Artists: The Honest Heart Collective, Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies, Last of the Bandits, Alma Cassels
Genre: Rock, Indie
Venue: Adelaide Hall, Toronto
When: March 12, 2016
Thunder Bay folk rockers, The Honest Heart Collective, stopped by Toronto last weekend to wrap up their latest tour. Joining them was a line up full of some talented indie rock groups including Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies, Last of the Bandits and Alma Cassels.
Alma Cassels opened the evening with an exciting, dynamic indie rock performance that urged the crowd to get excited and dance along to the music. Refreshing upbeat riffs, powerful vocals, and crashing, energetic drums made their set the perfect performance to just let loose and dance along to. As live performers, the whole group has an exciting presence that draws attention and proves they belong up on stage. The band treated fans to some new music featuring their songs “Take Me Back” and “One More Time,” which will be on a soon to be released EP. Among their newer tracks, Alma Cassels threw in a blast to the past as they played their unique cover of “Toxic” by Britney Spears.
Last of the Bandits hit the stage next and played a set full of some classic, toe-tapping folk rock tunes. With lyrics that tell heartwarming stories, and simple yet energetic instrumental interludes, the group captures the essence of folk music and combines it with the power and grit of rock. Their closing song “3339 Miles,” from their self-titled EP is a perfect example. This song is a tribute to Canadian icon, Terry Fox, and tells the story of his journey through detailed lyrics, repetitive musical themes, and an upbeat, bursting instrumental interlude.
Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies graced the stage with their exciting, catchy and absolutely adorable brand of indie folk tunes. The six-piece group really sets themselves apart from other bands the second they step on stage and begin playing. With an array of different instruments, upbeat rhythms, smooth vocals, and clever lyrics the band captures attention and knows how to get the crowd dancing and jamming in no time. With soft music that tugs at the heartstrings and hooks so contagious you can’t help but sing along, Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies could charm their way into anyone’s hearts.
The Honest Heart Collective closed the show with a heartfelt, lively set full of powerful folk rock tunes and good vibes. The venue was packed with enthusiastic fans that started singing and head banging along to the music as soon as the band began their set. The Honest Heart Collective always put on powerful, captivating shows, and this one was no different. Throughout the whole set the band played with an unbelievable amount of energy and lots of crowd engagement that kept the audience involved and excited. Along with their stage presence, the group writes soulful music with earnest lyrics, explosive instrumental tracks, and melodic hooks that are sure to keep the listener coming back for more. The band played an array of tunes featuring music from their album Liar’s Club as well as a cover of the Johnny Cash classic “Hurt” from their tribute EP Cash. This band is definitely worth checking out live, as they’ve proven they pretty much can do no wrong.
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I’ve been involved in music my whole life and have developed a passion for helping out or working in the industry any way I can. I’m interested in helping talented artists gain the recognition they deserve in this crazy business. I am currently studying Communication Studies at York University in Toronto, and working at a local theatre doing marketing and communications, as well as helping out a local festival called Rock the Coliseum. Indie, alt-rock/pop, and metal are my favourites but I’m open to all music genres! If I’m not at a show, I’m doing yoga, grabbing coffee, or looking for some craft beer.