A heck of a lot of live music is coming to town this week, headed by Ode’min Giizis, Peterborough’s annual Native arts festival. Wednesday through Saturday, there will be theatre, dance, art exhibitions, performance art, a street festival on Saturday, and, of course, plenty of music. We’ve got the musical highlights listed below, and to find out about everything else, check out the festival’s website. Meanwhile, it’s a good week for live music even outside of the festival, with a bunch of great looking shows by local and from-away artists. Have a look below, for all the highlights of live music this week, as selected for you by Electric City Live.
Monday, June 18
- A fantastic indie-pop group out of Vancouver, Brasstronaut (official site, Facebook) will be playing at the Red Dog tonight. And the opener is Útidúr (official site, Facebook), a twelve-piece folk group out of Iceland (I’m so not even making that up). more info
- Meanwhile, The Spill plays host to three singer-songwriters out of the vast expanse of Northern Ontario, who presumably sing songs about rocks and trees and trees and rocks and water. There’s Nick Sherman (official site, Facebook), Erik Bleich (Bandcamp, Facebook), and Lyndon’s Frozen Lake (Soundcloud, Facebook). more info
Tuesday, June 19
- The Red Garnet‘s actually hosting two interesting shows tonight. From 8pm-10pm, it’s local singer-songwriter Grainne Ryan (official site, Facebook), continuing her Tunie Tuesday residency, with this week’s special guests, blues group Balls and Jane (Facebook). more info Then, from 10pm to 2am, it’s folk/Americana group JKutchma & the Five Fifths (official site, Facebook), alongside Wyatt Burton and Tiny Davis, two long-standing members of Peterborough’s The Silver Hearts. more info
- And over at the Red Dog, you can catch Kim Churchill (official site, Facebook), a talented guitarist and singer-songwriter out of Australia. more info
Wednesday, June 20
- Wire Wednesdays at the Red Dog feature a pair of local women who know how to rock, Kristen T. Clark (official site, Facebook) and Lindsay Barr (official site, Facebook). more info
- Ode’min Giizis: The festival gets under way tonight with an opening show at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, featuring Jiigbiing, a visual art exhibition, and Gaabinjigabaa’aang, a dance performance. more info
Thursday, June 21
- Geoff Berner (official site, Facebook), who plays an odd and intriguing combination of folk, klezmer, and occasionally punk, returns to The Spill tonight, along with unspecified ‘guests.’
- Ode’min Giizis: Events throughout the day, and at night a concert at the Red Garnet by singer-songwriter Tara Williamson (CBC), who’s local, Rosary Spence (ReverbNation, Facebook), and others. more info
Friday, June 22
- An energetic seven-piece indie-pop group out of Halifax, SoHo Ghetto (Bandcamp, Facebook) are playing the Montreal House tonight, and Misfits In Action (official site, Facebook), a local 80s cover band, are opening, for some reason.
- The Spill has a bit of a musical genre sampler show tonight, featuring local singer-songwriter CL McEachern (Reverbnation, Facebook), local blues rocker Mark Edwards (official site, Facebook), alt-rockers earrl (CBC), and jazz singer Belle Plaine (official site, Facebook), who is also doing an early 6pm set. more info
- Ode’min Giizis: Events throughout the day, and at night a concert at the Red Garnet by local singer-songwriter Sarah DeCarlo (Myspace) and special guests. more info
Saturday, June 23
- Always a favourite in Peterborough, celtic rockers Mudmen (official site, Facebook) return to town this week, playing at the Red Dog with Gloryhound (official site, Facebook) and Envy. more info
- The Montreal House does something they don’t normally do tonight – namely, host a night of talented indie-pop bands. Check out Loon Choir (official site, Facebook), Rep by Pop (official site, Facebook), and Mango Angle (official site, Facebook). more info
- Over at the Pig’s Ear, catch a pair of exceedingly fun pop-punk bands: Peterborough’s The Muddy Hack (Myspace, Facebook) and Ottawa’s Robots!Everywhere!! (Myspace).
- Ode’min Giizis: It’s the last day for the festival. There are again events throughout the day, including a daytime street festival on Hunter Street, followed by an evening concert at 7pm, featuring local singer-songwriter Sean Conway (Myspace, Facebook), as well as Joy Mullen, Cris Derksen (official site, Facebook), Imbayakunas (official site), and Grupo Granma, providing a wide cross-section of traditional and modern, different instruments, different styles, etc. more info
- Ode’min Giizis: After the Garnet show ends, move over to Market Hall, for the festival’s closing ceremonies, featuring A Tribe Called Red (official site, Facebook), a band that mixes traditional Native sounds and modern electro music. And the band is currently nominated for a Polaris Music Prize, so congrats to them on that! more info
Sunday, June 24
- Some great local music for a great cause at, of all place, club one7two tonight, with a charity show to raise money for cancer research. On the bill are Sam Ferguson Band (CBC, Facebook), Lindsay Barr (official site, Facebook), and Citizen Hollow (Myspace, Facebook). more info
And to find out what’s going on in the rest of the arts in Peterborough, check out our friends Trout In Plaid, who have all the info on dance, visual art, crafts, film, theatre, and more.
What shows are you excited for this week? Did we miss anything important? Drop us a line to let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Image courtesy Ode’min Giizis, via Facebook.