Horseshoe Tavern

Rah Rah – Tickets – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON – September 11th, 2015

Rah Rah

The Horseshoe & Indie88 Present

Rah Rah

Fast Romantics, Snake River

Fri, September 11, 2015

Doors: 9:00 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON


Tickets at the Door

This event is 19 and over

Advance tickets available at The Horseshoe front bar, Rotate This & Soundscpaes

Rah Rah - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Rah Rah
Autumn 2012* sees the release of The Poet's Dead, the third and most accomplished album to date by Regina, SK sextet Rah Rah. Building on the strong foundation of their last release, the critically acclaimed and iTunes Canada championed Breaking Hearts, this new ten song effort effectively captures a band at the peak of their abilities doing what they do best.

The Poet's Dead, recorded in late 2011 under the production guidance of indie-rock recording geniuses Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Priestess), clearly displays that Rah Rah has truly fine-tuned the essence of the band and refined the maturity of their sound.

"Recording with Gus and Werner was one of the most rewarding challenges I've ever been a part of," says band member Erin Passmore. "They understood how and when exactly to push us and I'm so proud of what we've been able to create with their help and guidance."

Lyrically, The Poet's Dead showcases some of their finest, most direct songwriting yet and is their strongest collective step forward. From the self-reflections of "20s", "Prairie Girl" and the album's title track to the wistful hope of "First Kiss" and the twisted anything-for-love paean "I'm A Killer", the songs discuss maturity, growing up and life in a rock and roll band from a group that have spent much of the past few years doing exactly that. These are songs handcrafted to make you think, to create dreams and to break your heart.

Rah Rah formed as a trio in 2007, originally created by Erin Passmore (vocals, drums, keys, guitar) and Marshall Burns (vocals, guitar). By 2008 they had been joined by Kristina Hedlund (violin, keys, accordion, vocals) and Erin's brother Joel Passmore (formerly of Despistado and Sylvie) on bass. Later that year another former Despistado member Leif Thorseth (guitar) also joined the band. The band is rounded out by its newest member, Jeff Romanyk (drums, keys, guitar).

The members of Rah Rah share a collective mentality, taking turns taking the lead, both in songwriting and while on stage. The melodic male/female vocals and shared instrumentation traded off seamlessly (Erin Passmore and Jeff Romanyk both play drums, keyboards and guitar, while Kristina Hedlund plays violin, keyboards and accordion), plus a true level of fun throughout ensures that a Rah Rah show will not disappoint.

"The members did a lot of instrument switching and almost everyone in the band sang lead on at least one song," writes Andrew Sacher of Brooklyn Vegan in a recent live review. "And just in case their catchy songs weren't enough, their stage antics are sure to be remembered, which included throwing "R" "A" & "H" balloon letters into the audience, shooting out confetti, and breaking open a piñata at the end of their last song."

Rah Rah was crowned "Best New Canadian Band" and "Best New Alternative Band" by iTunes Canada in 2009. The band's songs have also been featured as iTunes Single of the Week and Starbucks Pick of the Week in Canada. The band has toured incessantly behind their previous two albums, sharing tours with the likes of Minus The Bear in Canada and USA, Wintersleep in Europe and Canada, and label-mates Said The Whale. Expect the band to continue touring heavily in support of The Poet's Dead.

*The Poet's Dead will be released digitally on October 2nd and physically on October 22nd through Hidden Pony Records
Fast Romantics - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Fast Romantics
Fast Romantics have been blurring the lines between modern indie-rock and classic pop for some time, carving their own unique path to radio success. But with their latest release American Love, the world is paying much more attention to this fast growing Toronto-based band. Led by singer-songwriter Matthew Angus, Fast Romantics have begun to earn a loyal following with their irresistable pop hooks, anthemic live shows, and Angus’ emotive and personal approach to lyricism, often infused with the political and social chaos of the times.

But Angus insists that American Love, produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Wintersleep, Arkells, Whitehorse) is by no means a political protest record. Rather, it’s a series of re ections on falling in love while hyper-aware of the upheaval occupying the world around him -- especially in America. It’s a duality that is perhaps elevated by geography itself, as the songs were recorded over two years alternating between Brooklyn and Toronto. Work on the album began around the same time the US election campaigns launched, and the record was nally nished almost two years later, on election day.

American Love serves as a follow-up to Fast Romantics’ 2013 LP, Afterlife Blues, bringing together the most lyrical songs Angus has composed to date and at serves as the rst record by what Angus describes as a “brand-new band.” The group — originally founded in 2008 in Calgary between sole-survivors Angus and bassist Je rey Lewis -- cleaned house in 2015, and added Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kirty, Kevin Black, Nick McKinlay, and Lisa Lorenz around the time they were set to record their breakthrough single Julia in 2015. “Julia” ended up climbing the charts, nding itself charting on commercial/AAA radio on both sides of the border, and eventually won the SOCAN national songwriting prize in 2016.

“It was two years building up a brand-new band, a new sound, a new show, getting to know each other,” Angus says. “We’ve really become the tightest of friends.” And the result? A band quickly winning accolades from all corners of music. The rst single from American Love — the anthemic “Why We Fight”— broke the top 20 on the Canadian alternative rock charts (Mediabase) and hit #1 on the CBC R2 National Charts, and the band was recently short-listed for the prestigious Anchor Award at the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany.

With four songs from the album charting on Canadian alt-rock radio, and with all four singles reaching the top 5 on the CBC R2 National Charts, the band looks towards it’s next album. A long-lead single, “Mexico” is set to be released in fall of 2018, with the album planned for release in 2019.
Snake River - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2