Well… it was a nice experience but not one I would repeat.
I have done quite a few Pedestrian Sundays at the Kensington Market over the last few years. Every one of them brings something new and unique. The spontaneity of it all is one of those things that makes it so much fun.
There must have been something in the air or just the realization that this was the second last Pedestrian Sunday of the year and people were out really soaking up the vibe. Bands of every genre on the corner of every block and not one were without a throng of watchers enjoying their music.
Austra is one of those artists that defies categorization. While appealing to a hipster crowd their music traditionally ranges across a broad spectrum of synth, electro and goth.
The Phoenix was the perfect spot for this show and it was refreshing to see that everything was well organized.
We missed the first band, Weaves, but judging by the already decent size crowd they did a good job. The second band was Rituals. While they started off a little slow and shoe-gazie they picked things up by the end and it was a good prelude for Austra.
Last Friday, Sept the 20th, my friends and I went to the Midnight MRKT.
What is it you ask? It’s Toronto’s night market pairing music, drinks and street style food with local retailers. It is a reoccurring event and the locations always change. Last one took place at 461 King St. West.