Concerts

Thrush Hermit Reunites Ahead Of Box Set Release

Thrush Hermit at Lee's Palace
Thrush Hermit
All Night Long
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
March 26, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

When Thrush Hermit announced they were planning a reunion tour, the shrieks of indie-rock excitement from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario could probably be heard country-wide.

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The Black Lips Turn The Horseshoe Into A Basement Party

Black Lips
Black Lips
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
March 27, 2010

Review by: Sean McNamara

Having only seen the Black Lips live at their NXNE Dundas Square showcase (which was understandably tame), I eagerly awaited their set on this Saturday night. After all, this is the band whose live shows have a reputation that includes stories of vomiting, bleeding, and instrument burning.

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Brasstronaut Reps Vancouver, Rocks Sneaky Dee's

Brasstronaut-1
Brasstronaut

Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario
March 29, 2010

Review by: Sara Harowitz

I was born and raised in Vancouver, so anytime I hear about a band that's from the city or its surrounding area I'm compelled to take a listen. With Brasstronaut, I was really impressed (and quite proud to say I'm from the same city). They modestly filled Sneaky Dee's upper concert room on Sunday night with the help of supporting acts Megan Bonnell and Bass Lions.

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The Clientele, Field Music at The Horseshoe Tavern

The Clientele at The Horseshoe Tavern
The Clientele, Field Music
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
March 19, 2010

Photos and Review by: Robert Ciolfi

It was a already a hot night in the Horseshoe and once The Clientele hit the stage, things really started to overheat. At one point, Alasdair MacLean (vocals, guitar) asked for some towels, wondering out loud why he received only one towel while his bandmate, James Hornsey (bass), received three.

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CMW 2010: illScarlett at Sound Academy

illScarlett at Sound Academy
Canadian Music Week 2010
illScarlett w/ Cardinal Chase
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
March 13, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

For the second year in a row, illScarlett headlined a show at the Sound Academy during Canadian Music Week. This year they were joined by a young band called Cardinal Chase who played in direct support.

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CMW 2010: Born Ruffians, Young Rival, and Parlovr on Sunday

Born Ruffians at The Phoenix
Born Ruffians, Young Rival, Parlovr
The Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
March 14, 2010

Review by: Jen Polk
Photos by: Jeff Jewiss

This was one of the most highly-anticipated shows of CMW for me. Born Ruffians! Parlovr! And I even didn't mind having to go to the Phoenix to see them, figuring the large venue was appropriate. But mandatory coat check and other little annoyances threatened to ruin the whole thing for me (and others). Only Born Ruffians saved this night from being a negative experience.

More on the show after the jump, plus lots of great photos of all the bands by Jeff Jewiss, who says he "was practically trampled by kids to get" them!

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CMW 2010: We Are The City at the El Mocambo

We Are The City at El Mocambo
We Are The City
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario
March 11, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Although I spent most of my Thursday night at the Horseshoe Tavern, I took a short break to run up to the El Mocambo to catch We Are The City, a band based out of Kelowna, BC and in Toronto for the festival.

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CMW 2010: Wednesday's "Bonfire Ball" Excites and Exhausts Audience

Jason Collett
Bonfire Ball feat. Jason Collett, Zeus, and Bahamas
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
March 10, 2010

Review by: Jen Polk

Jason Collett lead an impressive display of musicianship last Wednesday night, the first day of Canadian Music Fest. Joining forces with Zeus — his regular backing band — and friend Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), the resultant 3-hour, 44-song music marathon was thrilling, and left me utterly spent. 

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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.

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CMW 2010: Thursday at the Horseshoe, Part 1

Amos The Transparent at Horseshoe Tavern
Canadian Music Week 2010 - Thursday
Amos The Transparent, Magneta Lane, Green Go
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
March 11, 2010

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

The CHARTattack showcases at the Horseshoe Tavern during Canadian Music Week are always amazing, and this year wasn't any different. For 2010, the nights had slightly varied themes, but for each of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, CHARTattack had put together a killer line-up.

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Real Estate And Woods Hold Back At The Horseshoe

Woods Real Estate, Woods
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
March 14, 2010

Review by: Natalia Buia

Woods and Real Estate made the ‘Shoe their final Canadian stop on their No Rain tour across North America. The venue managed to reach capacity as these breezy New Yorkers rolled in, but both performances could have used more sunshine.

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Cage The Elephant Demonstrates Blazing Insanity

Cage The Elephant at Phoenix Concert Theatre
Cage The Elephant
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
March 10, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

If you haven't seen Cage The Elephant in concert yet, they're probably not quite what you're expecting. The music is definitely rock, but the show has a strong punk feel to it.

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Jay Malinowski Brings Bright Lights & Bruises To The Rivoli

Jay Malinowski at the Rivoli Jay Malinowski
Rivoli in Toronto, ON
March 6, 2010

Review by: Whitney Pineault
Photos by: Robert Ciolfi

Jay Malinowski's sold out Toronto stop on his Bright Lights & Bruises tour made for an interesting night, filled with a diverse combination of Canadian singer-songwriters, surprise special guests, and slightly awkward stage banter.

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Dinosaur Bones and Make Your Exit Pack In The Fans

Make Your Exit at Steam Whistle Brewing
Make Your Exit, Dinosaur Bones
Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto, Ontario
March 5, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Before Canadian Music Week descended upon Toronto, Make Your Exit and Dinosaur Bones performed as part of the Steam Whistle UNSIGNED Indie Music Series.

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Wilco Conquers Each and Every Song at Centennial Hall

Wilco at Centennial Hall Wilco
Centennial Hall in London, Ontario
February 24, 2010

Review by: David Fisher
Photo by: Carla Buelow

A concert can be a funny thing. If the band fails to capture the attention and enthusiasm of its crowd from their opening salvo it can be a long and tremulous night. Thankfully, Wilco answered the bell as it hit the stage at London’s Centennial Hall on this Wednesday night with a rousing rendition of "Theologians" (from A Ghost is Born) and they never looked back.

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Rogue Wave Continues To Be Cheaper Than Therapy

Rogue Wave at The Mod Club Rogue Wave
The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario
February 26, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Ahead of the release of their new album Permalight on March 2nd, Rogue Wave kicked off their North American tour in Toronto on February 26th. With only one track ("Solitary Gun") being shared by the band prior to the album release, the crowd was largely unfamiliar with the new material.

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Billy The Kid, Not A Lost Cause

Billy The Kid at Horseshoe Tavern Billy The Kid
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 22, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

I'm sure everyone realizes that musicians are definied by much more than just their music. When an artist is on stage, there's a lot we pick up on - the music is one aspect, but there's so much more we see and hear that determines our level of enjoyment. And when off-stage, their public actions add another dimension.

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Michou and We Are The Take Get Fans Dancing

Michou - Horseshoe Tavern Michou, We Are The Take
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 26, 2010

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Darren Eagles

It was Michou’s first time performing down at the ol’ Horseshoe and they made it pretty loud and clear they were happy to finally be there.

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The Schomberg Fair's Whiskey-Fuelled Speed Gospel Rocks the Horseshoe

The Schomberg Fair The Schomberg Fair, The Diableros, Magic Hall of Mirrors, La Casa Muerte
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
Saturday, 20 February, 2010

Review by: Jen Polk

Last Saturday night, the Horseshoe Tavern played host to some top-notch rock 'n' roll bands, including two of my favourite live acts, The Schomberg Fair and The Diableros.

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Gentlemen Husbands Bring a Little of the Unexpected

Gentlemen Husbands at Horseshoe Tavern Gentlemen Husbands
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 17, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

There's often a discrepancy between expectations and reality. In some cases, the discrepancy can cause disappointment and in others it can result in satisfaction. At Gentlemen Husbands, I got most what I expected, and a little that I didn't.

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Mumford and Sons Perform for Adoring Fans at First Canadian Headlining Show

Mumford & Sons at Lee's Palace Mumford and Sons
Lee's Palace in Toronto, ON
February 15, 2010

Review by: Jen Polk
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Early this year a friend turned me onto London, UK's Mumford and Sons. Their 2009 (in the UK) album, Sigh No More, placed at number 50 on Hype Machine's aggregate list of top albums for that year, and the site had the full stream. So I listened. About 10 seconds in I knew it was a winner. It has since become my most listened to album. I'm obsessed with it. And I'm not the only one.

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Everything All The Time, Lioness, and Rich Aucoin Play Show of the Year (So Far)

Everything All The Time at Horseshoe Tavern Everything All The Time, Lioness, and Rich Aucoin
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
January 30, 2010

Review by: Melody Lau
Photos by: Jeff Jewiss

We all know that feeling – when you’re standing at a show and the thudding beat of the music hits you like an earthquake; you can’t help but move, whether you’re just tapping your foot or full out busting a move.

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Woodhands Celebrate The Release Of Remorsecepade With An Invite-Only Party

Woodhands at Smiling Buddha Bar Woodhands
Smiling Buddha Bar in Toronto, Ontario
January 28, 2010

Review by: Jo Vos
Photos by: Pete Nema

Woodhands. Woodhands. Woodhands. Seems to be all I’m hearing these days. My screen is full of retweets referencing their "awesomeness", friends keep on sending me their tracks as if I don’t know who they are, and my coworkers are now relentlessly replaying PB+J remixes all day long. Awesomeness indeed.

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