10 REASONS TO VISIT HAMILTON (besides Black Sabbath): 2. Need a city to stand in for Detroit? Look no further!

Black Sabbath’s Canadian Tour doesn’t include Toronto.  Mind you, they did play here last summer as part of their larger North American tour.  But as other headbangers (in major cities) across the country will be banging their heads to Sabbath over the next three weeks, Torontonians will hafta head all the way over to Hamilton to get their fix next Friday.  OK, so it’s only about 45 minutes west on the QEW.  And hey, Hamilton’s not a bad place to be.  Leading up to the concert, I’ll be counting down 10 reasons to head over to the Hammer…not including the big gig on the 11th.

10. Smoked turkey leg. Nuff said.

9. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame

8. Augusta British Pub District

7. Fries deep-fried in beef fat? Shut the front door!

6. The Mother of all Tim Hortons

5. A one-way bus ticket is just 11 bucks!

4. Rumour has it Mickey Desadist gives out free smokes…

3. A super pub crawl? I’m in!

2. Need a city to stand in for Detroit? Look no further!

Although it was set in the apocalyptic wastelands of the Motor City, that new RoboCop remake was actually shot in Hamilton.  So was the concert in Detroit Rock City, some of the grittier scenes in Four Brothers, and countless other movies and TV shows you’ve probably seen at some point.  Alas, while Toronto is often used as a substitute for New York City on the silver screen, it seems the Hamilton film industry revolves around the fact that it looks a lot like Detroit, but you won’t get your car jacked if you stop at a red light.  Oh, and it also holds the distinction of being the concert location for Glitter, the Mariah Carey movie.

Warning: watching this trailer may cause blindness, hearing loss and explosive diarrhea…

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04/06/14 PLAYLIST

Beehoover – Monolith (The Devil and His Footmen) 5:28

Iron Tongue – 7 Days (The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown) 6:35

Discharge – Beginning of the End (War is Hell) 3:06

Banda de la muerte – Era de tontos (Seis Canciones) 4:54

Kadavar – Purple Sage (self-titled) 8:13

 

Herba Mate – Imargem (The Jellyfish is Dead and the Hurricane is Coming) 4:27

Red Fang – Painted Parade (Murder the Mountains) 2:28

ASG – Good Enough to Eat (Blood Drive) 3:16

Brainoil – Gravity is a Relic (Death of this Dry Season) 3:55

Howl – Down So Low (Bloodlines) 3:29

Argus – Durendal (Boldly Stride the Doomed) 7:27

Black Space Riders – Rising from the Ashes of Our World (D:REI) 7:41

 

Vestal Claret – The Demon and the Deceiver (The Cult of Vestal Claret) 5:04

Toby Wrecker – Celeritas (Sounds of Jura) 6:25

Fossils – Crackhorse (Flesh Hammer) 2:11

Orange Goblin – Death of Aquarius (A Eulogy for the Damned) 5:49

Lo-Pan – Kramer (Sasquanaut) 6:27

Prisma Circus – Onyx Star (Reminiscences) 4 :19

 

NYMF – Lucifer Takes the Crown (From the Dark) 4:06

Backwoods Payback – Timegrinder (Momantha) 3:34

The Body – () (self-titled) 8:53

Galaxies in the River – Dreaming Out Loud (Home From Above) 6:29

Earthride – Force Fed Fear (Something Wicked) 8:31

10 REASONS TO VISIT HAMILTON (besides Black Sabbath): 3. A super pub crawl? I’m in!

Black Sabbath’s Canadian Tour doesn’t include Toronto.  Mind you, they did play here last summer as part of their larger North American tour.  But as other headbangers (in major cities) across the country will be banging their heads to Sabbath over the next three weeks, Torontonians will hafta head all the way over to Hamilton to get their fix next Friday.  OK, so it’s only about 45 minutes west on the QEW.  And hey, Hamilton’s not a bad place to be.  Leading up to the concert, I’ll be counting down 10 reasons to head over to the Hammer…not including the big gig on the 11th.

10. Smoked turkey leg. Nuff said.

9. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame

8. Augusta British Pub District

7. Fries deep-fried in beef fat? Shut the front door!

6. The Mother of all Tim Hortons

5. A one-way bus ticket is just 11 bucks!

4. Rumour has it Mickey Desadist gives out free smokes…

3. A super pub crawl? I’m in!

Who says there’s nothing big happening in Hamilton?  It says here that “Supercrawl is heading into its 6th year in 2014 with the hopes to continue to grow into Hamilton’s premier annual event.”  No, not secondary–that would the premier annual event.

So, what is Supercrawl?  As if the name didn’t tell you, it’s basically a big block party with bands, beers, brunch and art nouveau.  (Didn’t see that last one coming, didja?)  Last year’s lineup included the likes of Fucked Up, The Pack AD, Ronnie Hawkins, and… acclaimed Quebecois folk artists Les Trois Accords.  No, really.

10 REASONS TO VISIT HAMILTON (besides Black Sabbath): 4. Rumour has it Mickey Desadist gives out free smokes…

Black Sabbath’s Canadian Tour doesn’t include Toronto.  Mind you, they did play here last summer as part of their larger North American tour.  But as other headbangers (in major cities) across the country will be banging their heads to Sabbath over the next three weeks, Torontonians will hafta head all the way over to Hamilton to get their fix next Friday.  OK, so it’s only about 45 minutes west on the QEW.  And hey, Hamilton’s not a bad place to be.  Leading up to the concert, I’ll be counting down 10 reasons to head over to the Hammer…not including the big gig on the 11th.

10. Smoked turkey leg. Nuff said.

9. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame

8. Augusta British Pub District

7. Fries deep-fried in beef fat? Shut the front door!

6. The Mother of all Tim Hortons

5. A one-way bus ticket is just 11 bucks!

4. Rumour has it Mickey Desadist gives out free smokes…

Now, Teenage Head was probably the biggest band to ever make it outta Hamilton (if you say Econoline Crush, you’re a dorkstick), but the band’s history was somewhat spotty, with several breakups, reunions, lineup changes and at least one singer dying.  Apparently, they’re still around, although their website has since been hijacked by someone selling squirrel-proof bird feeders.  On the other hand, the Forgotten Rebels, who were sorta like the Stones to Head’s Beatles, never really went anywhere.  They’re still playing scuzzy bars in towns like Peterborough and Brantford to this day!

Not that there are many sonic similarities, but if the Rebels are Hamilton’s answer to the Stones, that would make Mickey Desadist the Mick Jagger of The Hammer.  Personally, I think he looks more like David Bowie, but I’m pretty sure that neither Jagger nor Bowie ever worked at a 7/11.  Mickey Desadist, on the other hand…

Well, I don’t know if this is any truer than, say, The Infamous Glen Benton Blue Moon Story, but there was an old punk scene rumour that when not playing scuzzy bars in towns like Peterborough and Brantford, the Forgotten Rebels’ flamboyant frontman worked as a cashier at 7/11.  And if you happened to display the proclivities of said punk scene, he might sneak you a pack of smokes under the counter.  Like I said, this could just be a tall tale, but there are only three 7/11s in Hamilton, and just one way to find out… ;)

10 REASONS TO VISIT HAMILTON (besides Black Sabbath): 5. A one-way bus ticket is just 11 bucks!

Black Sabbath’s Canadian Tour doesn’t include Toronto.  Mind you, they did play here last summer as part of their larger North American tour.  But as other headbangers (in major cities) across the country will be banging their heads to Sabbath over the next three weeks, Torontonians will hafta head all the way over to Hamilton to get their fix next Friday.  OK, so it’s only about 45 minutes west on the QEW.  And hey, Hamilton’s not a bad place to be.  Leading up to the concert, I’ll be counting down 10 reasons to head over to the Hammer…not including the big gig on the 11th.

10. Smoked turkey leg. Nuff said.

9. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame

8. Augusta British Pub District

7. Fries deep-fried in beef fat? Shut the front door!

6. The Mother of all Tim Hortons

5. A one-way bus ticket is just 11 bucks!

That’s right, according to the GO Transit Fare Calculator, a single-ride fare from the Union Station GO Bus Terminal to the Hamilton GO Centre costs just 11 dollars.  You can also get a day pass for $22, but once you hit The Hammer, you’ll never wanna leave*!

*The last bus from Hamilton to Toronto departs at 12:30 am.  You’re welcome.

10 REASONS TO VISIT HAMILTON (besides Black Sabbath): 6. The Mother of all Tim Hortons

Black Sabbath’s Canadian Tour doesn’t include Toronto.  Mind you, they did play here last summer as part of their larger North American tour.  But as other headbangers (in major cities) across the country will be banging their heads to Sabbath over the next three weeks, Torontonians will hafta head all the way over to Hamilton to get their fix next Friday.  OK, so it’s only about 45 minutes west on the QEW.  And hey, Hamilton’s not a bad place to be.  Leading up to the concert, I’ll be counting down 10 reasons to head over to the Hammer…not including the big gig on the 11th.

10. Smoked turkey leg. Nuff said.

9. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame

8. Augusta British Pub District

7. Fries deep-fried in beef fat? Shut the front door!

6. The Mother of all Tim Hortons

Tim Horton might have played most of his career in Toronto, but when it came to opening his first doughnut shop, he set up shop in The Hammer.  The first store, which opened in ’64, is still standing at Ottawa St and Dunsmure Rd, although it seems they’ve since replaced all the vintage signage.  I mean, I doubt they pour their double-doubles any differently, but if you worship at the altar of Timmy’s, this here is your temple.

They’ve already busted everybody’s brackets…so why not UConn and Kentucky for the NCAA title?

Not gonna lie, I had Louisville and Michigan State in my title game.  And when the Spartans lost to UConn in the Elite Eight, I tossed my bracket in the trash.  Although I’m currently tied for fourth in my pool, I only nailed one of my Final Four picks (Wisconsin), and now if Florida goes any further, I’m gonna fall in the standings.

That being said, I’m not so sure the Gators are going all the way.  Yes, they’re the top-ranked team in America, but while they play in the top football conference in the country, the SEC is barely above a mid-major when it comes to hoops.  The 36-2 Gators have very little competition in the conference aside from Kentucky, and while it’s worth noting that they beat the Wildcats thrice, including in the SEC title game, they’ve already lost to both Wisconsin and Connecticut this season.  So it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that their run ends here.  And hey, they only beat Kentucky by one point for that SEC championship, anyways…

6:09 pm: Connecticut over Florida – That’s right, I’m calling for the upset here.  Way back on December 2nd, the then-undefeated Huskies handed Florida its second loss of the season on a buzzer-beating basket by star guard Shabazz Napier.  Granted, that game was played at UConn, but really, how many Florida fans will be taking the trip to North Texas?  After that big win, Connecticut dropped from the top 10, falling out of the rankings entirely by losing three of its next six games.  But they’re peaking at the right time in the tourney.  After a second-round overtime squeaker against St. Joseph’s, they’ve pulled off convincing wins over sixth-ranked Villanova, ninth-ranked Iowa State, and many people’s tournament favourites (including mine), the 11th-ranked Spartans.

On the other hand, Florida hasn’t had a much tougher run in the tourney than they’d see in the SEC.  Aside from their Sweet 16 win over 20th-ranked UCLA, the Gators haven’t faced a top 25 team since the second-last time they played Kentucky.  And if we’re treating them like a mid-major, well, the last two top-seeded mid-majors wilted once they faced tougher competition–Wichita State against Kentucky this year, and Gonzaga against, erm, Wichita State last season.  Don’t get me wrong, this should be a close game, and could very well come down to the buzzer again, but I like the more battle-tested team at this stage of the tournament.

8:49 pm: Kentucky over Wisconsin – Speaking of battle-tested, Kentucky has had one of the most impressive tourney runs in recent memory.  The Cats emerged from the so-called Region of Doom with wins over then-undefeated Wichita State, defending champs Louisville, and last year’s runners-up in Michigan.  Not too shabby for an eight-seed!

Of course, Kentucky started the season atop the polls with a freshman class that’s been compared to the Fab Five.  And while the kids struggled down the SEC stretch, they are definitely peaking at the right time.  On the other hand, I think Wisconsin might just be happy to be here.  This is only the school’s second Final Four appearance, and its first in 14 years.  Personally, while I did have them getting here, I hadn’t picked the Badgers to advance past the national semi-final in my bracket.  It might be worth noting that they split their two games against Michigan, winning the second in Ann Arbor by 13 points–but that really has little bearing as to how they’d fare against the team that just knocked off the Wolverines.  I still like Kentucky in this one, which means…

Monday, April 7th: (7) Connecticut vs. (8) Kentucky

No team seeded this low has won the tourney in nearly 30 years.  But to the casual college basketball fan, these aren’t really underdogs.  Connecticut has won three national championships since ’99, with the most recent coming just three years ago.  And while half of Kentucky’s eight titles came before 1960, they did win it all in 2012.  So it’s the 2011 champs against the 2012 champs–not that there are any kids left from either of those title teams.  So who’s gonna win in 2014?

Looking at the stats, Kentucky has a decided edge on the glass.  The fifth-ranked rebounding team in America averages over 41 boards per game–six more than its AAC opponent.  They’ve also put up about four-and-a-half more points per game, 76.4 to just under 72.  But UConn shines on the defensive end, holding opponents to 63.7 ppg–though Kentucky’s not too shabby at a 3v0l 66.6.  The Huskies force more turnovers, with seven steals a game, but the teams are practically dead-even in blocks.  They’re ranked eighth and ninth respectively, each averaging 6.2 per game.  Looks like it’s gonna be a big block party!

But the numbers don’t really tell us much else.  Connecticut has two more wins on the season, but both teams went 12-6 in their respective conferences.  And hey, while I don’t think highly of the SEC on the hardwood, I don’t think of the American Athletic Conference at all.  Basically, both teams are pretty even on paper.

But one thing I can’t overlook is Kentucky starting five freshmen.  Sure, each and every one of these kids is a future NBA lottery pick, but sometimes, in the big games, experience matters.  UConn’s Shabazz Napier, he of the Gator-beating buzzer-beater, is a senior.  In fact, he actually played–albeit sparingly–on the Huskies’ 2011 championship team.  So did starting small forward Niels Giffey and backup centre Tyler Olander.  In fact, four of the UConn starting five are upperclassmen, either juniors or seniors.  These guys have been around the block a few times.  Kentucky hasn’t.

And with super froshs like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Tyler Ennis not-quite-leading their teams to early tournament exits, y’know, I just can’t see a squad of five freshmen going all the way.  No offense to Julius Randle, but I’m gonna say he calls a timeout in the dying seconds with his team out of timeouts.  Napier hits two technical free throws as the Huskies win 77-71.

Yuuup, I went there.  Something tells me Randle won’t be the first overall pick, though. ;)