Rheostatics in concert at the Avening Hall on Saturday, November 16, 2019


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If you are coming here is what you need to know:

  • Doors open at 7 p.m.
  • Sara and Michelle will be at the door to check you in. We have your name on a list but it is helpful if you bring a copy of your ticket or ID with you for verification.
  • This is a standing room only event. Be prepared to enjoy a rowdy crowd!
  • There is no opener. The Rheos will hit the stage just after 8 and play straight through so be sure to be on time so you don’t miss a minute of this great show.
  • There is a fundraising cash bar run by the Avening Hall Board. Ed and the rest of the gang will be serving up Creemore Springs beer, Duntroon Cyder wine and soft drinks.
  • Petronela from Angie’s place will be serving up some delicious Caribbean fare. For just $15 you can enjoy your choice of Curry Goat or Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas and a Toss Salad.
  • Please bring cash if you intend to make purchases. There are no ATMS in Avening.
  • If you still have questions please call Sara during office hours at 705-466-9906  or any time at 705-888-5139. Email [email protected] 

 This is a standing room only show. If you require seating please contact us in advance so we can reserve a space for you.

Ever bound for ragged glory, Rheostatics occupy a unique place in the Canadian music landscape, pulled together and apart for nearly forty years. Finding grace in the reality of endurance, Rheostatics show us a special type of longevity, through upheaval, personal (and personnel) change, and a basic refusal to play the game in any way, shape or form, stretched over decades. Now, Rheostatics return with Here Come The Wolves, their first new album in 15 years.

On Here Come The Wolves, you’ll find Rheostatics trusting their complicated formula, a signature multiplicity of songwriters, artistic instincts and concerns. Produced by Chris Stringer with mixing contributions by Chris Walla, Michael Phillip Wojewoda and Gus Van Go, over twelve songs Here Come The Wolves unfurls like a cross-section of the band’s cumulative experience, individual and collective.

The title track, a “gear shifting, vocal stacking, wild riffing, sh*t kicking,” testament to finding balance in discord, exemplifies this spirit literally (everybody gets a solo) and figuratively (it’s a complex but catchy tune). This ‘single,’ a funny term for a song of three distinct parts, is a metonymic microdose of stacking wholes: the album, the band in 2019, the Rheostatics’ very way of being since 1980.

Today, Six Shooter Records fires “Here Come The Wolves,” with a Martin Tielli arrow, a thesis on time and its abstractions via a revelatory glimpse into the making of the album art. Come for the behind-the-scenes snoop into Tielli’s painting studio, stay for the free tutorial on the Renaissance technique of egg tempera grassa (“cannot vouch for reptilian egg”). The video, a rollercoaster ride through a painstaking and deliberate process, does with video what Here Come The Wolves does with music: it leaves its trace.

With Tim Vesely’s canola yellow pop melodies, Dave Clark’s galloping beats and Bidini’s rousing stories and frontline provocations, the exquisite triangulation of Hugh Marsh on violin, Kevin Hearn on keys, and Tielli’s ventriloquism on guitar come into high relief. From the opening feathered flutter of “Vancouver,” to the sparkle and shimmer throughout “Music Is The Message,” Here Come The Wolves contains powerful, panoramic beauty. With protest and panache, the yelps and squalls and klangs and riffs on songs like “AC/DC on the Stereo,” and “It’s the Super Controller!” also make space for the strange, the obtuse, the earnest and the wild.

Here Come The Wolves will be released by Six Shooter Records on September 6, 2019.

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