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The Golden Dogs Show Off New Tricks

The Golden Dogs at the Horseshoe Tavern
The Golden Dogs
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
October 29, 2010

Review by: Sean McNamara
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

On a night when numerous Halloween parties drew all types of ghouls and Lady Gaga's out for the evening, The Golden Dogs provided a night filled with bouncy, infections tunes.

The Golden Dogs

The Golden Dogs have been one of Toronto's most beloved indie bands for years now, and hot off the release of the stellar Coat Of Arms they showed they are more than willing to back up their impressive collection of songs with an energetic live performance. Fronted by the husband and wife team of Dave Azzolini (guitar, vocals) and Jessica Grassia (keys, vocals, percussion), The Golden Dogs really do their best to provide an all-encompassing, entertaining live show.

One of the first things I noticed was that off to the side of the stage, in front of Jessica, was a stand that had hand-drawn pictures on it that featured the title of the current song. It's not exactly a wild pyrotechnic show, but instead a clever, understated little addition nonetheless. I was very happy to see the first song they were going to play was "Dear Francis", the driving, melodic opener from their most recent album. At the end of a song, an impromptu jam was in order, which ended in singer Dave swinging his scarf around on stage. The beginning of their set was heavy on the newer songs like "Dark Room" and the Jessica sung "Cheap Umbrellas". However, the band was sure to include tracks from their past, like the pop gem "Construction Worker". Every song was delivered with such intensity and energy, that the crowd was instantly won over, and grew more excited with every song.

It's great to see a band clicking on all fronts, and The Golden Dogs were certainly in fine form this evening. Whether it was Dave busting out a ukulele for the beginning of "Long As You Like", band members switching instruments while bridging two songs together, or simply singing 3 part harmonies with one another, this band is truly one of our country's best live bands. Let's hope they are up for a couple of shows in Toronto this winter.

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