Published Sep 23, 2014After the aforementioned rain moved everybody into the Beer Garden, Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning and his band slid into a headlining set that should have seen far more people out of their seats and dancing than the one pants-losing guy in front.
On record, Canning can be mellow, psychedelic and folky, but his live set at the BOFF was all eighth notes and rock'n'roll.
Backed by a five-piece band that included a great drummer, Dani Nash on percussion and backup vocals and Kevin Kane on guitar (not to mention a bassist, whose lines were, as a friend put it, as well-chiseled as his beard), Canning grooved through a set of party tunes that recalled the VU but felt lighter.
Oddly, the dancer — who nearly stole the show by leaving everyone wondering when his entire boxers would be visible — took a break during a sexy song about taking all your clothes off, during which Nash breathed percussively.
It was a set with no defined beginning or ending (just a playful little acoustic guitar coda care of Canning) and no super-memorable songs, but tons of movement.
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