Concerts Concerts NXNE 2013: DIANA and The Lighthouse and the Whaler

NXNE 2013: DIANA and The Lighthouse and the Whaler

The Lighthouse and The Whaler at Cameron House
Diana, The Lighthouse and the Whaler
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and The Cameron House in Toronto, ON
June 13, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Synth-infused pop melodies and charming stage presence was the theme of our Thursday night. 

DIANA

DIANA was a name on the tips of everyone’s tongues this NXNE and the reputation definitley drew a large crowd to The Horseshoe. Unfortunately, due to a missing mini-cable, everyone’s time with the band was cut short. Starting about 15 minutes late, and a bit shaky due to the mishap, lead singer Carmen Elle did her best to laugh off the problem and cheer-up the crowd with some humour. The slow 80s inspired synth pop was mellow and enjoyable and Carmen’s vocals were smooth and sultry. However, festivals and small bars don’t seem to be the best set-up for this group. The slow build to each song and their set in general indicates that DIANA is a band best suited for longer set lengths in more spacious venues. 

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The Lighthouse and the Whaler

If you are a fan of The Lumineers and The Postal Service you are sure to like the light folk and synth-infused pop melodies of Cleveland-based The Lighthouse and The Whaler.  Their assortment of strings, synths, group harmonies and upbeat vocals had the packed Cameron House up and on their toes swaying to the music. It was a very warm reception for a fun band with an incredibly infectious sound.

If only their set was as long as their charming name! Lucky for us they are coming back on July 16th and playing The Horseshoe for the second stop on their summer tour. Mark your calendars!

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