Brendan Canning Beer Garden, Toronto ON, September 20
Published Sep 23, 2014After the aforementioned rain moved everybody into the Beer Garden, Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning and his band slid into a headlining set that should have seen far more people out of their seats and dancing than the one pants-losing guy in front.
On record, Canning can be mellow, psychedelic and folky, but his live set at the BOFF was all eighth notes and rock'n'roll.
Backed by a five-piece band that included a great drummer, Dani Nash on percussion and backup vocals and Kevin Kane on guitar (not to mention a bassist, whose lines were, as a friend put it, as well-chiseled as his beard), Canning grooved through a set of party tunes that recalled the VU but felt lighter.
Oddly, the dancer — who nearly stole the show by leaving everyone wondering when his entire boxers would be visible — took a break during a sexy song about taking all your clothes off, during which Nash breathed percussively.
It was a set with no defined beginning or ending (just a playful little acoustic guitar coda care of Canning) and no super-memorable songs, but tons of movement.
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