TURF reviews: Matt Mays at Fort York – June 6, 2013

Matt Mays played Toronto Urban Roots Fest July 6. Photo: Tom Beedham

Matt Mays played Toronto Urban Roots Fest July 6. Photo: Tom Beedham

Walking onto the (west facing) east stage at TURF in the middle of the afternoon and dressed in a denim shirt layered over with a heavy looking leather vest – festival appropriateness aside – some of the audience might have wondered if Matt Mays knew what he was getting into under the hot plus-25 weather.

Any speculation was left reserved for his fashion choice and otherwise cast aside, however, when Mays and his band played to Fort York.

Serving up what could be described in simple terms as a physical performance, Matt Mays and his band rocked the crowd with plenty of spunk and gritty, unreserved duel guitar and wisdom-imparting vocals, contrasted by sentimental keyboard hooks. Mays might have paid for it with his sweat, but the crowd was all smiles by the end.

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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