It’s About Time We Play Brutopia

First things first: Thank you to everyone who came out to the Elmdale House Tavern in Ottawa last to see us open for Still Winter Hills. They are a solid rock band, definitely worth seeing. Here’s hoping they get a record made someday soon. Thank you to Martha and Dick at CKCU, and Lefty at CHUO for helping to spread the word, and to Lisa Marie at LMNOPhoto for snapping some photos (I look forward to seeing them!) And of course thank you Mike for once again making us sound good on that stage.

Brutopia – what took so long?

If you’re in Montreal Saturday March 31 we’ll be playing at Brutopia all night. Three sets. All original material. Okay,  maybe a cover or two, but only the ones we want to play. If you ask for Zeppelin, of Skynyrd, we’ll see to it that you get thrown out.

Brutopia … It’s where Andre and I met. At the open mic. It’s where we used to spend most if not all of our Sunday nights. It’s where we first sang together. It’s where we’d meet to watch the Dirty Ol’ Band on Train Song Sundays. It’s where we met Gern, and Felicity, and Gus, and watched the birth of the United Steel Workers of Montreal. It’s where we watched The Cains become The Dress Whites. It’s where we once got ban**d – oops! … I’ve said too much.

We are very happy, after all the years, to finally get up on stage at Brutopia and perform as the Jimmyriggers.

The music will start after the hockey game – not that anyone is going to be watching it anyway.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our homecoming!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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Let’s Take This Show on the Road

“So let’s take this show on the road, boys /
Let’s take this show on the road /
The city’s getting crowded and the weather’s getting cold /
And we ain’t getting anything but old”
- Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party

As tempting as Freeman Dre makes it sound to book a tour of Europe while on a drinking binge, I think for the time being we’ll keep things simple by driving (sober) to Ottawa, Sherbrooke, and Toronto.

Come see us in Ottawa this Thursday night at the Elmdale House Tavern. We’ll be opening for Still Winter Hills. The doors open at 9, and the show starts at 9:30.

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A week later on Thursday April 5th we will be in Sherbrooke. It’s hard to believe that it’s only 2 hours away and yet we’ve never been. And somehow, among the multitudes of metal bands that seem to thrive in its music scene, we managed to find a roots rock band to play with (thank you Ziv for helping us out with that). If you have friends and family in Sherbrooke (because we don’t really have any, yet), please tell them about this show. We will be playing at Bar Le Magog on Dufferin Street, opening the night for Yan et Les Chevettes. Here’s a taste of what they can do:

On Friday April 20th we will make the trip to Toronto to open a show for our friend Lee Mellor at the Silver Dollar on Spadina. He hasn’t quite given up on music despite being a published writer (editor’s note: I had written “novelist”, but someone reminded me that Lee writes non-fiction. Sorry, Lee!). Good thing too. I’d be very upset if he stopped writing songs. Joining us on the bill will also be The Key Frames. I’ve heard good things about them and look forward to seeing their live show.

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And in case you’re wondering what’s in store for us beyond April, you’ll just have to sit tight. Take us home, Dre …