Ontario Band Hosts Music and Art Showcase

St. Catharines, ON was treated to a rocking good time on July 26 when the Think About Something That Matters concert played at Detour Music Hall. Gothic funk-punk outfit The Polar Bear is Mine organized the show in order to showcase local artists and musicians. The band performed an hour long set, after 45 minute sets from punk groups Dimwits and The Convoluted.

Headliners The Polar Bear is Mine formed in 2011. Soon, they began playing at events like Relay for Life Cancer Walks and Canada Day at Charles Daley Park. In Toronto they placed second at the 2013 Yourshot Festival, and they’ve been playing frequently around there since October. The group consists of guitarist DJ Maki, bassist Will Preston, vocalist Kostyn Petrunick and drummer Jacob Wiley.

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Their influences include Marilyn Manson, David Bowie and Red Hot Chili Peppers and two of them have artistic interests outside the band. As an artist, Maki has twice participated in the Niagara Artists Centre’s Strutt Wearable Art Show, while Preston annually sells his custom woodwork at the Vineland Art Festival. The band’s love of art is reflected in their purpose, which they see as “to share music/art and provoke thought.” Their show raised enough money for each band to be paid for their hard work.

The Convoluted opened the all-ages show. The three piece band features singer/guitarist Johl Brienesse, bassist Connor Schmidt and drummer Griffin Bender. They formed last year and describe their sound as “punk music at its worst,” adding that they play “loud, hard and fast punk rock with some ska” thrown in.

Bender’s drumming duties don’t stop with The Convoluted, he also shares his talents with Dimwits, a “punk rock crossover thrash” band who played the night’s second set. He joins vocalist/guitarist Frankie Wood and bassist/vocalist Chris Humphrey in the group, which considers Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, and the Sex Pistols as some of their influences.

Internet advertising, social networking, and word of mouth were utilized for promotions, and Preston notes that “word of mouth appeared to be highly effective.” He also says that “as an organizer, seeing everything go as planned, watching the other bands perform, and being able to meet and greet with our audience” were highlights of the night.

Preston’s biggest piece of advice for other concert planners? “I would advise anyone else thinking of doing something similar to not worry or stress too much going into it.”

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