Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Peninsula Go All the Way to 11

Toronto band Bruce Peninsula took over Lee's Palace this past weekend with a show vigorous enough to heat the venue up by about ten degrees. Call their style what you want - new folk, ensemble choir... this crew is just incredible.

Bruce Peninsula has been around for three years - I'd list all the current members, but it'd take way too much time. (I counted eleven on stage last Saturday night.) They're known for mixing experimental sound techniques with American folk tradition, producing their highly original, distinctive style. Their LP, A Mountain is a Mouth, was released February 9th of this year - the band first started recording it back in 2007, and spent months perfecting it. Additionally, they released a 7" in July of last year with reinterpretations of three traditional folk songs.

Bruce Peninsula


Best way to put it: the music of Bruce Penisula is elemental. Heavy percussion compliments the stylized choir vocals that saturate every song. And holy hell, that choir is astounding: their harmonies cut you right to the core.

Bruce PeninsulaBruce PeninsulaBruce Peninsula


Their live performance had an almost organic feel to it - very natural, intense and upbeat. (And being a huge Ohbijou fan, I was pretty excited to see Casey Mecija singing on stage.) The songs 2nd 4th World War and Crab Apple were instant crowd-energizers. For me, the highlight of the show came as they capped off the night with a mind-blowing version of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain.

Bruce PeninsulaBruce Peninsula


According to lead singer Neil Haverty, the show at Lee's Palace might be the last one for a while for the eclectic and operatic Bruce Peninsula. The band plans to take the summer off to expand musical and professional horizons. The next time they take to the stage, whenever that may be, make sure you're in the front row.

Bruce Peninsula

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

The history of the El Mocambo in Toronto

The Weeknd just dropped a new video and it's straight out of a horror film

The trailer for the new Shawn Mendes doc is out and people can't get over the shower scene

The history of Electric Circus when it was Toronto's best party

The past and the future of the El Mocambo in Toronto according to owner Michael Wekerle

Toronto bride walks down the aisle to theme song from The Office

Drake celebrates son's birthday with epic balloon display at his Toronto mansion

The history of Lee's Palace in Toronto