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Month: August 2011

Kathleen Edwards @ Dakota Tavern

. : : August 28th, 2011 : : . It’s safe to say that this blog has been built on the back of the success of my half dozen Kathleen Edwards concert recordings. I sometimes think that all the hits I get every day are from people who check my blog just in case they somehow missed a Kathleen Edwards show and want to see if they can download it. Truthfully, it’s been just over a year since Kathleen Edwards played a last minute set at The Dakota Tavern right before going into the studio to work on her forth-coming and as-of-yet publicly untitled album. The…

The Rest @ Great Hall

. : : July 29th, 2011 : : . I can’t say I knew much of anything about the Out of the Box Festival a week before it started. I’m not as in touch with local music as you might expect for someone with a blog such as mine, so when Hamilton’s The Rest announced on their various social networking sites that they would be playing The Great Hall for the festival, I had mixed feelings. To begin with, the announcement was only a handful of days before the festival, and I was scheduled to work that evening. Also, the idea of paying for a festival pass when…

Justin Rutledge @ National Arts Centre

. : : November 6th, 2010 : : . If you’re a fan of Canadian roots-rock music, you’ve probably heard of Justin Rutledge whether you wanted to or not. I’ve never bought a ticket to see him, but have been treated to his live performances almost half a dozen times in the last four years. Opening for the likes of Jim Cuddy and Kathleen Edwards, you definitely can’t complain about the company he keeps. Over the course of four albums in the last six years, Rutledge has amassed a devoted following, as I learned standing in line outside of Lee’s Palace before his NXNE show in 2007. His handsome,…

Polynesian Bride @ Great Hall

    . : : July 29th, 2011 : : . The first thing I noticed about Polynesian Bride is that the front man didn’t look like he knew what he was doing. He played the opening song, Clap My Hands, with that stiff, uncomfortable, jerky motion created by extending the shoulder and elbow usually only seen by people playing guitar for the first, second and MAYBE third time in their life. Also, his eyes were glued to his fretting hand — a sure sign of someone uncomfortable with the guitar, or at least not performing long enough to have committed the song to muscle memory. The…

Emm Gryner @ Drake Underground

. : : July 27th, 2011 : : . Ever since wowing me with her perform at Junofest ’11, Emm Gryner has spent much of her time in the studio putting together her forth-coming album, Northern Gospel. Unable to bring her local fans into the studio to get a sneak peek, Emm did the next best thing, and tried to bring the studio to the fans. So the stage at the Drake Underground was significantly stripped down from the traditional band set-up I saw Emm perform at the Great Hall; accompanying her voice and piano was a long table whose every nook and cranny was filled with synths,…

Eden Hertzog @ Drake Underground

. : : July 27th, 2011 : : . You know, I’ve been pretty lucky with opening acts. A lot of people I know — and I’m sure a lot of people you know, perhaps yourself included? — incessantly skip opening bands. “Oh, I’ve never heard of them before. Who cares?” is a prevalent mentality. Me? I’m the other way around. I’m intrigued by the unknown opening band. No expectations means a far greater chance of leaving surprised, and with a new favourite band you’re teeming with excitement to check out. The headliners? Well, maybe they didn’t play that song from their…

Freedom or Death @ Lee’s Palace

. : : July 20th, 2011 : : . It was only three or so blog posts ago when I compared Heartbeat Hotel‘s singer to former The Postage Stamps’ Keith Hamilton. I knew the gentleman was keeping busy after the latter band’s dissolution with promoting concerts in Toronto and southern Ontario, and his own band Hamilton Trading Co., but I guess the busiest man in Toronto still wasn’t busy enough. I was getting excited for The Paper Lions‘ return to Toronto, and decided to do some reading on that bands that would be joining them for their show at Lee’s Palace. I was stunned upon discovering that…