Labour Day Long Weekend Party
Sunday, September 6

Labour Day
Long Weekend Party

$3.50 Drink Specials All Night
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Fresh Fade Friday

with DJs Flash & Surreal
The best in old school hip hop & party jams!
$5 at the door
Door at 10 PM
19+

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Global Warming Saturdays

Every Saturday Night

Global Warming Saturday

with DJs 88, Froyo, Voidoid & Attila the Spun
EDM hits, hip hop, trap, reggae, retro & all your favourites!
$5 at the door
Door at 10 PM
19+

$4.50 DRINK SPECIALS ALL SUMMER

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Pre Frosh Week

Tuesday, September 1

Pre Frosh Week Party

with DJ Flash, J Hillis & Off The Kuff
$5 at the door
Door at 10 PM
19+

Guest List- djservices@acrosstheboardent.ca


Labour Day Long Weekend Party

Sunday, September 6

Labour Day Long Weekend Party

with DJ 88 & Attia the Spun
$5 at the door
Door at 10 PM
19+

$3.50 DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT

Guest List


Pre Frosh Week

Tuesday, September 8

Frosh Week Party

with J Hillis & True North
$5 at the door
Door at 10 PM
19+

Guest List - djservices@acrosstheboardent.ca


Monday, September 7

HOMESHAKE

with special guest Sheer Agony
$10 advance, $12 at the door
Door at 8 PM, show at 9 PM
19+

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HOMESHAKE

HOMESHAKE is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. As follow up to his 2014 debut In the Shower, HOMESHAKE will release his sophomore effort Midnight Snack this coming fall with Sinderlyn.

Midnight Snack was recorded this past winter with Jackson MacIntosh at the Drones club in Montreal. Musically this time around Sagar trades in his guitar for synthesizers and a drum machine, developing vocal arrangements from loops he created for his solo set. He pulled influence from house pioneers like Chip E and Mr. Fingers as well as Japanese pop starlets like Chiemi Manabe, slowing down the tempo with his own homemade drowsiness. The resulting collection is an eclectic tangle of personal anecdotes steeped in an everlasting reverence of D’Angelo and R Kelly.

Much of the record was written following Sagar’s dizzying time on the road as touring guitarist with Mac Demarco, reflecting on the loneliness that plagued him towards the end of his run and the longing for life back home in Montreal. Sagar left the band to focus on his own music and to rebuild the infrastructure of his life. While many of the new tracks meander through anxiety and melancholy, it is also a witness to a return to safety.

There is a reoccurring theme for Sagar of pulling inward throughout the record. He casts a wide net and fills it with a multitude of musical influences from international tour dates then slows it down a few tempos and builds something humble around it. Throughout the record he peppers in a deep appreciation for the meals prepared by his girlfriend Salina and the simple pleasure of a midnight snack before curling up in bed next to the person you love.

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Thursday, September 17

Born Ruffians

with special guest Weaves
$17 advance
Door at 8 PM
19+

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Born Ruffians

RUFF, the newest album from Born Ruffians, is an exploration into self and aesthetics. It's a collection of scrubbed raw anthems that are defiantly optimistic, imaginatively arranged, and performed with a sense of bloodlust. In contrast to previous records from this Canada-based quartet, RUFF is simultaneously a return to form and a departure from convention. It is at once a culmination and a disassembly of the band's history and dynamics.

RUFF took shape from a singular focus on the work itself, and exploration into the relation of candor, immediacy and art. "We had one overarching goal this time out: to make the album we wanted to make. We took nothing else into consideration," says bassist Mitch Derosier.

Over four albums, Born Ruffians have developed a signature aesthetic that encompasses tightly wound, trapezoidal songs frothing over with hooks and wryly cathartic lyrics. The group has garnered favourable comparisons to such quirky pop infiltrators as the Talking Heads, The Pixies and The Strokes. Onstage, the band is arousing and assaulting, coming off somewhere between a riot and a soul revue. Born Ruffians are Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Adam Hindle (drums).

RUFF was written in ebbs and flows: the origin of some tracks stretch back to 2013 and others came together in a matter of days, or in a single band practice. Jeff McMurrich (Jennifer Castle, The Constantines, Fucked Up) recorded RUFF in just three weeks in Toronto. The band's trusted friend Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Eric Copeland, Owen Pallett) - who produced their acclaimed album, Red, Yellow & Blue, and its follow up, Say It - mixed RUFF in New York.

When it comes to RUFF, its seeming naivety is its power. Throughout the album, unabashed emotive and sonic contradictions are laid bare in order to pose questions on what it is to be, and to critically examine 21st century myths of celebrity that go hand in hand with such accounts. Individual tracks energetically race through conflicting personalities, worlds, moods, and sounds, while the dreamlike album artwork (illustrated by Lalonde) redoubles a sense of tumult.

RUFF opens with the lilting "Don't Live Up," a track that's blissfully deceptive in that, somewhere along the way, it morphs into modulated pop, establishing the album's tone of unbridled creativity. A mood swing nature also permeates the album's leadoff single, "We Made It," which manages to be both meditative and explosive. It trades in extremes of interlocking grooves with talk-sung vocals for the verses, and then rushes skyward for the infectious chorus. Other RUFF standouts are the sedately embittered "Fuck Feelings," the menacingly optimistic "Stupid Dream" and the irreverently empowering "(Eat Shit) We Did It."

RUFF stands as a poignant marriage of form, content and process that is without a doubt Born Ruffians' most focused and mature work to date.

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Saturday, September 19

Empress Of

$13 advance
Door at 8 PM
19+

Show followed by Global Warming DJs

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Wednesday, September 30

Finley Quaye

$28 advance, $35 at the door
Door at 8 PM
19+

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Sunday, October 18

Stars

with special guest Seoul
$28 advance
Door at 7 PM
19+

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Triple Funk Bill

Saturday, October 24

Triple Funk Bill

Featuring:
Third Coast Kings (Detroit)
KC Roberts & The Live Revolution (Toronto)
Freak Motif (Montreal)

$18 advance, $25 at the door
Door at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
19+

Show followed by Global Warming DJs

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Wednesday, October 28 & Thursday, October 29

Alvvays

with special guest White Reaper
$20 advance
Door at 8 PM
19+

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Tuesday, November 10

John McKinley Band

CD Release
with special guest Cunyet
$10 advance
Door at 8 PM
19+

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John McKinley Band

John McKinley, who has opened up for ZZ Top; jammed with Stevie Ray Vaughn and has been performed with the Bob Hope bands, has been involved with the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario music scene since 1979.

Hailing from Roswell, New Mexico, U.S.A., John started playing guitar at the age of ten and became serious at fifteen; serious enough that he was flown up to Waterloo to join a band from England that was touring at the time.

The John McKinley Band plays "what the crowd wants to hear!" An exceptionally skilled guitarist with roots that stem from The Beatles and being heavily influenced by the Texas and British blues scenes; John has a portfolio of songs well exceeding five hundred. From classic rock to blues to pop, John McKinley and his band play soulful music that the audience loves to "groove" to!

Actively dedicating time to the local music scene, John is a renowned teacher of the guitar. Mentoring many of the young top guitarists and musicians in general, his influence is evident throughout the region, and is one of the many reasons why he has received the 2013 prestigious Mel Brown Award.

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Sunday, November 29

Owen Pallett

$13 advance
Door at 8 PM
19+

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Monday, November 30

The Paper Kites

$14 advance
Door at 8 PM
19+

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A custom brew to celebrate Jane Bond's 20th anniversary.
Jane Blonde Ale
From the fine folks at Block 3 Brewing!

At Jane Bond • 005 Princess Street West • Uptown Waterloo

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We have hosted some amazing musicians throughout the years.
Here are some of the artists that have performed on our stage!

  1. 54-40

  2. Aidan Knight

  3. Ace Kinkaid

  4. Alvvays

  5. Alysha Brilla

  6. Amelia Curran

  7. Andre Williams

  8. Andy Kim

  9. Apostle of Hustle

  10. Ark Analog

  11. Arkells

  12. Attack in Black

  13. Atomic 7

  14. Austra

  15. BadBadNotGood

  16. Bad Manners

  17. Bahamas

  18. Basia Bulat

  19. Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

  20. The Beauties

  21. Bell Orchestre (members of Arcade Fire)

  22. Bharath & This Rhythm Four

  23. Big Country

  24. Big James & The Chicago Playboys

  25. Bionic

  26. Biters

  27. Blue Coupe (members of Alice Cooper & Blue Oyster Cult)

  28. Bob Egan (of Blue Rodeo)

  29. Bob Log III

  30. Bocce

  31. Bombino

  32. Born Ruffians

  33. The Brains

  34. Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene)

  35. By Divine Right

  36. Buck 65

  37. Buckwheat Zydeco

  38. Burt Neilson Band

  39. The Candidates

  40. Caribou

  41. Carolyn Mark

  42. C'Mon

  43. Classified

  44. Cold Specks

  45. Controller Controller

  46. Come On Live Long

  47. The Constantines

  48. Cowboy Junkies

  49. Cuff The Duke

  50. Daddy Long Legs

  51. Dan Mangan

  52. Damo Suzuki Network

  53. Dan Griffin (of Arkells)

  54. Danny Michel

  55. Dayglo Abortions

  56. The Dears

  57. Delta Moon

  58. Deltron 3030 (Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator & Kid Koala)

  59. Derek Hines

  60. Diamond Nights

  61. Diamond Rings

  62. Do Make Say Think

  63. D'Urbervilles

  64. The Diodes

  65. Divine Brown

  66. Drumheller

  67. DJ Czech

  68. DJ Mike Shannon

  69. DJ QBert

  70. DJ Steve Aoki

  71. The Dodos

  72. Dog Bus

  73. Douglas Watson

  74. Dragonette

  75. Drive-By Truckers

  76. Easy Star All Stars

  77. Eccodek

  78. Econoline Crush

  79. Eight & a Half (members of Broken Social Scene & The Stills)

  80. Electric Six

  81. Elliott Brood

  82. Elf Power

  83. Emmanuel Jal

  84. The English Beat

  85. Errol Blackwood

  86. Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads)

  87. Fatman Scoop

  88. Five Alarm Funk

  89. Future Villains

  90. The Garifuna Collective

  91. Geoff Berner

  92. Gentleman Reg

  93. Gesundheit

  94. Gold & Youth

  95. The Good Family (members of The Sadies & The Good Brothers)

  96. Grady

  97. The Grapes of Wrath

  98. Greg Keelor (of Blue Rodeo)

  99. Hannah Georgas

  100. Hawksley Workman

  101. Hayden

  102. The Hanson Brothers

  103. Heathers

  104. Hey Ocean!

  105. Heavy Trash

  106. The Hidden Cameras

  107. The High Dials

  108. The Hippy Mafia

  109. Hollerado

  110. Hootenanny

  111. Hot House Flowers

  112. Howie Beck

  113. Islands

  114. J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr)

  115. Japanther

  116. James Vincent McMorrow

  117. Jason Collett (of Broken Social Scene)

  118. Jay Malinowski (of Bedouin Soundclash)

  119. Jen Militia

  120. Jenn Grant

  121. Jeremy Fisher

  122. Jim Bryson

  123. Jim Gutherie

  124. Joel Plaskett Emergency

  125. Josh Ritter

  126. Julie Doiron

  127. Juliette Lewis

  128. Junior Boys

  129. Justin Rutledge

  130. K'Naan

  131. K-OS

  132. Kate Fenner

  133. Kathleen Edwards

  134. Ken Stringfellow

  135. Kidstreet

  136. Kim Churchill

  137. King Cobb Steelie

  138. King Roller

  139. Kitty Pryde

  140. Kinky Friedman

  141. Khonnor

  142. Knock Knock Ginger

  143. Lazy Lester

  144. Lee Fields & The Expressions

  145. Les Breastfeeders

  146. Lindy

  147. Limblifter

  148. Lowell

  149. Lowest of the Low

  150. Luke Doucet & The White Falcon

  151. Magic Giant

  152. Magic Slim

  153. The Mahones

  154. Malajube

  155. Martin Tielli

  156. Martha Wainwright

  157. Matt Costa

  158. Major Maker

  159. Matt Mays

  160. Matthew Barber

  161. Memphis (members of Stars)

  162. Melissa McClelland

  163. The Miniatures

  164. Mo Kenney

  165. Monkey Junk

  166. Most Serene Republic

  167. Mounties (Hawksley Workman, members of Hot Hot Heat, Limblifter & Age of Electric)

  168. Nashville Pussy

  169. Neko Case

  170. Neverending White Lights

  171. No Means No

  172. NQ Arbuckle

  173. Old Reliable

  174. Otis Clay

  175. Ought

  176. The Pack A.D.

  177. The Paper Kites

  178. Paul MacLeod

  179. Peter Elkas Band

  180. Peter Katz

  181. Pick A Piper

  182. Pilate

  183. Plants & Animals

  184. Pork Belly Futures

  185. Priestess

  186. Quique Escamilla

  187. Ra Ra Riot

  188. Revival Dear

  189. Reverend Horton Heat

  190. Rich Aucoin

  191. Richard Buckner

  192. The Ride Theory

  193. The Rheostatics

  194. Rob Szabo

  195. Ron Hawkins & The Do Good Assassins

  196. Ron Sexsmith

  197. Royal Wood

  198. The Sadies

  199. Saigon Hookers

  200. Sarah Slean

  201. Sean McCann

  202. Sit Down Servant (Gordie Johnson)

  203. Shad

  204. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

  205. Shawn Kellerman

  206. Sheezer

  207. Stealing Dan

  208. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

  209. Shout Out Out Out Out

  210. The Skydiggers

  211. Sleepy Sun

  212. Sloan

  213. SNFU

  214. Snowblink

  215. Spirits

  216. Spookey Ruben

  217. Stars

  218. The Stars Here

  219. The Stills

  220. The Sour Keys

  221. South Rakkas Crew

  222. Steve Earle

  223. Steve Strongman

  224. The Strumbellas

  225. Sunparlour Players

  226. The Super Friendz

  227. Twin Forks

  228. Swollen Members

  229. Timber Timbre

  230. Third Coast Kings

  231. Too Much Clutch

  232. Tokyo Police Club

  233. Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues

  234. The Trews

  235. Thrush Hermit

  236. The 24th Street Wailers

  237. Ume

  238. Unintended

  239. The Weber Brothers

  240. Warped 45s

  241. Warsaw Pack

  242. The Weakerthans

  243. Wide Mouth Mason

  244. Will Currie & The Country French

  245. White Cowbell Oklahoma

  246. Whitehorse

  247. Wintersleep

  248. Young Empires

  249. Young Galaxy

  250. Zeus

A lot of people asked me why I would play here;
and I said why wouldn't I play here?!
James Vincent McMorrow

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47 King Street North • Waterloo
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