When bands from the west like Rah Rah (Regina) and We Are The City (Kelowna) come to town, they leave the crowd crying for more. On Tuesday night at Casa del Popolo that’s just what they did; they entertained the hell out of a packed house. If it weren’t for the geographical obstacles, I would see bands like these much more often.

Rah Rah puts on an impressive live performance. Although exhausted, I found I had no choice but to dance! The fun possessed me… I didn’t want to get my toes stepped on, but before I knew it I was dancing. You can tell that the years have been good for Rah Rah since their sophomore album. It might be have something to do with them being on tour for three straight years -it’s really built up the band’s character.

I don’t know if “band” is the right classification for Rah Rah. As I mentioned in my preview article, Rah Rah really resembles a commune or an artistic community more then a band. Rah Rah are a rare a group of musicians that have the capability to pick up any instrument and compose a great sing along song. Trust me- you’ll want to join in the fun!

You can actually say that this incarnation of the band not only has musical talent, but their ability to switch instruments on a whim, shows that they can still be masterful musicians and have a good time (like the excellent live-version of the catchy pop song Tentacles). The eclectic and electric sound: bass, drum, violin, accordion, and keyboards, really give them a full live sound.

They also played a great rendition of Arrows and Henry, both songs off there latest album Breaking Hearts. I wish Rah Rah the best of luck as they head out to Canadian Music Week in Toronto and South by Southwest in Austin.

Aiden Knight’s (Victoria) opening set was pretty good as well, with light country style songs. Usually he has back-up players, but this night, he put on great set as a one man show. His songs were well composed, and made me want to get in touch with lost feelings and memories of places that I had long forgotten.

Aiden’s songs warmed the heart and evoked great feeling from his acoustic guitar playing. I really liked his song North-east South-west which made the crowd very nostalgic and silent. His whole set was composed of songs about traveling, they focused on moving different places, from west to east, east to west. His banter between songs was memorable and whimsical, especially when speaking with the audience.

The last band I saw that night was We Are The City. They played their powerfully temporal displaced piano song Astronomers, which was by far my favorite song of the night. The greatest feature of the band is their ear for great notes. We Are The City can make songs come alive!

It was a great Tuesday night and after all, spring is on its way. I went to work the next day feeling that joyous feeling you get from great music and having a good time. Now it’s my turn to head west.

Photography by Cindy Lopez

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We Are The City, Rah Rah and Aiden Knight
Casa Del Poplo
March 8, 2011
Doors open at 8:30pm and show starts @ 9:30pm
Tickets available @ indiemontreal.ca or $8 @ the door (if not sold out)

Tomorrow at Casa Del Popolo Kelowna space rockers We Are The City, Rah Rah and Aidan Knight will bring together the forces of magic, enchantment and rock for Montreal music goers. Tuesday night will be another great night for live indie music at Casa, which has always been a focal point for great bands and great music. Come see the latest on the Canadian music scene before you head to Candadian Music Week on Thursday.

We Are The City, a trio based out of Kelowna, BC, is composed of Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboard), Blake Enemark (guitar), and Andrew Huculiak (drums). Known for their atmospheric progressive-pop sound, We Are The City is sure to please your ears. Their latest album High School lays bare to shameful memories from secondary school; I think we can all relate to that kind of shame.

In addition Rah Rah will be there. Rah Rah just released their first album Breaking Hearts, which was recorded in Montreal by Kees Dekker (Plants and Animals) and has received great reviews and praise from critics. One impressive thing about Rah Rah’s music that you can really appreciate is their interchangeability as a group, making them sound and feel more like an artistic community and less like a “typical” lethargic band. Rah Rah does this by sharing a collective mentality, taking turns singing lead vocals and songwriting. They’re also known for constantly switching instruments amongst themselves on record and on stage. With their diversity of instrumentation guitars Rah Rah‘s electric sound does not disappoint!

Aidan Knight rounds up the evening with his beautiful voice and acoustic guitar playing. Aidan is well known in the Canadian music community and has performed with many talented artists. Now, he takes the spotlight with his own solo career. His amazing innate ability to compose unique songs with genuine emotion will have you downloading his music right after the show.

Photos: 1. www.wearethecity.ca and 2. radio3.ca.