Elliott Brood James St. North, Hamilton ON, September 11

Elliott Brood James St. North, Hamilton ON, September 11
Photo: Calum Slingerland
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Having spent the majority of their career based in Toronto, Elliott Brood's Casey Laforet couldn't express enough how proud the trio were to now be residents of Hamilton. The crowd were just as happy to have them there on the rainy Friday evening, determined to keep dancing their way through the band's set of kicking country tunes despite the less-than-ideal weather. Pedal steel staple Aaron Goldstein helped the band out for a good deal of the set, bringing his soloing skills to the forefront in waltz-oriented moments of instrumental showcase.
 
In putting their big city living behind them, the band pulled out a few songs they had written about small towns in Ontario including the gentle, banjo-led "Owen Sound" and the folk-rocker "Lindsay," a track Laforet joked about writing because "the Hip had already written one about Bobcaygeon." Backed by Stephen Pitkin's percussion, lead vocalist Mark Sasso's country snarl was in fine form harmonizing with Laforet through the ukulele-driven "The Valley Town," dedicated to Dundas, Ontario.