Days after the JUNOs press conference, where Sonic Unyon’s Tim Potocic hinted at special pop-up shows that would be happening between now and March (when the award show takes place), we were hit with the first surprise show. And it was a big one!
Before they took to the stage at Molson Canadian Studio that night, Canadian indie darlings Tokyo Police Club played an intimate, acoustic, five-song set at The Baltimore House. It was free, and all you had to do was show up to get in. Naturally, I raced down early and was one of the first in line. A throng of fans soon followed.
The Baltimore House, who celebrates its third anniversary this month, was absolutely packed as fans squished into the cafe side. Curtains were drawn across the main room and we waited patiently for the show. Once inside, it was exciting to see all the JUNOs fanfare – their official logo was displayed across the backdrop and there were photographers and videographers everywhere to capture the event.
It was a neat set up for Tokyo Police Club’s five-song set. It started with singer Dave Monks playing a song solo, who was then joined by Graham Wright for song two, then three members for the third song, and all then all four members. Dave capped off the set with another solo tune. Songs included “Argentina” and “Hot Tonight” off the band’s latest album Forcefield.
Afterwards, the band hung around to chat and take photos with fans. It was fun to see everyone so excited to see the band. One guy behind me sang along the entire time – I heard him just as loud as the band!
The pop-up made CHCH News that night and was also in The Hamilton Spectator. There I am on the far right in my toque in the photo below!
If this was only the first surprise the JUNOs has up its sleeve, I can’t wait to see what’s next.