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Ep. #196: José Miguel Contreras of By Divine Right

José Miguel Contreras is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, film composer, and amazing songwriter currently based in Toronto. Contreras is best known as the only consistent member of By Divine Right, a tremendously significant band whose past contributors include Feist and musicians who went on to form Broken Social Scene, Holy Fuck, and Sheezer among many others. By Divine Right’s first show took place in June 1990 and, on July 1, they celebrate their 25th anniversary with a big, all-star concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, featuring past and current members and other special guests. By Divine Right are also returning to the Hillside Festival on the July 24-26 weekend and will release a new record this year as well. Here, José and I talk about being in bed, freshening and boning up, the history of BDR, when they sucked, when they ruled, wanting and not wanting people to be in BDR’s revolving door lineup, Lysh and Geordie, Mark Goldstein on drums forever, the three-night stint with Change of Heart I saw in Guelph in 1997, getting going with a tape and touring with the Inbreds, the first person to ever leave BDR, the only time BDR might ever stop for good is now, the chemistry, the differences between Toronto and the internet in 1990 and now, seeing high school mate Hayden succeed, the importance of James Ogilvie, finding cool sounds, playing with Mark and James could be a bit dirty, Guelph’s Trasheteria, Dallas Good and drugs, going to high school with Sean Dean, born in Chile on John Lennon and Sean Lennon’s birthday, Yoko Ono might be creepy for not suggesting John hang out with the Beatles every once in a while, Chilean folk music and the Monkees, Beatles comps, where does happiness come from, finding your purpose, bliss bubbles, growing up in Thornhill and attending high school with Jian Ghomeshi who could be weird, Jian’s little black book, playing Jian’s high school show Swé, José’s role in the new film Porch Stories, his co-star Laura Barrett, the film’s plot and themes, acting again, music for him versus music for BDR, upcoming solo and BDR releases, leaving the Beaches for the west end, Divine @ 25 at the Harbourfront Centre, “itineration,” juicy past band members taking part in this thing, two hours of BDR, figuring out my role in this event, playing Hillside again, the song “More Thorns,” and that was it.

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KYEO/CSA Present: The 2010 CFRU Glam Slam Ball!

Thursday October 28, 2010
KYEO & The CSA Present:



King Neptune & His Tridents (circa summer gig, 2009) Photo by Karolina Kuras

King Neptune & His Tridents is an all-star gathering of Guelph musicians, who first started playing cover songs together in 2003. The event was CFRU’s Glam Slam Ball, which was first popularized in Guelph in the early 90s, as a “fake prom” where young students and people waaaay past high school could get dressed up and party like there were no chaperones in the room. Rekindled seven years ago at the Ebar, the Glam Slam has gained new life as a hotly anticipated, annual, pre-Halloween bash that marries amazing music spanning many styles, genres, and decades, with dancing, formal wear, and a unique “prom” theme.
This 2010 Glam Slam incarnation of the band features Alison Bell-Smith, Andrew Collins, Bill Whitehead, Chris Hierlihy, Dave Withers Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon, Jeff Munro, Jessy Bell Smith, Johnny Merritt, Jordan Howard, Tristan O’Malley, and Vish Khanna. Patrons are all encouraged to wear prom wear of course but dressing in some kind of Halloween costume would work just as well!

Sheezer (Toronto)

The world’s only all-female Weezer cover band is headed to Guelph. Sheezer is approved by Weezer themselves and play only songs from the 1994 classic “blue” album and 1996 fan favourite Pinkerton. Made up of Toronto musicians Laura Barrett (The Hidden Cameras / Laura Barrett), Dana Snell (Gentleman Reg / The Bicycles), Magali Meagher (The Phonemes), Robin Hatch (ex-Sports) and guitar shredder Alysha Haugen, Sheezer make a point of faithfully performing Weezer’s first two albums note-for-note.
Excitement for Sheezer was immediate and widespread. It started with a link from Weezer’s official blog, and a tweet about Sheezer from lead singer Rivers Cuomo. An interview in Spinner was picked up by USA Today, and the band has been featured in Exclaim, NOW Magazine, Eye Weekly and on several music blogs.
Sheezer’s debut show on New Year’s Eve 2010 sold out in advance, with a room full of Weezer fans shouting along to every song. The trend has continued through each subsequent show, with crowds getting larger and louder each time. Sheezer have blown minds of Weezer aficionados and non-fans alike, exceeding all expectations of any skeptics by showcasing their mastery of the hits. They have been working hard in continued efforts to electrify audiences with their feminine twist to some much-loved classics, and to stir up some 90s nostalgia. Be sure to check out the acoustic performance of Holiday they did for the online music video series, Southern Souls!

Special Guest:

DJ Charless

Thursday October 28, 2010
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 10:00 PM

$12 with non-perishable food item
$14 without

Tickets Available:
The Bookshelf – 41 Quebec St. – Guelph
Orange Monkey – 005 Princess St. – Waterloo
CSA Office – University of Guelph – UC Room 274
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at ticket outlets)

All proceeds benefit CFRU 93.3 FM
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.

musicprogramming [at] gmail [dot] com


THURSDAY OCTOBER 28: CFRU GLAM SLAM BALL – ft. KING NEPTUNE & HIS TRIDENTS – SHEEZER @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 10:00 PM – $12 w/food donation /$14 – AA/LIC benefit for:

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12: JASON COLLETT – AL TUCK – BRY WEBB @ Dublin Street United Church – 68 SUFFOLK ST. W. – GUELPH – 8:00 PM – $14 Student/$18 General – AA

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18: GRAND ANALOG – D-SISIVE @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 10:00 PM – $12 w/food donation /$14 – AA/LIC benefit for:


THURSDAY DECEMBER 16: STAY OUT OF THE MALL IX – ZEUS – METZ – PS I LOVE YOU @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 9:30 PM – $10 w/food donation /$12 – AA/LIC benefit for: