With a Jan. 5 tweet simply worded "Here we come Canada!," Jim Ward and his Sparta bandmates announced three shows next month in Canada, eh?
The quartet — drummer Tony Hajjar, bassist Matt Miller, guitarist Keeley Davis and singer-guitarist Ward — will play Dusty's Bar and BBQ in Whistler, British Columbia, on Feb. 20, followed by the Biltmore in Vancouver on Feb. 21 and Broken City in Calgary on Feb. 22.
Fall of Summer and Wes Makepeace, both from Whistler, will open the first show there. Vancouver's In Media Res will open that show. No opener was announced for the Calgary show.
BTW, the "Buy Tickets" prompt on the Sparta website didn't work when I tried it today. Presumably, that'll be fixed soon.
In other music news:
• The House of Rock on Viscount is, apparently, no more.
The club's Facebook page has been pulled.
La Parada promoter Adam Marshall posted on Jan. 4 that he was forced to move the Jan. 11 "Ace High" hip-hop tour show to another venue after HOR closed "with no notice."
I haven't heard anything else about it, so if you know anything, pass it on.
In the meantime, Marshall said the "Ace High" show — with rappers Aceyalone, JNatural and Pat Maine, and DJ Tramlife — has been moved to Bombardiers, 109 E. Castellano.
It's the same night, and starts at 9 p.m.
It's now a 21-and-over show, and the cover charge is $6.
• El Paso's Halfbreed Lovers, Scotch Mist, Snappy Crotch Kicks and DJ Arom will play a fundraiser for this year's Sunset Heights Block Party at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Percolator.
It's a $4 donation at the door, $2 with the purchase of food or drink.
A second benefit there on Jan. 25 will feature locals Bitch Face, the Aykroyds, Bat/Caves and The Dismissal. Same cover.
No date has been announced for this year's free, two-stage event in the Sunset Heights neighborhood, but it's usually near the end of October.