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CMW: Dear Jane, I..., The End, The Red Sparowes

Saturday was my final day for CMW shows, and it was all about the loud!

Let's get on with it, shall we?

Dear Jane, I... @ The Kathedral, 11PM
While these kids have been kickin' it around Toronto for a few years now, this was my first opporitunity to see them. Dear Jane, I... have a mix of emo and punk, which may have some of you skimming the rest of this paragraph already. But they did a great job and had a pretty big crowd. A little more attention to the stage show would have helped (kinda felt like I was at a rehearsal rather than a show), but all in all a good job. Their new(ish) release, Hope This Reaches you in Time, might be worth checking out.

The End @ The Reverb, 11:30PM
To my chagrin, a scheduling mixup had me arrive with only one song left in The End's set. It bothered me because I was hoping to hear some of the new material from Elemental, a decidedly different course for these speedy metal fellas. From the one tune I got, it was good. I can't really say much else (wouldn't be fair).

The Red Sparowes @ The El Mocombo @ 12:30AM
This was the show I was looking forward to all week. And The Red Sparowes did not disappoint. The five man team traded off instruments, bringing a sonic wall of beauty and atmosphere. Its almost too hard to describe. The use of the electric slide guitar was particularly cool.

I spotted a lot of GTA musicians in the crowd as well, which didn't surprise me. Music like The Red Sparowes tends to amaze people that write music just as much as people that just listen.

The instrumental set was an hour and a half long. The longest one I've seen at CMW. And every moment was worth it.


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