Watching this Paint dry (or with drinks) will never be boring | 160930Fr | Shows for Fri. Sept. 30, 2016

Cover art for Paint's (disPLAY) album -COURTESY

Cover art for Paint’s (disPLAY) album -COURTESY


You could watch Paint dry tonight and I guarantee it would not be boring; but no need to do that when you can enjoy the benefits of the fully stocked bar at TO’s Adelaide Hall while seeing the TO original art-Rock band put on a captivating musical and visual romp as they hold the only TO release party for their new album (disPLAY).

As the album title indicates, and the videos on their website and on their YouTube Channel confirm, this group is about creating a show visually as well as aurally, bringing dynamic lighting and stage presence to complement a an exciting guitar-rich sound and provocative lyrics, a combination that resonates traces of David Bowie, the 80s and Brit Pop in general, but that is passionately and intelligently original.

In addition to being an album of new originals —their third after debut release Can You Hear Me in 2009 and 2011’s Where We Are Today(disPLAY) is also available as a concert dvd recorded live prior to the formal release.

The importance of the visual aspects of Paint’s overall expression is very much reflected in their ongoing collaboration, as we mentioned previously, with filmmaker R. Stephenson Price, with whom last year they also released an original film, “11:11”, for which the soundtrack was also issued as a four-song ep known as Based on Truth and Lies.

And the group has now upped the ante even further with the creation of a seven-episode series of video shorts about how the new album was created.  The series, “(disASSEMBLED)”, goes behind the scenes to explain the genesis of the album concept and its making.  It’s being released in weekly installments, posted every Tuesday on YouTube since the album unveiling, with two episodes put up so far.

As the initial webisode states, “the band name Paint is, in the literal sense of the word, a reference to visual media.  The collective result is a bona fide display that in varying degrees of subtlety and bluntness serves as an allegory of how inundated Western culture has become by the flicker and fast moving of desensitizing media.”  All this as dramatically fast-moving, flickering images of the band performing flash across the screen and a song plays in the background!  And there’s lots more philosophy to come, a veritable stream of ideas that bears watching and listening to several times.

The group at the heart of this maelstrom is comprised of four very talented and dedicated performers: singer Robb Johannes, guitarist Jordan Shepherdson, drummer Devin Jannetta and Keiko Gutierrez on bass.  All are indispensable and powerful parts of the picture that makes the band unique and enjoyable enough to have done well over 200 shows over the past eight years at a briskly accelerating pace.  But special mention has to be made of guitarist Shepherdson, whose bubbling, urgent and mind-tingling licks are simply spectacular by anyone’s measure.  Johannes, meanwhile, has a voice that complements it perfectly, by turns pleading, haunting, menacing, enticing and declarative and always completely mesmerizing.  The rhythm section does its job in spades, providing the springboard for the other two while adding elements that shape the sound without drawing attention to themselves except when special emphasis is needed.

Paint’s album tour, which began in Hamilton in mid-September, has seen them do shows in Kingston, Ottawa, Oshawa and Peterborough already, with dates in Montreal, Barrie, London, and Rossmore in Prince Edward County yet to come.

Tonight’s headlining appearance in the room at 250 Adelaide St. W., a couple blocks west of University Ave., also features supporting acts Dress Black, Rain Over St. Ambrose and Eriksen, about whom I know nothing (but who are probably well worth seeing if Paint had a hand in choosing them for the bill).  I haven’t actually visited the venue, but scouting it online it comes across as a space seriously dedicated to presenting a live show —designed to be modelled after a vintage recording studio according to its website and looking every inch a fun room in which to perform based on the photos.  Cover for the event, which kicks off at 9 pm, is just $12 and presumably the album is a few bucks extra.

-Gary 17,

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*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys, Kim Cadilla on bass & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Pop Rock with heart

*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Folk

*5:30> Jazz Generation; Melissa Smeets @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E., TO ~Jazz

6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Pop

6-8> Jmondew @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~soulful electro-Jazz; $10-20/pwyc

6:30> Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

6:30> Cattle Decapitation; Eternal Sleep @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO ~indie hard Rock

7> We Grok Spok III @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30> Stanton Paradis @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Folk

7:30> Old Worlds @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~storytelling variety show

8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO ~Country

8-12> 12th Annual Toronto Independent Music Awards with performances by Annie Sumi; Leah Daniels; Red Handed Denial; LolaBunz; Gold Complex; Samba Squad @ Revival, 783 College St., TO ~eclectic awards show & showcasing; $10

8> Balkan Duende @ Glenn Gould Studio (CDB HQ), 250 Front St. W., TO ~Balkan Gypsy Jazz; $

8:30> Jake Feeney @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~songwriter

*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues

9> Paint album release party for (disPLAY); guests Dress Black; Rain Over St. Ambrose; Eriksen @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W., TO ~original Brit-flavoured Rock ‘n’ Roll; $12

9> Steve Gleason album release @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

9> BBQ Pope @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave., TO ~indie; $

9> Krewella @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~Chicago electro duo; $38.50

9-12> Jay Pollock; Joshua Jlatte Lopez @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~indie Pop

9-10:30> Bernadette Conors single release @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie

9> Ranee Lee and the Richard Ring Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Jazz; $20

9> Switchbeat @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd., TO North ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10

9:45> Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Blues; $30

9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~60s R&B 7-piece; $

10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $

10> Pudding @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO

10> Ryan Driver Sextet @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

10> Saturday Night Superstars @ Bier Markt Esplanade, 58 The Esplanade, TO ~Pop Rock

10> Titus Andronicus; Little Junior @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~$16.50

10> Wasted Measures @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St., West, TO ~Pop Rock

10:30> Bud First @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

10:30> Rockyard @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~Rock


5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

7-9> Bossa Tres @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~smooth Latin Jazz

7> Built To Spill @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$45-$55

9> The Egertones 35th reunion show featuring Rory Cummings @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., TO East ~retro Rock/Country; $2 retro cover

*9> open mic with Matt & Mike @ The Grover Pub, 676 Kingston Rd., TO East

9> Root Magic @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East

9:30> David Macmichael & The $5 Tall Boys @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~alt Pop originals and covers

9:30> Airport 77 @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~70s FM-radio Rock (‘71-’84); $5

10:30> Lawren Knowles Trio @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd., TO East ~Pop Rock


southside-1609277:30> David Occhipinto Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke ~Jazz; min table charge

8> Lee Aaron; openers Ruskik @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ~Can Rock; $30

9> Y-Us @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke ~Rock/Top 40/Blues

9:30> Harvest Moon @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $

10-2> Hands Down @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~classic Rock/Top 40; no cover

10> Rookie @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St., Etobicoke ~Pop Rock


9:30> 3 Kings host open mic jam @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough ~classic Rock/Top 40

9:30> Denis Martel @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> Under Cover @ The Loaded Dog, 1921 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough


5-7> Maria Ryan & Chris Bennett @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Roots-Pop

5-8> Standard Testament feat. Nina Richmond @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

7-9> Willie Stratton album release @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~indie; $7

7:30> The O’Deadlys @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St., TO West ~Pop Rock

7:30> So Long Seven @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Jazz; no cover

7:30> Elliot Moss; Yoke Lore @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West ~$15

8> Red Hot Ramble for fundraiser for First Unitarian Congregation of Ontario @ First Unitarian Church, 175 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West ~Rock; $

8:30> The Original Sloth Band reunion show; openers The Honolulu Heartbreakers @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~jug band; $25

9> ZUZE @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Iranian Afro-Funk; $15

9-1> Fraser Melvin Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Blues

9> The Peptides; guests @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W., TO West ~$10

9> Tim Bradford & The Bandits @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Country Pop

9> Nasty World @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West

9:30> Don Stevenson @ Amico’s Pizza, 1648 Queen St. W., TO West ~Roots/Blues songwriter

10-2> Shane Murphy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W. ~$10

10> Piosco y los Ritmicos @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Cuban Salsa; $15

10> Forward @ Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., TO West ~Hip Hop/dance hall; $10


8> Ewan Doig @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop

9> The Weber Brothers @ The Boat House, 67 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~original Blues; $15

9> Jack Sith @ Brando’s Beach House, 135 Market St., Brantford ~Rock

9:30> Ross Burant @ Fionn MacCool’s Orangeville, 75 Fourth Ave., Orangeville ~Pop

10:30-2> Elmo Club @ Norfolk Tavern, 200 Main St., Port Dover


5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

7> Alyssa Wright @ Barrie Bus Terminal, 24 Maple Ave., Barrie ~Jazz

8-11:45> Clean Sl8 @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Rock/Top 40

8:30> Water Street Slim & The Unlikely Heroes @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Blues

9> Tim Bastmeyer Trio @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood ~Pop Rock

9> Kayko (formerly Juice) @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

9:30> James Anthony Band with Roly Platt on harp @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Blues

9> Alun Piggins and Beardskinner @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~indie Pop

905 EAST

9-1> Jerome Godboo Band @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Blues

9> Darren Hancock @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country

9> Room 237 @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Rock

*9:30> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax

10-2> Tamin’ Thunder @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Dance


8:30> Gordon Lightfoot tribute band @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point

9> Ugly Horse @ King Richard’s Pub, 15570 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Dirty Rottens featuring Anthony Cee @ CJ Barley’s Pub & Grill, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick ~classic Rock

9:30> Acoustic on Fire @ Fionn MacCool’s Newmarket, 17315 Leslie St., Newmarket ~Pop

9:30> Taxi @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock

9:30> Full Tilt @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock

*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill

10> Itchy and Scratchy @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock

905 – SOUTH

6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Selective Soul @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Rock/Top 40

9> King Beez; Hellbent Rockers; Be Bop Deville @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~surf Punk/Rockabilly;

9> Cedar Spring Motel Bike Thiefs; Camper; Output @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~indie; $10

9:15> The Old Winos & guest tba @ The Old Winery Restaurant, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake

9:30> After Funk @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~Funk; $

9:30> Higher Octane @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~classic Rock

9:30> The Heatseekers @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls

905 WEST

*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop

*6-9> Sil Simone @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues/Jazz/Pop

9> El Dorado @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville

9:30> Killin’ Time Band @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40

9:30> Live 905 @ The Franklin House, 263 Queen St. S., Streetsville ~Pop Rock

9:30> Gordon Deppe @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

9:30> Freedom Train @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Rattles @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~Beatles tribute; $

9:30> Sound Wave @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40

9:30> Johnny Mac Slater @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock

9:30-11:30> Forty Years After @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Pop Rock

10-2> DINGO @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~

10> The Milkman & The 2% @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:15> Shanya Lynn Dawson @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga ~Pop Rock

10:30> The Crimps @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock

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