Concerts Concerts CMF 2011: The Golden Dogs, We Are The City

CMF 2011: The Golden Dogs, We Are The City

The Golden Dogs at Rivoli
CMF 2011: The Golden Dogs, We Are The City
Toronto, ON
March 12, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Pete Nema


Saturday night with We Are The City at The Garrison and The Golden Dogs at the Rivoli.

We Are The City @ The Garrison

By the time we left The Indies, We Are The City had already taken the stage at The Garrison, but we decided to head to there anyway in the hopes of catching a few songs from this Vancouver-based band in Toronto for CMF. Unfortunately, we arrived right near the end of the set, so I can't explain why the lead singer had the back of his shirt pulled over his head during their penultimate song. But from what I heard after that, it doesn't seem as though the inexplicable act affected their sound and I enjoyed the little that I heard.

We Are The City recently released a six song EP entitled High School, and although it opens and closes with a little musical meandering, some of the music sandwiched inbetween is pretty great, especially the 2nd track, "Happy New Year". It would have been nice to arrive earlier and see more of this EP performed live by this three-piece outfit that has taken some great musical strides over the past year or so.

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The Golden Dogs @ Rivoli

The Golden Dogs put on a show that caught me completely off guard. What I remember most was the set was so loud that I, who have never worn them before, had to put in a pair of earplugs. From there, the rest is a blur of furry guitar straps, strong female vocals, dance-rock songs for which no one had enough room to dance, instrument swaps, and an impromptu trumpet solo from an Anderson Cooper look-alike. Whatever it was, I liked it a lot and I want more! If you haven't yet had the chance to check out The Golden Dogs, I highly recommend doing so.

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