Posts Tagged ‘groovetastic entertainment’

The Groovetastic Zine

February 25th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

I’ve always loved Zines and despite the fact that I’m not sure how to put one together, I’m just going to do it anyways. So suck it, logic!

Not only that, but it’ll be the best zine EVER and it’ll be available at all the coolest places (as determined by me).

It will feature artwork, writing, poetry and hopefully some comics by whoever wants to submit some. In return, they’ll be given FREE ENTRY TO ALL GROOVETASTIC SHOWS (+1) and ONE BEER PER PUBLISHED PIECE OF WORK.


How do you give me your work to publish?

Send it over to, I’ll check it out and let you know if I’ll be publishing it and invite you to the next show at which you can grab your free beer.

The point of this? Spread great art, make great connections, put on better shows attended by cool, artistic people. That’s how I do business.

TBG: Folk Yeah! Show Write-Up

January 15th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Once again those of us involved in putting the show together and playing it worked our touchuses off and once again it seems to have paid off. Great turnout for a great show.

Mark R opened the show under his Thin Hotel pseudonym. By the time he began playing, the place was pretty busy. His intimate folk songs worked really well in the small, dark space. I was actually more impressed than the last time I’d seen him.

First Rate People – who are originally from Owen Sound, not Oshawa – played an expectedly great set to a full house.
These guys are on the up and just been featured on the Pitchfork forkcast. Even though when I booked them I heard that they’d never played Toronto or didn’t like playing Toronto or something like that, now all kinds of Toronto promoters are trying to grab a piece of ’em. Check out their myspace and you’ll see they’ve got a bunch of shows coming up soon for here, in case you missed them last night.

I’ll admit something got a little funky here. Broken Telephone (aka Breanna) usually plays solo or with one other person but last night she was supposed to play with a full band. Unfortunately, somebody got sick or had migraine or showed up late…There were some “technical difficulties” of sort. Her performance was solid as usual but perhaps not as great as it should have been due to those unforeseen circumstances.
Carmen Elle closed the show with a lovely little set. Even though I was busy handling some organizational duties while she was playing, I was listening and just thinking, “sooooo great”. Her new songs were awesome and at one point she did a beautiful cover of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac which, I will tell you first hand, is not an easy song to sing well. Even at this point in the night, 12:30 or so, there was still a healthy-sized audience in there.
So yeah, another great Tiger Bar Groove. Next one is January 28th w/ Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer, The Screamagers and Easyboy (Eric Farber of Truman Peyote).

TIGER BAR GROOVE w/ Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer/Triceratops/Datura/Playground Hookers/Bravestation at Tiger Bar, Oct. 22nd

October 23rd, 2009 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer began the night with a solid acoustic set. Jo Landau, who performs under the pseudonym, sounded really good, even without his usual backups. If you haven’t heard his stuff before, it’s like idiosyncratic indie-pop with some kind of strange, deceptively technical composition beneath the surface.
Triceratops was great. There’s a hard streak to this band, though I wouldn’t say it’s a chief characteristic of their sound, which shows a bit of an indie rock bent. The place at this point was getting pretty busy.
Datura was up next and they got the place pretty full. I got a lot of good feedback about this band, though they sounded a little heavier than I expected.
Playground Hookers got on at some point around like 12:50, so that was about an hour and twenty minutes later than they were supposed to. Pretty much what you can usually expect at shows with several bands, everything gets pushed back big time, which is unfortunate.
Last band was Bravestation. They went on at about 1:40, and even though most of the bands got paid before they even began playing, a lot of them and some people in the audience stuck around to see them play. And it was worth it, they were a great band and they were so nice and great to work with, it was a shame they couldn’t get on till so late.
But all’s well that ends well and the show ended very well. A lot of great bands, good times and a bit of good money. And that’s the story of the Tiger Bar Groove…

THANKSGROOVING: Broken Telephone/EASYBOY/Phil Allister/Mirky Thunder at Rancho Relaxo, October 11th

October 12th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

So, yeah, Thanksgiving isn’t the easiest night to put on a show, but was I going to let that phase me? Nu-uh. Actually, last night’s show went down alright. Started off a little slow, but by the end of the night, it was happenin’. Yeah. Again, I already knew these bands before I booked them so I knew they were going to be good. This is just a summary of how it went down.

First act was Broken Telephone, aka my good friend Breanna. She played a great little set of acoustic folk with her friend Amanda. Wish I took some pictures…but I forgot to…
Next act was EASYBOY, aka Eric Farber, formerly of Truman Peyote. He played a mostly solo act, utilizing some loop pedal stuff, drum machines and a synth. It was kind of on the rough side but always interesting. At this point (11-11:30ish) the place is starting to fill up.
By the time Phil Allister gets on the place is legit. People are buying drinks, filling up the dance floor. I start to calm down a little. They played a kick ass set of kind of fun, loose, colorful rock.
And then, amazingly, at around 1 am, when Mirky Thunder is taking the stage, the place is full, the stage is packed with kids jumping around and dancing. Good times keyboard inflected indie-pop abounded. Awesome end to an awesome night.
Thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks to all the bands who played. Thanks to Danny for helping me out. Thanks to the bartendar, Adam, for being cool. Thanks to Cam for great soundwork. Thanks to Dan Wolovic for letting me book Rancho. Next Groovetastic show is on Thursday, October 22nd at Tiger Bar, with Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer, Triceratops, The Playground Hooker and Datura. Be there – or you must surely be square.