natalie
Big Fir w/Lost Soul Caravan @ This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
Price TBA, Doors at 8:00 PM, Music at 9:00 PM, 19+
Big Fir is an eight-piece psychedelic soul/R&B band, consisting of a 4-piece core section, a 2-piece horn section, and 2 vocalists. They started as a concert band for a Christmas show – hence the name – before deciding to continue making music year-round. You may recognize them from their first official show at Supercrawl last year. Individually, founder Brad Germaine is also known for other Hamilton-based music projects such as The Dinner Belles (as well as for being the owner of popular record store Into the Abyss), while member Gareth Inkster was on our charts last fall for his latest single, "Lost".
Newest Album: N/A
Album Hits: N/A
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
Geoff Berner w/Bird City @ This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
Price by contact, Doors at 8:00 PM, 19+
Geoff Berner is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, novelist, accordionist, and political activist making “left-wing Jewish music for our perilous times”. His sound is best described as “klezmer-punk”, being a combination of klezmer (an Ashkenazi Jewish musical tradition) and punk (fast-paced, energetic, hard-edged music). You also might recognize his name from our charts this past fall, where he spent two consecutive weeks on our Top 5. He'll be joined by Guelph-based folk artist Bird City, a.k.a. Jenny Mitchell.
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Label: Coax Records
Newest Album: Grand Hotel Cosmopolis (2019)
Album Hits: “Not The Jew I Had In Mind”, “Grand Hotel Cosmopolis”
Personal Fave: “Would You Hide Me?”. It’s a fast-paced emotional whirlwind of a song with gut-wrenching, masterful lyricism about the stories the speaker's grandmother would tell about the Holocaust and how they still apply to the world today. Favourite line: “Every nation’s a machine for hunting somebody or other.” The first time I heard this song, that was the line that absolutely knocked the breath out of me and gave me shivers. An absolute must. - Olivia
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Naked House is a lo-fi/noise-pop singer-songwriter and composer born and based in Hamilton. In fact, all three artists - Naked House, Reiki Share, and Sunnsetter - are all local solo acts and singer-songwriters. This is going to be a mesmerizing, atmospheric evening of acoustic music!
Newest Album: How Sweet and Sad and Strange (2018) – score for a film of the same name by Travis Hayden-Rowe.
Album Hits: N/A
Personal Fave: “Mirror”. Elegant and spooky is a great combination, and this track hits it perfectly. This was a tough choice; this album is absolutely chock-full of unique, beautiful, evocative tracks. I'd say my second favourite would have to be "Voyeur" for hitting the even more difficult balance of sentimental and a bit disquieting, plus the excellent use of chimes. - Olivia
Friday, February 28th, 2020
The Franklin Electric + Hey Major @ Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
$12 (seating limited), Doors at 7:00 PM, Music at 8:00 PM, 19+
The Franklin Electric is a Montreal-based indie folk collective founded by Jon Matte. They’ve toured with other Canadian folk names like Half Moon Run and City and Colour. They were also nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2018 Juno awards. You might also recognize their name from our Top 5 this past fall!
Label: Nettwerk Music Group
Newest Album: In Your Head EP (2019)
Album Hits: “I Know You, You Know Me”
Personal Fave: “If I Knew”. This track has the warm, burnished melancholy of a forest walk at sunset. I love songs with the push-pull that comes with phrasings of musical sound that fade into silence, and this track is no exception. The horn section is also wonderfully mellow and textured. - Olivia
Natalie Clark is a 3rd-year Political Science major with an eye for good music. She hosts "CFMU Picks: On Air," and writes for her blog series "CFMU Picks." In her spare time, she loves to scout out local concerts among the Hamilton music scene, including bands like The Arkells, The Dirty Nil, and Broken Social Scene.