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The Weakerthans Show Why They're One Of Canada's Best

The Weakerthans at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
The Weakerthans
Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario
May 26, 2010

Review by: Sean McNamara
Photos by: Pete Nema

The Weakerthans perform an extremely enjoyable set full of classics to a crowd eager to stand up.

The Weakerthans

The Weakerthans take the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to a very simple stage set-up that consists of a big black curtain behind them and simple coloured lights. I can't help but imagine this is what it might look like if John K. Samson (vocals, guitar), Stephen Carroll (guitars), Greg Smith (bass), Jason Tait (drums), and Rusty Matyas (keys, percussion) were sent back in time to play on The Ed Sullivan Show. With everyone sitting in their seats (security removes anyone trying to stand up at the front of the stage, to much applause) this show feels a bit different than your typical Weakerthans performance. As soon as the band starts playing "Tournament of Hearts" we all know we're in for a treat. Sure, we can't dance and jump around (except for those who stand along the side walls) but we can sit back, relax and enjoy one of the finest bands in Canada play an amazing set that includes favourites such as "The Reasons", "Night Windows", "Civil Twilight", "Plea From A Cat Named Virtute" and "(Manifest)".

Ever humble John K. Samson treats the crowd to a stunning solo acoustic version of "One Great City" that has the entire building singing the words "I hate Winnipeg"! The Weakerthans return to the stage to a crowd who is now all standing, and perform a stellar encore that includes the touching "Utilities" off their 2007 album Reunion Tour and "Left And Leaving". Once they leave the stage, some of the crowd starts heading for the doors, only to stop short when the band returns to send everyone off with a smile by playing "Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure". This was a night full of great music and funny between-song banter, and if you want to experience it again, check out The Weakerthans at the Wolfe Island Music Fest if you happen to be in Kingston on August 7th.

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