Blondie with Deap Vally “Rage and Rapture Tour” 07/26/17 Toronto

The Sony Centre hosted a fantastic lineup showcasing the lineage of powerful women at the forefront of rock and roll.
Kicking the night off was California’s Deap Vally, a hard garage rock duo featuring Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy. Rooted in swampy blues Deap Valley, glammed out in sequins and big big hair, was last in Toronto opening for Wolfmother and we can’t wait to see them again!

Scroll down after the photos for a clip of “Smile More”

 

Next on the roster was Garbage.

 

Last but certainly not least was Blondie. There’s not much I can say about Debbie & Co. that hasn’t been said better for the last 40 years. Decked out in a bee costume (latest album: Pollinator) with a cape that read “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” Debbie Harry sounded absolutely amazing. Preening and posing for the crowd, shaking hands and commanding the stage in fine form. This one was definitely a bucket list for me. Also if you’re on Facebook (it’s on the internet) make sure to follow guitarist Chris Stein, a talented photographer who has documented the NYC scene from the band’s early days, right up until today

Blondie

 

Deap Vally

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The Pack a.d. w/ Ginger Ale & The Monowhales – Indie Fridays @ Yonge-Dundas Square

“Indie Fridays”, sponsored by, oddly enough, Indie 88, taking place on, conveniently, Fridays, brings amazing live Canadian music to the public. For free. At Yonge-Dundas Square under a blaze of neon. The July 21st edition of Indie Fridays brought out one of my favourite bands, The Pack a.d. from Vancouver. The swampy garage rock featuring Maya Miller on drums and Becky Black on lead vocals and guitar is loud and sweaty. yes, the music is sweaty. trust me, go check ’em out for yourselves. They’re amazing!

Also on the bill was a band that had eluded me in the last few years. Lots of buzz can be heard about Ginger Ale & The Monowhales, and it’s good buzz. Justified buzz. High energy, well crafted pop rock and even a megaphone makes an appearance! Toronto-based Monowhales (and Ginger Ale too) are touring Canada this summer, be sure to catch them while you can!

 

Ginger Ale and the Monowhales

 

The Pack a.d.