The Great Bar Band Battle

May 30, 2019 | The Palace Theatre | Calgary, AB

403 267 9448

A fundraising event in support of Access to Justice




TMZ reports that the Advo-Cats are in turmoil during their current tour.  Rumour has it that Micah Chartrand (Soby Boyden Lenz - rhythm guitar / vocals) has taken a “sabbatical” from the Advo-Cats, and is playing with a competing band.  Remaining Advo-Cats member, Simon McCleary (JSS Barristers - rhythm guitar), returning to the band after trying his hand at lengthy commercial trials, said:  “I think Micah will return to the Advo-Cats.  He has been openly ‘band-curious’ for some time now”.  David Marshall (JSS Barristers – Keyboard / Drums / Vocals) is rumoured to be playing drums for Chartrand’s band, while also playing keyboard and singing in the Advo-Cats.  Vincent Light (Stikeman – lead guitar / vocals) was heard saying:  “David is ‘band-fluid’.  We’ll just have to learn to live with that”.  Oliver Ho (JSS Barristers – keyboards / vocals) has returned to the Advo-Cats on this tour, after a brief unexplained absence.  Mysteriously, he appears to be taller since his return.  McCleary, absent at the same time as Ho, appears to be shorter.  Mainstays Glenn Solomon (JSS Barristers – drums / vocals) and Vincent Light remain with the band on this tour.  Geoff Boddy (JSS Barristers – bass guitar) is absent from this tour.  When asked about this, Glenn Solomon curtly responded: “Yoko”.  Boddy has been replaced with Clark Kassian (Dentons – bass guitar) on this tour.  Darren Reed (Blakes – vocals), not on the current tour, insists that he’s still in the band, saying: “I just no longer attend rehearsals or gigs.” The disruption within the band caused a commentator after a recent private show to comment: “The Advo-Cats have been through so many changes that they look like an Advo-Cats tribute band.  It’s like going to see Earth, Wind and Fire, and just getting Wind.”

the dissent

The Dissent has been the official rock band of the University Saskatchewan College of Law since the late 80s, with the longest standing member being current Dean Martin Phillipson on drums. 
John and Loni joined the Dissent in 2009, Micah in 2010, and finally cute little Paul in 2011.  The band prided itself on playing over 30 songs for a charity gig with minimal practice until Micah Chartrand, winner of “Most Stressed Out First Year Law Student”,  whipped them into shape with regular practice times, strict diets, sleep schedules, and heavy cardio.   That lasted for about five minutes until everyone just told Micah to shut up, and the band went back to being cool again.  Since that time, there have been many versions of the Dissent at the U of S College of Law, but few have been as eclectic and well-rounded as the legendary 2009-2011 group:   

  • Vocals - Loni da Costa, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Retired pro softball player turned big shot litigation partner. Has committed to paying the band’s bar tab after the show.

  • Bass - John Sanche, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP - The Zen master and chill guru of the group, he seems to know a lot of strange and mysterious things. No one knows if this unusual knowledge comes from experience ranging from server rooms, to rainforests, to board rooms—or, if he just made it all up.

  • Lead Guitar - Paul Wood, Intact Insurance - Once played an entire gig while choking on a chicken bone. Posed in a shirtless law school fundraising calendar which sold two copies.

  • Air guitar - Micah Chartrand, Soby Boyden Lenz LLP - Has made it this far without actually knowing how to play guitar, but still thinks he’s Jimmy Page on stage.

  • Sax – Bradon Willms, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP – Joined the band after an assignment to do so was handed down by Loni. The band was looking forward to conferring rookie status on him and making him pack all gear to and from the gig, but this dream died when he proved to be a better musician than any of the original members after just one jam.

  • Drums - Some lender from JSS Barristers.

The Dissent would like to send out a special thanks to our friends at Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (or “The Advo-cats”) for lending us their very own David Marshall to fill in for Dean Phillipson on drums.  David is our musical “expert” and resident hipster, who is dismayed The Palace doesn’t serve bespoke cocktails.

House of Lords

Do you want to rock and roll all night, and party every day?  Are you looking for someone to rock you like a hurricane?  If it’s only rock and roll, do you still like it?   The House of Lords are Todd Lee, Joe Schuck, Mark Szabo and Corey Prediger and they want you to rock; very hard indeed!  If you're looking for music from the top of today’s pop charts, their set will be a good opportunity to go refresh your fancy cocktail and chat up that hottie/hunk from accounting. But if you're ready for some hard hitting rock and roll from back when they used to make actual music, stick around. Bowie. CCR. Elvis. Kinks. Etc. See you out there.

Rodney & The Welders

The award winning Rodney and the Welders are very happy to be back at the 2018 Great Bar Band Battle.  After a significant dispute about charitable tax credits following a September 2016 charity gig, the future of the band was put in serious doubt.  New management and a 35 city tour of Malta allowed Mike Pedlow (lead vocals, mechanic), Zeke Purves-Smith (harp, beer provider), Grant Stevens (guitar, baker), Brian Milne (drums, humour) and Wes Novotny (bass, van transportation) to find renewed friendships and refreshed common musical roots.  Playing strictly chart-topping Norwegian folk/synth inspired blues rock and roll, the Welders hope their new sound will bring them a whole legion of (new) fans.

The Turbines

The Turbines’ roots are in 1990 at the Macleod Dixon Christmas party. Glen Poelman and Andy Robertson formed the band to play one song – Back in the USSR, to celebrate the firm’s recent opening of Canada’s first licensed law office in Moscow. They have played together ever since.

The Turbines have performed at dozens of venues in Calgary, played for the Prime Minister, and toured as far as the Crow’s Nest Pass. They are ready to play any event with their 5 hour repertoire. This extensive library of favourites includes hits made famous by pop, rock and country influences such as Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Billy Joel, BTO, The Mamas and The Papas, and of course, The Wonders. The Turbines feature bench strength from Glen Poelman (guitar) and Andy Robertson (keyboard, guitar, harmonica and vocals), and the talents of Lois May (vocals and keyboard), Geoff Poelman (bass and vocals), and Fosterchild alumnus, now real estate and criminal defence lawyer, Robert Matthews (drums and vocals). 

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