When I moved to Toronto three years ago, I started to hear a lot about a band named Broken Social Scene. I saw their name on t-shirts and magazines everywhere around the city. It wasn’t until a while later that I was finally introduced to their magic.
And that’s when I was inducted into the greatness of Canadian indie music. I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough.
Here I am today, a little bit older and a little bit wiser. Just like the folks that make up Broken Social Scene. I know and love their side projects and of course the incredible music that happens when they all come back together. They’ve been idle for a while but this summer things have picked back up what with Stuart Berman‘s This Book is Broken, the Arts & Crafts showcase at NXNE, the Polaris Prize shortlist announcement this week for Metric, and of course, they’re recording a new album.
The band pulled out all the stops for last night’s show on the Sirius Stage at the Harbourfront Centre. First, they announced that there would be a film crew recording the night’s events for an upcoming movie (“that’s going ALL OVER THE WORLD!”) called This Movie is Broken. I’m glad the band is finally getting this attention, and hopefully their true fans don’t stop loving them if they get a little bit closer to mainstream.
Who understands Broken Social Scene’s music better than Torontonians? So much of their being is this city and what’s in it. Even at the ‘end’ of the show, Kevin Drew was yelling things like ‘we eat here’ ‘we live here’ you get the deal. Anyways… I bet everyone somewhat understands their music, but I believe that Torontonians or anyone who’s ever lived here gets it 10x better.
When I close my eyes during a BSS song, I see so much beautiful imagery. I see a sunrise letting its light bounce between high-rises, I see the harbourfront, I see cops and robbers speeding through the streets, I see a cute couple in a park. This makes me love BSS even more.
This show was the first time I ever got to see BSS. There’s been times between when I moved here and now that I could have gone, but something always came up. I’m glad this was my first time.
The band brought out everyone to please the crowd and the film crew- including Feist, Amy Milan and Evan Cranley from Stars, Emily Haines and James Shaw from Metric, Jason Collett, Apostle of Hustle (and BSS founder) Andrew Whiteman, Happiness Project’s Charles Spearin and Julie Penner, the usual Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Sam Goldberg, Lisa Lobsinger and more. There was a total of 18 people on stage at one point.
Highlights included hits like “7/4 Shoreline,” “Almost Crime,” “Anthem of a 17 Year Old Girl,” “KC Accidental,” and more. A lot of the people who have their own projects got to play their own songs as well. Metric had “Gimmie Sympathy,” Apostle of Hustle played “Soul Unwind,” Feist and Kevin Drew had a mash-up duet, Amy Milan played a new song (i believe, prove me right/wrong), and Jason Collett played “I’ll Bring the Sun” that clearly had the band the most excited.
It was a magical two hours. Atmospheric, swirling, colourful and inspirational.
Were you there? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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