The One Last Time Tour
with special guests The Reason and Luna Li
Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 7pm door, 8pm show
New Vision United Church | 24 Main St. W., Hamilton ON
All-Ages/Licensed | General Admission
Tickets: $29.99 adv. (plus fees & HST)
Available through Eventbrite
Hollerado grew up on the same street in a small town in Ontario. There is one bar in the town and on Friday nights the jukebox plays Roy Orbison, and John Prine. One day, while riding the bus, a man in an exquisitely tailored suit said to them “it is not nearly as fun to reminisce about the times you didn’t spend your life savings on four one-way tickets to Japan.” With that in mind they got jobs doing construction. When they were tearing down the old walls they listened to The Who. When they built new walls they talked about time travel. Soon they bought an old van and started a moving company (Haulerado). The van had a tape player and they listened exclusively to the Traveling Wilburys.
Hollerado’s debut album Record In A Bag came out in 2009 and received a Canadian JUNO award nomination for Best New Artist. Their incredible “Americanarama” video garnered over 1.4 million YouTube views with its forcefully creative approach to video making, and the album spawned the Top 10 radio hits “Americanarama” and “Juliette” as well as Top 20 radio hit “Got To Lose.” The launch of White Paint followed, their 2013 studio release, which included the Top 10 song and video for “So It Goes,” a wrenchingly personal story about lead singer Menno Versteeg’s Dutch grandfather, whose life was spared in World World II.
Hollerado’s band ethos is spent building a music community of music loving fans, so it’s no surprise that 2015’s 111 Songs was a project where they wrote custom songs for specific fans. This exhaustive continuous songwriting project built the working framework for the release for their single, “Born Yesterday”, title track of their 2017 album and a hint of the sheer energy of musical and creative offerings to come from the band. Of the album, Exclaim said “Hollerado are bound to attract new fans with Born Yesterday, as they push their boundaries without abandoning the brawny basis of their sound.’
Now, after nearly 2,000 shows in too many countries to count, the band has dropped their final album: Retaliation Vacation, released June 7 2019 via Royal Mountain Records. Its first single, “One Last Time”, is also the name of the band’s farewell tour, which promises to be the best time ever. Do. Not. Miss.
Drawn together in early 2003 by their love of music and the impetus to forge their own musical path, The Reason first caught the attention of audiences and music critics across Canada with the release of their debut album Ravenna (2004) and a killer live-show. Coming off the release of Ravenna, the band managed to steer clear of being pigeon-holed into the screamo genre flavour of the day, staying focused on the goal of crafting memorable songs with incredibly hooky guitar lines. The band’s undeniable growing songwriting prowess led them down a seemingly new musical path brimming with a more multi-dimensional sound with the release of their follow-up albums Things Couldn’t Be Better (2007) and Fools (2010) and the Hollow Tree EP (2013).
Luna Li has been called the garage rock princess of Toronto (Mick Magazine), performing regularly with her female-centric 4-piece band throughout Ontario and Quebec. She has played shows and festivals such as Riverfest, Grickle Grass, NXNE and recently joined Born Ruffians as direct support on the Ontario leg of their North American tour. With over 14 years of classical piano and violin training, Luna brings a unique musical sensibility to the rock genre; playing both distorted guitar and violin with a looping pedal resulting in a “dreamy romp through some beautiful melodies and heartbreaking lyrics” (Deli Magazine). Luna released her single, “Silver into Rain”, with an accompanying music video in June 2018. The song marks the first follow-up to her debut EP, Opal Angel. In 2017, Luna won the SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Canadian Songwriters with her single “Star Stuff”. Bringing a much-needed strong female presence to the Toronto music scene, Luna Li is unabashedly herself. Look out for new music in 2019.