Fresh off destroying the Gobi Tent stage at Coachella, The Airplane Boys (Beck Motley & Bon Voyage) came back home to do a free show for their fans in Toronto. They’ve always had a thing for their hometown crowd as this is the 2nd time they’ve done a free headlining show for the city, albeit the first one was 19+. With being an all-ages event there was a much different vibe going on, a lot of younger teenagers and kids were in the audience, which was a little bit of a surprise for me.
After The CALL OUT (a dance set showing off some of the different styles of urban dance such as b-boying/b-girling, popping and locking), The Airplane Boys hit the stage. While The CALL OUT had everyone dedicated to the rows of benches, as soon as the Airplane Boys hit the stage their was a rush down all the aisles as everyone wanted to get as close as possible.
After the first couple of tracks, Beck Motley hopped the barrier and went straight towards the middle of the crowd, the first of a few times throughout the hour that one of them came into the crowd. While the set list mainly contained hits off Alignment like Riding With My Crew, Still Young and Beau Monde, there was still the occasional track off Where’ve You Been.
Hit the jump for pictures and a clip from the show, to get your fix until they come to your city. Continue reading
When it comes to a concert there is nothing I love more than a showman/woman on stage. Someone who can truly energy and excite the crowd, getting them fully involve in the concert. When Vintage Trouble came on stage Saturday night, you saw four gentlemen in old fashioned suits walk on the stage, each giving a firm gentlemanly handshake to each other prior to reaching for their instruments. This was the first step in a show that truly encapsulated the audience into the feel they were going for.
Canadian Music Week is a time when music artists, fans, and industry people all meet together and appreciate good live music, while holding conferences on different industry matters and connecting with one another. Tanika Charles has been on the forefront of making these connections and performances with 4 live shows over a 5 day period. You can only imagine how exhausted she must be, especially given that shows could be at any time between 6 or 7pm and 2am. Last night however, was a fairly early performance with a 9pm start time.
Last night at Crawford Bar in Toronto, in between sets by Killing Hollywood and Stolenowners, there was another unique band playing for Canadian Music Week that hailed from Toronto, Ontario. An unsuspecting attendee at the bar would question during the setting up of the band’s equipment why there is a keyboard player and drum kit but no guitars being set being set up, but that’s exactly what BEATFACE is. Paul, Book and Johnny are a unique mix of rock and roll and electronic music, or as they call themselves “an urban rock and roll band without guitars.” Having previously done shows for the brand 1 Love T.O., and having production credits on Estelle’s new album All Of Me, BEATFACE is hardly unknown in the music scene.
Last night was the opening night for Canadian Music Week 2012 in Toronto. I had the opportunity to go out to one of the bars, Crawford, to check out a couple great up-and-coming bands, who have both been featured on the ILLDefined Artistry before. The first band of the night was Killing Hollywood, who’s headed by the lovely, and always beautiful, Anna Cyzon. Although, when rushing into the venue she was quite concerned with her look, requiring a few minutes to the side in order to get everything perfect before sound check.
And a couple days later they dropped the video… I decided to throw in my pics from Tanika Charles’ 2011 NXNE performance cause I’ve been sitting on those for a while. Hit the jump for the photos.