Cousin at Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto (CMW 2012) – Concert review

March 28, 2012

Cousin band EP artwork

The Gig: Cousin at Canadian Music Week (CMF) 2012
Where: Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto, Canada
When: 23 March 2012
In One Word: Solid

For Friday’s edition of Canadian Music Week I decided it would be wise to arrive at Sneaky Dees anticipating a packed house awaiting Bear Hands set. I walked into Sneaky Dees around 8pm. The venue was empty. Oh well, beer is cheap at Sneaks and I was thirsty.

Around 9pm, a young band by the name of Cousin from Niagara Falls, Ontario took the stage. Band uniform: skinny jeans with an iPhone in the front pocket – great advertising.

Cousin’s music is filled with great hooks and lyrics that will get stuck in your head. Totally solid, mainstream indie rock, but nothing wrong with that. The songs “Lawnchair” and “Chump” were reminiscent of the beloved 90’s band Pavement, whereas other songs took a more upbeat pop rock route. Each song was different, memorable and fun.

Following Cousin’s performance I spoke briefly to singer/guitarist Taylor Page, who at 10pm, was gearing up to meet with his classmates to work on a project for his robotic engineering class – that’s dedication. If these guys are as devoted to music as they are to their studies they’ll do just fine.

Check ‘em out. Their full album, (artwork above), is streaming at

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