Renee Saviour

activist, teacher, book lover, music zealot

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The National at Yonge-Dundas Square Toronto, NXNE 2013 – Gig Review and Photos

June 22, 2013

  Who: The National Where: Yonge-Dundas Square When: Friday July 14, 2013 One Word: Cheeky When NXNE announced that The National would be headlining at Yonge-Dundas Square, I was a bit surprised. While they are an arena band who have headlined festivals, I questioned whether they were dynamic enough for such...
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Dan Deacon, Merchandise and DIANA at The Horseshoe, NXNE 2013 – Gig review and photos

June 19, 2013

Who: Moon King, DIANA, Merchandise & Dan Deacon Where: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern When: Thursday 13 June, 2013 One Word: Mental A few years ago I wrote a review that looked at the importance of chemistry in a band. While it’s true that band members should ideally have a connection with...
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New Order at the Sony Centre, Toronto – Concert review and photos

October 28, 2012
New Order at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto - photo Renee Saviour, Music Vice

The Gig: New Order Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario When: Wednesday 24 October In One Word: Jovial New Order have always been on my bucket-list of bands to see before I die. So when I heard they were embarking on a new tour without bassist Peter “Hooky” Hook,...
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Girl in a Coma and Magneta Lane at The Garrison, Toronto – Gig review and photos

July 29, 2012
Girl in a Coma at The Garrison, Toronto - photo Renee Saviour, Music Vice

The Gig: Girl in a Coma, Magneta Lane Where: The Garrison, Toronto, Canada When: 24 July 2012 In One Word: Woo! “I’m here for Magneta Lane, do you know anything about Girl in a Coma?” From that question you might think that the guy next to me was asking about the...
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Christine Owman and Kou Chou Ching at Nocturne, Toronto – Gig review and photos (Indie Week 2011)

October 20, 2011
Christine Owman at Nocturne, Toronto, 23 October 2011 - photo Renee Saviour, Music Vice

Christine Owman plays the saw during her showcase at Nocturne The Gig: Indie Week 2011 Where: Nocturne, Toronto, ON, Canada When: 13 October 2011 In One Word: Sincere The best thing about festivals is that they give you the chance to check out things and people you might not normally get...
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Crocodiles at The Silver Dollar, Toronto; NXNE 2011 – Gig review and photos

June 30, 2011

Crocodiles’ frontman Brandon Welchez joined on stage by Dee Dee from the Dum Dum Girls The Gig: Fuck Montreal, The BB Guns and Crocodiles Where: El Mocambo and Silver Dollar, Toronto, Ontario When: 17 June 2011 In One Word: Subversive Movie and music festivals are often hit-and-miss.  While you always hope...
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Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield at Lee’s Palace, Toronto; NXNE 2011 – Gig Review and photos

June 29, 2011
Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield at Lee's Palace, Toronto - photo by Renee Saviour, Music Vice

The Gig: Washington, Kevin Seconds, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield Where: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: 16 June 2011 In One Word: Chill There’s something to be said for chill, laid back simplicity. The Thursday night NXNE line-up at Lee’s Palace featuring Washington, Kevin Seconds and Evan Dando and Juliana...
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Ume at The Drake, Toronto; NXNE 2011 – Gig review and photos

June 26, 2011
Ume at The Drake, Toronto, NXNE 2011 - photo by Renee Saviour,

SONIC BOOM! The Gig: Ume Where: The Drake, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: 15 June 2011 In One Word: Frenetic Austin band Ume (pronounced Ooh-may and meaning “plum” in Japanese) have often been compared to Hole and other female-led bands of the early 90s.  While they may be influenced by those bands,...
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The Joy Formidable at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto – Gig review and setlist

April 11, 2011

  The Gig: The Joy Formidable with The Lonely Forest Where: The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: 2 April 2011 In One Word: Unabated The Joy Formidable are an ambitious band.  Their name and the title of their latest release, The Big Roar, more than make it clear that they...
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Bombay Bicycle Club, The Coppertone and Jezabels at Lee’s Palace, Toronto (CMW 2011) – Review and photos

March 20, 2011
The Jezabels at Lee's Palace, Toronto, 12 March 2011 - photo Renee Saviour, Music Vice

The Gig: Bombay Bicycle Club, The Coppertone, The Jezabels, Dinosaur Bones (part of Canadian Music Fest 2011) Where: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario When: Saturday 12 March 2011 In One Word: Driven Let’s face it, we’ve all been there.  There have been plenty of gigs and festivals where bands – particularly opening...
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