TURF reviews: Fitz and the Tantrums at Fort York – July 5, 2013

Fitz and the Tantrums played Toronto Urban Roots Fest July 5 at Fort York. Photo: Tom Beedham

Fitz and the Tantrums played Toronto Urban Roots Fest July 5 at Fort York. Photo: Tom Beedham

Filling in the slot just preceding the Arkells’ set, Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and the Tantrums transported a TURF audience that had so far in the day only been treated to antique music forms like JD McPherson’s ’50s nodding rockabilly and Justin Townes Earle’s country western music to an all out dance party.

Channeling soul, pop, and electronic dance music, Fitz and the Tantrums’ set ran on high energy, with Fitz and Noelle Skaggs turning the stage into a facility for physical fitness and doing their best to transfer that energy into the crowd by barking what were technically orders but ultimately fiesta instigating words of wisdom.

Set highlight? Fitz and the Tantrums put on a ramped up cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”

Originally published by The Ontarion.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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