Canadian bands provide the warmth as CMW ends
Alright Alright brings punk-rock riffs reminiscent of The Strokes meets Bedouin Soundclash. (Laura Thompson/CBC)
It's cold, wet, and edging on midnight on a Sunday. But nothing stands between a true music fan and their reason for being, as proven by the ever-enthusiastic droves intent on taking Canadian Music Week 2013 for all its worth.
Alright Alright pummels the crowd with tight, straight-forward, punk-rock riffs at the Dakota Tavern. The people love it. They evoke comparison to The Strokes meets Bedouin Soundclash, with lead man Omar like Rod Stewart in Danny Zuko's body. Songs are short and snappy. Not much differentiation from one to the next, but that's OK. The bassist stands out as impressive and consistent, the reliable force that carries Alright Alright's overall performance to more than alright.
Zoo Legacy is charismatic and passionate. (Laura Thompson/CBC)
Meanwhile at The Painted Lady, a burlesque dancer entertains at the bar, while Zoo Legacy has got the back of house hypnotized. Nick Pouponneau is the name to note here — skilled, charismatic, passionate. He's a natural that could take on any top hip hop talent. There's a cool ease about him, along with an interesting and gifted group of backing musicians who look straight out of an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Boy is no boy, rather a couple of gorgeous gals with angelic voices, girl-next-door looks, a rare chemistry, and irresistible accents. Switzerland's Valeska Steiner is the star, with a delicate delivery, and undeniable musical likeness to Ani DiFranco one moment, Feist the next. Germany's Sonja Glass is her unflappable cohort, on backing vocals and guitar. Their unique, gentle rendition of The Black Keys' Lonely Boy will stick with me for awhile.
So will the welcome reminder of just how devoted Canadian music lovers can be, gladly burning the CMW candle long into the night. This year, the scene was on fire.
Switzerland's Valeska Steiner and Germany's Sonja Glass are the talent behind Boy. (Laura Thompson/CBC)
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