Posted in music | pictures on June 21, 2010

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"With a horn section behind the already several-member group, Broken Social Scene began with 'World Sick' off their new album Forgiveness Rock Record and then 'Stars And Sons,' the latter with fans clapping repeatedly on cue as six guitarists jammed out the conclusion.

However, from there things got bigger and better, with Metric's James Shaw and Pavement's Scott Kannberg helping out on the danceable 'Texico Bitches.' Then Feist made her way onstage for '7/4 (Shoreline),' dancing around the stage when not sharing vocal duties with Drew.

The only problem perhaps with the set - aside from Drew irked that his guitar pedals weren't working - was how it seemed to peak halfway through. Following the plodding, precious ballad 'Sweetest Kill,' both Feist and Metric's Emily Haines appeared for 'Sentimental X's,' which had the crowd onside from the start." [Toronto Sun]

Sebastien Grainger (DFA1979) and John McEntire (Tortoise/Sea and Cake) also joined BSS on stage on Saturday, June 19th, on Toronto's Olympic Island. The full lineup for the 2010 edition of the annual Toronto Island Concert, which wasn't officially part of NXNE (but which did let in 250 badges) looked like this:
1:15 PM Toronto Revue (The Beauties, Flash Lightnin', Zeus)
2:45PM Timber Timbre
4:00PM Beach House
5:15PM Band of Horses
6:45PM Broken Social Scene
9:00PM Pavement
I left my downtown hotel in a cab at 3pm, and though the ferry station was only a ten minute drive away, I didn't actually get to the stage area until around around 4:45. I heard Beach House as I walked up, but I never actually saw them. I wasn't worried about catching Timber Timbre because I saw them the night before in a club (more on that later), and I knew I wasn't getting there by 1:00 (after being out till 4am at NXNE shows the night before) so I didn't even try.

The weather on Saturday in Toronto was hot and beautiful and Band of Horses (who played Grand Central Station in NYC one night earlier) (and the Williamsburg Waterfront in NYC one night later) sounded great as they played out to the thousands of people who were either watching them... or waiting on line for something. Lines were definitely a problem on the island. You usually had to wait a long time for food, bathrooms and most frustratingly to many, beer.

Then came Broken Social Scene and they were in top form - it was my favorite time ever seeing them. In fact, though I've seen the band more times than I can remember over the past six years, I was never 100% comfortable with their live show before. That changed on the island. Maybe it was because they were in their hometown of Toronto with all their friends (though sadly no Jason Collett or Amy Milan who are both on tour). Feist and Emily Haines together on stage contributed strongly to the specialness (par for the course for Toronto), and Lisa Lobsinger no longer feels like the new girl.

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Full setlist (and lots more pictures and some videos) below.

As painful as it was to leave while BSS was playing their last song (aka I didn't stay for Pavement), I made the decision that I was going to catch The Stooges who played a competing show at Young Dundas Square at 9:30. My trip off the island was much quicker than my trip on. I got a ferry immediately and then a cab immediately and I was 40 minutes early for Iggy. I even caught the last ten minutes of The Raveonettes who played before the Stooges on the outdoor stage which was in the middle of a Times Square-like area of town. It was a complete madhouse (a free show in the middle of town open to anyone... with Iggy Pop), but more on that later.

Andrew Frisicano was with me on the island. He missed Band of Horses but stayed for Pavement. His post on the headliner is coming later. More about BSS and Band of Horses, with a ton of pictures and some videos and both setlists, below...

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Like Governors Island in NYC, you need to take a ferry to get to Olympic Island in Toronto...

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It took me a while to get to the ferry, get on the ferry, get to the island, and then walk to the actual concert space. I could hear Beach House playing through a lot of that but completely missed seeing them by the time I got to the actual stage.

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Gentleman Reg was in the house (the 2nd NXNE event I spotted him at)

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There's lots to do on the island besides see a concert

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Broken Social Scene takes the stage

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Kevin Drew says he took the ferry to the island and paid for food because he is one with the people...

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Sebastien Grainger makes his 1st of multiple appearances during the set...

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Pavement's Spiral Stairs joined BSS on stage...

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Leslie Feist joined BSS on stage...

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Lisa Lobsinger out front...

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Sebastian is back...

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Emily Haines takes the stage along with a returning Feist...

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Broken Social Scene - Texico Bitches w/ Spiral Stairs

Broken Social Scene "7/4 (Shoreline)" - Toronto Island Concert, 2010

Broken Social Scene, Lover's Spit. Toronto Island Concert June 19, 2010

Broken Social Scene with Emily Haines and Feist - Sentimental X's

BSS setlist
1. World Sick
2. Stars and Sons
3. Texico Bitches (with Spiral Stairs)
4. 7/4 (Shoreline) (with Feist)
5. Fire Eye'd Boy
6. Forced to Love
7. Art House Director
8. Cause = Time
9. All to All
10. Sentimental X's (with Emily Haines)
11. Almost Crimes
12. Water in Hell
13. Sweetest Kill
14. Ungrateful Little Father (with John McEntire)
15. Lover's Spit (with Feist)
16. Meet Me in the Basement
17. Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)

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Band of Horses setlist
1. Islands On The Coast
2. Is There A Ghost?
3. The Great Salt Lake
4. Factory
5. Weed Party
6. Compliments
7. Laredo
8. The General Specific
9. Trudy
10. No One's Gonna Love You
11. Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
12. Older
13. Ode to LRC
14. The Funeral

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Comments (12)

For a $60 ticket, I would have expected a lot more staff helping out and a better layout to accommodate all the lining up we had to do. Everyone was frustrated with the lines. One of our friends waited 2 hours for beer, only able to grab 2 at a time, then having to lineup again for more. We probably waited 45 minutes for food. I certainly regret missing Iggy Pop downtown, only to be standing in lines all day...

Posted by anon | June 21, 2010 7:32 AM

Sadly, it's hard to comment on this show without mentioning the horribly long lines that everyone had to wait in. Kevin Drew said he paid for his food because he was one of us, great - but he didn't spend half his day in a line in the sun without accessible water.

Great lineup, amazing music (all the bands sounded great), and the people were awesome - but very poorly organized. Lacking any semblance of reason and absolutely no sense of leadership. The concert of unspeakable lines - I don't think I'd do it again.

Posted by Joseph | June 21, 2010 9:45 AM

what's with all the terrible photos? i don't need to see everyone who was there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 9:52 AM

Leaving before Pavement? Brutal. They were fantastic.

Posted by Mark B. | June 21, 2010 9:58 AM

The lines ruined the entire day. I've been to many concerts and festivals and i've never seen such a disaster with queues. I think it's fair to say that half of the entire population of the concert were in queues at any one time.

Looking around, it wasn't your usual view of scattered groups of friends enjoying the music and the occasion. It was instead just an endless entanglement of lines snaking around the entire venue.

We entered a line for beer, not knowing that we would be in that line for 2 hours! After the first hour, we were too committed to leave, and ended up watching half the BBS set from the beer queue. We reaching the bar of our beer tent we realized they only had 2 beer pumps!!!!! Seriously! 4000+ people, and beer pumps that you can count on one hand. I was angry that poor organization led to so many people spending the majority of the day in queues.

Hands down the worst disaster of a venue I have ever attended. BSS were awesome despite the retarded queuing, but what a way to ruin a great gig. It would have been so nice to spend the day sitting around on the grass and enjoying the unexpected great weather. Organizers should have their wrists slapped!!!

Posted by Coldscooter | June 21, 2010 9:58 AM

I actually enjoy seeing photos of the crowds, and the venues, as well as the performances, of course.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 10:27 AM

With SO many photos, it's hard to believe there are no photos of Beach House or Pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:18 PM

You need more photos on here

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:21 PM

"With SO many photos, it's hard to believe there are no photos of Beach House or Pavement."

As I explained twice above, we missed Beach House and Pavement was coming separate. Here it is:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/06/pavement_the_to.html

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:21 PM

BSS needs to get some more guitar players.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:52 PM

GLADIATOR SANDALS MUST DIE

Posted by LKJ | June 22, 2010 4:55 PM

about the lines... i didnt have a problem, but all i waited to do was refill my water bottle (i waited ~ ten minutes). i was in a group of 3 of us, and we all went to get food at different times between sets and it worked really well. we opted not to drink because it was really hot, really long lines, and really expensive. we werent interested in getting super dehydrated from standing outside for hours.

as for the music, it was fabulous. broken social scene stole the show and reaffirmed that they are my favorite band. yay.

Posted by emily | June 22, 2010 6:10 PM

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