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Whitehorse at London Music Hall

Whitehorse

London Music Hall
$25
Open to:
All Ages

Whitehorse

Where there's smoke, there's fire. 

Whitehorse's story has been told as two acclaimed musicians joining forces under one new name -- no drummer, no keyboard player, violinist or even bass player on call, and no producer. Just Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland The first album and EP demonstrate the success of this simple equation, one plus one, with an abundance of guitar slinging, songwriting expertise and white-hot desire. 

Of course, the live show has been anything but simple. Melissa and Luke present a full band sound using live loops, bits and pieces percussion, and swapping guitars left right and centre on stage. By the time Whitehorse took to the stage at Toronto's esteemed Massey Hall for their sold-out debut in 2013, the edge of the ledge effect of their earliest shows had transformed into a nimble ballet of moving instruments, layers of percussion, voice and keys, layered upon each other. 

Now, with the sophomore LP "Leave No Bridge Unburned," Whitehorse messes with the math. The duo hired ex-pat producer Gus Van Go to make the record. The three met at the 2013 Polaris Music Prize Gala, where Whitehorse performed as a Short List nominee for "The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss." With this move, Whitehorse's studio team instantly doubled -- Gus and his frequent collaborator Werner F transformed the duo's song-making dynamic into a group conversation. Fans also know that the band's family life has grown with the arrival of a baby. "Leave No Bridge Unburned" signals a new era for Whitehorse, a time of expanded musical influence, community, and kin. 

"Leave No Bridge Unburned" boasts more of everything that makes Whitehorse exciting and innovative -- it's Whitehorse amplified, increased, intensified. If "The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss" was Whitehorse's urgent, romantic statement on uncertainty and impending disaster, "Leave No Bridge Unburned" is a reckoning, a confrontation. The smoulders on "Fate" have become a full-blown blaze, a wall of heat. "Leave No Bridge Unburned" is all about surging ahead; there's nothing to lose and no way to return. 

There are songs that tap into Luke and Melissa's shared fascination with the American south. Opening track "Baby What's Wrong" is the story of a creepy lover told with an evil twang, an even darker version of Calexico's "desert noir." The mariachi trumpet of "You Get Older," about a human smuggler with an existential side, also conjures the burnt-out border towns, stray dogs and rooster crows that populate Spaghetti Westerns, Southern Gothic novels and dusty post-apocalyptic landscapes. 

Another recurring Whitehorse theme is the urban/suburban divide which clefts political, social and artistic factions. Cities, specifically New York and Toronto, never cease to inspire the two. "Downtown" points to Toronto's mayoral debacle, a local media circus and international embarrassment, but also the loneliness of urban living and the gulf between left and right. "Dear Irony" romances detachment while also wondering what good comes of it, a song also peppered with New York references and a city street vibe. 

And then there's the love song. "Leave No Bridge Unburned" contains what Melissa calls her first real love song for Luke. "Sweet Disaster" channels slinky, stylized Bond themes and Sixties R&B in a story about one rich man's quest to send a couple to Mars. Fitting, for a band best described as "space cowboy lovebirds" (Now Magazine, Toronto). 

Whitehorse formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife solo musicians Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. The two toured in each other's bands for years, but they put aside their award winning individual careers to build a new band out of their exceptional guitar playing, his and her harmonies and a flair for dramatic, narrative songwriting. Whitehorse has since been nominated for the Polaris Short List (2013) for "The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss," played sold-out shows across Canada, and established itself in the USA as a band to watch with stellar reviews for "The Fate of the World...," only their first full-length album. 

"Leave No Bridge Unburned" sees Whitehorse shaping a bigger, bolder rock sound. Any lingering assumptions that the two are working within the boundaries of a folk duo should be put to rest. "Leave No Bridge Unburned" is a fiery, forceful and finely tuned album. While there's more in the mix now, more people at the board, more sonic swagger in the ears, Whitehorse will continue to be a story told of intimacy and passion. Two musicians, one band, no looking back. 

Leave No Bridge Unburned will be released on Six Shooter Records on February 17, 2015.

Begonia

On one end of the spectrum there are varieties of the Begonia which can be a dark, grievous, rough around the edges. And on the other end, a petite and elegant flower. In between, the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, forming an array of varieties that each borrow from the delicate and the unseemly. It is in this same vein that Begonia (Alexa Dirks) finds herself, trying to find a balance. Known for her voice in the JUNO Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine, Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. Joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), the collection of songs that forms Begonia's upcoming debut release, Lady In Mind, lets the extremes of Dirks' past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover, incorporating themes which are confident in and of themselves, and yet sometimes caught in the middle. Compounded by Dirks' musical upbringing of 90s R&B, 70s folk, and Fiona Apple each taking up equal space in her Discman, this leaves her trying to bridge the gap between old and new, between fire and ice. Entangled in the middle of it all, we find Begonia, the place and sound where Dirks is most comfortable, and yet still questioning how it is she ended up there.

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Ria Mae & Scott Hellman Live at The Wave

The Wave (UCC)
$15 Advance Tickets, $20 @ the Door
Open to:
19+ only

Ria Mae and Scott Hellman have been touring together across the country all fall and coming up we get our very own on campus performance from the two Canadian artists.

The University Students' Council of Western and The Wave & Spoke are proud to present Scott Hellman and Ria Mae live at The Wave.

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Hey Ocean! Concert

Hey Ocean!

Rum Runners
$20 Advanced
Open to:
All Ages

If you're a fan of intimate venues and cozy shows, you won't want to miss Hey Ocean! and their exclusively Canadian tour. They'll be playing new songs, old songs, solo material, and more!

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Radio Western Live

Live at Radio Western: Jaunt +Mauno

Radio Western
Free
Open to:
All Ages

Halifax's Mauno and Toronto's Jaunt are setting off on a few Ontario dates this November to support Mauno's just-released LP Tuning. On November 16th, and before their show at Call The Office, both bands are stopping by Radio Western for a double-header live-to-air!

Tune into 94.9 CHRW on Thursday, November 16th to catch Mauno + Jaunt performing back-to-back live on Solid Action (3:30 PM to 6 PM)!

 

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Busty and the Bass at Rum Runners

Busty and the Bass at Rum Runners

Rum Runners
$15
Open to:
All Ages

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017
London Music Hall & 94.9 CHRW Radio Western present..

Busty and the Bass (Montreal, QUE || Indica Records || Electrosoul/Hip Hop/Funk)
http://bustyandthebass.com/

with special guests 

Caye (Boston, MA || Hip hop/Funk/R&B)
https://soundcloud.com/caye-20

$15 Adv. 9:00PM. Licensed/All Ages.
TIckets available at Grooves Records & LMH Box Office
Buy Online: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1526363

Rum Runners - 176 Dundas St - London, ON
http://www.londonmusichall.com/ || @LondonMusicHall

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Win a Justice League Prize Pack

Unite the League. Justice League opens in theatres on Friday November 17th.

You can win a Justice League prize pack including passes to the movie!

**Please note this contest is only open to current students at Western University

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Pulp & Press Grand Opening

Win a Prize Pack from Pulp & Press Juice Co.

After 4 amazing years on Central Ave, Pulp & Press has moved to 105 King Street, inside Fire Roasted Coffee Co. 

To celebrate, we want you to win a Pulp & Press Prize Pack!

 

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Pride Men's Chorus London Concert

The Aeolian Hall
$25 advance tickets, $30 @ the Door
Open to:
All Ages

Pride Men's Chorus London returns for a thrilling concert on December 9.

The Most Fabulous Wonderful Time of the Year

The repertoire includes Canadian folksongs, pieces that celebrate winter, and some seasonal music. There is a wide range of musical genres: classical, folk, traditional, music theatre, jazz and pop. An exciting feature of this concert is the world premiere of a triptych of pieces on the theme of winter by our own choir member and up-and-coming composer, Travis Reichstein.

We will show you why the season is “The Most Fabulous Time of the Year!”

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Busty and the Bass are bringing the high energy live show to Rum Runners on Friday November 17th and we want to send you to the show!

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