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Whitehorse @ Roy Thomson Hall

Whitehorse
Whitehorse @ Roy Thomson Hall

. : : June 15th, 2019 : : .

The most recently posted Whitehorse recording, about two entries back, came only a few short weeks after shuttering the previous version of this website.

My family had grown bigger, money tighter, and my web host was being a punk. I wasn’t getting any feedback from readers, leading me think everyone had (rightly) gone off to more fertile websites.

I also wasn’t entirely sold yet on Whitehorse’s full band dynamic, so when they announced their follow up Toronto date at Massey Hall — the MOST overrated venue in the city, if not the country — I skipped out on buying a ticket in the name of penny-pinching.

I justified seeing them two more times that year: once, the duo show with the erstwhile retired Kathleen Edwards opening in Port Perry (and it was free!), and another time in Ottawa at the historic National Arts Centre while I was in town visiting an old friend and fellow fan.

Although they came close, they never quite hit a public gig in Toronto in 2018, so I took a Whitehorse sabbatical that year. I likely would’ve taken 2019 off, too, given they had outgrown the best-sounding venues in the city and were moving on up to the bigger stages with the muddier sound systems, and ticket prices had inflated in tandem.

Whitehorse @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Whitehorse
Whitehorse @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

. : : April 20th, 2017 : : .

Memory’s a funny thing.

I’ve written (I think a couple of times) in earlier blog entries that this was Whitehorse‘s record release party for Panther In The Dollhouse.

I understand why I’m misremembering it as such. The band had been using social media to create some pre-release hype for the album throughout the recording sessions, making its release feel imminent. The lead single, Boys Like You, had been hit the airwaves three months prior. They’d previewed a couple of additional tracks from the disc at the end of the set, giving that exciting, brand-new feel. Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland even used some in-between song banter to recognize and thank producer Gus van Go, who was in the audience (and I believe about 8-feet from where I was standing).

In retrospect, the biggest reason I likely made that mistake was because of how much this felt like the beginning of a new era for the group.

Whitehorse @ Massey Hall

. : : March 2nd, 2013 : : .

I’ve held back on posting this recording for a while now for a couple of reasons.

First, it occurred only a week and a half before the birth of my son — so I was otherwise preoccupied much of the time. Secondly, the online hype you’ve read about the sound quality at Massey Hall is grossly overstated: its legendary status is more for the names and performances that have graced the stage rather than the quality of sound being pumped from the speakers. Third, the members of Whitehorse were making such a big deal of the performance, going so far as to name the entire tour and a EP of cover songs “The Road To Massey Hall” that I wasn’t convinced an official recording of the set wouldn’t be eventually released. And I wasn’t completely wrong, either; the band did sell a recording of Emerald Isle from this show to benefit the victims of the infamous Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Luke Doucet and the White Falcon @ Great Hall

. : : November 2nd, 2012 : : . Being a fan of Luke Doucet‘s latest musical venture, Whitehorse, I was elated to go back and fix a major mistake of my youth: not getting into him early enough to catch him performing with his band, Luke Doucet and The White Falcon. So, when the band staged a rare reunion for the 2012 Sleepwalker Festival, I knew I had a rare chance to right a shameful wrong. And, up until about 4pm that evening, everything was looking great. Then, on my way home from work, my phone was stolen. Not sure if it was lifted…

Whitehorse @ CBC Studios

. : : January 11th, 2013 : : . If you’re anything like me, you just can’t get enough of the Luke Doucet / Melissa McClelland duo Whitehorse. In the next little while, I hope to have an original audience recording of Luke Doucet and White Falcon — a rare reunion with his prior band from 2012 — available for your listening pleasure. Until then, though, I got my hands on a edited re-airing of the band’s set on Q with Jian Ghomeshi last year. Unfortunately, it’s missing the band’s performance of Wisconsin, but there is still exceptional takes on Devil’s Got A Gun and No Glamour in the Hammer from their most recent album, The Fate…

Whitehorse @ the Carlu

. : : September 23rd, 2013 : : . Most fans of HaterHigh will need no introduction to Whitehorse or its parts Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, so I’ll skip the how’dyados and get right down to business. The Polaris Music Prize is a coveted music award that started as a sort-of underground alternative award to Canada’s generally commercialized North-of-the-border Grammy award, the Juno. It has gained huge notoriety in its seven short years of existence due to its tendency to award smaller, lesser known, fringe and alternative acts that are generally otherwise ignored by the mainstream media. Its inaugural event awarded Final Fantasy for the crassly named album He…

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…

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…

NXNE @ Lee’s Palace

. : : June 9th, 2007 : : . Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. As a special, one-time present to the fans of this blog which have helped make it so successful and fun in 2010, I’m going to do something extremely out of the ordinary. Something I will likely never do again. I’m going to post a recording that I didn’t make myself. This is a FM recording of the Bob Harris Saturday Program on the BBC. The show broadcast snippets of the classic night I attended an intimate North By North East (NXNE) festival showcase at Lee’s Palace in order to see headliners Blue Rodeo in a venue smaller…