L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres do Tom Waits

L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres do Tom Waits

L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres is a must-see act if you're at all a fan of Tom Waits' music. Even if you've never heard of Tom Waits, you're sure to find their show a complete delight.

This four-piece (six avec Les New Cackle Sisters) from Quebec City embody the spirit of Tom Waits, nailing his gruff delivery and showmanship alike. They make good use of about 100 objects as invented instruments. They fall over each other as they play, creating collaborative cacophonies and plenty of LOL scenarios.

I've been to a good Tom Waits Tribute Night before. But it's nothing like this. Their interpretation of Waits' Chocolate Jesus had me in stitches Thursday night.

Sure, their set smells like old socks, but check out their arsenal: Their melange of found objects-cum-musical instruments includes boxing gloves, balloons, tea cups, a saw, a picture frame, pudding, a gas mask, a baby carriage, a golf club and spaghetti.

L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres put on more than just a concert. It's a vaudeville circus act that would make a great accompaniment to the Jean-Pierre Jeunet film Micmacs.

Comprised of Bruno Bouchard, Simon Drouin, Simon Elmaleh, Jasmin Cloutier and Les New Cackle Sisters Gabrielle Bouthiller and Danya Ortmann, there's plenty of talent on the stage.

Their show is engaging, thoughtful and immensely entertaining. They're heading to New York soon to do a Kurt Weill tribute show, and I'll look forward to them bringing this to Toronto.

Whatever plans you've got for tonight, change them. Go see L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres at The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen St. W.) for their last Toronto performance. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 416-538-0988 or at the box office from 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres.


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