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A Northern Chorus;Farewell Shows June 27/28


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Thought I would post this...looking forward to the show...but sad. :(

Fri June 27th @ The Horseshoe Tavern


with guests


Dan Griffin & The Regrets


Exclaim! News Piece

A Northern Chorus Call It A Day

5/21/2008 By Scott A. Gray

Hard working Hamiltonian orchestral folk rock ensemble A Northern Chorus have called it a day. With four successful albums to their credit, the band have long been a mainstay on Canadian campus radio, riding waves of critical praise to prominence as a vital group in Canada's emerging art rock scene well before everyone and their grandma started swooning over Montreal's musical exports.

The following statement was released Tuesday on behalf of the band by their career-long label, Sonic Unyon:

Wayward Luminaries, after eight years of hard work, four albums, several hundred concerts and enough tour kilometres to circle the earth four times we have decided to put A NORTHERN CHORUS to rest. I don't think it is really possible to sum up what this band has meant to us. It has been such an ingrained part of our lives. The only way to come close would be to list everyone that has supported us along the way. That would definitely bring back a flood of memories BUT it would also take several pages, so... you know who you are. While it is not feasible to head out on a "farewell tour" of sorts, a huge thanks go out to all of the ANC fans across the globe.

Instead of that infeasible farewell tour, the six-members of A Northern Chorus - Stu Livingstone (guitar/vocals), Pete Hall(guitar/vocals), Owen Davies (bass), Alex McMaster (cello/vocals), Craig Halliday (drums), and Erin Aurich (violin) - will convene for two final performances in Southern Ontario:

6/27 Toronto ON, The Horseshoe Tavern w/ Electroluminsecent, Bellewoods, Dan Griffin and the Regrets

6/28 Hamilton ON, The Casbah w/ Electroluminescent, Tusks


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Wasn't Alex McMaster in Tristan Psionic? If that is the same guy, I used to date his sister.

Alex McMaster is a gal, dude! And she's a fine cellist at that, she and I both appeared on the Foreign Films' record last year and played a few dates together.

I'm playing at the Toronto farewell show with Dan and the Regrets...bittersweet feelings for sure, they've been quite an incredible group. I suspect they'll be quite awesome at these shows though.

I have the good fortune to be able to play with Pete Hall quite often these days...as he's the drummer in my new band Jawbone. He also has a new solo project called Blackburn which is awesome. I doubt this is the last you've heard from Mr. Hall...

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Sad? Come on. Not sad but a bit unfortunate that we won't see any more shows...but how often did people talk about aNC tour around here?

I have a feeling that the players will have something up their sleeves at least individually in the enxt few years.

I expect to hear more amazing music on CBC from these folks and with Canadaian music solidifying as a world presence, there's probably a chance that aNC would work with younger artists touring Europe or Asia or South America in the coming years.

Chin up, Skanks!

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Most under-appreciated band in the Hamilton scene, while at the same time arguably one of the best.

I would expand that to say most under-appreciated band in Ontario indie music. If only half the bands worked as hard as these folks did.

It's been a pleasure to have worked with them for the past six years...

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  • 3 weeks later...

their set last night was awesome, some technical diff. at the end there, the cello cut out, but it was astill amazing, very muddy, i dunno if it was the room or what, but a very enjoyable show all the same. pete's banter has never been better lol

i think they should be listed under the genre delay-pedal rock lol

the very last tune there, erin was justkilling it on the violin, so sweet, so pretty, so much emotion. and this alex gal you guys were chatting about just rocked that cello too, she was bawling at the end, understandably.

all in all good show.

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