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Hey Rosetta! @ Lee's Palace (Photos and Review)

29-Apr-2009 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Hey Rosetta!
Hey Rosetta!
Brent Randall & His Pinecones, Clothes Make the Man
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on April 24, 2009
Full Photo Set (23 photos)

I'll start out like this: Hey Rosetta! is one of Canada's best bands right now, confirming that the Canadian music industry is something the world should care about. Their concerts have the power to change the way you listen to their music, altered by the feeling the band projects, the conviction of their performance, the strength of their musicianship, and the way the band and their fans fuse together over the course of the show. read more (511 words)

The Presidents Of The United States Of America @ Lee's Palace, Toronto (Photos and Review)

26-Apr-2009 03:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Presidents Of The United States Of Ameirca
The Presidents Of The United States Of America
Chikita Violenta
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on April 21, 2009
Full Photo Set (20 photos)

Tuesday April 21st was a crazy night in Toronto. Kings Of Leon were playing a sold out show at the Air Canada Centre (a very well deserved step-up for them from their previous two shows at the Koolhaus, one in November 2008 and one in June 2007), Flight Of The Conchords were doing their thing at Massy Hall, and The Horseshoe had The Appleseed Cast and An Horse lined-up. But happily, I ended up with The Presidents Of The United States Of America (PUSA) at Lee's Palace, a band I've been a fan of for 14 years now, not an insignificant portion of my life. read more (569 words)

The Details @ Rivoli, Toronto (Photos and Review)

20-Apr-2009 03:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Details
The Details
Tele, Oldfolks Home
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario on April 16, 2009
Full Photo Set (20 photos)

Taking spot #5 in my Top 10 Albums of 2008 was Draw A Distance. Draw A Border., an album by The Details that I also wrote up as Pete's Pick in April 2008. I've been trying to get out to photograph this band for almost exactly one year now; since they're based in Winnipeg, they only play in Toronto every now and then, and those dates just haven't fit in with my schedule yet. This night was hosted by Manitoba Music, and showcased the talents of three Manitoba-based bands: The Details, Tele, and Oldfolks Home - all bands that share home with The Weakerthans and Inward Eye, among others. read more (546 words)

The Paint Movement CD Release Party @ Rivoli, Toronto (Photos and Review)

16-Apr-2009 12:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Paint Movement
The Paint Movement
Fox Jaws, Make Your Exit, Provincial Parks
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario on April 10, 2009
Full Photo Set (28 photos)

Just in case you haven't noticed, I like going to shows, and sometimes the social atmosphere of the independent Toronto music scene can put me in a good mood for days. Especially when the performers are genuine about their craft and are on stage only because they want to share their passion. When it comes to The Paint Movement, not only do they want to share their music, they want to share the experience of making music, which may explain why so many of their friends joined them on stage for a song or two. The gathering was to celebrate the release of their full-length album Our Eurythmy. Add in sets by Fox Jaws, Make Your Exit, and Provincial Parks, and you've got a night full of people who just love to make music. read more (784 words)

Thornley, Inward Eye @ Phoenix, Toronto (Photos and Review)

12-Apr-2009 08:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Thornley
Thornley
Inward Eye
Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario on April 9, 2009
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

Last December, I got out to The Horseshoe to see Thornley and was a little surprised with how much of a good time I had there. That concert was just a few days ahead of the release of his new single Make Believe to radio, and two months prior to the release of his second solo album Tiny Pictures. read more (419 words)

The Weakerthans, Constantines @ Phoenix, Toronto (Photos and Review)

10-Apr-2009 03:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Weakerthans
The Weakerthans, Constantines
The Waking Eyes
Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario on April 2, 2009
Full Photo Set (20 photos)

The Weakerthans and the Constantines on the same night? In the same venue? It was a pairing I wasn't expecting, mostly because I suspect that either one of these bands could sell out the Phoenix on their own, so being given the opportunity to see both on the same night for the price of a single ticket seemed genius. And it pretty much was, which explains why they had to add two additional shows after the first show sold out, making three nights in a row. read more (562 words)

The Dudes, Arkells @ The Roxy (Photos and Review)

07-Apr-2009 03:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Dudes
JunoFest 2009
The Dudes, Arkells, Gibson Party
The Roxy, Richards On Richards in Vancouver, BC on March 29, 2009
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

As The Artist Sanctuary started to come to a close for the day, people started to make plans for the evening. During the afternoon Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) and I had spent some time talking about music, and we decided to meet up at The Roxy to catch a band called The Dudes and then the Arkells. The Dudes were on a recommendation from a friend of Aaron's and (just in case you haven't noticed yet) I sort of enjoy getting out to see the Arkells every now and then, so it seemed like a good combination. read more (588 words)

Hey Rosetta!, Young Galaxy, Two Hours Traffic, The Golden Dogs, Arkells @ CMW '09 Saturday (Photos and Review)

26-Mar-2009 03:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Arkells
Canadian Music Week '09 - Saturday
Hey Rosetta!, Young Galaxy, Two Hours Traffic,
The Golden Dogs, Arkells
Canadian Room, The Horseshoe, Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario on March 15, 2009
Full Photo Set (28 photos)

Saturday night is generally the biggest night of Canadian Music Week, which also means the most conflicts. I didn't research the night that well, but for me the major conflicts were The Indies vs. Everything Else and Young Galaxy vs. Library Voices. For the first conflict, I decided I would start at The Indies, mostly to see Hey Rosetta! perform, but also just to say hello to a few people. I previously decided that I wouldn't stay, though, and wanted to go see Library Voices (I haven't seen them before, but am digging their EP Hunting Ghosts). However, since I wanted to be at The Horseshoe for a couple of other bands and always enjoy seeing Young Galaxy, well, that's where I ended up. read more (1,043 words)

Arkells, Amos The Transparent @ CMW '09 Friday (Photos and Review)

24-Mar-2009 02:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Arkells Amos The Transparent
Canadian Music Week '09 - Friday
Arkells, Amos The Transparent
The MOD Club, Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario on March 13, 2009
Full Photo Set (17 photos)

Before heading down to the illScarlett show, I managed to get out to The MOD Club and catch a set by the Arkells. I knew they were town for CMW '09, but didn't think I was going to get to see them otherwise. And after illScarlett I decided to head up to the Rancho Relaxo to see how Amos The Transparent were doing. read more (503 words)

illScarlett, Down With Webster @ Sound Academy (Photos and Review)

23-Mar-2009 12:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
illScarlett
Canadian Music Week '09 - Friday
illScarlett, Down With Webster
Rebel Emergency, Stereos
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario on March 13, 2009
Full Photo Set (30 photos)

Friday night of Canadian Music Week (er, I mean Canadian MusicFest) felt like it had two distinct parts for me even though it was divided up between three venues. I started the night out at The MOD Club, then buzzed down to the Sound Academy for the illScarlett show (the major portion of my night), and then headed back up to the Rancho Relaxo. I'll cover The MOD Club and Rancho Relaxo separately. As I arrived at the Sound Academy, Gene Simmons was being swarmed by young women while the bright lights for the video cameras followed him around. Rumour was that he was there to see the opening band Stereos, but given how much he's be talking about Down With Webster, I had to think he was there to see them as well. read more (450 words)