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CMF 2012: Current Swell at Rivoli

Current Swell at Rivoli
Current Swell
The Belle Game
Rivoli in Toronto, ON
April 4, 2012

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

I hadn't originally planned on being out for the Friday night of Canadian Music Week, but with Victoria-based Current Swell playing an 11:00pm set at the Rivoli, the night just seemed to good to pass up.

Current Swell

Late last year, Current Swell, was the recipient of the $100,500 grand prize of the PEAK Performance Project, a contest held by Vancouver's 100.5 The PEAK. Their 2011 album Long Time Ago is a strong country-laced-folk-rock effort start to finish, and since they are from out West, they aren't a band you can see in Toronto frequently.

There's something about the casual nature of this band and the ease with which they seemed to move around the stage. We are all Canadian, but it's always interesting to see the different band cultures from distinct areas of this vast country... the on stage behaviours, the fans that are present, and the whole vibe seems to vary somewhat depending on the home town of the band on stage.

At the start of their first song, the strong smell of (presumably B.C.) weed could be sensed, either emitted from the clothing of the fans or the vibrations of the music. The set was easygoing, but their strong songs, such as "Too Cold" were full of musical mojo. Happiness rolled through the crowd, at least back for a few rows from where I was standing and most likely all the way to the back of the room, drawing people forward to converge at the front. I'll be listening to their music much more frequently, as I am doing right at this moment, while I dream of the West coast.

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Video: "Too Cold"

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The Belle Game

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