The Arrogant Worms
Date: Thursday, March 15th
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Keyano Theatre
The Arrogant Worms began as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on campus radio
The early feedback on the live shows was clear: lose the sketches. So the songs endured and they all remain because the band hates to throw anything out.
The songs were written to make fun of a big dumb world. Luckily, the world is still dumb and The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) still have plenty to sing about. The show is fast, furious and family friendly.
The Arrogant Worms provide tuneful and silly escapism for everyone who needs it. And if you think you don't need it, well you're wrong. You do! The Arrogant Worms know what’s best for you and what’s best for you is The Arrogant Worms.
Category: Folk/Hillbilly Rock
Date: Thursday, April 5th
Time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $23 General Admission
Venue: Keyano Recital Theatre
Rating: All ages
Sweat flies and floorboards tremble – Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.
For their third record, Golden Days, Union Duke recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. Then they brought in Grammy award-winning mix engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timber) to bring the mixes to life. Golden Days will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned – and of laughter between friends, tenderness between lovers. One minute you’re following banjo music rambling down a country lane. The next minute you feel the pulse and pound of the amplifiers.
The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all!
The Syncrude Arts Alive series offers a wide range of programming including musical performances, comedic acts and children's theatre. Since 1998 Syncrude has been the title sponsor of this series and has made it possible for Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre to welcome a selection of unique acts to the region.
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