Saturday, September 15, 2007

La Da Da

concert review: Basia Bulat @ Yonge Dundas Square (Toronto, Ontario), September 12, 2007

Basia Bulat @ Yonge Dundas Square: photo by Michael Ligon

Currently promoting her debut album "Oh, My Darling"(released earlier this year in the UK through Rough Trade Records, and recently released domestically on Hardwood Records), Basia Bulat and her band have been touring non-stop. Last week she made a surprise appearance with one of her band members singing back up for Rough Trade Records roster-matesThe Veils during their encore at the El Mocambo last week. She'll be playing an instore at Soundscapes at 6 pm on September 19[via Chromewaves]. Her Toronto CD release shows will be on September 22 at The Music Gallery with an early show at 6 pm and and late show at 9 pm, so there's no excuse for not catching at least one of them. This past Wednesday she closed out the Summer Serenade series down at Yonge Dundas Square. Her band compliment was about the same(drums, keyboard, back-up vox, violin) with the only thing missing being a cellist that I've seen as part of her band before. The open concrete environment of Yonge Dundas Square was hardly conducive to the intimacy of her mostly chamber-folk-pop set, but that said I also wish Basia performed a few more foot-stompers to get the crowd into it. For most of the set I was eating lunch and conversing with a co-worker near the back, only to approach closer to the stage towards the end of the set. Up close I only realize that it'd have been a perfect opportunity to put those Jumbotrons to good use - Basia's smile would brighten anyone's day.

More of my photos from the show here.

MySpace: Basia Bulat
In other news:

Band of Horses have announced some Fall dates which include show at the Phoenix in Toronto on November 9. Maybe I'll finally get to see them live, after missing their last few swings through town. The band's new disc "Cease To Begin" is out through Sub Pop on October 9 - you can preorder it here[via Pitchfork]

Also via Pitchfork, The Walkmen come back to Toronto for a show at Lee's Palace on October 10.

Following in the footsteps of The Rheostatics, Joel Plaskett Emergency take up residency at the Horseshoe Tavern from December 10 through to the 15th[via Pollstar]

The Cure have rescheduled their Toronto dates for May 15 at Air Canada Centre.

You probably already know about this, but you can download a free live Great Lake Swimmers' set here. It's five live tracks from the Church of the Redeemer show in Toronto on April 14/07. The band returns to town for a show at the Phoenix on September 29 with opener Chad VanGaalen. It's an early show, FYI, and Chad performs later that night(Sept 29) at The Drake as part of the Nuit Blanche festivities(speaking of which I hope to check out this year!).

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