Novillero Canadian Music Week 2004 March 3 to 6, Toronto ON

Winnipeg’s Novillero played to a packed venue and their exuberant retro-pop never sounded more vital. Trumpeter Rusty Matyas was aided by the addition of some of the ’Peg’s best horn players, on loan from ska concerns the Afterbeat and JFK and the Conspirators, who gave a brassy edge to the band’s swingin’ ’60s vibe and Rod Slaughter’s yelped vocals.