Entire Cities @ Gus' Pub

By: Alison Lang

Entire Cities @ Gus' Pub
Photo: Lindsay Duncan
Entire Cities @ Gus' Pub

After an early departure from work followed by some fortifying hot toddies at home, we were ready for Friday night. Gus' Pub was getting full by the time we arrived at around 10pm and when Toronto megaband Entire Cities got on stage at midnight, the wee tavern was rammed. Props must be given to the well-organized and always hardworking Gus' staff—it's the only venue from this year's festival where I didn't hear complaints about shitty bouncers, overpriced drinks (the mandatory Molson sponsorship nonwithstanding) and nasty venue/band interactions. When you add to this the fact that everyone at the bar (owner included) had to be up early the next day to set up for the fourth annual Just Friends brunch, the bar handled everything gamely and with class. Thank you.

Thank you also to the many members of Entire Cities, who somehow all crowded onto the tiny Gus' stage and played a roaring set. Sparkling blue streamers and shaker eggs were passed around and thrown back at the band. At one point, lead singer Simon Borer had strings and strings of blue dangling from his guitar neck. Borer is sort of a revelation in general, actually; his voice is raspy and rowdy, he has a big mustache and wore a nice grey jacket. He reminded me of a favorite uncle I have who always drinks lots of beer and tells good stories. Flanked by the always-lovely Tamara Lindeman (who was also in town with The Weather Station and singing with Bruce Penninsula) and the room swelled with honesty and soul and who-gives-a-fuck spiralling jams. I had to leave for Japanther after forty minutes and hated myself—as I weaved through the bar, everyone was stomping and hollering fit to beat the band, voices loud and entwined. A few of the members later said a woman approached them after the set, thanking them for their lovely music—and she couldn't stop crying. It's pretty indicative of how Entire Cities makes you feel—raw and a little broken, a bit shaken and trembling with gratitude.

Entire Cities
Photo: Lindsay Duncan
Entire Cities
Entire Cities
Photo: Lindsay Duncan
Entire Cities

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