One Bad Son

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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Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll: One Bad Son Album Review

Saskatoon rock and rollers, One Bad Son, are back with new music, releasing their fifth album, Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll to the world.

The boys from the Canadian Prairies have been hard at work their entire careers playing, writing, and recording, and the excitement that they share with their fans for this release is palpable. The upcoming tour to support the album release is another chance for Shane, Adam, and Kurt to get in front of Canadian rock fans and show off their energy and music – and will take them from Vancouver to the eastern end of Ontario with 25 live dates along the way. The tour kicks off in Red Deer, AB on October 17, and you can check out all of the upcoming dates HERE.

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Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll is a straight ahead, no tricks, ‘get into it’ rock and roll record. The 10 songs, starting with the title track, play together like an album should, without any hiccups or moments that make you think you’ve stumbled onto another album by accident. It’s a cohesion that has gone missing on many albums since the digital revolution, but One Bad Son has clearly made the effort to make it a priority on this album.

From top to bottom there is no shortage of rock and roll firepower here. With Shane Volk’s voice at the front, and a wall of music behind him, lead by Adam Hicks’ guitar and Kurt Dahl’s drums, there is a fullness to the sound, and a completeness to the songs as they play. With Raging Bull (the band’s #1 BDS Mainstream Rock Radio Hit) leading the way, there are new fan favourites to be discovered on this album to go along with tracks like Retribution Blues and Psycho Killer from previous releases.

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While everyone will find the songs that they jam out to hardest in their car or at home alone, I can tell you that Hurricane and the new single, Scream For Me are my choices for increased volume and rocking. I’m also a big fan of The Promise, a four minute jam that lends itself perfectly to my love of rock and roll love songs that are begging for live sing-alongs and foot stomping. Check it.

Note: After the opening riff to Flying High, I really want to hear One Bad Son cover Hurts So Good.

Coming a full three years after the release of their last record, Black Buffalo, these new songs have been a long time coming for fans and for the band. And nobody is going to be disappointed.

So, if you’re in the mood for rock and roll, hit play on Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll and turn it up!

One Bad Son, Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll Tracklist

1. Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll
2. Raging Bull
3. Hurricane
4. The Promise
5. Like A Weapon
6. Rise Up
7. Scream For Me
8. True Romance
9. Streets Are Red
10. Flying High

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CMW 2017: UTA / Julian Taylor Band with One Bad Son, Birds of Bellwoods and Friends

Saturday night of Canadian Music Week is huge. And while there are a couple of shows on Sunday, it’s really the last night of big, late shows. And… it’s Saturday night with a 4:00 AM last call!

We found ourselves at The Horseshoe Tavern for the United Talent Agency’s Showcase featuring The Julian Taylor Band. With an outstanding roster, UTA was able to put together a dynamic show. The supporting lineup included The Dead Projectionists, The Treble, One Bad Son, Midnight Shine, Julian Taylor Band, Birds of Bellwoods, Towers, and Radio Caroline.

One quick note, Midnight Shine was a late addition after Adam Baldwin was unable to play the showcase.

We arrived very early and were first in line, the only way to guarantee a good spot near the stage and our favourite bench seat. Now we don’t recommend trying to stand on that bench, not unless you want to get chucked out by security, but they do turn a blind eye to people sitting on the top of said bench. A nifty little trick for those of us who are of the shorter persuasion. Shout out to Lorna and Ian who we met in line and who were our table companions for most of the evening. They’re huge Julian Taylor fans and try to get to all of his live shows.

Our first band, The Dead Projectionists are a five-piece band who call Toronto home. They’ve got an ethereal rock thing going on and they were the perfect choice to get things started. I’ll be keeping my eye on their local live schedule. They’ve got a self-recorded and self-released album, called Detractor and we think you should give it a listen.
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Second on the bill of eight, were The Treble. An alt-rock band from Winnipeg who delivered amazing harmonies, beautiful melodies and great hooks.  They released their debut album in February and Modernaires should be on your playlist. Their live performance was mesmerizing. I have to admit, there was a moment where I wondered about lead singer, Mark Brusegard, “How cool do you have to be to wear a leather jacket when it’s so hot?”.

As the guys played the room continued to fill up and by the time they finished the room was full.
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At 10:00 One Bad Son arrived. And they arrived with a bang. Energetic and at full volume, Shane and the rest of the band dominated the room. It was loud and it was fun and everybody was all in. There was jumping, spinning, flying hair and fingers. There was epic rock wailing and screaming. The Saskatoon boys were on fire!

They played old songs and their new single Raging Bull and they talked about working hard, here in Toronto to finish the new album. We’re definitely looking forward to that release party.
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Now if we’re being honest here, I wouldn’t have wanted to be the band to play after One Bad Son. How do you follow that? Next up was our last minute replacement band Midnight Shine. And yet when the guys got on stage and started playing, it was very different, and it was perfect. Still rock but with a lighter approach, blending roots, classic rock and modern rock. The four-piece from James Bay were engaging and Zach Tomatuk shredded on his gorgeous Ibanez JEM guitar. With it’s the tree of life inlay and gold bindings and trim, it was hard to look away.

Adrian Sutherland on lead vocals is a warm and charming presence on stage and along with George Gillies on drums and Stan Louttit on bass, they come together as one. Their voices blend together beautifully and the lyrics take us to open fields and northern Ontario. They were nominated for Best Rock CD at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards and they’ve got a brand new single out too! Check out Sister Love below.
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At the midnight hour The Julian Taylor Band took the stage. The stage was bursting with musicians, instruments, equipment and it was spectacular. Horns, two keyboards, drums, bass and guitars creating a full rich backdrop for Julian’s vocals.

We got to hear Fever, Set Me Free, Bobbi Champagne and so many more. Before singing the uplifting Just a Little Bit, Julian asked us if we’ve ever felt like giving up and admitted that yep, even he has. It didn’t feel like banter, it felt like a sincere conversation. This song’s a reminder that we should never give up and it was one of my favourite moments of the set.

For those of you who’ve never seen Julian live, you’re in for the most awesome surprise. Nothing can prepare you for the force that is The Julian Taylor Band. A non-stop, balls-out, sing from your heart connection. Rock, soul, R&B, jazz who needs labels? Let’s go with energetic, fun, infectious, make you wanna get up and dance music.

When the band left the stage, the crowd chanted hopefully for an encore until the tech put them out of their misery and turned up the bumper music.
Julian Taylor Band - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017 Julian Taylor Band - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017At this point, there was a shift in the crowd. People who had come specifically to see Julian started to make their way towards the exit but at the same time, new people seemed to surge forward. By the time Birds of Bellwoods picked up their instruments the room was teeming with fans.

The Horseshoe now held a fairly young group and they were all singing along. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a live performance and there have been changes. Everything seemed just a little bit more. A little bit more theatrical, a little louder, a little more intense.

I got to hear some of my favourites from The Fifth including a powerful sing along version of Roll Your Stone and  a much more intense version of Grey Ghosts. There were lots of new songs including their brand new single, A Year Ago. Lead singer Stevie let us know that the new album is on it’s way and I for one, am looking forward to it.

If you haven’t seen Birds of Bellwoods live, you should.
Birds of Bellwoods - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017 Birds of Bellwoods - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017The crowd had thinned out a bit by the time Towers started to play. The bar was now more comfortably full and the band kept the energy level high.

I hadn’t seen Towers since December 2015 and clearly the guys are just getting better and better.
Towers - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017At about 2:15 I headed home. I’m still sorry that I missed the end of their set and that I didn’t get a chance to check out Radio Caroline but I needed some well deserved sleep. I’ve filed this band away as a band I need to see soon. It was an amazing week and honestly, I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.

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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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Friday Night Rock and Roll with The Lazys & One Bad Son!

If you didn’t already know, Friday night is a good night for rock and roll in Toronto!

On a chilly November night on Queen Street, three rock and roll bands took their turns on the legendary Horseshoe Tavern stage and did everything in their power to turn up the heat and the volume. Spoiler: They succeeded.

Note: Thanks to the Horseshoe for turning on the AC because it got real hot, real fast when the music started and the crowd pushed up to the front of the stage.

Big love to The Lazys, One Bad Son, and The Ballroom Babies for coming out on a Friday night and entertaining a crowd that was hungry for rock and roll.

The Ballroom Babies Toronto Horseshoe TavernFirst on stage, making the most of their 9:30 time slot, was The Ballroom Babies. 3 dudes from Mississauga who made a good impression on the local audience, and got everyone ready for the rest of the music still to come.

Clear in their UK rock influences, easy to tell from their catchy guitar riffs and their covers of The Beatles and Queen – their Tie Your Mother Down was awesome – these 3 dudes remind us of the band in your high school talent show you kept playing and grew up to be actually be good.

High five to brothers Mike, Steve, and Nathan… The Ballroom Babies!

Before we get to our highlight of the night we need to feature Saskatoon 4 piece rockers, One Bad Son.

One Bad Son Toronto Horseshoe Tavern -9495These prarie boys have been playing together since 2004, and 11 years later they’re having the biggest rock and roll year of their lives. Opening for both Def Leppard and Judas Priest – and adding headling the ‘Shoe on a weekend, which they told us all, was a big deal.

With no shortage of energy, One Bad Son took the stage to headline the night and did not disappoint the fans that danced and sang and shouted along with the music. Their increasing popularity on rock radio and online has clearly earned them fans across the country – and we can’t argue with any of them.

One Bad Son Toronto Horseshoe TavernThis is a tight rock and roll outfit, loud, fun, coordinated and exciting. We don’t know this to be fact, but the band reminded us of the original I Mother Earth tracks from the 90s, and perhaps there’s some influence there.

Applause to Shane, Adam, Adam, and Kurt… One Bad Son!

Sandwiched between The Ballroom Babies and One Bad Son were Australian rockers – and all around good dudes – The Lazys.

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe TavernHere’s the 1st thing you need to know about The Lazys on stage at The Horseshoe – it’s a SHOW. That’s not yelling, we just really wanted to emphasize it. These 5 boys are entertainers. Dancing, jumping, singing, playing, smiling fools for rock and roll. There wasn’t a minute that slowed down the energy, and there wasn’t a time in the show that I wasn’t convinced that lead singer Leon Harrison was 3 seconds from diving off the stage and into the crowd.

Here’s the second thing… The Lazys have more black clothing, hair, and ink on stage than any regular sampling of 5 guys you’d find on the street – even with Glenn very confidently rocking the bald head.

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe TavernThe Lazys put on a hot, sweaty, loud, aggressive, and highly entertaining show. They whip their hair. They drench themselves in water. They take pictures of the crowd. Matty finds a bar to stand on to play solos that much closer to the crowd.

The combined showmanship of Leon, Matty, Glenn, Liam, and Andy mixed perfectly with the uptempo, high volume rock and roll that they bring to the stage. Rock and roll fans are lucky to have The Lazys in Canada on this tour and we’ll be lucky to have them back again… hopefully sooner rather than later.

Don’t miss them when you get the chance.

Big love to Leon, Matty, Glenn, Liam, and Andy… The Lazys!

Photos of The Lazys – The Horseshoe Tavern, November 20 2015

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The Lazys Set List – The Horseshoe Tavern, November 20 2015

⚡ Ready Ready
⚡ Show Me What You’re Made Of
⚡ Fight For The People
⚡ Punk Come ‘N Get Me
⚡ Howling Woman
⚡ All Fired Up
⚡ Love Your Gun
⚡ Black Rebel
⚡ Shake It Like You Mean It

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