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Dwayne Gretzky's New Years Eve
Dwayne Gretzky’s New Years Eve

. : : December 31st, 2020 : : .

Going to concerts in my twenties and going to concerts in my thirties have proven to be very different experiences.

In my twenties, I could quite literally go online, check out the line-up at a few of my favourite venues for the evening, and just choose to go out and see a performance impulsively.

In my thirties, it’s a whole other affair. I have to arrange sitters for my kids, schedule work around the evening, worry about back up plans if the sitter bails last minute, etc.

Whereas ten years ago, my only punishment was a mild level of sleep deprivation at work the following day, I now find that I’m yawning before the opening band even takes the stage and it can be a week following before I’m back to a normal sleeping schedule.

All of this is compounded for event concerts. Forget about travelling out of town or multi-day festivals: what do you think it’s like to get a reliable, trust-worthy sitter on New Years Eve in suburban Toronto?

Needless to say, although it’s been on my wish list since inception, I’ve never been able to make it out to Dwayne Gretzky‘s celebrated New Years Eve shows.

Dwayne Gretzky @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

. : : April 18th, 2014 : : .

Summer is fast-approaching, and in the music world, that means festival season. Some of the most historically important musical festivals have been a showcase for current and emerging talent — think Woodstock (either of them, arguably) — but recently, the pendulum has swung so festivals have become a touring nostalgia sideshow.

It occurs to me that both promoters and concert goers could save themselves a bucket load of cash and inevitable disappointment by giving a call to Tyler Kyte, Nick Rose, and the ladies and gentlemen who back them up in Dwayne Gretzky.

The band has nailed nostalgia down to a tee; last year they gathered to perform all of Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours album, but this year they had their sights set on a broader theme that may appeal to their fan base at large — the entirety of the 1990’s. Cribbing the name of the event, Big Shiny Dwayne, from a classic, best-selling Canadian compilation that charted five straight #1 discs annually, the band came prepared to live up to the title by showcasing the best music of the 90s with a focus on alternative and college rock.

Dwayne Gretzky @ Great Hall

. : : April 16th, 2013 : : . It is a familiar trope so ingrained in North American culture that it has become a caricature of itself: basement bars across the continent featuring dimly lit stages occupied by various variations of the same theme — the cover band. Impersonators, tributes, genre and era-revivalists, the configurations are virtually endless. But then, there’s cover bands, and then there’s Dwayne Gretzky. OK, I know I’ve blogged about these guys before. A lot. And it’s always been unabashedly universal praise for their live energy, note-perfect, faithful recreations of classic songs that span both genres and decades.…

Dwayne Gretzky @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : October 31st, 2012 : : . What better way to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day than with remembering last year’s Hallowe’en? Sure, it might be weird to celebrate Valentine’s Day by listening to songs such as The Talking Heads‘ “Psycho Killer” and Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller“, but also kind of awesome, amirite?! Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, this past Hallowe’en, I introduced my brother to what I described as “unquestionably far and away the best cover band in Toronto, hands down.” He raised an eyebrow. “Who do they cover?” “EVERYBODY!” It was clear that this Hallowe’en show would be special. Dwayne Gretzky would be pulling…

Dwayne Gretzky @ El Mocambo

. : : June 15th, 2012 : : . Starting a cover band is a strange and insanely difficult thing to do. Almost all cover bands require a underlying theme that tie together the performance. Whether you’re a cover band solely dedicated to tribute a specific band (ie. Rain, the touring Broadway Beatles cover band), decade (ie. 70’s), genre (ie. 80’s pop), or combination of the three, you’re virtually guaranteed a built-in audience — but also one that’s extremely limited by pre-existing fandom of the artist or style you’re performing. You also lock yourself into a bit of a box. After all, no one cares…

Paper Lions @ Supermarket (Residency)

If you’ve been reading the blog this past summer, you’ve probably noticed there’s two bands I really started to get into in a big way: The Rest and Paper Lions. Both bands were openers and underdog show highlights at the Dark Mean album release party this past June. I’ve made a concentrated effort to catch the bands every time they’ve come into town since, and luckily, both bands have thus far made it an easy and frequent occasion. Paper Lions, based out of Prince Edward Island on the far east Canadian coast, were the band I least expected to see again so soon but returned…