On August 28th. St. Catherine’s native City and Colour (stage name for Dallas Green) will be performing along with Tegan and Sara as well as Wintersleep and New Yorkers, Ra Ra Riot at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. What better way to spend the last few days of summer, than to listen to such variety of sounds all on one stage?
While City and Colour’s Dallas Green saw early success with his hardcore band Alexisonfire, it was an obvious move for him to go solo. Mixing folk and acoustic-rock, City and Colour became something pleasantly unexpected for Alexisonfire fans, and new listeners. Green’s music soon became a hit all around the globe, and the artfully tattooed, soft-spoken Green has a continuously growing audience. He consistently captivates listeners, his music can be appreciated by all ages, and he is said to be extremely gracious with fans (a stereotype that Canadians should be proud of). His music is truly a perfect match to the Quin sisters- the talented identical twins known as the indie-pop group Tegan and Sara.
Despite living on separate coasts, Tegan and Sara’s sound is more harmonious and grounded than ever before. Their songs are adored by their devout fans, but some of their songs have also found their way onto mainstream radio due to their catchy, quirky sound and pop like beats (“Alligator” to name one, has a quirky pop-rock sound with a twist and it is so popular it has 17 remixes on iTunes). The sisters have been nominated for Polaris Music Prize as well as several Juno awards. And if their music seems familiar, it is due to their songs being featured on hit shows like The L Word and One Tree Hill. At a time when so many are still illegally downloading, Tegan and Sara’s art is obviously still winning over music-lovers, as their official pre-order vinyl collection (to be released August 31) is already sold out.
Also gracing the stage, alongside fellow Canadians is the folkish-rock Halifax natives, Wintersleep. Having opened for Paul McCartney in their home town, the big stage is not a new thing for these 5 east-coasters. The 2008 Juno award winners (New Group of the Year) combine a variety of sounds to create an undefinable appealing mix. Their song “New Inheritors” is available as a free download on their website. Sounding slightly like The Tragically Hip mixed with Jack Johnson and Sam Roberts (well, that is my thoughts at least) their music is laced with both light and dark imagery, and their sound leaves you wanting to hear more.
Joining this group of a talented Canadians, is an equally magical group of New Yorkers called Ra Ra Riot. This slightly larger ensemble, combines a small orchestra of instruments including violin and cello. Their music is beautifully haunting and powerfully inspiring. To get a better idea of the sound, perhaps one of their t-shirts featuring a grizzly bear devouring honey, surrounded by bees yelling their band’s name will help you. If not, hit up their Myspace and have a listen.
Tickets are still available… but won’t be for long, through Livenation.