Show Review – The Celebration Army

Artist: The Celebration Army
Venue: Junction City Music Hall, Toronto
Genre: Groove Rock
When: May 20, 2016

The Celebration Army took over the Junction City Music Hall last week to play a standout show with the authentic flare and passion of classic rock. Bringing it back to the roots of the 70s, the group performs the type of music that gets you on your feet and moving in no time. Devoted fans piled in to the cozy venue and instantly started a party. Emerging on stage to the cheers and shouts of the crowd, The Celebration Army began their set with a bang as they started to play their song “Burning.”

It’s rare to see a band nowadays that can capture the essence of classic groove rock styles, yet remain undeniably original. Armed with a number of original tunes, the group once again proved that they are talented songwriters as well as performers. Throughout the set, The Celebration Army kept the energy up with extended instrumental interludes between songs, including impressive guitar solos and funky bass performances. Frontman Oliver Pigott effortlessly commanded the stage with his booming vocals and wild character.

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The good vibes continued throughout the night as the band got everyone grooving on the dance floor. The show turned into a true party in the middle of the set as they surprised a member of the audience for her birthday with a cake and a “Happy Birthday” sing along.

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As The Celebration Army finished their set, the crowd instantly erupted into cheers and shouts demanding “one more song” as they eagerly awaited an encore. The band came back on stage to play three more songs, ending their show with the funky “Black Blue Jeans”. Featuring flawless falsetto, an infectious chorus, and driving instrumental lines the song was a perfect end to an amazing set.

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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.

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