Canadian indie rock darlings, Trailer Park Boys star performing in Hamilton


Published January 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Musican Brendan Canning, left, and actor Pat Roach.

Friday is the first chance to get tickets if you crave Canadian indie rock, and comedy, as much as a certain TV assistant trailer park supervisor loved cheeseburgers — and abhorred wearing shirts.

A lot of entertainment rolls through Hamilton, of course, but this week has included notable announcements for uniquely Canadian talent that is coming to local venues.

Broken Social Scene, the baroque-pop musical collective that has earned critical acclaim internationally over nearly a quarter-century, is playing a pair of shows at The Bridgeworks on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 17 and 18).

Formed by Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew in Toronto in the late 1990s, Broken Social Scene is highly regarded for its effect on alternative music and indie rock. In 2021, Pitchfork magazine listed the band among the most important artists of the previous quarter century, calling them a “thrillingly grandiose ensemble.” Group members have contributed to other acts such as Feist, Metric, Apostle of Hustle, and Stars,

Tickets for both shows at Bridgeworks (200 Caroline St. N.) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 13, available at

That same week, actor Pat Roach, who played the antagonistic Randy on the long-running comedy franchise Trailer Park Boys, is bringing his Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic Comedy Tour to the Corktown Irish Pub (located at (175 Young St.). The March 13 show is part of an 11-day, 11-city tour.

On the series, Roach’s character was variously and simultaneously the right-hand man and romantic partner of Sunnyvale Trailer Park’s head supervisor, Jim Lahey (played by the late John Dunsworth). Randy’s trademarks were bordering-on-a-medical-issue cheeseburger consumption and an aversion to wearing shirts, which cause his ample belly to hang over the belt of his tight white pants.

Randy was normally mild-mannered — unless crossed. Or as Ricky put it: “Randy can’t fight with his little white pants on — doesn’t wanna tear his precious little pants. So, when the pants come off, look the f— out.”

Tickets for Roach’s shows go on sale Friday (Jan. 13) at 11 a.m. at He is also doing a show on March 14 at the Moose & Goose in Thorold.

The show at the Corktown will be the second for Roach/Randy in Hamilton. He made an appearance at Charred Rotisserie House on James St. N. this past fall.

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