The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON
May 10, 2014
Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Katrina Thorn
Thrown around the city on a packed CMW schedule, this Sticky writer and photographer team showed up at The Dakota with a few sets down and a few to go before the staff had to push everyone back out on the street.
Luckily, we arrived just in time to see a band that's probably one of the best suited for that soft glowing room, Toronto's The Treasures.
Best suited is a relative term, since five fully grown men do have to get pretty cozy to fit onto that small stage. But as far as sound goes, their rootsy rock is a great complement to the warm glow and saloon style of Ossington's favourite basement. And, tight space or not, The Treasures know how to put on a lively show there - it helps that they frequently get snatched up for weekly Dakota residencies. Recurrent doesn't equal redundant, though; the well-honed sound from their stage and the effortless good time they bring to the crowd guarantees that their shows never get stale.
Next up, another Toronto band set their sights to crowd that small stage and have fun with the packed CMW audience, changing the pace from folk rock to alt-pop.
A week before the show, we suggested that HIGHS were at the top of the not-to-miss list for this year's fest in our Sticky CMW Preview interview, and we're glad to say we were definitely right. Their set was just as bright and high-energy as their 2013 EP that it heavily featured, making it easy to fool ourselves into thinking it was a hot summer evening just outside the venue doors. This is an act that makes you want to move (since I never really want to move, this is higher praise than you'd imagine). If you missed them this time around, don't worry, because they'll have the audience just as interested in dancing when they support Hey Ocean on tour throughout Ontario in June, including a Toronto stop at The Horseshoe on the 13th.