Photos and words by Fernando Lara
Niu Güeis Tour
“¡Ya llegó el Café Tacvba!”
-Spanish for “The Café Tacvba has arrived”
This past Wednesday, Los Tacvbos rocked the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto in front of a sold out crowd. The show was part of their Niu Güeis tour and the band performed songs from their 2017 first independent album "Jei Beibi", 8th in their discography, as well as hits from their almost 30 years of a successful career.
The Café Tacvba name was taken from a coffee shop located in the core downtown district of Mexico City called "El Café de Tacuba" which brings, even today, a combination of European (mainly Spanish) and local culture of the people who used to live in what is today Mexico. The band believes the music they have been creating for almost 3 decades is based on this same cultural merge and heritage.
Ruben Albarran, the singer of the band who is famous for taking on many different names (such as Zizu Yantra, Elfego Buendía, Gallo Gas and Pinche Juan just to mention a few), began the night presenting "Futuro" and "Disolviendonos", both part of the "Jei Beibi" album just before playing "Como te extraño mi amor". The crowd exploded immediately. After playing "El fin de la infancia", "La chica banda" and dancing "Déjate caer", the band left the stage and came back with "El mundo en que nací" and the Grammy award winner song "Eres". At the end of the romantic and energetic evening, a second encore came and they ended with two of their most emblematic songs "Las batallas", based on the Jose Emilio Pacheco novel and Rarotonga.
It is difficult to accurately categorize Café Tacvba's music into a specific genre. The band truly plays a wide range of music and if you throw in the different colors, shades and style of performance the band takes on for every song when they are live, the audience can easily be fooled into thinking that there are multiple bands playing on stage. What we can say is that the group is true to their beliefs and understands that music will always find its own way to flow freely through them. This feeling can be portrayed live where the audience, in general, can expect the unexpected and can be taken on an emotional roller coaster with Cafe Tacvba's different styles of music from rock anthem to Mexican Huapango to an acoustic, emotional song. The eclecticism of Café Tacvba drives the band through a constant self-reinvention that took them to be one of the most, or maybe, the most important and representative bands in Mexico.
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Megan Bülow (who goes by Bülow) put on an incredible show at The Mod Club Theatre in Toronto over the weekend. Bülow is currently touring around to promote her two EPs: Damaged Vol. 1 and Damaged Vol. 2 which was just released over the summer.
The stage was filled with an exuberant amount of lights, props and effects. Some of the stage equipment was nicely hidden behind a giant skull which made great conversation with the audience before Bülow took the stage.
Bülow's sound is very modern and fresh but definitely the type of music anyone could bop along to. "Not A Love Song" has been playing over the radio all summer and has definitely become one of my personal favourite songs of the year. The beat is extremely catchy and the lyrics are quite relatable for most of us.
We're excited to see what Bülow's next move while the world patiently waits for her first studio album to be released. Being only 18 years old, Bülow has entered the music scene at a very thrilling time and we wish her the most luck on her musical journey!
Photos and Words by Blake Bottrill
Thousands turned up over the weekend to see the likes of July Talk, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Flaming Lips and Blue Rodeo. A packed weekend of music kicked off Friday night as the rain couldn’t keep the crowd away. Unfortunately it was enough to make me leave my camera in my bag and just enjoy the show for once! Wolf Parade and July Talk played a pair of high energy sets on the main stage to finish the night. The 90 minute set from July Talk included Leah joining the crowd multiple times and having a sit down with everyone at Bissell Park. They also included a special tribute to the late Aretha Franklin that got the whole crowd singing!
As the weather on Saturday cleared the patrons of Southern Ontario showed up in full force as the grounds were packed from just after 4PM. Juno’s Breakthrough Group of the Year for 2018, The Beaches, took to the stage just before 6PM for a set that ended too soon for everyone listening. Carly Rae Jepsen took to the main stage after that with her bubbly personality and endlessly catchy hits the whole crowd was singing from the first note. At one point she donned an intricate vest made by a fan and was thrilled the fan was going to let her keep it, “I’m going to wear this all the time!”
The Flaming Lips didn’t just play a concert. They put on a show. From opening the set with Also Sprach Zarathustra to giant inflatable robots and what was likely hundreds of balloons released into the crowd within minutes The Flaming Lips came ready to party. Additional highlights included 3 foot long lazer-wielding gloves worn by Wayne; David Bowie’s Space Oddity sung from inside a blow up hamster ball in the middle of the crowd; a disco ball the size of Smart Car and enough LEDs to light up your deepest darkest secrets!
The lovely weather and music continued on Sunday as everyone piled in early Sunday afternoon to set up their lawn chairs, claim their spot and catch the early performers. The first notable act Bedouin Soundclash of early 2000’s fame took to the stage at 4PM and had a performance packed full of hits and a healthy mix of new material. Polaris shortlist candidates Weaves were up next with a quirky yet endearing set that had the crowd dancing around. The last before Sunday night’s headliner was Dear Rogue, a duo from Vancouver that I knew nothing about but fell in love with over the course of their 45 minute set! Wrapping up the festival was the perennially amazing Blue Rodeo. After playing Budweiser Stage the night before they didn’t look tired as they blew through an hour and a half of what felt like Blue Rodeo’s greatest hits.
Photos and Words by Shakil Hossain
The co-headlining Never Ending Summer tour led by the Offspring and 311 hit the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. The band rocked the audience with a mixture of both older hits from their album Smash and Americana along with songs from their anticipated upcoming album - expected to be released this year. Their music matured over the last 20 years and Offspring’s live performance showed the band has perfected live music performance with their experience and love for music.
311 closed the show with songs from their latest album Mosaic and their previous hits, upholding their reputation for one of the most entertaining and dynamic live bands around. Guitarist Tim Mahoney and bassist P-Nut head banged, danced through almost every song, and the band kept the audience on their toes throughout. Martinez’s freestyle complemented Nick Hexum’s vocal perfectly as they both took the role of the front man in almost every song.
Throughout the night, the audience was taken up and down with heavier music from Offspring and lighter, harmonious music from 311. The audience responded with dancing and singing as one more perfect, Toronto summer concert ended leaving everyone on a high note.
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