bambu by the lake opening
Tradition is tradition, but a boat in the middle of a room speaks for itself.
When the Bamboo was booted out of its long-time home on Queen West, old-school scenesters mourned the end of an era. Judging by the Bamboo's new incarnation, it's hard to see how anyone can stay upset. Relocated to Harbourfront's old Marine Museum and renamed Bambu by the Lake, the new Bamboo is the most exciting arrival on the club scene since the Lula Lounge. A massive space with capacity for 1,000, it's actually two separate venues.
A split-level restaurant, with the aforementioned ship smack in the middle of the room, is up front, while an airy live room the size of the old club is closer to the water. The lounge/restaurant split is great -- the spaces are connected by a long hallway -- allowing plenty of room for dancing but also a place for those who want to talk without shouting.
Bambu by the Lake opens officially tonight (Thursday, March 20) with Bamboo vets the Sattalites. It's an ominous sign. But if the bookers can move beyond the same bands that drew tiny crowds to the old club, watch out.
upcoming, lederhosen lucil
If you're not already sold on Lederhosen Lucil's Cub-meets-Chicks-on-Speed girly electro-pop tunage, adorable blond braids and Alpine threads, maybe her recent indie music honours will be recommendation enough. The Montreal artist born Krista Muir walked off with the SODEC International Award at Montreal Independent Music Industry's reception March 9.
Lucky Lucil snagged a brand spankin' new microphone and some cash, both of which will come in handy when she hits the El Mocambo Friday (March 21) for a set opening the FemBots' CD release party. With mottos like "I put the oomph in umlaut" and "Always make time to hose," Lucil promises a load of kooky Kraut kicks.