Best Concerts of 2012

Best *Canadian Concerts of 2012
Happy New Year everybody. Hope you had a great 2012 and an even better 2013. Be safe, have fun, and party to some good tunes!
10. HALF MOON RUN

Half Moon Run is slated to become Canada’s “next big band.” They haven’t won me over completely yet, but they sure warmed up a cold crowd in an outdoor tent in Reykjavik, Iceland for Iceland Airwaves this fall

9. BARR BROTHERS

The Barr Brothers creatively blend together instruments and sounds to create beautiful music. They performed this year in Reykjavik, Iceland for Iceland Airwaves to a silent (in awe) crowd.

8. CHLOE CHARLES

Chloe Charles has been making leaps and bounds this year; she has started to fine-tune her live performance and really harness her vocal and instrumental power. She performed this year in many locations across Canada, and is becoming more and more popular in Germany.

7. DOLDRUMS
Photo: Monica So

Doldrums is not really my cup of tea per se, but seeing Airick Woodhead perform in an old church on a lake in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland was quite the treat. There is a definite difference in seeing live Doldrums to the Doldrums you hear on the album – and it is a good one.

6. ODONIS ODONIS

I have had the pleasure of seeing Toronto’s Odonis Odonis twice this year. Wherever this garage band goes there is sure to be a party – and a mosh pit. Photographers beware!


5. TOPS

Reminiscent of 80s pop with modern flare: TOPS warmed up an already hot crowd at this summers NXNE in Toronto.

4. MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

Martha is a Canadian staple. Who doesn’t love a lady who will tell a disrespectful crowd at this years Canadian Music Week: “This next song is about motherhood so shut the fuck up for three minutes!” Props to you Martha.

3. COEUR DE PIRATE

Béatrice Martin was just a teenager when her first single ‘Comme des enfants’ drove her to success in France and Québec. She played 7 months pregnant to a crowd at the Opera House in Toronto this year to promote her new album ‘Blonde’ (Girlfriend, in English).

2. CHAINS OF LOVE

Chains of Love is a group from B.C. that channels 50s beach nostalgia in a mainly girl garage-rock group. They stopped by the El Mocambo this year to play a rockin’ show for Canadian Music Week.

1. TRUST

Trust started as a small side project by Maya Postepski and dreamy Robert Alfons and has turned into a huge success. Channelling teenage angst, they performed to an excited crowd at The Great Hall in Toronto this summer.

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