Tuesday night was Canada Blast, a free concert at a record store/event venue called Pure Groove (previously blogged here).
Before heading into the concert after work, I took time for a stroll around Smithfield Market. The venue was 30 yards from this plaque:
Remember Mel Gibson being disemboweled in Braveheart? Right here.
Smithfield Market itself from inside PG.
Don’t worry, I was able to find the bar OK.
Mr Plaskett himself! It was great to see an artist of this calibre in a venue so small. Poor guy had to buy his own drinks – no one knew who he was until after his set. If you’re not familiar with Joel Plaskett, hit up CBC Radio 3: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/The-Joel-Plaskett-Emergency , recommend the songs “Through & Through & Through” and “Nowhere with You”.
Rich Aucoin (actually a band, not a person). Their set was timed to a powerpoint-video show that featured altered footage from “the Grinch who Stole Christmas”. High energy, and awesome – for sure possibly the crowd favorite. Music at http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Rich-Aucoin http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Rich-Aucoin , and play “At War With The Cynics”
The Rural Alberta Advantage. These guys were solid, and of the 3 Londoners I spoke to, all 3 had come primarily to see RAA.