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CraveFest 2008 Music Video Awards

27-Aug-2008 12:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Semi Precious Weapons
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
CraveFest
Semi Precious Weapons, The Flatliners
Hexes & Ohs, Webster Death
Amos The Transparent
August 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (34 photos)

When I found out Semi Precious Weapons were playing an event called CraveFest, the first thing I did was Google the term and discovered that CraveFest is actually an online international videos awards festival. The whole thing culminates in an awards ceremony that appears to be held mid-August every year. This year was the 2nd awards ceremony and was hosted by Korey Schaefer and Tanya Blake, and included performances by Amos The Transparent, Webster Death, Hexes & Ohs, The Flatliners, and Semi Precious Weapons.

The whole event was fairly stylish, and included a room full of musicians in the downstairs room of the Tattoo all being served vodka with a variety of mixers. Upstairs where the awards ceremony took place, Tattoo's layout had been adjusted to accommodate a mini-stage for the hosts off to one side, an awards stage area placed in front of the main stage, and the usual main stage for the performances. Although I missed the whole arriving-of-the-talent portion of the evening, I did arrive just in time to be there for the entire show, starting with Amos The Transparent. But I'll work backwards from the headliner Semi Precious Weapons.

Semi Precious Weapons

If campy hard-rock is your thing, or maybe just sort of your thing, or you're not even sure if it could be your thing, then get yourself out to see Semi Precious Weapons. The music is filled with lots of visuals that will take you back about 30 years to some of the glam-rock of the 70's, but the music is harder, inspired by bands such as AC/DC. Vocalist Justin Tranter fills the glam part, wearing not much more than tights, high heels, and a pout. The four make an unusual team, which results in a show that is never boring. Tranter is an eccentric attention grabber with his theatrical poses and manoeuvres that expose his flexibility in a number of ways including performing full splits on stage. But Cole Whittle (bass) also grabs a significant amount of attention with his over-the-top level of bass-playing energy. Although I found that I didn't quite identify with most of the lyrics, it didn't stop me from rocking out to their high energy set.

Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons

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The Flatliners

It wasn't planned, but I managed to catch two sets from The Flatliners in three days, once at Sausage Fest and then again here at CraveFest. Very cool. I'm really liking the way these guys sound in concert.

The Flatliners
The Flatliners
The Flatliners
The Flatliners

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Hexes & Ohs

This two-person band is made up of high school sweethearts Heidi Donnelly and Edmund Lam. They have a new album coming out on September 2nd, entitled Bedroom Madness. Not only did they perform at the awards ceremony, they also accepted three awards for "Best Overall", "Best Production", and "Best Electronic/Dance/World Unsigned".

Hexes & Ohs
Hexes & Ohs
Hexes & Ohs

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Webster Death

Based on the number of people in the audience that were cheering when Webster Death got up onto the stage, it wasn't a huge surprise to see him get up onstage again to accept the award for "Peoples Choice".

Webster Death
Webster Death

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Amos The Transparent

Ever since the amazing set by Amos The Transparent during NXNE, I've been wanting to see them play in the same big-band configuration again, and CraveFest almost fulfilled that wish, this time with the only person missing being Ana Miura, who I was told is extremely busy at the moment with her solo career. Fair enough. But even without her, the band sounded great, and Jonathan Chandler (vocals, guitar) did an excellent job pulling it all together just like last time. He must be a really decent person to work with because, after the show, I discovered that he has one extremely dedicated drummer in the form of Christopher Wilson, which probably partially explains why this band seems to work so well together.

Amos The Transparent
Amos The Transparent
Amos The Transparent

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