Hot Hot Heat play the Kool Haus (1 Jarvis) with the Editors and Louis XIV on Tuesday (January 22). $22.25. 416-870-8000.
What Toronto restaurant do you like to eat at before a show?
The Beaconsfield is a good place to start or end the night for someone who doesn’t know Toronto well but wants to meet a successful “fashion” photographer with a tribal tat who takes you to his “studio” – which is basically just an iMac and a white sheet – orders dial-a-bottle and attempts to “sex up” your friends before he passes out and you let yourself out with his Planet Earth DVDs.
Favourite Toronto artist?
Cancer Bats are pretty vibetastic. And they’re not too hard on the eyes, if you know what I mean.
What do you love most about Toronto?
The public transit system. Very few cities have embraced public transit on the level of Toronto. I’m not talking about environmental stuff; I just mean people go out on the town more as a result, so there’s a better nightlife, which gives artists a fighting chance to draw a crowd. Plus, it’s easier to drink too much, which steps up people’s tolerance for interpretive dance.
What do you hate about the city?
Sometimes I worry that some Torontonians try too hard to compete with the major U.S. cities. Toronto is so unique to Canada, I’d hate to see it lose its Canadianness. I personally would choose to live in Toronto over NYC any day.
Hotel of choice?
I usually just ask our tour manager to point me to the hotizz. The only thing I request is that the room is 17 steps from the elevator and has 1,700-thread-count sheets.
What was your biggest misconception about the city?
I spent the winter there and the cold is actually a dry cold – and the city deals with it so well that it doesn’t faze anyone. In Vancouver, the cold is wet and annoying, and the city reacts like a kid wetting his pants in a classroom.