This week brings us the 2nd annual Hootenanny On Hunter Street, a local music festival with one of the most impressive line-ups of the summer, including local favourites like The Express and Co., Union City, Nick Ferrio & His Feelings, and Tarantüela, as well as some fantastic acts from away, including The Sadies, The Dears, and, of course, B.A. Johnston. The rest of the week also gives us some great shows, including the return of local hip-hop group Hush Money, a Sunday hardcore show at the Moho, a bit of musical performance performance art from Destination:Gutter and Beautiful Losers at The Spill, a couple local folk acts at Sadlier House’s Music On The Lawn series, and much much more. Check it out, and more of our selections for the best live music of the week, brought to you by Electric City Live.
Monday, August 6
- Not a lot of big shows today, but there’s always local music in Peterborough, including Jan Schoute‘s ongoing Monday residency at Red Dog, Terry Guiel‘s residency at the Black Horse, Josh Gontier‘s residency at Riley’s, and Monday night Karaoke hosted by Kate Le Deuce at the Red Garnet.
Tuesday, August 7
- A pair of singer-songwriters at The Spill tonight: Alex Leggett (Myspace, Facebook) and Andy Ince. more info
- And catch Peterborough’s Grainne Ryan (official site, Facebook) at the Red Garnet in her ongoing Tunie Tuesday residency and singer-songwriter showcase. more info
Wednesday, August 8
- Hush Money (Bandcamp, Facebook), bizarro local hip-hop group, released their first album in three years back in April, and now they’re playing a reunion show at The Spill. Also on the bill are Pontypool electro act Bloody Boy Blue (Soundcloud, Facebook) and Rumsfeld, who play “in your face and DANGEROUS improv hardcore” and don’t have a website. This looks fun. more info
- Sadleir House continues their Music On The Lawn series tonight with two local folk acts, Pronto Monto, a tribute to Canadian folk icons Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Too Shy to Speak.
- The Little Lake Musicfest in Del Crary Park tonight features Chad Brownlee (official site, Facebook), a country singer and former professional hockey defenseman. I mostly mention this concert because I can’t think of a more essentially Peterborough combination than country music and ice hockey, unless Brownlee decides to arrive to the show by canoe, munching on Quaker granola, and drinking 50. more info
- And tonight, the Red Garnet hosts Sean Burns (official site, Facebook), a singer-songwriter known for his catchy riffs and caustic wit. more info
Thursday, August 9
- A pretty fantastic local show at the Red Garnet tonight, with rock band The Wild, Wild North (Facebook), who just released their debut album, and folk-rock band The Express and Co. (official site, Facebook), who are amazing. more info
- And if blues is more your style, the Montreal House hosts Howard Ross and the The Full Count Blues Band (official site) tonight. more info
Friday, August 10
- The Spill hosts a new performance by rock/punk/performance art/I-don’t-even-know-what-else group Destination: Gutter, entitled SLOWER-ER; LOUDER-ER. The band’s previous shows have utilized jars of piss, raw chicken, and performers rocking out in slow motion. Also on the bill is Beautiful Losers, a local punk tribute to Leonard Cohen, which is only slightly more comprehensible. This show will also be the debut of Meanlennyc’s new art project, titled “The big stupid face of a big stupid generation.” This should be an interesting night. more info
- The Red Dog is hosting a fundraiser tonight for The Bright Light Social Hour, a band from Texas who have been touring Canada (they were at the Red Dog a few weeks ago) and just got all their gear stolen by assholes. Come help the guys out. Music supplied by Meteor Empire, Chris Collins, When All Else Fails, and The Crux. more info
- Every Friday this summer, Splice is giving away tickets to a different electronic music festival. Tonight, come by for a chance to win tickets to the WEMF in Algonquin Park, which will feature Moby, Infected Mushroom, Crystal Method, and a bunch more. more info
- And catch Australian-via-Peterborian country singer-songwriter Chris Altmann (official site, Facebook), playing tonight at the Red Garnet. more info
Saturday, August 11
- It’s the Hootenanny On Hunter Street, an all-day music festival in the middle of Hunter Street. Headliners are alt-country band The Sadies and rock band The Dears, but the day is filled with great musical acts (most of them local), including: Nick Ferrio & His Feelings, Benny Rough, The Lumbermen, Union City, Tarantüela, BA Johnston, The Express & Co., Dub Trinity, and Young Rival. And we’ve got a full preview of the Hootenanny bands posted, so check that out: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. more info
- After the Hootenanny, a couple nearby bars are holding after-parties. The Red Dog will be hosting local dirty rock’n'roll band The Lumbermen (Bandcamp, Facebook), who are also on stage at Hootenanny earlier in the day, along with fellow locals Charming Ruins (official site, Facebook).
- The Red Garnet hosts the other after-party, featuring local old school country band Nick Ferrio & His Feelings (official site, Facebook), as well as Baby Eagle and The Proud Mothers (Myspace, Facebook), the solo project of Constantines founding member Steve Lambke, and indie pop band Marine Dreams (Bandcamp, Facebook). more info
- Meanwhile, in non-Hootenanny news, a pair of excellent local blues-rock-punk bands, No Pussyfooting (Reverbnation, Facebook) and The Venisons (Myspace, Facebook), are playing the Pig’s Ear tonight. And hey, the last time these two played together, Electric City Live was there, so check out that review. more info
Sunday, August 12
- The Montreal House hosts a punk and hardcore show to finish off your week, with local bands Busterlid (Facebook) and The End Holiday, as well as Message Through Motion (official site, Facebook) from Belleville, and Mad Murdocks (official site, Facebook) from Ajax. more info
- And the Black Horse hosts Rock and Chop, a benefit concert for cancer research, which will feature only lucky volunteer shaving their head for cancer, and performances by local acts Buzz Thompson, Rick and Gailie, Bobby Watson and Crown Royal Symphony, Live on Fire, and the Amanda Robb Band.
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Photo courtesy The Sadies, via Facebook.