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Canadian Music Week: Saturday
17-Mar-2008 12:54 AM
Contributed by: pete
By Saturday evening of Canadian Music Week, Toronto was in the middle of a fairly severe snow storm. Although I normally would've just taken the streetcar downtown to get to The Indies at the Fairmont Royal York, instead I decided to bus up to the subway and then across and back down. It turns out that it was the right decision because as I was on the bus, I noticed a long line of streetcars that were blocked by a stalled car. By the time I managed to get to The Indies, the show had already started, and given the quantity of snow slowing down transportation options, I was surprised to see how many people were already there.
The first few bands of the night were only given two-song sets, and since Spirits was already on stage when I arrived, I really only got to see about 3/4 of their second song.
Info & Connect: Spirits on MySpace
There is no doubt that I am biased toward Young Galaxy, but it is for no other reason than their amazing music plus the previous two excellent sets I've seen them perform. This two-song set certainly wasn't one of their defining moments on stage, but it's hard to get fully invested in a show of that length. During the second song there were some technical issues with the keyboards that resulted in a few amusing moments between band members (see lead photo). Catherine McCandless (vocals) and Stephen Ramsay (guitar, vocals) tell me they are spending time in the studio now recording their next album which is due out later in the year.
Info: Young Galaxy | Connect: MySpace, Facebook
Attack In Black
Always full of sincere energy, Attack In Black performed three-songs that I know impressed people in the audience that hadn't seen them before. After seeing them perform at their CD release party back in July 2007, I've gotten to know their music well, and always enjoy watching this band.
Info: Attack In Black | Connect: MySpace
Sometimes I feel like I have blinders on because I had never heard of The Cliks until the moment they went on stage. Since the band is lead by the transgendered Lucas Silveira (vocals, guitar) and the other members are part of the LGBT community, there is a tendency for people to focus on the sexuality of the band members rather than their music, but after watching their set, I think the real focus should be around their balls-out performance style and catchy rock melodies. (Oh crap, did I say "balls-out"... is that inappropriate?) They are on tour right now, check out their MySpace page (link below) for information. Definitely worth a night out.
Info: The Cliks | Connect: MySpace
Lowest Of The Low
Indie Hall Of Fame inductees Lowest Of The Low put on a relaxed and good-humoured set that included the highlight of bringing a fan up onto stage to dance and jump around wildly while they played.
Info: Lowest Of The Low | Connect: MySpace
The Besnard Lakes
Always loud and full of rock power, The Besnard Lakes led their short set with the big and annihilating song called Devastation.
Info: The Besnard Lakes | Connect: MySpace
Tokyo Police Club
I wanted to like Tokyo Police Club because everyone else seems to think they're great, but I just wasn't feeling it. It could have been due to a couple of things, such as the night wearing on longer than planned, the dry moments in between bands and awards, or even simply the fact that playing a set at The Indies isn't quite like performing your own headlining show. At least there were some good visual moments.
Info: Tokyo Police Club | Connect: MySpace
The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers always deliver unabashed pop with ease. They have a few really good songs and their delivery is clean, even if it doesn't induce any sense of gut-passion for me. Even though I didn't stay for the full set, I'll admit that I love watching Kathryn Calder on the keyboards.
Info: The New Pornographers | Connect: MySpace
Beth In Battle Mode
The Indies ran long, and although there was some excellent live music and it was fun hanging out in the Green Room, the show was dragging on and I was keen to get out to the clubs to see some more bands. Tom and I had intended to head to the El Mocambo to see The Marble Index, but by the time we managed to get up around that area, it was too late. So instead we went straight to the Rancho Relaxo to relax with a pint of ale and wait for the next band, Beth In Battle Mode. I'll admit that 50% of the reason I'm interested in this band is the name... I just like the sort of geeky video game sound to it, but also the snippets of music I heard sounded worthwhile. They played a great set, perfect for finishing up the night with short, catchy songs. If remember correctly, the highlight song for me was Night Walk. Oh, after the set, I even got to meet Beth (who is not in the band). She did not appear to be in battle mode at the time.
Info: Beth In Battle Mode | Connect: MySpace