Brendan Canning

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Brendan Canning – Holly Miranda

Draper Street is arguably the most out-of-place, out-of-time roadway in Toronto. Located deep in the city’s downtown core, a stone’s throw—or more like a javelin toss—away from the shore of Lake Ontario, it’s a one-block street of preserved Victorian-era row-houses that’s managed to maintain its intimate, classy character despite the relentless assault of modernity surrounding it.

It’s the street that Brendan Canning has called home for 20 years, first as a couch-surfer, then as a long-time tenant, and now as a homeowner. In that time, circumstances have changed dramatically for both the street and its most visible resident. Where it was once tucked between grim industrial warehouses (that doubled as after-hours boozecans where Brendan regularly spun records), today Draper is encircled by countless condo towers, studio-loft office conversions, ad agencies, and the sort of hip restaurants packed with Instagramming diners taking snaps of their grilled-octopus entrees. And where Brendan first arrived on Draper as the bass player for ’90s post-grunge hopefuls hHead, his career has since blossomed dramatically— while he established himself as both a ringer for myriad Toronto alt-rock outfits and an in-demand soul/funk/house DJ, he became best known for co-founding Toronto all-star indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene in 2001.

Holly Miranda grew up singing in church. She began piano lessons at the age of 6 and taught herself guitar at 14. She wrote her first song shortly after.

When she was 16, she moved by herself from suburban Detroit to New York City. Her first gig was at the infamous Sidewalk Cafe on 6th street and Ave A in the East Village. There she cut her teeth along side Sidewalk alumni such as The Moldy Peaches, Nicole Atkins and Beck. She recorded two solo albums during this time and self-released one “High Above the City,” which she sold online and at shows. She began touring the east coast performing solo at cafes and coffeehouses.

In the early 2000′s, while recording her next record at Headgear studios in Brooklyn, she and the producer Alex Lipsen decided to release the record as a band effort. This was the beginning of the shoegazey indie-rock band The Jealous Girlfriends. The band released two albums and performed with such acts as Shudder to Think, Nada Surf, Metric, and Sea Wolf. Holly continued to perform and tour solo between TJG tours. During this time she began writing songs for her first worldwide released solo album “The Magicians Private Library” produced by TV on The Radio’s Dave Sitek. TMPL came out on XL recordings in 2010.

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Brendan Canning
Event Category: Live Music
When: October 24, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Mercury Lounge
Cost: $$15
More Info: www.mercuryloungenyc.com
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