Back to Back Prairie Music Making Way To Phog Lounge From Regina

Back to back prairie music making way to Phog Lounge: Bears in Hazenmore with Windsor’s A Welcome Breeze, and Ava Wild and Brodie Moniker

(photo above: Bears in Hazenmore announce that they will be kicking off their tour in Windsor at Phog Lounge by posting this photo on their Facebook page, the band says it serves as evidence proving how little they know about Ping Pong. Photo source Bears in Hazenmore Facebook page.)

April 24 and 25 might be best described as Regina nights in downtown Windsor. On Tuesday, starting at 10pm, Bears in Hazenmore will take over the stage at Phog Lounge with a little help from Windsor’s A Welcome Breeze.

The five member Bears are currently, as they say, “Thrashing Around Canada,” Most of the thrashing is to promote their new full-length album “Atlas,” expected for release in the middle of June.

It will be the third from the group since its formation in 2014 and will add to its library of ambient alternative rock characterized with “intimate lyrics and enticing builds,” along with heavy use of guitar reverb and highly active percussion.

A Welcome Breeze is the name Windsor musician Brian Parent has given to his efforts to, “combine several genres of music into one…including elements of post-rock, electronic and indie rock.”

Currently Parent is taking music quite seriously and is using Fridays and Saturdays to lay down tracks for a double CD.

Thursday Phog will feature two more artists from the Saskatchewan’s capital city, Ava Wild with Brodie Moniker, will start their session at 7pm. The pair call their tour a journey of exposure, part of a plan to generate more national awareness of their folk-roots, acoustic-pop, jazz and old-country repertoire.

Ava Wild

Ava Wild plays the guitar in this promotional photo for her first EP Bare released in 2016. Photo source Ava Wild Facebook Page.

In 2016 Wild released “Bare,” her debut extended play. She taught herself how to play guitar seven years ago, when she was eleven.

Her travelling companion Moniker is a fifteen year veteran of the local Regina music industry and, says his webpage, brings, “modern avant-garde sensibilities with a pop flare, creating brave, listenable music, pushing boundaries while retaining an accessible ear.”

Brodie Moniker

Brodie Moniker promotional photo from Photo by Jeff Sawatsky.

Phog, at 157 University Avenue West, is a fixture of Windsor’s eclectic music scene.

Robert Tuomi
Article & Photos by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.