As we fall into another school year, we can look forward to the debut of the Convergence Music and Art Festival on Saturday, September 23. With three institutions of higher learning in the city, there will be an annual influx of students around, some international, some first years, and with Ontario Tech and now Trent University Durham GTA with campuses (campi?) downtown, the core will see much of that activity.
To aid the students, Durham, Trent and Ontario Tech, in partnership with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, will host an orientation event on Saturday, September 9, beside the Regent Theatre featuring DJs and a scavenger hunt. Although Victoria Lane is restricted to students, several other events are tied in at locations around the core, including an early evening set by DJs at Kops Records on King St E.
Also around that evening, DJ Alex Payne will be spinning the hits of Emo rock at the Biltmore Theatre; everything it looks like from Good Charlotte to Taking Back Sunday. Prog rockers Jupiter Hollow and the Royal City’s nu-metal outfit Taking Balfour are in at the Atria also on Saturday.
The night of Friday, September 8, the Atria will feature Oshawa metalcore Valyear, along with Dead Silence and Doc Rock and the Assassins.
There will also be rock of the ages when Oshawa’s The Lincolnaires take the stage at Simcoe Blues and Jazz Bar and Grill on September 9. The legendary band covers it all from 50s, to 60s, to 70s. And these kats don’t just cover it; they have lived it!
At the other end of town, at the Wee Pub on Wilson South, the also legendary duo Amanda and Steve settle in for a couple of sets on Friday, September 8. At the Bollocks located in the legendary Rossland Sq., The Grady Brothers also roll in on Friday.