Hey Rosetta! is a seven member indie folk band from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The band members include Tim Baker (vocals, guitar, piano), Josh Ward (bass, backing vocals), Adam Hogan (lead guitar), Phil Maloney (drums), Kinley Dowling (violin), Romesh Thavanathan (cello) and Mara Pellerin (french horn, keys, vocals).
They had a great story that Tim shared about their song “Cathedral Bells” and how it was inspired by something that happened when they were stopped in Winnipeg on tour. Apparently Tim was trying to get to sleep on the hardwood floors at 80 Furby Street when at 3 AM the cathedral bells, likely from Westminster United Church, began to ring. The plan was to tell that story and then play the song but Baker’s guitar was broken.
Hey Rosetta! has a total of 4 full length albums, Plan Your Escape (2006), Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) (2008), Seeds (2011) and Second Sight (2014). One of my favourites off the new album is “Soft Offering (For The Oft Suffering)” I really enjoy the lyrics and the drums on this one and as always, Baker’s voice.
Anna, can I come and walk you home? / I’m not gonna want to be alone / Beat it up when the sunlight comes / Putting a cut by the clock on the wall
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada STARS are an indie pop band comprised of Torquil Campbell, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Chris Seligman and Patrick McGee.
Ohhh do these guys know how to dance! Torq and Amy have amazing chemistry and Torq has got moves better than Jagger! They were so fun and entertaining to watch. They were stuck up for fans that were getting kicked out for dancing in front of the stage, it showed solidarity with the fans.
They played “The North” for the first time on tour this year and the first line of the song was very fitting for a Winnipeg setting, “It’s so cold in this country” I had a laugh at that. But my favourite moment had to be during the encore when Torq paused before their last song and said, “I don’t want to take this shit for granted”, he went on to talk about how art is dying and that he thanked us for giving a little bit of money and time to come out and hear them. They began their last song and as it was reaching the end he sat on stage front and centre just taking it all in. It really showed how humble and appreciative he was and as an audience member and fan I thought that was incredibly cool.
They have seven full length albums Nightsongs (2001), Heart (2003), Set Yourself on Fire (2004), In Our Bedroom After the War (2007), The Five Ghosts (2010), The North (2012) and No One Is Lost (2014). I’m sharing the first song I heard by STARS off their new album titled “From the Night”
From the night / Is a message to all of you sleeping / Every dream in your head as you lie in your bed is worth keeping / And she said / I don’t care if we never come back from the night