March 19 – March 25 2018 @thesainttweets

Matty Simpson & Soda Pony/Beautiful Nothing · The Foreign Resort · Sine Ritual/The Donefors with BAD REED/MADE HILL (record release party) with SETH GRAHAM ,GIANT CLAW & NEW CHANCE/Hammer City Records and Jamie Problem – Slamfest #81/Nadah El Shazly (Cairo), Devin Brahja Waldman &friends, An Shrub/THURSDAYS  ARTS & CRAFTERNOONS – 4pm to 7pm/MONDAY KIWANIS TV BINGO 7PM


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TUESDAY Matty Simpson & Soda Pony

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It’s the first day of spring!! And we are bringing rock n roll to This Ain’t Hollywood for you to come out and enjoy!

// Matty Simpson
Over the last year and a half, Matty Simpson has been bringing rock n roll back to Hamilton. Joined by Justine Fischer on bass/vocals and Matt Burns on drums/vocals, this dynamic power trio will leave you wanting more with their brand of catchy, original tunes.

// Soda Pony
Formed in 2013, Whitehorse rock duo Soda Pony is a much beloved Yukon treasure. Exploring small town coming-of-age tales to science fiction scenarios, members Patrick Hamilton and Aiden Tentrees deliver a powerful combo of unique instrumentation, clever songs, and raw, cutting performance.

Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm
Buy tickets ($10-) at



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ARTS & CRAFTERNOONS!  4pm to 7pm – EVERY THURSDAY! – This might be one of the coolest ideas for an afternoon hang! Our bartender Leah Visser who is also part of Hammer City Records came up with this fab creative incentive! Thanks Tara Bursey for such an incredible poster. BTW.

THURSDAY  Beautiful Nothing · The Foreign Resort · Sine Ritual

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New-Wave / Post-Punk Night at This Ain’t Hollywood:
THE FOREIGN RESORT (Copenhagen, Denmark)
SINE RITUAL (Hamilton, ON)

Beautiful Nothing
An eighties ignited sphere of driving electronics, thick, grimace inducing bass lines and soaring, dissonant guitar lines that would speak to the Pixies in their Bossanova years.



The Foreign Resort
The Foreign Resort are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave. The trio combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem.



Concavity (Sine Ritual)
Gloomy darkwave you can dance to.



FRIDAY  The Donefors with BAD REED

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The DoneFors
The DoneFors are your “new favourite band”. Don’t be afraid, they’ll take good care of your ears.

Bad Reed
“Bad Reed’s pictoral-like songs are evocative of contemporary jazz and rock while also reaching back to the celestial-tinged tendencies of the ‘70s.” -Jake Tully, MOXIPOP Magazine
Cover TBA


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Strangewaves presents an extraordinary evening of electronic emittance, in celebration of some freshly unleashed album sounds!

Man Made Hill
Seth Graham
Giant Claw
New Chance
+ The Octopus Wolfi (DJ)

Man Made Hill (Hamilton, ON)

Local man gets all hot and bothered and releases a new album “FINGERTIP” (Pleasence Records), a full-length cruise through crusty synth stompers and boudoir bangers.
Mutant funk enforcer offers up gnarly pop treats, and entertains at any cost!

Seth Graham (Dayton, OH)

One 1/2 of the brains behind Orange Milk Records, a Dayton Ohio based label currently releasing some of the most progressive electronic music on the planet.
Seth is hot on the heels of his brand new LP “Gasp” an ambitious, mercurial opus loaded with unexpected textures and lightning quick edits, like “a digital blob of classical music with no obligation, testing the limits of both classical structure, modern technology, and unconscious obligation to the listener”. First show in Hamilton!

Giant Claw (Dayton,OH)

The Other 1/2 of Orange Milk, Giant Claw is the sound collage project of musician and visual artist Keith Rankin.
Deftly handling an array of complex, and staggeringly fresh sounds, Giant Claw smothers you in a hyperreal electronic sauce that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
A Playful, kaleidoscopic throwback to early MIDI music, Giant Claw “makes music that sounds like the soundtrack to a dystopian children’s book published in 1981”. First show in Hamilton!

New Chance (Toronto, ON)

Victoria Cheong creates a soulful, and elevating special blend of atmospheric dance music that can ignite the floor and let you meditate at the same time.
A warm, dreamy, swooning delight, New Chance is constantly pushing her craft, making way for the heavy glow! New Chance, New Vibrations.

The Octopus Wolfi Disc Jockey spinning killer tunergy


every minute and second of this evening will be highly enjoyable! bring your dollars & cents/sense/scents and consume!!!!

SUNDAY  Hammer City Records and Jamie Problem – Slamfest #81

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Jamie Problem and Hammer City records presents SLAMFEST #81
The D-Files
The Discarded
Barbed Wire Braces

SUNDAY  Nadah El Shazly (Cairo), Devin Brahja Waldman &friends, An Shrub

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Strangewaves proudly presents a very special evening featuring astonishing artists from across the globe:

Nadah El Shazly  (Cairo, Egypt)
Devin Brahja Waldman & Friends (NYC/Montreal/Hamilton)
An Shrub (Hamilton)

$10 advance / $13 door
8 pm doors

Nadah El Shazly (Cairo, Egypt)

Starting out singing Misfits covers in a local punk band, then moving onto producing her own electronic tracks and making a name for herself in Cairo’s underground scene, Nadah El Shazly’s backstory is not that unusual. Her debut album on the other hand, is an entirely unexpected story.

Two years in the making, Ahwar (Arabic for marshlands) is an otherworldly record, not unlike an abstract mythological story-tale. Opening with the mangled and filtered vocals of the album’s lead track Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory) like an alien dream, the drones of a bowed double bass lead us into a drum groove that lays the groundwork for El Shazly’s sultry and captivating presence, singing: “(I am) coming, from a time far away. Going, escaping. Alone in the wilderness”.

The Arabic prose lingers over interjections of slap-back delayed guitar twangs and an avant-garde arrangement of dissonant winds, horns and seemingly random drum fills, ending with an eerie soundscape that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Giallo classic. A daring and potent statement that sets the foundations over which the rest of the album can unravel.

Composed, written and produced by El Shazly herself in collaboration with The Dwarfs of East Agouza’s Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi on co-composition and arrangement duties, the album was crafted across two continents, between Canada and Egypt, and features the crème of Montreal’s contemporary-classical and improvised music scene, most of whom are members of Shalabi’s own Land of Kush ensemble.

In between El Shazly’s five original tracks, we are treated to an abstract cover version of Sayyid Darwish’s classic Ana ‘Ishiqt (I Once Loved). El Shazly’s haunting vocal floats over broken Kalimba and Harp arpeggios which slowly intertwine with a free, bowed double bass improv to nestle within the breaks between Younes Al-Qadhi’s early 20th century verses of love and betrayal.

More than that, it is difficult to really describe, but imagine the worlds of Nico, Björk and Annette Peacock with the Arabic language as their mother tongue, re-approached through acoustic avant-jazz harmony and re-constructed with a dash of Kamilya Jubran’s modern styling of Arabic maqam and you may be somewhere close.

Devin Brahja Waldman & Friends (NYC/Montreal/Hamilton)

Leader and New York saxophonist, Devin Brahja Waldman, has performed and/or recorded with Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Lydia Lunch, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Baba Donn Babatunde (of The Last Poets), Daniel Carter, Nadah El Shazly, Yoshiko Chuma and Sam Shalabi. He is a member of Heroes Are Gang Leaders— led by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. Waldman plays in Artists For A Free World Marching Band led by Patricia Parker and William Parker. He has collaborated with his aunt, outrider poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. As a youngster, Waldman received formative mentorship by pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is a co-producer for Fast Speaking Music— a NYC poetry and music label which has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Meredith Monk, Eileen Myles, CA Conrad, Fred Moten, Joanne Kyger and many others.

Along with Nadah, Devin is fortuitously in the area to be part of the Land of Kush: Sand Enigma – World Premiere ensemble, and is using this opportunity to unleash a brand new release of his, coming out onHAVNrecords!

An Shrub (Hamilton)
Long time beloved member of the Hamilton music scene, Abnje Shiguvlyoozes charm and talent. Her newly coined electroacoustic solo project An Shrub bathes the soul and tickles the neocortex. tender tones for a super sunday.

This Aint Hollywood 345 James street North during hours of operation 289 396 3911 – – online at

Dr.Disc Hamilton 22 Wilson Street : 905-523-1010

Hammer City Records 228 James St N Basement @ Rear Off Robert St Hamilton, Ontario (905) 546-7869

Crash Landing Music Store 1189 Cannon Street East Hamilton, Ontario (905) 548-0039



17. March 2018 by Gunner
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