Text and photographs by Blake Bottrill (@blakebottrill)
Anthony Green’s Avalon Ten Year Tour hit it’s only Canadian stop last night as he and Good Old War rolled into Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre. The multi-talented musicians of Good Old War, Tim Arnold and Keith Goodwin, have also branched off as a duo known as Found Wild that open each show.
Found Wild bring a slight country charm to the indie and folk sounds for which Good Old War is already known. They brought out Anthony and the whole backing band early for one song before playing their only released single so far: Nothing Gold Can Last. Found Wild are set to release their first EP later this month that should resonate with Good Old War fans!
Good Old War showed up in full with Dan Schwartz after a brief break to play a setlist that spanned their entire discography. They had the crowd entranced by the time they got to their track We’ve Come A Long Way as they swayed shoulder to shoulder. Despite the encore chants Good Old War was done for the night, all three members are part of Anthony’s backing band so they’d be back.
Anthony and the band hit the stage just before 9:30 with a huge smile. It was a night full of sing-alongs for Anthony, “Thanks for singing so loud with me guys!” was heard multiple times during the set. It was a night of nostalgia and hilarious banter between the band. Anthony even brought the crowd into it as he noticed two people who happened to look like his cousins. As the tour continues for the rest of the month any fans of Anthony’s many projects should pick up tickets to see a fantastic show.
Photographer’s Note: My uncle David Bottrill produced one of Anthony’s albums in 2010 with Circa Survive called Blue Sky Noise.
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