TURF reviews: The Lowest of the Low at Fort York – July 6, 2013

’90s alterna-rockers The Lowest of the Low performed July 6 at Toronto Urban Roots Fest. Photo: Tom Beedham

’90s alterna-rockers The Lowest of the Low performed July 6 at Toronto Urban Roots Fest. Photo: Tom Beedham

Seeing The Lowest of the Low listed on TURF’s lineup hinted at some programmed disregard of the roots music promised by the nomenclature of Toronto Urban Roots Fest, but not disregard that was unwelcome. Giving the audience a chance to hear one of the greatest Canadian singles of the ’90s, “Salesmen, Cheats, and Liars,” straight from its source was not just a set highlight from the thrice-revived alt-rockers (indeed, the wisdom sported on the backs of fans’ t-shirts spotted at TURF – “There’s no life like low lifes” – rings true), but a festival highlight on its own. The band also performed new songs, noting a return to the studio would soon follow – so get excited for that, Low Lifers.

 

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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