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Happy 70th Birthday Horseshoe Tavern!

Photos by Trish Cassling

As Toronto’s historic and legendary Horseshoe Tavern celebrates its 70th birthday with a series of concerts this December, we’re looking back at some of our favourite shows over the last few years.

We’ve been fortunate to see big names and up-and-comers take the stage at Queen Street West’s most iconic music venue, and we’re proud to have captured and shared the memories of those days and nights.

Look back with us at some of our favourite photos from The Horseshoe Tavern, and stay tuned for more coverage in the future as artists and fans continue to visit those checkerboard floors.

Whitney Rose

Whitney Rose Horseshoe CD Release

The Lazys

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The Dead Love

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Silver Love Club/ Mabel

Mabel at The Horseshoe Aussie BBQ CMW 2016

One Bad Son

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Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook The Horseshoe 2016

Tommy Stinson

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Kiefer Sutherland

Jessica Mitchell

Jessica MItchell at The Horseshoe Tavern

Birds of Bellwoods

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Midnight Shine

The Julian Taylor Band

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The Dead South

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The Anti-Queens

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Crown Lands

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Raging Bull: One Bad Son with Crown Lands and Fallen Heirs at The Phoenix, Toronto

Thursday nights are good for rock and roll, so when One Bad Son showed up at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto with Crown Lands and Fallen Heirs, we knew it was going to be a good night.

The Saskatchewan rock and rollers, with a brand new album, Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll, have been touring and playing for live crowds all over Canada for years – and it’s easy to see that the crowds have grown, the energy has jumped, and they’ve truly come into their own. On Thursday night they proved all of that in Toronto.

The evening started with Toronto’s own, Fallen Heirs. These five dudes hit the stage and were 100% rock and roll from the jump. There was no easing into the night, they plugged in, turned up volume and opened the show with a bang.

The early crowd was behind them, as the band played and stalked the stage. There was no lack of showmanship, lead singer Tim Shaw worked the crowd with the support of Jay, Matt, Ryan, and Philly Dee behind him. As their set wore on it became clear to see why Fallen Heirs has opened for bands like Buckcherry, Scott Weiland (RIP), Age Of Electric, and now One Bad Son.

If you like local rock and roll, look for Fallen Heirs on a bill in Toronto – and if you’re not in the city, look for them on tour – more dates are coming in 2018.

Next on the stage, as the precursor to the main event, Oshawa, ON’s Crown Lands took over and kept the rock and roll party going without missing a beat.

The young rockers have been putting in work, playing shows and earning fans, many of whom were at The Phoenix wearing band merch as they sang and rocked along to songs like Misery and Mountain from their 2017 EP, Rise Over Run. On drums, Cody delivered with force, wowing people in the crowd that knew what to expect, but still wanted to soak it in.

And not to be outdone, Kevin covered every inch of the stage with his guitar. Putting on a show for the crowd, making sure to get everyone involved, and pairing with Cody to pump out as much volume as two dudes can.

We’ve had a few chances to see Crown Lands in the last couple of years – and as one of the most promising young Canadian rock and roll acts we’ve seen recently, we can tell you confidently that we’re sure we are all going to have a lot more chances to see them soon.

When it was time for the stars of the show to take the stage, Toronto was ready. With drinks and hands in the air, the voices got loud to welcome One Bad Son to the stage, and they delivered.

These four dudes, more than a decade into their career, know what they’re doing when they plug in. And from the moment they opened their set with Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll, they were all in.

The more they played, the louder the Toronto crowd got. And the louder the crowd got, the more energy the band shared back with them. It was a wonderful transaction to watch and be a part of.

Note: One of our favourite moments of the One Bad Son set, and night as a whole, came when Shane, Hicks, KD, and Steve paid tribute to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip by playing a small sample of Wheat Kings at the end of The Promise. Gord’s legacy lives on in his fans, even the rock stars.

One Bad Son proved throughout their set that they are a legit headlining Canadian rock and roll outfit. The sound, set, and execution was tight – giving us exactly what we were hoping to see. And the music, including tracks like Rise Up, Scream For Me, and the band’s first #1 hit, Raging Bull all sounded great and connected with the live audience.

Live rock and roll should be heard and felt. And on Thursday night in Toronto we felt like we had been rocked.

Mission accomplished.

Check out more photos from the One Bad Son show at The Phoenix Concert Theatre!

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NXNE 2017 Club Lands: Crown Lands, The Anti-Queens and Sweatshop Kids – NXNE Curator Series – Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent)

Sweatshop Kids started off the showcase. The trio of Walsh, Turvey and Hover were loud, they were sweaty and they weren’t kids. Listing hardcore-dance-punk-nu-metal-knuckle-funk as their genre on their Facebook page, we going to go with that.

The music was great, the singer super interesting and that haircut just kept making me smile. It’s weird but good weird. When he starts moving, you can’t look away. I’m intrigued.Sweatshop Kids - NXNE 2017 - Horseshoe TavernThe second act of the night was The Anti-Queens. The band is Emily Bones on vocals and playing lead guitar, Mary Deth on bass, Dallas Conte on drums and Valerie Knox on lead guitar. Valerie is also known for her role as singer and guitar player for Black Cat Attack.

They were loud, they were tight, the songs were honest, they were well rehearsed, in sync and so much fun to watch. This might be the grungiest punk rock/grunge pop I’ve ever heard. The Anti-Queens - NXNE 2017 - Horseshoe TavernFollowing The Anti-Queens, fresh off their 97.7 win and the premiere of Recording “Rise Over Run” – Episode 4, Crown Lands.

We caught up with Kevin Comeau just before their set at the NXNE Curator Series – Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and chatted about their win, the upcoming album Rise Over Run and new merch. He joked about all the things that have to be done in a day for the one hour where they get to get up on stage and play for us. It’s everything.

It’s been almost a year since we first saw Crown Lands at Rivoli. They’ve been working hard and that work really shows on stage. Everything is better, and that’s hard to say because they were so good when we saw them last year.  Crown Lands - NXNE 2017 - Horseshoe TavernCrown Lands - Cody Bowles - NXNE 2017 - Horseshoe TavernCrown Lands - Kevin Comeau - NXNE 2017 - Horseshoe TavernThe guys were perfectly in sync and everything was perfect. One thing that’s clear, Kevin and Cody are having a really good time doing this. And the fans were having a really good time watching them do it.

There was a  new addition to the set from last year, and it was amazing. We’re going to let the photo and video do the explaining.
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Thanks to DyAnn Rusaw for sharing her video with us. Amazing!

The crowd got a chance to hear some new music along with some of my personal favourites off their debut EP Mantra . and it wouldn’t be complete without some amazing covers like When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin and Rush’s Working Man.

We’re really excited for the new album we can hardly wait for the next episode of  Recording “Rise Over Run”. We love this documentary series, it’s giving us a look at the stuff we don’t normally get to see and we love that.

NOTE – If you get a chance to pick up some merch, grab one of the handmade tie-dyed tanks. They’re awesome and were made by Kevin and Cody themselves.

If you’re looking for all the news on The Lazys check out our post here!

MORE PHOTOS OF CROWN LANDS
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Recording “Rise Over Run”: Crown Lands Episode 4 Premiere

It was almost a year ago when we stumbled upon Crown Lands (Kevin Comeau and Cody Bowles) when they were opening a show we were covering at The Rivoli on Queen West in Toronto. And truth be told, we’ve been fans ever since.

It’s been a very busy, productive year for Crown Lands. They’ve been working hard, plugging away, creating new music, playing gigs, and winning contests!

Note: Congrats to the boys on their HUGE win in the 97.7 HTZ-FM Rock Search. That’s a big deal!

And along with all the rest, Crown Lands put in a ton of work recording a brand new album, Rise Over Run.

These are two up-and-coming artists that have a lot of fun doing what they do. Whether it’s opening for Aussies rockers, The Lazys, or getting in a van and driving across the country, Crown Lands are into the process and ready to see their name in lights.

NOW, we are thrilled to bring you Episode 4 of Crown Lands new documentary series following the recording of Rise Over Run!

Press play, follow the guys through another step in their journey, and be ready for more from Crown Lands, coming soon!

Recording “Rise Over Run” – Episode 4

NXNE 2017 – Where We’ll Be

North by Northeast has revealed the final pieces of their schedule and it includes the one-day Future Land conference. They’ve got some cool sessions on Wednesday, June 21st, the price is a very reasonable $29 and you can get them here.

Want to know all about the festival? Visit our previous post – NXNE 2017 – Round 1 Artist Announcement.

With all the pieces in place, we’re ready to let you know who we’ll be checking out. The Club Land Shows lead into the weekend Port Lands shows and we’re happy to be hitting up some of our favourite venues to see a couple of our favourites bands, The Lazys and Crown Lands, as some that are new to us, too.

To start with, let’s talk about our favourites. The Lazys have just started a tour of Ontario and not only are they playing on the 22nd at The Horseshoe, they’ve also announced a free listening party on June 21st at The Bovine, doors are at 5:00 pm. If you’re around, it’s a great chance to hear the new album. If you’re not going to be in Toronto next week head to their website for tour details.
The Lazys CNE 2016Not to be outdone, Crown Lands have been up to some pretty amazing stuff. They’ve been working on a new album which they recorded at the legendary Chalet Recording Studio and Friday night they competed in the finals of the 97.7 HTZ FM Rock Search Contest.

The guys are already winners in our books but on Friday night, they took home the big prize! $2,500 in cash from 97.7 HTZ-FM and the opportunity to play four 97.7 HTZ-FM events over the year. They’ve also won an in-person consultation session with the artist development team at Dine Alone Records, $1500 in custom merchandise from Presstime Design & Screenprint, a recording package from Iguana Studios,  and last, but not least, a $1500 gift card to spend at Long and McQuade Musical Instruments.

Congratulations to the guys! Previous winners of this competition include Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Standstills and The Glorious Sons, that’s a pretty great list. In addition to playing the Ian D’Sza (Billy Talent) Curated Showcase on Friday the 22nd, you can also see them at Cherry Cola’s on June 17th.


Now, let’s move on to our show/band choices!

 Date About the event venue
 June  19Rural Alberta Advantage Curated Showcase
Altameda
The Northern Coast
Jordan Normal and the Wisdom Teeth
Alex Vissa
The Dakota Tavern
 June  20Nick Rose (Dwayne Gretzky, Teen Ravine
Curated Showcase
Vast Asleep
Forces
Twin Within
Evan James Redsky
 Rivoli
 June  21The Dirty Nil
Curated Showcase

Dead Soft
Secret Satanists
Big School
New Love
 The Garrison
 June  22Ian D’Sza (Billy Talent)
Curated Showcase

The Lazys
Crown Lands
The Anti-Queens
Sweatshop Kids
Horseshoe Tavern
 June  23    4:45 FerraroPort Lands – Skyline Stage
 June  24    3:00 CaveboyPort Lands – Canal Stage
 June  25    6:45 Yukon BlondePort Lands – Canal Stage

We know there are no headliners on our Port Lands list. But we’ll see what the days bring, we might see some Post Malone, Kaytranada or Passion Pit.

We’re stoked to see Ferraro, Caveboy, and Yukon Blonde. Shockingly, we’ve never seen any of these bands live. What?! Yes, we need to fix that! Stay tuned for pictures, interviews and reviews from NXNE 2017!

Tickets are still available and you can get them here!

Summer Ontario Fun Tour: The Lazys Hit The Road!

If you believe that rock and roll should be played hard, fast, and loud… we’ve got a prescription for The Lazys that we think you should fill immediately during the Summer Ontario Fun Tour.

And if you’re in Ontario, your chance is coming quick to see these five Aussie rockandrollers get on stage, sweat, sing, scream, and put on the kind of club show that you leave with a smile on your face and ringing in your ears!

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With eight shows in 11 days, The Lazys will be ready, willing, and able to crank up the volume and energy from Oshawa to Waterloo, and at all stops in between. And we can tell you this because we’ve seen it live for ourselves at Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and at the CNE’s bandshell stage. And in both settings (very different settings) the boys hit it hard, held nothing back, and made new fans out of the rock and roll diehards in the crowd.

We fully expect them to do the same on the Summer Ontario Fun Tour!

Note: Two of our favourite dudes on the way up will be joining The Lazys for two dates on the tour, when Crown Lands open in Oshawa and Toronto.

Summer Ontario Fun Tour Dates

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Oshawa Music Hall – Oshawa, ON
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – The John St. Pub – Arnprior, ON
Friday, June 16, 2017 – The Red Dog – Peterborough, ON
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Burlington Sound of Music Festival – Burlington, ON
Sunday June 18, 2017 – The Pavillion – Sault Ste Marie, ON
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – NXNE @ The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
Friday, June 23, 2017 – The Station Music Hall – Sarnia, ON
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Maxwell’s – Waterloo, ON

If you’ve seen The Lazys on stage before, we don’t need to sell you on the idea of seeing them again. If you haven’t… well, we really, truly, completely believe that you should be at any one (or more) of these shows to enjoy some Aussie rock and roll.

And if you are a fan, stay tuned for information about the brand new record from The Lazys that we’ve been told will be coming before the end of 2017.

Until then, you can find all 13 tracks from their self-titled 2015 album, including bangers like Shake It Like You Mean It, Howling Woman, Show Me What You’re Made Of and Black Rebel, online from your favourite source – including the Spotify stream in this post.

Hit play, look at some more pics, and get your tickets for The Lazys’ Summer Ontario Fun Tour show nearest you!

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CMW 2017: Trish’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, Aussie Night Out, UTA Showcase ft Julian Taylor Band

It’s almost here! Canadian Music Week is so close I can taste it.

There are so many choices and to help you with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that I think you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017.

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Le Trouble / The Danger Bees / Silver Love Club / Bad River

This show is also on Joshua’s list and that’s because we both know a great thing when we see one. It’s an amazing opening night lineup. Some of these bands are brand new to me but some of them are favourites and I’m happy we’ve got this show to get the week started.

Aussie Night Out – The Hideout

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aeora / Alice Ivy / Quivers / Eliza & The Delusionals / Bad Pony / Silver Love Club / Letters to Lions / Heart Beach / The Dead Love / Pretty City

I’ve written in detail about this showcase and you can read everything you need to know about all of the bands here but let me remind you that while all of the acts are Aussie based there’s a little bit of everything genre-wise for everyone. Stop by, say hello and check out some amazing talent from Australia.

UTA Showcase – The Horseshoe Tavern 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Dead Projectionists / The Treble / One Bad Son / Adam Baldwin / Julian Taylor Band / Birds of Bellwoods / Towers / Radio Caroline

Saturday is going to be a late one but with this lineup, we’re pretty sure you’ll be sticking around until the end. Indie rock, alternative rock, hard rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll, with some funk and soul thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be a high energy show and I’m thrilled to see some of my favourite Toronto bands and I’m always excited to see acts that are new to me. new music… is there anything better?

And now I’m going to cheat and add a couple more bands to my list. I’ve said it before if you haven’t seen Crown Lands live yet, put them on your “must see” list. They’ll be playing both Friday the 21st at Hard Luck Bar and Saturday 22nd at The Bovine.  Second on the cheat list is Andrew Hyatt. He’s been around a little while but Andrew just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t seen him yet, now is the time to get on board. His latest release She Ain’t You reaches into your heart and says what we’re all thinking. Andrew’s playing the KX Country’s Hot Shots Showcase on Tuesday, April 18th.

Kevin Comeau – Crown Lands

Cody Bowles – Crown Lands

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Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016

When Joshua posted his 10 most listened to albums of 2016 post, I wondered out loud if it was too soon to be writing such a post. Joshua and I chatted briefly about it and his conclusion was that there wasn’t an album that could be released now that could top his list of 10 based on how much he’d already listened to said albums.

I thought, hmm let me start putting together my list and see if this is true for me. Turns out, yep it is. While I’m always open to new music and I’m hoping amazing albums come out between now and the end of the year, my list is pretty much set too.

So here, in the order that they came into my head, is my list of the 10 Most Listened to albums of 2016

aussie-flag Mabel: Rachel (2015)

Most played track: My Way

We first caught up with the boys from Mabel during Canadian Music Week. They were so much fun to chat with and their set was energetic and fresh. I love their sound which reminds me of late 50’s rock with catchy lyrics and when Mikey roars, oh, be still my heart.

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aussie-flag Paul Cowderoy: Wet Hessian Bag (2015)

Most played track: Gimme That

If fate had a different plan I would have met Paul Cowderoy this summer. There was  a plan for the Australian country singer to do a club tour here in Canada and Toronto was on his list. There were other things in the cards for Paul. A car accident put this guy on pause for a time. But he’s back putting out new music and I’m hoping he’ll be coming to Canada soon. This album was in my car for the first six months of the year and I made everyone who got into the car listen to it.

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american-flag-emoji Chris Lane : Girl Problems (2016)

Most played track: Maybe

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Chris Lane this summer and one of the things we do going into interviews is our research. I was happy to listen to Chris Lane’s Girl Problems over and over. There are hints of R&B, dance beats, with hints of pop, amazing rock guitar, energetic banjo, and Chris’ mean falsetto, it all comes together perfectly, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.

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canadian-flag-emojiArkells: Morning Report (2016)

Most played track: A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

This is the only album that appears on both of our lists. I love this album. It makes me want to sing and dance, it makes me feel happy. That’s a winner in my book, every day. I had the pleasure of seeing Arkells perform at both WayHome and at an awesome The Edge Sugar Beach Session.  These guys really know how to entertain a crowd.arkells-morning-report-album-cover
canadian-flag-emoji Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (2016)
Most played track: Mercy

This might surprise you but I love Shawn Mendes. True story. I first saw Shawn Mendes when he opened for Taylor Swift on the 1989 Tour. This young Canadian singer/songwriter has blown up and I’m not surprised. I’m pretty sure I’ve played this album every day since it came out. 
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canadian-flag-emojiJuly Talk – Touch (2016)

Most played track: Picturing Love

I come to the July Talk party a little late. I didn’t know! I caught the band at one of The Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions and was blown away. This is an album that I put on and play front to back, no skips. It’s moody, it’s fun, it’s playful and it feels kinda dangerous. I love this album.
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american-flag-emoji Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered (2016)

Most played song: untitled 08 | 09.06.2014

I wasn’t expecting this and was thrilled when it came out. After seeing Kendrick Lamar at WayHome in 2015 I started listening to everything Kendrick. The music, the lyrics, it sucks me in and it’s perfect.kendrick-lamar-untitled-unmastered-cover-art

canadian-flag-emoji Jessica Mitchell: Hold Onto The Light

Most played song: Grown Up Things

I’ve been to quite a few of Jessica Mitchell‘s shows and she never disappoints. This is another album that I listen to every day. The timbre of Jessica’s voice is exquisite, I feel everything she sings, I believe her and I feel like we’re kindred spirits. 
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aussie-flag The Lazys: The Lazys (2015)

Most played song: Shake It Like You Mean It

The Lazys, in three words energetic, enthusiastic, and enchanting. This amazing band from Australia has put together the perfect storm of rock and roll and luckily for us they love Canada. The boys tour and record here regularly and I’d be lying if we said we weren’t hoping for a move to Canada.

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aussie-flag The Dead Love: So Whatever (2016)

Most played song: Wastelands

I first met The Dead Love during Canadian Music Week‘s  Aussie BBQ. They have a great energy, it’s rock and roll, it’s alternative and punky, it’s grungy, and they can slow things down and keep your attention. They bring together technically great musicianship and compelling vocals. They sing about love but not the sweet kind, summer and living in a wasteland. Check it out!
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With the amount of music I listen to, ten is a tough number. I’m going to cheat a little, I’ve added an additional five here as honourable mentions. Four out of five are Canadian.

canadian-flag-emojiThe Dead South: Good Company
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Birds of Bellwoods: The Fifth
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canadian-flag-emojiCrown Lands: Mantra
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canadian-flag-emojiThe Tragically Hip: Fully Completely

The Tragically Hip Fully Completely

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Friday Night Live: American Opera with Crown Lands at the Rivoli

On Friday night in Toronto a band from NYC rolled in and set up and played their only Canadian date on what has been an eventful tour so far.

American Opera, fronted by John Bee, has had van breakdowns along the way, but haven’t missed a date yet – and we’re sure glad that they didn’t miss this one. We had a chance to hangout with John before the show for a chat and a song (look just a little further down in the post for the video) and then we saw him hit the stage to entertain the assembled audience in the back room.

While we were at the venue to see American Opera we saw Friday’s opener, Crown Lands, go through their sound check, and then we caught their set when they opened the show. The Oshawa duo rocked hard, swung a lot of hair around, and looked like they had a whole lot of fun. They also sound great, and if you’re into some good, loud, guitar and drum rock and roll you should be looking into their new album and its pre-sale right now!

These boys were a whole lot of fun, and earned themselves every bit of applause and the shout out they got from American Opera after they were done. Check more of Trish’s pics a little further down!

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As we talked with John about the American Opera tour we found out that he has played the Rivoli stage before, but Friday was the first time he’d done it with the backing of the bass and drums in the band. And he likes that. He told us that the energy gets a great boost when the 3 musicians take the stage together, and while we haven’t seen the solo show, we can tell you that the band sounds great together.

John also apologized to the crowd for a little bit of a blown out voice – but here’s the thing, he sounded good. No issues from where we were sitting. And the way people were clapping and singing along, we don’t think anyone else had any problems with John’s voice either!

American Opera-1676American Opera put on a fun, upbeat, and at times funny show with great tracks, banter, and that energy we were told would be there. the Rivoli stage was a great place to see them, and the crowd that was in the room for the show all looked to be happy with the fact that they were there to see it all go down.

Note: 3 ladies in the crowd seemed incredibly happy. We saw them at the merch table after the set and they had come to the Toronto show after seeing American Opera play Warped Tour in years past. They were pretty excited – and happy to grab 3 t-shirts, a CD, sunglasses, and some free stickers!

Tracks like Spoons and Knives, Sand and Seed, and Bright Lights and Amplifiers had us locked into the music. We liked it so much we bought a copy of the CD and have it playing on repeat in the car.

This may have been the only Canadian stop on the current tour, but we’re hoping it won’t be long before John is back in Toronto with more American Opera shows in the very near future.

Check out more dates, the socials (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), Trish’s pictures and our green room video now!

Photos of American Opera at the Rivoli, July 29, 2016

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Photos of Crown Lands at the Rivoli, July 29, 2016

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