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Hollerado's White Paint CD Release at The Rivoli

Hollerado at Rivoli
Hollerado
Fred Penner
The Rivoli in Toronto, ON
February 26, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

Hollerado celebrated the release of White Paint with friends, family, fans, and special guest Fred Penner.

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Showing once again that they have an endless stream of creative ideas, Hollerado warmed up the crowd with a brief and youthful performance from the beloved Fred Penner. A sense of nostalgia filled the room as Penner eased the crowd into a care-free childish state of mind, properly preparing them for an equally playful performance from Hollerado.

The boys covered the majority of the songs from White Paint (sadly choosing to skip over my favourite, "Desire 126") with old favourites "Juliette", "Good Day at the Races", and "Americanarama" mixed in. Though they are still working out the kinks in some of the new songs, they handled each hiccup with charisma and chatted with the crowd or bantered with each other on stage. The temporary glitches even lead to some of the most precious moments of the night. For example, bassist Dean Baxter (bass) serenaded band mate Nixon Boyd (guitar) with an elaborate "Happy Birthday" while Menno Versteeg (vocals, guitar) sorted something out. It's clear that for the new songs the band still needs to develop some of the on-stage "muscle memory" that they have while playing their older songs, but I have no doubt that will come with touring. When it does, I believe the performances of these new songs will be on par (or even outshine) some of their tried and true material.

Since it was a small gathering of loved ones and fans, Hollerado was able to take it slow and spend time explaining the meaning and origin of a few of the new songs. We learned that "Lonesome George" is about the last Pinta Island tortoise and the day that the second last of his species, presumably his wife, died. "Fresno Chunk" is about the night Menno spent with a interesting stranger digging through garbage cans for treasured trash. Both "Wonder, Velocity, Charlie and Me" and "So It Goes" were inspired by Versteeg's grandfather's death and the lesson his grandfather taught him about forgiveness.

The highlight of the night was when Fred Penner joined Hollerado on stage to play the tambourine for their last song, "Americanarama." Though the start of the night had us looking back and reflecting on our childhood, the end of the night had us looking forward to many more days spent with Hollerado.

Setlist

Juliette
Wonder, Velocity, Charlie and Me
Don't Think
Too Much to Handle
Lonesome George
Good Day at the Races
Pick Me Up
Fresno Chunk
So it Goes
Americanarama

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Fred Penner

Fred Penner, one of Canada’s most adored children's performers, opened the night with some of his classics, including "Saskatoon Berry Pie", "Bump", "Sandwiches", and "The Cat Came Back."

After squeezing through a small space between some amps and gear, he greeted the crowd with a friendly smile and announced that, "that was just about as easy as squeezing through a log." He then warned the audience that there was going to be some serious regression happening during his set and everyone agreed and encouraged it with cheers.

His set was full of plenty of crowd interaction, sing-a-longs, and words of wisdom. He encouraged everyone to love what they are doing and to also be on a quest for something that creates meaning in the world. "Go to your hearts and find what has value and importance to you," said Penner.

Just like the cat in his infamous song, Fred Penner is back on stage, with his own show. Catch Penner and the theatrical version of "The Cat Came Back" at Young People's Theatre from now until March 16.

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