Christmas comes a few days early this year for fans of sensitive CanCon alt-rockers Neverending White Lights , who are setting up shop at the Drake for three straight nights of intimate performances Thursday to Saturday (December 21 to 23). A revolving-door cast of vocalists offers a kind of musical buffet.
Head brain behind the project Daniel Victor sounds excited. He's not surprised that the shows all sold out a month ago, and credits the intimate venue. He's looking forward to working on a smaller stage.
"I've done a lot of big shows, but this can connect with the audience. We wanted to do a string of shows to close out 2006. I came up with the idea of a small venue we dress up and take over for three nights."
Victor, who's had a pretty great year, wanted to give something back to fans, and although he's not sharing any secrets, he promises there will be a plethora of guest vocalists over the course of the three nights.
Judging from the roster of peeps he's worked with, including Raine "Mr. Chantal Kreviazuk" Maida and Dallas "emo poster-boy" Green from Alexisonfire, the cast will be anyone's guess. That's fine with Victor, who admits he likes to keep his guests a surprise.
As if that weren't enough pre-holiday cheer, Victor's interested in stuffing everyone's stocking (metaphorically, guys, metaphorically) with new material from his forthcoming double album, and just to make everyone feel fuzzy inside, he's even throwing in some seasonal carols.
"Christmas is my favourite time of year. There are a lot of really beautiful songs, and I learned a couple, so we're doing some creative takes. My favourite is Christmas Time Is Here, from the Charlie Brown special."
If Santa could deliver his ultimate wish list of collaborators, Victor says he'd like to find Rufus Wainwright, Chino from the Deftones, Jeff Buckley and Matthew Good under his tree.
As for broadening his reserve of Can-rockers, though, he'd probably prefer to find coal in his shoes than to work with marble-mouthed Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger.
"I would say absolutely not."