Jim Guthrie is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and home rock super hero. He has recorded both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Islands, Royal City and Human Highway. He was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, and currently lives in Toronto. Guthrie first made a name for himself by releasing a series of self-produced cassettes, and subsequently released albums on his namesake label, Three Gut Records. He was nominated for a Juno Award for his 2003 album Now, More Than Ever, which was recently released on vinyl for the first time. After a long hiatus, Guthrie has returned to live performance with a killer eight-piece band, known as his Litter. Jim is not unlike a cat in many ways.
Spearheaded by Nathan Lawr, the Minotaurs consists of current or ex-members of Rheostatics, Constantines, Holy Fuck and Royal City, among others. While Lawr is best known for working with artists like Constantines, Royal City, Jim Guthrie, FemBots and Feist, the Minotaurs have served as his solo songwriting outlet in recent years and he’s released some great records, such as 2007’s wonderful folk-pop affair, A Sea of Tiny Lights. It’s fair to say that his latest album, The Thing, speaks to his true musical passion and is unlike anything Lawr has ever explored publicly. In addition to Lawr, the Minotaurs are now made up of ex-Rheostatic and former Ron Sexsmith collaborator, Don Kerr, Holy Fuck/King Cobb Steelie’s Kevin Lynn, Jeremy Strachan of Canaille, Paul Aucoin of Hylozoists, and guitar-wielding brothers Dan and Ryan Levecque. Also lending a hand on the new record is Bry Webb of Constantines, who shows up for some guest guitar and vocals, and the Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner, who lays down some guest vocals. On The Thing, the Minotaurs explore the sound of Fela Kuti’s funky Afrobeat, delivered from a heartfelt, indie sensibility. The result is a vibrant, spirited new turn for the gifted and adventurous music of Nathan Lawr. The Minotaurs’ The Thing is out August 17th on Static Clang Records.
Thursday June 24, 2010
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 10:00 PM
$8 with non-perishable food item
Tickets Available at the Door
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at the door)
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