Yo yo yo! Tonight’s is Queen’s Players (Toronto), and I can’t wait! If you don’t know what Queen’s Players is – well, Google that shit! It’s comedy, it’s rock and roll, it’s sex and drugs (not really Mom, promise), it’s you in high school, university, and the best thing you’ll ever want to do. (Okay, He wouldn’t describe it this way, but it’s my post, and I’ma do what I want).
Tonight marks the first night I’ll see the new show, True Rock. It’s gonna be amazing. My friend Shira and I choreographed the accapella and one of the dance numbers, since both our schedules are too erratic to audition to be in the show these days. See some of our past AWESOME work here and here. Hopefully, next year that will change and we can both take the stage again. IT WOULD BE LIKE THIS:
There maaaay still be some tickets at the door for this run, so if you’re looking for, oh, a really great time, I suggest you get. on. that.
Or, if you’re in Kingston, go see Queen’s Players (the orig.)! It’s also super awesome, and the band this year is killer. Buy my man Charles a beer while you’re there, since he’s been doing sound for us since the beginning of time and has also done sound for some of the most bitchin’ bands that ever graced the international stages in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. Seriously. The man’s a legend.
STARSHIPS WERE MEANT TO FLY! HANDS UP AND TOUCH THE SKY. CAN’T STOP ‘CUS WE’RE SO HIGH. LET’S DO THIS ONE MORE TIME!
Hello blog-reader friends. What are you all up to on this beautiful Sunday afternoon?
If you’re in the city and stumped for ideas on how to get outside and enjoy this bout of sunshine (before it storms this evening, of course), we’ve got some great suggestions for you:
1) Wychwood Barns
The Wychwood Barns has been on our list of things to do for awhile now. They’ve got all kinds of things to do there, from farmer’s markets to country art, to beer tastings. Wait – beer tastings? What up! I forget how we first heard about this, but you can go to the Brewery Market‘s home page and check out what’s going on today.
This event is actually going on for the next 11 Sunday’s over at the Barns. The site says it best:
“Each Brewery Market event will feature a single brewery. At the event you will be able to try out some of their beers and meet the brewers in a casual and conversational setting. There will be no admission fee – just stop by from 1pm – 5pm and grab a beer (buy drink tickets for what you’d like). And while you’re here you can also purchase a fresh slice of wood-baked pizza made onsite by The Stop Community Food Centre. Partial proceeds from the events will go towards The Stop’s innovative, hunger-fighting programs.”
Today they’re previewing Flying Monkeys beer – not my favorite, not by far, but I think it will be fun. It’s brewed in Barrie, and I like the local beer attitude, so we’ll check it out. You can check out the schedule of breweries here, so don’t miss your favorite brewery! This is a great initiative and way to get people down to the bars – props to whoever thought of it.
2) Free Whiskey @ Steam Whistle Brewery
You’d think we do the PR for Steam Whistle, the way we talk about it. But it’s not our fault they’re very involved in their community and often doing cool stuff. They just do.
Our friends and amazing bluegrass band Free Whiskey will be playing down at the brewery today at 3:00 p.m. Don’t believe their site – it says 11 p.m., but trust us, it’s 3, and you don’t want to show up late and miss them. We’ve raved about these guys before, and we’re likely to rave again. They are honestly one of my favorite bands to listen to – they have such a fantastic, fun sound, and they’re super cute to watch. Listen to their music on their website for free, and trust me, you’ll be ordering a CD before long. They’re just starting their summer tour I think, and playing lots of shows out East too – so if you’ve got friends out there (I’m looking at alllll of His friends), go check them out. You won’t be sorry.
Well friends, we have a winner! That’s right, our Steamy Steam Whistle contest has drawn to a close, with lucky winner @bunkerton taking home the Steam Whistle prize pack of two tickets for a tour of Steam Whistle, a bottle opener, a Steam Whistle iPod cover, and any extra Easter chocolate we have.
This brainy winner won with his haiku below:
Here is a haiku
Of Mike Burns’s love for beer
Steamwhistle is great
Love it Mike Burns, just love it. Leave us a comment as to how you’d like your prize delivered, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re going to you know, send us personal deets and stuff. Like your credit card number.
SPEAKING OF CREDIT CARDS – guess who’s credit card got used for a fraudulent charge? Mine. It blows. I called Scotiabank and they’re “looking into it” for me. Gee, thanks. However, on a secondary call to them, they let me know that they had neglected to tell me it could take 90 days, and I would have to pay the fraud fee and they would refund it. Whaaaat. It hardly seems fair. And the Scotiabank rep hung up on me. I was so mad, steam came out of my ears. Which reminded me to write this post.
If you stole someone’s credit card info, I would also advise not buying something called “Hotfile” with it. They’re bound to notice. Do something simple, like buy groceries at Loblaws or something.
If you punked someone’s card, what’s the first thing you’d buy with it?
Oh HI friends! Today we have something super sweet and spicy for you – a giveaway!
Now, when we say “win this shiz,” we mean win some of this shiz. He kept the shirt – suckas! BUT, here is what you could win:
- Two free passes for a tour of Steam Whistle Brewery, where there is FREE BEER!
- A Steam Whistle bottle opener
- An iPod Steam Whistle cover
- Maybe some chocolate, if we have some left over from Easter
Music at Work is a periodically published segment on HisHersandTheirs. He writes about music that you can listen to online while at work. The criteria is that: (1) a full album must be available to listen to; and (2) it can’t suck. Here is the latest edition of Music at Work:
Him and her went to the Steam Whistle unsigned show last Friday. The two bands who we saw were both good, in my opinion, and the venue is pretty historic. The brewery is housed in the old steam engine train repair building in downtown Toronto. While it certainly is a neat place to visit (super old with a new hip sheen to it), the acoustics weren’t very good. I guess it’s just too much brick as the sound seemed to just be bouncing everywhere. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers.
First up was a local Toronto band called Freedom or Death. Their genre is listed as electronic-folk. Really, that’s about as accurate as it’s going to get. These guys aren’t rock or electro, but kind of a fuzzy middle which you might as well call electronic-folk.
The band’s sound is helped greatly by their lead singer. The guy has got great pipes and some good stage presence to boot. He was having a ball playing with the crowd as well as getting his fellow band members to groove a little bit. He started off without a guitar, but then pulled one out for a few songs. To my untrained guitar eye, it didn’t look like he was doing anything other than simple chords. But his singing was quite something, really strong.
The rest of the band provided the electro backup and I thought the show was good. They’ve kind of got a Kenna sound to them. That’s probably the best/only comparison that I can think of.
I really like their music on bandcamp, too. They’ve got two albums up that you can listen to. The first is a 5 song EP that they made last year. Pretty good, one song in particular that got stuck in my head at work today (see the “Don’t miss” section). The second is an LP that came out last month, Ego. It has a lot of great tracks on it. Definitely something to keep on my bookmarks to listen to in the future.
Also, if you’re into checking them out live, they’ve got a show coming up on June 9th at the Drake in Toronto. I probably won’t be there, but you never know…
Don’t miss: Soldier (FoD EP); This Crowded Room, Elefant, Human, Virgina Woolf (Ego)
Congratulations to me! Yesterday I found out that I won a contest on The Indie Machine and totally won a Steam Whistle prize pack. It was awesome. I signed up for the contest in early April, so I had totally forgotten about it when they emailed me.
That’s how He and I found ourselves heading down to the brewery last night for our special tour. I also won this sweet prize pack below:
The tour itself was great. Both He and I had already had the tour twice, but it’s still interesting because the different tour guides tell you different facts about the beer, the brewery, and the owners. If you haven’t been on the tour and are in the Toronto area, it’s definitely worth checking out. Plus, you get a beer – oh yeahhhhh. Spoiler Alert – keep your eyes peeeeeeled, ‘cus this week we’re having a contest where you can win your very own Steam Whistle tour prize pack! Whoop whoop!
One of my favorite parts of Steam Whistle that I haven’t experienced on the other tours I’ve been on, is their photobooth. You take a beer in, the camera snaps, and you chug like an animal. However, cans don’t work too well:
As part of the prize pack, we also got to hang around for the Unsigned Series show. On Friday night’s, they will sometimes have bands down to the brewery to play. You pay $5 and get to see three (usually) awesome bands, and drink some beer – it’s not a bad deal. Two of our friends who work at the brewery were also around that night, so it was nice to see them as well.
The bands playing tonight were Freedom or Death, The Darcy’s, and Wildlife. Having not really heard of any of these bands before (at least me), I was excited to check them out. I spent the afternoon at work listening to Wildlife on headphones, and I was really into their sound. I listened to The Darcys while getting ready, and they were… okay.
Freedom or Death opened the show, and He was into them. I was not. Nothing against the band, just not my preference of music. The crowd seemed to really be digging them though – I was surprised at how many people came out, it was a really decent sized crowd. The Darcys were next, and they were pretty good. We didn’t end up staying for Wildlife, but they were the band we were both most eager to see. Oh well, we’ll always have their Myspace.
If we hadn’t won the prize pack though, we would have been at the Free Whiskey show at the Silver Dollar, which is hopefully where you were if you weren’t at Steamy Steamwhistle. I cannot stress how awesome this band is, and not just because they’re friends of ours. Keep an eye on their tour page and go see them when they come to Toronto again – in fact, we’ll go with you and make a date out of it. They’re playing TO May 28th and June 5th – so go! go! go!