And as for the bands, Boreal Sons (Calgary) and Royal Canoe (Winnipeg): we hadn't actually heard of either band before, but that's because we're not hip and cool twenty somethings anymore. I was actually yawning by the time we got in the car to head out to the show. Grandpa G. When openers, Boreal Sons, got on stage, I thought maybe the voice on the walkie talkie may have been referring to the hipster guitarist dude with a girlie haircut, who was wearing skinny jeans a couple sizes too small. Am I showing my age again? Sorry. They were a decent piano rock band, but I thought a stretch of 3 exceedingly slow songs was a bit much, and their request that we tap our neighbours on the shoulder to shush them while they played these yawn inducers was a tad self-indulgent, Calgary natives or not. Seriously, I'm so judgemental.
The headliners, Royal Canoe were a six piece with funky beats, and a few blasts of some bone rattling percussion (2 dudes on drums will do that). I enjoyed a bunch of their songs (despite only hearing them for the first time). The only thing I didn't care for, was the excessive use of autotune/ vocal effects throughout their set.
You might recognize this song: Royal Canoe performing Exodus of the Year on Q with Jian Ghomeshi.