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Two nights of live music to run in tandem with film festival

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Troy Shantz

A Sarnia band forged in the downtown venues of yesteryear is reuniting for one final show next month.

A Huron Union will perform Nov. 8 at CineGAZE, the two-day music festival running alongside the South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF).

The band comprised of city musicians Jenn Brace, Danny Alexander, Cam Starr and Dave Love will open for Toronto’s Dilly Dally for an evening of grunge-inspired tunes, said SWIFF executive director Ravi Srinivasan.

“It felt like the right time, and the right headlining band to make that happen,” he told The Journal.

“They’re all really excited about it. And hopefully the music scene from back in the day comes and checks out this one and only reunion show.”

The final show will mark the 10th anniversary of A Huron Union’s first ever show, Alexander added.

Indie-electro group Doomsquad closes the night with a set of danceable tunes at the Alt Space, Srinivasan added.

Hamilton’s The Crowleys kick things off on Nov. 9 at 10 p.m., warming the stage for up-and-coming indie vocalist Luna Li and her four-piece female-centric band.

Luna Li, who performed at CineGAZE in 2017, has shared the stage with Cheryl Crow, Born Ruffians and Hollerado.

“I think she’s going to be really big,” Srinivasan said.

Kaleidoscope Horse and New Zebra Kid round out the night.

Srinivasan said almost as much effort goes into staging CineGAZE as the rest of SWIFF. The concerts features a unique film projected during each band performance.

“I feel (SWIFF) is kind of engaging one part of a community, and we hope the music engages another part,” he said.

The goal is to book new and undiscovered talent that might not otherwise perform in Sarnia, he said.

“That’s a credit to Danny (Alexander),” who, in addition to performing with A Huron Union this year, also helps coordinate Cinegaze.

“He‘s involved in the scene in Toronto and knows what bands are coming up. (He’s) finding some of those hidden gems.”

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: CineGAZE Five

WHEN: Thursday Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 8

WHERE: Alt Space, 136 Christina St. North

INFO: Tickets $15 per night, or $25 both nights. Available at the door or at www.swiff.ca

 

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