Emily Haines was raised in Cache Bay, Ontario and attended Etobicoke School of the Arts. There she met Amy Millan (future member of Stars and Broken Social Scene), and Kevin Drew (future member of Broken Social Scene). Emily came in to Studio X in downtown Toronto to play what she called “one of the most intimate performances of her life” and she did not disappoint. Playing stripped down versions of songs with bandmate James, she regaled the audience for several hours playing track after track and telling story after story. Even Canada’s Prime Minister dropped by to listen to the set.
Able to hold his own in the corners of any hockey rink, Sam Roberts deserves his place in the the Canuck Canon of all things legit Canadian (that includes The Hip, Sarah McLaughlin, The Guess Who, Rush, among others). Je ne rigole pas (which loosely translates to “I’m not joking” in Quebecois) he even has his own beerksy called “Sam Roberts Beer” which described as “An American Amber Ale brewed in collaboration with the hit Canadian Juno Award winning rock band. Blending English and American ale characteristics of caramel, biscuit and a dry, zesty finish with a touch of hop bitterness that strikes a refreshing chord”. That pretty much sums up what a Canadian is if you ask me.
Sam Roberts and his music work hard so you don’t have to. Meaningful electric guitars combined with a no apology vocal makes it impossible not buy into high speed police chase groove of each track. A rare bird these days for sure.