Hollerado, JD ERA
300 Queen St. W in Toronto, ON
August 12, 2012
Photos and review by: Allison Janzen
From July 13th to August 12th, Coca Cola's Move To The Beat bus traveled to 5 different cities across Canada, showcasing a powerhouse of Canadian talent.
The bands that participated with Coca Cola's Move To The Beat event are some of the best talent coming out of our country at the moment, all hand picked by local creative director/music supervisor David Hayman at Supersonic Creative. If you are wondering who and what music supervisors are, they are practically the backbone of the emotional and musicial presence that a TV show or film needs. In other words, music supervisors usually have the best taste in music (I find) because they are on a constant search for finding that "fresh" band. I can assure you that all ten artists that played during this event (known or unknown) are exactly that - fresh. If you take some time to look up their material, you will not regret it.
Tokyo Police Club
I’ve seen Tokyo Police Club a few times now, the last show being their Christmas special last year (you can revisit that article here). TCP never ceases to amaze me and every time I see them they keep on getting better and better. Their energy was electric and contagious, not to mention a whole lot of fun. Their fans manifested this energy by dancing, cheering nonstop and singing along to pretty much every song from start to finish and, to be honest, it was really hard to not join in.
TCP played a bunch of their songs from their latest 2010 album Champ and of course they didn’t forget the good oldies like “Cheer It On” and “Nature of the Experiment”. I have been following these guys ever since I heard the latter on the radio and it’s been super cool to watch a band really progress and grow throughout the years. I'm really excited for Tokyo's future and next album - they are only going to get better and better.
This was the first time I had seen Hollerado live, but I had been meaning to catch a show with these guys for a long time because of all the hype with their epic music videos and live shows. The power pop foursome really did put on a tight show, and I really enjoyed the chemistry, stage presence and energy between all members on stage. For me, stage presence makes or breaks a show and they certainly didn’t disappoint. They played most of their 2010 album Record in a Bag, which had three of their most popular singles, all of which the crowd loved and sang to. Definitely a 2 thumbs up from me, and I can’t wait for their next album to come out.
As with Hollerado, this was my first time seeing JD Era and it won’t be my last. Newly signed to Raekwon’s record label, with his latest album No Handouts, JD is another fresh and exciting piece in Canada’s great hip-hop jigsaw puzzle; he’s very animated on stage and he gets the crowd involved and super hyped. At first, I was worried that the audience might not dig him, since it consisted of at least 90% non-hip hop heads. I was completely wrong. JD got that crowd moving very quickly. By the end of the show, everyone had their hands in the air and was shouting “EH!” with Canadian swagga. As a hip hop head myself (a really picky one too), I really enjoyed his material/set and I can't wait to see what JD does in the next year or 2. As of late, Canada (but more specifically, Toronto) has been flying up the ranks in hip hop. I'm not surprised. You know what they say: "Hip Hop ain’t dead, it lives in the north!"