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Canadian Music Week: Wednesday

08-Mar-2008 07:06 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Little Foot Long Foot
Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Rogers MusicStore
Canadian Music Week
Wednesday
March 5, 2008
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

Although there were Rogers MusicStore Canadian Music Week events starting as early as last Sunday night, Wednesday night was the first night for me. Ace Frehley was in town at the Guvernment, but the buzz show of the night was hosted by EYE Weekly and included a performance by Deerhoof, which was a good enough reason for me not to go. I had wanted to spend the night with Black Mountain at Lee's Palace (not a CMW event), but it was sold-out for quite a while before I got my act together. So, my friend Tom and I started at the CBC Radio 2 Opening Night Cocktail Party that featured Jully Black, and then headed over to the Tattoo Rock Parlour to catch a couple of independent acts that I hadn't seen before: Little Foot Long Foot, and Dinosaur Bones. The show wasn't officially part of CMW, but theyt were honouring wristbands and passes.

Jully Black

CBC Radio 2 hosted this CMW opening party, and along with cocktails and a performance by Jully Black, they announced a few changes to their programming, including a much higher percentage of Canadian music. Whether that's a challenge for them or just a result of of the explosion in the Canadian music industry, I'm not sure, but either way it's a good thing.

Jully Black
Jully Black
Jully Black

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Little Foot Long Foot

It seems that two-piece bands are popping up all over the place these days now that the population has accustomed their ears to the sound of The White Stripes. But I'll bet two-piece bands hate the endless comparisons to The White Stripes, so I'll just avoid that here, okay? When Tom and I dropped into the Tattoo early to check when the bands were going to start up, the place was empty. It didn't even look open. So we wandered on Queen St. a bit, ate some food, and wandered back. We arrived again to find a full, even if not densely packed, room all listening to Little Foot Long Foot. This band is fronted by Joan Smith (vocals, guitar) and backed by Isaac Klein (drums). They play guitar-centric (duh) rock with Joan backing away from the mic and letting out a few decent quips on the guitar during a few of the songs. I liked it more than I thought I would.

Little Foot Long Foot
Little Foot Long Foot
Little Foot Long Foot

Info & Connect: Little Foot Long Foot on MySpace

Dinosaur Bones

I really had no idea who Dinosaur Bones were, except that I'd seen a couple photos of them show up on Facebook. As it turns out, this was only the 4th Dinosaur Bones gig ever. Taking that into consideration, it was a pretty good set. The vocals need a little work as does their stage act, but they did manage to pull it all together, including the vocals, for one song fairly early in the set. And the last few songs showed heaps of musical promise.

Dinosaur Bones
Dinosaur Bones
Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur Bones
Dinosaur Bones


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