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Public

13-Aug-2008 02:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Public
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Public
Whisky Foxes, Iain Nabil
August 7, 2008
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

I'm not sure if I had heard of Public before learning about the show last Thursday. It's a band name that sounded generic to me and so it's possible I had just forgotten the name. But now that I've seen them live, the name has changed meaning... less like the noun, as in ordinary people, and more like the adjective, as in something that is available to all people. Also on the bill, Whisky Foxes, and a singer-songwriter Iain Nabil. read more (387 words)

illScarlett, Avril Lavigne

10-Aug-2008 12:33 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
illScarlett
Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
illScarlett
Avril Lavigne
August 6, 2008
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

For five shows in Canada, illScarlett is the opening band for Avril Lavigne. The kick-off for this small tour started in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre and then headed out East to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. read more (444 words)

B & The North, Low Level Flight

06-Aug-2008 12:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
B & The North
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
B & The North
Low Level Flight
July 31, 2008
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

Sometimes two bands come together on a bill that are unrelated, but the presence of both of them is the draw. For me, having both Low Level Flight, and B & The North playing the same night was the perfect way to close out the rainiest July I can remember. read more (381 words)

Joshua Bartholomew

01-Aug-2008 11:45 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Joshua Bartholomew
Supermarket in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Joshua Bartholomew July 30, 2008
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

On the night of his birthday, Joshua Bartholomew hosted an evening of music in the back room of the Supermarket. The night started with Joshua, Serena Pruyn and Nick Lesyk from Oliver Black, and Trevor Howard taking turns playing acoustic numbers. Then after a short break, Joshua returned with his band and performed a full set. I guess if you love what you do, performing on your birthday and entertaining your friends is as good a way as any to celebrate. read more (249 words)

We Are The Take

27-Jul-2008 11:59 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
We Are The Take We Are The Take
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
We Are The Take
The Darcys
The 6ixty 8ights
July 23, 2008
Full Photo Set (25 photos)

Continuing my goal to catch and photograph We Are The Take as regularly as possible this year, I found myself at the Tattoo Rock Parlour again for one of their shows. The 6ixty 8ights were scheduled to open the night, a local band that I've been trying to get out to see for a while, and in between the two was The Darcys. read more (426 words)

The Isosceles Project

23-Jul-2008 05:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Isosceles Project
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
The Isosceles Project
The Harold Wartooth
July 19, 2008
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

As part of elZOO, a combined music and art show held at the El Mocambo, the bands The Harold Wartooth, The Isosceles Project and Zuku were scheduled to be on stage. I was there partly to photograph, but also to participate in the art portion of the evening with five of my photos printed out on canvas and hung on the wall. It was truly a great experience for me to have some of my photos shown at the El Mocambo, a venue with an intimidating amount of music history. Unfortunately, my camera broke during the set from The Isosceles Project, so I was unable to get any photos of Zuku. read more (190 words)

The Schomberg Fair

21-Jul-2008 11:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Schomberg Fair
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
The Schomberg Fair
The Unionist Ministers
July 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

Whenever I get out and see country-influenced rock, in my reviews I end up saying things like "country-rock isn't my thing" and "not my usual style of listening for home". Yet, there I am, out at the shows and really enjoying myself. So rather than be concerned about what music I want to portray as my likes, I decided to head out to the (weewerk) records showcase at The Horseshoe in an attempt to embrace my inner country. read more (265 words)

Black Hat Brigade

17-Jul-2008 03:15 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Black Hat Brigade
Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema
Black Hat Brigade July 11, 2008
Full Photo Set (7 photos)

After Edgefest Eve, I dropped my car off and grabbed the TTC to the Rancho Relaxo to meet up with some friends, including one buddy who was in town from Vancouver. The idea was to hang out with my friends, have a few drinks, and enjoy the last band of the evening. It went mostly according to plan, with one major variance that was mostly due to Facebook. read more (185 words)

Edgefest Eve

16-Jul-2008 12:10 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Flatliners
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Edgefest Eve
The Flatliners, Hostage Life
Alpha Galates, Creature
Arkells
July 11, 2008
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

Since I knew I wasn't going to make it to the actual Edgefest, I decided to take a trip to the fairly inconvenient Sound Academy for the Edgefest Eve party, featuring The Flatliners, Hostage Life, Alpha Galates, Creature, and Arkells - five bands that were all scheduled to take the stage the next day at Edgefest. Martin Streek was doing his evening radio show from the Sound Academy, and for each band there was some setup, an on-air interview followed immediately by two songs live-to-air, then a couple of more songs for the crowd. Actually, the "crowd" was reasonably small for such a large venue, so the performances were done with the fans right up on stage with the bands. Very casual and friendly. read more (314 words)

Pete's Pick: Islands / Arm's Way

14-Jul-2008 10:57 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Islands / Arm's Way

12 Track CD
© 2008 Islands

As much as I liked Islands' debut album, Return To The Sea (which was a lot... it took my #1 spot in 2006), I think it's fair to say that I like their sophomore album even more, overall. Even though the hooks aren't quite as strong as in their earlier work, such as Rough Gem, its unique instrumentation and melodies make for a twelve song string of catchiness, all the way from The Arm to the eleven-minute closer Vertigo (If It's a Crime).

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