It’s still at too early for me, but alas, Christmas is coming. It’s hard to protest the early season when The Edge’s Jingle Bell series has begun. With a new announcement, Banners at the drake hotel, and the first show at the Mod Club the season is seeming a little sweeter.
The discovery series features some of Toronto’s finest musicians you should be listening to. Everyone from The Beaches to Coleman Hell are taking part. For the first show, Birds of Bellwood, Cairo and Blue Sky Miners took over the MOD Club for an evening. Here’s what happened.
Wolf Alice, Whitehorse, and Coleman Hell will be playing in this year’s Edge Jingle Bell Concert Series..and that’s just the beginning. Christmas can sure as hell come early if it means these names are coming to the city. Starting on November 21st Cario will kick off the series of shows, at MOD Club. The events will take place at various venues throughout the city like Adelaide Hall, The Phoenix, and Lee’s Palace. Taking place from November to December 17th, the shows will feature a discovery series featuring some local acts, like Blue Sky Miners.
Tickets are already on sale, check out more at The Edge.
Cario – The Mod Cub – November 21st
Houndmouth – The Mod Club – Dec 1st
Whitehorse – Danforth Music Hall Dec 2nd
Wolf Alice + Brave Shores – The Phoenix Concert Center – Dec 4th
Dropping their self-titled album on the Friday, Blue Sky Miners, took over The Horseshoe Tavern to celebrate. And of course, they didn’t come alone. Surprise guests, John Gogo with the Gogo Sisters and Brendan Canning also took the stage. Fans came in hoards to hear their newest songs live. The night was filled with dedicated fans who’d memorized the lyrics of the newest songs and weren’t shy about showing it off as they hung off the bands every move. It was clear this show was long awaited for many and greatly satisfying to all. Jena Gogo on her own is a party. Add in the raspy-voiced Jay Mitchell and the rest of the band and the rocky mountain rock-folk tunes of BSM will have you yelling their songs right back at them with a smile.
Earlier on in the evening, Toronto-based Torero took the stage to coax the crowd into some country tunes with their sultry rock that had the audience swaying alone. Next up was the ’50s rock of Ferraro. Well-known in the Toronto music scene, the band of brothers never disappoint with their high energy rock and roll ( or their pretty faces). Taking a break mid-set to play a cover, Mary by Kings of Leon, (that they pulled of splendidly) the boys showed off their chops, once again proving that Ferraro is a band on the rise.