Rancid Toronto – July 29/17, Rancid and Dropkick Murphys & AFTER PARTY

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Rancid Toronto – Rancid hits Toronto on July 29th, 2017 as part of their co-headlining tour, From Boston to Berkeley, with The Dropkick Murphys.

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Rancid Toronto

If you don’t already have tickets. Well, I guess you are shit out of luck, unless you want to pay scalper prices. The From Boston to Berkeley Toronto tour stop at Echo Beach is sold out. The last time Rancid was in Toronto was for Riot Fest 2015 – which was the last time the festival was held in Toronto. Dropkick Murphys were here last September as part of TURF – Toronto Urban Roots festival. Also on the bill are The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns  (best known as the front-man for Stiff Little Fingers). This co-headlining bill was something Canadian punk lovers couldn’t miss out on. Other sold out dates on the tour include Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Asbury Park NJ and Sacramento CA.

Rancid Toronto After Party

Remember when Rancho Relexo used to have punk shows upstairs? Well, that space has now been officially turned into a new underground music venue called Stop, Drop & Roll. If you couldn’t get tickets, or if you want something to do after the Rancid show. There is an after party show going on at Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. Pink door above Rancho Relaxo.
Keep your Rancid/Dropkick Murphys Ticket stub, this will grant you free entry into the after party.
If you don’t have tickets to Rancid/Dropkick Murphys you can buy $5 adv. tickets at http://www.laurenspike.com/tickets

The after party show will feature many local punk favourites including The Liquor Pigs, Cadillac Blood, Censor and Punkabilly act Lauren Spike.
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From Echo Beach to Stop, Drop & Roll

Stop, Drop & Roll is one streetcar ride from Echo Beach. Just take the 511 Bathurst streetcar from Exhibition Loop and get off at College St. Walk east, toward Spadina past Augusta Ave. It is the Pink door above Rancho Relaxo.

From Union Station to Stop, Drop & Roll

If you are coming to/from Union station, it is also one streetcar ride. Just take the 510 Spadina streetcar to College and then walk west. The Spadina streetcar is kinda tricky to find if you are new to the city. You go to the TTC at union station and down to the subway platform where the Subway runs. There you will see signs directing you to the “streetcars”.

You could always just take the subway from Union station and walk from Queen’s park or take the 506 streetcar west on College. But personally I’d take the Spadina streetcar.

Driving

Just type in 300 College St. into Google and away you go!

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Punk Guitar – Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic

Can a punk guitar be acoustic? Well I’m here to tell you YES it can because this signature acoustic guitar by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong plays like an electric. The Tim Armstrong Hellcat guitar by Fender is a light guitar with low action. It does not feel like you are playing an acoustic. It is perfect for writing or jamming acoustic tunes if you are a punk musician who is used to playing an electric guitar. It features a built in tuner (Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner) so you can really just pick and up an go. Great for jamming around a campfire.

Punk Guitar – Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic by Fender

Punk Guitar - Tim Armstrong Hellcat

I was fortunate enough to win this guitar via a social media contest that that Rancid’s instagram account hosted at the end of last year.

Punk Guitar Winnings

The contest incorporated two of my favourite things, music and graphic design. The contest was a poster design contest for their show on New Years Eve in L.A. You simply designed a poster for the show and posted it to your instagram account using #thebash. Rancid then took a screen shot of your design (using a mobile device) and reposted it to their instagram account. People would vote by liking the posts on the Rancid account. The 5 top designs with the most likes (by Dec. 15th, 2015) won a signature Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic guitar and guess passes to their show on NYE.

Punk guitar winners

As a fan, it made me feel so “special” to have the Rancid instagram account share my poster design.  I loved watching the likes go up during the contest and viewing all the other submissions. I spent hours on my phone keeping track of the #thebash hashtag and looking at all the new designs. There were SO many great designs. Honestly there were a lot better designs than mine. Especially the ones that where illustrations. I took graphic design in college and I do have an advanced diploma in it, but I am mostly just an admirer of that art form. As for work these days I mostly focus on producing websites.  Online contests are mostly just a popularity contest…Speaking of which, Please vote for me to play at Amnesia Rockfest. Go to  http://www.vote4spike.com. Scroll down to “Lauren Spike” and click “Vote for This Band”. You can vote once a day! Thanks!

Rockfest Poster - Lauren Spike