Holla! We’re at it again. Damn, you all must love this whole free tickets, awesome shows business we’ve got going! So what’s up this time? We want you to go see Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees this Saturday at Divan Orange.

Imagine this: you’re standing (somewhat wasted) in a field in the darkness of the night, with a giant stage leering over you, and all of sudden this huge wave of mist and fog pours out, engulfing everything around you … then this beautiful blonde haired chick appears and pink stagelight flames into the mist. Oh, and she goes for it, with serious indie rock and electronic rhythms swaying below her voice. It was the first time I’d ever heard anything like this sound.

While my memory may be a bit shot, the first time I ever saw Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees was in 2009 at Evolve music festival, and it was completely, utterly all those words people use to say amazing with; it’s unforgettable dark pop.

Second time? The Marquee/the Paragon/whateverthefuckit’snameisnow/it’s closed.

Again, unforgettable.

Enough about my experience, here’s a little bit about the band…

The Haligonian trio’s vocalist Rebehak Higgs has been in town a number of times solo (and I’ve seen her a number of times solo)… but she’s at her best when playing with her band mates Jason Vautor and Nathan Doucet. Hmm, actually this depends on your mood.

So what’s up with this? Well, It’s not often you get the indie-dance-electro genre pulled delightfully from its hinges and melted on your body. This isn’t your typical late-night, loft DJ friends spinning tunes to all the kids whacked out of their mind (though they would work well in that scenario too). This is practiced, precise and alarmingly fun. Yet dark. Dark Pop. Seriously, they’re bound to (and always do) leave a lasting impression that’s better than that really drunk photo of your friend eating “ice cream” last Saturday night.

Yup, it’s going to be better than that.

 

Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees – You Don’t Miss Me (produced, mixed & mastered by Colin Crowell) by colincrowell

 

…. ding.ding.ding (insert winning bell from the Price is Right).

 

Ticket time!

To win a free pair of tickets to see Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees this Saturday go to our facebook page and tell us what we should name this precious monster (originally from chocolatecoverbraincells.com).

 

 

Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees, Sean Nicholas Savage, Hexes&Ohs, and Jenocide will all be playing at Divan Orange this Saturday, July 2. $10 at the Door, which opens at 8:30pm.

Score tickets early via indiemontreal.ca …. $8 in advanced or 4-for-$29.

Oh boy! More free tickets to give away! This week Montreal blog ForgetTheBox is giving away a pair of tickets for you to see one of Vancouver’s favourite pop groups Hey Ocean!.

The trio brings together a variety of unique pop and funk elements that complement each other in addictive ways, making your bones jive and come alive. Hailing from the west coast of Canada, Hey Ocean! is known for bringing a live performance that makes you stand up and move (this isn’t the music you’re use to listening to Montreal!). Great, right? Finally some variety in this city. They just want to make you feel good!

Everyone needs a little pop-funk exposure, and this is the perfect season for it. Like, c’mon! It’s summer, so stop listening to your moppy music, wandering around this city looking for trouble (but never finding it cause you’re always looking down) and come be happy!

So what about these tickets Cassie? (yes, I just referred to myself in the third person… for your entertainment). Well reader, to win a pair of tickets to see Hey Ocean! next Tuesday, June 27 at Divan Orange go to our facebook page and fill in this caption:

Right on friends. In the meantime, here’s a little piece of the action (and no I’m not referring to the naked picture… geez):

Hey Ocean! – A Song About California by Hey Ocean!

Sweet Mother Logic and Folly and the Hunter will also be playing alongside the clothed members of Hey Ocean! next  Monday, June 27  at Divan Orange.
* naked performance not guaranteed.

Naked Hey Ocean! photo from blingcheese.com and caption photo from racoretor.blogspot.com.

Yes, we are giving away a pair, that’s right…TWO (insert peace sign hand gesture) tickets to the Montreal Folk Festival. But, before we get into the goods, we’ve gotta get this whole situation in order and let you know exactly what you’re in for…

Wrecking balls in summer dresses, the best drinkers you’ve ever met, live music that is rooted in political issues, workers’ rights, and of course, heartache. That’s what folk is. Simple yet relateable music that has cousins based in bluegrass, aunts singing country and husbands wearing overalls. Yes, there’s a naturalistic, tree-loving component to it. But hey! that’s what makes folk musicians and folk lovers the best drinking buddies (and live performers). Why? Because they never secretly disappear into other rooms, steal the wheel from your bike or watch Jersey Shore on repeat, in HD and 10+ volume.

Now, about the Festival (don’t worry I’m getting to the free tickets part):

The 4th annual Montreal Folk Festival runs from Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19, and is located beside the beautiful Lachine Canal, just below Old Montreal. For the past four years, it has brought together some of the greatest folk musicians and artists from across Canada to please your ears. Let’s take a moment to remember; this is done for you my friend. Yes, you.

Not only are you going to hear music from artists like famed Nova Scotian folk performer Rose Cousins, Montreal blues-ridden locals the Hellbound Hepcats or Quebec-based heart-haunting Mark Berube and The Patriotic Few…you can also participate in their Folk Jam and workshops.

Hellbound Hepcats – Pyronecrophiliac by Stomp Records

It’s going to be a serious outside kitchen party, minus the cupboards, linoleum flooring, sinks…okay, you get the point. Anyway, the Montreal Folk Festival is going to be like an outside kitchen party beside a beautiful body of water. So if you’re not into ending up at some house party where Pabst is the only beer available, DIY tattoo artists are on-demand in the bedroom on your left, and there’s some gum-mashing chick who claims to be your neighbour Jessica but is really named Diane, and has only been in Montreal for two days…then come to the Folk Festival to enjoy yourself, the scenery and some really fantastic, backwoods, ocean-gliding, meaningful music.

The Montreal Folk Festival also has lineup filled with great artists that none of your friends know. So get out of the Plateau, St-Henri or wherever you’ve decided to sleep at night, and come be folk.

 

FREE TICKETS!!!


Oh yeah! So what about these tickets (haha you thought I was lying!)? If you’d like to win a free pair of tickets for this year’s Folk Festival, just go to our Facebook page and fill in the photo caption above Woody Guthrie’s head.

Folk Festival image from hellodarlinproductions.com

Contest photo from glenparklibrarysfpl.blogspot.com.

I’m sick of hearing artists whine about festival fees. I’m sick of having festivals charge bands fees. I’m sick of how the entire process of sharing music, art and culture has melted down to how well Alberta’s oil fields are doing, and whether Hydro Quebec is still secretly ordering hookers with their “corporate” money. Luckily, I’m not actually physically sick, and thankfully there’s one festival who can pride themselves on being one of the only (other than UnPOP) that supports local artists, and all their endeavours, without treating them like the ADD kid in the learning centre who was pumped full of drugs, and turned into a zombie (and I think you and I both know he never actually had ADD, he was just easier to manage if he was head-dead).

So, instead of being head-dead, come out this Saturday and join us at 9pm at Bull Pub to help the Montreal Infringement Festival kick off their 8th year in operation. The Montreal Infringement Festival is a local arts and culture interdisciplinary festival open to all Montreal artists. If you like witty, smart-ass and intelligent people who get their fuel off the truths the world hides from you, whether it be politics, branding, media outlets or mediums, then you’ll feel right at home. And this home comes with bands, beer and the unveiling of their 2011 poster design contest winner.

What? You’re still not sure what the deal is with this? Well, here’s a deeper look:

“The Infringement welcomes a variety of performances and cultural resistance: theatre groups, performers, street activism, political theatre, musicians, radical performance, visual artists, films, marginalized arts, spoken-word, puppet shows, disadvantaged groups, and anyone wishing to artistically infringe on the monoculture that creeps into every corner of our lives. The festival aims to emphasize both critical practice in the arts, and artistic practice in activism. It also aims to provide a positive environment that encourages and nurtures critical art.”

Wow…now you’re excited, right? Wonderful!

So, instead of being the wrongly sedated kid in the learning centre, come out to support the great Montreal initiative of reclaiming your culture.

See you there Mr. Non-square.

The launch party runs from 9pm to 3am at the Bull Pub on 2170 St-Catherine West. The D-Tales, KWES, and The Jeffries, along with Talk/Sing Skeleton will be performing (and possibly a fourth surprise band!). All proceeds go towards the expression of freedom, culture and art.

*Please note, sorry if you were that kid. They tried to drug me up too, but my mother refused. No jokes.

Everyone has a style. We all have fashion styles, hairstyles, shoe styles, personality styles, blah, blah, blah, tricks and treats…well, you get the point. A person’s or groups style helps us to define and (hopefully) understand them, you know, break them down and figure out what they’re all about. Pick apart the big picture to see how the little pictures come together – their complete style. And Music styles are no different.

Milkman’s Union, a Portland based band, stopped in Montreal for their first time last week. I’d had the opportunity to have a good listen to them before heading to the show and instantly enjoyed everything that completed their sound. It’s a Radiohead meets old, old country style; the kind of country that’s on those “greatest hits of the 50’s” (which I still adore as much as I adore spaghetti).

So, let’s start with this Radiohead influence. In the first song they played, The Golden Room,  Henry Jamison (vocals) used a voice peddle to create an echoing, almost haunting effect with this voice that kept looping in the background. That effect layered with a steady drum beat from Peter McLaughlin, and Alex Hernandez (bass) wheat field  bass  rift, gave off that solemn (yet, secret layer of happiness) sound that Radiohead has so much perfected and is known for in their music.

Anyway, this country sound that I’m referring to that Milkman’s Union plays is extremely becoming of them and for them. Like said in my preview, the majority of the time what a band sounds like via produced songs is rarely what they sound like live. While Milkman’s Union does have more of a somber sounding style, live they embody this almost joyful, despairing sound. It really comes to life in your ears.

It was after their first song that the country sound filled the venue and you saw who Milkman’s Union really was a more country sounding group. Now, okay, folk and country, country and folk…it can get confusing I know, but to me the majority of people who play (cough,cough claim to be) folk are way more pretentious and almost bad-hippie-like. Unlike the we-live-in-cabin-and-isolate-ourselves-to-make-music, Milkman’s Union’s songs are open and inviting live, whether you wear overalls or not to the show.

Cool beans. Check out Milkman’s Union, grab your overalls (summer is coming!) and see more photos from the show on our facebook page.

Photos by Kaelin Toomey.

Milkman’s Union played in Montreal on April 26 @ Le Divan Orange. For more show listings visit indiemontreal.ca.

<a href=”http://themilkmansunion.bandcamp.com/album/telos-ep” _mce_href=”http://themilkmansunion.bandcamp.com/album/telos-ep”>Telos EP by The Milkman’s Union</a>

Milkman’s Union, a Portland based band, will be playing their first show in Montreal tomorrow night at Le Divan Orange. The  musical collective brings a settle mix of folk and country to your ears in an almost romantic way.   Their music pleasantly matches rainy days, full of fog and hope, with a linger air of despair – and you’ll only ever admit it to yourself.

From what I know Milkman’s Union have become an intellectual hit, grabbing fans from universities such as: Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Trinity, and Middlebury. On an intellectual front their song, Rehearse A Scene, develops a poster image in my head of some mid-twenties male walking down a cobble stone street, collar flipped, smoke in mouth and mysterious grin. Imaginations rule (oh yes, I know you too imagine movie-like scene whens you listen to certain songs!).

While their music may remind you of the true mellow-yellow meaning (or some cute British boy deeply trying to find himself… whoa, I’m a nut), from experience this type of sound live always turns out to be wonderfully better (and more lively) than how their produced sound streams into your ears from your earphones. Hmph! Guess you’re just gonna have to come and see. In the meantime here’s what Milkman’s Union has to say…

1. Milkman’s Union can be best described as…
An enigmatic indie-folk trio from Portland, Maine.

2.Best show vs. worst show? Oh, shit…tell us the details.
There have been too many good ones; it’s impossible to pick. Some highlights would be opening for Deerhunter in fall ’09, playing with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper at Wellesley College this past fall and rocking a packed Bruar Falls in Brooklyn on a Tuesday night in March.

The worst? That’s easy. We played at a bowling alley. And they docked our pay because we were late.

3. Who on the music scene right now (national and international) do you feel has impacted Milkman’s Union in a positive way and how?
Deerhoof, all day, every day. Dirty Projectors. Grizzly Bear. Laura Marling. DM Stith. To name a few… They’ve all shone a light on the contours of musical creation.

4.After Montreal, where are you headed?
Burlington, Vermont
Portland, Maine
Boston, Mass.
Augusta, Maine

Then we rest. Well, for a few days.

5.Three goats and one farmer come to your show, what song would you play for them and why?
Our former lead guitar player wrote a song about yogurt farming featuring impeccable four-part vocal harmonies. We played it live a couple times to rave reviews. We’d probably have to bring that back.

6.Drink of Choice (and you can’t say lemonade)?
Tang. Special grape is a pretty good flavor. Diet orange ain’t bad either.

7.At what point did Milkman’s Union decide to tour and why?
January 2010 was our first adventure on the road. We managed to wrangle together a schedule of 13 shows in 14 nights in 7 different states. It was exciting and exhausting. We’ve been playing away from home as much as possible ever since.

8.Let’s say David Bowie and Elton John enter a room, who do you avoid?
If it’s Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie, then Bowie. In all other cases, definitely Sir Elton.

Le Divan Orange
4234 St. Laurent
Doors open at 8:30pm
Advanced tickets $6 or 4-for-$19 @ indiemontreal.ca. $8@ the door.
Tickets are also available at Cheap Thrills and Atom Heart record stores.

Photo from allthingsgomusic.com
Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Trinity, Middlebury

If I was a song, it would be me

There are no letters. There are no emotions. There is no love.

Black is considered the darkest colour of all, my heart has become dark, dark like coal.
I’m not calling you a liar. I’m not calling you a thief. I’m not calling you a ghost.
But your ghost is haunting me, your stealing is killing me and these lies are releasing me.

Many of the moments shared are sweet memories.
Many of the beds shared are not spoken of.
Many of the words I should have uttered are eating me.

White represents the surrendering I am about to commit.
I surrender to myself, I surrender to the universe, I surrender to the karma police.

I can never give the love that is shared amongst the poorest of people in this world.
I can never give the strength that is obtained through protein drinks.
I can never, ever give you me.

As the winds swing between the leafs and the sun curls around the clouds,
I am here standing with nothing but myself.
I have purposely abandoned this idea. The idea of you and me.
For ideas are for idealists and I am but a reality.

Forgive my soul, for I have sinned
Forgive my mind, for I have forgotten.
Forgive me, because it can’t ever be you who will win me.

Blue blood on our hands, warming our skin. I must admit, there isn’t a passion I can resist.
For passion is the deep colour pasted so heavily on my lips.
Passion is the one thing I can never erase, it is what makes my heart drink.
But, drinking is not the answer to everything I’ve forgot.

There are no words. There are no sighs. There is nothing. Nothing you left for you and me.

Little City, a Toronto based band, is an interesting collective of diverse musicians who bring a variety of talent that is a true replicate of what Canadian music brings to the table in 2011. They are, repeat, one of the best upcoming folk/pop groups in our country. After randomly coming across Little City live at the Velvet Underground in Toronto during CMW, I picked up a copy of their EP, The Going and The Gone. We played it on repeat the whole way back to Montreal. It’s absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t stop saying, “This EP is so nice. It’s so nice. So, so nice.”

Like said, it was one of those bands you greatly stumble upon (and not via stumbelupon.com) and don’t exit the venue two minutes later. During their set they pulled out an array of instruments ranging from mandolin to violin to the norm. The lead guitarist heroically jumped on the 4 foot wide speakers, which spewed out from the stage and gave it to the audience like he was the Slash of folk. If you got a chance to look away from him, you noticed that all the other members look like they were in their own worlds. Think of it like this… they are the planets in their music universe that work together to create this white blanket over the world (which is us the audience).

Now, let’s talk EP. Little City’s EP screams, actually sweetly sings, MONTREAL. Of the five songs that grace the EP, two of them chant about Montreal’s Plateau

and how it’s everyone’s escape city a place where

your heart wanders free and your spirit…well, it lives.

And the lyrics. OH BOY. I’m not sure who wrote the

words to their songs, but holy shit they are soul sinking. We’re talking poetic songs, with twisting words that mean more with the music than your mom’s wedding ring.

Check out, Rise Up and Bright Glow (both can be found on their MySpace). And for the other songs, well, you’re just going to have to buy the EP. If you’re folk/pop junkie, it’s worth every music-ear dollar.

Make sure to grab the EP and check out Little City in a town near you. For now, just enjoy the poetry music that your mind and ears will consciously absorb.

 

 

Photos 1. streamingcafe.blogspot.com and 2. vocalnerdrodeo.com

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Like Jerry mentioned there are a lot of surprises at CMW, and like I’ve said, the best way (I think) to find a band is to stumble upon them. Meet Racoon Bandit, an east coast gem that will no doubt win you over with their killer, energy packed, live-in-the-moment performance.

Racoon Bandit @ The Dakota Tavern
Racoon Bandit, a PEI based folk/country sounding group, made up of four perfectly honest and modest gentlemen, played at the Dakota right after Alcoholic Faith Mission. Wow. I can’t believe how easily they reproduced an east coast, foot stomping, beer drinking party. I’m sure you’ve heard of these kitchen parties us east coasters have. Well, that’s what it was like: modest musicians, with great smiles, doing what they love as they switch instruments, politely and excitedly talk to the audience, all while making your feet move and bringing your spirit alive (I miss it sometimes).

When they took the stage, everyone made their way to the front- you didn’t want to be left on the sidelines. It might have to do with the fact that they’re so earnest and genuine with their music, and live set. You honestly felt like every bone in your body had been awoken from your winter blues slumber. You were so happy and so thrilled to be in their presence, as they were yours. They made you feel like it was one of the best times of your life (and honestly, I’ve always said the best Canadian music comes from us west and the east coasters). At one point an audience member got up and started playing tambourine with them, fuelling the already happening dance party at the Dakota- all thanks to Racoon Bandit. They really wanted you to be there and you really didn’t want it to end.

During their set Roger Carter (drums/vox/keys) and Fraser McCallum (vocals/rhythm guitar), took turns singing as Scott Gallant (bass fish) and Adam Gallant (vocals/guitar) played to our hearts content. Fraser also rotated between guitar, vocals and an old, wooden piano that looked like it should have been in a dirty, smoked filled blues bar. That’s another thing- I haven’t heard any good folk/blues/country since I’ve been living in Montreal, and that night was the first time since last May, that I heard the sounds of ocean spilling out over the crowd and bringing them back in with the music. It was incredible. It was exactly the dose of pure joy I needed to remember why I’m so proud to be from the Atlantic Region of Canada.

Racoon Bandit will be playing at the East Coast Music Awards, which are being held in Charlottetown between April 13-17. Check out their newly released album, Into the Hills. We also caught up with the relaxed, easy-going group the next day to get the down-low on Into the Hills, their show at the Dakota and how they’re more like an artistic collective of individuals oppose to a simple group of musicians.

CMW day two: success.

We’re going on a trip – a music trip! Music trips are the best. Remember when Jim Morrison went on his crazy psychedelic desert music trip? Or that time you drove four hours to a music festival in the back of the woods and ended up lost for three days and woke up in a hammock with random, but awesome songs in your head? Oooooohhhh shit. Actually pretty sure I just watched The Doors biopic, read too much about the Burning Man Festival and went to Evolve. Plus, I hate camping and deserts, so good thing this music trip is in Canada’s largest city, Toronto (I’m all for the concrete jungles)… and I only go outdoors to go somewhere indoors.

So, the last couple of articles we wrote about CMW focused on the basics, the FilmFest and The Indies. This week we’re gonna give you the goods on who we’re seeing, why we’re seeing them and how you too can stalk us. But before we do that let me explain a little mind set issue I have with the love of my life, and why I’ve gotta stop being such a selfish music tool (how would you draw that? A screw driver with an iTunes logo? I dunno man).

I’ve been in a serious relationship with music since I was about eight. Let me explain. When I fall for a certain band it’s because they’ve been able to please me by nailing these elements, all together, perfectly in my spirit. Dude, it’s the lyrics, lead vocals, simple yet interesting instrumentals and overall sound. That’s what gets me. Saying this, I rarely put my music on for people, it’s something that I keep to myself – like a treasure. Maybe I’m afraid no one will like it?

Well, think about it this way: you may not like my music and I may not like yours, but music is like dating or being in love. You like your music (person you choose to be with/obsession) because it suits aspects of your personality, fashion and lifestyle. It represents everything you are from the inside of your lungs to the outside of shoes. You date your music. You obsess over it. You long for it. You listen to it every day. It’s one of the only things that can rip you apart, pull you together or sail you off into the sea of happiness without ever physically touching you. Just like a human being, music breathes life into us.

Okay, enough of my emo talk. Let’s get back to business. So, because I don’t mind sharing my music choices virtually here’s a list of some of the bands I’m going to be seeing at CMW. Some I know and some I don’t. Some I’ve listened to, some I’ve never even wanted to…until now. The best way to find new music is to stumble upon it and that’s why when I was making my selection I wanted a balance of old and new. Friends and foes. life and death. OKAY! I’m done. Here’s my expected list (oh don’t worry, random music surprises will also pop up along the way):

Dinosaur Bones
March 11 @ 11PM
Lee’s Place

Toronto based band, Dinosaur Bones, have been flying on my radar since POP Montreal. I’ve never given them my ear time until now. I’ve been preached to about them for a while and I’m finally ready to let them in and see what this fuss is all about. Oh, and of course I did some research about their third and latest album, My Divider.

Fever Fever
March 12 @ 12AM
Rivoll

By far Fever Fever is the show I’m looking forward to the most. Fever Fever stems from the UK and is seriously awesome. I love brit rock. I love Fever Fever. They’ve got this early Brit grunge element that stings you by surprise leaving you wondering why you’re only hearing them now. Think The Raincoats.

Gentleman Reg
March 9 @ 9PM
Gladstone Hotel

Oh Arts & Crafts you never fail me! Gentleman Reg, part of the Arts & Crafts crew, is an interesting artist. His music style has bits of The Smiths mixed with Cat Power. It’s as i**** as it gets with a bit of lo-fi (I’m not saying the “i” word anymore, hence the asterisks). He and his music career run deep in the i**** circle in Toronto, for example he’s in ShortBus. His music is well produced, so I’m hoping his live set can live up to his loud-volume-headphone worthy songs.

Gloryhound
March 11 @ 2:30AM
Horseshoe Traven

Halifax based Gloryhound is a band I’ve been meaning to see for a while. Having grown up with drummer, Shaun Hanlon and seeing/meeting the rest of Gloryhound from my various party adventures in Haliwood (um, Halifax), Gloryhound has come a longggggg way. This year they have three shows at CMW and are booked for a Montreal show on March 24 by eventko. I’m really looking forward to seeing an old friend while also hearing how they’ve grown musically.

The Wilderness
March 10 @ 8:30PM
Horseshoe Traven

Holy Manitoba! The music coming out of the coldest city in Canada is truly taking over the Internet radio airwaves. The Wilderness, Manitoba based, sounds like Interpol mixed old Cold War Kids songs and my ever favourite The Smiths. Check them out.

The Russian Futurists
March 12 @ 5PM
Bonvine Sex Club

Awh yes, The Russia Futurists, a name we’ve all been hearing (I think). This Toronto based band has been charting the charts for months. Their electro, lo-fi music has been praised by Peter Buck of R.E.M and members of Blur. They’re also a Pitchfork favourite. I’m hoping that their live set is better than their latest album, The Weight’s on the Wheels – like I said, live just has more life (literally).

Paper Lions
March 12 @ 11:30PM
Lee’s Place

I almost forgot about Paper Lions, which is very silly of me. Paper Lions hail from P.E.I and have been laying pretty low since their 2004 debut. Thankfully this group is never a disappointment and their pop music is as addictive as cigarettes. Oh yes. They’re good.

This is just a short version of what’s to come. Stay tuned for the next part of this CMW series. In the meantime check out the full schedule including venue and band listings. Oh yes, and don’t forget to get your wristband (best option!!!).

Cool beans.

Coming up this week we have We Are The City and another CMW artists piece.

Canadian Music Week runs from March 9 to 13 in Toronto. There’s over 800 artists and 55 venues, which equals five nights of crazy, wandering lost downtown in TO trying to find my next show.

Photo ride-extravaganza.com

What happens when you open your heart to yourself and take time to listen to your spirit? Can you actually do that without losing yourself? Is it possible to let the dead lay at rest? Sure is and seeing Jenn Grant perform last Thursday, February 24 at Le Divan Orange reminds you that, it’s okay…it’s okay to be happy, cheerful and enjoy everything around you. And like popish music (okay, I’ve admitted I like..love popish music. I blame Simon Cowell and the Spice Girls).

Jenn Grant is the type of performer who’s sweet charm and corresponding melodies make you feel like you’re in a live music dream. A really pretty dream that you feel from the tips of your baby yellow, painted toe nails to your black stained mascara eye lashes. Her music is just so, so pretty. And her live set makes you want to go cloud jumping.

A packed venue is always a good sign that this performer is wanted and this performer will deliver. I’ve watched numerous videos of Jenn Grant live, heard concerts via radio2.ca and have been longing to see her for a couple of years. As she sways back and forth, singing her enchanting and memorable tunes, you realize that no other medium of her music can come close to her live set. She sounds exactly the same live as she does recorded (very rare). She’s clever, cute and endearing. If you were there you could probably agree that you heard her sweet folky, pop melodies pour from her little mouth, filling Le Divan Orange with a sense of Valentine’s Day love.

Playing a mixture of her old favourites and new songs like Dreamer and Baby’s Been Away, the whole set was musically balanced and gave you a little dose of everything you wanted from her. Everyone seemed to have their eyes locked to the stage. Jenn’s someone you can’t really take your eyes off of, she’s the perfect example of the girl next door – and you love it.

Of course, you’d have to see her sweetness and hear her dove-like songs for yourself. Good thing she’s on a nationwide tour promoting her new album, Honeymoon Punch. If you enjoy pretty music sung by a pretty girl than book her in – it’s a well worth dose of melancholic love and hope, along with dreams of future fun.

TAKE NOTE: David Martel

If you like folk, pop mixed with heavy instrumentals check out David Martel. He was on stage before Jenn Grant, and he blew me away with his live act. He engulfed my ears with a familiar east coast sound that I miss. He’s amazing live. His voice takes to the walls of the room, pulling everything in, leaving you feeling as though you’re the only one in the room who’s seeing all this happen. If you’re claustrophobic, then he breaks down the walls, opens the room and fills it with endless possibilities of exits doors that you hope he’s behind. I prefer him live versus his recordings (live just has more life).

Cool beans.

Lots coming up in the next two weeks. We’ve got We Are The City and Rah Rah, plus Canadian Music Week in TO. Oh man, it’s all gonna be awesome.

Indie Montreal hosted Jenn Grant live @ Le Divan Orange. The entire line-up worked well, complementing each other’s sound. Make sure get in on that Jenn Grant action and check out David Martel.

Photos: Chris Zacchia

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