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Make Your Exit Heads One Bangin' Benefit

Make Your Exit at Sneaky Dees
Make Your Exit
Royal Canoe, Strumbellas
Sneaky Dees, Toronto, ON
July 24, 2010

Photos and Review by: Courtney-Lee Yip

An unlikely trio of bands came together at Sneaky Dee's last week to raise awareness and money for women with cancer.

All proceeds went to breast cancer research and Scotiabank matched the final sum with an amazing total of $7,592.00 raised. If you didn't make the show, you can still make a contribution here.

The Strumbellas

Roots-rock never looked so good on the little stage that Sneaks' covets above the world of cheap beers and endless nachos. This septet may appear aloof and distant when performing, but once the beat broke, the guitars chimed and the harmonies melded it only took Meaghan Bent's sultry violin and Simon Ward's anything-but-ordinary vocals to bring the ensemble together. If their music was categorized in film, their world of alt-country-bluegrass belongs in the black comedies of ballads.

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Royal Canoe

The energy quickly changed when Royal Canoe took the stage shortly after the Strumbellas. It was definitely a jarring switch from country-twang to effect pedals and a keyboard that looked like it used to hang out with the first super-computer. However, Matt Peters (of the Waking Eyes) along with his Winnipegger friends quickly and effectively stole a spotlight of their own. Their electronic edge and falsetto song-style reminded a few of us of early Stars work, singing of sex and death, but with quirkier lyrics and even groovier dance beats. They ended their surprising set with triumphant shouts and sounds that ended up becoming a perfect lead in to the next performers.

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Make Your Exit

The floor finally filled, and for good reason, once Make Your Exit made their entrance on stage, ending the charity's evening with a celebratory bang. These Toronto natives have been making waves all through the province this year; still as full of energy the first time we saw them. Every beat was taken advantage of whether it was Oliver Pauk on the sax, the combined harmonies of Jeff Buckley and Mike Denby or the rumbling bass of Mr. Dellios. As much as we love Make Your Exit's classics from their EP, Remind Me The Reason I Came, their covers of “Band on the Run” and “Powderfinger” ended this musical story with perfect punctuation.

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