This Ain’t Hollywood 345 James Street North

It was a lovely night on the eve of Art Crawl. James North was calm in preparation for the following night, but what better way to get a pre-party going than a dance party at This Ain’t Hollywood with Kid Years, New Hands, Donna Lovejoy, and Javelin!

Before the show, I stopped in at WORK next door for a snack. I still want to try more of their ever-expanding menu, but it was an easy choice to get their Avocado Fries again. For a fitting backdrop to my solo snack, Parks and Rec was playing on the TV. Treat Yo Self!

Kid Years
Kid Years

Venturing over to The Saint, Kid Years took the stage first. I don’t believe I had seen the electronic artist in action yet. He played some killer beats! It always baffles me how one would even begin creating that type of music. It’s a truly impressive art form. With Javelin’s setup behind him, it looked especially cool.

Before and in between sets, Donna Lovejoy was the DJ for the night. She played some awesome tunes and had people grooving.

New Hands
New Hands

New Hands were up next. Ah, Nu Hands! As much as I love seeing them every single time, I was particularly attentive for this set, knowing it was the second-to-last time I would be seeing it for quite a while. Well, third-last! With a couple members venturing overseas, your last chance to see them for a year is August 8th at The Casbah. Be there!

They played a brand new song, “Fair Game.” I was so excited to hear it for the first time that I chose not to film it, in order to absorb it and get my first reaction. It was awesome! Knowing that they’ve got a bunch more songs in their roster that we haven’t even heard yet is so exciting. Their debut album Leave With The Night is coming, folks!

Javelin
Javelin

Although the venue wasn’t totally packed, the people who were there were super excited for Javelin. Big shows are fun but I also like when the crowd is small but everyone there is a huge fan of the act. I hadn’t heard of this American band before and didn’t know what to expect from their live show from just listening to their songs. I immediately liked their track “Light Out” and added to July’s Playlist.

With only two members, they produced so many different sounds and were also really entertaining to watch. Tom and George had so much energy and the audience met them, dancing the whole time. In between songs, the guys complimented Hamilton and said they dig the music coming out of it.

As they neared the end of their set, they announced “two more songs and then it’s karaoke night!” Check out the video I took of Javelin performing “Light Out.”

– Kristin

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Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (www.ihearthamilton.ca), where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing an influential social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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