New clip pays homage to iconic, closed Toronto concert halls
A new clip from a Toronto band features some unlikely stars: the city’s closed theaters.
While a recent video from Arkells paid tribute to a still-open local No Frills, the members of the duo Jo ryder walked around various open and closed places in the city to get photos for the video of their song Happiness and nothing less.
“The Bliss and Nothing Less video acts as a love letter to the musical spaces that have supported live music over the years and have had to close their doors (temporarily or not) due to COVID,” a statement read. on the video.
“It is a nostalgic desire and awareness of the changes taking place in the city of Toronto.”
Venues in the video include The Boat, Round, El Mocambo, Tranzac, Sneaky Dee’s and Lee’s Palace, and singer Lauralee Sheehan can be seen in a small rehearsal room at the Geary Rehearsal Factory, a well-known rehearsal space used by many musicians in Toronto.
There’s even a nod to an infamous loft on Sterling where bands rehearsed and performed.
“We recorded the entrance and that little porch that we all used to hang around between sets,” Sheehan told blogTO. “That was the time.”
A statement on the video says Jo Ryder was “born out of a conversation between two old friends reminiscing about their involvement in the DIY music scene” and “aims to have conversations and ask questions about identity and the human condition. in the digital age “.
The duo is a collaboration between Sheehan and Odale Cooper who currently stars in indie band The Mooks.