The ’80s were all the rage this week as one of Canada’s most successful bands of that decade hit metro for a pair of shows. The Box were able to make the crossover from French to English audiences, and are currently working on their sixth album.
Fans at Monte’s ShowBar Friday night were able to sample both the old and new Box, getting a taste for the new material, which is said to be based on a French short story from the 1880s.
Opening for the band was a group of rockers known as The Accused. The cover band is fronted by Q-104’s own afternoon drive guy, Tom Bedell.
The Accused are coming into their own after a series of successful shows since the summer, including a performance on Christmas Daddies and now Monte’s.
Although the Monte’s show was first, The Box were in town mainly for the annual Tour Tech East party on Saturday night.
Peter Hendrickson and the crew have been opening the doors of their sound stage in Burnside for a party of Biblical proportions for the last 19 years.
The invitation list includes the who’s who of metro’s party crowd, and all the proceeds go to the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. As it has been in the past, the huge room is jam-packed, sweaty and loud … a perfect night out!
Two stages had music pumping out, including not only The Box, but Matt Minglewood and Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew.
The VIP room is always the place to catch a breather. Coun. Dawn Sloane was there with camera in hand.
Also spotted were CTV host Liz Rigney, Empire Theatres honcho Dean Leland and director Mike Campbell.
Next stop Saturday was Casino Nova Scotia for the African Nova Scotian Music Awards.
The evening was co-hosted by singer and television host Charla Williams and educator Robert Upshaw. Some of the performances of the night included Dutch Robinson, Cyndi Cain and Jamie Sparks.
Last time I saw Dutch Robinson perform was a karaoke night at a local pub, so it was great to see him with the full band.
Congratulations to award winners Nadira who picked up the Rising Star Award and Heritage Award recipient Johnny P. Stevens.
At the after-party, the Bounce’s R. S. Smooth was providing the music while award winners were congratulated and took a moment to enjoy a drink.
Auburn High School vice principal Karen Hudson was busy buzzing the room looking for autographs.
She had a beautiful acoustic guitar donated by Buckley’s Music she was getting signed.
It will later be auctioned off in support of the school’s fine arts department. When that happens, we want to hear about it!
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– When he’s not making the Scene, Jamie Paterson hosts The Drive and The Beatlebrunch on KOOL FM in Halifax