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Take a nostalgic trip Sept. 6 to celebrate the old Brunswick with a reunion show at the APK

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/08/29/take-a-nostalgic-trip-sept-6-to-celebrate-the-old-brunswick-with-a-reunion-show-at-the-apk

By James Reaney, The London Free Press

Friday, August 29, 2014 8:20:27 EDT PM

Like a rock and roll fire that will not fade away, the Wick flares up again next weekend.

London rocker Jeff Mittelholtz is helming a reunion of bands and free spirits who loved the Wick — a.k.a. the old Brunswick Hotel at Talbot and York Streets in downtown London. The reunion is Sept. 6 at the APK.

“I thought I’d cop out and do the nostalgia thing,” Mittelholtz said this week of the reunion as he posed for a photograph.

The former Carnies member was up against a fine brick wall near what’s left of the Brunswick after its demolition in 2008. That would be some bushes and weeds, as neatly trimmed as possible, loosely defined gravel, a fence and a for sale sign.

Mittelholtz sounds the right note for a Wick reunion. An admirer of The Carnies and their horns-and-punk, Ramones-meets-Benny Goodman-meets-Rocket From The Crypt attack was getting a little excited.

Don’t get too Carnie crazy around Mittelholtz.

“(We) sounded like the monsters from the old Hercules cartoon. You know the one with the budget of about $5,” he said. Apparently, all the monsters soundtracked like the same howling beast.

So don’t go telling the Exeter-raised guitarist about how thrilling it is to recall the sweet smell of Wick memories.

Well, there was that methane aroma around the washroom, Mittelholtz will counter.

But scores of fans are connecting on social media to like reuniting with the good, bad and never dull times.

“It’s Facebook numbers, but she (APK’s Joan Brennan) is almost at capacity,” he said.

“It’s a good brand when you can pull that off,” he added of the Wick’s way to have energy and creativity trump dismal decor.

Just like the Wick, there’s no cover at the Sept. 6 reunion. Maybe the bands are being paid in beer, Mittelholtz, 45, murmured, which would be Wicka-propriate.

The Carnies won’t be at the reunion as a band. But former Carnies singer James “Jimmy Carnie” Short, of Halifax, and London trumpet player Kevin Dunklee, are expected to rock somewhere at the APK.

Also in the lineup are to be such loyal and upstanding Wick souls as Ten Heads, Duke Sedan, How Dare You, Ribbed For Your Pleasure, Boy From Nowhere, Silver Screens, Cross The Streams, Johnny Terrien and The Bad Lieutenants and Jeffy B. 

Mittelholtz will be with the three-piece Mittz Jagger & The Brunswick Jug Band, a project that keeps his music going while he works as a renovator.

The Wick didn’t disappear without a good fight. Activists argued that a building dating from c. 1855 which had been an “arts incubator” and training ground for countless London bands should live.

Municipal politicians and business minds decided otherwise and so the Wick is gone. And it’s still not even a paved parking lot.

The Wick was one of too many London music venues which closed in a flurry of bad news in the late 2000s.

Also shut down during 2008 or early 2009 were such music-friendly watering holes as the Embassy (also demolished), the Salt Lounge (site’s still closed) and the Alex P. Keaton (site has new operators, APK is its downtown descendant).

The Wick was celebrated in a column here as 2008 ended, hailing the space as “the London music scene personality” of the year. No place had more personality than the mighty Wick. On Dec. 27, 2008, the spirit of the 331 Talbot St. shrine was celebrated at a “wake for the Wick” at a downtown club.

Next weekend’s reunion at the APK is the spiritual heir to the Wick wake.

It’s also good to remember the name of the band to play the last gig at the Wick.

Mittelholtz remembers it was called End Of Tyranny.

“That’s an appropriate name,” he said.

james.reaney@sunmedia.ca

Twitter.com/JamesatLFPress

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IF YOU GO

What: Reunion show with performers celebrating the old Brunswick.

When: Saturday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m.

Where: The APK, 347 Clarence St.

Details: No cover. Visit theapk.ca or call 519-858-9900.

Wick-apedia: London band Adam West’s 1994 album was called Brunswick Hotel. “(It’s) a tribute to the edifice where band members work, play, practise and just generally hang out.” — Free Press files

Quotable then: “If (the Wick) goes down in any way, it would be tragic to many souls,” Carnies’ lead singer James Short (Jimmy Carnie) in 2008, just months before the Wick’s closing and demolition

Quotable now: “I’m just glad that the spirit of the Wick lives on . . . it was a bustling hub of creativity and there’s no need to stop that.” Jimmy Carnie, 2014, days before he opens the Wick reunion show.

London guitarist Jeff Mittelholtz often played the old Brunswick Hotel — known as the Wick — with The Carnies. He’s helping organize a reunion for bands and fans who loved the Wick, which was demolished in 2008. The reunion is to be held next weekend at the APK. Stretching in front of Mittelholtz is a space leading into the empty area once home to the Wick. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)

London guitarist Jeff Mittelholtz often played the old Brunswick Hotel — known as the Wick — with The Carnies. He’s helping organize a reunion for bands and fans who loved the Wick, which was demolished in 2008. The reunion is to be held next weekend at the APK. Stretching in front of Mittelholtz is a space leading into the empty area once home to the Wick. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)


Sunday. Bloody. Sunday: Mongrels/APK/residency

Snappy poster advertising all those sweet Sundays you are going to have at The APK with The Mongrels in residency

JBNBlog is on record as being a fan of The Mongrels …  so it’s great news that the band with London’s best set list (or words to that effect) has a first-Sunday, monthly residency at The APK

Robert Mongrel passed along the details . . . just to lift a section of Robert’s fourth point from the Mongrel-festo is a mention of The Byrds pre-flyte as it were. For the usual prizes, which LA club was home to The Byrds as they were preparing for lift otf.

Here’s Robert on The Byds in connection with The Mongrels . . .

In particular, we’d love to see some “performance art” dancers come and interpret the music in their own wacky way. I remember when The Byrds first started, people who’d go see them did so half because the band was great, and half because there was always an eminently watchable troupe of dance interpreters who wore audacious outfits and grooved to the tunes. We’d like to create the same. Clowns and mimes are also welcome. We want Londoners to let their freak flag fly. HIGH! We need help to spread the word that arty hipsters are most welcome. I know you’ll do what you can, because it’s your nature to do so.

w0w. I could dance to that . . & here is Robert slightly edited on the whole crazy Sunday scene.

Hi James:

. . . So, next Sunday, Aug. 3, THE MONGRELS kick off the inaugural edition of our newest thingie, the ROCK & ROLL RENT PARTY at the APK on Clarence Street. It’s a 3-7 matinee taking place the first Sunday of every month, featuring “London’s best set list” and a second act. This coming Sunday, special guests are SPACE SLAVE. They’ll go on @ 3 pm, and we’ll follow at about 4:30 ’til 7pm (or later if the crowd insists, which it did last night.)

We’re trying to do several things simultaneously with the ROCK & ROLL RENT PARTY, and any ink or video time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.

First, we wanted to plant our flag somewhere for regular appearances, so that the growing fan base has a place to reach critical mass. We seem to keep drawing more people with each event, but it’s been too sporadic to have them all show up for the same gig. This will help.

Second, we know better than most local acts how difficult it is to get booked in London as a rock band. The number of venues keeps diminishing, while the number of acts looking to play keeps growing. By having a support act each month, we can help mentor up-and-coming bands and give them a chance to put their talents before an audience. The first time HOWL played was opening for us at the old Brunswick, and we were really pleased to have played that role. They were a great and exciting band, and we were proud to have helped them prove it.

Third, we keep getting told by people of my vintage that they’re in bed by 10 pm, so coming to a gig is problematic for them. Hence, a matinee means daytime drinks, still in bed by 10 pm, and still workin’ for the man early the next AM. Voila!

Fourth, we REALLY want to help stimulate a local scene, a regular function around which others can coalesce too. In particular, we’d love to see some “performance art” dancers come and interpret the music in their own wacky way. I remember when The Byrds first started, people who’d go see them did so half because the band was great, and half because there was always an eminently watchable troupe of dance interpreters who wore audacious outfits and grooved to the tunes. We’d like to create the same. Clowns and mimes are also welcome. We want Londoners to let their freak flag fly. HIGH! We need help to spread the word that arty hipsters are most welcome. I know you’ll do what you can, because it’s your nature to do so.

Thanks in advance for whatever, James, no matter how great or small.

Robert Mongrel-Idiot

 

http://blogs.canoe.ca/brandnewblog/entertainment/sunday-bloody-sunday-mongrelsapkresidency/

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