Almost As Good as the Olympics
Toronto Roots

The Silver Dollar, Toronto

 10.2.12 toronto 024On a frigid Friday night in Toronto, most locals seemed happy to huddle around pub TVs, watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics with a typically-Canadian mix of pride and suspicion. I missed the torch lighting in order to meet up with some friends at The Silver Dollar Room: a vintage blues and rock club on Spadina and College that's been in business since 1958. First up was Ketch Harbour Wolves: a local outfit that played melodic guitar rock drenched in sea mist, much like the fishing village in Nova Scotia they're named after. They were followed by girl-rock outfit SisterWives, led by the feisty and engaging Nora Loreto. The music was ostensibly punk, run through a new wave/post rock filter. "Don't ask for any encores," Loreto said before their last number, "because we've already played everything we have." (More pics below.)
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