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Concert Review: Long Winter Yr. 2 – Vol. 3: Jan. 10, 2014 @ The Great Hall

Even working double time, Long Winter flexes muscle
Tom Beedham

Long Winter returned to its home base at The Great Hall on Jan. 10 for the first regularly programmed Long Winter of 2014, offering a platform for new bands like Weaves (pictured above) to play alongside established Toronto musical acts like The Hidden Cameras, Rae Spoon, and more. Photo: Tom Beedham.

Long Winter returned to its home base at The Great Hall on Jan. 10 for the first regularly programmed Long Winter of 2014, offering a platform for new bands like Weaves (pictured above) to play alongside established Toronto musical acts like The Hidden Cameras, Rae Spoon, and more (more pictures below). Photo: Tom Beedham.

If people going to 2014’s first proper Long Winter event were expecting to catch its organizers with their pants down, they’ll have realized their mistake by now.

The folks at the traditionally monthly event have been putting in double time over the past two months to supplement its usual fare with some bonus programming – just a week prior, the event invaded the AGO and took over all programming responsibilities for the gallery’s own monthly culture celebration, First Thursdays, and a special just-for-kids version of the traditionally late night affair was held at LW home base The Great Hall less than a week before that.

Instead, Year Two – Volume Three saw LW once again increase the scale of its production, threading its tentacles even further throughout the Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road building’s hallows to include a new, fifth room that event-goers could cram into and watch bands in. Before last Friday’s event, bands could be seen in the main hall and the conversation room on the same floor, basement party cave BLK BOX, and (as of this season’s LW inauguration) the street-level Samuel J. Moore Restaurant.

Scale aside, the music lineup alone brought the night’s proceedings some of the most diverse programming the series has featured thus far. Save for a last minute cancellation that made for a temporary lull between early performances, the night featured steady, often competing performances from 16 musical acts.

Highlights:
The Hidden Cameras previewed material from their new album, Age (Jan. 21 via Evil Evil)
-Toronto rapper D-Sisive got the main hall bouncing to tracks from his new Raging Bull EP as well as older ones between comically salted asides. He threw out tributes to Corey Feldman and Michael Jackson, too.
-Elusive hardcore act Career Suicide stoked a set-long mosh pit in the BLK BOX with its current lineup and a special guest performance from Dallas Good (The Sadies).
Weaves – accountable for the rackety half of the night’s seven-inch giveaway – delivered its sometimes dizzying, always crazy noise rock to a packed Conversation Room that ate up frontwoman Jasmyn Burke’s theatrical delivery and all the abused instruments the band left in its wake, right up to and including drummer Spencer Cole’s set-closing kit-toss.
BA Johnston brought his self-deprecating comedy rock to the Samuel J. Moore Restaurant stage (and bar and floor and almost the street you can walk into the restaurant off of).
Bespoken invaded Studio 3 to deliver long-form chamber music to a cross-legged, floor-seated crowd (twice).
Ronley Teper wooed the earliest crowds up to the front of the main hall with her smokey-into-gargled à la Tom Waits vocals and a band – The Lipliners – that crammed the span of the stage.

Photos from Long Winter – Year 2, Volume 3:
The Hidden Cameras live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Bespoken live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. - Photo by Tom Beedham D-Sisive live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Rae Spoon live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Rae Spoon live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Ronley Tepper and the Lipliners live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves  live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at The Great Hall for Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three: Jan. 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham Weaves live at Long Winter Year Two - Volume Three @The Great Hall in Toronto, ON: January 10, 2014. Photo by Tom Beedham

Hillside reviews: Richard Reed Parry at Guelph Lake Island Stage – July 28, 2013

Richard Reed Parry shares stage, announces collaboration with Dallas Good of The Sadies

Richard Reed Parry performed his rarely heard “Quiet River of Dust” project at Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ont. on July 28. Photo: Tom Beedham

Richard Reed Parry performed his rarely heard “Quiet River of Dust” project at Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ont. on July 28. Photo: Tom Beedham

Although he’s recognized as a multi-instrumentalist that plays everything from drums and double bass to accordion and celesta in Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, when Richard Reed Parry performed his solo work at Hillside Festival July 28, he came onstage bearing only an acoustic guitar.

Well, that and some friends.

Performing his yeti sighting-rare and All Tomorrow’s Parties-retained “Quiet River of Dust” project at Guelph Lake with the help of Bell Orchestre bandmate Stefan Schneider on drums and Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream) on keys, Parry kicked off the first of three hours of Hillside programming from members of the two most publicized bands to which he belongs.

Although he played the more sparsely attended hour amongst the block that also saw performances from Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson, perhaps not used to holding the spotlight onstage (although visibly comfortable, no doubt), Parry also called upon some collaborators to share the stage with.

Performing a song he called “Gentle Pulsing Dust,” Parry invited fellow Hillside performer Dallas Good of The Sadies onstage to introduce his own voice and an electric guitar into the mix. Parry also announced the two of them have been working together on material on-and-off for some years (Parry, 35, also joked the process might mean the two won’t get around to releasing a full record until he turns 40, so there’s that, too).

Sarah Neufeld – who, in addition to her own set, also performed in a special collaborative workshop with Parry, Colin Stetson, and Lee Ranaldo and The Dust at Hillside – also joined the performer onstage.

While not a set highlight, immediately following Parry’s performance, a festival announcer told the audience that Arcade Fire would release a new album Oct. 29, to which Parry quickly responded with a “Shh!” over the mic. Of course, the release date of Arcade Fire’s upcoming record went public July 12 when the band’s Twitter account responded to a fan’s praise on Twitter with news of the album. Parry’s reaction to the Hillside announcement of that news suggests that perhaps not all of the Grammy Award and Polaris Prize-winning band was in the loop on or concerned with the promotion strategy (if that) for the new release. Or maybe he was just being coy.

Related posts:
Hillside reviews: Supersonic (Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Colin Stetson, Richard Reed Parry, Sarah Neufeld +guests) at Guelph Lake Island Stage – July 28, 2013