The Railway Club, Vancouver BC July 11
Backed by another guitarist and a bassist, Bonnetta regaled the crowd with tales of epic drives to get to Vancouver for this show. With an honest stage demeanour and an ear for gradual yet limitless builds within his songs, it's easy to imagine him as a modern-day Hayden. His stories bordered on awkward, but his appreciation for a tiny Sunday night crowd was immensely genuine. What's more, his ability to strip down tunes like the loose, rumbling "Dead Deer" allowed the strength of his songwriting to shine through.
Bonnetta seemed intent on bringing the crowd into his benign headspace. He had the stage lights lowered, giving the band a haunting, shadowy presence. But if anything, it gave the crowd a sense of who Bonnetta is, what makes him comfortable and where Evening Hymns tracks were born. Those tracks managed to grow in scope as he took to sampling with keys and vocal loops to give a sense of scope to the evening's closer, "Mountain Song."
Evening Hymns short but poignant set managed to be a microcosm of great Canadian campfire music as a whole: small, but with limitless possibilities.
ReviewsOct 17, 2014
Bahamas / The Weather StationAlix Goolden Hall, Victoria BC, October 16
Warmth really was the word for last night's performances at Victoria's Alix Goolden Hall. Warmth, and intimacy. Out of some masochistic urge...
ReviewsOct 10, 2014
Mavis StaplesRebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax NS, October 9
Two songs into her set, just before launching into a lively cover of Talking Heads' "Slippery People," Mavis Staples paused to roll up her s...
ReviewsOct 02, 2014
Fred Eaglesmith / Tif GinnPark Theatre, Winnipeg MB, October 1
Winnipeg's Park Theatre was packed on Wednesday night for a sold out performance by the Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Show. And while many of th...
ReviewsOct 01, 2014
Shovels & RopeThe Phoenix, Toronto ON, September 30
Carey Anne Hearst and Michael Trent entered stage left to a space illuminated by two light bulbs affixed to a drum kit. The modern day Johnn...