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Month: March 2012

Ryan Guay @ Drake Underground

. : : March 9th, 2012 : : . After being introduced as “gay with a u”, it took a little bit longer than normal to take Ryan Guay‘s set seriously. With a voice less rich and more nasal than the previous performer at An Evening With Andrew Cole, Brad Filtre, I was a bit distracted in reconciliation of the odd choice of order of performers for the night. That is, until Ryan started using a bit more vocal dynamics, especially in volume. Instantly, it was clear where his strengths lay, and just how it is this soft-spoken, mild-mannered man is able to…

Colleen Brown @ Hotowitz Theatre

. : : November 22nd, 2011 : : . You may have already heard of Colleen Brown — especially if you have visited this blog before. In fact, if you were to check out the number of posts she’s been tagged in on HaterHigh.com, you’d come up with slightly more than a dozen previous blog entries. So, yeah, I guess you can say I’m a fan. If you’re not (yet!), you may not know that she recently wrapped up an IndieGoGo campaign to fund a follow-up album to 2011’s DIRT. She’s been flying back and forth to LA meeting with fancy-pants producers, and the future…

Brad Fillatre @ Drake Underground

. : : March 9th, 2012 : : . Although the set up was ignored to accommodate her keyboard during Colleen Brown‘s opening set, the night was billed as “Andrew Cole & Friends”, so the stage was decorated to resemble something that might sort of maybe kind of look like Andrew Cole’s living room — but probably not. It provided great, intimate ambiance, but as the performers after Colleen were all perched down in couches in the back right of the stage, it severely cut down on sight lines. As I was recovering from a light lower back spasm, I decided to sit for…

Colleen Brown @ Drake Underground

. : : March 9th, 2012 : : . The other day, Ms. Colleen Brown posted a link to her Facebook friends about the blog. It meant a lot to me, not only for the kind words that accompanied the link, but because it meant (to me) that, after nearly two years of hard, dedicated (and expensive) work, the live recordings are really, finally being embraced by the community that I’m so dedicated to promoting. It was apropos that it was shortly before this blog entry but after the recording of this concert in particular that this link was posted. This blog does a…

Songs Are Tattoos – Joni Mitchell Tribute @ Hugh’s Room

. : : March 3rd, 2012 : : . I had almost completely forgotten about Songs Are Tattoos: A Joni Mitchell Tribute, happening at Hugh’s Room in Toronto and featuring HaterHigh.com favourite Colleen Brown until I received a text message from Ms. Brown herself, inviting me out. I knew it was happening, but for some reason the date didn’t get saved in my phone’s agenda, and in the recesses of my memory, it was slated for LATE March. When it popped up only a couple of days into the month, I was shocked, but rushed into the shower and onto the subway. I was going to be…

Whitehorse @ Winter Garden Theatre

. : : February 24th, 2012 : : . Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland are more than capable performers separately, so seeing the married couple share the stage (as I have three or four times now) is an absolute treat. Whitehorse is, largely, a re-imagining of the duo’s individual back catalog, performed as a full band with only two members. Wait, what?! That’s right, there’s only two members on stage, but they literally play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and various other instruments, often at the same time, and almost always while sharing vocal duty. Watching the band perform is an immense treat (at least on par…

Amelia Curran @ Winter Garden Theatre

. : : February 24th, 2012 : : . Last time I was at the Winter Garden Theatre, it was to see comedian Louis CK. Actually, I think that was the only time I’d ever been to the Winter Garden — in the past, I’d frequented its much closer-to-sea-level downstairs cousin, the Elgin Theatre, when it was the popular choice for musicals in the city. The Winter Garden theatre is stunningly decorated, but an unusual place to hold a concert. The support beams are decorated to look like tree stumps, and “leaves” hang from the ceilings. Painted vines crawl up the walls and doors. To look…