The Southern Cross is an intimate room that can host a wide variety of performances. The Tranzac treats bookings in the Southern Cross as partnerships with community members. Artists performing in the Southern Cross pass the hat for contributions from audience members, and receive 10% of bar sales that are generated during their time slot. The Tranzac also provides a free drink to the artists who perform in the Southern Cross (up to 4 performers, ½ pints for groups with 5 or more performers) .
The Southern Cross is a do-it-yourself room during a performance, but there are a few things that we do together, cooperatively, to keep the room and equipment functioning well for the next group that comes in—we outline these details below.
The standard performance area in the Southern Cross is at ground level, and modular.
Bar service: Fixed, staffed daily
What to expect once you are booked in the Southern Cross
Promotion / We encourage artists to actively promote their show. Please send along links, images/posters, and an event description for consideration for inclusion in our weekly newsletter, on our website and our social feeds. Artists are also encouraged to tag the Tranzac on social media where possible—you may consider requesting that Tranzac be a co-host for a Facebook event, for example. Should you produce a concert poster, please hang it on the cork board at the Tranzac or mail us a poster or two.
Production and Equipment / If you are playing in the Southern Cross, you should have some comfort working with a sound console. We will provide a simple overview (sequence of steps) which you can follow to turn the system on and off. You will be able to run microphones and other sources through the mixer to the main speakers and monitors.
We provide a variety of equipment for your use (listed below). Please review our equipment list and plan to fill any gaps with your own gear or rented equipment as required.
You are expected to return equipment and the performance area to their original state after completing your set in order to support the next group. Remain mindful of the duration of your set, and give yourself enough time to pack up and tidy the space in order to ease the transition with the next group.
A Tranzac technician can be available for hire upon request, and will require a fee.
Backline, microphones, DIs, cables: The Southern Cross will have at least one guitar amp, one bass amp, and a four-piece drum kit on stage. Specific models may change from time to time as equipment is often put to use in multiple parts of the Tranzac.
- 3 x SM 58
- 1 x SM 57
- 2 x Audix OM3db (these are BEHIND the piano and must be left in place.)
- 3 x passive DIs
- 1 x Gretch kick drum with pedal
- 1 x snare drum with stand
- 1 x Gretch floor tom
- 1 x high hat stand with clutch
- 1 x rack tom which uses a snare stand for support
- 1 x drum throne
- 2 x hi hats
- 1 x crash
- 1 x ride
- Piano: 1 x Heintzman upright piano
- Bass amps
- 1 x Traynor Smallblock 112
- 1 x Traynor TS 120 B
- Guitar amps
- 1 x Peavey Bandit
- 1 x Fender Blues Jr
- Cables: Assorted XLR and patch cables
*Some of the gear is no-name, you are welcome to bring your own
Daytime Use & Rehearsals:
The Tranzac is available for daytime bookings, including rehearsals. Rehearsals (minimum three hours) are $30/hr in the Southern Cross Lounge and the Living Room, and $35/hr in the Main Hall. There is a piano in each room, and we have drums and backline available. Sound tech fees are extra.