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54.40 @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : November 4th, 2011 : : . 54.40 is a band with a long history. In fact, the group formed some two years before I was even born, over thirty years ago, and have been steadily releasing albums every two-to-three years ever since. Still, I wasn’t very familiar with the band prior to their headlining spot at the WWF Fundraiser last November. Unknowingly, I knew them best through another band’s cover: my dad was a big Hootie and the Blowfish fan in the mid-90s, so their cover of 54.40’s I Go Blind is etched fairly deeply in the recesses of my subconscious. I didn’t attribute…

Jully Black @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : November 4th, 2011 : : . Being so completely into indie rock and roots-folk, it’s sometimes really easy to forget there’s a whole diverse world of other independent music being made in Canada worth of attention. Amongst the biggest — to the extent that it’s mind-boggling how little awareness I have of it — is Urban music. It was an unusual and somewhat unexpected treat to not only be introduced to Jully Black at a WWF-fundraiser at Glenn Gould Studio last November, but to really enjoy her performance as well. Jully worked the crowd into a frenzy with a non-stop, heart-racingly energetic show…

Amelia Curran @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : May 15th, 2012 : : . Amelia Curran is my constant reminder for giving second chances. The first time I saw her perform, I gave her performance the sole negative review in a show that featured a dozen or more Canadian performers. Admittedly, I saw potential, and (although I wasn’t sure why) went to see her perform at Glenn Gould Studio in the closing weeks of 2010. I was blown away by a beautiful, engaging show. The next time I saw her perform, opening for Whitehorse a couple of months ago at the Winter Garden Theatre, I thought the performance was good, but leaning more…

Hawksley Workman @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : November 4th, 2011 : : . I’ve written about Hawksley Workman a few times before. In these reviews I usually go on to disperse adjectives generally reserved for gross hyperbole, but in the context of a Hawksley Workman review, they are entirely without irony or exaggeration. A consummate performer dripping with charismatic charm, you cannot help but be enthralled by Hawksley within minutes of first seeing him perform. So when blog regular and friend @Ricker sent me a tweet informing me that Hawksley would be performing at the For A Living Planet event, organized as a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund — one of…

Frazey Ford @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : September 21st, 2011 : : . About a year ago, I posted a set by an opening band whose performance I didn’t love. It doesn’t matter who it was; all that matters is that I tried to be as gracious as possible, critically observing the sets flaws, and pointing out its potentials. I still posted a recording of the show for download. I received a bit of flack for posting a recording of a band I had less-than-nice things to say, but I stand by my position that this blog isn’t written for me. No, dear reader, it’s all…

Whitehorse @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : September 21st, 2011 : : . When Whitehorse, then still titled “Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet,” announced a show at beautiful Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC building, I was a bit conflicted as to whether or not to buy tickets. I’ve run across both singers more than once, but usually at NXNE showcase events where they perform only a handful of songs and then disappear behind the curtains. I’ve been impressed by their performances, both together and individually, but for whatever reason, I haven’t spent any significant time following up on my interest. On the other hand, it was sure to be a…

Amelia Curran @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : December 4th, 2010 : : . Colleen Brown, Danny Michel, Royal Wood, Amelia Curran — all these artists have one thing in common. Well, OK, they probably have a few things in common. But there’s one thing in particular I’m concerned with for the purpose of this blog entry. That is, each was a new discovery for me at this past spring’s NXNE Six Shooter Records‘ Gunslingers and Outlaws showcase at Lee’s Palace. I’ve also made a concentrated effort to see each perform (at least) once on their own, abandoned by the sheer force of talent the sum of their collective peers communally generated. I…

Danny Michel @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : October 16th, 2010 : : . I’m always afraid when I leave the house that I’ve forgotten the tickets. The tickets, or something else of equal importance, that is. I’m a terrible procrastinator. I leave everything to absolutely the last possible second and then will tear around the house in a mad panic. Getting dressed, grabbing recorder and mics, checking batteries, wallet, cell phone, etc. And I’m always crazy paranoid that I’ve forgotten the concert tickets themselves. I never have, but it’s a deep-seated fear that one day I will. So, on Friday night, I stepped out of the…