WL14 Reviews: Alden Penner @ The Silver Dollar Room – Feb. 13, 2014

Alden Penner performed songs from his new solo album, 'Exegesis,' at The Silver Dollar Room on Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Alden Penner performed songs from his new solo album, ‘Exegesis,’ at The Silver Dollar Room on Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham

Rolling into Toronto just a day after divulging in an interview that his former band The Unicorns were working towards a reunion of sorts—news that unsurprisingly piqued the interests of international music publicationsbut has already been somewhat deflated—you could cut the tension in the front row of Alden Penner’s solo set at WL14 with a knife. Although he did use set time to make somewhat awkward banter about eating lamb kebabs during his last visit to Toronto (as means of a segue into “Beauty of the Lamb”), Penner kept decidedly mum on the subject of breathing new life into The Unicorns at The Silver Dollar.

Observably more concerned with shedding proper light on new solo effort Exegesis (on a personal level for Penner, it is a compilation of material he’s been incubating since he attended high school, after all), the set was made up almost entirely of cuts from Exegesis – “Precession,” and the darker “We Seek” among them – fans of Penner’s other projects weren’t left entirely underappreciated: Penner (joined by partner and Exegesis co-producer Laura Crapo on drums and Sebastian Chow of Islands on violin) did offer a reworking of “Elope” by his former band, Clues. Since we’re on the topic of reunions, take from that what you will.

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Alden Penner @ The Silver Dollar for WL14 - Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Alden Penner @ The Silver Dollar for WL14 - Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Alden Penner @ The Silver Dollar for WL14 - Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Alden Penner @ The Silver Dollar for WL14 - Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Alden Penner @ The Silver Dollar for WL14 - Feb. 13, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Originally published by Aesthetic Magazine.

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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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