The evening began with an early birthday present from my bff Laura. (My real birthday is Christmas day) She took me to see The Trews acoustic show at Hamilton Place Studio. As always they put on an incredible show. They are one of my favourite bands and it's always great when they play in my hometown.
During this tour they had been playing their second set by requests via twitter. It was pretty awesome. I had been requesting Gun Control because it's one of my favourite songs, and then the unthinkable happened. A man walked into an elementary school in Connecticut, NY and shot and killed 30 people, including many innocent children. It was a tragedy that touched the world.
After that I really didn't feel in a celebratory mood but we still went. Instead of waiting for the request portion of the show they played Gun Control the second song. You could tell the air was heavy in the studio until they played that song. Here's what they tweeted about the shooting.
The Trews-Gun Control 5 yrs has passed since the event that inspired this song and nothing has changed.heartbreaking. http://youtu.be/f25XY5jes2Y
Obviously playing the song did not magically make everything better but it made me feel a bit better because maybe now America will take a stronger look at their gun control laws, and those children will not have completely died in vein. Maybe the fact that this happened will end up saving thousands of lives in the future. Still it doesn't make it any easier for those families that have lost loved ones in this senselessness.
So the rest of the concert was wonderful. They played lots of my favourite songs and did a wicked version of The Band's, The Weight. The opening band Red Wanting Blue came out and performed it with them. It was a perfect ending to the show. Here's a video from Red Wanting Blue. I really liked them.
After the show we went and met up with my friend Leanne at The Baltimore House. I'm convinced that this place is the coolest bar in Hamilton. Located at 43 King William Street, this is a great place to escape the Hess crowds. They have antique couches, candles, gothic style knick knacks and very personable staff. They have trivia nights, open mic nights, DJ nights and great live bands.
This past Friday was their one year anniversary celebration and art crawl after party. Toronto band, The Greasemarks were playing and they really brought some amazing rockabilly awesomeness to Hamilton. I had seen them before when I was volunteering at Kitestring's Christmas Spectacular last year and I was very happy to see them again. So happy in fact that I somehow ended up on stage with them. I was upset for like 3.2 seconds that my friends pushed me up there but I got over it pretty quickly after they started playing.
So there you have it. If I had just gone home after the concert I wouldn't have seen another wonderful band. So when you feel the urge to go home, just keep going. Roll with the random and maybe you too will find happiness in the Hammer.
|Laura, Me and Leanne enjoying some great music together.|
I laughed so hard, I smiled so much and my heart felt lighter after the heavy news of the day.