This is the first entry in my Throwback Thursday series. The series will consist of older photos I’ve taken on random point and shoot cameras and whatever I can remember from each photo.

1. The Von Bondies, Lee’s Palace, May 30, 2009 – This was my first and only time seeing the Von Bondies, sadly. Jason Stollsteimer is an awesome singer/songwriter. He played a song I was unfamiliar with at the end of the show, just him and his guitar. I remember it being one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

2. Lady Sovereign, Lee’s Palace, May 1, 2009 – Ya I like the S.O.V. I remember it being a good show, good crowd and lots of bass.

3.  NOFX, Kool Haus, October 9, 2008 – That’s El Hefe playing in front of Talli “She’s Nubs” Osborne. This was the second date of two shows at The Kool Haus in which I saw them play. I’ve seen NOFX so many times, I don’t remember anything specific about this show. I do remember them opening their set the night before with The Decline, their 18 minute song. Unreal.

4. Santigold, The Guvernment, September 24, 2008 – I think Santigold was still going by Santogold at that point. Anyway, this was a free show and the first time I saw her. I remember being blown away by her performance and her dancers. I fell in love with her music at the Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysees in Paris in June of that year.

5. The Fratellis, V-Fest, September 6, 2008 – On that same day where I sampled Santigold’s album, I sampled The Fratellis Here We Stand which was released just a couple of weeks earlier. I was hearing songs from the previous album at random places throughout that trip in London and Dublin as well. Seeing them for the first time at V-Fest a few months later brought back memories of that awesome vacation.

6. Alexisonfire, Much Parking Lot, June 16, 2007 – This was a rehearsal for the MMVAs.

7. Sloan Tribute Show, The Boat, February 16, 2006 – I think this was a show where bands were playing Sloan songs. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t planned, but Chris Murphy of Sloan was there and ended up playing with one of the bands.

8.  The Bicycles, The Boat, February 11, 2006

9. L.A.N.D., The Boat, February 11, 2006 – I don’t remember much from this show except that L.A.N.D. , which was Lullabye Archestra + No Dynamics playing together, rocked so hard. I remember loving every second of No Dynamics’ drummer drumming.

10. Belvedere, Wax Nightclub, Kitchener, November 6, 2005 – I must have seen Belvedere 15-20 times over the years. This was on their farewell tour. I’m glad they reunited  6 years later and still play shows.

August 25, 2013

The New Pornographers played the CNE Bandshell last Saturday, August 17, 2013. I’ve seen them three or four times now. I think the first time was on a Saturday night, February 3, 2007 at Nathan Phillips Square. It was -27 degrees.

Like that first time, Neko Case was not there. Unlike that first time, it was a nice warm Saturday night in Toronto.

There’s something awesome about seeing good bands during the CNE. Maybe it just reminds me of one of the first shows I’ve ever seen, Rusty at the Bandshell in 1996. I still think of it as one of the best ever.

The Ex had a lot of great bands play that year, and the year after. Another fond memory there is of Pure playing Anna Is a Speed Freak…awesome. I don’t think I saw another Exhibition/Bandshell show after that year until Sloan in 2007. Now I’ll think of The New Pornographers amongst those great Exhibition day/Bandshell Nights.

Here are some video’s I took at this show:
From Blown Speakers
All The Things That Go To Make Heaven and Earth
Jackie, Dressed In Cobras

June 24, 2013

On the Saturday of NXNE, June 15, 2013, I rode down to the Redpath Stage at Harbourfront Centre to see Kiz & Legin at 3pm. Kiz of Kiz & Legin is such a creative, multi-talented artist. With Legin on drums…these guys are awesome.

Their sound reminds me of my favourite era in music around 94-97/98. In them, I hear bands like Tristan Psionic, Poledo, early Sloan, Helium…so many others. Not in a cheesy, wish I was 16 kind of way, but I love the headspace their songs bring me to. 

Here’s a video I took of them playing Battles and another of them playing Bed.

Later, I rode over Dundas Square to see Millencolin at 8pm then Billy Talent at 9pm. The crowd for Billy Talent was crazy. It’s been a while since I’ve been in such madness. While we’re reminiscing, I think the craziest, near death experience crowd I’ve been in was Green Day in the alley behind HMV on Yonge in 97. I loved it though.

Sunday, June 16, 2013, I rode back to Dundas Square to see Ludacris at 9ish pm. I hadn’t been to a Sunday NXNE show at the square since GZA back in 2009. Anyway, Luda’s got so many hits. Nice way to end another great NXNE.

June 22, 2013

On June 14, 2013 I rode over to see Hayden at Dundas Square at 7:30pm. I haven’t really followed the last half of his career but I really liked everything I heard. With the perfect weather, it was especially awesome to hear songs like The Hazards of Sitting Beneath Palm Trees, Bad As They Seem (!), Trees Lounge and In September. More on that era of music in another post…wait.

After Hayden, I took an indirect route over to the Mod Club to see July Talk perform at 10pm. They had really been building up the show a few days leading up to it and they delivered. Peter’s voice and stage presence is so powerful. It’s almost scary. Don’t show him a beachball. His yells when away from the mic are just about as loud as their instruments. And with Leah’s sweet voice and playfulness…I’ll go see them every time they’re in town.

June 20, 2013

On June 13, 2013, in preparation for the next few days of NXNE show’s I would be attending, I bought a bike, bell, lock and helmet.

My first ride was down to Dundas Square to see The Flatliners at 7pm. I’ve seen them many times over the years and they never disappoint. The rain couldn’t even ruin their set.

After waiting inside the Eaton Centre hoping the rain would pass, I took a rainy ride down to the Bovine to see Kiz & Legin at 9pm. I haven’t seen them since I’ve become more familiar with their music and they have released a new album in that time. More on them in another post…wait.

Here's a sloppy video I took of them performing MILLION.

I left right after Kiz & Legin and rode a few blocks over to the Horseshoe to catch DIANA’s set at 10pm. The show was a little delayed with some technical difficulties but Carmen was talking to the crowd, which was pretty entertaining itself. I’ve fallen more in love with their music after their set especially after hearing some of their new songs. My most anticipated release of the year. August 20th, can’t wait!

Here's a video I took of them performing Perpetual Surrender.

Long Whistle

June 18, 2013

I saw CHVRCHES for the second time when they played The Hoxton in Toronto on June 12, 2013. It was nice hearing a bunch of their new songs. Sounds like the new album is going to be really good. Looking forward to it!

Next time I’ll get a photo of Iain!

This was my first time at the Hoxton. I must say I was impressed. The staff seemed nice. I liked the layout of the place, the stage, the lights and sound. The bass was unreal. I thought my lungs were gonna collapse.

March 26, 2013

The third CMW show I saw this year was Limblifter at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday the 22nd.

I’ve seen Limblifter about 5 times already, most recently in November, but it was nice to be there with my brother and sister who were seeing them for the first time.

I kept an eye on Ryan Dahle’s pedals hoping he would do a double whammy like he did last time. I also got thinking about how it would be awesome to see him play with his brother Kurt (a favourite drummer of mine) again then how I’d love to hear that last little bit of the Enya solo and I Don’t Mind and…Age of Electric reunion…make it happen!

Watch a video I took at this show of them playing Wake Up To The Sun on my Youtube channel.

March 25, 2013

The second CMW show I saw this year was July Talk at Lee’s Palace on Thursday the 21st.

July Talk are another Toronto band that I have recently got into. This was my first time seeing them. Peter Dreimanis’ voice is so awesome and Leah Fay’s voice makes for a great dynamic. Add their fun stage presence and their set is even more entertaining. Watch a video I took of them playing Paper Girl on my YouTube channel and get their album!

March 24, 2013

March 19-24 was Canadian Music Week. The first of three CMW shows I went to this year was CHVRCHES with openers DIANA at the Mod Club on Wednesday the 20th.

I was looking forward to seeing Toronto’s DIANA for the second time since discovering them at Long Winter Vol. 1 in November. Their performance was even better than the previous. I’m sure being familiar with their songs this time had a little to do with it. You can see a video I took at this show of them playing New House on my youtube page. Check out DIANA’s SoundCloud for more music.

I was also really looking forward to seeing the first Canadian performance by Glasgow, Scotland’s CHVRCHES. I only recently discovered them. Their song Lies is one of those songs that I instantly fell in love with on such a great level. You can see a video I took at this show of them play Lies on my youtube channel. Check out CHVRCHES’ SoundCloud for more music.

Having these two bands on the same show made for a perfect night. Thank you CMW!