Posts Tagged ‘queen west’

Wild Nothing at Wrongbar in Toronto

February 21, 2011

17 February 2011

Wild Nothing played their Toronto debut to a sold out crowd at Wrongbar and sounded almost as good as the fight I saw between a cat and a raccoon on the walk home. I was stoked to see Jack Tatum bring his bedroom project out into the world, but sadly he should have stayed home. I love his two albums Gemini and the Golden Haze EP, but unfortunately the live Wild Nothing experience only hampers what is a budding career and an impressive string of releases for the young musician.

Tatum records everything himself for his albums, where he is able to have complete control, but for the live show he recruited a band for the tour and they pretty much sucked. Sure they hit all the notes, but they were obviously still working out some kinks and the show was sloppy at best.

Worst of all: Tatum’s voice. Man, he truly CANNOT sing live. In his studio he can manipulate his voice and play with his falsetto, but on stage he was tone deaf, off key, and didn’t even dare try the high notes, going lower instead and sounding just plain bad.

I’d love to give the young band the benefit of the doubt, but after two failed attempts at playing “Gemini” due to sound problems and then trying it again for a third time I left, happy to be free to breathe in the crisp night air. What a let down. My advice is to stay home and listen to the albums instead and pray that Tatum rethinks his entire live show and reconsiders what it is he really wants to do with his Wild Nothing project.

The Sashimi Mural

March 14, 2010


 

Queen Street West just east of Dovercourt

Rather than boarding up a currently abandoned storefront facade with eyesore plywood or covering the windows with garbage bags, the Lens Factory Gallery commissioned some local artists to create a piece of art to conceal the unsightly and make it something worth looking at. For years now, back alleys in Toronto have been hosting some of the most visually vibrant art being made, and with this storefront painting, which I have lovingly dubbed “The Sashimi Mural”, back alley art is brought right up to the front door. And I totally dig it.

From info I’ve gathered on the net, this piece is a collaborative effort from emerging local artists Alexa Hatanaka, Logan Miller, and Kellen Hatanaka, who are part of a collective known as Feed the Ponch. The work is really quite striking, but I think what I like most about it is the geometric shapes on the boy’s hands and face, and the rich complimentary colours of the salmon.

I’d like to see more of this kind of thing in Toronto and hope these talented young artists continue making art in my community. Click on the photo for a bigger view. That’s it, I’m out.

Monster Mash

November 24, 2009

Southwest corner of Queen and Sherbourne, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is home to an amazing abundance of street art and graffiti artists. I’ve spotted this particular piece in two different spots along Queen Street, and I’m sure there’s more around the city. They appeared about a month or so before Halloween, and I kept noticing them out of the corner of my eye as I zipped by on my bike en route to work. There’s something about the childlike simplicity that I find appealing. I really dig the use of an already existing “framed canvas”, with the basic squares of complimentary colours, coupled with the pre-designed decal monsters, which the artist lovingly arranged to create what I have dubbed ‘The Monster Mash’. It’s simple, catches the eye, and for some reason makes me happy when I see it.

That’s all. Peace.

Northwest corner of Queen and Vanauley, Toronto