We're formally announcing our new live lineup, including (pictured from left to right) Braeden McMillan on drums, percussion and keyboards/sampling, Kevin O'Leary on bass, keyboards and vocals, and Scott Carruthers on guitar and vocals. We also expect to be announcing additional members of our recording and live performance collective over the coming months. We've been preparing our live product for a few months now, and we're very excited to have our debut show booked for Friday Oct 12 at the legendary Bovine in Toronto (link below). We'll be sending out invites over the coming days, but please reach out if you have any questions and if you're interested in joining us! We can't wait to kick-off the live show!
See you there! -Scott
ABOUT OUR NEW PHOTOS:
Photo by: Boris R. Aguilar
For these pictures, we had an opportunity to go and see one of the last remaining pipe organs in Toronto at 151 Annette Street in the Junction. We wanted to feature an interesting historical space in Toronto and we thought the musical theme was a great fit. This is a smaller version of the large pipe organs that are still in use in the city (for example, the organ in St. James Cathedral on King St.), and was constructed around 1909 by Leonard Morel. At the time, churches and wealthy home owners would commission these massive, custom-built instruments, and there were a number of local craftsmen and piano-makers in the Junction who specialized in building them.
675 pipes rise into the attic from the chamber below, and their pitch can be fine-tuned by peeling strips of metal from the individual pipes. The pipes range between a few inches and eight feet in length.
Unfortunately, due to the specialized nature of the instrument and the cost of maintenance, this organ (like many others) has fallen into disuse. The motor that pumps air through the pipes hasn't been working since 2012, though the building owners have expressed interest in having it fixed. We went down into the large chamber below with the organ keyboard and the acoustics and natural reverb in the room were unbelievable. The slightest sound produced echos and whispers that were amplified by the room's acoustics, but also took on a slightly metallic quality. We could only imagine how the organ would have sounded in the room if it was operational.