Thursday, July 12, 6 PM | Honest Ed’s Parking Lot | FREE
Presented in association with the Koffler Gallery Off-Site exhibition, Summer Special
Free outdoor concert with The Pining, a local all-girl band whose alt-country balladry and storytelling relates to life in Toronto, exploring country and indie-folk sounds with a unique contemporary urban twist.
Presented as part of The Toronto Fringe Festival.
There is a sound. A real old one. It comes in off the Prairies, wanders in from Cape Breton and it pings off the giant nickel in Sault St. Marie. This sound has memories of Anne Murray's all-junkie band of the 1970s. The junkie bass player still owes the sound 20 bucks it will never get back. Twenty bucks was a lot of money back then. The sound grumbles about Toronto but settles there anyway. The sound finds its ass dragging pretty close to the ground in the city. It walks into some bars: the Cameron; the Shoe; some basement on College St. prone to flooding. The sound finds that it's welcome in Toronto. WTF? the sounds asks. Really? The sound is an ancient memory of all things not big city or fancy: it's gingham and gasoline; it's the sound of drunk daddies laughing on Friday night and weeping mommas on Sunday; it's a natural resource, like something hauled in a net or burned out of a smokestack. The sound is The Pining. It's about everything lost and found.
Brian Joseph Davis, joylandmagazine.com
ABOUT THE PINING
Formed in the early months of 2008, The Pining were brought together by a shared love of kitchen parties, old country and Jameson's. A chorus of voices smoky and pure, The Pining write and play sad and joyous melodies about heartache, woe and the mean streets of Toronto. In 2010, they released two singles with Toronto's Blocks Recording Club as part of the collective's "Building Blocks Project". The Pining released their self-titled debut album on the Blocks label in June 2011 and are looking forward to promoting it across Canada and elsewhere this year.