Soundtrack Of the City - Day 1 : Back on the (Queen) Street , Back on the Street Again

One of the many highlights last year included attending the inaugural Soundtrack of The City event staged by the superb Music City North organisation under Jeannie Reid. This year the event was held across five locations in Queen Street West over four days and included late bar closures, a welcome addition to the more thirsty amongst us…

Our day one base was The Hideout, another popular haunt for the DCC crew and the first act up were The Groovy Brothers, who are based in Toronto and consist of Caeleb Campbell (Guitar/Lead Vox), Dillon Hall (Guitar/Vox), Alexander Javan (Bass/Vox) Jay Foot (Drums). Our pre gig research showed that the band describe their style as ‘blues fusion’, but in our opinion there’s more going on here than the initial description allows… The band delivered a series of longer songs, which may have limited the number of tunes to six, but which still contained a wide ranging number of influences.

From the opening number, ‘Delusional Existence’, a slow jam featuring some soulful vocals and nice lead guitar at the end, to the funk bass line present throughout ‘Baba Kush and The Ballerinas’ and then into ‘Butt Hurt’, a song about angry workaholics, which included a really nice muted lead solo, it was clear that we need a second pass at this band. The change to a slower reggae tune, ‘Biggiecorn’, mixed styles once more mid song, but showed raw talent and enthusiasm all the way through. ‘Colour Me Burgundy’ opened with a ‘Satisfaction’ type riff, but descended into a tune reminiscent of The Isley Brothers, some change there, before the best song in our opinion, a quirky ‘The Ballad of Dik Dik’, containing a really nice hook closed the set.

Syn Brit Rating: 3/5

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Website: The Groovy Brothers
Twitter: @GroovyBrothers
You Tube:
Live at The Horseshoe


Next up were Downtown Felons who brought a crowd to The Hideout. The band hail from Toronto are made up of Keith Rich (Lead Vox), Elijah Kelly (Lead Guitar), Vince Bozic (Guitar/Backing Vox), Joel Pearl (Bass/Backing Vox) and Matt Frewen (Drums). While they profess to be a ‘straight Up Rock n' Roll’ band, the reality is that the punk influences and energy were ever present throughout their set, which opened with ‘Desirae’ and quickly led into a Sabbath bass rock influenced ‘Tough Mentality’, which featured some excellent lead vocals and a Teenage Head cover ‘Picture My Face’. These were followed by an animated delivery of ‘I Am The One’, ‘Sit’, which could have been a Buzzcocks tune and a slower song, ‘Maybe’. The great riffs and pace continued during ‘Together’, a Ramoneseque ‘Degeneraton’ was next with the excellent ‘Girl Friday’ and ‘Four On The Floor’ with its catchy chorus as the closers. Before we knew it the set was over and just left us wanting more…

Syn Brit Rating: 3/5

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Website: Downtown Felons
Twitter: @DTFelons


Staying with the home team theme, Return For Refund were next on stage, a three piece consisting of Drew Clementino (Lead Vox/Guitar), Sasha Molotkow (Guitar) and Karlis Hawkins (Drums). Two things struck us very early on in the set, firstly the band’s bio states one of their influences is Nirvana and Clementino’s lead vocals remind me of Cobain’s and secondly, that there was no bass player, but the set didn’t suffer as a result. They started with ‘Take Them For A Walk’, as a jammed intro and followed up a great lead opening with ‘Stay Awake’, which contained some tremendous riffs and very high energy levels. Mid song changes of pace were evident in the super catchy ‘YOLO’ with a really good slower blues based song ‘Nothing Left To Say’ containing some more great lead guitar next. Great pace and power followed with ‘TV Light’ and the audience really appreciated the fine lead break in ’Mr. Monkey’. Introduced as ‘my favourite nightmare’, ‘My Gun’, was next complete with a higher pitched vocal and machine gun, both of which were impressive. That just left the subject of their latest video, ‘The Fields’, as the closer, which concluded an excellent set.

Syn Brit Rating: 3/5

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Website: Return For Refund
Twitter: @R4RBand
You Tube:
TV Light


Closing the night, for us at least, were Chasing Jane, from Stouffville, who are Ryan Hargrave (Vox), Adrian Andreas (Guitar/Vox), Adam McNeill (Bass/Keys/Vox) and Roy Bartell (Drums/Vox). Describing themselves as a Blues/Funk/Rock band ‘with a twist’, the six song set was laced with a tremendous funk bass line, great bluesy chords/lead in all the right places and a shared vocal delivery that kept things very interesting. Most of the songs were drawn from their 2014 release ‘Nice to Meet Ya’, featuring the opener ‘All Rolled Up’, ‘Dirty Little Girl’, and the title track, all of which were delivered with a rapid vocal execution. The band followed these up with the ridiculously catchy 'Penny Blue’, ‘The Jive’, which contained elements of AC/DC and a great lead break in the background and then closed with a new song ‘Every Day’s The Weekend’. If, like us, you’re into the Spin Doctors then Chasing Jane are for you….
Syn Brit Rating 3/5
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Website: Chasing Jane
Twitter: @chasing_jane
You Tube:
Live at The Horseshoe


Until next time…… The Moose
Groovy Brothers

Groovy Brothers

Downtown Felons

Downtown Felons

Return for Refund

Return For Refund

Chasing Jane

Chasing Jane


All photos reproduced by kind permission of Back2basicsphotography.com