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My Year In Concerts

Probably my best year yet as far as going to shows go. There's a few bands I missed that I wanted to see (Streetlight Manifesto, Mischief Brew, Mountain Goats, Lagwagon off the top of my head) but for the most part I think I did alright.
1Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor


Saw these 3 times this year (once opening for AJJ, twice headlining) and always a fun time. The third time they played in a bakery, not many people there, and it was nice to just stand around and watch and not get obliterated in the pit for a change. Also really nice guys. Smoked a joint with the guitarist and drummer before the bakery show, good times.
2Algernon Cadwallader
Parrot Flies


Too bad these guys broke up, glad I got to see them twice before it happened. Both times opening for Joyce Manor.
3Andrew Jackson Jihad
Knife Man


These guys put on an awesome show and the setlist was great as well.
4The Menzingers
On the Impossible Past


Love these guys. Shows are always the best when you know all the words. For me, anyway.
5GZA
Liquid Swords


I've never been to a hip-hop show before but no fucking way I'd miss GZA play Liquid Swords in its entirety. He did a lot of Wu tracks too, and his verse on Raekwon's "Guillotine (Swordz)", also ODB's son came out and did "Shimmy Shimmy Ya". Blunts circulating, just a great time.
6Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


Opened for GZA. Got the crowd really into it, was impressed by him. At one point had everyone yelling ?Fuck Ronald Regean? in unison.
7The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


2nd time seeing this amazing man, and as expected it was no less than fantastic. This time it was in a seated theatre as opposed to the little crowded venue I saw him 2 years ago in. Nice to see him getting more exposure, I knew as soon as heard The Wild Hunt back then he wouldn't be playing those little venues much longer.
8Strand of Oaks
Pope Killdragon


I?ve never heard of him until I found out he was opening for TMOE. He's got an amazing voice. His albums are great as well.
9John K. Samson
Provincial


Samson?s one of my favorite songwriters and I always try to make it out to see him when he?s around. This time he was with his Provincial Band (including Shotgun Jimmie and the drummer of the Constantines). Highlights of the show include a sweet cover of Jawbreaker?s ?The Boat Dreams from the Hill? and when I handed John my tallboy to raise a toast during ?Elegy for Gump Worsley?, and he took a sip after. A great moment for me.
10Shotgun Jimmie
Transistor Sister


Played a solo set before playing with John. Really underrated singer/songwriter.
11The Tragically Hip
Fully Completely


Me and some buddies went down to Niagara on the Lake for Canada Day Weekend to see The Hip along with Death Cab, New Pornographers and Rural Alberta Advantage at an outdoor festival type thing. Had a really great time.
12Death Cab for Cutie
Transatlanticism


I was surprised when I found Death Cab was opening for The Hip. Was never a massive fan but I do like a number of their songs and enjoyed their set.
13The New Pornographers
Twin Cinema


Never got too into these guys but played 'Use It' and 'Sing Me Spanish Techno' and those are great tunes.
14The Rural Alberta Advantage
Hometowns


Third time seeing these guys, really an amazing live band. Gord Downie of The Hip came out to sing 'Stamp' with them, it was awesome.
15Descendents
Milo Goes to College


Riot Fest. Never thought I?d actually see these guys live. By the time they got on (they were last) I was dead tired but I still watched the whole set and they were great for being old dudes.
16NOFX
Punk in Drublic


Riot Fest.I?ve heard that NOFX is hit and miss live, but they played a great set with lots of classic songs. I decided to join the pit for this, immediately regretted that decision then after several minutes managed to squeeze out, couldn?t find anybody I was with and watched the set by myself. Stilled ruled.
17Fucked Up
Hidden World


Riot Fest. I hung back for this set. Never really got into these guys though I do listen to some songs from Hidden World now and then, namely David Comes to Life. Still haven't heard the new one.
18Hot Water Music
Exister


Riot Fest. One of my favorite bands. Second time seeing them. This time their set was a lot shorter and Exister-heavy, also Chuck?s vocals are really going, but still, its HWM can?t really complain.
19Less Than Jake
Hello Rockview


Riot Fest. Not really a big ltj fan. I was getting food for most of their set. Heard a few songs I recognized though.
20The Lawrence Arms
Oh! Calcutta!


Riot Fest. Another one of my favorite bands who I?ve been wanting to see for years. Played a great set and Brendan was pretty amusing on stage. And they played Intransit which made me very happy.
21Andrew W.K.
I Get Wet


Riot Fest. This guy was on stage when I got to Riot Fest. Just by himself, really getting into it. I would never make a conscious effort to listen to this guy?s music but he?s definitely entertaining.
22The Sidekicks
Awkward Breeds


One of my favorite bands I discovered this year. This was a really great show. Small venue, right up front, singing along. Ideal.
23Dinosaur Jr
I Bet On Sky


Saw them their 1st of 3 nights in a row in Toronto. Kinda getting old saying "great show" at this point but it was....a great show. Lots of classics and some good new songs.
24Propagandhi
Failed States


This was a last minute decision. Me and my buddy didn't have tickets and it was sold out, and we almost didn?t get in. Finally found some (damn expensive) scalpers, but fuck it, so worth it.
25The Jealous Sound
A Gentle Reminder


I would have loved to see Knapsack back in the day and this is the closest I?d ever get. They played great set, and even did ?Cold Enough to Break?.
26Daytrader
Twelve Years


Opened for Jealous Sound. I was kinda surprised that no one seemed into their set, like at all. There was me, my buddy and like 2 other guys standing up front and then every else way back. I thought they played great. I told them so after. Too bad they broke up not long after this.
27Cheap Girls
Giant Orange


Love these guys. I kinda got a bit too drunk and had to fight myself from going comatose during the set, but still had a good time. Nice guys too, Cheap Girls.
28The Front Bottoms
Slow Dance To Soft Rock


Opened for Cheap Girls, and I guess these guys drew the crowd. Seems a lot of people left after them. They sounded good, but I?m not too big on them.
29Polar Bear Club
Chasing Hamburg


Played after the Menzingers. I only caught a few songs then had to leave though.
30Kind of Like Spitting
In the Red


I heard of KOLS before but seeing him made me delve into his discography. Was a good decision. Played before AJJ and Joyce Manor
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