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Over the course of the past half decade, Toronto trio Metz have developed a reputation as a particularly powerful live act, delivering their brand of angular noise rock with an energy that must be seen (and heard) in person to be understood.
The title of their latest album, Strange Peace, belies the frenetic, driving songs captured in the recording session that took place in Chicago with acclaimed producer Steve Albini. The sessions were recorded live off of the floor to tape — 14 songs captured in four days, 11 of which made the cut for Strange Peace, their third full-length. Some additional tracking was added back in Toronto before the record was put to bed and subsequently released in September to critical acclaim in Canada and beyond.
Unlike their first two records, however — their 2012 self-titled, Polaris Prize shortlisted debut and 2015’s II — this time around the band has incorporated more vocal harmonies and melodies in their songs while retaining the discordant intensity of both their previous releases and their live shows. The band, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins, bass player Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies, continue to tip their proverbial hats to ’90s noise rockers such as Albini’s bands Shellac and Big Black as well as the unbridled fury of Nirvana and the Jesus Lizard, both of whom also recorded with Albini.
Metz plays a trio of shows in western Canada beginning tonight at The Good Will Social Club (625 Portage Ave.); locals tunic and Viva Non open. Doors open at 8 p.m.; check Ticketfly for tickets or roll the dice at the door.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Since its inaugural run in 1990, the Wonderful Wedding Show has continued to be a must-go event for Winnipeg brides.
Things have changed a bit since those early days — the number of vendors has more than tripled (now sitting at approximately 300), enough to fill the entire third floor of the newly renovated convention centre. That’s 130,000 square feet of cakes, dresses, flowers, decor and all things wedding.
"The show, with the new expansion, it’s not as congested as it used to be. Now, with the new traffic flow, it’s so nice, there’s so much room to spread out on and so it’s a little more chill and relaxing," says wedding show producer Sherri Rheubottom, adding organizers expect to see 8,000 to 10,000 attendees throughout the weekend.
Rheubottom has been producing the Wonderful Wedding Show for Showtime Productions for more than 20 years, and has a few tips to offer for any wedding show first-timers who will be taking it all in this weekend, Jan. 20 and 21, at the RBC Convention Centre.
The most important thing, she says, is to make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and clothes.
Second, bring a pen and paper.
"Even in the days of smartphones, still bring a pen and paper to make some notes, because it’s a lot of vendors and you want to remember who was who," she says.
Lastly, make sure to do a bit of pre-planning. The event floor plan and exhibitor listings are all available at wonderfulweddingshow.com, and Rheubottom suggests highlighting the vendors you really want to see on the map to make sure you don’t miss them.
The Wonderful Wedding Show opens at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, though brides who register online to be a V.I.B. (that is, very important bride) will gain access an hour earlier, at 10 a.m.
Single-day tickets cost $18 and weekend passes are available for $23; both can be purchased online at wonderfulweddingshow.com or at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
With the ticket purchase, brides will receive a complimentary gift bag, bride lanyard, V.I.B. Weddings Magazine and admission to the Bride’s Lounge for wine sampling. There will also be a new Eph Apparel Groom’s Lounge with seating, TVs and a chance to win tickets to a Winnipeg Jets game and Winnipeg Goldeyes Skysuite.
— Erin Lebar
Veteran guitarist and blues musician Jack Semple has come a long way since his beginnings on a farm just north of Regina — in his more than 30-year career, he’s won a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards, been nominated for a Gemini, released eight albums and has played just about any kind of gig you can imagine, including Wayne Gretzky’s wedding.
He was last in town with iconic guitarist/singer-songwriter Steve Vai at the Burton Cummings Theatre in 2016, but on Friday, Jan. 19, Semple returns to Winnipeg as a headliner for a performance at the West End Cultural Centre (WECC).
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available at the WECC or online at Ticketfly. Music starts at 8 p.m.
And, while he’s in town, Semple will also be making a stop at Technical Vocational High School today to play for students.
— Erin Lebar
Theatre can take you to strange new places without obliging audiences to ever leave the safety of their theatre seats.
Taking that concept and running with it is the Black Hole Theatre Company’s production of Pith! by Winnipeg-born playwright Stewart Lemoine, artistic director of Edmonton’s Teatro La Quindicina.
Set in the summer of 1931, Pith! sees sailor Jack Vail (Ryland Thiessen) attempt to help desolate widow Virginia (Rowan Gannon) come to terms with the death of her husband by taking her and her housekeeper (Kate Berg) on an imaginary adventure in the jungles of South America, all the while staying inside the confines of Virginia’s home in Providence, R.I.
"I should think that imagining it might be the best and easiest way to begin," Vail says.
The second show of the season in the University of Manitoba’s theatre company runs until Jan. 27 at the John J. Conklin Theatre in the Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall, Taché Hall, 150 Dafoe Rd. Tickets are $18 ($12 for students and seniors) and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 204-474-6880.
— Randall King