A Huron Union played its first gig in 2009, sprawled across the middle of the road during Art Walk downtown — a quintessential Sarnia experience, according to guitarist Cameron Starr, part of the one-time up-and-coming border city band.
Now, roughly four years after the band’s last one-off reunion, A Huron Union is returning to Sarnia as part of the South Western International Film Festival. The band kicks off the music Nov. 8, opening for notable headlining acts Dilly Dally and Doomsquad.
The four-day film festival runs Nov. 7 to Nov. 10.
A Huron Union formed after Starr returned to Sarnia in 2009, teaming up with longtime friend Danny Alexander. The two guitarists comprised half A Huron Union, alongside bassist and vocalist Jennifer Brace and drummer Dave Love.
All will return for the November show.
“All of us have gotten a little better,” Starr told the Observer Friday. “If you remember us, it’ll hopefully be pretty nostalgic for you.”
The band is the only local music act featured at the four-day festival after being invited by friend and event organizer Ravi Srinivasan. Three now live in Toronto, each leaving Sarnia for their own reasons. Starr and Alexander still play together. Brace, alone, remained in Sarnia.
In their heyday the Sarnia band released an EP and a live bootleg-like recording taped at Paddy Flaherty’s. Original songs off each will comprise the film festival set, Starr said.
“We’re trying to play all the crowd favourites, keep it super simple,” Starr said. “A lot of it’s about what we can remember. (Danny and I) sat down a few days ago and went over all the riffs.”
Those interested in learning more about the band can sample its music online, at ahuronunion.bandcamp.com.
The music at the film festival is one of many ways organizers are trying to enhance the weekend-long experience. There will also be a virtual reality exhibit upstairs at the Imperial Theatre, one of two locations hosting the Sarnia event.
More information can be found at swiff.ca.