Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recording: Valerie Dour

Artist: Valerie Dour

Song: unknown*

Recorded in front of A Homerun ("All Toronto's Parties 2"), May 24, 2014.

Valerie Dour - unknown

Full review to follow. The first ATP show brought together bands selected by five different live music purveyors in a cool mix'n'match marathon. Upping the ante, the follow-up not only threw together some one-off recombinant bands, but also took its daytime sets to the streets and shops of Kensington market.

After some mellow grooves from Isla Craig in Café Pamenar's backyard patio, the action shifted to the other end of Augusta. On the first really warm day of the year, the market was filled with people, and while bearded hipsters evaluated vintage ceramic coffee cups in the background quite a few passers-by paused to check out this set from Dan Miller's solo project. Miller has also recently been an onstage member of Digits, and there was a similar electro-pop sensibility at work here — but where Digits leans towards R&B-isms, Miller instead offered a cover of Nirvana's "School". Which isn't to say there isn't some smoothness in Miller's extant recorded offerings, but it also worked out pretty well with a jury-rigged guerrilla sound system.

You can also check out some more pictures from the day on the MFS facebook page.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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