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01 Aug 06

from the peg

you’ve gotta hand it to the harbourfront centre for putting together a fantastic lineup of free shows this summer – and what’s better than a free show? on canada day, the dears put on a great show, featuring a number of songs from their new album (not to mention jason collett putting on a solid show in the opening slot).

on saturday night was the “from the peg” lineup, featuring the weakerthans and the waking eyes. i’d never seen the waking eyes before, but i was impressed with their high energy set during a spontaneous rainstorm. they were super catchy and fun to watch, with some pretty fun banter as a bonus. the only negative thing i can say is that they could use a little work on their continuity: song, break, song, break, etc. can be improved on. but otherwise, a worthwhile show. yes, totally catchy.

the weakerthans put on a much better show than the last time i saw them – their show was fun, high energy and engaging, and the band played everything i was hoping for. after they’d ripped through one great city, our retired explorer and watermark as their first three songs, i knew it was going to be a fun night. new songs mixed with songs from all of their albums = a good time.

still to come at harbourfront? great lake swimmers, amy millan, hidden cameras, torngat, they shoot horses don’t th ey, belle orchestre and hylozoists, all in the span of two days. good lord.

[oh, and thanks to the ever popular chromewaves for the photo.]

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Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
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