Afterparty, the Silver Dollar, Friday, January 9
An extra-cold Friday night meant there weren't too many folks on hand to check out Afterparty , the new project of a couple of Toilet Boys, fronted by their very tall, moustachioed former guitarist, Sean Pierce . Opening act Sinking Ships got the crowd, such as it was, excited with their punky, danceable songs and veteran singer Naomi Allen 's strong vocals. Then Afterparty got up and fed surprisingly well off the small crowd, with well-placed keyboard touches, heavy drumming, a loose twin guitar sound and a strong performance by Pierce, who managed to run around the club, do some push-ups and wreck a mike stand in 25 minutes.
Although those antics might not have impressed G.G. Allin, they were more than enough to entertain those in attendance. Next time out, they deserve a bigger crowd.
Upcoming: The Hidden Cameras & Toronto Dance Theatre, January 21
Just when you thought the Hidden Cameras had pulled out every stop they possibly could, Joel Gibb and his indie-baroque band of gay church folkestrians take it to the next level. This Wednesday (January 21), marks the beginning of their a five-night stand at the Winchester Street Theatre, where the Cameras have collaborated with local choreographer Christopher House and his Toronto Dance Theatre on a project dubbed You Are The Same. House, already a Cameras fan, met Gibb (who became a House fan after seeing his show Severe Clear last year) at Art Metropole, and the two transformed their mutual admiration into an artistic collaboration.
"Christopher is interested in keeping it as much like a 'typical' Hidden Cameras show as possible in terms of energy and loose style," Gibb offers. "I'm more excited about the idea of having more structure. But I think we've found a happy medium."
Gibb claims he's intrigued by the idea of further collaborations in the future, but for the time being he's been spending tons of time in the studio, working on Mississauga Goddam (Evil Evil), the follow-up to last year's The Smell Of Our Own, which is slated for an April release.