If You Were Here: Leaving Thomas, Toronto Showcase

On a wintery Thursday night in Toronto we got a look at one of Canadian country’s newest additions to the charts, Leaving Thomas.

The industry showcase at the Drake Underground on Queen Street West was well attended, with bodies filling the lower floor area, and the space near the bar, as Annika and Bryton took the stage and gave a glimpse of what is going to take them up the country music charts.

We were happy to see that Leaving Thomas and MDM Recordings brought the full band treatment to the show. We often see stripped down acoustic sets for showcases, but having the chance to see A&B play with their supporting team truly allowed the room to get a sense of what they bring to the table.

ps. What they bring to the table is pretty awesome!

On Christmas day 2016 country fans started to hear Waiting Kind Of Girl on their favourite radio stations, and since then we’ve been waiting and wondering what more music from the duo might sound like. And on Thursday night, we got a good look.

The energy on stage is something that MDM’s Mike Denney has talked about as a key factor in his decision to sign the duo – and through their banter and laughter and storytelling, we got a sense of what they bring to the table.

We also got to hear a selection of songs that Leaving Thomas will (hopefully) soon be offering to the country music world on their debut album. And we heard from the band that they’ve been down to Nashville to write even more! We don’t know when that album or EP will be released, but we can tell you that we’re excited to hear more of songs like If You Were Here, The Wreckage, If This Is Love, Shame On Me, and the single that has caught the ears of country fans coast-to-coast, Waiting Kind Of Girl.

Stay tuned for more from the band, including our pre-show interview – and check out these pics we snapped at the showcase – including this special look at Annika and Bryton’s special pre-show handshake!

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