(Musical Gushings By Lauren Schreiber, SummerWorks Music Series Programmer)
Part 5: Bruce Peninsula is Bigger Than The Sum of Its Parts
Actually, I wouldn’t quite call the following a gush. Whereas my previous posts concern bands who leave me giddy, Bruce Peninsula (BP here) leave me quiet, awed, reverential.
(even though I don’t think any recording could really capture Bruce Peninsula live…)
It’s raining today in Toronto, and I have a cold. No big surprise… festivals take their toll on organizers, performers and audience alike. So today, I’m just going to sit back, take a moment to breath, snuggle up with the first non-iced latte of my summer, and spend some time with Bruce Peninsula.
Won’t you join me?
Bruce Peninsula is a collective of like-minded musicians that have been inspiring and warming the hearts of Toronto for the better part of 5 years. I’ve been a fan since the day they ‘opened’ for an old band of mine, after which I refused to go on. WHO LET THEM OPEN? How could ANYONE possibly follow them? I’ve never seen another band like BP, and I’ve never seen a BP set the same twice. This is partially their rotating staff of some of the cities finest singers shouters and strummers, and partially their constant push forward/reach back. Their music is respect for what has come before, embrace of their community, and something intangible that makes me believe in more.
With alumni that include Austra’s Katie Stelmanis and Ohbijou’s Casey Mecija, and current players like Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station), Daniella Gehsundheit (Snowblink) and Steven McKay (who opened The SummerWorks concert series last friday) BP are both the starting point and the point itself. I feel so lucky to live in Toronto in the time of Bruce Peninsula, and it is my sincere hope to share this with you, the patrons of the SummerWorks Festival.
BP recently recorded a series of cover songs for Southern Souls, all of which you’ll find below. SummerWorks friends and followers, I’ve gathered your afternoon activity and laid it out for you here. Enjoy the discovery, or if you’re familiar, welcome home.