Skip to main content

KRIS ROE (of The Ataris) brings his acoustic guitar to Toronto!


On the evening of July 5th, I had the opportunity to see Kris Roe (of The Ataris fame) play an acoustic show at The Kathedral in downtown Toronto. It was something that felt very special because a) it was an acoustic performance, b) it's been 6 years since I've last seen him perform, and c) he was basically my highschool hero. His music was quite an inspiration and spirit lifter for me when I was in highschool and part of university (1999-2003).

The show opened up with 4 local bands: Dead End Girl, The Knockouts, Future's Past, and Outspoken. None of them really stood out and at least for this particular night, it was clear that the crowd was here to see Kris Roe pick up the acoustic guitar and jam the night away.


His set was filled with just about every fan favourite song. To top it all off, the last 4 songs were performed with Outspoken for a full rock out experience. I was surprised that they did "Boys of Summer" as I've heard that he loathed it for what its done to the band. But I suppose these days after all the personal trauma he's been through, that he's a bit more forgiving, opened, and welcoming to the fact that many of their fans discovered them through this single.

His setlist included (approximate order):
-Losing Streak
-1*15*96
-Unopened Letter to the World
-I Won't Spend Another Night Alone
-Your Boyfriend Sucks
-Fast Times at Dropout High
-My Hotel Year
-I.O.U. One Galaxy
-So Long Astoria
-The Hero Dies in This One
-The Last Song I Will Ever Write About a Girl
-Broken Promise Ring
-Summerwing Was Always Our Song

And four bonus full-band songs:
-In This Diary
-random cover song
-Boys of Summer
-San Dimas Highschool Football Rules



I had the opportunity to talk to him for about 5 minutes during one of the support acts and he seemed to be in a pretty terrific mood. He was excited to be in Canada for this tour. I asked him how he felt about spending July 4th in Canada to which he said he doesn't care, "I ain' that patriotic". He also told me about the new album they've been working on. This fall they're recording a bunch of demos (some which are completed), and he hopes that the new album will be out early next year.

I'm glad he's doing these low-key acoustic shows just to get in touch with his hardcore fanbase, away from the glitz and glamour of those stadium stage shows of the past. I hope all the best for the guy and that all the personal shit that happens in life doesn't detract him from making music.

If you want to see more pictures of the show, you can find them here.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sam Raimi's Dragging Someone To Hell!!!

It's great to see Sam Raimi back in his form with his latest entry Drag Me To Hell . Simply glorious, it is a horror geek's dream. This is the Sam we all know and love from Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness , before he got all caught up in the comic book geek universe of Spider-Man . After 10 years (from the first time I watched Evil Dead 2 ), he has remained my favourite film director... although he did try my patience with Spider-Man 3 . I know this euphoria that I'm feeling now will be short lived, as even as I type this review, Raimi is already at work on the pre-production of Spider-Man 4 (yay?). So what is there to say about Drag Me To Hell ? This is the way a summer movie should be, touching on all those senses that make movie going an actual experience. There were thrills, chills, laughs and cheers; the way things should be! Drag Me To Hell tells a story of a young loan officer named Christine, who in an effort to advance her own career, has to turn down a

Dreamers, Achievers, Believers

It was quite a week last week. It started off on a more heavy note last Sunday, but as the week wore on, things became better and more clear. So let's do a little recap. This is going to be kind of long, so if you find this kind of stuff boring I've inserted pictures of funny cats for your entertainment. So... 1.5 Weeks Ago About 1.5 weeks ago, my friend Jon from Living Room gave me the contact info for his uncle. His uncle is an engineer and apparently was looking for new grads and new hands to hire. That week, I gave him a few calls but he wasn't there when I called him and when he returned my calls, I wasn't here either. We were playing phone tag that week *insert schoolgirl giggle*. Sunday Morning So last Sunday morning, his uncle gave me a call at 9 am (The morning! My weakness! HISS!) and we talked about stuff. I was telling him a bit about school as well as elaborating my work/coop experience as he didn't have my resume yet. So he goes on to tell

Lt. Aldo Raine wants his scalps!!!!!!!!!!!!

I missed The Inglorious Basterds during its theatrical run and it's a shame too because I'm a fool for Tarantino movies. But I finally got to see it this weekend and I'm happy to say that I mostly enjoyed it. I don't think it's his best movie, but it was damned entertaining. The Inglorious Basterds takes place during World War II and tells its story by following three different groups of characters: from Lt. Aldo Raine and his squad of soldiers infamously known as the Basterds, Col. Hans Landa, a Nazi colonel better known as "The Jew Hunter", and from a young Jewish girl named Shosanna, who had her family murdered by Col. Landa. We follow the Basterds in their Nazi killing business (and business is good) as they lay out a plan to take out several high ranking officials all at once. We follow Shosanna as she operates her theater and lays down her own plans in exacting revenge on the Nazis. And of course, the "Jew Hunter" is hot on their trai