Concerts Concerts CMW 2010: Thursday at the Horseshoe, Part 2

CMW 2010: Thursday at the Horseshoe, Part 2

Hollerado at Horseshoe Tavern
Canadian Music Week 2010 - Thursday
Hollerado, The Besnard Lakes
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
March 11, 2010

Review by: Pete Nema
Photos by: Robert Ciolfi, Pete Nema, and Amanda Fotes

The latter half of Thursday night continued with another favourite of mine, Hollerado, followed by The Besnard Lakes in the midnight spot.

Hollerado

There's something about the way Hollerado markets themselves that is just so right. After they won the Big Money Shot contest, they used some of the money to tour China, but they also decided to start a record label and release their self-produced album, Record In A Bag, into stores. However, instead of a typical CD case or cardboard fold-out, they decided to stay true to their roots and ship Record In A Bag in a ziplock bag, this time with a bunch of little prizes included. As they state it: Every bag is a winner. But since no one was willing to manufacture this for them, they had to do it themselves. In a way, it shows how much they love what they do, and what they're willing to do for fans.

The show at the Horseshoe was as visually excellent as always, but Menno Versteeg (vocals, guitar) had a cabling issue with his tuner, so the tuner was out of the picture for the entire set. Menno made jokes about hoping there were no music students in the audience, and all things considered, it sounded great, but there were times when Menno's guitar was definitely out of tune. In no way did that prevent anyone who knows this band from screaming along with the lyrics or jumping around to "Americanarama", "Juliette", "Fake Drugs", "Got To Lose", the cover of "Rockin' In The Free World", or the ultimate audience sing-along "Do The Doot Da Doot Doo". Tons of on-stage jumps, a few jumps off-stage into the audience, and endless energy. Yes, another favourite independent band of mine.

If you do nothing else after reading this, at least go check out their website and read through it — it's unique and hilarious. And if you haven't seen it, be sure to check out their video for "Americanarama", staring Dave Foley (of Kids In The Hall fame).

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The Besnard Lakes

Midnight rolled around and The Besnard Lakes took the stage. With the lights turned down low, the band cranked out mesmerizing psychedelic-influenced build-ups, gut-vibrating bass, and searing guitar, all as a back-drop to their sweet male-female harmonies.

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