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Jane\'s Party at the Cameron House
Jane's Party
The Cameron House in Toronto, ON
April 20, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

To raise money to record their next EP, Jane's Party called out to a few of their best band friends and a party ensued at The Cameron House on April 20th.

The fine people of The Take Media presented the pay-what-you-can fundraiser for Jane's Party. The four-piece ensemble has the same charisma, personality and promise that, if they worked really hard (not that they don't already) and gained more experience and played bigger venues, can be compared to some of the best bands of all time, e.g., The Beatles, The Kinks, The Band. A rather bold statement to make but I personally have tremendous faith in this up-and-coming Toronto band. I know Jeff Giles (keys/guitar/vocals), Devon Richardson (bass), Tom Ionescu (guitar) and Zach Sutton (drums) can shoot for the moon.

The night started off in a peppy manner as Devon, Tom and Jeff blended their vocal harmonies together to such songs as "No Good For Me" and "Don't Lay Me Down For Love" off 2009's The Garage Sessions. Their first full-length album was released just a year after the band's emergence. Now, two years later, the band seems eager and willing to distribute a follow-up.

As mentioned, Jane's Party has friends in high places. Members of The Gramercy Riffs, The Rucksack Willies and Tender Lion each joined the quartet on the compact stage to cover tunes ranging from Neil Young's "Helpless" to Beatles classics to bouncy ditties unbeknownst to me. Having special guests share the mics with Jane's Party made the three sets noteworthy (although, no actual notes were taken, as too many drinks were drank and too many laughs were had courtesy of funny man/drummer Zach Sutton).

While Jane's Party is the kind of band that's very easy on the eyes, they're even easier on the ears. Trust me on this one.

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