Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Pete Nema
Last Wednesday made for an interesting evening. With rumours swirling that The Boss was still in the city and about to rock the Horseshoe Tavern, I was becoming apprehensive about attending the TIFF-related soiree at the risk of passing my once in a lifetime opportunity to
hit on meet my favourite man.
While The Boss may have ended up in New Jersey after all, my boss, Pete Nema, and I ended arriving fashionably late to the rooftop party courtesy of Dine Alone Records. We missed The Coppertones performance but came just in time to check out Dinosaur Bones.
The outdoor setting was gorgeous, the décor was posh and the hors d'œuvres were succulent. The best part: the open bar. Suddenly I didn’t feel like a fish out of water. This Dine Alone Records party wasn’t looking like a Wine Alone Redhead bash anymore. Making my way through the transparent tables and white, upholstered seating to find an ashtray, I made the effort to mingle, saying hello to the ever so friendly host of the evening, Josie Dye of Edge 102.1. Take it from me, this host of Oh So Cosmo is oh-so-striking in person. Everyone in attendance was dressed to a tee; some in expensive, sharp suits, some in the latest oxford shoes offered by Urban Outfitters.
The soundtrack to my swanky night out started with Toronto’s beloved Dinosaur Bones. Ben Fox’s voice sounded smooth under the calm wind and bright moon. What began as generous recommendation by a friend turned out to be a band that frequents my top 10 most played list on LastFM. Their impeccable timing and undoubted hit making skills is evident when playing such tunes as “Royalty”. Bands that are in need of sounding as amazing live as they do on record, look no further than Dinosaur Bones. This cool, calm, and collected five piece have got it in the bag.
After Dinosaur Bones finished, and everyone sashayed towards the bar, Jamie Lidell set up shop on top of the staircase on the opposite side to play what Dye calls “love-making music”. That man must shop at the same store as Joseph because he wore one amazing technicolor dream suit. As if it’s hard enough not to take your eyes off of him already. People gathered closer with their dancing shoes in tow, as he kicked off his second tune, backed up by a large band consisting of a lot of percussion and a lot of heart. It never really fazed me how good of a beat-boxer this New Yorker is, but being pleasantly surprised at a show is something I welcome. You really have to appreciate Lidell for his versatility; his songs have bits of soul, funk, and pop with a hint of R&B. Lidell even paid homage to a great Canadian songwriter and collaborator, Chilly Gonzales, by offering the crowd his rendition of a song I believe was called “Where’d You Go”.
When a great party like this is thrown, you can’t help but be thankful you live in the vibrant city that is Toronto. And although it was invite only, thankfully our frenemy, rain, did not crash the party.