concert review: Ohbijou @ Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, Ontario), June 28, 2008
I caught a relaxing mid-afternoon set with Ohbijou down at Harbourfront Centre yesterday. They were playing as part of the A Rocky Mountain High: The Banff Centre festival. During the hour long set, they of course played tunes off their debut "Swift Feet For Troubling Times" but also played a couple of tunes they'd wrote during their residency at The Banff Centre earlier this year, including one which was about the devastating Queen St. fire from earlier this year. Recalling that new song in particular, it's not much different than any of their other sensitive, plucky-stringed chamber pop tunes - if it ain't broke, don't fix it I guess. It was a great vibe overall with a nice breeze off the lake, the rain holding off, and a procession of pirates (yes pirates - how they related to the festival, I still don't know) marching across the Harbourfront boardwalk behind us during which Ohbijou had to halt their performance to comment on the oddness of it all. Later on, dance beats wafting over to us from a nearby ship prompted Casey to cheekily say that that was where the afterparty would be.
Casey Mecija of Ohbijou @ Harbourfront (June 28, 2008)
Ohbijou @ Harbourfront (June 28, 2008)
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