Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Scarlett Jane (Tuesday, March 5)

Scarlett Jane, hosted by Ambre McLean
Tuesday, March 5 (9:30 p.m.)
No cover

Scarlett Jane is one of the most exciting new collaborations in recent Canadian music--the marriage of the distinctive songs and beautifully haunting voices of Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire.

Stranger, their debut recording, captures their strength and their vulnerability, and a progressive roots sound that embodies the raw and candid demeanor of Lucinda Williams, the moody sensuality of Stevie Nicks and Nick Cave, and the tender playfulness of Dolly Parton. It’s a rootsy folk/noir sound with enough country-edged rockin’ wailers to keep dancers moving, and gorgeous ballads and moody set-pieces to satisfy the indie-pop fans.

Scarlett Jane appears at the eBar as part of the ongoing Birds on a Wire series, which features female singer-songwriters.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oh Susanna & Birds of Chicago (Thursday, Feb. 28)

Oh Susanna & Birds of Chicago
Thursday, Feb. 28 (10:00 p.m.)
$15 advance tickets (available at the Cornerstone or, $18 at the door

In a career spanning just over a decade, Oh Susanna has released five critically acclaimed records noted for their contemplative, thoughtful, folk-inspired songs that transport listeners into an imaginary emotional landscape. Whether applauding a young woman’s need to stand tall in the face of dire circumstances, expressing love and tenderness to a dying loved one or embodying the anger of a soldier’s widow, Oh Susanna’s songs aim straight for the gut. The timeless themes of love, loss and longing are expressed in soaring melodies and vivid lyrics. These songs beg careful listening. Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s haunting. Fired by the band, it’s a full tilt revival.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paintings from Not Long Ago

Paintings from Not Long Ago

Good day art lovers! We have a new art show hanging in the eBar. The show, which features works by Guelph artist Chris Ahlers, is aptly named Paintings From Not Long Ago. We are planning an opening soiree for Chris's show, so keep your eyes peeled. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Chris at his studio today. Check out this video for some insight into his artwork:

- Ben

Friday, February 15, 2013

Detroit House Music Legend Terrence Parker this Sunday night at eBar !!

Terrence Parker with The SkiKing, Edwin the Cat, and Chad Breen
Sunday, Feb. 17 (9:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.)
Tickets $10 advance/$15 at the door (available at the eBar, online via klublistings, or via email at openhousemusic

Detroit is one of the soul music capitals of the world, spawning legendary 
artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross, just to name a few. In the mid-1980s, Detroit's Underground Music Movement has brought rise to artists such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes, UR, Jeff Mills, and a host of others. But unlike the aforesaid names, Terrence Parker has established himself as a producer, remixer, and DJ of the classic sound of Detroit House Music, and is known as a pioneer of the Inspirational/Gospel House movement!

As a DJ, Terrence Parker (known to many as "TP") has become legendary for his quite uncommon yet skillful turntablism style of playing House Music. TP has also become widely admired because he uses an actual telephone handset as a headphone, causing some to give him the nick name "Telephone Man." Others call him the Telephone Man because he has answered the CALL to bring us music to feed our souls! TP has performed as a DJ in hundreds of cities throughout the world. These events range from night clubs (large and small) to music festivals with more than 100,000 people.

Since 1988, TP has released more than 100 recordings on various labels, and has had top 20 hits with his songs "Love's Got Me High," "The Question," and albums like Detroit After Dark in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, and France. Terrence's high quality of music productions, remixes, and DJ skill has been recognized by organizations such as the Detroit Historical Museum's History of Techno International Exhibit and Indiana State University's Department Of African American Music And Culture. TP's collective musical works and pioneering efforts have been recognized as a valuable contribution to Detroit's music history.

Terrence is also a well respected remixer. His remix projects include such popular artists as Kelly Rowland, Vickie Winans, Lyfe Jennings, Michelle Williams, Trinitee 5:7, Omarion feat. Bow Wow, Aaron Carl, Tiffany Evans feat Ciara, Wyclef feat Akon, Beyonce & Shakira, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Shaun Escoffery, Ce Ce Winans, Dr. Charles Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church Of Prayer Choir, Amerie, Chris Brown, Anointed Pace Sisters, Upper Street, and many more.

Terrence has also been busy working on his own projects with artists like Coco Street which are featured on TP’s digital music label called Parker Music Works! In addition to TP's first label venture known as Intangible Records, TP's music has also been released on labels such as Studio K7 (Germany), Network/Six6 (UK), KMS (USA), Simply Soul (USA), Deconstruction (UK), Superb Ent. (Japan), as well as major labels Universal, EMI, Virgin, and Sony/BMG.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

JFB Gone, Terrence Parker Coming Up: Serious Grooves

There was some serious turntabling and dancing action at the eBar last Saturday as JFB, a world-champion scratch DJ from Brighton, UK, showed his stuff. Here are two brief tastes of what went down: 

This Sunday at the eBar, catch Detroit house music legend Terrence Parker for more great grooves.

Friday, February 8, 2013

JFB: Tomorrow night eBar presents one of the best DJs in the world!

JFB, with Edwin "the cat" and DMS
Saturday, Feb. 9 (9:30 pm - 2:30 am)
Tickets $12 (19+)
We're bringing in the best. We say this with absolute confidence because scratch DJ JFB from Brighton UK has proven it at the world's premiere DJ competition, the DMC Championships, where he's come out on top not just once, but twice. Check out his bio: 

In recent years the art of turntablism has spun off in myriad new directions, with techniques such as video scratching and instant sample creation representing a dramatic sea-change for the discipline. Few artists have been further to the fore of these fresh developments than JFB, a scratch DJ and party starter extraordinaire who won the UK DMC Championship in 2007 and 2011.

Here's a practice run of his winning 2007 routine:

Unlike many turntablists, JFB also knows when to stop beatjuggling and start dropping bombs--ultimately, it's all about making the people dance. Many of the tunes you'll hear him spin will be his own recordings on labels like Sludge, Hospital, or One Eye Records. This is an artist who's fully immersed in bass culture, and just as happy spinning hip-hop or jungle as he is breakbeat and dubstep. Allow him free reign to do his thing with a full range of equipment at his command, and the results will be utterly groundbreaking, but set him loose on two turntables and a decent scratch mixer, and the boy will set about producing results that are just as jaw-dropping.

For more info about JFB and more videos, check him out on Facebook and YouTube.

The night will be opened up by two of Guelph's pioneer DJs:

Edwin "the cat"

Edwin’s first professional DJing gig was in the early 90s opening for Dj Czech’s Famous “Soul Kitchen Sundays” in Whistler, BC.  Taking Influences from Scott Arkwell, aka Dj Vinyl Richie, and Tommy Africa’s resident DJ, Scott Elliot, Edwin became a student of multi-genre DJing.

From Whistler he moved back to southwestern Ontario to take up several residencies playing with DJs from the world-famous “Industry Nightclub” in Toronto. During the mid-90s, “the cat” moved to Halifax where, along with Harry Mathers, Mike Paine (aka Hoola Hoop), and Sara Spicer (aka Lioness), he helped open Vitamin Tribe Records on Hollis Street. The Vitamin Tribe crew helped to pioneer the outdoor music festival scene in Halifax, throwing free full-moon parties at renegade locations by the Halifax airport. These underground events soon turned into the most famous parties of that era, such as “Go the Distance” and “Go Further.” If you attended these parties you will certainly remember Edwin’s epic sunrise sets, dropping timeless classics like “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” literally as the sun reached the horizon.

In 2000 Edwin moved to the Caribbean with John Farrugia, aka Big Toe of Big Toe’s Hi-Fi, to explore and learn about the grassroots of turntable culture. More recently Edwin played at both the 2009 and 2010 “Shambhala Music Festival,” one of Canada’s premiere international outdoor music festivals, held in the Kootanay Mountains of BC. In the summer of 2012 Edwin played at Evolve Music Festival in Nova Scotia, also considered one of the top outdoor music festivals in Canada. To download some of Edwin's mixes, check him out on SoundCloud.


Baseline Studios
Demonstratin' Many Styles

He's been DJing for nearly twenty-five years--scratchin' funk & hip hop records and literally breakin' in the lunch room since 1988. Uncle D has shared the decks with folks like A-Trak, Q-Bert, and DJ Dopey, but was also the DJ for wordPEOPLE, who have collaborated with Moka Only and have been billed alongside Ike Turner, Bedouin Soundclash, and Miles Jones. DMS hosted his own radio show, Time Stretch, on CFRU for almost fifteen years and ran Guelph's hottest record store, Baseline Studios, for more than ten! Check him out on SoundCloud.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bookshelf Baby #2: Welcome Jasper!

Congratulations to Kitchen Manager David Bazinet and partner Amy on the arrival of their son Jasper Finn Bazinet on January 27 at 12:31 p.m. Jasper weighed in at a respectable 9 lbs and was 21 1/4 inches tall. David is looking suspiciously well-rested for a new father; apparently Jasper shares his easy-going, unflappable nature and responds well to bribes.

Two babies here, one more to come!