Brendan Canning at Lee’s Palace, Toronto, CMW 2014 – Gig review and photos

May 13, 2014

Brendan Canning at Lee's Palace, Toronto - photo Megan Rach, Music Vice Magazine

Who: Brendan Canning
Where: Lee’s Palace, Toronto
When: Thursday, 8 May 2014
In One Word: Vibrant

Brendan Canning, one of the founding members of Broken Social Scene, took over Lee’s Palace with great energy, fantastic music, and an excellent rapport with the CMW show-goers. Opening the show on a mellow note, Canning and band eventually ramped up the set with vigour, getting the audience moving and feeling the music. The one definite downside to the CMW gig was the short length of the set – I personally could have listened to Canning’s set for hours. However, short sets come with the CMW territory in an effort to showcase as many musicians as possible. Canning’s set had a vibrant feel good-ness surrounding it, using impressive guitar and rhythm work and enchanting harmonies to create an aura of community with not only his fellow bandmates, but the crowd as well. Even the Broken Social Scene Hiatus Woes were soothed by the second song of the set, when Canning and band broke out “Handjobs for the Holidays”, which was an obvious highlight of the night. I can say that Canning’s gig was a definite highlight of the week for me, personally.

Brendan Canning’s set is one to be experienced first-hand, and if you missed him at CMW, then add him to your gig radar for shows and festivals later this year.

© Megan Rach, Music Vice


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